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Bellator 142 lineup complete with 20 combined MMA, kickboxing fights in San Jose
(mmajunkie.com)
With 20 total fights spread across a cage and a ring on one venue floor, the card now is complete for Bellator 142. Billed as “Bellator: Dynamite 1,” Bellator 142 features MMA fights, as well as Glory kickboxing matches, on one night. The preliminary card features 12 total fights, most featuring local up-and-coming Northern California fighters. The finalized Bellator 142 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – for light-heavyweight title TBD vs. TBD – light-heavyweight tournament final Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa – for vacant Glory light heavyweight title Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez – Glory kickboxing match Hadley Griffith vs. Kerri-Anne Taylor Melendez – Glory kickboxing match Mike Bronzoulis vs. Josh Thomson Muhammed Lawal vs. Linton Vassell – light-heavyweight tournament opening round Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton – light-heavyweight tournament opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) David Blanco vs. Victor Jones Alysia Cortez vs. Gloria Telles – amateur fight Mauricio Alonso vs. Nick Pica T.J. Arcangel vs. Jose Palacios – Glory kickboxing match Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona Israel Delgado vs. J.J. Okanovich Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. James Terry Josh Paiva vs. Matt Ramirez Gabriel Carrasco vs. Joe Neal Marlen Magee vs. Adam Piccolotti Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott Francis Carmont vs. Philipe Lins – light-heavyweight tournament alternate bout
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:37PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Ryan Couture vs. Nick Gonzalez Added to Bellator 143 Prelims
(sherdog.com)
Ryan Couture will face Nick Gonzalez in a preliminary lightweight bout at Bellator 143. Promotion officials announced the contest on Thursday. Additionally, three other preliminary matchups were added to the Sept. 25 card: Abram Torres faces Daniel Cervantes; Saul Elizondo meets Amador Ramirez and Steve Garcia clashes with Eduardo Bustillos. Bellator 143 takes place at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, and is headlined by a bantamweight scrap pitting Joe Warren against L.C. Davis. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary draw streams immediately prior on Spike.com.
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:27AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator's Alexander Shlemenko sues CSAC over PED-related suspension and fine
(mmajunkie.com)
Alexander Shlemenko has filed a lawsuit against the California State Athletic Commission following his three-year suspension and $10,000 fine for a failed post-fight drug test after his Bellator 133 knockout of Melvin Manhoef. The punishment – especially the three-year suspension – was the harshest penalty the commission has handed a fighter since it began regulating MMA in 2006...
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 1:16AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Bellator 144 gets second title fight with Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho
(mmafighting.com)
Two titles will be on the line Oct. 23, as former middleweight champion Brandon Halsey will vie for Bellator's vacant 185-pound strap against streaking Brazilian Rafael Carvalho in Bellator 144's co-headlining bout...
Submitted Aug 31, 2015 8:28PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Melvin Guillard suffers 'shattered' hand in Bellator 141 loss, expected to undergo surgery
(mmajunkie.com)
Melvin Guillard’s Bellator debut did not go according to plan. The former UFC lightweight contender dropped a split decision to handpicked opponent Brandon Girtz in the main event of Bellator 141 on Friday. Girtz’s (13-4 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) combination of punching power and explosive takedowns gave Guillard (34-14-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) fits for the majority of the contest. “The Young Assassin” nearly scored a finish in the final minutes of the 155-pound contest, but throughout most of the fight his strike count was below the norm. A “shattered” right hand was likely a contributing factor.
Submitted Aug 29, 2015 3:15PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Bellator 142 tourney matches set with Lawal vs. Vassell, Davis vs. Newton
(mmajunkie.com)
The opening round matchups for next month’s four-man, single-night Bellator MMA light heavyweight tournament have been set, as Muhammed Lawal meets Linton Vassell, and Phil Davis faces Emanuel Newton. The pairings, which were conducted via random draw following Thursday’s Bellator 141 weigh-ins, were announced on Friday’s Spike TV telecast. Bellator 142 takes place Sept. 19 at San Jose’s SAP Center. The main card airs live on Spike TV. The “Dynamite” event features both MMA and kickboxing matches.
Submitted Aug 29, 2015 12:51AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Justin Wren has returned from the Congo, but his fight for the Pygmies has just begun
(mmafighting.com)
Justin Wren stroked his prodigious beard, scratched the dry, red skin on his arm and squinted. "It's kind of crazy we're here," he said. "All that green." The ivy-covered coffee shop patio about two miles from the campus of UCLA brought Wren back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, more specifically, the vision he had that led him to the African nation in the first place. Four years ago, Wren was an MMA fighter struggling with addiction and depression, looking for something else of value in his life. During a spiritual retreat, he found it even if he didn't know where it was.
