Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145
A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and David Rickels (16-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) is slated for Bellator 145.
Officials today announced the matchup, as well as a trio of preliminary-card bouts.
Bellator 145, which features two title fights, take place Nov. 6 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest Bellator 145 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title
Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title
Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels
Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly
Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller
Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Scott Coker: Early 2016 likely for Bellator champ Liam McGeary vs. Phil Davis
Expect Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary to make his next title defense in early 2016.
After controlling the action early in the fight, Tito Ortiz (18-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) ultimately tapped out to an inverted triangle choke from McGeary (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 142 event.
In the co-headliner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) followed up an opening-round submission victory over Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to knock out replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who filled in for injured Muhammed Lawal (16-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA, to win the single-night tournament and claim his title.
Following the MMA-kickboxing “Dynamite” event, which aired on Spike from San Jose’s SAP Center, Bellator President Scott Coker said the two 205-pounders will likely meet in early 2016.
Fedor headlines NYE show in Japan on Spike TV
Spike TV will celebrate New Year's Eve with an MMA mega-event featuring mixed martial arts worldwide legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Emanating from Tokyo, Japan, the event marks the debut of a new global MMA promotion run by former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Bellator will partner with Mr. Sakakibara on the MMA extravaganza and will have fighters from its roster participating. The event will be broadcast to Spike's 93 million homes in the United States.
Fedor's opponent and further details on the event will be announced at a later date.
"We are thrilled to join forces with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and our partner Bellator President Scott Coker to give MMA fans a big reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve - Fedor fighting FREE on Spike!" said Kevin Kay, Spike President.
Bellator 142 weigh-in results: All fighters on weight for 'Dynamite' event
The Bellator 142 fighter weigh-ins took place today, and all fighters for the MMA portion of the “Dynamite” event made weight for their fights.
The weigh-ins took place at SAP Center in San Jose, which also plays host to Saturday’s Bellator MMA-GLORY kickboxing hybrid show. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The full Bellator 142 weigh-in results (MMA only) include:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Liam McGeary (204.8) vs. Tito Ortiz (204.6) – for light heavyweight title
Mike Bronzoulis (155.4) vs. Josh Thomson (155.4)
Muhammed Lawal (204.4) vs. Linton Vassell (205) – light heavyweight tourney opening round
Phil Davis (205.8) vs. Emanuel Newton (204) – light heavyweight tourney opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170) vs. James Terry (171)
Josh Paiva (126) vs. Matt Ramirez (126)
Gabriel Carrasco (135.4) vs. Joe Neal (135.6)
Salvador Becerra (156) vs. Adam Piccolotti (155.8)
Thomas Diagne (145.6) vs. Mike Malott (145.2)
Francis Carmont (205) vs. Anthony Ruiz (205.4) – light heavyweight tourney alternate bout
Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce.
"I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Liam McGeary doesn't blame Tito Ortiz for chasing title shot, but will get 'knocked out'
Liam McGeary understands why Tito Ortiz put so much effort into earning one last title shot. However, he thinks it was a big mistake to do so.
Following back-to-back wins to start his Bellator MMA career, Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was offered a matchup against longtime rival Frank Shamrock. He declined and instead insisted Bellator MMA President Scott Coker grant him a light heavyweight championship fight with McGeary (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) at Bellator 142...
Bellator releases rules for next week's 'Dynamite' light heavyweight tournament
Here are the plans for the tournament:
* Two semifinal bouts and one tournament reserve bout will be contested over two five-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period. If any of the bouts are scored a draw, the bout is officially declared a draw, but the judges overseeing the fight will each cast a ballot on who they think should advance to the finals “by merit of his performance.”
* A minimum of 30 minutes will separate the end of the semis and the beginning of the finals
* The tournament final will be contested the same as a non-title fight, with three five-minute rounds and two one-minute rest periods. A draw will trigger the same process as the semifinals, only the fighter who gets the most votes will be declared the tournament’s winner.
* If a semifinal winner cannot advance due to injury, a “survivor” rule will put his opponent into the finals. If that opponent can’t advance, however, the winner of the tournament reserve bout will advance. To advance, all tournament participants need medical clearance.
* Fouls that end bouts will be addressed depending on whether the infraction was intentional or accidental. If an accidental foul renders the semifinal winner unable to continue, the uninjured fighter will advance, and the tournament reserve winner will remain on standby.
* If an intentional foul ends a semifinal bout, the fouling fighter will be disqualified and the fouled fighter will be “medically eliminated.” Then the tournament reserve winner will advance.
* If an accidental foul ends the finals before two rounds have been completed, the tournament is over without a winner. After two rounds, the bout gets judged on the completed rounds.
* Any additional circumstances not addressed by the rules will resolved by “the senior (CSAC) representative in conjunction with the Bellator regulatory affairs director.”
Dengue fever sidelines Lins; Roy Boughton meets Francis Carmont at Bellator 142
An illness has caused a change to a key bout on next week’s Bellator 142 card.
Philipe Lins (9-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) is out of his fight against Francis Carmont (23-10 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) due to a bout of dengue fever. In Lins’ place in the light heavyweight tournament alternate bout steps Roy Boughton (12-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
A Bellator official confirmed the change to MMAjunkie on Wednesday following an initial report from Sherdog.
Bellator 142 lineup complete with 20 combined MMA, kickboxing fights in San Jose
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
Ryan Couture vs. Nick Gonzalez Added to Bellator 143 Prelims
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.
Bellator's Alexander Shlemenko sues CSAC over PED-related suspension and fine
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...
Melvin Guillard suffers 'shattered' hand in Bellator 141 loss, expected to undergo surgery
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.
Bellator 142 tourney matches set with Lawal vs. Vassell, Davis vs. Newton
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.
Justin Wren has returned from the Congo, but his fight for the Pygmies has just begun
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.