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Santos' camp denies weight issues, looks forward to Bellator 62 meeting with Prindle
Thiago Santos' camp insists their fighter did not dodge a bullet. Despite some rumblings that suggested Santos was not going to make weight for a planned Bellator 61 meeting with Eric Prindle, "Big Monster" insists he was well on his way to 265 pounds. "Thiago was actively cutting weight when I called him to inform him of the cancelation of the fight," Santos' manager told MMAjunkie.com. "It was 1 p.m., and he was only three kilograms (6.6 pounds) away from making weight. Making weight would not have been a problem for Thiago."
Bellator 61 weigh-in results:
Main Card: Maiquel Falcao (186.6)* vs. Norman Paraisy (186) Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (185.6) vs. Victor O'Donnell (186) Giva Santana (186) vs. Bruno Santos (185.2) Brian Rogers (186) vs. Vitor Vianna (185.6) Preliminary Card: Brent Taylor (165.2) vs. Josh Quayhagen (164.6) Derrick Krantz (170.4) vs. Eric Scallan (170.4) Jeremy Myers (141) vs. Jason Sampson (134.6) Trey Houston (185) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (185.8) *Falcao has two hours to lose .6 of a pound
Bellator 61 headliner Eric Prindle scratches with flu-like symptoms, pushed to Bellator 62
Friday's Bellator 61 event has lost a headliner. Heavyweight Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) is suffering "flu-like symptoms" from a heavy weight cut is unable to compete in tomorrow's main event with with Thiago Santos (10-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC), sources close to the event today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). MMAjunkie.com reached Alvin Topham, the chairman of Louisiana Boxing & Wrestling Commission, who said he was en route to today's weigh-ins and will make an official decision with Bellator officials once there. However, Bellator CEO today told our sister site, USAToday.com, the fight is canceled and will be pushed back a week to Bellator 62. A middleweight-tournament bout between Maiquel "Big Rig" Falcao and Norman Paraisy has taken the headlining spot for Bellator 61.
The Best Fighter Outside the UFC: Pat Curran?
No disrespect to Gilbert Melendez, Nate Marquardt, Gegard Mousasi, or the plethora of world class mixed martial arts talent fighting overseas. Pat Curran is the best fighter not currently in the UFC. The 24-year-old became the Bellator featherweight champion Friday after a destruction of Joe Warren. Curran (17-4) knocked Warren out with a barrage of punches that followed a flush knee to the jaw in the third round of the main event at Bellator 60. Warren is considered one of the best wrestlers in the sport, but Curran defended his takedown attempts with ease. The few times he was taken down he showed great hip escapes and scrambled back to his feet quickly, reminiscent of UFC champions Junior dos Santos and Benson Henderson. Much like former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Warren is also known for being able to take a world of punishment and keep moving forward, but Curran certainly stopped him in his tracks.
Kurt Pellegrino Injured, Forced To Withdraw From Bellator 68
Former UFC veteran Kurt ‘Batman’ Pellegrino (16-7) has apparently suffered a knee injury while preparing for an upcoming Bellator 68 bout versus Marcin Held. News of the injury was posted by Sherdog.com after learning the news from a source close to the fight. The bout would have been Pellegrino’s second appearance with the Bellator promotion after debuting with them last November in a first round TKO loss to Patricky Freire at Bellator 59. Pellegrino announced after the bout that he was going to retire, once again after announcing the same thing after two straight losses in the UFC, but was apparently swayed by Bellator to fight again.
After Bellator 60 loss, Joe Warren's manager critical of ref, confirms move to bantamweight
Joe Warren has been suspended for 90 days following a vicious knockout loss to Pat Curran at this past Friday's Bellator 60 event. MMAjunkie.com today requested and received a short list of suspensions from the Indiana Gaming Commission's athletic division. Warren's manager, Ryan Tobin, told MMAjunkie.com the former Bellator champ sustained a concussion during the fight will no longer compete at 145 pounds.
Bellator CEO says heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov's condition upgraded
Two weeks after being stabbed in the chest at a bar in Sofia, Bulgaria, Blagoi Ivanov has been downgraded from critical to serious condition. However, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com Radio that the heavyweight remains vulnerable. "The doctors were still pretty tepid in their willingness to say to us that he was out of the woods," said Rebney, who received an update earlier this week. "He was stabbed in the heart, so he is in a difficult state."
Bellator 60 results: Curran claims belt; Straus, Corey, Sandro, Bezerra advance
Pat Curran's size was simply too much for Joe Warren. Shrugging off takedown after takedown, Curran notched a third-round knockout win over Warren to win the Bellator featherweight title. The title fight headlined Bellator 60, which took place Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind., and aired live on MTV2.
Spike TV and 345 Games announce 'Bellator: MMA Onslaught' video game
Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships are entering the video-game industry. In association with Viacom Entertainment Group's 345 Games, Spike TV and Bellator announced the pending release of "Bellator: MMA Onslaught," an arcade-style MMA title. "It was imperative that we create a mixed martial arts game accessible to all types of players, not just the hardcore MMA fan," 345 Games exec Dan Yang stated. "Fortunately, with 'Bellator: MMA Onslaught,' the player doesn't need a doctorate in gaming or MMA to enjoy the non-stop action and excitement of the game." The game is currently slated for a summer 2012 release through the PlayStation Network and the Xbox Live Arcade.
