Bellator 85 results: Michael Chandler, Pat Curran defend titles
One had a thrilling finish, and the other was 25 minutes of back-and-forth striking. In the end, both lightweight champion Michael Chandler and featherweight champ Pat Curran defended their belts at Bellator 85. Plus, three fighters punched tickets into the semifinals of the Season 8 light heavyweight tournament.
The event, which kicked off Bellator's eighth season and its move to Spike TV, took place at Bren Events Center on the campus of the University of California-Irvine.
When it came down to it, Michael Chandler made it look rather easy...
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Siver out, Poirier in
The UFC have just tweeted that Dennis Siver is out of his fight in London against Cub Swanson. The good news is that even though Siver is out, Dustin Poirier will replace.
Bellator 85 Weigh-in Results: Twin Title Fights Set
Pat Curran (144.8) vs. Patricio Pitbull (144.5) - FW Championship fight
Michael Chandler (154.6) vs. Rick Hawn (155) - LW Championship fight
Mikhail Zayats (205.7) vs. Babalu Sobral (205.3)
Seth Petruzelli (204.8) vs. Jacob Noe (205.9)
Emanuel Newton (205.4) vs. Atanas Djambazov (205.6)
Hector Ramirez (204.8) vs. Jason Lambert (205.5)
Aaron Miller (145.8) vs. Joe Camacho (145.8)
Joe Williams (170.7) vs. Jamie Yager (170.8)
Savant Young (155.5) vs. Mike Guymon (155.7)
Brian Warren(165) vs. J.J. Ambrose (164.5)
Mario Navarro(144.8) vs. Cleber Luciano(144.9)
UFC's Marc Ratner says bonuses won't be paid out until return of drug tests
The UFC still is considering more changes to its existing policies regarding drug testing, but in advance of UFC on FX 7, the promotion has instituted two new rules to act as deterrents.
All fighters who compete on international events will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Additionally, the promotion won't pay out fight-night bonuses until drug testing results are available, Ratner said.
Currently, the UFC offers cash incentives for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night." Typically, they are handed out after the event and announced by UFC President Dana White.
The changes will be in place this weekend when UFC on FX 7 goes down at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event's main-card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Luke Rockhold wants to fight Costa Philippou at UFC on FOX 7
Luke Rockhold watches Strikeforce's biggest names receive their UFC debut fights and wonders when his number will be called.
The last Strikeforce middleweight champion told MMAFighting.com recently that he has yet to receive his marching orders from the UFC but is back to training after suffering a wrist injury and ready to make his Octagon debut.
In fact, Rockhold has a candidate in mind for his first UFC fight.
"I think Costa Philippou makes the most sense right now," he said. "He's coming off a win, and I think he's a good opponent. Let's get it on at [UFC on FOX 7]."