Bellator MMA has announced that the Heavyweight Tournament Finals have been scheduled for the November pay-per-view card. The bout will feature Cheick Kongo vs Vinicius Spartan, both of whom knocked out their opponents in the semifinals.
Kongo defeated Mark Godbeer, while Spartan earned a win over Lavar Johnson. The winner of their match up will receive a title shot against Alexander Volkov, who will be defending the belt for the first time since taking it in December.
“I want to fight the best in Bellator so I can be the best,” Kongo said in a statement. “When I try to do things as a competitor, I want to be the best. I messed up before because I wasn’t focused like I’ve been from the beginning. But, now … I will be the best. It’s my time. I came to Bellator for the opportunity to show the best Cheick Kongo. And that’s it.”
“Winning a Bellator tournament today is very difficult and actually achieving victory has tremendous value,” Spartan added. “I prefer it to be difficult and I know Cheick is going to be very tough–that is a motivating factor for me and my team.”
Bellator: Rampage vs Tito will take place on November 2 in Long Beach, California. It will be headlined by a non-title fight between MMA icons Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz.
“To be able to put on a card of this caliber for our first Pay-Per-View is something really special,” Bellator CEO & Chairman Bjorn Rebney wrote. “Kongo vs. Spartan should be absolute fireworks, and will be a fantastic way to kick off what should be a historic night on November 2nd from the Long Beach Arena.”
The current card is as follows:
Pay-Per-View Main Card
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Rampage Jackson (32-11) vs. Tito Ortiz (16-11-1)
Lightweight Title Fight: Michael Chandler (12-0) vs. Eddie Alvarez (24-3)
Light Heavyweight Interim Title Fight: King Mo Lawal (11-2) vs. Emanuel Newton (21-7-1)
Featherweight Title Fight: Pat Curran (19-4) vs. Daniel Straus (21-4)
Heavyweight Tournament Finals: Cheick Kongo (19-8) vs. Vinicius Spartan (7-3)
Spike TV Preliminary Fights
Fight Master Welterweight Finals: Joe Riggs (39-14) vs. Mike Bronzoulis (15-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Terry Etim (15-5) vs. Patrick Cenoble (9-2)
Spike.com Preliminary Fights
Welterweight Feature Fight: Joe Williams (10-3) vs. Jesse Juarez (20-8)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Brandon Halsey (4-0) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5-1)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Guymon (14-6-1) vs. Aaron Miller (14-8)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Camacho (13-18-3) vs. Cleber Luciano (8-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Darren Smith (4-3) vs. Josh Smith (8-5)