Two $100,000 Tournament Finals Headline Loaded Bellator 84 on December 14 from Horseshoe Casino Hammond
Featherweight and Heavyweight Tournament Champions will be crowned; Team Curran’s Felice Herrig Returns vs. Michelle Gutierrez
Newport Beach, Cali. (October 12, 2012) — Bellator’s Seventh and final season on MTV2 will come to a dramatic close on December 14th as tickets are now on sale for Bellator 84 from The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The event will feature the Tournament Finals in both the Featherweight and Heavyweight divisions, as well as the return of the “Lil’ Bulldog” Felice Herrig as she faces off against Michelle Gutierrez. Tickets for the event are on sale now and are available at Horseshoe Casino, Ticketmaster,www.thevenue-chicago.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
The event will broadcast starting at 7 p.m. CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. CT, with the preliminary streamed LIVE and FREE on Spike.com.
“We’ve had great success and explosive fights at Horseshoe Casino, and I expect nothing less on December 14th for Bellator 84,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Our fans in Hammond are going to see two competitors walk away with checks for $100,000, and the chance to fight for a Bellator World Championship on Spike early next year.”
For Herrig, the Illinois native and Team Curran member has her sights set on longtime rival and former colleague Michelle “Diablita” Gutiérrez. Originally tied together under the same fight team, Herrig collected a submission victory over Gutierrez in 2009, but still feels like some unfinished business is on the line.
“We used to have the same management and were put in many situations to work together,” said Herrig. “I honestly gave it my best effort to be friends with her but her unethical practices as a fighter and in business directly impacted me. Fighting Michele again really does nothing for my career other than it gives me a chance to shut her mouth once and for all. It’s time for her to put her money where her mouth is.”
Even with the bad blood between the two, it won’t stop Herrig from realizing the opportunity in front of her.
“I am so excited to fight with Bellator again! To have my first fight back in Hammond is awesome since it’s so close to my home town. I was in the crowd when I witnessed my teammate Pat Curran win the Bellator Featherweight Title and I can’t wait to fight!
Additional information on Bellator 84 will be made available shortly.
For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator
About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is the world’s largest tournament based Mixed Martial Arts organization. Televised to nearly 500 Million homes worldwide, Bellator’s majority owner is entertainment giant Viacom. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on MTV2, in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Starting in January of 2013 Bellator will be broadcast on MMA television leader, Spike TV. With over 150 world-class athletes under contract, Bellator is home to many of the sport’s top athletes. Bellator’s founder &CEO, Bjorn Rebney, an experienced fighting sports and entertainment executive with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes, believed that title shots should be earned, not given. This belief gave rise to Bellator’s real sport, tournament-based format, which gives Bellator’s tournaments a true playoff feel that keeps the sport true and distances itself from the political/subjective side of fighting sports. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Southern, California.
About Horseshoe Casino
The $500 million Horseshoe Casino, a Caesars Entertainment Corporation property, just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago is the premier entertainment and gambling destination in Chicagoland. Where legendary gaming lives on, Horseshoe boasts more than 350,000 square feet with over 3,000 slot machines, over 100 table games, one of the largest poker rooms in the Midwest, and more. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino is proud to offer the ultimate concert and entertainment destination and premier experience in a flexible space that can hold up to 3,300 guests. Dining elegance is not overlooked and guests can choose from a variety of dining options including; Jack Binion’s Steak House which overlooks Lake Michigan and recent winner of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and the May 2012 OpenTable Diners’ Choice award, around-the-globe variety at the Village Square Buffet, and a taste of Chicago at Benny’s Pub and Eatery.
For more information, please visit: www.chicagohorseshoe.com.
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