Bellator 67 will take place this Friday night from the beautiful Casino Rama near Orillia, Ontario and the card is sure to deliver some very electric mixed martial arts action to hungry fans in the region.
The card is topped with a headline super-fight between current lightweight champion Michael Chandler and Japanese veteran sensation Akihiro Gono. In a formula that fans have grown to know and rely on, the card is the filled out by tournament action and a variety of aspiring local fighters.
This is the promotion's third event in the last 10 months in the 5,000-seat Rama Entertainment Complex and the fans in Ontario are very appreciative of the fact that it is becoming regular stop. The first event was Bellator 47 last July and was highlighted by featherweight tournament action and a great fight between Pat Curran and Ronnie Mann.
The next show at Rama was only four months later, highlighted by the welterweight tournament final that saw Douglas Lima take out Ben Saunders with a second-round knockout.
Bellator has not slowed down in Ontario in 2012, as they held their first show in Windsor last month in the Colosseum inside Caesars Casino. That card was headlined by a title fight between Ben Askren and Douglas Lima, and although the card fizzled a bit, it was by no fault of the promotion.
The card was stacked, but the fighters always make or break the night and the fighters were just a bit too tentative on the night.
Less than a month later, Bellator is back in Ontario this Friday night and the buzz is building within the area. Bjorn Rebney and his crew are consistently building satisfied customers in this region and mixed martial arts fans here should feel very spoiled.
Dwight Wakabayashi is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report MMA, MMA Editor at CKSN.ca and guest blogger for Sportsnet.ca.