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Bellator looks to book Michael Page vs. Paul Daley
Michael “Venom” Page is rumored to be fighting Paul “Semtex” Daley sometime in May, a natural fit for a London card. Finally, Page gets a high level challenge, and it’s against one of the most powerful strikers at welterweight.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 6:33AM by Braden - 8 comments
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UFC President Dana White on 'TUF 8' winner: 'Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader'
The most tenured light heavyweight fighter in UFC history officially will be taking his talents elsewhere. Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) appears to be headed for Bellator. UFC President Dana White today told USA TODAY Sports that the promotion gave its blessing to Bader leaving for its top competitor and would not match any contract offer Bader might receive from the Viacom-owned Bellator.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 11:17PM by Braden - 10 comments
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Former champ Andrey Koreshkov returns against Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 174
The return of former Bellator welterweight champion Andrei Koreshkov highlighted a pair of fight bookings announced on Friday for Bellator 174, as Koreshkov will take on Fernando Gonzalez in a 170-pound showdown, and middleweight prospect Chris Honeycutt will meet Kendall Grove on the main card of the March 3 event.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:50PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Venue named for ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. ‘King Mo’ Lawal rematch
Bellator 175 already had a main event and a date. Now it has a venue. The March 31 card featuring the rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “King Mo” Lawal will be held at the AllState Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill. The Chicago Tribune broke the news Wednesday.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:57PM by Braden - 0 comments
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UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it. After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up. Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:46PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Josh Koscheck vs. Mauricio Alonso added to Bellator 172 main card with Piccolotti-Primus canceled
Next month’s Bellator 172 card has lost a fight but gained two more, including the long-delayed promotional debut of former UFC title challenger Josh Koscheck. Bellator officials today announced Koscheck will fight fellow welterweight Mauricio Alonso. That bout takes the main-card slot initially reserved for lightweights Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus; Piccolotti was forced out of the event with an undisclosed injury. Officials also added a middleweight bout between Francisco France vs. Anatoly Tokov to Bellator 172’s prelims. Bellator 172 takes place Feb. 18 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:25PM by Braden - 9 comments
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Tito Ortiz fires back at the haters that called his win over Chael Sonnen fake
Tito Ortiz is not impressed with the fan reaction to his Bellator 170 win over Chael Sonnen.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 4:10PM by Braden - 8 comments
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‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. ‘King Mo’ Lawal 2 set to headline Bellator 175
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will get a chance to avenge his loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Bellator announced on Saturday during the broadcast of Bellator 170 that Jackson and Lawal will fight for a second time on March 31 in the main event of Bellator 175 . The location of the event is yet to be determined.
Submitted Jan 22, 2017 2:36AM by Braden - 0 comments
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All in all, Colleen Schneider happy just to compete at Bellator 170
A lesser person than Colleen Schneider might get mad about being placed on the opening bout of the preliminary card at Bellator 170. There are, after all, 19 fighters who don’t even have Wikipedia pages on the prelim card at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday night. But Schneider, who has 17 pro matchups under the belt, finds herself working in the curtain-jerker fight. Schneider, who brings a 4-1 record in her past five fights into her Bellator debut, is taking the high road on something other veterans might consider a slight.
Submitted Jan 20, 2017 6:10PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Ex-champ Liam McGeary vs. Chris Fields slated for Bellator 173 on Feb. 24
Former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary is slated for his post-title return bout. Fighting for the first time since losing the belt to Phil Davis in November, McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) meets Chris Fields (11-7-1 MMA, at Bellator 173. Bellator President Scott Coker announced the main event via ESPN.com.
Submitted Jan 11, 2017 1:57AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani catchweight bout headlines Bellator 171
A 175-pound catchweight matchup between 14-year veteran Melvin Guillard and fellow knockout artist Chidi Njokuani has been booked as the headlining bout of Bellator 171. The event takes place Jan. 27 at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. As with all Bellator events, the night’s main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though the night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed.
