SANTA MONICA, CALIF.
-- (December 13, 2016) – The stacked main card of "Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen"
now has an equally enticing preliminary offering, with the news that Chinzo Machida
(4-2), Henry Corrales
(12-3), and Guilherme "Bomba"
(8-3) will all compete on January 21, 2017 inside The Forum in Los Angeles, Calif.
In addition, the event will also feature Kevin Casey
(9-5-1, 2 NC), Jack May
(8-3), and Cody Bollinger
(19-6) during the "Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen"
undercard, which will stream live on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET / 3:50 p.m. PT.
Tickets for this monumental event start at $36 and are on sale now at Bellator.com, as well as Ticketmaster.com -- Additional bouts will be announced soon.
On the heels of his spectacular first-round TKO of Mario Navarro during his promotional debut at "Bellator 160: Henderson vs. 'Pitbull,'"
the elder brother of Lyoto Machida returns to action close to where he calls home. A winner of his last three contests, Machida will now meet undefeated Jamar Ocampo
Since signing with Bellator as an undefeated King of the Cage Champion in 2015, Corrales has faced Patricio "Pitbull,"
a former Bellator Featherweight titlist, as well as Daniel Straus
, the current 145-pound kingpin. Add in the fact that "OK" also fought Emmanuel Sanchez and you have a murder's row in the division. Now, the 30-year-old sets his sights on Bollinger, who returns to the Scott Coker-led promotion following one fight in 2012 against Shahbulat Shamhalaev.
"Bomba" will step back into the Bellator MMA-fray after a rear-naked choke submission at "Bellator MMA: Dynamite 2"
this past June. Briefly linked to Demi Lovato romantically, the Brazilian native trains alongside Jay Glazer at the top notch "Unbreakable - Performance Center" in Los Angeles. Standing opposite of "Bomba" will be John Mercurio
(8-7), who hails from Huntington Beach, Calif.
"King" Casey, a Los Angeles native who's the son-in-law of Muhammad Ali, will meet 28-fight veteran Keith Berry
(15-13) at middleweight. A Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Casey is a UFC and Strikeforce veteran and was featured on "The Ultimate Fighter" where he was coached by fellow "Bellator 170"
fighter, Chael Sonnen.
Competing at heavyweight against Dave Cryer
(11-2), May comes into Jan. 21 with six stoppages in eight victories as a professional. Also a UFC veteran, "The Outlaw" has competed against the likes of Derrick Lewis and Bellator MMA veteran Carl Seumanutafa
since beginning his career in 2011.
The fights join a main card that is headlined by a legendary clash between veterans Tito Ortiz
(18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen
(28-14-1). In addition, Ralek Gracie
(3-0) against Hisaki Kato
(7-2) and Georgi Karakhanyan
(26-6-1) versus Emmanuel Sanchez
(13-3) will also be featured on the main card, as will what promises to be an absolute slugfest, when Paul Daley
(38-14-2) meets Brennan Ward
(14-4) in the co-main event of the evening. The event will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.Updated "Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen" Main Card:Light Heavyweight Main Event
: Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (28-14-1)Welterweight Co-Main Event:
Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Brennan Ward (14-4)Middleweight Main Card Bout:
Ralek Gracie (3-0) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2)Featherweight Main Card Bout:
Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) Bellator.com-Streamed Preliminary Card:Featherweight Preliminary Bout:
Chinzo Machida (4-2) vs. Jamar Ocampo (2-0)Heavyweight Preliminary Bout:
Jack May (8-3) vs. Dave Cryer (11-2)Featherweight Preliminary Bout:
Henry Corrales (12-3) vs. Cody Bollinger (19-6)Middleweight Preliminary Bout:
Kevin Casey (9-5-1, 2 NC) vs. Keith Berry (15-13)Welterweight Preliminary Bout:
Guilherme "Bomba" Vasconcelos (8-3) vs. John Mercurio (8-7)Welterweight Preliminary Bout:
Gabriel Green (3-0) vs. Jalin Turner (2-2)Catchweight Preliminary Bout:
Christian Gonzalez (2-0) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (2-0)Lightweight Preliminary Bout:
Jacob Rosales (4-2) vs. Ian Butler (3-2)Welterweight Preliminary Bout:
Johnny Cisneros (9-5) vs. Curtis Millender (9-3)Lightweight Preliminary Bout:
Mike Segura (4-4) vs. Tommy Aaron (2-1)Bantamweight Preliminary Bout:
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