The fourth and final opening round matchup in the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix will feature Bellator’s current welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (20-5) defending his title in the tournament against Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC) when Bellator returns to the Bay Area inside SAP Center at San Jose on Saturday, April 27.
In addition, undefeated Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (9-0) will return to action against Boise, Idaho’s Veta Arteaga (5-2) in the co-headliner. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.
An exclusive online presale for this event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Thursday, Jan. 31, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available at the ThreatMetrix Ticket Office at SAP Center at San Jose, as well as Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.
Bellator: MacDonald vs. Fitch will stream live exclusively on DAZN, the fastest-growing sports streaming service in the world, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App.
Inarguably one of the greatest 170-pound fighters walking the planet, Rory MacDonald returns to the welterweight division following a once-in-a-lifetime “champion vs. champion” matchup against Gegard Mousasi in 2018. Now, “The Red King” sets his sights on one million dollars and clearing the landscape at welterweight, entering a tournament where he will defend his belt each and every time he steps inside the cage. First up for the British Columbia, Canada-native is Jon Fitch, a 40-fight veteran who has gone toe-to-toe with the some of the sport’s best, including Georges St-Pierre, B.J. Penn, Jake Shields and Paul Daley. Now, close to home, the AKA trained-fighter will have his first shot at Bellator gold.
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane closed out 2018 in style, remaining undefeated and defending her title in front of a sold-out Blaisdell Arena during Bellator’s debut in Hawaii. Finishing Valerie Letourneau via submission was the toughest test of the 28-year-old’s budding career, but now it’s back to business for the only flyweight champion in Bellator history, as she puts her belt on the line against Veta Arteaga in the co-main event. A native of Boise, Idaho, Arteaga has called Bellator home since 2016, when she made her promotional debut against Macfarlane’s Team Hurricane Awesome teammate Jackie Vandenburgh, a fight she won via unanimous decision. Now, after racking up three more victories, including wins against Bellator Kickboxing champion Denise Kielholtz and former flyweight title challenger Emily Ducote, 31-year-old Arteaga is ready for her opportunity to become champion.
Updated Bellator: MacDonald vs. Fitch Fight Card:
Welterweight World Grand Prix Title Bout: Rory MacDonald (20-5) vs. Jon Fitch (31-7-1, 1 NC)
Flyweight World Title Bout: Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (9-0) vs. Veta Arteaga (5-2)
*Card subject to change
One Championship announces official partnership with Fullerton Markets
The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced an official partnership with Fullerton Markets, Asia’s fastest-growing brokerage firm. The partnership will cover official markets Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam through March 2020.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “It is my privilege to announce that ONE Championship has entered into an official partnership with Asia’s fastest-growing brokerage firm, Fullerton Markets. As ONE Championship continues to scale into unprecedented growth over the next few years, it is important for our company to partner with like-minded organizations committed to achieving a common goal. Our mission in ONE Championship is sacred, we want to unleash martial arts superheroes unto the world — world-class athletes who ignite passion and hope, and who help weave martial arts into the very fabric of human life. By sharing their stories with the world, ONE Championship aims to change the lives of many through the beauty of sport and discipline.”
Mario Singh, Founder and CEO of Fullerton Markets, stated: “We have witnessed ONE Championship’s amazing growth and are truly excited to kick off this landmark partnership as ONE Championship’s official brokerage partner. The inspiring stories of ONE Championship athletes are grounded in values which fully resonate with ours – passion, excellence, and commitment. We’re confident that this incredible alignment of values will set the stage for a most meaningful collaboration between the world’s largest martial arts organization and Asia Pacific’s fastest-growing brokerage.”
Fullerton Markets is Asia’s fastest-growing brokerage firm with a bevy of high-profile clients in its portfolio. The company was founded in 2016 by Mario Singh, who today serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Fullerton Markets provides clients with online brokerage services for foreign exchange, metals, crude oil, and indices. With headquarters in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Fullerton Markets is committed to providing its clients the highest level of brokerage services.
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