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Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo meet in Bellator 159 main event
Undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell will look to keep his march toward a bantamweight title going when he meets Joe Taimanglo in the main event of Bellator 159. In addition to the bout between Caldwell (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Taimanglo (22-6-1 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), Bellator announced a lightweight co-main event featuring Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA).
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 6:51PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Report: Former Bellator featherweight shot five times in Dagestan
Shahbulat Shamhalaev was taken to hospital with various gunshot wounds on Wednesday following an altercation at a local restaurant in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Shamhalaev, a former Bellator featherweight tournament winner, was reportedly shot five times by unnamed assailants. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery and had a kidney removed at approximately 4pm Moscow time. The former title challenger is in stable condition but remains in intensive care.
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 5:39PM by GDPofMPG - 2 comments
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Despite stunning upset, Bellator's Alexis Dufresne says Marloes Coenen deserves next title shot
Alexis Dufresne is surprisingly realistic about her position in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division after pulling off the biggest victory of her career with an upset of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155 earlier this month. Dufresne (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) stepped in as an injury replacement for Julia Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight meant to decide Bellator’s inaugural women’s 145-pound champion. Once Budd pulled out, however, the promotion changed the fight with Coenen (23-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to a non-title affair. Marloes Coenen and Alexis Dufresne The call to fight Coenen came with just two weeks to prepare after Dufresne had taken a 16-month layoff from the sport to give birth. Dufresne was five pounds overweight for the fight, which ruffled the feathers of her opponent. But she secured the triangle-armbar victory to join Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Miesha Tate as one of the few fighters to beat Coenen, a former Strikeforce champion, since 2009.
Submitted May 29, 2016 3:54PM by JLS - 7 comments
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Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist. A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing. But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate. Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Submitted May 29, 2016 3:46PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator 156 adds three fights, including Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card. Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card. With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar
Submitted May 26, 2016 7:08PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Former employee claims Bellator allowed ‘forged’ and ‘falsified’ fighter medical reports
Former Bellator fighter and employee Zach Light claims Bellator allowed forged and falsified medicals to be used during an event.
Submitted May 26, 2016 10:48AM by FKA - 9 comments
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Fernando Gonzalez out of Bellator 158, promotion seeks replacement vs. Michael 'Venom' Page
Fernando Gonzalez and Michael Page are seemingly just not destined to share the Bellator cage together – at least not yet, anyway. For the second time in as many attempts, a fight between Gonzalez (25-13 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Page (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) has fallen apart. Gonzalez is out of a planned Bellator 158 matchup, scheduled for July 16 at The O2 in London, due to issues receiving a travel visa to England for the event.
Submitted May 25, 2016 8:27PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Ilima Macfarlane-Rebecca Ruth Added to Bellator: Dynamite 2
Bellator MMA announced Friday night that a women’s flyweight bout has been added to the eagerly-anticipated Bellator: Dynamite 2 event, which is set for June 24 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Promotion officials confirmed that Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on Rebecca Ruth on the card, which is anchored by the heavyweight bout between former UFC 205-pound champ Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. Macfarlane has been impressive since turning pro, having won all three of her bouts, two of which have been inside the Bellator cage. The last time “The Ilimanator” competed, she submitted Amber Tackett via first-round armbar at Bellator 148.
Submitted May 22, 2016 1:51PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Kato vs. Schilling rematch booked for 2nd Bellator Kickboxing event
Hisaki Kato scored one of MMA's best KOs of 2015 when he walloped Joe Schilling in 2015. Now the two men will rematch under the Bellator banner next month, but this time it'll be in the kickboxing ring.
Submitted May 22, 2016 1:49PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Scott Coker: Held-Jensen better fight for Bellator 155 digital stream than Coenen-Dufresne
When news came out that Julia Budd would face former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen for the inaugural featherweight title on the Bellator prelims, there was a fair amount of public consternation. A lot of people disagreed with Bellator’s decision to put a title fight on a digital stream, regardless of the logic behind it. The logic behind it, of course, was to draw more attention to Bellator’s streaming presence, which in a roundabout way it did.
Submitted May 19, 2016 1:16AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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UFC slightly outrates Bellator head-to-head on Saturday night
Bellator and UFC dueled somewhat evenly in going head-to-head on a Saturday night where nearly 1.5 million fans watched MMA between 8 and 10 p.m. on cable television. The UFC aired the prelims for UFC 198, doing 786,000 viewers, headlined by Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown, a stronger than usual FS 1 main event. It was the lowest prelim number before a pay-per-view so far this year. The head-to-head competition with Bellator was probably at least partially responsible. The prelims for UFC 197 did 835,000 viewers. The Brown vs. Maia main event peaked at 985,000 viewers for the final rounds. Bellator, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10:22 p.m., headlined by Phil Davis vs. King Mo Lawal, did 709,000 viewers, slightly above what Bellator usually does, a number fairly impressive given it was not on the regular night, started an hour earlier than usual and had the UFC competition. In the key 18-49 demo, UFC had an edge in viewers by 399,000 to 346,000. Spike, which airs Bellator, is available in about nine million more homes than FS 1.
Submitted May 18, 2016 5:05AM by JLS - 11 comments
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Bellator 154 salaries: Phil Davis gets $60K, and 'King Mo' gets $30K
Bellator light heavyweight Phil Davis not only earned a shot at champ Liam McGeary, but the highest disclosed payday at this past Saturday’s Bellator 154 event. Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) took home $60,000 for his unanimous-decision win over Muhammed Lawal (19-5 MMA, 8-4 BMMA), who earned $30,000, in the Spike-televised headliner of this past Saturday’s event at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Submitted May 18, 2016 4:57AM by JLS - 11 comments
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Heavyweights Godbeer, Mulheron to Clash at Bellator 158 in London on July 16
United Kingdom-based heavyweights Mark Godbeer and James Mulheron will square off for bragging rights of the region in a featured bout at Bellator 158, promotion officials announced Tuesday. Godbeer is fresh off a second-round TKO win over Stuart Austin at BAMMA 25 last weekend and looks to keep his three-fight winning streak in full effect against his rival. He last appeared for the California-based promotion at Bellator 152, when he was knocked out by UFC veteran Cheick Kongo.
