Stacked undercard headed to Boardwalk Hall As Atlantic City hosts Bellator 65 on April 13

Written by: Eddie Goldman
2012-04-10
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From Bellator FightingChampionships:

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 10, 2012) —When Bellator Fighting Championships makes its first trip of the season toAtlantic City, it brings with it a loaded fight card including a BantamweightTitle Fight headlined by Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Zach Makovsky andchallenger Eduardo "Dudu" Dantas, as well as a Season 6 FeatherweightTournament semifinal bout and the last two quarterfinal fights in the Season 6Bantamweight Tournament. Also, a stacked preliminary card is official and isloaded with the best talent from the East Coast and Midwest. Tickets for theevent are on sale and are available through Ticketmaster.com or at theBoardwalk Hall Box Office. Tickets are priced from $50-$150.

The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and incommercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6 p.m. EST, with the first fightscheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring some of the area’stop local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.comstarting at 7 p.m. EST.

The night will feature the return of former Bellator Welterweight ChampionLyman Good as he takes on the always dangerous LeVon Maynard in a welterweightmatchup. Good returns for the first time since dropping a decision to Season 6Bellator Tournament semifinalist Rick Hawn and is looking to get back to theform that saw him win 10 consecutive fights to start his career. Maynard, athree-time Bellator veteran, is looking to score the biggest win of his careerwhen he meets "Cyborg" on April 13.

The hits keep coming as Philadelphia’s Will Martinez takes on Andy Main in afeatherweight contest. Main, a New Jersey hometown favorite, is coming off ahuge win over Bellator veteran Bobby Reardanz, while Martinez will be lookingto extend his winning streak to three.

Bellator open tryout winner Ailton Barbosa will look to get back in the winningcolumn when he faces off against MMA veteran Kris McCray in a welterweightcontest that is sure to produce fireworks at Boardwalk Hall. Barbosa, asubmission specialist, will be fighting for the third time under the Bellatorbanner while McCray, who owns a two-fight winning streak, will be fighting forthe first time since a decision win last November.

Undefeated two-time Bellator veteran E.J. Brooks returns to action to face theexperienced Mikhail Malyutin in a lightweight bout. Brooks, who defeated GregScott and William DeSouza at Bellator 53 and 56 respectively, looks to keep hismomentum going against Malyutin, who is one of the most respected fighters tocome out of Russia.

Newark native Plinio Cruz steps into the Bellator cage for the first time as hebattles Bellator veteran Duane Bastress in middleweight action. Bastress fightsfor the first time since an impressive stoppage of Daniel Gracie at BoardwalkHall in October of last year.

Also, two-time Bellator fighter Lester Caslow from nearby Point Pleasant willbe back in the cage as he takes on Scott "The Animal" Heckman in afeatherweight contest in front of an electric New Jersey crowd.

The card rounds out as Fan-favorite Bellator veteran Kenny Foster will face offagainst Jay Haas in a featherweight match up. Coming off a hard fought loss toAlexandre "Popo" Bezerra in March, Foster will look to get back onthe winning track when he faces Haas in front of the New Jersey faithful.

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