Bellator's 'Summer Series' returns with three four-man tournaments
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.
Bellator 94 Live Broadcast Produces Low TV Ratings, but Replay Bolsters Bottom Line
Bellator 94 on Thursday featured two Season 8 tournament finals, but that failed to give the event any punch in the TV ratings department.
Bellator 94 drew just 713,000 viewers, the second lowest total of the season, according to MMAWeekly.com industry sources.
Bellator’s Season 8 has still been a TV ratings success for the promotion, averaging 782,000 viewers per event, well above what the promotion has achieved in prior seasons on other networks. This is the first season that Bellator has aired on Spike TV.
Season 8 kicked off strong with 938,000 viewers for the promotion’s debut on its new network, but hasn’t returned to that point since...
NHL's Chicago Blackhawks honor champ Pat Curran ahead of Bellator 95
Ahead of Pat Curran's headlining spot in this week's Season 8 finale, the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks honored the Bellator featherweight champion.
At this past Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks introduced Curran to fans at Chicago's United Center. Between the second and third periods, he also took shots at the goal for charity...
Bellator 94 card complete with eight prelims, 155 and 205 tourney finals
The Bellator 94 card is complete with eight preliminary-card bouts ahead of three main-card fights that include two tournament finals.
The complete Bellator 94 card includes:
MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET, Spike TV)
Saad Awad vs. David Rickels - lightweight tournament finals
Emanuel Newton vs. Mikhail Zayats - light heavyweight tournament finals
Trey Houston vs. Luis Melo
PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET, Spike.com)
Shah Bobonis vs. Joe Taimanglo
Heather Clark vs. Felice Herrig
Jessica Aguilar vs. Patricia Vidonic
Rob Horton vs. Augusto Sakai
Edson Berto vs. Bruno Carvalho
Ivan Devalle vs. Rory Shallcross
Patrick Cenoble vs. Tony Fryklund
Kenny Moss vs. Julien Williams
Bellator 92 results: Khasbulaev vs. Richman, Marshall vs. Cooper set for finals
After an initial low blow threatened his ability to continue, Russian prospect Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (20-5 MMA, 4-0 BFC) tore through Brazilian veteran Marlon Sandro (24-5 MMA, 7-3 BFC) to book his spot in Bellator MMA's Season 8 featherweight tournament final.
The matchup served as the featured bout of Thursday's Bellator 92 event, which took place Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., and aired on Spike TV and streamed on Spike.com...
Bellator 92 Weigh In Results
Bellator 92 Weigh-in Results:
Brett Cooper (185.1) vs. Dan Cramer (185.6)
Doug Marshall (185.1) vs. Sultan Aliev (185.8)
Alexandre Bezerra (146) vs. Mike Richman (145.4)
Marlon Sandro (145.8) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (145.8)
Keith Berry (186) vs. Richard Rigmaden (178.6)
Ricky Legere Jr. (173)* vs. Sabah Homasi (170.6)
Akop Stepanyan (156) vs. Chris Saunders (154.5)
Aaron Miller (146) vs. Shad Smith (146)
Josh Appelt (247) vs. Manny Lara (254.2)
Brandon Halsey (205) vs. Rocky Ramirez (204)
Nick Piedmont (146) vs. Cleber Luciano (144.6)
* Ricky Legere Jr. will have two hours to make the 171-pound limit.
Bellator's Douglas Lima breaks hand, tourney final with Saunders moves to summer
A broken hand has forced Douglas Lima (24-5 MMA, 6-1 BFC) out of his Season 8 welterweight tournament final with Ben Saunders (16-5-2 MMA, 7-2 BFC), Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced.
However, rather than plugging in a replacement, the organization simply will delay the fight a few months and host it as part of its annual Summer Series of events.
An exact date hasn't been determined, a Bellator official today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fighters initially were slated to fight on March 21 at Bellator 93, which airs on Spike TV from Lewiston, Maine.