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Bellator first to hold major MMA event in Paris with Cheick Kongo, ‘MVP’ next month

Michael “Venom” Page
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bellator will make history next month when it becomes the first U.S.-based promotion to hold an event in France when it hosts Bellator Paris on Oct. 10 at Accor Arena.

ESPN broke the news Thursday night.

“This is a monumental moment in the history of the sport, as well as our organization, and I am honored that Bellator will promote the very first MMA event in France by a major promotion,” said Bellator President Scott Coker in a statement. “Many people have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition, and it would not have been possible without the support of the Minister of Sports, Roxana Maracineanu, as well as the French Kickboxing Federation sanctioning body. I would also like to thank Accor Arena, who have been an incredible venue partner, and I cannot wait for the French fans to be in attendance and join us live for what will be an unforgettable night of action in Paris on Oct 10.”

In the main event, France’s Cheick Kongo will rematch Tim Johnson in a heavyweight rematch. Kongo defeated Johnson via first-round knockout at Bellator 208.

Michael “Venom” Page is also slated to compete at the event. He faces undefeated Cage Warriors welterweight champion Ross Houston, who makes his Bellator debut.

The event will feature 13 MMA fights and three boxing bouts.

A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend the event. France recently approved MMA and the event will be regulated by the French Boxing Federation.

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