When Bellator announced they would be returning to the Chicagoland area for Bellator 75 only one local fighter was mentioned and sans opponent. Now sources close to the event have confirmed with MMARecap that Chase Beebe will be taking on David Harris and Lance Surma will meet Bobby Reardanz.
In addition to the local fights, the main card is set to air the opening round of the season seven heavyweight tournament. Already listed for the event are Eric Prindle vs Thiago Santos and Brett Rogers vs Ruslan Magomedov.
Beebe got his first crack in Bellator at Bellator 43 defeating Jose Vega to enter the season five bantamweight tournament. He lost a close split decision to Marcos Galvao and knew he wanted to return as quick as possible. He fought to a draw in December of 2011 against Enoch Wilson in his first fight outside the organization.
Beebe went to Indiana and fought in the main event for Colosseum Combat twice, finishing both David Love and Cory Mahon in the first round. A month after defeating Mahon, Beebe fought Mike Baskis at XFO 44 and earned the unanimous decision. Beebe was supposed to fight at Flawless FC, however his opponent failed to turn in his blood work and Beebe was left without an opponent.
Harris is coming off his win at Bellator 67 over Nicholas Kirk where he earned the unanimous decision. The Michigan based fighter has put together an impressive 7-3-1 record finishing the majority of his fights.
Surma was supposed to make his pro debut at Bellator 60, but issues with his opponent, forced the cancelation of the fight. Surma made his pro debut against Anthony Hill at HFC 11 in June of 2012. Hill caught Surma with a good spinning kick and forced Surma to dig deep to recover. He did and then scored the knockout victory with his vicious elbows.
Reardanz is a veteran of the midwest and is almost always in an exciting fight. His last fight was at Bellator 60 against Genair da Silva in what was the third opponent change for Reardanz in the weeks leading up to the fight. Reardanz lost due to leg kicks as da Silva repeatedly kicked his lead leg out from under him and Reardanz was unable to stand up to defend himself.
Bellator 75 takes place on Friday, October 5th at The Venue in the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.