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Old 03-23-2011, 10:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bellator 44, Lombard vs. Vitale headliner headed to Atlantic City

Bellator 44
Date: May 14, 2011
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Venue: Caesars Atlantic City
Broadcast: MTV2

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MAIN CARD

* Hector Lombard vs. Falaniko Vitale (non-title fight)
* Michael Chandler vs. Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (lightweight-tourney final)
* Brett Cooper vs. Alexander Shlemenko
* Bryan Goldsby vs. Anthony Morrison (bantamweight-tourney qualifier)

PRELIMINARY CARD

* Giedrius Karavackas vs. Sam Oropeza
* Jeff Lentz vs. Anthony Leone
* Azunna Anyanwu vs. Randy Smith
* Gemiyale Adkins vs. Jay Silva



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Bellator Fighting Championships officials have unveiled their final host site for the current fourth season.

Bellator 44, the organization's second-to-last show of the season, takes place May 14 at Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey.

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, the headliner features a non-title bout between Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard (27-2-1 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and Falaniko Vitale (28-9 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

The event also will feature the finale of one of the organization's four season-four tournaments.

"This is a great partnership for us; Atlantic City is a classic fight town, and New Jersey is a hotbed for mixed martial arts, so it was a natural fit," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "And, Hector vs. Falaniko should be a great fight."

Lombard, who won Bellator's season-one tournament to become champion, beat the first challenger to his belt this past October when he took on season-three tourney winner Alexander Shlemenko and earned a unanimous-decision win at Bellator 34. With the victory, Lombard's win streak now stands at 16 fights, and he hasn't lost a bout since November 2006.

Vitale returned to active competition this past year and put together back-to-back wins in his home state of Hawaii. It was a welcome turnaround following an unsuccessful stint in Strikeforce in which Vitale went 1-2. The UFC veteran holds notable victories over Yushin Okami, Matt Lindland and former UFC champ Dave Menne. His fight with Lombard serves as his Bellator debut.

Caesars Atlantic City features a 1,600-seat performance venue. It plays host to Bellator's first-ever show in New Jersey

Tickets for the event are now on sale.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/22953/bell...antic-city.mma

Interesting to see Bellator really holding onto him. They need to sign some guys to further deepen their talent pool.
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