Article by Jack Bratcher
Bellator Fighting Championships will take this Friday off, but their sixth season picks back up next next week with Bellator 67 on Friday, May 4, at Casino Rama in Orilla, Ontario. The nightâ€™s main card will feature Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (9-0) squaring off against Japanese superstar Akihiro Gono (32-17-7) in a non-title affair.
Also, Bellatorâ€™s season six welterweight semifinals will take place as UFC vet Ben Saunders (13-4-2) takes on Bryan Baker (17-3), and Dave Rickels (10-0) battles Karl Amoussou (14-4-2). In addition, heavyweights Damian â€œThe Polish Pitbullâ€ Grabowski (14-1) and Dave Huckaba (17-4) will clash, and Canadaâ€™s own Ryan â€œThe Real Dealâ€ Ford (17-4) will do battle with BJJ black belt Luis Santos (50-7-1).
In preliminary card action, rising welterweight Nordine Taleb (6-1) returns to Bellator for a second time. His opponent is yet to be announced. Ontario natives Will Romero (7-3) and Matt Veal (9-7) will clash at featherweight. Muay Thai champion Cosmo Alexander (1-1) takes on undefeated Lorwant-T Nelson (4-0) at lightweight.
Continuing on, Minnesotaâ€™s Nick â€œThe Big Hurtâ€ Kirk (7-0) will look to stay unbeaten against Detroitâ€™s David â€œBoâ€ Harris (6-3) at bantamweight. And Ontario native Nathan Gunn (9-2)will face off with Dom Oâ€™Grady (13-4) at welterweight.
Bellator 67 will broadcast live May 4 on MTV2 starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The nightâ€™s preliminary card will stream live and free on Spike.com starting 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).