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Sam Sicilia vs. Marcos Galvao, Alexis Dufresne vs. Amber Leibrock set for Bellator 189
Longtime UFC fighter Sam Sicilia now has a date and an opponent for his Bellator debut. Sicilia (15-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will take on former bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao (18-8-1 MMA, 8-5 BMMA) in a featherweight bout at Bellator 189 in December. A Bellator official told MMAjunkie of the booking today. In addition, Alexis Dufresne (6-3 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) will take on Amber Leibrock (2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a women’s featherweight bout. Bellator 189 takes place Dec. 1 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Oct 24, 2017 4:31PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Friday's Bellator 185 line up loses 2 main-card bouts
Friday’s Bellator 185 main card has undergone some major changes. Officials today told MMAjunkie that an undisclosed injury has forced Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) out of the night’s scheduled co-headliner, and as a result, welterweight opponent David Rickels (18-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) has also been pulled from the card. Additionally, Javier Torres (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has also suffered an injury, and welterweight Zak Bucia (18-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the new co-main event.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 3:04PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
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‘Baby Slice,’ Sinead Kavanagh fights added to Bellator 187
A dash of name recognition and local flavor have been added to Bellator 187. The company rounded out the main card for Nov. 10 event at Dublin’s 3Arena by announcing a pair of fights Thursday: Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Fred Freeman and Sinead Kavanagh vs. Maria Casanova.
Submitted Oct 12, 2017 8:23PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Valerie Letourneau to make Bellator debut vs. Kate Jackson on Dec. 15
Valerie Letourneau is going to make her Bellator debut before the year is through. On Wednesday, officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Letourneau will fight Kate Jackson in a flyweight bout at a joint Bellator/BAMMA show on Dec. 15 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. The bout was first reported by MMAUNO.com.
Submitted Oct 12, 2017 10:16AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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James Gallagher injured, out of Bellator 187 main event
Rising star James Gallagher won’t be fighting in Ireland next month after all. According to Bellator officials, Gallagher recently suffered a knee injury in training, forcing him out of the Bellator 187 main event against Jeremiah Labiano. As a result, the undefeated A.J. McKee (9-0), who happens to be a rival of Gallagher, will now fight Brian Moore (10-5), a teammate of Gallagher’s at SBG Ireland, in the main event of the Nov. 10 card at the 3Arena in Dublin.
Submitted Oct 11, 2017 5:39PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Bellator champ Rafael Carvalho meets Alessio Sakara in Italy
A long-rumored middleweight title fight is official for Bellator’s return to Italy. Bellator officials recently announced that 185-pound title holder Rafael Carvalho (14-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) faces Italy’s own Alessio Sakara (19-11 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 190 on Dec. 9 at Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence.
Submitted Oct 11, 2017 3:10PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Chidi Njokuani moves to middleweight, meets Hisaki Kato at Bellator 189
After missing weight and losing a main-event fight earlier this year, Chidi Njokuani is opting for a change in weight class for his next fight. Njokuani (17-5 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will move from welterweight to middleweight to take on Hisaki Kato (8-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) at Bellator 189, which takes place Dec. 1 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Oct 10, 2017 7:06PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Liam McGeary suffers injury, Bellator 185 bout with Bubba McDaniel canceled
Bellator 185 has lost one of its major bouts. Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary has suffered an undisclosed injury, thus canceling his fight with late replacement Bubba McDaniel. The news was reported on Monday by MMA Junkie and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting. With McGeary vs. McDaniel out of the event, the promotion promoted a women’s flyweight bout between Ana Julaton and Lisa Blaine to the main card.
