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Old 03-23-2011, 09:46 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)

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* 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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does he have a championship clause??

looking forward to seeing lombard vrs doerksmen on friday nightin sydney. should be a good warmup for him
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does he have a championship clause??

looking forward to seeing lombard vrs doerksmen on friday nightin sydney. should be a good warmup for him
I don't know about Lombard specifically, but Bellator does have a restrictive championship clause in their standard contracts:

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“if, at the expiration of the Term, Fighter is then UFC champion, the Term shall be automatically extended for a period commencing on the Termination Date and ending on the earlier of (i) one (1) year from the Termination Date; or (ii) the date on which Fighter has participated in three (3) bouts promoted by ZUFFA following the Termination Date (”Extension Term”). Any references to the Term herein shall be deemed to include a reference to the Extension Term, where applicable.”

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The initial term of this Agreement shall commence upon the date of this Agreement is signed by Fighter (Effective Commencement Date”) and shall expire two years from the date that Fight er signs this Agreement or two years from the first bout in which Fight er fights hereunder whichever is the later date, unless terminated or unless extended or suspended in which case this Agreement shall expire no later than seven years from the Effective commencement date hereof. Fighter grants EXPLOSION the option and the right but not the obligation to extend the term of this Agreement (“extended term”) upon the same terms and conditions except as hereinafter set forth for an additional one year if Fight er at any time during the term hereof holds or held a Strikeforce Championship Title.

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“If, at any time during the term, FIGHTER is declared the champion of his weight class, a Tournament winner, or a Tournament runner-up, the Term shall be automatically extended for a period commencing on the Termination Date and ending on the earlier of (i) eighteen (18) months from the Termination Date, or (ii) the date in which FIGHTER has participated in three (3) bouts promoted by PROMOTER following the Termination Date (“Extension Term”). Any reference to the Term herein shall be deemed to include a reference to the extension term where applicable.”
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I haven't seen a single Bellator event. Am i missing out?
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Good warm up for lombard last night making quick work of doerksmen.

man that guy can throw a punch!

cant wait for bellator 44

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cant wait for another lombard ktfo victory.
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So Lombard gets yet another tune-up match?
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This is gonna end badly for Vitale - He'll get a dejavu of his fights with Robbie lawlor.

After this Lombard has to think about moving on. Either that or he has to put huge pressure on Bellator to sign more higher profile Middleweights. I know it's not their style but signing Kang, Gerrald Harris and Filho (If he can make MW!) would be awesome.
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Well considering the buy out of Strikeforce that is going to be a little difficult. Strikeforce takes many of the elite middleweights in the world with them. But I will agree that Kang, Gerald Harris and Filho definately fall under the free agents.
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