For Bellator's Bjorn Rebney, Eventual Spike Move Vindicates Long-Term Vision
Surrounded by MMA start-ups when his promotion began, Bjorn Rebney faced long survival odds. But he's now preparing a move to Spike, the channel that launched MMA in the U.S. There was a time when everyone just assumed Bjorn Rebney was crazy. This was back during the days when mixed martial arts leagues were popping up throughout the country, hoping to become the No. 2 promotion behind the UFC. At the time, there was stiff competition for the spot. Strikeforce had just started to break out following a deal with NBC. The IFL had just become the first fight league to gain network exposure, though it was on little-seen MyNetwork TV, while other organizations like Affliction and EliteXC were making big splashes by signing fighters to lucrative deals.
Bellator 60's Marlon Sandro uses Summer Series failure for current motivation
For Brazilian slugger Marlon Sandro, it took just one momentary lapse in focus to derail his dream of Bellator gold. "There was only one minute left in the second round," Sandro recalled to MMAjunkie.com. "I decided to rest up, pace myself, to come out with everything on the third round. Unfortunately he surprised me. "The moment I lowered my guard, he saw it and got the knockout."
Bellator 60 weigh-in results: Champ Warren (145), Curran (144.8) on weight
The Bellator 60 weigh-ins are in the books, and the organization's first season-six event got off to a fairly rocky start. Although Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (145 pounds) and fellow headliner Pat Curran (144.8) made weight, not everyone else did. Today's festivities took place at at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. The resort also plays host to Friday's event.
Michael Chandler vs. Akihiro Gono 'superfight' slated for Bellator 67
A three-round non-title fight between Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler and promotional newcomer Akihiro Gono has been added to May's Bellator 67 event. Bellator officials today announced the headliner. The event takes place May 4 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada.
Bellator 60 weigh-ins slated for Thursday, open to fans
Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its sixth season on Friday with Bellator 60. The event, which includes a featherweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Pat Curran, takes place Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. The weigh-ins, which also include the eight season-six featherweight-tourney fights, take place Thursday and are open to fans
WAGNNEY FABIANO OUT; MIKE COREY MEETS RONNIE MANN IN BELLATOR FW TOURNEY
Wagnney Fabiano has suffered a knee injury and will be unable to compete in Bellator’s upcoming featherweight tournament. In his place steps Mike Corey, (pictured, right) who now meets Ronnie Mann in the Season 6 tournament quarterfinals at Bellator 60. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source close to the bout on Thursday morning after an initial report from MMAJunkie.com.
Bellator 60 adds Wiuff vs. Gomez, McCorkle vs. White to prelims
A new pair of matchups is set for Bellator's season-six debut as Anthony Gomez (5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) faces Travis Wiuff (65-14 MMA, 1-0 BFC) in a light-heavyweight contest and Sean McCorkle (15-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) meets Richard White (15-12 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in a super-heavyweight bout. Bellator officials today confirmed the matchups with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Both preliminary-card fights are scheduled for Bellator 60, which takes place March 9 at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. The night's main card, which includes featherweight champ Joe Warren vs. Pat Curran, airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX), and prelims stream on Spike TV. Bellator 60 serves as the season-opening show for Bellator's 12-week sixth season.
WELTERWEIGHTS RYAN FORD, LUIS “SAPO” SANTOS TARGETED FOR BELLATOR 67 IN ONTARIO
Top Canadian talent Ryan Ford will likely make his Bellator Fighting Championships debut on May 4, as a welterweight confrontation between “The Real Deal” and Luis Santos is in the works for Bellator 67. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with sources close to the fighters on Friday. The promotion has yet to announce any matchups for the event, which takes place at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, marking the promotion’s fourth trip to Canada in less than a year.
Marius Zaromskis signs with Bellator
Feb 24, 2012 - Marius Zaromskis, the flashy striker who came to prominence capturing the DREAM welterweight title in 2009, has signed with Bellator, MMA Fighting has learned. According to a source close to the fighter, Zaromskis will debut towards the later part of season six, which is scheduled to start on March 9. Zaromskis couldn't be included in the upcoming season six welterweight tournament, which already had a completed lineup by the time of his signing. The 31-year-old Lithuanian who is known for his athletic high kicks holds a record of 16-6 with 1 no contest in his career, with 12 victories coming via knockout.
Bellator returns to Canada's Casino Rama for Bellator 67 on May 4
Bellator is returning to Casino Rama for a third time overall – and to Canada for the second time in four weeks. Officials today announced Bellator 67 is slated to take place May 4 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. No fights are announced for the card, though it's expected to feature second-round matches from Bellator's upcoming season-six tournaments. As with the organization's other events, Bellator 67's main card airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX), and the prelims stream on Spike.com.
Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez targeted for Bellator 66 on April 20
A rematch nearly three-and-a-half years in the making is expected to take place on April 20. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned that both Shinya Aoki (30-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Eddie Alvarez (22-3 MMA, 6-1 BFC) have verbally agreed to meet at an as-yet-unannounced Bellator 66 event. Contracts are expected to be finalized shortly. Bellator 66 takes place April 20, but Bellator Fighting Championships officials have yet to announce a venue for the card.