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Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Weichel showdown highlights Bellator 159 additions
(mmajunkie.com)
The card for Bellator 159 is complete and a featherweight showdown is one of the biggest additions. Bellator today announced a bout between Emmanuel Sanchez(13-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) and Daniel Weichel (36-9 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) along with several other additions to the event, which takes place July 22 from Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kan. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Sanchez is riding a three-fight winning streak, including a split decision victory over Daniel Pineda at Bellator 149 in his most recent bout. In fact, all three of his victories in his current run have come by way of split decision.
Submitted Jun 29, 2016 8:21PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 averages 601,000 viewers
(mmafighting.com)
Rampage Jackson's drawing power took a turn for the worst, as Friday night's Bellator show built around his return to the promotion averaged 601,000 viewers. The number was well below even the company's usual numbers of 650,000 for a secondary show. But Friday's show was Dynamite, with the idea of it being Bellator's big event of the year. Nobody expected it to touch the kind of numbers they did in February when a double headliner of Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie and the late Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 drew a record 1,964,000 viewer average over three hours. But this show, which also had a bout for the vacant lightweight title where Michael Chandler, Bellator's biggest homegrown star, beat Patricky "Pitbull" Freire, drew less than one-third of that total. If anything it shows a combination of just how big Slice, Shamrock and Gracie were as draws, and that Jackson, at least when it come to a fight with Ishii, was not in their league when it came to garnering interest in his fight.
Submitted Jun 29, 2016 8:18PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
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Michael Chandler clears up what he said to Patricio Freire after knocking out his brother Patricky
(mmafighting.com)
ST. LOUIS – It was a banner night for Missouri's own Michael Chandler on Friday. Not only did he make the roof come off of the Scottrade Center with his clean knockout of Patricky Freire, but Chandler regained Bellator's lightweight title. And afterwards, as he sat perched on the fence celebrating his big moment, he had an encounter with Patricky's brother Patricio, who was cageside. What was that all about? "Uh, it was interesting," Chandler said at the Bellator 157 post-fight presser conference. "I commend [Patricio], I take my hat off to him for getting emotional for his brother. I mean, if my brother had just got knocked out, I would've...I don't think I'd have done the same thing because I thought what he did was pretty disrespectful, but you've got to stick up for your brother.
Submitted Jun 26, 2016 2:51PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Scott Coker says free agent Rory MacDonald is 'somebody we'd definitely be interested in when he's free'
(mmafighting.com)
ST. LOUIS – On a night when former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione made his Bellator debut, and former UFC champion Benson Henderson was cageside at the Scottrade Center to see him do it, the idea of free agency loomed in the air at Bellator 157: Dynamite 2. And as of last weekend, there's one notable free agent that could ignite a little bidding war. Rory MacDonald, who trains at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, fought out his contract in Ottawa against Stephen Thompson. Though he lost to "Wonderboy" it what was thought to be a No. 1 contender's bout, MacDonald is only 26 years old and has gone 9-4 in the Octagon. Two of his losses — against Carlos Condit in 2010 and against current welterweight champion Robby Lawler in 2015 — he found himself winning heading into the final round. It doesn't hurt that he's a key to the Canadian market.
Submitted Jun 26, 2016 2:49PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Matt Mitrione vs. Oli Thompson Targeted for Bellator 158 in London on July 16
(sherdog.com)
Matt Mitrione could make a quick turnaround following his victory over Carl Seumanutafa on Friday night, as “The Ultimate Fighter 10” veteran has already been booked against Oli Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16. The heavyweight matchup was announced following Mitrione’s first-round knockout over Seumanutafa at Bellator 157. “Meathead” rallied from an early knockdown to put his foe away with a big standing-to-ground right hand 3:22 into the period. The triumph ended a two-fight skid for Mitrione, who signed a multi-bout deal with the California-based promotion earlier this year. While the bout was announced in the cage following Mitrione's victory on Friday night, Bellator officials confirmed that his participation in the event is contingent upon receiving medical clearance to compete on July 16. For now, the matchup is not official. During a post-fight interview, Mitrione admitted that he did not remember being knocked down by Seumanutafa.
Submitted Jun 24, 2016 8:54PM by JLS1980 - 18 comments
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Bellator 160 targeted for Aug. 26 in Memphis
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator could be headed down south for a late summer event on Spike. Bellator 160 is targeted for Aug. 26, and Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., is a heavy favorite to host, multiple sources told MMAjunkie on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the news publicly. Landers Center previously hosted Bellator 120, which featured a light heavyweight grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal that ended in a controversial decision for Jackson and a raucous post-fight press conference.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:46PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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MMA Fighter Ivan Cole Found Dead; Reportedly Killed Himself Playing Russian Roulette
(sherdog.com)
Former Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday. According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available. A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old. <a href="mer Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday. According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available. A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old. Read more at
Submitted Jun 12, 2016 12:01AM by JLS1980 - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Chidi Njokuani now meets Thiago Goncalves in Bellator 156 co-headliner
(mmafighting.com)
Originally scheduled to face former welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 156, Chidi Njokuani will now meet The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Thiago Goncalves in the co-main event spot on June 17, MMA Fighting has learned with sources close to the situation. Lima takes on Paul Daley at Bellator 158. Goncalves (18-4) makes his promotional debut a year after defeating Matt Baker at WSOF 21. "Jambo", who won six of his last seven fights, was originally booked against Ricky Rainey in the Bellator 156 prelims.
