By: Mike Thorwart
Announced by Bellator officials, current Bellator Lightweight Champion, Michael Chandler (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) will be squaring off against lightweight verteran Akihiro Gono (32-17 MMA, 0-0 BFC) at Bellator 67.
Chandler is coming off of the biggest win in his career when he dethroned former Bellator Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvraez in November of last year to win the Bellator Lightweight Title. That win over Alvarez also extended his Bellator win streak to six.
According to a release sent out by Bellator, Chandler had this to say; “I’m just excited to get back into the cage,” Chandler said. “I fought four times in 2011 and I’m ready to get back to work. Gono has beaten some of the best fighters in the sport and this should be a good test for me.”
Gono comes into this fight the sure veteran with a total of 49 professional fights. He has competed in numerous top MMA promotions including, Pride, Sengoku and he also had a three fight stint within the UFC. Gono is 3-2 in this last five fights and is currently on a two fight losing streak so he will certainly be looking to make a quick impact in his Bellator debut.
“Casino Rama has been a spectacular home to Bellator over the last year, so bringing our Lightweight Champion and the man who provided 2011’s Fight of the Year to Rama was an easy decision to make”. Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “As always our fight card will be stacked from top to bottom with many of the world’s best fighters, so I expect nothing less than a packed house once again on May 4.”
“Bellator’s world-class fighting series provides Ontario fans with exactly the edge-of-your-set excitement Casino Rama is already known for, “ said Jeff Craik, Vice-President of Marketing, Casino Rama. “Being able to have Canadian fighters make their debuts before a home crowd is one more reason fans are going to want to be in their seats to see this event live in May!”
Bellator 67 comes to you on May 4th from Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada.
The event will also be broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6 p.m. EST, with the first fight scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring the area’s top local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST.