Bellator 123 will be Bellator’s 11th season opener, and is scheduled to take place on September 5th, at the Mohegan Sun and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Bellator announced today that the main card of the event on Spike TV will begin an hour earlier at a special start time of 8 P.M. EST / 5 P.M. PT.
Bellator 123 is headlined by a featherweight title fight between Pat Curran and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Also on the 4-fight main card is a light heavyweight contest between King Mo Lawal vs. Marcus Sursa; the debut of Bobby Lashley against Josh Burns; and the card kicks off with a heavyweight bout between Lavar Johnson and Cheick Kongo.
The events following Bellator 123 will revert back to their regular start time of 9 P.M. EST.
“MMA fans know that Friday nights are all about great Bellator action on Spike,” said Bellator CEO Scott Coker, in a statement released by Bellator. “We have a huge night planned for September 5th, and wanted to give fans an opportunity to enjoy what should be a very fun night in Connecticut from Mohegan Sun Casino.”
On the same night, and in the same state, the UFC is holding an event at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut; UFC Fight Night 50 which features a main event between Gegard Mousasi and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The main card of that event airs at 9 P.M. EST on Fox Sports 1.
Featherweight World Title Fight: Patricio Pitbull (21-2) vs. Pat Curran (20-5)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: King Mo Lawal (12-4) vs. Marcus Sursa (13-8)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Burns (8-7) vs. Bobby Lashley (10-2)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Lavar Johnson (18-9) vs. Cheick Kongo (21-9-2)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marvin Maldonado (1-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (2-0)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Steve Garcia (4-0) vs. Kin Moy (4-0)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Wessel (14-7) v s. Josh Diekmann (14-5)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Tamdan McCrory (11-3) vs. Brennan Ward (9-2)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Perry Filkins (8-1) vs. Dan Cramer (10-4)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli (6-1) vs. Mark Griffin (3-3-1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Phillipe Martins (0-1) vs. Pete Rogers Jr. (1-1)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Brandon Fleming (3-2) vs. Blair Tugman (5-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Lucas Cruz (7-2) vs. Andrew Calandrelli (6-4)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Scott Cleve (14-4) vs. Matt Bessette (13-5)