PRESS RELEASE: Newport Beach, Calif. (October 30, 2014) – The full card for Bellator 131 has been finalized for one of the biggest events in Bellator history from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center on Saturday, November 15th live and free on Spike TV. The night will feature one of the biggest grudge matches in the sport as MMA icons clash when Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz returns to the Bellator cage to face “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar in a light heavyweight affair, while Will Brooks and Michael Chandler will battle for the vacant Bellator Lightweight Title.
Tickets are on sale now and are available at the Valley View Casino Center Box Office, axs.com or Bellator.com. The main card will also feature an explosive middleweight fight between Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling, a light heavyweight affair between King Mo and Tom DeBlass, a bantamweight showdown between Mike Richman and Nam Phan; along with a full preliminary card of Southern California’s top talent.
Kicking off the Spike.com portion of the night will be a battle of California natives as AJ Matthews faces Kyle Bolt. A four-time Bellator veteran, Matthews has grabbed four of his six professional wins by knockout and is looking for the finish against Bolt, who has won four of his last five fights all by KO or submission.
Hailing from San Diego, Bubba Pugh will face fellow Californian Andy Murad. Pugh has tallied all of his professional victories by first round finish, but will have to hold off Murad who enters the cage riding a two-fight win streak and has recorded three knockout victories.
Coming off of a 42-second submission victory at Bellator 125, Matt Ramirez will fight Nick Garcia who has won five-consecutive fights and posted six of his seven professional wins by KO or submission, while Ian Butler will look to improve his undefeated professional record in a lightweight battle against Joao Faria.
Both making their professional MMA debuts, Jonathan Santa Maria will face Ron Henderson in a flyweight fight and Alex Higley will look to make his mark in front of his home state against Jordan Bailey who only has one professional loss.
A battle of San Diego’s best will round out the preliminary card as Rolando Perez faces Mark Vorgeas. Known for this strong ground game, Vorgeas has won four victories by submission and is looking for the finish against Perez who has won three-straight fights.
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tito Ortiz (17-11) vs. Stephan Bonnar (15-8)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-2) vs. Will Brooks (14-1)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo (13-4) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Melvin Manhoef (29-11 MMA, 37-12 Kickboxing) vs. Joe Schilling (1-3 MMA, 17-7 Kickboxing)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (17-5) vs. Nam Phan (20-13)
Middleweight Feature Fight: AJ Matthews (6-3) vs. Kyle Bolt (8-3)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Ron Henderson (debut) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria (debut)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jordan Bailey (2-1) vs. Alex Higley (debut)
Flyweight Feature Fight: Matt Ramirez (1-0) vs. Nick Garcia (1-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Andy Murad (8-2) vs. Bubba Pugh (3-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Rolando Perez (7-4-1) vs. Mark Vorgeas (5-2)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Ian Butler (1-0) vs. Joao Faria (1-1)