Bellator’s current heavyweight tournament will come to a conclusion on pay-per-view after the two finalists, Cheick Kongo and Vincius Queiroz, were added to the line-up earlier today.
Kongo emerged victorious in his Bellator debut a week ago with a second round TKO victory over Mark Godbeer, while Queiroz produced a significant upset victory over another former UFC fighter Lavar Johnson in the other half of the bracket, taking just 23 seconds to knock him out.
Kongo Vs Queiroz is expected to complete the five-fight card for the pay-per-view portion of the show, aka Bellator 106 on November 2nd.
The event will of course be headlined by yet more recently released UFC fighters, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Tito Ortiz, with a lightweight title rematch between current champion Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez set for the co-main event.
A featherweight title bout between Pat Curran and Daniel Struss, plus interim light-heavyweight title action between Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal and Emanuel Newton completes the line-up so far.
Bellator are certainly pulling out all the stops to make their first ever pay-per-view offering as enticing as possible to fans. Even so, given that even the UFC can find it tough to draw big numbers on PPV except for the very biggest names in the sport they’ve definitely got a tough task ahead of them.
A glimpse at how challenging it is emerged just this past weekend when MMAJunkie.com journalist John Morgan revealed that just a few weeks from the show in Long Beach, California they’ve only sold 1,700 tickets for the live event with a further 2,000 on consignment. The Long Beach Arena can hold 13,500 fans.