3-Time NCAA Wrestling All-American Jarod Trice Signs with Bellator MMA
Decorated collegiate wrestler Jarod Trice is set to embark on a mixed martial arts career with Bellator MMA.
Bellator officials on Monday announced that the organization has signed Trice to “an exclusive, multi-fight contract.” Specifics of the deal were not revealed.
Trice, a three-time NCAA Div. I All-American at Iowa State University, wrestled as a heavyweight in college but is expected to make his MMA debut at 205 pounds. In addition to his freestyle accolades, Trice is also an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler. According to Bellator, the 27-year-old Michigan native is currently training alongside fellow wrestlers-turned-fighters Darrion Caldwell and Bubba Jenkins.
With Chandler-Thomson scrapped, Bellator 154 adds Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt
After losing one high-profile bout, officials today added some new fights to this month’s Bellator 154 lineup.
With an injury forcing Josh Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) out of a planned bout with former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA), the organization has scrapped the matchup altogether.
The latest Bellator 154 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 8 p.m. ET)
Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal
Josh Appelt vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger
TBA vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Jorge Acosta vs. Joshua Hardwick
Victor Jones vs. Anthony Taylor
Danasabe Mohammed vs. Martin Sano
Steve Gruber vs. Josh Paiva
Doyle Childs vs. Sam Spengler
Jeremiah Labiano vs. Josh San Diego
Alvin Cacdac vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman
Stephanie Frausto vs. Jamielene Nievara
Brandon Hester vs. Nick Pica
James Chapman vs. Sean Tucker
Bellator's Jordan Parsons has part of leg amputated after apparent hit-and-run accident
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons' career is likely over after being hit by a motor vehicle in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday morning.
Parsons, a featherweight affiliated with the Blackzilians, had the bottom half of his right leg amputated after he was apparently the victim of an apparent hit-and-run incident.
As of Sunday afternoon, he's listed in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.
Parsons, a Michigan native who had an 11-2 record (2-1 Bellator), was scheduled to fight Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 in San Jose on May 14. It is expected the bout will be scrapped and Piccolotti will not have a replacement opponent.
Page–Gonzalez, Carmont–Vassell set to meet at Bellator 158 in London
Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 158.
The welterweight bout was announced on the Bellator 153 broadcast following Page’s toe hold submission of Jeremie Holloway.
Bellator 158 takes place July 16 at The O2 in London, and the main card airs on Spike. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) rematches James Thompson (20-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the heavyweight main event while Paul Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Josh Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) rematch in the co-main event.
Patricio Freire: ‘Bellator promised me’ title shot with win
Patricio Freire wants to regain the Bellator featherweight belt, but first he needs to get past Henry Corrales.
Freire’s life became a rollercoaster last November, when he lost the 145-pound title in a rematch with Daniel Straus. "Pitbull" wanted to avenge the loss and get the belt back, and claims that Bellator was willing to make a fourth between them bout right away, but the champion was forced to be on the sidelines.
Former middleweight champ Brandon Halsey faces John Salter at Bellator 156
Brandon Halsey will resume his attempt to recapture the middleweight title when he faces John Salter at Bellator 156.
The bout was announced via a press release.
Bellator 156 takes place June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Halsey (9-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) didn’t lose his title in the ring, instead dropping it on the scales when he failed to make weight against Kendall Grove at Bellator 137. He returned to action after stopping Grove by suffering his first career loss when he was stopped by a Rafael Carvalho body kick in the second round of their Bellator 144 bout.
Latest Kimbo Slice booking proves that, as long as we watch, anything goes in Bellator
A little more than two months ago, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson fought and nearly killed a man at Bellator 149 in Houston, then tested positive for steroids, and now he’s already got another fight lined up as if none of it happened.
Actually, wait, that makes it sound worse than it really was, and that’s not fair. A more fair way of putting it would be to say that Slice fought a man who nearly died – or who did die, only to return, according to that man himself, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris – but that near-tragedy happened not so much as a result of Slice’s efforts as adjacent to them...
Tito Ortiz suing manager of Jon Jones, Wayne Harriman, for unpaid 'loan'
A lawsuit filed by former UFC light heavyweight champion and current Bellator star Jacob "Tito" Ortiz against veteran MMA promoter and manager Wayne Harriman in Clark County, Nevada District Court last October for "breach of contract" is now progressing to the discovery phase.
In a complaint filed on October 22, 2015 by Tito Ortiz's attorneys, Martin Little and Taylor Waite, it is claimed that on July 19, 2011 Ortiz loaned Wayne Harriman "a sum of money in excess of Ten Thousand and no/100 dollars" (according to the March 30th, 2016 Commissioner's decision on request for exemption the amount was $125,000.) Harriman is alleged by Ortiz to have signed a "Simple Promissory Note (the "Note") wherein he expressly agreed to pay back the Loan, plus interest, by no later than August 1, 2012."
Heavyweight MMA fighter William Penn passes away at 32
Heavyweight MMA fighter William Penn has passed away at age 32, according to multiple reports.
Penn apparently suffered a heart attack over the weekend and passed away shortly thereafter. Penn was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and competed in 17 professional MMA bouts.
He was a veteran of Bellator, King of the Cage, NAAFS, Driven MMA, Hoosier Fight Club, Inoki Genome Fight, and more.
