The partnership between Monster Energy, Bellator MMA and NASCAR continues to evolve with the announcement of the latest Bellator MMA Fight Series event this Friday (Oct. 13, 2017) in Talladega, Ala., at Talladega Superspeedway.
Bellator will kick off a whole weekend of sports excitement by bringing superstar fighters Roy “Big Country” Nelson and “Iron” Michael Chandler to the Monster Energy Fan Zone in the Talladega Fan Zone for a fan meet-and-greet Friday afternoon at 3 to 4 p.m. CT. Fight fans will find them outside the admission gates behind the north end of the front stretch grandstands.
Later in the evening at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT after the conclusion of the “Big One on the Blvd” parade and party, Bellator will present a four-fight card to any fight fans with Talladega Infield access — it is required for admission to the show. The scheduled line-up is below.
155 lbs.: Omar Johnson (8-1) vs. Jonathan Pearce (5-3)
265 lbs.: Frank Tate (4-4) vs. Kem Oti (2-1)
185 lbs.: Marcel Stamps (1-0) vs. Derek Wilson (Pro Debut)
265 lbs.: Christian Echols (2-0) vs. Billy Swanson (7-1) ** amateur bout
Bellator President Scott Coker had these comments on Monster Energy Bellator Fight Series.
“With the support of Monster Energy, we've already seen the crossover appeal these events offer. I'm excited to head to one of the most iconic tracks in motorsports with Hans Molenkamp, Aaron Quesada, Austin Hodges and the entire Monster Energy team to bring Bellator MMA action to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs at Talladega.”
All of the action culminates Sunday in the running of the Alabama 500, the fifth event in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs, so here’s hoping for good weather for the fights and the race.