Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie signs to fight for Bellator
Another member of the first family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the U.S. has penned a deal with Bellator.
Ralek Gracie, perhaps now best known for founding the Metamoris grappling series, has a deal to fight for the promotion, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday night on SportsCenter. Bellator officials confirmed the signing. Gracie's debut is being targeted for Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.
Kevin Ferguson Jr.'s debut delayed after opponent misses weight by 17 pounds
The son of the legendary Kimbo Slice had his pro mixed martial arts debut delayed once again.
Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr. was supposed to compete against Ray Bing in a 165-pound catchweight fight on Friday at Bellator 162 in Memphis. But the bout was called off Thursday when Bing, who was also making his pro debut, missed weight by a whopping 17 pounds. MMAFighting.com confirmed the news after an initial report by FloCombat.com.
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez set for MMA debut at Bellator 165 in San Jose vs. Sheila Padilla
The main card for Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights – and one features a highly anticipated MMA debut.
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will step into an MMA cage for the first time as a professional in a women’s flyweight bout against Sheila Padilla (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). A Bellator official today confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie. An official announcement is expected today, as well.
In addition, Bellator 165 has added a lightweight fight between a pair of unbeaten prospects to the preliminary card. Carrington Banks (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on Jake Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to close out the prelims.
Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator show in January
A pair of legends are coming to Hollywood.
Chael Sonnen will make his Bellator debut against Tito Ortiz in the main event of a Jan. 21 card in Los Angeles, promotion president confirmed Tuesday on Twitter. The bout was first reported by Brett Okamoto on ESPN's SportsCenter. The event will take place at The Forum in Inglewood.
UFC vet Niklas Backstrom meets Brian Moore under BAMMA banner at Bellator 169 in Dublin
Bellator’s December debut in Ireland, a co-promotion, has a pair of new BAMMA bouts set for the lineup.
UFC veteran Niklas Backstrom (10-2) will take on Ireland’s own Brian Moore (9-4) in a featherweight fight, and Ireland’s Kiefer Crosbie (1-0) will meet England’s Conor Riordan (0-0) at welterweight. Both fights will be part of BAMMA 27, which is happening on the same bill as Bellator 169.
Bellator 169, the joint venture with BAMMA 27, takes place Dec. 16 at 3Arena in Dublin. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, Muhammed Lawal meets Satoshi Ishii in a heavyweight fight.
A.J. McKee vs. Emmanuel Sanchez slated for Bellator 166 in Oklahoma
The first fight is set for December’s Bellator 166 event.
Officials today announced featherweights A.J. McKee (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) are set as the fight card’s first official matchup.
Bellator 166 takes place Dec. 2 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
McKee, the son of MMA vet Antonio McKee, has spent his entire career in Bellator since making his pro debut in April 2015. All of the 21-year-old’s victories, including a recent second-round submission win over Cody Walker at Bellator 160, have come via stoppage.
Joe Warren says he has no sponsors for Bellator bout, having trouble supporting family
Joe Warren's shorts will be free of logos Friday night in the Bellator 161 main event. And it won't be him trying to make any kind of fashion statement.
Warren, a former two-division Bellator champion, said he doesn't have any sponsorships for his headline fight against Sirwan Kakai in Cedar Park, Texas. After his first-round submission loss to Darion Caldwell in March, all the companies split, he said.
"I'm not used to losing and people turn and run when you lose," Warren told MMA Fighting. "I know it's only one loss, but they turn and run on you. So yeah, no sponsors for this fight.
"There's fair weather fans out there. I don't believe getting sponsors is as easy as it used to be and it's just kind of sad. What I've put into this game, what I've given into the MMA field, to not even get sponsors, it's sad, man. It's sad. But it's the game. It is what it is. That's not gonna hold me back from performing, it just would have sweetened the pot a little bit."
Bellator heading to Israel for Andrey Koreshkov-Douglas Lima rematch in Tel Aviv
Bellator will make some promotional history this fall when it heads to Israel.
