-Two Southern California Natives Meet in Main Event of Bellator 193 at Pechanga-
TEMECULA, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2017) – Bellator returns to Pechanga Resort & Casino for Bellator 193 on Friday, January 26, 2018. The card will be headlined by Riverside, Calif.-native Lorenz Larkin (18-7, 1 NC) against Menifee, Calif.’s Fernando Gonzalez (27-14) in a 180-pound catchweight bout. This will be the first mixed martial arts event hosted inside of the all-new 40,000 square foot Pechanga Event Center unveiling in December. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 17, at 3 p.m. and are $129, $99, $59, $49, and $39. Tickets may be purchased online at Pechanga.com, by calling (877) 711-2946 or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.
Doors for the event open at 4 p.m. PST, while the preliminary card will kick-off at 5 p.m. PST. The event will be broadcasted live and free on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the newly updated Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts for Bellator 193: Larkin vs. Gonzalez will be announced shortly.
Larkin enters his main event matchup against Gonzalez following must-see bouts against Douglas Lima and Paul Daley in 2017. Now, “Da Monsoon” looks to add to his impressive resume – which includes marquee wins over Robbie Lawler, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny and stoppages in 11 out of 18 victories – by adding the name of a competitor that has nearly 50-fights as a professional. A short trek from Larkin’s hometown of Riverside, Calif. the Millenia MMA-product will represent his nearby hometown proudly on Jan. 26.
Hailing from Menifee, Calif., 33-year-old Fernando Gonzalez will enter the Bellator cage for the ninth time in his nearly 15-year professional career. Gonzalez has seen a great deal of success since joining forces with Bellator MMA, having collected seven victories over an eight-fight, four-year span. Gonzalez has come on strong as of late, tallying 10 wins over his last 13 bouts, including a pair of first round knockouts. With 17 of his 27 career victories coming by way of knockout or submission, “The Menifee Maniac” will look to see his win-streak continue following his recent success against Brennan Ward at Bellator 193.
Updated Bellator 193: Larkin vs. Gonzalez Fight Card:
Catchweight (180 lbs.) Main Event: Lorenz Larkin (18-7, 1 NC) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (27-14)