Bellator MMA & WinStar World Casino announced today a 2013 event hosting alliance that will see three of Bellator’s nationally and internationally televised events produced live from Oklahoma’s WinStar World Casino throughout 2013. The exclusive partnership will officially begin on January 24th as Bellator MMA will host a Welterweight World Title fight between reigning and undefeated Bellator World Champion Ben “Funky” Askren and French submission ace Karl “Psycho” Amoussou LIVE on Spike TV.
The night will also feature the long awaited Bellator debut of Oklahoma State’s own MMA star “King Mo” Lawal, who battles the dangerous Przemyslaw Mysiala in a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Quarterfinal fight.
Owned and operated by the Chickasaw Nation, WinStar World Casino features nearly 500,000 square feet of gaming floor, a 395-room casino hotel, a sprawling 27-hole golf course and organic Spa Habitat. Casino officials plan to host the Bellator fights inside the 3,400 seat Global Event Center, said Michael McEwan, WinStar World Casino’s assistant general manager.
“We constantly strive to expand our entertainment offerings and national exposure through strategic partnerships,” said McEwan. “We anticipate patrons will be impressed with the level of fights Bellator MMA will bring to WinStar World Casino.”
“WinStar is one of the world’s most prestigious casino resort properties, and when the chance arose to bring Bellator to the Chickasaw Nation, the decision was a very easy one,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “With the Bellator Welterweight World Title fight and the debut of King Mo, WinStar World Casino will host a huge night of fights on January 24th.”