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Bellator heads to West Virginia in June to kick off 2012 Summer Series

Bellator Fighting Championships will enter the state of West Virginia to begin the 2012 Summer Series, becoming the first major MMA promotion to hold a card in the State since MMA became legal. West Virginia passed a bill giving MMA a greenlight in early 2011, and Bellator 71 will begin the push to see the sport grow in the region when things fire up on June 22.

There have been no individual fights or tournament bouts announced for the event, set to take place from the Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. This will mark the second Summer Series in Bellator history with the first taking place last year and seeing Pat Curran emerge with a title-shot after winning a featherweight tournament.

News of the fight card was MMAJunkie through Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

The card will go head-to-head with UFC on FX 4 that same night where Clay Guida and Gray Maynard meet in the main event in a key lightweight showdown.

PHOTO CREDIT – BELLATOR

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