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Bellator's featherweight semifinals set for May 8 in Texas

Bellator's sixth event will feature both semi-final matchups of the organizations debut featherweight tournament.

The organization recently announced that Wilson Reis (7-0) meets Joe Soto (5-0) on one side of the bracket, while Estevan Payan (7-1) faces Yahir Reyes (13-5) in the other semifinal bout.

Bellator's sixth event is scheduled for May 8 at the Central Pavilion Arena in Robstown, Texas.

Former EliteXC champion Reis earned his way into the bout with an April 10 unanimous-decision win over Henry Martinez, while Soto earned a first-round TKO over Ben Greer on April 3.

Meanwhile, Payan edged out Luis Palomino via split decision on April 3, while Reyes upset Nick Gonzlaez with a first-round submission win on the same card.

All semifinalists earned $25,000 for their quarterfinal wins. A win at the May 8 event would earn them an additional $50,000.

The night will also feature six non-tournament bouts. Tickets are currently on sale for the event at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds box office and Ticket prices range from $20 to just $40.

The full card currently includes:
  • 145-pound semi-final: Wilson Reis vs. Joe Soto
  • 145-pound semi-final: Estevan Payan vs. Yahir Reyes
  • Non-tourney: Nick Gonzalez vs. Luis Palomino
  • Non-tourney: Diego Garijo vs. Hector Munoz
  • Non-tourney: Jeff Messina vs. Sergio Moraes
  • Non-tourney: Daniel Pineda vs. Roberto Vargas
  • Non-tourney: Travis Lamb vs. Dustin Phillips
  • Non-tourney: Prince McClean vs. Robert "Bubba" McDaniel
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coreymb on Apr 25, 2009 at 8:37 pm ET
These will be two good 145lb matchups but I can't wait for the finals!

I see the winner of Wilson Reis vs. Joe Soto taking it all. Wilson has great jitz but is a workhorse with amazing conditioning. Soto has good standup and a good ground game!

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