Bellator Fighting Championships coming to N.O.

Angela Chustz-Parent

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Bellator 70 poster
Bellator 70 poster

Bellator Fighting Championships are coming to the New Orleans Convention Center on Friday, May 25 for Bellator 70. This mixed martial arts (MMA) event will highlight a heavyweight title fight between current belt-holder Cole Konrad and fierce competitor Eric Prindle.

This fight card will also feature the lightweight tournament finals match between Rick Hawn and Brett Weedman as well as a bantamweight tournament semifinal bout between Luis Nogueira and Hiroshi Nakamura.

Hometown fighters will hit the cage as they go to war against some of the best up-and-coming fighters in their divisions. Rich Clementi, out of Clementi’s Gladiators Academy in Slidell, is set to challenge Derek Campos in a much anticipated lightweight fight on the main card. Although 155 pounds has been his home during his professional MMA career, Clementi said he will be in the 145 pound division very soon.

The preliminary bouts of Bellator 70 will also feature Kyle Bradley, who is fighting out of the Gladiators Academy in Baton Rouge. Bradley will be going up against John Harris in the lightweight division. New Orleans “Superstar” Charlie Rader will be in the preliminary bouts following Bradley.

Keith Schneider and Derek Arcement, teammates from Gold Dragon MMA in Slidell, will also appear on this preliminary card.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to fight on the Bellator Card in my hometown against Shockley who has an impressive record of 9-1,” Schneider said. “To go toe-to-toe with him, with the chance of walking away with a win, will say a lot about my skills and my gym. I think this will give me the chance to show Bellator and fans I am one of the top competitors in my weight class.”

Bellator 70 will take place next Friday, May 25, at the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans. The preliminary card will be shown on The main card will air on MTV2.

Preliminary Card (

Middleweight: Jeremiah Riggs vs. Kelvin Tiller

Bantamweight: Blake Dufour vs. Derek Arcement

Lightweight: Kyle Bradley vs. John Harris

Middleweight: Jonas Billstein vs. Mike Seal

Welterweight: Charlie Rader vs. A.J. Matthews

165 Pound Catchweight: Josh Shockley vs. Keith Schneider

Main Card (MTV2)

Lightweight: Rich Clementi vs. Derek Campos

Bantamweight Semifinal: Luis Nogueira vs. Hiroshi Nakamura

Lightweight Final: Rick Hawn vs. Brent Weedman

Heavyweight Championship: Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle