Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the Local Feature Fights for Bellator 32 taking place at the Kansas City Power & Light District in Kansas City, MO on October 14th. Headlining the local main event will be Missouri native and Season 2 veteran Eric “The Machine” Marriott (18-5) taking on the always dangerous and hard-hitting Ryan Roberts (13-8). The two featherweights meet for the second time in as many fights, with Roberts recording an impressive decision victory over Marriott in July. “The Machine” is ready for a shot a redemption, and fans should be in for an explosive fight.
Kansas City native and fan favorite Rudy “Bad News” Bears (11-6) battles fellow Bellator veteran Demi Deeds (15-8) in the night’s local co-main event. Bears is no stranger to the Power & Light District, as “Bad News” makes his fourth appearance at the venue with Bellator. Bears is a true veteran of the Midwestern mixed martial arts circuit with 15 of his 17 professional fights taking place in either Oklahoma, Missouri, or Kansas.
The action continues with another Missouri native stepping into the cage with Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament vet Danny Tims (9-3) fighting the undefeated Jared Downing (4-0) in bantamweight action. In his last fight, Tims fell to Bellator Season 3 Bantamweight Tournament Semifinalist Jose Vega by unanimous decision, while Downing returns to Bellator for the first time since Bellator 22 where he finished Chad Vandenberg with a third round rear naked choke.
Kansas City knockout artist Brian Davidson (5-3) takes on Topeka’s Shane Hutchinson (4-6) in a battle of Missouri based featherweights as local action continues.
Rounding out the local action will be the Odessa’s undefeated Owen Evinger (5-0) squaring off against MMA newcomer Nick Spohn (1-0).
Bellator 32’s main card includes:
Bellator will crown its first Heavyweight Champion when 2-time NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Cole “The Polar Bear” Konrad (6-0) squares off against powerful striker Neil “Goliath” Grove (10-2-1) in a highly anticipated Championship match.
The Bantamweight crown will also be handed out in Kansas City when Ed “Wild” West (15-4) takes on Zach “Fun Size” Makovsky (11-2) in a 135 lb battle. “Wild” West enters the fight on an impressive seven-fight win streak, while Makovsky is riding his own streak of five consecutive victories.
Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas (11-5) returns to the Bellator cage when he meets dynamic ground specialist “Judo” Jim Wallhead (19-5) in a Welterweight Special Feature Fight.
Rounding out the main card will be the undefeated Michael Chandler (4-0) returning to action for the second time this month when he faces off against up-and-coming fighter Chris Page (1-2) in a catchweight matchup.
Tickets for the event – which will also be broadcast LIVE nationwide on FOX Sports Net along with action-packed highlight shows that will air on NBC Saturday nights – are on sale now at ticketmaster.com.
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