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Bellator 116 To Feature Welterweight Semifinals, Vladimir Matyushenko-Joey Beltran

Bellator will return to southern California this April with Bellator 116.

Officials announced the event for April 11 from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.

The card will feature the semifinals in the welterweight tournament. Currently, War Machine, Joe Riggs, Andrey Koreshkov, Jesse Juarez, Nah-Shon Burrell, Mark Scanlon, Adam McDonough and Sam Oropeza are all entered into the field, which begins March 14.

Also, a light heavyweight collision between ex-UFC fighters Vladimir Matyushenko and Joey Beltran was announced.

“Pechanga was a fantastic partner for Bellator on Spike in 2013 and this partnership is only getting bigger and better in 2014,” Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Just 90 minutes from our home base, Pechanga is our home away from home here in Southern California. With some of the best MMA fans on earth, an incredible Welterweight tournament and California’s premiere casino/resort destination, Friday, April 11 is going to be a spectacular night live at Pechanga.”