Bellator MMA’s second attempt at the promotion’s first pay-per-view event has a location. The Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. (just south of Memphis, Tenn.) has been tabbed to host the event.

The event, which takes place on Saturday, May 17, will be headlined by a lightweight championship rubber match between current champion Eddie Alvarez and former champion Michael Chandler.

In addition to revealing the location of the event, the promotion has announced that the season 10 light heavyweight tournament final between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will serve as the co-main event.

Jackson has scored back-to-back knockout wins since joining the promotion last year. The former UFC champion stopped Joey Beltran in his promotional debut and then starched former Bellator kingpin Christian M’Pumbu in the opening round of this season’s tournament.

“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17.”

Lawal, meanwhile, will look to earn another shot at Bellator gold with a win over Jackson. The former Strikeforce champion fell short in his two previous attempts against interim champion Emanuel Newton, but rebounded with a decision win over Mikhail Zayats in his last outing.

“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”

More details about the pay-per-view event, including additional bouts, are expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

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