Pat Curran

Pat Curran (Handout / September 4, 2014)

In the 1990s, America considered mixed martial arts a savage, low-rent bastard of a combat sport — a kind of competition barely a tier above bar fighting. But with the rise of the UFC, most of MMA's edges have been smoothed over, and there's a whole lot of interest and money in the sport circulating. One of the non-UFC promotions currently making waves is the Newport Beach, Calif.-based Bellator MMA. Founded in 2008 and now owned by media juggernaut Viacom, Bellator ("Warrior" in Latin) launches its 11th season of multi-weight-class tournaments with this show at Mohegan Sun Arena. Headlined by a fight between Featherweight Champion Pat Curran and Patrício "Pitbull" Freire, part of this 14-bout card — Bellator's 123rd — will be broadcast live on Spike TV.

—Reyan Ali, Special To The Courant

BELLATOR MMA 123 comes to Mohegan Sun Arena, Friday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $34.10 to $91. Information: mohegansun.com.