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.
'Bellator 95: Curran vs. Shamhalaev' set with 11 bouts, including Nover, DeBlass
The fight card is set for April's Bellator 95 event, which includes a championship headliner between featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) and challenger Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC), who recently replaced injured Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC).
The event takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.
The full Bellator 95 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Pat Curran vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev - for featherweight title
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA - middleweight-tournament final
Jessica Eye vs. Munah Holland
Lyman Good vs. Dante Rivera
PRELIMINARY (Spike.com, 8 p.m. ET)
Brian Kelleher vs. Jimmie Rivera
Shedrick Goodridge vs. Sam Oropeza
Darrel Horcher vs. Phillipe Nover
Carlos Brooks vs. Tom DeBlass
Liam McGeary vs. Anton Talamantes
Will Martinez vs. Michael Phillips
Brett Martinez vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen
Bellator 91 weigh-in results: M'Pumbu, Vegh official for 205-pound title fight
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 10 p.m. ET)
-Christian M'Pumbu (201.6) vs. Attila Vegh (204) - for light-heavyweight title
-Saad Awad (155.5) vs. Will Brooks (156) - lightweight tournament semifinals
-Jason Fischer (155.6) vs. David Rickels (155.7) - lightweight tournament semifinals
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7:45 p.m. ET)
-Blas Avena (170.7) vs. Lenny Lovato (170.9)
-Andres Quintana (145.5) vs. Russell Wilson (145)
-Holly Holm (135.2) vs. Katie Merrill (135.4)
-Josh Montoya (135.4) vs. Ed West (135.9)
-Adrian Cruz (135.5) vs. Nick Gonzalez (135.4)
-Josh Appelt (245.1) vs. Josh Lanier (212)
-Yair Moguel (187.6) vs. Brennan Ward (184.9)
With Straus out, champ Pat Curran meets Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95
With Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) sidelined by a broken hand, his title fight with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) will instead go to recent tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-1-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC).
Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the change.
The title fight headlines Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. It's part of the Spike TV-televised main card, which follows prelims on Spike.com.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first passed along news of Straus' injury earlier this week.
Broken hand cancels Daniel Straus' title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95
A long wait is about to get longer for Bellator's Season 6 featherweight tournament winner, Daniel Straus.
Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) broke his hand during a training session and has been forced to withdraw from a title fight against featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) at Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Multiple sources close to the event passed along the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). A replacement search is currently underway for Straus, who most recently appeared this past October in a non-tourney fight.
Bjorn Rebney: We are not going to sign Jon Fitch
The UFC released Jon Fitch yesterday and the belief was that he could likely land in Bellator and speculation started that he could end up fighting in Bellator.
However, Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney told TheMMAReport.com that they will not be signing him.
“I have a lot of respect for Jon [Fitch] and I have a lot of respect for anyone who has to courage to do what these guys do and the athletic ability to do what they do but we are not going to be signing Jon Fitch,” Rebney said prior to Bellator 90.
Fitch is considered one of the top welterweight fighters in the world and had a UFC record of 14-3-1. However, he has gone 1-2-1 in his last four fights which led to the UFC deciding to part ways with him.
Bellator’s welterweight division is one of the deepest divisions currently in Bellator and Rebney wants to continue the development of the fighters that are currently under contract with his organization.
Card set for Bellator 92 with middleweight and featherweight semis, six prelims
Card set for Bellator 92 with middleweight and featherweight semis, six prelims Four tournament semifinal bouts will make up the main card for next month's Bellator 92 event in California.
The promotion's Season 8 tourneys in the middleweight and featherweight divisions are in the final four, and each class will be pared down to two at Bellator 92. In addition, the complete fight card features six preliminary-card fights.
Bellator 92 will take place March 7 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com...
Bellator 91 fight card official with M'Pumbu vs. Vegh, lightweight semifinals on February 28
Bellator's impending debut at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, NM now has a complete fight card line-up. The promotion announced Monday Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu would defend his belt against summer series light heavyweight tournament winner Attila Vegh in the evening's main event. Numerically, the event is Bellator 91.
Vegh, 27, bested Zelg Galesic, Emanuel Newton and Travis Wuiff to win the light heavyweight tournament and earn the title shot in the summer of 2012. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 28-4-2, but is undefeated in his four Bellator bouts...