Bellator 47 Comes To Canada for Summer Series at Casino Rama

Bellator 47 Comes To Canada for Summer Series at Casino Rama

Orion Sports brings Bellator's First International Event on July 23rd

RAMA, ON, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Casino Rama and Orion Sports Management announced today that Bellator Fighting Championships will be traveling north of the border for the promotion's first international event, debuting at Casino Rama on July 23rd in Rama, ON. Bellator 47, which will air LIVE on The Score & MTV2, will be brought to Canada by Orion Sports Management in conjunction with Casino Rama. Orion Sports Management is an Ontario based promotional company known for staging world-class sports events across Canada, and is headed by Allan Tremblay.

"Orion Sports is both proud and privileged to partner with Casino Rama to bring Bellator Fighting Championships to Canada," stated Orion President, Allan Tremblay.

The event is set to feature Bellator Featherweight World Champion and self-proclaimed "Baddest Man on the Planet" Joe Warren in a Bellator Title fight against Season 4 Featherweight Tournament winner Patricio Pitbull, who punched his ticket into the Championship fight with a unanimous decision victory over Daniel Straus at Bellator 45.

"Our fans have been asking us to come to Canada since our very first season," said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. "Casino Rama is an unbelievable venue and should make for a magical night of fights at Bellator 47."

The night will also host the semifinals of the Bellator Featherweight Summer Series Tournament, with the winners moving onto the finals at Bellator 48 in August. The eight-man competition is shaping up to be one of Bellator's deepest tournaments to date, with Sengoku veteran and Bellator 42 winner Ronnie Mann, Brazilian knockout artist Marlon Sandro, Argentine submission finisher Nazareno Malegarie and Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament Winner Pat Curran all scheduled to compete.*

Casino Rama, opened in 1996, is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino, offering a complete entertainment experience with more than 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 table games, 10 unique restaurants and a world-class 5,000-seat Entertainment Centre.

"MMA is the hottest sport in Ontario right now and we're thrilled to be able to partner with this world leader to bring Ontario fans their first taste of Bellator action," said Jeff Craik, Vice President of Marketing, Casino Rama. "This is going to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer and fans can bet on seeing exactly this caliber of MMA events from Casino Rama several times a year."

Tickets for Bellator 47 will be $50/$75/$125/$175 and exclusive advanced ticket purchase for Players Passport(TM) Club Members & Bellator Underground fans begins Sunday, June 12 at 10 am in-person only at the Casino Rama Box Office and Monday, June 13 at 12 noon in-person at the Box Office and online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262). Special code required for Monday's advance purchase period. Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Tuesday, June 14 at 12 noon and will be available in-person at the Casino Rama Box Office, at all TicketMaster locations, by calling toll free 1-877-599-RAMA (7262) and online at www.casinorama.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable taxes or service charges.

PER SHOW TICKET LIMIT: Ticket limit is 8 per customer per show. Please adhere to published ticket limits. Orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice by TicketMaster at its discretion. This includes duplicate orders having the same billing address or credit card.

About Casino Rama

Operating since July 31, 1996, Casino Rama is Ontario's only First Nations commercial casino. The Casino offers a complete entertainment experience with over 2,500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, 10 unique restaurants, a world-class 5,000 seat Entertainment Centre, and a 300-room all-suite, full-service hotel, featuring spa and health club facilities. Casino Rama is operated by Penn National Gaming, Inc.

About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator's founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships' executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

About Orion Sports Management

Orion Sports Management is an Ontario based promotional company known for staging first classboxing events. Run by former Canadian Airline executive Allan Tremblay, Orion is the force behind Ontario's biggest match ups, from their launch event at The Air Canada Centre ("The Night Of The Hurricane") to a series of televised events in the Niagara region featuring "Baby Joe" Mesi, Razor Ruddock, Egerton Marcus, Chad Brisson, and Steve Molitor.

About MTV2

MTV2 is a man's best friend, available in nearly 80 million homes and with the highest concentration of males 12-24 and 12-34 on TV today. A vibrant mix of music, lifestyle and action sports programming, MTV2 has reflected the habits and behavior of young people since its launch in 1996. MTV2 is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.

*Fight card subject to change and OAC approval.

SOURCE Casino Rama

For further information: Allan Tremblay, President, Orion Sports Management: 905-454-0899; Jenna Hunter, Casino Rama Media Relations Manager: 705-329-5179, hunterj@casinorama.com; Anthony Mazzuca, Bellator Fighting Championships: 312-245-9805

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