Bellator 47 finally has a location, the promotion announced
Tuesday, as the July 23 event will emanate from Casino Rama in
Rama, Ontario, Canada.
The second event in Bellator's upcoming “Summer Series” trilogy,
Bellator 47 marks the first time that the promotion has ventured to
Canada. Sherdog.com first reported that Bellator would make its
Canadian debut on July 23.
“Our fans have been asking us to come to Canada since our first
season,” said Bellator head Bjorn Rebney in the release. “Casino
Rama is an unbelievable venue and should make for a magical night
of fights at Bellator 47.”
Limited specifics regarding the event's fight card are known at
this point, but Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren
(pictured) is scheduled to defend his strap at the event against
Season 4 tournament winner Patricio
"Pitbull" Freire. The event will also feature the semifinals of
Bellator's upcoming 145-pound tournament, which will take place
over the course of the “Summer Series” events. UFC veteran Ben
Saunders is expected to compete at Bellator 47, but his
opponent is not currently known.
Casino Rama opened in 1996 and Bellator 47 will mark the
establishment's first encounter with the Chicago-based fight
promotion. MMA was legalized in Ontario in 2010, and in 2011 the
Canadian province played host to UFC 129, which became the largest
UFC event in North American history. The show attracted over 55,000
spectators to the Rogers Centre in Toronto and earned a live gave
of over $12 million.