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Chicago Well-Repped at Bellator 75

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by Matt Lo Cascio

It’s back to the ‘Region’ as Bellator 75 returns to The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on October 5, and once again the preliminary card will feature some of Chicagoland’s top fighters.

Here’s a look at the local talent fighting on the card.

Chase Beebe

Chase Beebe (21-7-1) looks to remain undefeated in 2012 when he takes on Bo Harris. This will Beebe’s third fight for Bellator, going 1-1 in his previous two bouts.

Beebe hit a bit of a speed bump at the end of 2011 when he dropped a split decision to Marcos Pereira at Bellator 51 and fought Enoch Wilson to a draw at Cage Combat 5.

But he rattled off three wins over three months earlier this year, including his knockout of Cory Mahon at Colosseum Combat XXI.

Beebe is also tentatively scheduled to fight at Flawless Fighting Championship’s “Hated” in Chicago on December 15.

Rafal Skibinski vs. Jason Graves

Midwest Training Center’s Rafal Skibinski and Uflacker BJJ’s Jason “The Reaper” Graves will rematch their XFO 43 fight, this time live on Spike.com.

Their last fight ended in a bit of controversy, when the fight was stopped due to a cut under Graves’ eye.

This week both fighters gave Chicago’s MMA their accounts on what happened during that fight, with Skibinski saying he plans to retire Graves from MMA because of his big mouth. Hit the link for a preview of that bout.

Brandon Delprado

Delprado was untouchable as an amateur fighting in Chicago and Indiana, racking up wins — and belts — on way to ending his ammy career undefeated.

The start of his pro career was no different. He won his first four bouts before meeting Full Mount MMA’s Daniel Vizcaya at XFO 43. Vizcaya dominated that fight and then signed with the XFC.

Delprado gets a shot with Bellator and will fight Joe Williams, who made his Bellator debut in August with a loss to Andrew Uhrich.

Anthony Gomez

Torres Martial Arts fighter Anthony Gomez is back with Bellator for a second fight. Gomez fought Travis Wiuff at Bellator 60 after a 21-month layoff from fighting. He ended up losing to Wiuff via unanimous decision, but it was an entertaining fight. Gomez will take on Jose Medina, who is a veteran of Total Fight Challenge.

Bobby Reardanz

Don’t be fooled by Reardanz’s lopsided record (9-11). He showed his toughness during his Bellator 60 fight against Genair de Silva, and he’s beaten quality pros like Dennis Dombrow, Justin Ford and Randy Fuentes. He brings it each and every time.  Reardanz will fight XFO vet Cliff Wright Jr. (6-3 MMA, 0-1 BFC).

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago’s MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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1 Comment

  1. DigDeez

    Oct 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Where’s Brett Rogers? He’s Chicago-born. Moved away when he was 5 years old.

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