PRESS RELEASE / CHICAGO, Ill. (September 27, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the Local Feature Fights for Bellator 31 taking place at the L’Auberge du Lac Resort in Lake Charles, Lousiana on September 30th. Headlining the local main event is hard-hitting Baton Rouge native Shawn Jordan (9-1) facing off against well rounded Oklahoma native Mark Holata (4-2) in heavyweight action.
In the local co-main event of the evening, two Southern-based lightweights square off when Lake Charles’ own Kyle Miers (1-0) meets Mississippi’s John Harris (2-3) in a fight that should have fans on their feet.
Two undefeated fighters meet when fast-rising Mike Chandler (3-0) faces off with Scott Stapp (2-0) in a 165-pound catch-weight clash sure to be an exciting fight.
Rounding out the card will be two Louisiana natives fighting for home state pride as Tim Ruberg (2-0) takes on Aaron Davis (1-2) in middleweight action.
“Our local fight card gives fans a chance to see some of the best talent Louisiana has to offer,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We’re excited to bring Bellator’s unique tournament format to a place that appreciates world-class MMA.
In addition to the local-feature fights, the Bellator 31 card includes:
* – The Bellator Women’s Tournament moves into the semifinals when the world’s top pound-for-pound female fighter Megumi “Mega Megu” Fujii (21-0) squares off against veteran submission specialist Lisa Ward (14-5-1) in a highly anticipated rematch for one of the two spots in the World Championship fight.
* – The Women’s Tournament continues with explosive knockout artist Zoila “Warrior Princess” Frausto (8-1) taking on dangerous submission finisher Jessica “Jag” Aguilar (9-3) for the second spot in the women’s final.
* – A Bellator Welterweight Qualifying match rounds out the main card as highly regarded undefeated prospect Chris “The Assassin” Lozano (5-0) meets dangerous UFC veteran Yoshiyuki “Zenko” Yoshida (11-5). Lozano looks to keep his impressive knockout streak intact, as the Cleveland native has recorded every victory via KO or TKO.