Newport Beach, Cailf. (Jan. 20, 2014) – Bellator MMA is bringing The Toughest Tournament In Sports back to southern California as Pechanga Resort & Casino hosts the Welterweight Tournament semifinals Friday, April 11, 2014, live on Spike TV.
The night will also feature a light heavyweight showdown between Vladimir Matyushenko and Joey Beltran.
Bellator 116 will be broadcast live from Pechanga Resort & Casino, beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free exclusively on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. ET. The Welterweight tournament opening rounds will begin on March 14, 2014, with the deepest welterweight field in Bellator history, including War Machine, Joe Riggs, Andrey Koreshkov, Jesse Juarez, Nah-Shon Burrell, Mark Scanlon, Adam McDonough and Sam Oropeza.
The four who have their hands raised will move onto the semifinals on April 11, 2014, from Pechanga, and will be one step closer in earning their $100,000 prize and their shot at the Bellator Welterweight title.
"Pechanga was a fantastic partner for Bellator on Spike in 2013 and this partnership is only getting bigger and better in 2014," Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. "Just 90 minutes from our home base, Pechanga is our home away from home here in southern California. With some of the best MMA fans on Earth, an incredible Welterweight tournament and California’s premiere casino/resort destination, April 11th is going to be a spectacular night live at Pechanga."
More information on the April 11th card will be made available in the coming weeks.