Bellator 118 will be presented from Revel Casino Hotel out of Atlantic City, New Jersey and will be available live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET.
The opening bout on the card will mark the beginning of the “Summer Series” light-heavyweight tournament opener.
Two undefeated prospects look to fall in the contender line for Emmanuel Newton’s 205-pound title when Liam McGeary (6-0) takes on Mike Mucitelli (6-0).
McGreary has only had blinders for success since joining the Bellator staple, going 3-0 with three stoppages, all under 90 seconds. He made examples of Anton Talamantes at Bellator 95 by TKO, Beau Tribolet by KO at Bellator 100 then showed off his diversity by submitting Najim Wali via armbar at Bellator 108.
Mucitelli has seen similar results first hand and other than a unanimous decision win against Ryan McCurdy in his last outing at Bellator 107, he’s made sure nobody has seen past the 3 minute mark when sharing the cage with him. 3 straight submissions, Matt Van Buren tasted his triangle choke at Bellator 73, then both Matt Uhde and Brett Dillingham felt their limbs almost snap off with-taking armbars from Mike at Bellator 81 and 93.
The next matchup is longtime Bellator veteran Marcos Galvao (15-6-1) welcoming undefeated newcomer Thomas “Die Hard Kid” Vasquez (7-0) to the promotion.
Galvao won the Season 6 tournament and has fought for the 135 title on 2 occasions, losing to former champion and interim contender for the night’s main event, Joe Warren by unanimous decision at Bellator 41 and to current champ Eduardo Dantas by knockout at Bellator 89 in the 2nd round. In his most recent bout, Marcos tko’d Tom McKenna with 30 seconds left in the 1st round at Bellator 108. He will look to use the Bang Fighting Championship veteran, Thomas Vasquez as a catapult into his next run at the Bellator bantamweight title.
The co-main event will showcase a semi-final of the welterweight tournament, where the winner will reach the finals against Adam McDonough for a shot at Douglas Lima’s newly won title.
Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) will look to add another tournament to his resume if he can oust Sam Oropeza (11-2).
Andrey’s only blemish came in his title fight against Ben Askren at Bellator 97, but in his quarterfinal bout he demolished Nah-Shon Burrel by TKO in merely 40 ticks off the clock at Bellator 112 to earn his next fight Friday night.
Oropeza has seen the lights of Strikeforce and King of the Cage as well as Bellator and defeated Cristiano Souza by TKO 3 minutes into their first round match-up at Bellator 112.
Then the Main Event hosts the Interim Bellator Banatamweight Title bout between former champion Joe Warren (10-3) against late replacement of current champion Eduardo Dantas, Rafael Silva (21-3).
Warren has won the season 2 featherweight tournament and the season 9 bantamweight tournament. He drove through Nick Kirk by keylock submission in round 2 of their Bellator 101 semi-final matchup and tko’d Travis Marx at the tournament final at Bellator 107 to earn his shot at 135 pound gold.
However just because Rafael Silva is a late replacement it doesn’t make him any less dangerous.
Silva has won 13 straight including his Bellator Summer Series tournament victories over Rodrigo Lima via rear naked choke at Bellator 97 in their semi final bout and earning a unanimous decision victory over former Bellator number 1 contender Anthony Leone in their tournament final bout at Bellator 102.
Can Silva continue his brash Brazilian dominance and capture the interim title? Or will smoking Joe Warren earn a title in his second Bellator weight class?
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