The UFC wants nothing to do with Wanderlei Silva (pictured), but that doesn’t mean Bellator MMA doesn’t want them some “Axe Murderer.”
On Monday, the UFC’s biggest rival announced Silva will help them promote Saturday’s Bellator 131 event.
Following Friday’s weigh-ins at Dave & Buster’s in San Diego, Silva will be joined by UFC legends Royce Gracie, Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock to sign autographs and take pictures with fans starting at 6PM PST.
Silva will also attend Saturday’s fights inside Valley View Casino in San Diego, California, which features a grudge match between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar, two UFC Hall of Famers.
Silva is currently serving a lifetime ban handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after running from a random drug test. He has since declared war on the UFC, citing disrespect, poor pay and a plethora of other things.
“After we saw just an overwhelming response to our Bellator Fan Fest a few weeks ago, we wanted to once again give our fans a chance to be a part of something special and give everyone the opportunity to spend time with a group of fighters that built the sport we all love,” Bellator president Scott Coker said. “We have events taking place all week around the San Diego area as we prepare for the biggest night of fights in company history, and we want everyone to be a part of it.”
Here’s Bellator’s fight week schedule:
Bellator 131 Open Workouts: Workouts begin at 1pm PST and will take place from Dave & Buster’s San Diego, located at 2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108.
Fighters Scheduled To Attend: Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, King Mo and Melvin Manhoef.
Fans and media are welcome to attend beginning at 1pm PST on Wednesday, November 12th.
Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference: The Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference will begin at 2pm PST on Thursday, November 13th from Dave & Buster’s San Diego, inside the Show Room.
Fighters Scheduled To Attend: Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, King Mo, Joe Vedepo, Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling.
The Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference will only be open for media members.
Cheick Kongo/Everlast Meet & Greet at Mission Valley Sports Chalet.
The Meet & Greet will take place from 3pm PST.
Sports Chalet is located at 1640 Camino Del Rio N San Diego, CA 92108.
Bellator 131 Weigh-Ins from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110.
Weigh-Ins begin at 5pm PST and will be streamed on Bellator.com as well as Spike.com.
Fans and media are welcome to attend.
Dave & Busters Official Pre-Party Kick Off with Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Wanderlei Silva.
Join MMA legends and the Bellator MMA Ring Girls Mercedes and Jade beginning at 6pm PST at Dave & Buster’s San Diego, 2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108.
A live raffle for Bellator 131 tickets will also take place.
Bellator 131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center. Doors will open at 3pm PST with first fight beginning at 3:45pm PST on Saturday, November 15th. The Main Card will begin at 6pm PST (9pm EST) live on Spike TV.