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Goiti Yamauchi welcomes former ‘King of Pancrase’ Isao Kobayashi at Bellator 144
Bellator has announced the signing of another Japanese talent. Isao Kobayashi, a former "King of Pancrase" at lightweight, will make his promotional debut against featherweight Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 144, event scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Kobayashi enters Bellator after racking up an 18-2-4 MMA record, 15-1-4 under the Pancrase banner, including wins over the likes of Marlon Sandro, Will Chope and Koji Oishi. The Japanese fighter has won three of four since cutting down to 145 pounds.
Submitted Sep 30, 2015 12:56PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Gabi Garcia to make MMA debut at New Year's Eve event in Japan
Most MMA fans remember Gabi Garcia from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, where the 205-pound BJJ blackbelt helped Wanderlei Silva coach his team against arch enemy Chael Sonnen's. Garcia's MMA debut has long been talked about and was originally rumored for the Brazil-based Jungle Fight promotion. Now Garcia has revealed that she will have her first fight at the New Year's Eve event in Japan, that will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko. "This is a secret, but everybody told me, 'You fight in Japan, you fight in Japan'. But yes, I fight in Japan, December 31," she told GNP1.de. FYI, it looks like all that mass she was cultivating has been harvested....
Submitted Sep 25, 2015 3:01PM by GDPofMPG - 14 comments
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Couture/Gonzalez fight SCRAPPED!!!! 16+ POUNDS OVERWEIGHT!!!!!!
Gonzalez missed weight by just a hair.....a 16.75 POUND HAIR!!!!!! Fight cancelled. You may wanna update your wagers.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 10:11PM by Auntie_Razor - 11 comments
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Ryan Couture praises Bellator's plan: Not 'just being a last name that people recognize'
Bellator lightweight Ryan Couture might still be best known as the son of former UFC champion and Hall of Famer Randy Couture, but he’s trying his best to forge his own path in the sport.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:52PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Bellator 142 salaries: Tito Ortiz ($300K), Phil Davis ($130K) earn top disclosed payouts
The night’s other top earner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), picked up victories over replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to win the organization’s single-night light-heavyweight tournament. Davis, fighting for the first time since leaving the UFC, earned $130,000.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:49PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Bellator's Kendall Grove calls fighters to organize following Nick Diaz's 'death sentence' suspension
While Kendall Grove prepares to face Joey Beltran Sept. 25 at Bellator 143, the former Ultimate Fighter winner admits a bigger fight is being waged right now. With the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) handing down an unprecedented five-year suspension and $150,000 fine to Nick Diaz following a failed drug test for marijuana metabolites, Grove says it's time for change in the sport.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:46PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145
A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and David Rickels (16-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) is slated for Bellator 145. Officials today announced the matchup, as well as a trio of preliminary-card bouts. Bellator 145, which features two title fights, take place Nov. 6 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. The latest Bellator 145 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:16AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Scott Coker: Early 2016 likely for Bellator champ Liam McGeary vs. Phil Davis
Expect Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary to make his next title defense in early 2016. After controlling the action early in the fight, Tito Ortiz (18-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) ultimately tapped out to an inverted triangle choke from McGeary (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 142 event. In the co-headliner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) followed up an opening-round submission victory over Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to knock out replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who filled in for injured Muhammed Lawal (16-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA, to win the single-night tournament and claim his title. Following the MMA-kickboxing “Dynamite” event, which aired on Spike from San Jose’s SAP Center, Bellator President Scott Coker said the two 205-pounders will likely meet in early 2016.
