BFC Evolves the Tourney
Bellator isn't getting away from their tournament model, but they are adjusting it. In short, Bellator tournament champions no longer have to re-enter the tournament system to earn subsequent title shots.
Bellator officials exclusively tell MMA Fighting the tournament still earns the winner a guaranteed title shot and $100,000 extra in earnings, but also something more now. Once a fighter wins a tournament, they'll forever belong to a pool of fighters who can win a series of fights outside of the tournament that also lead to a title shot.
Bellator 121 weigh-in results: Four main-card matchups set with no issue
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
-Austen Heidlage (205.7) vs. Philipe Lins (205.7) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
-James Thompson (260.3) vs. Eric Prindle (264.8)
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (204.8) vs. Terry Davinney (205.8)
-Carlos Eduardo (205.2) vs. Egidijus Valavicius (205.2) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET)
-Stephen Banaszak (145.9) vs. Treston Thomison (145.9)
-Cortez Coleman (185.7) vs. Joe Vedepo (185.6)
-Kelly Anundson (206.3)* vs. Rodney Wallace (205.9) – light heavyweight tournament opening round
-Jamelle Jones (205.8) vs. Ray Sloan (202.4)
-Matt Jones (188.4) vs. Bubba McDaniel (189.8)
-Steve Garcia (139.2) vs. Cody Walker (140.2)#
-Guillermo Ayme (168) vs. William Florentino (170.8)
* – Anundson has two hours to lose the remaining 0.3 pounds
# – Walker has two hours to lose the remaining 0.2 pounds
Bellator 120 clears 100k PPV buys.
Viacom-owned Bellator MMA pushed north of 100,000 buys for their May 17 card, according to industry sources with information regarding the promotion’s debut foray into the pay-per-view business.
Calf Injury Knocks Pat Curran Out of June 6 Title Defense at Bellator 121
Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will not defend his title as expected next month.
Bellator officials Wednesday announced that Curran sustained a severe right calf strain in training and has been forced to withdraw from a planned rematch with Patricio Freire at Bellator 121.
“I’ve been training incredibly hard for this fight by pushing myself to my absolute limits in training,” Curran stated in a release. “Unfortunately, during some conditioning drills, I suffered a bad calf strain that has halted my training for one of the biggest fights of my career. I have my sights set on getting back into the cage as soon as possible, with July in mind, but I want to be 100 percent healthy heading into that cage to smash ‘Pitbull.’”