Submitted Aug 28, 2015 1:09PM by GDPofMPG - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Miscellaneous, MMA Personalities
 
Video: Poster signing turns ugly with rivals Patricio Freire, Georgi Karakhanyan
(mmajunkie.com)
Here’s a summary from Albarracin: Tensions were High between fight camps as Patricky and Saad Awad signed posters for This fridays #Bellator141 , as Bellator World Champ Patricio Pitbull caught the eye of possíble title contender Georgi Karakanyan , They have been going back on forth on Twitter and their twitter beef carried over into Bellator check In Room . Needless to say fireworks ensued. Saad step up to calm down his training partner , Patricky Pitbull got riled up. Joinha and Bellator oficials served as arbitrators . Leandro Higo as ref. Friday the cage closes on Spike TV and Pitbull and Saad will get after it at Bellator141 co-main event and Patricio Pitbull vs.Georgi will have be at a later date as he can’t look past another war with former champion Daniel Strauss . Stay tuned.
Submitted Aug 27, 2015 7:18AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Ex-Featherweight Champ Pat Curran to Face Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145
(sherdog.com)
Ex-Featherweight Champ Pat Curran to Face Justin Lawrence at Bellator 145.
Submitted Aug 20, 2015 8:09PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Bellator Signs Wrestling Standout Tyrell Fortune To Multi-Fight Deal
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator MMA announced on Wednesday the signing of highly sought after wrestling prospect Tyrell Fortune to an exclusive, multi-fight contract. The 25-year-old’s focus is currently set on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, which he will attempt to qualify for during Olympic Trials next April. Regardless of whether or not he makes the team, Fortune hopes to have his first heavyweight mixed martial arts contest in early 2016.
Submitted Aug 20, 2015 8:14AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
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Vinicius Queiroz vs. Ewerton Teixeira completes Bellator 143 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
Accomplished kickboxer and undefeated heavyweight mixed martial artist Ewerton Teixeira will make his Bellator debut at Bellator 143 when he squares off with Vinicius Queiroz.
Submitted Aug 19, 2015 5:00PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Fedor, Sakuraba And Shamrock To Attend Bellator Fan Fest
(bjpenn.com)
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker has announced that three of the biggest MMA legends will be in attendance for Bellator’s Fan Fast on Sept. 19 in San Jose, which is apart of their next major event, ‘Bellator: Dynamite 1'. Fedor Emelianenko, Kazushi Sakuraba and Frank Shamrock will all be apart of the proceedings. So does this mean Fedor is close to entering the Bellator cage? It would make sense since Coker and Fedor have worked together in the past, but the Bellator boss says they actually haven’t talked to Fedor’s camp about his return.
Submitted Aug 18, 2015 1:43PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
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Bellator Signs Former King of Pancrase Isao Kobayashi for Fall Debut
(sherdog.com)
Bellator Signs Former King of Pancrase Isao Kobayashi for Fall Debut.
Submitted Aug 17, 2015 10:30AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis Slated for Bellator MMA ‘Dynamite’ on Sept. 19
(sherdog.com)
Josh Thomson vs. Mike Bronzoulis Slated for Bellator MMA ‘Dynamite’ on Sept. 19.
Submitted Aug 17, 2015 10:29AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Thiago suggests Koscheck rematch at Bellator
(mmafighting.com)
Six and a half years after shocking the world, Paulo Thiago is willing to give a rematch to the man that made him famous.
Submitted Aug 17, 2015 10:20AM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Phil Davis: Leaving the UFC 'like breaking up with a girlfriend'
(mmafighting.com)
One day recently, Phil Davis had to sit down and edit all his social media. Those are the kinds of things that happen when you leave one job for another -- or, in Davis' case, go from one MMA promotion to another.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:37PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Will Brooks to fellow Bellator champ Patricio Freire: 'I will slap you in your f-cking mouth'
(mmajunkie.com)
For at least one event, Patricio Freire has bragging rights, and he’s making the most of it. The Bellator featherweight champion today riled up fellow titleholder Will Brooks today during a Twitter squabble. And it’s all due to their placement on an upcoming card.
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:31AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Bellator 145 features Freire-Straus, Brooks-Held title fights on Nov. 6
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator 145 will feature two title fights on Nov. 6 at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center. The “tentpole” event, which features a main card on Spike TV and prelims on Facebook, features featherweight champion Patricio Freire (24-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) vs. former titleholder Daniel Straus (24-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA), as well as lightweight champ Will Brooks (16-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) vs. challenger Marcin Held (21-3 MMA, 10-2 BMMA). MMAFighting.com first reported the details of “Bellator 145: Vengeance.” Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and heavyweight Bobby Lashley (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) are also expected to compete at the event.
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:28AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Henry Corrales added to September's Bellator 143 card in Texas
(mmajunkie.com)
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Henry Corrales added to September's Bellator 143 card in Texas.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 12:24PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Gleristone Santos gets opponent for Bellator debut
(mmafighting.com)
Gleristone Santos will finally make his Bellator debut, as the featherweight prospect meets fellow Brazilian John Teixeira in September.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 10:30AM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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