Bellator "Summer Series" features two events instead of typical three
Instead of three events during its annual "Summer Series," Bellator MMA this year will host just two.
Sources close to the promotion confirmed that plan to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) not long after its first event of the summer, Bellator 96, which took place this past Wednesday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla.
Bellator 97 takes place July 31 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., near Albuquerque, but there will not be an August event. Instead, the promotion simply will roll into the start of its ninth season, which opens Sept. 7 with what will be Bellator 98...
Rampage Jackson signs with Bellator
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is taking his talents to Bellator.
Jackson, who did not re-sign with the UFC following his unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira in January, has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
According to those same sources, Jackson's new deal will be similar to the one "King" Muhammed Lawal signed with the promotion last year, which gave him the opportunity to appear on TNA Impact Wrestling programming on Spike TV. Jackson has flirted with the idea of pursuing a pro wrestling career in the past, and it seems as though he will soon get a chance to showcase himself as a sports entertainer.
John Alessio signs with Bellator MMA, expected to debut in Season 9
Nearly a year after the UFC cut him loose, John Alessio has signed a deal with Bellator MMA.
Bellator officials confirmed Alessio's signing to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the fighter is expected to make his debut with the promotion sometime during Season 9, which begins in September on Spike TV. Although Alessio has fought much of his career at welterweight, he is expected to compete at 155 pounds this fall, where he dropped to 18 months ago.
The Canadian lightweight first announced the news on his Facebook page late Friday. He did not disclose the length of the deal.
Bellator signs Bubba Jenkins
Bellator MMA announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed Bubba Jenkins to a long-term promotional agreement and he will make his debut with the organization this summer.
Jenkins will not be thrown into a tournament immediately as he will be given a number of fights before being placed into a tournament.
Bellator signs England's Martin Stapleton, Rob Sinclair and Paul Sass
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.