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Bellator MMA kicks off Season 11 at Mohegan Sun with Brennan Ward vs James Irvin

Bellator MMA is set to return to Mohegan Sun
Bellator MMA is set to return to Mohegan Sun
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According to a May 28 report from MMA Junkie, Bellator MMA is set to kick off its loaded new season with an exciting night of fights at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Bellator has been to Mohegan Sun seven times in its short history, but the card they are bringing to the venue on Sept. 5 is easily its best yet.

So far Bellator has announced that Bellator 123 will include a fight between former UFC standout James Irvin (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and hard-hitting phenom Brennan Ward (9-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA). Irvin vs Ward should be an exciting standup war, which very well may end up via knockout. Irvin will be making his Bellator MMA debut, while Ward looks to bounce back from a recent loss to Alexander Shlemenko.

Bellator hasn't announced where Ward vs Irvin will be placed on the Bellator 123 card, but it's likely to take the co-main slot. The promotion hasn't made any announcements on the Bellator 123 headliner, or any other fights on the main card. Nevertheless, Bellator always brings high-level talent to Mohegan Sun and it will undoubtedly be a great night of fights.

Irvin hasn't fought in over two years, so it will be interesting to see how much gas he has left in the tank. Most casual MMA fans lost track of Irvin after he left the UFC in 2010, following a three-fight losing skid. He has gone 3-3 with one 'No Contest' since leaving the UFC. Bellator loves to sign guys who stand and trade punches, so Irvin's signing wasn't much of a surprise.

Irvin has 12 wins via knockout, and he fights with a crowd-pleasing standup style. The 35-year-old will be matched up against one of Bellator's toughest up-and-coming stars, as Ward is just 25 years old. "The Irish Bad Boy" had been riding a four-fight win streak, before falling short against Shlemenko.

Bellator 123 is expected to feature the start of an eight-man middleweight tournament for the promotion's eleventh season, which will air live on Spike TV. The prelims are expected to stream live on Spike.com. The event is set for Sept. 5 at Mohegan Sun, and tickets go on sale June 6 via Ticketmaster and the Mohegan Sun box office. More announcements regarding Bellator 123 will be made in the days and weeks ahead.