The seven new contests will serve as the Spike.com-streamed
preliminary card of "Bellator: Pitbull vs. Straus," which takes
place Jan. 16 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula,
Doors for the event open at 3:30 p.m. PT, with the preliminary card
starting 30 minutes later. The night's four-fight main card,
headlined by Bellator MMA Featherweight World Champion Patricio
Pitbull vs. former championDaniel Straus, airs on Spike TV at 9
Tickets for "Bellator: Pitbull vs. Straus," which start at just
$50, are currently on sale at the Pechanga Resort & Casino box
office or Pechanga.com.
"We are going to kick off our 2015 schedule with an absolutely
incredible card," Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said. "The
four main fights we previously announced are outstanding, but now
we've put together fantastic lineup that includes fight between
Jacoby and John Salter,
as well as the return of top prospects Fabricio Guerreiro and
Anderson, along with some of California's top up-and-coming
talent. I think this will be a very entertaining night of fights,
from start to finish."
Jacoby, of Denver, Colo., is a 26-year-old striking specialist who
also competes as a professional kickboxer. Eight of his 10
mixed-martial-arts wins have come by way of knockout, and seven of
those came in the first round. He now meets Salter, a grappling
specialist who trains in Freso, Calif. In 13 career appearances,
Salter has never gone to a judges' decision.
Carillo, of Brawley, Calif., makes his Bellator MMA debut after a
near-four-year break from competition. He finished his previous run
with a mark of 3-1 in his final four bouts. He now meets the
undefeated Cummings, of Corona, Calif. Cummings' career mark is
perfect after eight professional appearances, and he's earned
stoppages in seven of those fights, with five wins coming by
submission and another two by knockout.
Kozola, of San Diego, Calif., turned pro in July 2013 and has
earned four straight wins. His past two victories came in the first
round, and all four wins have come by way of finish. He meets
fellow undefeated prospect Rivera, of Lake Forest, Calif. Similar
to his opponent, Rivera also has yet to go to a judges' decision,
earning stoppage wins in all four of his career contests.
Top prospect Anderson is a 24-year-old from San Diego, Calif. In
previous Bellator MMA appearances, he earned victories over
Girtz and Patricky Pitbull. He returns to action after a
disappointing loss to fellow top up-and-comer Marcin Held
in an April 2104 bout. He now faces Navarro, of Riverside, Calif.
After opening his career with four straight losses, Navarro has
since built an incredible 12-fight winning streak. His past five
wins have all come in 94 seconds or less, including an eight-second
TKO win in his most recent appearance.
Four-time Bellator MMA veteran Guerreiro, a 24-year-old Brazilian,
competes for the first time since a May 2014 victory over former
Bellator tournament winner Shahbulat
Shamhalaev. Competing professionally since he was a teenager,
Guerreiro is a judo black belt who currently lives and trains in
California. He now faces Piedmont, an Arizona native who now trains
with top camp Alliance MMA in San Diego, Calif. Piedmont is also a
four-time Bellator MMA veteran who previously faced Matt
Luciano, Jade Porter
and Michael Porter under the company's banner.
Gonzalez, of San Diego, Calif., is unbeaten through his first two
professional bouts, earning one victory by submission and another
by decision. He now faces Morales, of Carson, Calif., who makes his
The undefeated Bondole is a Kings MMA product who lives in
Huntington Beach, Calif. He now faces Herrera, of Temecula, Calif.
Both of Herrera's wins to date have come by knockout.
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