Submitted May 18, 2016 4:54AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Marloes Coenen vs. Alexis Dufresne elevated to Friday's Bellator 155 main card
Although the fight lost its title status, it’s been elevated to Friday’s Bellator 155 main card. Officials today announced a women’s featherweight bout between former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen (23-6 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Alexis Dufresne (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has been elevated from the preliminary card to the televised main card. The full Bellator 155 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef – for middleweight title Pat Curran vs. Georgi Karakhanyan Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai Julia Budd vs. Marloes Coenen Joey Beltran vs. Chase Gormley PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen Tyler Freeland vs. Joe Hamilton Veta Arteaga vs. Jackie Vandenburgh Hamilton Ash vs. Vince Morales Casey Johnson vs. Brendon Raftery Scott Thometz vs. Josh Tyler Will Noland vs. Sean Powers Erick Cronkhite vs. Ricky Steele Olly Bradstreet vs. Jesse Brock
Submitted May 17, 2016 2:06PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Darrion Caldwell signs seven-fight contract extension with Bellator
Bellator is hanging onto one of its top homegrown talents. Darrion Caldwell announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he has signed a long-term contract extension with Bellator MMA. The deal spans seven fights. Caldwell said he had one fight remaining on his previous contract with the promotion. "Just believing in what they had in mind and their plan for me, that's the biggest thing," Caldwell said. "It's bigger than me. I know they have a vision. Even though I have a vision as well -- my vision is to be the world champ -- they have a vision on how to put me in a position to make sure I maximize everything outside of the cage. And so, I feel like we touched on a lot of subjects there. I think we've got a star in the making."
Submitted May 16, 2016 9:17PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Bellator to honor Jordan Parsons with memorial scholarship fund
Bellator MMA has started the Jordan Parsons Scholarship Fund to honor the late fighter, the promotion announced Saturday. As a result, Bellator will annually send a young wrestler to "The J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp," a favorite of Parsons'. Parsons, a member of the Blackzilians fight team, died on May 4, three days after being struck by a driver while crossing the street in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 25 years old.
Submitted May 15, 2016 3:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Chandler vs. Pitbull vacant lightweight title bout set for Bellator: Dynamite 2
Michael Chandler and Patricky Pitbull are scheduled to fight for the vacant lightweight championship at Bellator: Dynamite 2 next month. Bellator MMA lightweight contenders Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire are set to fight for the vacant lightweight championship at Bellator: Dynamite 2 later this year, officials announced during the Bellator 154 broadcast on Saturday evening. Current champion Will Brooks vacated the belt when he was granted a release from the organization on Saturday. Chandler (14-3) is riding a two-fight winning streak with stoppage wins over David Rickels and Derek Campos since back-to-back losses to Brooks in title fights. The 30-year-old was supposed to fight Josh Thomson at Bellator 154 on Saturday in one of the most anticipated Bellator fights of the year, but UFC veteran Thomson pulled out with an injury. Chandler did not receive a replacement fight for the card. Freire (16-7) is also riding a two-fight winning streak with a recent decision win over UFC veteran Kevin Souza in the main event of Bellator 152 last month. Prior to that, he knocked out Ryan Couture in impressive fashion. Pitbull's last loss came to the hands of Derek Anderson late last year. Pitbull lost to Chandler by unanimous decision in a 2011 lightweight tournament final.
Submitted May 15, 2016 3:06PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator cuts lightweight champ Will Brooks, strips heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov
Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) has been released from the California-based promotion and is now a free agent. Additionally, heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov (17-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) has been stripped of his title due to inactivity but will remain under contract with the company. Bellator President Scott Coker today confirmed the moves with MMAjunkie. In the case of lightweight champ Brooks, who’s ranked No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, Coker said the promotion has elected to terminate the fighter’s deal and waive all negotiation rights so that “Ill Will” can pursue his free-agency options. “It was very simple,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “Will Brooks’ contract is ending, and we made a decision not to renew it. We’re going to give him a full release, so we’re not going to be in the Will Brooks business any longer.”
Submitted May 14, 2016 3:54PM by Budgellism - 23 comments
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Sergei Kharitonov out of Bellator 154 due to illness
Another fight has been pulled from Bellator 154. Sergei Kharitonov is out of his fight with Josh Appelt due to an illness, Bellator spokesperson Danny Brener confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news. The event is scheduled for Saturday night in San Jose.
Submitted May 10, 2016 8:10PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Julia Budd Injured; Marloes Coenen to Face Alexis Dufresne in Non-Title Bout at Bellator 155
Bellator MMA will no longer crown a women’s featherweight champion at this month’s Bellator 155. The organization on Tuesday announced that an injury has forced Julia Budd to withdraw from her clash with Marloes Coenen, which would have seen one woman walk away as Bellator’s inaugural 145-pound female titleholder. The nature of Budd’s injury was not specified. Coenen will instead meet former UFC competitor Alexis Dufresne on the undercard of Bellator 155, which takes place May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The matchup will be contested at 145 pounds, though the title will no longer be up for grabs.
Submitted May 10, 2016 7:04PM by JLS - 0 comments
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