Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani catchweight bout headlines Bellator 171
A 175-pound catchweight matchup between 14-year veteran Melvin Guillard and fellow knockout artist Chidi Njokuani has been booked as the headlining bout of Bellator 171.
The event takes place Jan. 27 at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. As with all Bellator events, the night’s main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though the night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed.
Tito Ortiz on why he’s retiring: ‘My biggest enemy has been my body’
This isn’t the first time Tito Ortiz has announced his retirement. The former UFC light heavyweight champion called it a career after a 2012 loss to Forrest Griffin and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Then came an improbable run with Bellator, one in which he drew a game-changing television rating for a fight with Stephan Bonnar on Nov. 2014 which helped usher in the current era of MMA free agency.
But while the inevitable can be postponed, time catches up with everyone eventually. Ortiz’s Bellator 170 main event against Chael Sonnen comes two days before his 42nd birthday, and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” affirmed that win, lose, or draw, he intends for the bout to be the last of his MMA career.
Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou added to Bellator 169
A women’s featherweight bout pitting Sinead Kavanagh and Elina Kallionidou is the latest addition to Bellator 169. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday.
Kavanagh was originally scheduled to compete in a bantamweight fight against Eeva Siiskonen on the BAMMA portion of this co-promoted event, but will now be moving up a weight class to face Kallionidou under the Bellator banner. Kavanagh trains out of SGB Ireland and is 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter.
With Emmanuel Sanchez injured, Friday's Bellator 166 lineup gets new co-headliner
Due to an injury, Friday’s Bellator 166 event has a new co-headliner.
Bellator officials today announced Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has suffered an injury and been forced out of his bout with featherweight A.J. McKee (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA).
As a result, Ray Wood (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who was originally slated to fight Treston Thomison (9-4 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) on the prelims, has been tapped as a replacement. Thomison awaits a new opponent.
With Freire out, Darrion Caldwell-Joe Taimanglo rematch set for Bellator 167 main event
With another headliner for Bellator 167 gone by the wayside, there’s a new main event set for the promotion’s second of back-to-back shows in Oklahoma next week.
The headliner for the second night of Bellator’s December doubleheader will be a bantamweight rematch between Darrion Caldwell (9-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Joe Taimanglo (23-6-1 MMA, 6-2 BMMA). A Bellator official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie today.
Patricky Freire injured; Bellator 167 main event scrapped
Bellator 167 has lost its main event once again.
Patricky Freire, who was scheduled to meet Derek Campos on Dec. 3, has suffered an undisclosed injury and won’t be able to fight next weekend. Bellator officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.
According to the promotion, Campos will be paid his show money and rebooked early in 2017.
Freire vs. Campos was announced as the new headliner for the card in Thackerville, OK, after Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira was canceled due to a Curran injury. Bellator has yet to announce its replacement atop the bill.
Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato official for Bellator 170
One month after Bellator MMA announced the signing of Ralek Gracie, they’ve booked the Metamoris founder for his first MMA fight since 2010. Following a report by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Bellator officials announced Gracie will fight Hisaki Kato at Bellator 170 on Saturday, January 21st. The night’s main card airs live on Spike TV from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Bellator announces Fedor vs Mitrione
Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will make his Bellator debut on Feb. 18 against Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 172 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Bellator officials made the announcement during tonight’s Bellator 165 event in San Jose.
Kevin Ferguson Jr. chases pro debut again vs. Aaron Hamilton at Bellator 165
For the third time, Kevin Ferguson Jr. will attempt his professional MMA debut later this month.
Ferguson Jr. (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to take on Aaron Hamilton (0-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a welterweight fight on the prelims of Bellator 165, which takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Bellator officials announced the new booking today.
Paul Daley pulled from tonight's Bellator 163 card after difficult weight cut
Friday night's Bellator 163 Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson fight has been canceled.
"After a difficult weight cut, we, along with Mike Mazzulli from the Mohegan Athletic Commission, made the decision to pull Paul Daley from tonight's event as a precautionary measure," Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAFighting.com via statement. "Fighter safety is of the utmost importance to us here at Bellator."
Marlos Coenen’s main card fight scrapped, while Paul Daley still on for Bellator 163
On Thursday morning, 31-year old Brazilian fighter, Talita Nogueira, showed up 5 1/2 pounds over the 146-pound maximum for her fight with Marloes Coenen. Mike Mazzulli, the Director of Athletic Regulation for the Mohegan Tribe, told MMA Fighting that Noguiera never officially weighed-in. Coenen opted not to take the bout when she learned that Nogueira was over by so much.
Another fight on the main card that appeared to be in jeopardy is still on. As of Thursday night, Daley has been cleared and the fight is still on.