Heavyweight Cheick Kongo signs with Bellator MMA, joins Season 9 tourney field
Bellator MMA has a new (but familiar) addition to its heavyweight division: longtime UFC fighter Cheick Kongo.
Bellator officials today announced the signing, though terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Although an exact debut date hasn't been announced, he's joined the organization's Season 9 heavyweight tournament, which kicks is expected to kick off in September. However, in a prepared statement, Kongo (18-8-2 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC), suggested he'll debut instead in October.
Eddie Alvarez says new Bellator deal is ‘fair enough'
Eight months of anger, resentment and legal roadblocks came to a tidy conclusion last week when former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez reached a settlement with the promotion that built him into a star then threatened to cage his livelihood away for years in the courts.
The U.S. justice system never got around to determining whether Bellator matched the terms of the UFC's contract. But nonetheless, Alvarez now is scheduled to rematch Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view, providing a cordial end to his rocky year...
With final three females released, Bellator issues statement on women's division
Bellator MMA hasn't officially dissolved its women's division. But with no women left on its roster, there may not be a home for those fighters in the promotion any time soon.
Word got out on Tuesday that Jessica Eye (10-1) had been let go by Bellator, and Tuesday also saw an announcement from all-female promotion Invicta Fighting Championship that former Bellator fighter Felice Herrig (9-4) had signed. Jessica Aguilar (15-4) most recently fought for Bellator in March.
Those three were the last remaining women on Bellator's roster, and on Tuesday night promotion CEO Bjorn Rebney issued a statement on the state of the California-based company's women's division...
Eddie Alvarez and Bellator mend fences, book Michael Chandler rematch for PPV
Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez's contract dispute is over, and he's returning to the California-based promotion to face the man who took his title.
The rematch with reigning titleholder Michael Chandler will serve as the co-main event of Bellator's first-ever pay-per-view offering, Bellator 106, which takes place Nov. 2 at California's Long Beach Arena. Former UFC champs Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Tito Ortiz clash in the headliner...
Bellator Inks Three of Rampage Jackson’s Wolfslair Teammates for Season 9
On the heels of MMA icon and Wolfslair alum Quinton “Rampage” Jackson joining Bellator, the promotion announced Wednesday the signing of Gavin Sterritt, Peter Graham, and Linton “The Swarm” Vassell from the preferred UK agents Wolfslair team (www.wolfsagency.com). All three Wolfslair products will compete for Bellator during the promotions ninth season live on Spike and Spike.com.
“Wolfslair has produced some of the best talent in MMA over the last 10 years, and as Bellator continues expanding internationally and particularly with our huge new TV partnership with Viva in the UK, Wolfslair will be a tremendous asset and partner for our brand in the future,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said...
Bellator boss Bjorn Rebney gets wish with 'Rampage'-Ortiz pay-per-view
Bjorn Rebney had a holy grail of MMA. He went after it, and in November he'll make it a reality.
That's when the Bellator MMA CEO will cross two things off his bucket list: Seeing a fight between former champions Quinton Jackson (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), and putting on his company's first pay-per-view event.
Rebney long has talked about his desire to delve into the pay-per-view landscape with Bellator. After signing former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jackson earlier this year, he knew coaxing Ortiz out of retirement would be the second piece of the puzzle...
Ben Askren Officially a Restricted Free Agent
It looks like another Bellator champion is on the market after completing his contract, following in the footsteps of Hector Lombard and Eddie Alvarez. According to CEO Bjorn Rebney, welterweight king Ben Askren is no longer obligated to any action under the organization’s flag after finishing his original deal with a successful defense at Bellator 97.
Askren is currently in a period of exclusive negotiations with Bellator and isn’t completely free to explore all of his options.
Tito Ortiz Makes Surprise TNA Wrestling Appearance, Joins Rampage Jackson on Impact
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz followed friend and former trainer partner Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s footsteps all the way to Bellator MMA, but he didn’t stop there. Just like Rampage, Ortiz also made the move to TNA Wrestling’s Impact.
The hot internet rumor just a few short days ago had Bellator putting Rampage up against Roy Jones Jr. in a boxing match on pay-per-view opposite the UFC’s year-end extravaganza that features Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva II and Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate II...
Bellator 97 Results: Michael Chandler and Ben Askren Defend Belts, King Mo Earns Title Shot
Bellator 97 took place Wednesday night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., just outside of Albuquerque. It proved to be one of the biggest nights in the company’s history.
Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, and welterweight titleholder Ben Askren both successfully defended their belts, while Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal won the promotion’s abbreviated Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament final...