Will Brooks claims he was jumped by 'Pitbull' brothers, but Freire brothers insist he's lying
Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks did some hard sparring ahead of this Friday night's Bellator 145 showdown against Marcin Held, but probably wasn't expecting the "Pitbull" brothers -- Patricio and Patricky Freire -- to step up and serve as his impromptu training partners.
**Go check out Twitter. is pissed off. He's saying there's video proof of the attack. This is big news if it turns out the brothers assaulted him.
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Bellator releases five fighters, including former champion
While the UFC has been in the news for the large number of fighters they've released lately (or are rumored to be releasing), it's Bellator's roster trimming that's in the news today. The Viacom-owned organization cut five fighters from their roster, one of which held a title in the organization. Jason Floyd of The MMA Report fills us in via Twitter:
Fighters recently released by Bellator: Alexander Sarnavskiy, Alexander Volkov, Mike Mucitelli, Fabricio Guerreiro, and Joe Duarte
3:35 PM - 30 Oct 2015
Kimbo Slice headlines Feb. 19 Bellator event, Lashley or Thompson potential opponent
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is expected to return to the cage Feb. 19 in a Bellator headliner in Houston against an opponent to be determined.
The Houston Chronicle first reported Slice’s (5-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) main event spot, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the report with sources close to the promotion, who confirmed the event is Bellator 149 at Houston’s Toyota Center.
A Bellator PR official said Slice’s participation is not confirmed. One source close to the promotion said the former street brawler could potentially face the winner of a heavyweight bout at next week’s Bellator 145 between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson, but two separate sources said negotiations are ongoing with another opponent, though they declined to name him.
Bellator 146 adds Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz rematch, six prelims
The lineup is almost set for Bellator’s return to Oklahoma next month with the addition of a lightweight rematch, plus six prelims.
Derek Campos (15-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will meet Brandon Girtz (13-4 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a 155-pound bout on the main card of Bellator 146, promotion officials recently announced.
The Bellator 146 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jordan Parsons
Chidi Njokuani vs. Ricky Rainey
Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Kenyon Jackson vs. Bubba McDaniel – 195-pound catchweight
Alonzo Menifield vs. Zach Rosol
Julia Budd vs. Roberta Paim Rovel
Stephen Banaszak vs. George Pacurariu – 140-pound catchweight
Chris Jones vs. Treston Thomison
Roshaun Jones vs. Eli Tamez
Sean Holden vs. Justin Patterson
Kurt Angle, Ken Shamrock both tease major Bellator announcement
After a whole lot of flirting with the idea over the last decade (or longer), could Kurt Angle actually have finally decided to step into an MMA cage? Well, it doesn't seem likely. But he is pumping up a major announcement for Bellator 145 next week. In addition to that, Ken Shamrock is doing the same thing. Here are their tweets on the issue:
Julia Budd vs Roberta Paim Rovel Planned For Bellator 146 Card
Featherweight standout Julia “The Jewel” Budd looks to extend her five-fight winning streak when she steps back into the Bellator cage on November 20th at Bellator 146 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Budd is expected to face off against Roberta “Crusher” Paim Rovel in a featured 145-pound matchup.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the bout with Bellator officials this weekend following an initial report from Dama de Ferro MMA. Budd won her Bellator debut in February by dominating Gabrielle “Gabanator” Holloway. Paim has finished all four of her professional opponents in the first round.
Pat Curran injures knee, withdraws from Justin Lawrence bout at Bellator 145
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has withdrawn from his Bellator 145 bout opposite former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Justin Lawrence. According to a press release issued Tuesday by Bellator, Curran sustained a knee injury that caused him to be removed from the bout.
Lawrence will still appear on the card, but now faces late replacement Emmanuel Sanchez.
Goiti Yamauchi welcomes former ‘King of Pancrase’ Isao Kobayashi at Bellator 144
Bellator has announced the signing of another Japanese talent.
Isao Kobayashi, a former "King of Pancrase" at lightweight, will make his promotional debut against featherweight Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 144, event scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
Kobayashi enters Bellator after racking up an 18-2-4 MMA record, 15-1-4 under the Pancrase banner, including wins over the likes of Marlon Sandro, Will Chope and Koji Oishi. The Japanese fighter has won three of four since cutting down to 145 pounds.
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