Submitted Jun 10, 2016 3:33PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Michael Page to Face Evangelista Santos at Bellator 158 in London
(sherdog.com)
Michael Page has a new opponent for Bellator 158, as he will face Brazilian veteran Evangelista Santos in a featured welterweight bout on July 16 in London. Promotion officials announced the new matchup on Thursday. Santos replaces Fernando Gonzalez, who was forced to withdraw from the contest due to visa issues. Bellator also confirmed that a previously reported 170-pound clash between Paul Daley and Douglas Lima will headline the card following the death of Kimbo Slice, who was scheduled to face James Thompson in the original main event, earlier this week.
Submitted Jun 9, 2016 2:17PM by RhythmAndStyle - 12 comments
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Kimbo had congestive heart failure and needed a heart transplant
(sherdog.com)
Bellator MMA star and former YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice was awaiting a heart transplant before he died on Monday at age 42, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.
Submitted Jun 8, 2016 3:37PM by machodog76 - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Josh Koscheck out of fight with Paul Daley at Bellator 158
(mmafighting.com)
It's the rivalry rematch that just can't come together. Josh Koscheck is injured and out of his fight with Paul Daley at Bellator 158 on July 16 in London, MMA Fighting confirmed with Bellator officials Monday. Daley will now face former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima instead. ESPN was the first to report the news. Koscheck and Daley were supposed to fight on the same card in January in Koscheck's adopted hometown of Fresno, Calif., to set up a future bout. Koscheck was slated to face Matt Secor in the main event of his Bellator debut, but got injured in training and had to withdraw. Daley took over the main event spot, defeating Andy Uhrich. Afterward, Daley slammed Koscheck in the post-fight interview.
Submitted Jun 8, 2016 3:12PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Douglas Lima replaces Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley at Bellator 158 in London
(mmajunkie.com)
That long-awaited Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley rematch will have to wait a little longer. Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former UFC fighter who’s yet to make his Bellator debut, was forced out of a Bellator 158 bout with Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for undisclosed reasons, and former welterweight champion Douglas Lima (26-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has stepped in a replacement. A Bellator rep confirmed the lineup change with MMAjunkie. ESPN.com first reported it.
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 11:32AM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Justin Lawrence vs Isao Kobayashi Tops Bellator 157 Preliminary Card
(sherdog.com)
Justin Lawrence will meet Isao Kobayashi in the featured preliminary bout at Bellator 157 "Dynamite 2" on June 24. Promotion officials announced the featherweight pairing on Friday. Bellator 157 takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. The evening’s main card, which will also see Michael Chandler face Patricky Freire for the vacant lightweight title, airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The preliminary draw will stream on Bellator.com beginning at approximately 6:30 ET/5:30 CT.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 6:14PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo meet in Bellator 159 main event
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell will look to keep his march toward a bantamweight title going when he meets Joe Taimanglo in the main event of Bellator 159. In addition to the bout between Caldwell (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Taimanglo (22-6-1 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), Bellator announced a lightweight co-main event featuring Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA).
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 6:51PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Report: Former Bellator featherweight shot five times in Dagestan
(bloodyelbow.com)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev was taken to hospital with various gunshot wounds on Wednesday following an altercation at a local restaurant in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Shamhalaev, a former Bellator featherweight tournament winner, was reportedly shot five times by unnamed assailants. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery and had a kidney removed at approximately 4pm Moscow time. The former title challenger is in stable condition but remains in intensive care.
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 5:39PM by GDPofMPG - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Despite stunning upset, Bellator's Alexis Dufresne says Marloes Coenen deserves next title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
Alexis Dufresne is surprisingly realistic about her position in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division after pulling off the biggest victory of her career with an upset of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155 earlier this month. Dufresne (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) stepped in as an injury replacement for Julia Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight meant to decide Bellator’s inaugural women’s 145-pound champion. Once Budd pulled out, however, the promotion changed the fight with Coenen (23-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to a non-title affair. Marloes Coenen and Alexis Dufresne The call to fight Coenen came with just two weeks to prepare after Dufresne had taken a 16-month layoff from the sport to give birth. Dufresne was five pounds overweight for the fight, which ruffled the feathers of her opponent. But she secured the triangle-armbar victory to join Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Miesha Tate as one of the few fighters to beat Coenen, a former Strikeforce champion, since 2009.
Submitted May 29, 2016 3:54PM by JLS1980 - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
(mmajunkie.com)
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist. A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing. But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate. Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Submitted May 29, 2016 3:46PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Bellator 156 adds three fights, including Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card. Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card. With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar
Submitted May 26, 2016 7:08PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Former employee claims Bellator allowed ‘forged’ and ‘falsified’ fighter medical reports
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former Bellator fighter and employee Zach Light claims Bellator allowed forged and falsified medicals to be used during an event.
Submitted May 26, 2016 10:48AM by FKA - 9 comments
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Fernando Gonzalez out of Bellator 158, promotion seeks replacement vs. Michael 'Venom' Page
(mmajunkie.com)
Fernando Gonzalez and Michael Page are seemingly just not destined to share the Bellator cage together – at least not yet, anyway. For the second time in as many attempts, a fight between Gonzalez (25-13 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Page (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) has fallen apart. Gonzalez is out of a planned Bellator 158 matchup, scheduled for July 16 at The O2 in London, due to issues receiving a travel visa to England for the event.
Submitted May 25, 2016 8:27PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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