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Kevin Ferguson Jr.'s debut delayed after opponent misses weight by 17 pounds
The son of the legendary Kimbo Slice had his pro mixed martial arts debut delayed once again. Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr. was supposed to compete against Ray Bing in a 165-pound catchweight fight on Friday at Bellator 162 in Memphis. But the bout was called off Thursday when Bing, who was also making his pro debut, missed weight by a whopping 17 pounds. MMAFighting.com confirmed the news after an initial report by FloCombat.com.
Submitted Oct 20, 2016 5:42PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Bellator 164 adds Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky, Karla Benitez vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Bellator’s debut event in Israel has received a pair of new contests with Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Kirill Medvedovsky and Karla Benitez vs. Lena Ovchynnikova. Bellator officials today announced the new matchups for Bellator 164, which takes Nov. 10 at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Submitted Oct 19, 2016 3:24PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez set for MMA debut at Bellator 165 in San Jose vs. Sheila Padilla
The main card for Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights – and one features a highly anticipated MMA debut. Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will step into an MMA cage for the first time as a professional in a women’s flyweight bout against Sheila Padilla (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). A Bellator official today confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie. An official announcement is expected today, as well. In addition, Bellator 165 has added a lightweight fight between a pair of unbeaten prospects to the preliminary card. Carrington Banks (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on Jake Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to close out the prelims. Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Oct 19, 2016 3:22PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator show in January
A pair of legends are coming to Hollywood. Chael Sonnen will make his Bellator debut against Tito Ortiz in the main event of a Jan. 21 card in Los Angeles, promotion president confirmed Tuesday on Twitter. The bout was first reported by Brett Okamoto on ESPN's SportsCenter. The event will take place at The Forum in Inglewood.
Submitted Oct 18, 2016 10:29PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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UFC vet Niklas Backstrom meets Brian Moore under BAMMA banner at Bellator 169 in Dublin
Bellator’s December debut in Ireland, a co-promotion, has a pair of new BAMMA bouts set for the lineup. UFC veteran Niklas Backstrom (10-2) will take on Ireland’s own Brian Moore (9-4) in a featherweight fight, and Ireland’s Kiefer Crosbie (1-0) will meet England’s Conor Riordan (0-0) at welterweight. Both fights will be part of BAMMA 27, which is happening on the same bill as Bellator 169. Bellator 169, the joint venture with BAMMA 27, takes place Dec. 16 at 3Arena in Dublin. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, Muhammed Lawal meets Satoshi Ishii in a heavyweight fight.
Submitted Oct 18, 2016 7:14PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Daniel Weichel vs. Paul Redmond added to Bellator 169
Featherweight contender Daniel Weichel is scheduled to take on Paul Redmond at Bellator 169 in Dublin. The news was announced by the promotion on Friday.
Submitted Oct 14, 2016 3:36PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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despite past differences vitaly minakov praises bellator,insists hes yet to talk to ufc
Vitaly Minakov has certainly endured his share of differences with his current employers, but the former Bellator heavyweight champion says the promotion’s new regime has created an entirely new working environment, and he’s not ruling out a return to the company.
Submitted Sep 22, 2016 6:11PM by FKA - 1 comment
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A.J. McKee vs. Emmanuel Sanchez slated for Bellator 166 in Oklahoma
The first fight is set for December’s Bellator 166 event. Officials today announced featherweights A.J. McKee (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) are set as the fight card’s first official matchup. Bellator 166 takes place Dec. 2 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. McKee, the son of MMA vet Antonio McKee, has spent his entire career in Bellator since making his pro debut in April 2015. All of the 21-year-old’s victories, including a recent second-round submission win over Cody Walker at Bellator 160, have come via stoppage.
Submitted Sep 17, 2016 12:56PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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Joe Warren says he has no sponsors for Bellator bout, having trouble supporting family
Joe Warren's shorts will be free of logos Friday night in the Bellator 161 main event. And it won't be him trying to make any kind of fashion statement. Warren, a former two-division Bellator champion, said he doesn't have any sponsorships for his headline fight against Sirwan Kakai in Cedar Park, Texas. After his first-round submission loss to Darion Caldwell in March, all the companies split, he said. "I'm not used to losing and people turn and run when you lose," Warren told MMA Fighting. "I know it's only one loss, but they turn and run on you. So yeah, no sponsors for this fight. "There's fair weather fans out there. I don't believe getting sponsors is as easy as it used to be and it's just kind of sad. What I've put into this game, what I've given into the MMA field, to not even get sponsors, it's sad, man. It's sad. But it's the game. It is what it is. That's not gonna hold me back from performing, it just would have sweetened the pot a little bit."
Submitted Sep 16, 2016 11:56AM by JLS1980 - 14 comments
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Chael Sonnen signs multi fight contract with Bellator mma
The bad guy is headed to Bellator....
Submitted Sep 15, 2016 10:26PM by FKA - 21 comments
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Bellator heading to Israel for Andrey Koreshkov-Douglas Lima rematch in Tel Aviv
Bellator will make some promotional history this fall when it heads to Israel. The promotion today announced a welterweight title fight in Tel Aviv for an event that will be Bellator 163 on Nov. 10. (The previously reported event on Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., will be Bellator 164.) The card takes place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Menora Mivtachim Arena, but will air on Spike on Friday, Nov. 11, in the States. Promotion officials announced the card and its first two bookings today. In the main event, champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) will fight the man he took the title from, Douglas Lima (27-6 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), in a rematch. And newly signed UFC veteran Noad Lahat (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), an Israel native, will make his promotional debut against fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in the co-feature.
