Former WWE & TNA Champion Kurt Angle, who was at Bellator’s FanFest Thursday as part of his new arrangement with the promotion, was announced Friday morning as being part of the broadcast crew for tonight’s “tentpole” show on Spike TV.
Lead announcer Sean Grande tweeted that there would be “a very special guest tonight” in the booth, adding #ItsTrueItsDamnTrue and #MilkOManiaIsRunningWild.
Editor’s Note: If you’re reading this post-show, Angle did some color commentating with Grande and Jimmy Smith during the Bobby Lashley/James Thompson fight with a quick hit interview before. They asked him a few questions with one of them being if he was going to fight. He definitely didn’t say no, but there was no immediate, “Yes, I’m planning on it.” Post-fight, Lashley came over and hugged Angle at cageside.
The main events have an interesting twist as police were called earlier this week due to an altercation between featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire and lightweight champion Will Brooks at the fighters’ hotel. However, the two are not fighting each other. Brooks claimed he was sucker-punched while on the phone and attacked by Freire and his brother, Patricky, also an MMA fighter with Bellator. Freire claimed he decked Brooks. Police made no arrests and filed no charges. The two were moved to separate hotels.
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Brooks first missed weight yesterday by .8 of a pound, for his title fight with Marcin Held. He was able to make weight within two hours.
Tonight’s main card lineup:
Justin Lawrence (146) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (145.6)
Bobby Lashley (239.5) vs. James Thompson (264)
Michael Chandler (155.75) vs. Dave Rickels (155.75)
Will Brooks (154.8) vs. Marcin Held (154.8) for the lightweight title
Patricio Pitbull Freire (144.4) vs. Daniel Straus (144.4) for the featherweight title
More details on the history of Lashley vs. Thompson are available in this week’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.