Looks like Bellator MMA and Monster Energy have taken their relationship to the next level.

On Thursday, both companies revealed the  2014 Monster Energy Cup will host three MMA fights featuring a collection of Bellator fighters live from Monster Energy Hexagon. The Monster Energy Cup will be hosted on Saturday, October 18 from Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium and feature top Supercross talent from around the world competing for a one million dollar prize.

“The Monster Energy Cup is a hallmark Monster event and having three pro MMA bouts before the race is a game-changing addition — Bellator’s support will definitely elevate and amplify the overall event and fan experience this year,” stated Monster Energy Director Of Action Sports Cody Dresser in a press release.

Headlining the night of fights will be a heavyweight affair between James “The Beast” Wilson and Dan Charles, while lightweights AJ Williams and Adrian Hadribeaj will battle in the co-main event. A bantamweight matchup between Sean Cantor and Gustavo Lopez will round out the nights MMA action.

“This was a unique opportunity to align two hugely exciting brands in Bellator and Monster, and we are excited to be a part of it,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated. “I know over 50,000 people will be in attendance for the Monster Energy Cup on October 18th and those fans are also going to be treated to some incredible action inside the cage before the racing begins. There is a huge crossover in terms of demographics so this made all the sense in the world to collaborate on this, and take the next step in our partnership with Monster Energy.”

The fights will begin at 5pm PST on Saturday and will take place directly outside the entrance to Sam Boyd Stadium. Anyone with a ticket to the Monster Energy Cup can attend.

Here is what the official card will look like:

  • Dan Charles (8-2) vs. James Wilson (3-1)
  • Adrian Hadribeaj (2-0) vs. A.J. Williams (1-0)
  • Gustavo Lopez (2-1) vs. Sean Cantor (1-1)

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