Bellator MMA returns to Canada for the first time since 2012, with Bellator 119 taking place at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada on Friday, May 9th.
Bellator announced the full fight card scheduled for the event. The promotion had originally announced that the season 10 heavyweight tournament final would headline the event, however there has a been a change in plans. Instead the card will now feature two season 10 tournament finals, in the middleweight and featherweight divisions.
The main event will feature the middleweight tournament final between Brett Cooper (20-9) and Brandon Halsey (6-0). Cooper punched his ticket to the finals by knocking out Kendall Grove in the semifinals of the 4-man tournament. While Halsey was not an original competitor in the tournament, but became a replacement when the other semifinal between Dan Cramer and Jeremy Kimball was cancelled. Halsey defeated Joe Pacheco in the semifinal to earn his spot in the finals.
The 2nd tournament final, and co-main event of Bellator 119 features a featherweight matchup between Daniel Weichel (33-8) and Desmond Green (11-2). Weichel, the most experienced fighter in the 8-man tournament field, defeated Scott Cleve (submission) and Matt Bessette (decision) to compete in the finals of the tournament. And Desmond Green found more success in his 2nd Bellator tournament, defeating Mike Richman and Will Martinez–both by unanimous decision–to earn his spot in the finals.
In addition to the two tournament finals, the card will feature the return of a notable Canadian lightweight–now making his debut at featherweight, Chris Horodecki (20-4-1), taking on long-time veteran Marlon Sandro (24-5-1).
A star studded preliminary card rounds out the event, with names like Shahbulat Shamhalaev, Marius Zaromskis, Brian Rogers, and Canadian lightweight John Alessio making his 2nd Bellator appearance.
Full Bellator 119 Fight Card:
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Final: Brett Cooper (20-9) vs. Brandon Halsey (6-0)
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final: Daniel Weichel (33-8) vs. Desmond Green (11-2)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Chris Horodecki (20-4-1) vs. Marlon Sandro (24-5-1)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Raphael Butler (8-0) vs. TBA
Featherweight Feature Fight: Fabricio Guerreiro (19-3) vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2-1)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Marius Zaromskis (19-8) vs. Vaughn Anderson (16-2-1)
Catchweight Feature Fight (165 lbs): Guillaume DeLorenzi (10-2) vs. John Alessio (34-17)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Brian Rogers (10-6) vs. Johan Romming (9-4-1)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Stuart Austin (7-0) vs. Craig Hudson (4-3)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Jason Meisel (4-3) vs. Remy Bussieres (3-0)
The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.ca, Bellator.com, or by visiting the Casino Rama Box Office.