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Bellator 115 Card Finalized, Headlined by Heavyweight Championship

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The heavyweight title is on the line at Bellator 115 as Vitaly Minakov (13-0) defends his belt for the first time against UFC veteran Cheick Kongo (20-8-2).

Minakov won the belt against Alexander Volkov back at Bellator 108 with a first round knockout. He earned his title shot with a Bellaot 2013 Summer Series tournament victory, finishing all three opponents leading up to his title fight.

Kongo left the UFC after a UFC 159 bout last April. He is still undefeated in Bellator and debuted in the organization with a TKO over Mark Godbeer and then defeated Peter Graham to earn his title shot.

The semi-finals for the Bellator season 10 welterweight tournament is on the main card as well as finalists Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) takes on Sam Oropeza (11-2). Both of these fighters won their opening round bouts at Bellator 112 against Nah-Shan Burrell and Cristiano Souza respectively.

The semi-finals of the middleweight tournament will provide the next contender to the title as Dan Cramer (10-4) takes on Jeremy Kimball (10-4). Kimball is a replacement for the still suspended Doug Marshall who was punished by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission after a failed drug test last year.

Bellator 115 takes place Friday, April 4th at the Reno Event Center in Reno, Nevada.

Main Card (SPIKE TV):
Bellator Heavyweight World Title:
Vitaly Minakov (13-0) vs. Cheick Kongo (20-8-2)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal*:
Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)*
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Semifinal**:
Dan Cramer (10-4) vs. Jeremy Kimball (10-4)**
Johnny Cisneros (8-2) vs. Mikkel Parlo (11-2)

Preliminary Card (Spike.com):
Volkan Oezdemir (10-0) vs. Kelly Anundson (6-2)
Herman Terrado (11-3) vs. Justin Baesman (14-4)
James Terry (13-6) vs. Rick Reeves (9-4)
Freddie Aquitania (6-1) vs. Josh Appelt (10-2)
Jason Powell (debut) vs. Sinjen Smith (debut)
Benito Lopez (debut) vs. Oscar Ramirez (2-0)

(Courtesy Bellator MMA)
(Courtesy Bellator MMA)


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