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Jayski.com: Bellator MMA joins Monster & NASCAR for race fight series UPDATES

Original post 4-3-2017 Bellator MMA is proud to announce a partnership with Monster Energy and NASCAR to showcase a series of fights to take place at select races during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. For the first time in NASCAR history, mixed martial arts will be included as a pre-race activation for the fans in attendance and just like the action the cars bring on the racetrack, Bellator will bring the same excitement inside the cage.

"I'm excited to announce Bellator's partnership with the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series," said Bellator President Scott Coker. "Bellator and NASCAR fans are some of the most passionate in sports and we couldn't be happier to bring MMA and motorsports together. Monster Energy has been a great partner of ours over the years and we're excited about the opportunity to integrate our brand into another great sports property within the Monster Energy family. I want to thank Cody Dresser and Hans Molenkamp from Monster Energy for helping put this great partnership together, and I'm looking forward to introducing Bellator to a whole new fan base."

"MMA is an exciting sport that appeals to a wide demographic," said Mitch Covington Vice President of Sports Marketing. By partnering with Bellator to bring mixed martial arts to NASCAR we are able to bring a fresh dynamic to the racetrack and a taste of what Monster Energy is into, allowing us all to connect with a new fan base in relevant and meaningful ways to further elevate the series."

Bellator is currently scheduled to host events at four races throughout the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, including both NASCAR's championship and all-star race weekends.

Bellator MMA will be featured at the following 2017 NASCAR races:

• Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 20
• Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 19
• Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 15
• Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, November 19

-- Bellator --

UPDATE: NASCAR says it does not have a partnership with Bellator MMA, which earlier Monday had announced fights at four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup events. Bellator and Monster have worked together in the past and could have fights in the Monster Energy area of the fan midway. Bellator revised a news release late Monday to say "Details to come soon" in regards to fights on NASCAR race days.

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UPDATE: Bellator MMA is currently in talks with longstanding partner Monster Energy to showcase a series of fights to take place at select races during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Through the partnership, mixed martial arts will be included as a pre-race activation exclusively for fans in attendance.

"I'm excited about Bellator's partnership with Monster Energy and the opportunity to promote these types of events," said Bellator President Scott Coker. "Bellator and NASCAR fans are some of the most passionate in sports and we couldn't be happier to bring MMA and motorsports together. Monster Energy has been a great partner of ours over the years and we're excited about the opportunity to integrate our brand into another great sports property within the Monster Energy family. I want to thank Cody Dresser and Hans Molenkamp from Monster Energy for helping put this great partnership together, and I'm looking forward to introducing Bellator to a whole new fan base."

"MMA is an exciting sport that appeals to a wide demographic," added Mitch Covington Vice President of Sports Marketing. "By partnering with Bellator to bring mixed martial arts to NASCAR we are able to bring a fresh dynamic to the racetrack and a taste of what Monster Energy is into, allowing us all to connect with a new fan base in relevant and meaningful ways to further elevate the series."

Bellator and Monster Energy are planning to host events at several races throughout the current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. In looking to create a unique experience for fans at the racetrack, there are currently no plans to televise these events.

-- Bellator --

UPDATE 2, 5-2-2017 The Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series visits Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race weekend on Saturday, May 20 with several MMA bouts scheduled throughout the afternoon leading up to the start of the biggest all-star event in sports.

All bouts wil take place between 3:30-5 p.m. at the Monster Energy display in the Charlotte Motor Speedway Fan Zone.

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to meet two of the biggest names in the history of the sport on Friday, May 19, when former UFC champion Tito Ortiz and former PRIDE and STRIKEFORCE titleholder Dan Henderson will be available to sign autographs at the Monster Energy display in the Fan Zone between 3-4 p.m.

Through Bellator MMA, along with longstanding partner Monster Energy, mixed martial arts will be included as a pre-race activation exclusively for fans in attendance. The lineup on Saturday will consist of four MMA bouts featuring some of the best regional up-and-coming talent, with the main event prospects in consideration to be signed to a multi-fight Bellator MMA contract.

The Monster Energy All-Star Race takes place Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m. on FS1.

Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway Fight Card:

Heavyweight Main Event: Allen Crowder (7-2, Mebane, N.C.) vs. Robert Neal (4-2, Jefferson, Ga.)

Welterweight Bout: Jeremie Holloway (8-2, Charlotte, N.C) vs. Jacob McClintock (8-2, Charleston, S.C.)

Lightweight Bout: Mike Stevens (6-3, Winston-Salem, N.C) vs. Lashawn Alcocks (6-8, Wilmington, N.C.)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Allen Bose (5-0, Jacksonville, N.C.) vs. Chris Crawford (8-5, Durham, N.C)

Please visit Bellator.com for details.

-- Charlotte Motor Speedway --