Here we go!
The final installment of Bellator's ninth season will culminate in Bellator 109 from Sands Bethlehem Events Center in Bethlehem, PA, and be headlined by a middleweight title fight between the current champion Alexander Shlemenko against the man mixed martial arts (MMA) fans know as "The Rhino" Doug Marshall.
However, before the fights go live on Spike TV, Bellator will deliver a six-fight "Prelims" undercard that features some decent young talent in the promotion. Undefeated Bulgarian heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov, who I witnessed destroy Manny Lara at Bellator 99 in less than 90 seconds will be in action. He will be looking to take his record to 9-0 at the expense of Keith Bell.
Also on the undercard will be Bubba Jenkins, the winner of the 2011 NCAA Division I Championship at 157 pounds for Arizona State University. He was heavily favored against LaRue Burley at Bellator 100, but ended up getting finished in the third frame. "The Highlight Reel" will look to bounce back against another fighter who has a winning percentage of .500, Ian Rammel.
Bellator 109 "Prelims" undercard action begins at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT with online SpikeTV.com stream that you can watch right here in the video player embedded above. "Shlemenko vs. Marshall" main card coverage on Spike TV kicks off at 9 p.m. ET / 6 PT.
Be sure to watch these Bellator 109 "Prelims" bouts here on MMAmania.com in the video player above:
Prelims Under Card (MMAmania.com):
Heavyweight Fight: Keith Bell vs. Blagoi Ivanov --
Featherweight Fight: Saul Almeida vs. Goiti Yamauchi -- Goiti Yamauchi wins via KO at (2:04) of 1st round
Lightweight Fight: Bubba Jenkins vs. Ian Rammel -- Bubba Jenkins wins via TKO (punches) at (2:38) of 3rd round
Lightweight Fight: Brett Glass vs. Brent Primus -- Brent Primus wins via submission (rear-naked choke) at (3:20) of 1st round
Featherweight Fight: Lester Caslow vs. Jay Haas -- Lester Caslow wins via submission (guillotine) at (2:44) of 3rd round
Lightweight Fight: Ahsan Abdulla vs. Mike Bannon -- MOVED TILL AFTER MAIN CARD
Remember that MMAmania.com will provide LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire Bellator 109 card later this evening (Fri., Nov. 22, 2013) right here, starting with the "Prelims" at 4 p.m. ET, right on through the Spike TV-televised main card bouts at 9 p.m. ET.
Enjoy the fights!