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.
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."
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.
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
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Bellator 160 lineup set, includes addition of Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
The 14-bout lineup for this month’s Bellator 160 lineup is now complete, and it includes the addition of a featherweight preliminary bout between Chinzo Machida (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Mario Navarro (4-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).
Bellator officials today announced the new contest, as well as the addition of flyweights David Duran (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Kyle Estrada (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), lightweights Jacob Rosales (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Mike Segura (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), welterweights Jonny Cisneros (9-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) vs. Andy Murad (13-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and lightweights Jake Roberts (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Stephen Martinez (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).
With the additions to the lineup, Bellator 160 now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET)
Benson Henderson vs. Patricio Freire
Derek Anderson vs. Saad Awad
Jaimelene Nievera vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Henry Corrales vs. A.J. McKee
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET)
Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Joey Davis vs. Keith Cutrone
Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Johnny Tomasian
Gabriel Green vs. Alex Trinidad
Ron Henderson vs. Steve Ramirez
David Duran vs. Kyle Estrada
Jacob Rosales vs. Mike Segura
Johnny Cisneros vs. Andy Murad
Stephen Martinez vs. Jake Roberts
Melvin Guillard Fined and Suspended by Kansas Commission for Banned Non-PED
Bellator fighter Melvin Guillard was suspended by the Kansas Athletic Commission on Friday for a positive drug test result for an unidentified non-performance-enhancing substance.
The KAC suspended Guillard for one year and fined him $10,000. It also overturned his Bellator 159 win over David Rickels, changing it to a “no contest.” He originally knocked Rickels out a little over two minutes into their fight on July 22 in Mulvane, Kan.
The KAC learned of the results Aug. 3, and Guillard’s suspension will be applied retroactively to July 22. All fighters licensed by the KAC are subject to random drug testing and must follow the world anti-doping (WADA) code.
Anastasia Yankova meets Veta Arteaga at Bellator 161 in Texas
A women’s flyweight bout bout between Anastasia Yankova and Veta Arteaga is the latest addition to September’s Bellator 161 lineup.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the bout with a Bellator official.
Bellator 161 takes place Sept. 16 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card, which includes the 125-pound bout between Yankova (3-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Arteaga (2-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
'Baby Slice' Kevin Ferguson Jr., Joey Davis get opponents for Bellator 160
Kevin Ferguson Jr. -- a.k.a. "Baby Slice" in homage to his late father "Kimbo Slice" -- will make his Bellator debut on Aug. 26 at Bellator 160.
And he'll be facing MMA newcomer, Johnny Tomasian. It confirmed through Bellator officials by MMA Fighting. MMA Junkie was the first to report the fight.
Ferguson Jr. made his amateur debut in Massachusetts in Warrior Nation: XFA XII, defeating Tom Brink via a first-round knock out in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Since that time Ferguson Jr. has relocated from Hartford, Conn., to Long Beach, California, to train at Team Bodyshop.
A.J. McKee-Henry Corrales Featherweight Battle Booked for Bellator 160 on Aug. 26
Fast-rising featherweight prospect A.J. McKee will put his perfect professional record on the line against Henry Corrales at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Bellator MMA officials on Monday announced the pairing.
McKee -- the 21-year-old son of Ultimate Fighting Championship, International Fight League and Dream veteran Antonio McKee -- has finished each of his first four opponents inside one round. He last fought at Bellator 152 in April, when he needed just 2:44 to dispose of Danilo Belluardo with punches in Torino, Italy. Corrales, 29, will enter the cage on a three-fight losing streak, having dropped consecutive bouts to Patricio Freire, Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Straus. He started his career 12-0, winning a King of the Cage championship in the process.