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Bellator signs England's Martin Stapleton, Rob Sinclair and Paul Sass
(mmajunkie.com)
After a recent scouting trip to the United Kingdom, three top English fighters are heading to Bellator. The organization today announced it has signed Martin Stapleton, Rob Sinclair and Paul Sass to long-term contracts, though terms of the deals weren't disclosed. Debut dates also haven't been announced, though tournament entries are possible. According to the head of the company, this is likely a play to get Bellator on U.K. television.
Submitted May 22, 2013 1:52PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Bellator champ Ben Askren faces Andrey Koreshkov on July 31 in New Mexico
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BFC) puts his title on the line against Andrey Koreshkov (13-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC) on Wednesday, July 31 as the promotion visits Albuquerque's Santa Ana Center. The event, which is expected to serve as "Bellator 97: Askren vs. Koreshkov," is the second announced card for the company's upcoming Summer Series.
Submitted May 21, 2013 3:31PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Bellator MMA Confirms Matt Riddle Will Fight in It’s Season 9 Welterweight Tournament
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator MMA on Monday confirmed it has signed UFC veteran Matt Riddle. He will fight in the promotion's upcoming Season 9 Welterweight Tournament.
Submitted May 20, 2013 4:14PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Matt Riddle skips out on Legacy FC contract for shot in Bellator
(bloodyelbow.com)
Inside MMA has announced that Matt Riddle is currently negotiating his exit from his Legacy FC contract in order to sign with Bellator.
Submitted May 18, 2013 11:44AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Bellator 96 main card adds heavyweight tourney, expands to three hours
(mmajunkie.com)
The first event of Bellator's upcoming "Summer Series" will have a super-sized main card with today's addition of a four-man heavyweight tournament. The event, Bellator 96, takes place June 19 at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The three-hour main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. The main card now boasts six fights with the addition of the tourney's opening round. The heavyweight matchups include Vinicius Queiroz (6-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Rich Hale (21-5 MMA, 6-2 BFC) and Vitaly Minakov (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Ron Sparks (8-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC).
Submitted May 15, 2013 6:27PM by DrivenDavies15 - 6 comments
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Paul Daley confident for Bellator return this year, wants War Machine fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh off another knockout win overseas, heavy hitter Paul Daley believes he will have a visa issue cleared up this year to pave his return to fight in the States under the Bellator MMA banner.
Submitted May 14, 2013 8:24PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Welterweight champ Ben Askren only drug tested once as Bellator fighter
(bloodyelbow.com)
Despite going undefeated in 8 fights with Bellator, including 5 of them being headlining bouts with the Welterweight title on the line, champion Ben Askren revealed that he's only been tested once while fighting for the promotion.
Submitted May 14, 2013 12:03AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
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Bellator headed for fall time change
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bellator will yet again change time slots this fall, continuing the promotion's wild ride that has seen it appear on four networks and at numerous times since 2009.
Submitted May 13, 2013 4:08PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator champ Pat Curran expects fall return – after making pro boxing debut
(mmajunkie.com)
Pat Curran is big on keeping busy. Now he'll try something new to do it. The Bellator featherweight champion got two title defenses this past season. But with a title fight not likely till the fall, he told MMAjunkie.com he'll try his hands at boxing.
Submitted May 12, 2013 11:33AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Leonard Garcia's team bashes Bellator, questions claim of 'phantom' rep
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney claims his promotion never once contacted Leonard Garcia (15-11-1) about a potential deal with the tournament-based promotion. Garcia's team isn't buying it. "In light of Bellator's alleged legal chicanery with their own champions like Eddie Alvarez and Zach Makovsky, and high-profile fighters like Leonard Garcia making known their desire to avoid a potentially bad situation, it is not surprising Bellator is trying to get ahead of the bad PR plaguing their promotion," Garcia's reps at Haymaker's Empire Sports Management wrote in a statement issued to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "However, this story about a 'phantom' Bellator representative making phony offers to fighters just strains credulity." Garcia fought 17 times under the Zuffa banner from 2007 until this past month's UFC 159 event. While always an entertaining brawler, Garcia suffered five consecutive losses in the UFC's octagon and was released from his contract with the promotion...
