Jay Silva (5-3) will be filling in for Paulo Filho in a "Super Fight" against current Bellator Middleweight Champion - Hector Lombard (23-2) this Thursday at Bellator XVIII. Bellator XVIII is set to take place this Thursday May 13, 2010 at the Monroe Civic Center, Monroe, LA. We wish Silva luck. Check out the article from Bellator.com below:
MONROE, La. (May 11, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that Paulo Filho has withdrawn from this Thursday night’s “Super Fight” against Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard at Bellator 18.
Lombard (24-2-1) will instead face off against former UFC veteran Jay Silva (5-3) who was previously scheduled to fight in another bout on the show. The fight takes place at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La., and will air LIVE on FOX Sports Net and during special weekend highlight shows on NBC, Telemundo and mun2.
“We worked very hard to get Paulo here for this fight but, despite all of our efforts, we were unable to make that happen,” Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney said today. “Instead, we now have an intriguing fight between Hector Lombard and Jay Silva, who has an exciting, aggressive style. Coming off of losses in the UFC, I know Jay is hungry for a big win and will be looking to make a name for himself against Hector, one of the best middleweights in the world.”
Silva, an East Coast native, learned Brazilian jiu-jitsu from Renzo Gracie and currently trains at Gracie’s gym alongside MMA notables Cheick Kongo and Quinton Jackson. Lombard, meanwhile, is undefeated in his last 18 fights including his three-fight rampage through Bellator’s Season 1 Middleweight Tournament.
Other fights on this Thursday’s Bellator 18 card include two Season 2 Featherweight Tournament semifinal fights: former World Champion Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion Joe Warren (3-1) versus former pro soccer player Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan (13-1-1) and a battle of two Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts, Patricio Pitbull (13-0) and Wilson Reis (10-1).
Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com.
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About Bellator Fighting Championships:
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations
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