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 6:51AM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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Fedor headlines NYE show in Japan on Spike TV
Spike TV will celebrate New Year's Eve with an MMA mega-event featuring mixed martial arts worldwide legend Fedor Emelianenko. Emanating from Tokyo, Japan, the event marks the debut of a new global MMA promotion run by former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Bellator will partner with Mr. Sakakibara on the MMA extravaganza and will have fighters from its roster participating. The event will be broadcast to Spike's 93 million homes in the United States. Fedor's opponent and further details on the event will be announced at a later date. "We are thrilled to join forces with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and our partner Bellator President Scott Coker to give MMA fans a big reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve - Fedor fighting FREE on Spike!" said Kevin Kay, Spike President.
Submitted Sep 20, 2015 12:22AM by Budgellism - 54 comments
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Bellator 142 weigh-in results: All fighters on weight for 'Dynamite' event
The Bellator 142 fighter weigh-ins took place today, and all fighters for the MMA portion of the “Dynamite” event made weight for their fights. The weigh-ins took place at SAP Center in San Jose, which also plays host to Saturday’s Bellator MMA-GLORY kickboxing hybrid show. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie. The full Bellator 142 weigh-in results (MMA only) include: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Liam McGeary (204.8) vs. Tito Ortiz (204.6) – for light heavyweight title Mike Bronzoulis (155.4) vs. Josh Thomson (155.4) Muhammed Lawal (204.4) vs. Linton Vassell (205) – light heavyweight tourney opening round Phil Davis (205.8) vs. Emanuel Newton (204) – light heavyweight tourney opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170) vs. James Terry (171) Josh Paiva (126) vs. Matt Ramirez (126) Gabriel Carrasco (135.4) vs. Joe Neal (135.6) Salvador Becerra (156) vs. Adam Piccolotti (155.8) Thomas Diagne (145.6) vs. Mike Malott (145.2) Francis Carmont (205) vs. Anthony Ruiz (205.4) – light heavyweight tourney alternate bout
Submitted Sep 19, 2015 1:08AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce. "I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Submitted Sep 16, 2015 4:40PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
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Bellator: Dynamite tournament fighters clean in out-of-competition drug testing
All four fighters from the light heavyweight tourney scheduled for Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1 on Saturday in San Jose came back clean in out-of-competition drug testing, according to California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) executive officer Andy Foster...
Submitted Sep 15, 2015 10:44PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Liam McGeary doesn't blame Tito Ortiz for chasing title shot, but will get 'knocked out'
Liam McGeary understands why Tito Ortiz put so much effort into earning one last title shot. However, he thinks it was a big mistake to do so. Following back-to-back wins to start his Bellator MMA career, Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was offered a matchup against longtime rival Frank Shamrock. He declined and instead insisted Bellator MMA President Scott Coker grant him a light heavyweight championship fight with McGeary (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) at Bellator 142...
Submitted Sep 15, 2015 10:36PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Bellator releases rules for next week's 'Dynamite' light heavyweight tournament
Here are the plans for the tournament: * Two semifinal bouts and one tournament reserve bout will be contested over two five-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period. If any of the bouts are scored a draw, the bout is officially declared a draw, but the judges overseeing the fight will each cast a ballot on who they think should advance to the finals “by merit of his performance.” * A minimum of 30 minutes will separate the end of the semis and the beginning of the finals * The tournament final will be contested the same as a non-title fight, with three five-minute rounds and two one-minute rest periods. A draw will trigger the same process as the semifinals, only the fighter who gets the most votes will be declared the tournament’s winner. * If a semifinal winner cannot advance due to injury, a “survivor” rule will put his opponent into the finals. If that opponent can’t advance, however, the winner of the tournament reserve bout will advance. To advance, all tournament participants need medical clearance. * Fouls that end bouts will be addressed depending on whether the infraction was intentional or accidental. If an accidental foul renders the semifinal winner unable to continue, the uninjured fighter will advance, and the tournament reserve winner will remain on standby. * If an intentional foul ends a semifinal bout, the fouling fighter will be disqualified and the fouled fighter will be “medically eliminated.” Then the tournament reserve winner will advance. * If an accidental foul ends the finals before two rounds have been completed, the tournament is over without a winner. After two rounds, the bout gets judged on the completed rounds. * Any additional circumstances not addressed by the rules will resolved by “the senior (CSAC) representative in conjunction with the Bellator regulatory affairs director.”
