Warren KO'd in training
Ex-Bellator champ and Fight Master reality show star Joe Warren was reportedly KO'd during training which forced the cancellation of his Bantamweight semi-final tournament bout with Nick Kirk at Bellator 98.
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
UFC veterans Luiz Cane, Rodney Wallace headline event in Brazil
New MMA promotion Standout Fighting Tournament will have its first show Sept. 20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has signed Luiz "Banha" Cane and Rodney Wallace, a pair of UFC veterans, to headline their show.
Cane, a 32-year-old Sao Paulo native, reeled off three straight wins in the UFC light heavyweight division in 2008 and 2009, finishing the likes of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Jason Lambert, but he wasn’t the same since...
Bellator 98 weigh ins and Fight card change
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (183.3) vs. Brett Cooper (184.8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Pitbull (155)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.8)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (135) vs. Rico Disciullo (135.3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (243) vs. Parker Porter (260)
Andreas Spang was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight Tournament, but was deemed ineligible to compete by the provisionary commission. Brennan Ward will now face Justin Torrey in the opening round of the Middleweight Tournament.
UFC 167 adds Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham to 20th anniversary show
The UFC's 20th anniversary event has a new lightweight bout. Donald Cerrone(20-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Evan Dunham (14-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) have been booked for the November show. UFC officials confirmed the bout with lasvegassun.com.
UFC 167 takes place Nov. 16 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook. It's not clear where Cerrone and Dunham will be placed on the lineup.