CHICAGO, Ill. (April 2, 2012) — As Bellator Fighting Championships makes its long awaited return to Canada, it brings with it a stacked fight card headlined by a Bellator Welterweight Title Fight between World Champion Ben Askren and Season 5 Tournament Winner Douglas Lima, a Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semifinal featuring dangerous Brazilian Marlon Sandro and Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra and the first two fights in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament.
The night will also feature a loaded preliminary card filled with some of the best talent across Canada. The event will broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX.
The night will feature the return of Bellator veteran and London, Ontario native Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki as he battles Minnesota’s Mike “The Marine” Richman in a lightweight fight. Horodecki brings with him an impressive 18-3-1 record while the 11-1 Richman is looking to impress the Bellator brass in his debut with the promotion.
Top welterweight prospect Nordine Taleb looks to add to his current five-fight win streak when he faces off against undefeated Matt Secor in a middleweight contest that is sure to please the Canadian crowd. Taleb, who will be making his Bellator debut, will be fighting for the first time since stopping UFC veteran Pete Sell back in November of last year while Secor will be looking to make a name for himself in enemy territory.
Elias Theodorou steps into the Bellator cage for the first time as he battles Michigan native Rich Lictawa in middleweight action; and a pair of local feature fights will also be on the card as Windsor natives Kyle Prepolec and Lance Snow will square off in a catchweight bout while Josh Taverine will take on undefeated Chad Laprise in a welterweight contest.
The card will be rounded out as local fighter Taylor Solomon takes on Jason Fischer in lightweight action. Fischer, who has yet to go to a decision, will look to keep his undefeated record intact when he enters the Bellator cage in Windsor, while Solomon looks to ride the momentum of his 70-second KO victory against Mike Sledzion in November.