Submitted Jan 11, 2017 1:53AM by Braden - 4 comments
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Tito Ortiz on why he’s retiring: ‘My biggest enemy has been my body’
This isn’t the first time Tito Ortiz has announced his retirement. The former UFC light heavyweight champion called it a career after a 2012 loss to Forrest Griffin and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Then came an improbable run with Bellator, one in which he drew a game-changing television rating for a fight with Stephan Bonnar on Nov. 2014 which helped usher in the current era of MMA free agency. But while the inevitable can be postponed, time catches up with everyone eventually. Ortiz’s Bellator 170 main event against Chael Sonnen comes two days before his 42nd birthday, and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” affirmed that win, lose, or draw, he intends for the bout to be the last of his MMA career.
Submitted Jan 5, 2017 7:40PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson, Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus added to Bellator 172
Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson, and Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus are the latest additions to Bellator 172. The news was announced by the promotion on Wednesday.
Submitted Jan 5, 2017 3:36PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou added to Bellator 169
A women’s featherweight bout pitting Sinead Kavanagh and Elina Kallionidou is the latest addition to Bellator 169. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday. Kavanagh was originally scheduled to compete in a bantamweight fight against Eeva Siiskonen on the BAMMA portion of this co-promoted event, but will now be moving up a weight class to face Kallionidou under the Bellator banner. Kavanagh trains out of SGB Ireland and is 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:29PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Middleweight prospect Ed Ruth announced as late addition to Saturday's Bellator 168
Ed Ruth will take his second professional MMA contest just five weeks after his successful debut in the sport. Bellator officials today announced that Ruth (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will face Italian middleweight Emanuele Palombi (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Saturday’s Bellator 168 event, which takes place at Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, and airs live on Spike.
Submitted Dec 7, 2016 4:12PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Tito Ortiz says Bellator 170 bout with Chael Sonnen on Jan. 21 will be his 'final fight'
When Tito Ortiz takes on Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it will be a meeting between two of the best trash talkers in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. It will also be the last time MMA fans will be able to see "The Huntington Beach Bad Bay" in action, according to a recent social media submission by the man himself.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:29AM by Braden - 7 comments
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Injury forces Rafael Carvalho out of Bellator 168 bout against Melvin Manhoef
The rematch is going to have to wait. Bellator announced middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho has been forced out of his Dec. 10 bout with Melvin Manhoef with an injury. The new main event for the Bellator 168 card, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, will be Italian fighter Alessio Sakara against veteran Joey Beltran.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:24AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Paul Daley to face Brennan Ward at Bellator 170
Bellator's big show to start 2017 has added some hitters. Paul Daley will take on Brennan Ward in an important welterweight bout at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, it was announced by promotion president Scott Coker on ESPN.
Submitted Nov 30, 2016 4:11AM by Braden - 2 comments
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With Emmanuel Sanchez injured, Friday's Bellator 166 lineup gets new co-headliner
Due to an injury, Friday’s Bellator 166 event has a new co-headliner. Bellator officials today announced Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has suffered an injury and been forced out of his bout with featherweight A.J. McKee (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). As a result, Ray Wood (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who was originally slated to fight Treston Thomison (9-4 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) on the prelims, has been tapped as a replacement. Thomison awaits a new opponent.
Submitted Nov 28, 2016 3:47PM by Braden - 0 comments
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With Freire out, Darrion Caldwell-Joe Taimanglo rematch set for Bellator 167 main event
With another headliner for Bellator 167 gone by the wayside, there’s a new main event set for the promotion’s second of back-to-back shows in Oklahoma next week. The headliner for the second night of Bellator’s December doubleheader will be a bantamweight rematch between Darrion Caldwell (9-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Joe Taimanglo (23-6-1 MMA, 6-2 BMMA). A Bellator official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie today.
Submitted Nov 25, 2016 2:35PM by Braden - 1 comment
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