Always willing to fight the toughest opposition possible, he competed against........
Kevin Souza replaces Derek Campos in Saturday's Bellator 152 headliner
Bellator has a new main event for its Saturday debut in Italy, officials today told MMAjunkie.
Derek Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) has suffered an injury, and Bellator has signed recent UFC fighter Kevin Souza (15-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) as a replacement to fight Patricky Freire (15-7 MMA, 8-6 BMMA).
Bellator 152 takes place at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, with the main card on Spike.
The latest Bellator 152 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET)
Patricky Freire vs. Kevin Souza
Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara
Danilo Belluardo vs. A.J. McKee
Anjela Pink vs. Anastasia Yankova
Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi
After Teixeira Injury, Patricio Freire Says He’s Fighting Henry Corrales at Bellator 153
It apparently didn’t take long for Bellator MMA to find a replacement opponent for Patricio Freire.
The former featherweight champion revealed on Twitter Saturday that Henry Corrales will step in for the injured John Teixeira da Conceicao and face Freire at Bellator 153. Promotion officials were not immediately available to confirm the change.
“Thank you [Henry Corrales] for stepping up,” Freire wrote. “Much respect. Everyone was saying no but you. I know you’ll come to war, and I welcome the challenge.”
After beginning his professional career with 12 consecutive wins, Corrales has faced a tough draw in Bellator MMA, dropping back-to-back fights to Daniel Straus and Emmanuel Sanchez in his first two promotional appearances.
Adam Piccolotti vs Jordan Parsons added to Bellator 154
Fast off the heels of Bellator announcing Bellator 154 main event between Phil Davis and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal comes a plethora of action-packed fights. The newest addition to an already electric main card is a lightweight bout pitting Adam Piccolotti (7-0) against Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons (11-2) at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
The matchup joins a main card that features a light heavyweight main event between “King Mo” (19-4, 1 NC) and Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (15-3, 1 NC) to determine the No. 1 contender for Liam McGeary’s title. In the co-main event, San Jose’s own Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) will meet longtime Bellator MMA lightweight standout “Iron” Michael Chandler (14-3), who’s fresh off a new long-term contract extension with the Scott Coker-led promotion.
In addition, the card’s preliminary card has been completed; with the announcement of 10 fights, which will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. The undercard is headlined by a “Veterans Operation Wellness” bout, pitting Maurice Slade of the U.S. Army Reserve against Jorge Acosta of the California Army Nat’l Guard.
John Teixeira injured, out of Bellator 153 co-main event with Patricio Freire
Bellator will have to find a new co-main event for Bellator 153 as an injury has forced John Teixeira out of his featherweight bout with Patricio Freire.
The news, which was initially reported on Twitter by Jason Floyd, was confirmed to MMAjunkie by Bellator officials.
While the nature of Teixeira’s (19-1-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) injury wasn’t specified, Bellator is actively seeking a replacement opponent for Freire (24-3 MMA, 12-3 BMMA).
Bellator Signs Irish Prospect James Gallagher, ‘TUF: Brazil 3’ Vet Guilherme ‘Bomba’
Irish prospect James Gallagher and UFC veteran Guilherme Vasconcelos have both signed deals with Bellator MMA.
A promotion official confirmed the signings with Sherdog.com on Thursday. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Gallagher’s and Vasconcelos’ promotional debuts will be revealed at a later date. .
MMAFighting.com first reported the signing of Gallagher, one of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s teammates at SBG Ireland. The featherweight is unbeaten in three professional outings, with each triumph coming via first-round submission. Though the Northern Ireland native has signed a deal with Bellator, he is expected to honor his June 4 fight with Sean Tobin under the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts banner.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 heads to St. Louis in June with 'Rampage' vs. Satoshi Ishii
Bellator has set the date for its second MMA and kickboxing crossover event, and it will feature the return of Quinton Jackson to the promotion.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 will take place June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. In the main event, “Rampage” Jackson (36-11 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will meet Japanese Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at a 215-pound catchweight. Promotion officials today confirmed the event and fight booking to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The first “Dynamite” event took place this past September with Bellator 142 in San Jose, Calif. The card featured MMA fights in the cage and GLORY kickboxing matches in a ring right next to it, and after the main card on Spike, the two sets of events were going on simultaneously.
Former champ Douglas Lima meets Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 156 in June
Bellator’s summer return to Fresno, Calif., has its latest fight, and it will feature a former welterweight champion.
Douglas Lima (26-6 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) will fight for the first time since losing his 170-pound title this past July when he meets Chidi Njokuani (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at Bellator 156. Promotion officials today announced the new booking.
Bellator 156 takes place June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao puts his title on the line in a rematch with former champ Eduardo Dantas.
Bellator MMA Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Fight Extension with Featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez
Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it had retained the services of 25-year-old talent Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2), having re-signed the fighter to a multi-year, multi-fight contract extension.
Sanchez boasts a 6-1 record under the Bellator banner, with his only loss coming in the form of a decision at the hands of former featherweight champion Pat Curran (21-7). The exciting product from the famed Roufusport Team earned his contract extension after winning three fights in a row against Henry Corrales (12-2), Justin Lawrence (8-3) and Daniel Pineda (21-12) all in under five months.