PRESS RELEASE: Newport Beach, Cailf. (January 31, 2013) – Bellator MMA returns to WinStar World Casino March 7th live on Spike TV, as reigning Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas will clash with Bellator Tournament winner Rafael Silva in the main event of the evening. The night will also showcase the opening rounds of the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament and a stacked card of local talent.
Bellator 111 will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by visiting the WinStar World Casino Box Office.
The Spike.com show will begin with Brent Primus looking to maintain his perfect 4-0 record when he faces Chris Jones on March 7th. Spending less than 10 minutes in the cage throughout his professional career, Primus has grabbed all of his wins by first round rear-naked choke.
Heading into this fight on a three-fight win streak, Emeliano Sordi will meet Matt Jones inside the Bellator cage. Only 22, Sordi holds an impressive 12-4 record and has won six of his previous seven fights, five coming by first round finish. Sordi will be making his Bellator debut after being discovered during Bellator’s recent Latin American tryouts.
Making his Bellator debut, Daniel Miller will put his training to the test as he faces fan favorite Cortez Coleman. Fighting in front of his home state fans, the always exciting Coleman is always looking for the finish and is ready to put on an explosive fight for the WinStar crowd.
After defeating Thiago Santos in his Bellator debut in October, Javy Ayala will fight the heavy-handed Eric Prindle in a heavyweight battle. Stepping into the Bellator cage for the eighth time in his career, Prindle has collected five victories by knockout and plans on using his powerful striking to get past Ayala.
At 7-1 Treston Thomison will step into the Bellator cage for the first time as he battles Stephen Banaszak. Known for his strong ground game Thomison has five wins by submission, all coming in the first round.
The full fight card is listed below.
Bantamweight Title Fight: Eduardo Dantas (15-3) vs. Rafael Silva (21-3)
Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round: Ryan Martinez (10-3) vs. Lavar Johnson (17-8)
Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round: Peter Graham (9-6) vs. Mighty Mo (5-2)
Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round: Alexander Volkov (19-4) vs. Mark Holata (12-4)
Heavyweight Tournament Opening Round: Blagoi Ivanov (9-0) vs. Rich Hale (21-6)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Daniel Miller (4-1) vs. Cortez Coleman (9-5)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Javy Ayala (6-3) vs. Eric Prindle (8-4)
Catchweight Feature Fight (190 lbs): Emeliano Sordi (12-4) vs. Matt Jones (4-6)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Brent Primus (4-0) vs. Chris Jones (8-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Treston Thomison (7-1) vs. Stephen Banaszak (2-1)