Submitted Oct 10, 2017 12:05AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Featherweight champ Julia Budd headlines Bellator 189 in rematch with Arlene Blencowe
Julia Budd will put her featherweight title on the line in December when she headlines Bellator 189 in a rematch. Budd (10-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will be challenged by Arlene Blencowe (10-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) in the main event, Bellator officials today announced. In addition, the co-main event is set with a middleweight bout between Chris Honeycutt (10-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). Bellator 189 takes place Dec. 1 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Oct 7, 2017 5:13AM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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Ana Julaton to make Bellator debut against Lisa Blaine at Bellator 185
Heather Hardy won’t be the only popular female boxer fighting for Bellator MMA later this month. Ana Julaton will make her Bellator debut against Lisa Blaine at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, promotion officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Hardy will face Kristina Williams on the same card.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 9:04PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Neiman Gracie vs. Javier Torres added to Bellator 185 main card
A welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Javier Torres was added to the main card of Bellator 185 on Oct. 20 in Uncasville, Conn., promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 2:50PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Bubba McDaniel in for ‘King Mo’ Lawal at Bellator 185
The former Bellator light heavyweight champion will square off with Bubba McDaniel on Oct. 20 in Uncasville, Conn. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Tuesday report by MMA Junkie.
Submitted Oct 3, 2017 11:06PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Injury forces ‘King Mo’ Lawal to withdraw from Liam McGeary bout at Bellator 185
Bellator 185 just lost its co-main event. Officials confirmed with MMA Fighting that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has been forced out of his light heavyweight bout vs. Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. due to an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 7:19PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Rory MacDonald: I'm on a Different Level than Rest of Bellator Welterweight Division
Rory MacDonald is a believer in the talent of Bellator MMA’s welterweight division, but he still considers himself to be a level above everyone in his new home. That includes reigning champion Douglas Lima, who he will face in the main event when Bellator travels to Los Angeles on Jan. 20. Lima is coming off a five-round verdict over Lorenz Larkin — another UFC signee — on June 24.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 3:25AM by RacingHartPurple - 3 comments
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Douglas Lima Predicts KO of Rory MacDonald: ‘I'm Gonna Find that Jaw
Douglas Lima has seen Rory MacDonald fail to make the final bell before in his MMA career, and he believes he has what it takes to join the elite company that has finished “The Red King” inside the cage.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 3:23AM by RacingHartPurple - 0 comments
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Valerie Letourneau has debut re-booked for Bellator event on Dec. 15
Bellator and BAMMA are teaming up to bring some intriguing attractions to Newcastle in December. On Thursday, a BAMMA release revealed that one-time UFC strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau will make her Bellator debut at their joint show on Dec. 15 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England. Letourneau (8-6) was originally scheduled to start with the promotion back in July at Bellator 181 vs. Emily Ducote, but an injury forced Letourneau to withdraw four days before the fight.
Submitted Sep 29, 2017 5:16PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Undefeated A.J. McKee set to fight Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187 in Ireland
Undefeated Bellator featherweight A.J. McKee was hoping to finally fight rival James Gallagher in his next fight. That won’t happen, but they’ll be in the same building. McKee has been booked to face Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187, promotion officials today told MMAjunkie. The fight is set for the main card of Bellator 187, which takes place Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin Ireland and airs on Spike.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:20PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Michael McDonald to make Bellator debut this December in England
Top-ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald will make his Bellator debut this winter in the U.K., Bellator President Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie. McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is scheduled to appear against a to-be-determined opponent at a Dec. 15 Bellator event, which takes at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:17PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Scott Coker open to Bellator heavyweight tournament but wants to crown champion first
With a new influx of talent, and an unclaimed championship belt, Bellator’s heavyweight division is ripe for a tournament. Bellator President Scott Coker, no stranger to the format, likes the idea of pairing the division’s baddest big guys against each other. But he said a new champion will be crowned before that happens. “I think we will have some more fights, see how these guys fare, and then we can talk about something like that,” Coker today told MMAjunkie. Coker said a matchup between Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) “makes a lot of sense” as a fight for the title, though he also mentioned the surging Cheick Kongo (27-10-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) as a potential contender.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:04PM by JLS - 3 comments
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