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 11:57AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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The great 'Crazy PRIDE Lady' coming to Bellator Dynamite 1
Bellator MMA's 'big tent' "Dynamite 1" card next weekend has a light heavyweight title fight with Tito Ortiz, a one-night, four-man #1 contender tournament, and Glory kickboxing and MMA on the same card sometimes at the same time. And it just got better.
Submitted Sep 10, 2015 3:07PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Dengue fever sidelines Lins; Roy Boughton meets Francis Carmont at Bellator 142
An illness has caused a change to a key bout on next week’s Bellator 142 card. Philipe Lins (9-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) is out of his fight against Francis Carmont (23-10 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) due to a bout of dengue fever. In Lins’ place in the light heavyweight tournament alternate bout steps Roy Boughton (12-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC). A Bellator official confirmed the change to MMAjunkie on Wednesday following an initial report from Sherdog.
Submitted Sep 9, 2015 9:55PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Bellator 142 lineup complete with 20 combined MMA, kickboxing fights in San Jose
With 20 total fights spread across a cage and a ring on one venue floor, the card now is complete for Bellator 142. Billed as “Bellator: Dynamite 1,” Bellator 142 features MMA fights, as well as Glory kickboxing matches, on one night. The preliminary card features 12 total fights, most featuring local up-and-coming Northern California fighters. The finalized Bellator 142 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – for light-heavyweight title TBD vs. TBD – light-heavyweight tournament final Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa – for vacant Glory light heavyweight title Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez – Glory kickboxing match Hadley Griffith vs. Kerri-Anne Taylor Melendez – Glory kickboxing match Mike Bronzoulis vs. Josh Thomson Muhammed Lawal vs. Linton Vassell – light-heavyweight tournament opening round Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton – light-heavyweight tournament opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) David Blanco vs. Victor Jones Alysia Cortez vs. Gloria Telles – amateur fight Mauricio Alonso vs. Nick Pica T.J. Arcangel vs. Jose Palacios – Glory kickboxing match Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona Israel Delgado vs. J.J. Okanovich Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. James Terry Josh Paiva vs. Matt Ramirez Gabriel Carrasco vs. Joe Neal Marlen Magee vs. Adam Piccolotti Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott Francis Carmont vs. Philipe Lins – light-heavyweight tournament alternate bout
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:37PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Ryan Couture vs. Nick Gonzalez Added to Bellator 143 Prelims
Ryan Couture will face Nick Gonzalez in a preliminary lightweight bout at Bellator 143. Promotion officials announced the contest on Thursday. Additionally, three other preliminary matchups were added to the Sept. 25 card: Abram Torres faces Daniel Cervantes; Saul Elizondo meets Amador Ramirez and Steve Garcia clashes with Eduardo Bustillos. Bellator 143 takes place at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, and is headlined by a bantamweight scrap pitting Joe Warren against L.C. Davis. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary draw streams immediately prior on Spike.com.
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 4:27AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator's Alexander Shlemenko sues CSAC over PED-related suspension and fine
Alexander Shlemenko has filed a lawsuit against the California State Athletic Commission following his three-year suspension and $10,000 fine for a failed post-fight drug test after his Bellator 133 knockout of Melvin Manhoef. The punishment – especially the three-year suspension – was the harshest penalty the commission has handed a fighter since it began regulating MMA in 2006...
Submitted Sep 4, 2015 1:16AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Bellator 144 gets second title fight with Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho
Two titles will be on the line Oct. 23, as former middleweight champion Brandon Halsey will vie for Bellator's vacant 185-pound strap against streaking Brazilian Rafael Carvalho in Bellator 144's co-headlining bout...
Submitted Aug 31, 2015 8:28PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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