03-24-2011, 05:34 PM
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Bellator FC 41
Date: Apr 16, 2011
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Venue: Cocopah Resort and Casino
Broadcast: MTV2 9 PM EDT
* Champ Joe Warren vs. Marcos Galvao (non-title fight)
* Champ Zach Makovsky vs. Chad Robichaux (non-title fight)
* Kenny Foster vs. Daniel Straus (featherweight-tourney semifinal)
* Patricio "Pitbull" Freire vs. Wilson Reis (featherweight-tourney semifinal)
PRELIMINARY CARD (un-aired)
* Rudy Aguilar vs. Carlos Flores
* Tyler Bialecki vs. Anthony Birchak
* Michael Parker vs. Nick Piedmont
* Jose Diaz vs. Alex Garcia
In addition to the night's two non-title fights, Bellator 41 features the semifinal round of the organization's eight-man featherweight tournament, officials today announced.
The bouts include Kenny Foster (9-2 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Daniel Straus (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BFC) and Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (15-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Wilson Reis (12-2 MMA, 5-2 BFC).
The event takes place April 16 at Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz., and the night's main card airs on MTV2.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, the show also features non-title fights between featherweight champion Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) and Marcos Galvao (9-3-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC), as well as bantamweight titleholder Zach Makovsky (12-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) vs. Chad Robichaux (11-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
The tourney fighters look to punch their tickets to the finale in May. The winner earns $100,000 in total pay and a title shot with Warren later in the year.
Foster picked up his eighth win in nine fights by submitting Eric Larkin in the opening round of the tournament earlier this month. His opponent, Straus, scored a decision win over Nazareno Malegarie for his 11th straight victory overall.
Meanwhile, Freire, who was this past season's tourney runner-up to Warren, scored a third-round TKO of Georgi Karakhanyan in this season's opening round. Reis, a former EliteXC champ and two-time Bellator tournament semifinalist, kicked off his latest tourney wun with a submission victory over Zac George.
For more on Bellator 41, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.
I can't wait to see Bellator really start growing to the top, I think they will be the next Strikeforce when they dissolve into the UFC.