The Northeast is hosting the first event in the Bellator series, where supporters gather to catch a glimpse of some of Britain's and Europe's biggest combat talent.

Last year Bellator announced plans to organize at least six exhibitions in the region to further its European expansion. A total of 16 bouts will take place tonight at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle.

Undoubtedly, all eyes are on the co-main event, with unbeaten Aaron Chalmers (4-0) beating Corey Browning (4-2) in the lightweight category.

Former Geordie Shore star Chalmers (31) will have the chance to battle for familiar terrain and tremendous support. He will try to keep his record of 100% and achieve a fifth victory in so many bouts.

Aaron Chalmers enters the cage tonight with Corey Browning

Who are the other competitors?

Upcoming British fighter Ryan Scope (11-1) will play in the main event against Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (20-8). Scope is proud of their 11-1 win, while Brazilian Patricky has won six of his seven matches.

Terry "The Dominator" Brazier (10-1) meets Chris Bungard (11-4), who both appears on the main map. Brazier has won his last nine fights, while Bungard has emerged from four of his last five wins.

Finally, Fabian "The Assassin" Edwards (5-0) will face Lee "The Butcher" Chadwick (24-1-13) in the only middleweight match on the main card.

What is the full fight card?

main card

Easy Main Event: Patricky "Pit Bull" Freire (20-8) vs. Ryan Scope (11-1)

Easy co-main event: Aaron Chalmers (4-0) vs. Corey Browning (4-2)

Easy fight: Terry Brazier (10-1) vs. Chris Bungard (13-4)

Middleweight bout: Fabian Edwards (5-0) vs. Lee Chadwick (24-13-1)


Lightweight heavyweight James Mulheron (11-2) vs. Arunas Andriuskevicus (14-4)

Welterweight fight: Jim Wallhead (29-11) vs. Abner Lloveras (22-10)

Bantamweight fight: Nathan Greyson (6-2) vs. Cal Eleanor (7-2)

Featherweight bout: Dominique Wooding (5-2) vs. Bailey Gilbert (2-3)

Featherweight bout: Nathan Rose (6-1) vs. Ranjeet Baria (3-0)

welterweight fight: Justin Burlinson (3-0) vs. Maciej Gierszewski (4-3)

Bantamweight fight: Luke Westwood (1-0) vs. Richard Kallos (Pro debut)

welterweight fight: Ashley Reece (6-1) vs. John Ross (2-1)

Middleweight bout: Tommy Quinn (7-5) vs. Martin Hudson (4-6)

Easy fight: Kieran Lister (3-0) vs. Davie McLaughlin (2-1)

Easy fight: Milad Ahady (2-0) vs. Joseph Calboutin (1-0)

Heavyweight fight: Tony Mustard (8-4) vs. Mindaugas Gerve (3-2)

Aaron Chalmers has yet to be defeated in his MMA career

Is the event on TV?

You can watch the action live on Channel 5 today at 10:00 pm (GMT). The event will take place in the Utilita Arena, located on Arena Way in Newcastle.

In exciting news for MMA fans, Bellator has signed a contract with Channel 5, which this year will broadcast its European combat series on terrestrial free-TV television. Under the agreement, the broadcaster will be granted rights to at least six events in the UK and Europe.

Meanwhile, Bellator has partnered with Sky Sports, which has secured at least 20 US and international events to be shown in the UK and Ireland.

What are the odds?

For the Chalmers fans, the local guy is 2/5 to secure a win over Corey Browning, who is 7/4 to win himself.

Ratings courtesy of Skybet.

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