Champions, Featherweight Semifinals Top 8-Fight Bellator 41 Card

By Staff Apr 13, 2011
Bellator Fighting Championships’ 145-and-under set will be on display Saturday night, when Bellator 41 hosts a pair of non-title bouts featuring the company’s featherweight and bantamweight champions, as well as two 145-pound tournament semifinals.

The promotion on Wednesday released the full eight-bout bill for the MTV2-televised event, which emanates from Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz.

Headlining the main card is 145-pound champion Joe Warren (Pictured), who meets Ring of Combat featherweight titlist Marcos Galvao in a 137-pound catchweight affair. The action will be Warren’s first since the hard-nosed wrestler claimed his gold from Joe Soto last September. Galvao enters on a three-fight win streak and has not been defeated since his 2009 exit from World Extreme Cagefighting.

In the co-main event, Bellator bantamweight ace Zach Makovsky faces unbeaten Texan Chad Robichaux. The 28-year-old champion went 6-0 in 2010, last entering the cage in October, when he notched a five-round unanimous decision over Ed West in the third-season tournament final. Robichaux, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, fought just once last year, taking a narrow split decision in his Strikeforce debut against Humberto DeLeon.

Rounding out the televised card are both semifinals in Bellator’s Season 4 featherweight tournament. Brazilians Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and Wilson Reis will square off in a rematch of the second-season semis, while Team Bombsquad product Kenny Foster meets the streaking Daniel Straus.

The four-fight local undercard consists of a heavyweight bout between Rudy Aguilar and Carlos Flores; a bantamweight tilt pitting Anthony Birchak against Tyler Bialecki; a featherweight contest featuring Michael Parker and Nick Piedmont; and a middleweight duel between Brendan Tierney and Dano Moore.
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