Fans invited to this week's Bellator 183 weigh-ins, Fan Fest (and chance for a sick dinner prize)

Bellator’s return to its home base in San Jose, Calif., goes down this week, and fans can get up close and personal with some MMA superstars.

Fans are invited to the weigh-ins for Bellator 183, as well as a Fan Fest and meet-and-greet opportunities. In addition, one lucky fan can win a chance to have dinner with three MMA standouts, four VIP tickets to the event and a Bellator prize pack.

Bellator 183 takes place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

The weigh-ins take place at SAP Center. Doors open to fans at 4 p.m. PT local time. At 4:30 p.m., weigh-ins for the Bellator Kickboxing 7 event take place, followed by the ceremonial weigh-ins for Bellator 183 at 5 p.m.

After that, a Fan Fest will take place Dave & Buster’s at 940 Great Mall Dr.
in Milpitas, Calif. On hand will be women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd, Dan Henderson, Mike Goldberg and John McCarthy from 8-11 p.m. ET. The event is free with an RSVP by Bellator Nation members, who can sign up at bellator.com/fanfest.

On Saturday, before the fights, there will be a meet-and-greet opportunity with legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in the concourse at SAP Center from 3:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, the first 5,000 fans into the fights will receive a limited edition Fedor bobblehead.

There’s another opportunity for one lucky winner, as well. Fans can register to win a dinner with Emelianenko, former lightweight champ Michael Chandler and women’s MMA pioneer Gina Carano. The winner will get dinner, four VIP tickets to Bellator 183, and a Bellator prize pack. Fans can enter to win at Bellator183dinner.com.

In the Bellator 183 main event, former UFC and WEC lightweight champ Benson Henderson takes on Patricky Freire. In the co-feature, “TUF 10” winner and UFC veteran Roy Nelson makes his Bellator debut against Javy Alyala. Plus, Paul Daley takes on UFC veteran Lorenz Larkin in a welterweight featured bout.

For more on Bellator 183, visit the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

Tatsuya Kawajiri joins Rizin FF 7, looking for bantamweight grand-prix spot

Tatsuya Kawajiri is taking a step toward fighting at bantamweight.

The 39-year-old Japanese vet, who’s fought at lightweight and featherweight for organizations rankings from the UFC to PRIDE to Strikeforce since his 2000 pro debut, is looking for a spot in the bantamweight grand prix when he fights at Rizin FF 7.

Rizin FF 7 takes place Oct. 15 at Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan. North American broadcast plans haven’t been announced.

Kawajiri (36-11-2) fights Gabriel Oliveira (9-0) at a catchweight of 138.9 pounds, officials recently announced.

According to a press release, Kawajiri sent Rizin FF General Manager Nobuhiko Takad a picture of him standing on a scale at 138 pounds, which prompted the booking of the vet for a wild-card qualification bout.

“The only reason why I am doing this is because I want (Kyoji Horiguchi),” Kawajiri stated. “If he wasn’t in this tournament, I would never go through all of this pain to just make weight. I want to put everything I have, everything I have worked for, in this tournament to fight the icon of Japan’s young, promising generation.”

Kawajiri recently halted a three-fight skid, which included UFC losses to standouts Cub Swanson and Dennis Bermudez, with a unanimous-decision win over Anthony Birchak at Rizin FF 5. Oliveira, a 27-year-old promotional newcomer, is a veteran of the South American fight circuit, where he holds two regional titles, and has four knockouts in nine career wins.

The latest Rizin FF 7 card includes:

For more on Rizin FF 7, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Fans invited to this week's Bellator NYC weigh-ins, Q&A, fan fest in New York City

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Bellator’s long-awaited return to pay-per-view takes place this week, and fans can get up close and personal with some MMA legends.

Fans are invited to the weigh-ins for Bellator NYC, as well as a Q&A session with four MMA legends and a fan fest on Friday in New York City. Bellator NYC takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden with a main card on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 portion of the event on Spike and MMAjunkie.

The Q&A and ceremonial Bellator NYC weigh-ins take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Doors open to fans at 4 p.m. ET. At 4:30 p.m., fans can meet the Bellator ring girls. At 5 p.m., a “Legends” Q&A takes place with Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture, Royce Gracie and Dan Henderson. And the ceremonial weigh-ins for the event kick off at 6 p.m.

After that, members of the “Bellator Nation” fan club can head to Dave & Buster’s in Times Square for a chance to meet Ortiz and Gracie, who will be on hand from 8-11 p.m. ET. The event is free with an RSVP by Bellator Nation members, who can sign up at bellator.com/fanfest.

In the Bellator NYC main event, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) takes on Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a long-awaited grudge match. In the co-feature, heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) fights Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). The pay-per-view portion also features a pair of title fights. Welterweight champion Douglas Lima (28-6 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) takes on new acquisition Lorenz Larkin (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) meets Brent Primus (7-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). Plus, in the main event of the Bellator 180 portion on Spike, light heavyweight champ Phil Davis (17-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) rematches recent signee Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) with the title on the line.

For more on Bellator NYC and Bellator 180, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie