Bellator teams up with USO to salute the troops in Hawaii
Bellator MMA comes to Hawaii on December 15 (AWST) with a special event held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. The happening is dedicated to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The USO is a historic military support organization – not just in entertainment but in connecting them back to the things they love and fight for,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “It made perfect sense for Bellator to establish a relationship with the USO and provide a unique opportunity to Hawaii’s military population. We appreciate their service to the nation, and we hope this is just the first of many opportunities for us to work together.”
Top of the bill is a lightweight championship defense featuring the current champion Brent Primus who faces two-time former titlist Michael Chandler. In addition, the pair meets for the second time.
Brent Primus (8-0) hasn’t fought since last June when he took the first-round TKO win against Chandler and became a new titleholder. His return to action has been delayed due to injuries.
Michael Chandler (18-4) aspires to reclaim the championship and become a three-time titleholder. He earned his way back to No. 1-contender status with the wins against Benson Henderson, Patricky Pitbull, Goiti Yamauchi and Eddie Alvarez.
The co-headline bout features Frank Mir up against Javy Ayala. The pair squares off in a clash of heavyweights.
Frank Mir (18-12) is the former UFC heavyweight champion. He returns to action following his battle with Fedor Emelianenko in April. His resume includes a series of notable wins against Brock Lesnar, Mirko Cro Cop, among others.
Javy Ayala (10-7) is known for his knockout win against Sergei Kharitonov. Over the course of his career he has also defeated the likes of Eric Prindle and Raphael Butler.
Other matchups are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The current lineup can be found below.
Lightweight Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler
Heavyweight Frank Mir vs. Javy Ayala