Final Card for Bellator's Last Show of the Season


Looks like Bellator will end their first season with a bang - this Friday's show in Florida features their high-profile 155- and 185-pound finals, plus some solid UK and European talent like Rosie Sexton, Sami Aziz and Brad Pickett.

Final card below; full press release in the extended entry.

Bellator XII
June 19, 2009
Seminole Hard Rock & Casino
Hollywood, Florida

Bellator Lightweight World Championship Final Bout
Eddie Alvarez (17-2) vs. Toby Imada (22-12)

Bellator Middleweight World Championship Final Bout
Hector Lombard (20-2-1) vs. Jared Hess (9-0-1)

Non-Tournament Bouts
LW: Jorge Masvidal (17-4) vs. Eric Reynolds (10-2)
FW: Sami Aziz (5-0-1) vs. Brad Pickett (16-4)
WW: Josh Martin (6-2-1) vs. Sergio Morais (3-0)
120 lbs: Valerie Coolbaugh (1-1) vs. Rosi Sexton (9-1)
LW: Troy Gerhart (5-0) vs. Luis Palomino (10-5)
140 lbs: Jennifer Kloptsoff (debut) vs. Stephanie Guimaraes (0-1)


Lightweights Alvarez vs. Imada and Middleweights Lombard vs. Hess Compete for World Championship Titles


Hollywood, Fla. – June 17, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Live to conclude the inaugural tournament season on June 19 in Hollywood, Fla.  The 12-week world championship mixed martial arts tournament will cap off its first nationally televised season with a stacked fight card in the same arena where the tournament first launched April 3rd.  Headlining the event will be the Bellator Lightweight and Middleweight championship fights.  The Lightweight world title fight pits top ranked Lightweight Eddie Alvarez against submission-of-the-year sensation Toby Imada, with the winner taking home a total of $175,000 and the Bellator Lightweight world title. In the other headlining fight, former Cuban Olympian Judo ace Hector "Shango" Lombard will face off against the Oklahoman All-American wrestler Jared Hess for the 185 lb. belt and $175,000 in tournament earnings. Both world title matchups will be preceded by an action packed series of feature fights showcasing world-class MMA athletes Jorge Masvidal, Troy Gerhart, Luis Palomino and Eric Reynolds. The broadcast event will be featured exclusively in primetime on ESPN Deportes on Saturday, June 20th, with the English language event available Wendsday, June 25th at


"Our first season has proven that magical things can happen when fighters are allowed to control their own destiny," said Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney. "As a fan of this spectacular sport it’s been my great pleasure to sit cageside week after week and watch these amazing moments happen over and over again."  


Philadelphia Fight Factory standout Eddie Alvarez returns to the city where it all began for him in Bellator to face off against dangerous submission ace Toby Imada for the Bellator Lightweight title. Coming off of his stunning "submission of the year" at Bellator V, Toby Imada will look to beat Alvarez and claim a long deserved world title.  As he prepares to compete for the first ever Bellator Lightweight World Championship, Alvarez has stated that he expects his June 19th performance to be the best of his highly distinguished fight career. The winning fighter will have the title belt bestowed upon him immediately following the bout and will defend his world title belt against the winner of Bellator’s season no. 2 challenger series where the promotion’s no. 1 Lightweight contender will be determined.


In the other world title fights,  Cuban Judoka Hector Lombard looks to capture  his first ever MMA world title when he faces former collegiate wrestling star Jared Hess, who defeated Middleweight hopefuls Yosmany Cabezas and Daniel Tabera to earn this shot at the Middleweight belt. With their combined records of 28-2, the duo is guaranteed to thrill the Florida crowd with their differing styles. Hess brings world-class wrestling skills to the Bellator cage with a well-rounded MMA arsenal and tremendous stamina, while Lombard will look to continue his dominant performances with his very heavy-handed punishing style. The winner of Bellator’s Middleweight crown will receive a total of $175,000, the world championship belt and the right to defend their title against the winner of Bellator’s season no. 2 Middleweight champion.


Bellator XII will also host a series of special feature bouts spanning across several weight classes and fight genres. Included in the evening’s matchups will be the unofficial Lightweight runner-up matchup between Florida natives and former tournament competitors Jorge Masvidal and Eric Reynolds. Also featured at Bellator XII will be the women’s special feature bout between Rosie Sexton and Valarie Coolbaugh as well as a matchup highlighting Featherweight Luis Palomino who will look to unleash his heavy handed attack on newly minted Bellator competitor Troy Gerhart. With a total of eight high octane fights scheduled for the evening, the highly anticipated season finale should be one of the most memorable MMA events of 2009.


Tickets are available now and can be purchased at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Ticketmaster customers may log on to, call Ticketmaster's national toll free number 1.800.745.3000, or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.   The fight card to date includes:


Lightweight World Championship Final Bout:

155 lbs. – Eddie Alvarez (17-2) vs. Toby Imada (22-12)


Middleweight World Championship Final Bout:

185 lbs. – Hector Lombard (20-2) vs. Jared Hess (8-0-1)


Non-Tournament Bouts:

155 lbs. – Jorge Masvidal (17-4) vs. Eric Reynolds (10-2)

145 lbs. – Sami Aziz (4-0-1) vs. Brad Pickett (16-4)

170 lbs. – Josh Martin (6-2-1) vs. Sergio Morais (3-0)

120 lbs. – Valerie Coolbaugh (1-1) vs. Rosie Sexton (9-1)

155 lbs. – Troy Gerhart (5-0) vs. Luis Palomino (10-5)

140 lbs. – Jennifer Kloptsoff (Pro Debut) vs. Stephanie Guimaraes (0-1)


For more information about Bellator Fighting Championships, visit For the Spanish language version of the website, visit Please contact your local cable provider to learn more about viewing Bellator Fighting Championships on ESPN Deportes. 


About Bellator Fighting Championships

Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago.  Bellator’s founders, Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein, are experienced fighting sports and entertainment professionals 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 (including Rob Beiner, winner of 12 Emmy awards for sports programming), fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. 


About Seminole Hard Rock & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino provides quality guest experiences where South Floridians can play, stay, dine, and shop. Eighty-seven tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Play one of the more than 2,300 Vegas-style slots including the Native-American casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members experience an exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and celebrity show kitchen. Convene in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise for Texas Hold‘em, limit Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. The AAA, Four Diamond rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 16 restaurants and lounges, 40,000-square-feet of meeting room space, a European-style spa, auto salon, 23 retail shops, 11 nightclubs, Paradise Live, and Hard Rock Live. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at

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