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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


* 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)


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

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 ( 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.

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

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