Bellator 53 official weigh-in scheduled for 3:00 p.m. EST Friday

Oct 6, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator 53 will take place FRIDAY at 3:00 P.M. EST inside the Buffalo Run Casino, located at 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd Miami, OK 74354. Bellator 53 will take place inside Buffalo Run on Saturday, October 8 with the first fight taking place at 7 p.m. ET and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 9 p.m. ET and will air LIVE on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX2.

All participants from Saturday night’s event will be on hand, including welterweight semifinalists Ben Saunders, Luis “Sapo” Sanots, Douglas Lima, and Chris Lozano.

The event will be emceed by Bellator cage announcer Michael C. Williams and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith.

As always the weigh-in is open to both the public and media.

If you are not able to attend the official weigh-in/pre-fight conference for Bellator Fighting Championship’s Saturday event, you can catch all the action LIVE at www.Bellator.com. The entire weigh-in/pre-fight press conference for Bellator 53 will be streaming LIVE at 3:00 P.M. EST.

The full fight card for Bellator 53 is below:

MAIN CARD:

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Luis Santos (50-6-1) vs. Ben Saunders (11-3-1)

Welterweight Tournament Semifinal Fight: Douglas Lima (19-4) vs. Chris Lozano (9-1)

Featherweight Tournament Qualifier Fight: Kenny Foster (9-3) vs. Ronnie Mann (20-4-1)

Heavyweight Tournament Alternate Fight: Josh Burns (6-4) vs. Thiago Santos (8-1)

UNDERCARD:

Middleweight Local Feature Fight: Darryl Cobb (5-3) vs. Giva Santana (16-1)

Catchweight Local Feature Fight: A.J. Matthews (4-1) vs. Rudy Bears (13-8)

Light Heavyweight Local Feature Fight: Myron Dennis (4-0) vs. Raphael Davis (10-2)

Welterweight Local Feature Fight: Levi Avera (16-9) vs. David Rickels (8-0)

Catchweight Local Feature Fight: Zak Laird (5-1) vs. Luiz Nogueira (11-2)

Catchweigth Local Feature Fight: Greg Scott (0-0) vs. Emanuel Brooks (3-0)

For more information, visit Bellator.com; follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.

About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

About MTV2

MTV2 is a man's best friend, available in nearly 80 million homes and with the highest concentration of males 12-24 and 12-34 on TV today. A vibrant mix of music, lifestyle and action sports programming, MTV2 has reflected the habits and behavior of young people since its launch in 1996. MTV2 is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

About EPIX

EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a next-generation premium entertainment channel, video-on-demand and online service launched on October 30, 2009. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood titles, classic feature films, original series, music and comedy specials through the linear channel, video-on-demand and online at EpixHD.com, the leading online destination for movies.

EPIX has made the commitment to deliver the industry's most expansive online collection of movies, making more than 3,000 titles available on EpixHD.com. The service is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

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