Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
Bellator 98 weigh ins and Fight card change
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (183.3) vs. Brett Cooper (184.8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Pitbull (155)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.8)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (135) vs. Rico Disciullo (135.3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (243) vs. Parker Porter (260)
Andreas Spang was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight Tournament, but was deemed ineligible to compete by the provisionary commission. Brennan Ward will now face Justin Torrey in the opening round of the Middleweight Tournament.
Joe Warren deemed medically ineligible to compete at Bellator 98 on Sept. 7 at Mohegan Sun
Former Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren has been deemed ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. After reviewing the medical documentation submitted by Warren, the now Bellator Bantamweight Semifinalist will have his fight delayed until further notice.
"I've been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe's medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety. It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe's been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it's incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage."
Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view to air live on Armed Forces Network
Bellator MMA's partnership with the Armed Forces Network brings the tournament-based promotion's regular-season events to men and women in uniform.
Now, those troops will get to see who has more left in the tank – Tito Ortiz or Quinton Jackson?
The Viacom-owned promotion recently announced that "Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito" will be shown on the network, which airs in over 175 countries to an estimated 1 million service members...
David Rickels vs. J.J. Ambrose, six prelims set for Bellator 103 in Kansas
A lightweight bout featuring a recent tournament winner and a full slate of prelims have been added to Bellator's October show in Kansas.
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
TBA vs. TBA - featherweight tournament semifinal
TBA vs. TBA - featherweight tournament semifinal
J.J. Ambrose vs. David Rickels
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com (7 p.m. ET)
Cody Carrillo vs. Ricky Musgrave
Jeimeson Saudino vs. Jesse Thornton
Donnie Bell vs. Marcio Navarro
Maurice Jackson vs. Matt Uhde
Remy Bussieres vs. Blake Pool
Wayman Carter vs. Carlos Eduardo
Career threatening injury rules Rob Sinclair out of Bellator Lightweight Tournament
The Fight Lounge can exclusively reveal that UK lightweight Rob “C-4? Sinclair has been ruled out of the Bellator lightweight tournament, that was scheduled to take place on September 27th, at Bellator 101 in Portland, Oregon, United States due to injury.
The Fight Lounge can reveal that Rob “C-4? Sinclair has been ruled out of Bellator 101 due to a career threatening injury that was sustained earlier this week in training. The Fight Lounge are not obliged to go into detail regarding the incident, but what we can tell you is that Rob is currently in hospital, after sustaining an injury that at one point was said to be career threatening.
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...