Submitted May 11, 2013 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Despite summer move to Wednesdays, Spike unsure of Bellator Season 9 time slot
(mmajunkie.com)
The second event of Bellator's upcoming "Summer Series" is expected to take place Wednesday in July, a Spike TV official today told MMAjunkie.com, but the remainder of the promotion's live-event schedule is undetermined.
Submitted May 8, 2013 6:15PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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Eddie Alvarez says that Bellator changed the wording in his original contract
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bellator lightweight star, Eddie Alvarez , details how Bellator changed the terms of his original contract to make it appear that they were effectively matching all the terms of his UFC offer.
Submitted May 6, 2013 4:37PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' cast unveiled with Riggs, Lozano and 30 others
(mmajunkie.com)
The debut season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" debuts June 19 on Spike TV, and the organization has unveiled the cast of 32 welterweights who will compete in the show's tournament. Many familiar names are part of the cast, which features Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as coaches. The show, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET/PT with announcer Jimmy Smith as its host, airs weekly, and the eventual tourney winner earns $100,000. Unlike the UFC's similar and popular reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," Bellator fighters get to choose their own coaches and opponents on the show. "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" Season 1 features 10 episodes, including an opening three that feature qualifying bouts. The series concludes with a live finale, and the winner will get a berth into a future Bellator tourney. Notable cast members include the likes of Mike Bronzoulis, Chris Lozano, Joe Riggs, Bryan Travers, Artenas Young and others.
Submitted May 6, 2013 12:52PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Brett Rogers appears to have been released from Bellator
(bloodyelbow.com)
It would appear that notable heavyweight Brett 'Da Grim' Rogers has been released from his Bellator contract and will have an upcoming bout in Korea.
Submitted May 5, 2013 5:23PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Alvarez blames Viacom execs, not 'grunt' Rebney
(bloodyelbow.com)
After a couple months where it seemed a settlement was a possibility, Bellator and Eddie Alvarez have decided that a trial is the only way to settle their dispute. Earlier this week, the promotion's CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed that despite resolution seeming possible only a month ago, "everything went real dark." It didn't take long after that for Alvarez to get on Twitter to reiterate that settlement was no longer a possibility and he wanted to "let the truth come out." Friday night, Alvarez followed that rant with another that showed his real problem isn't with Rebney, but the bosses at Viacom and Spike TV: This is a lot less about Bjorn uys and a lot more about Viacom. I spoke with the higher ups and explained myself, basically was told, "Too bad." Bjorn only owns very little and I'm really not sure he has a say at all. I went over his and spoke with his bosses and here we are!
Submitted May 4, 2013 8:41PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Leading into trial with Bellator, Eddie Alvarez forced to sell house and contemplates unsantionced fights
(bloodyelbow.com)
Throughout 2013, Alvarez has been stuck in a legal battle with Bellator over the matching clause in his contract. While the parties had tried to reach a settlement, talks turned sour and a trial is looking likely.
Submitted May 3, 2013 12:14AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Eddie Alvarez promises courtroom trial in case against Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
Eddie Alvarez plans to fight Bellator to the finish in a courtroom. The ex-Bellator lightweight champ on Thursday posted on Twitter that he won't settle with the tournament-based promotion and wants a trial.
Submitted May 2, 2013 9:40PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Vladimir Matyushenko Headed to Bellator
(mmaweekly.com)
The Janitor, Vladimir Matyushenko, at 42 years of age, has signed on to compete for Bellator MMA.
Submitted Apr 18, 2013 10:45AM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Bellator's motion to dismiss Eddie Alvarez's claims denied by judge
(bloodyelbow.com)
The legal battle between the former champion and his former employer continues. Bellator attempted to get the crux of Alvarez's counterclaim dismissed, but the motion was rejected by the presiding judge.
Submitted Apr 18, 2013 10:41AM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator's 'Summer Series' returns with three four-man tournaments
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator MMA will return this summer for another "Summer Series" of tournaments, but it will do so with a twist on its regular format. Instead of eight-fighter tournaments like it has done throughout its run, Bellator this summer will put on three four-man tourneys. The promotion announced the plans on Wednesday, though it has not yet announced dates, locations or participants in the tournament events, which will air on Spike TV. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, the tournaments will take place in the heavyweight, light heavyweight and bantamweight divisions.
Submitted Apr 10, 2013 4:40PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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