The promotion today announced a welterweight title fight in Tel Aviv for an event that will be Bellator 163 on Nov. 10. (The previously reported event on Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., will be Bellator 164.) The card takes place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Menora Mivtachim Arena, but will air on Spike on Friday, Nov. 11, in the States. Promotion officials announced the card and its first two bookings today.
In the main event, champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) will fight the man he took the title from, Douglas Lima (27-6 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), in a rematch. And newly signed UFC veteran Noad Lahat (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), an Israel native, will make his promotional debut against fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in the co-feature.
Bellator 161 card adds three preliminary bouts, including Ducote vs. Miranda
The card for September’s Bellator 161 card continues to come together with the addition of three preliminary bouts.
The promotion today announced the new matchups via a press release.
Emily Ducote (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is set to face Kenya Miranda da Silva (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a flyweight battle, Mark Dickman (11-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) meets Daniel Pineda (21-12 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) at featherweight and Gregory Babene (17-11 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) squares off with Francisco France (13-4-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at middleweight.
With the additions, the Bellator 161 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Cheick Kongo vs. Tony Johnson
Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Warren
Veta Arteaga vs. Anastasia Yankov
Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Kenya Miranda vs. Emily Ducote
Mark Dickman vs. Daniel Pineda
Gregory Babene vs. Francisco France
For those complaining about UFC fighter pay and heralding Bellator for being more profitable for fighters
The proof is all right here, we seen folks all upset about Uda, wonder how many showings in Bellator it would take for him to make that NFL money.
Main card (Spike)
Benson Henderson ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Patricio Freire ($50,000)
Derek Anderson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Saad Award ($18,000)
Georgi Karakhanyan ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Bubba Jenkins ($14,000)
A.J. McKee ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Cody Walker ($8,000)
David Duran ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Kyle Estrada ($1,500)
Steve Ramirez ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Ron Henderson ($2,000)
Joey Davis ($5,000 + no win bonus = $5,000) def. Keith Cutrone ($1,500)
Gabriel Green ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Alex Trinidad ($1,500)
Andy Murad ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000)
Jake Roberts ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Stephen Martinez ($2,500)
Chinzo Machida ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Mario Navarro Jr. ($2,500)
Jacob Rosales ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Segura ($1,500)
Ex-UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald not likely to make Bellator debut until summer 2017
If you’re anxious to see how Rory MacDonald will do now that he’s made the move from the UFC to Bellator, you’re going to be waiting for a while.
After his official introduction as the newest member of Bellator’s welterweight division this past Friday at Bellator 160, which took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., MacDonald said he’s not expecting to step into the Bellator cage for the first time until 2017.
MacDonald (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has struggled with recurring broken nose issues and said he wants his nose to heal once and for all before getting back in another fight.
Bellator ex-champ Alexander Shlemenko returns to promotion, meets Kendall Grove in Memphis
With his suspension from the California State Athletic Commission lifted, former Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko is headed back to the promotion.
Bellator President Scott Coker today told ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto that Shlemenko (53-9 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) will return in October to face Kendall Grove (23-15 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in a middleweight bout at an event likely to be Bellator 162.
Bellator 162 will take place Oct. 21 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, and tickets go on sale through Bellator.com on Sept. 9, Coker said.
Additionally, heavyweight Bobby Lashley (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will fight on the card, Coker said, though his opponent was not announced.
Rory Macdonald headed to Bellator
Ufc informed Macdonald team they couldn't match an offer by Bellator.
Its all but done......so much so that the Ufc removed Rory from its rankings and website.
This is a big signing for Bellators WW division and just in general as it adds to the list of competition snatched away in their prime and while top ranked in the world.
Alot of cool fights at multiple weights and in kickboxing if he chooses.......i've heard rumblings of cowboy cerrone being offered 350,000 a fight to join Bellator lets see lol.