Submitted Sep 7, 2016 9:40PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Bellator 161 card adds three preliminary bouts, including Ducote vs. Miranda
The card for September’s Bellator 161 card continues to come together with the addition of three preliminary bouts. The promotion today announced the new matchups via a press release. Emily Ducote (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is set to face Kenya Miranda da Silva (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a flyweight battle, Mark Dickman (11-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) meets Daniel Pineda (21-12 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) at featherweight and Gregory Babene (17-11 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) squares off with Francisco France (13-4-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at middleweight. With the additions, the Bellator 161 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Cheick Kongo vs. Tony Johnson Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Warren Veta Arteaga vs. Anastasia Yankov Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Kenya Miranda vs. Emily Ducote Mark Dickman vs. Daniel Pineda Gregory Babene vs. Francisco France
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 4:59PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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For those complaining about UFC fighter pay and heralding Bellator for being more profitable for fighters
The proof is all right here, we seen folks all upset about Uda, wonder how many showings in Bellator it would take for him to make that NFL money. Main card (Spike) Benson Henderson ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Patricio Freire ($50,000) Derek Anderson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Saad Award ($18,000) Georgi Karakhanyan ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Bubba Jenkins ($14,000) A.J. McKee ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Cody Walker ($8,000) Prelims (Spike.com) David Duran ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Kyle Estrada ($1,500) Steve Ramirez ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Ron Henderson ($2,000) Joey Davis ($5,000 + no win bonus = $5,000) def. Keith Cutrone ($1,500) Gabriel Green ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Alex Trinidad ($1,500) Andy Murad ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000) Jake Roberts ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Stephen Martinez ($2,500) Chinzo Machida ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Mario Navarro Jr. ($2,500) Jacob Rosales ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Segura ($1,500)
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 10:57PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
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Ex-UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald not likely to make Bellator debut until summer 2017
If you’re anxious to see how Rory MacDonald will do now that he’s made the move from the UFC to Bellator, you’re going to be waiting for a while. After his official introduction as the newest member of Bellator’s welterweight division this past Friday at Bellator 160, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., MacDonald said he’s not expecting to step into the Bellator cage for the first time until 2017. MacDonald (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has struggled with recurring broken nose issues and said he wants his nose to heal once and for all before getting back in another fight.
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 5:36PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Bellator ex-champ Alexander Shlemenko returns to promotion, meets Kendall Grove in Memphis
With his suspension from the California State Athletic Commission lifted, former Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko is headed back to the promotion. Bellator President Scott Coker today told ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto that Shlemenko (53-9 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) will return in October to face Kendall Grove (23-15 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in a middleweight bout at an event likely to be Bellator 162. Bellator 162 will take place Oct. 21 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, and tickets go on sale through Bellator.com on Sept. 9, Coker said. Additionally, heavyweight Bobby Lashley (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will fight on the card, Coker said, though his opponent was not announced.
Submitted Aug 24, 2016 5:51PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
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Rory Macdonald headed to Bellator
Ufc informed Macdonald team they couldn't match an offer by Bellator. Its all but done......so much so that the Ufc removed Rory from its rankings and website. This is a big signing for Bellators WW division and just in general as it adds to the list of competition snatched away in their prime and while top ranked in the world. Alot of cool fights at multiple weights and in kickboxing if he chooses.......i've heard rumblings of cowboy cerrone being offered 350,000 a fight to join Bellator lets see lol. War coker!!!!!
Submitted Aug 24, 2016 2:23PM by FKA - 74 comments
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Injuries push Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan to Bellator 160 main card
Bellator MMA announced a set of changes to their Bellator 160 fight card and bout order Thursday. According to a release from the promotion, main card fighters Henry Corrales and Lena Ovchynnikova have sustained injuries. Both have been removed from the card. As a consequence, A.J. McKee, who was set to face Corrales in a featherweight contest, will now face Cody Walker on the main card of the event. Ovchynnikova's flyweight bout with Jaimelene Nievera, which was previously slotted as the event's main card opener, has been scrapped entirely. Moving up to take its place from the preliminary card is a rematch between top featherweights Georgi Karakhanyan and Bubba Jenkins. Bellator 160 is headlined by a lightweight clash between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire.
Submitted Aug 18, 2016 5:29PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
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Ken Shamrock’s fight license revoked in Texas after positive steroid test
Ken Shamrock's comeback in the cage will have to be put on hold. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has revoked the fight license of the MMA legend and fined him $2,500 after he tested positive for steroids in February, according to public records obtained by MMA Fighting. And we all laughed at Texas for being pretty damn weak as a commission, guess they are trying to make a change huh?
Submitted Aug 13, 2016 12:20AM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
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Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan completes Bellator 161 main card
The main card for Bellator’s return to Texas is complete with the addition of a lightweight battle between Derek Campos and Djamil Chan. The promotion announced the bout via a press release. Bellator 161 takes place Sept. 16 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) is coming off a stunning knockout victory over Melvin Guillard at the promotion’s tentpole Bellator 149 event. The knockout snapped a two-fight losing skid. He is 2-3 since a career-best five-fight winning streak from October 2012 to March 2014.
Submitted Aug 12, 2016 12:07PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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Joe Warren vs. Sirwan Kakai Set for Bellator 161 Co-Main Event
A bantamweight clash pitting Joe Warren against Sirwan Kakai has been booked for the Bellator 161 co-headliner. Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a promotion official on Tuesday following an initial report from FloCombat.com. Bellator 161 takes place at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Sept. 16 and is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:15PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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