By: Rob Francis
When a national promotion like Bellator comes to town they don’t just put on a fight. The week leading up to show time has many activities for fans to get up close and personal with the fighters.
On Monday November 2nd, Michael Chandler and Justin Lawrence will have an open work out at the Thoroughbred Wrestling Academy in Maryland Heights. Fans can get autographs and pictures starting at 6:30pm. Thoroughbred Wrestling Academy, 830 Fee Fee Rd Maryland Heights MO, 63043
Patricio Pitbull Freire will be at Hahn Extreme Fitness and Martial Arts at 7pm on Monday November 2nd for a meet and greet. Hahn Extreme Fitness and Martial Arts Center, 2120 Tenbrook Rd., Arnold, MO 63010.
Weigh ins will be held at the Fox Sports Midwest Live! stage at Ballpark Village on Thursday November 5th. Weigh ins start at 6pm and are open to the public.
After the weigh ins, at 8pm fans can head to Dave and Busters for fan fest. Fans can meet and receive autographs from some of the greatest fighters of all time. Fans will also have the opportunity to take a photograph with the Bellator ring girls. Attending fan fest will be Kimbo Slice, Liam McGeary, Royce Gracie, Tito Ortiz, Ken Shamrock and just announced Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. The rumors are circulating that an announcement will be made regarding Angles future during the television broadcast.
Fan Fest is exclusively for Bellator Nation Members only, becoming an official Bellator Nation Member is free. Click the link to register and RSVP to Fan Fest. http://bellator.spike.com/fan-fest
Doors open at 5pm on Friday with the undercard starting around 5:45. The televised broadcast starts at 8pm on Spike. There have been some changes to the card. The updated fight card follows.
Emmanuel Sanchez (11-2) vs Justin Lawrence (7-2)
Michael Chandler (13-3) vs David Rickels (16-3, 1 NC)
Bobby Lashley (13-2) vs James Thompson (20-14, 1 NC)