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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson to serve as alternate bout for Bellator heavyweight grand prix
The stakes have been raised for Bellator’s upcoming bicentennial event. Bellator president Scott Coker announced Thursday that Bellator 200’s main event, a heavyweight rematch between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Roy Nelson, will serve as an official alternate bout for the promotion’s 2018 heavyweight grand prix.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:04PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Julia Budd-Talita Nogueira title fight, Eduardo Dantas-Michael McDonald top Bellator 202 lineup
Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd has her next title defense lined up for July’s Bellator 202 event. A Bellator official today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie. Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is set to put her 145-pound belt up for grabs for the second time when she takes on Talita Nogueira (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the July 13 event headliner at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie, and the full fight card and bout order will be revealed in the coming weeks. Also set for Bellator 202 is a bantamweight co-headliner between former two-time Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and Michael McDonald (18-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:35PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Milestone Bellator 200 lineup finalized; Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson headlines
The milestone Bellator 200 card is all revved up and ready to go. Officials today announced the finalized lineup for the event, which takes place May 25 at SSE Arena in London with a main card that airs via same-day tape delay on Paramount. And it’ll be a battle of big men getting top billing over a title fight. The headliner features heavyweights Roy Nelson (23-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) doing battle. In the co-main event, middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) puts his title on the line against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). The complete Bellator 200 lineup is as follows: MAIN CARD (Paramount, 9 p.m. ET) Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi – for middleweight title Michael Page vs. David Rickels Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths – 163-pound catchweight Phil Davis vs. Linton Vassell PRELIMINARY CARD Kate Jackson vs. Anastasia Yankova Vladimir Filipovic vs. Anatoly Tokov Pedro Carvalho vs. Daniel Crawford Martyn Harris vs. Ryan Scope Carl Noon vs. Mike Shipman Louis King vs. Charlie Ward Jeremy Petley vs. Saul Rogers Kevin Fryer vs. Costello Van Steenis Tom Green vs. Charlie Leary
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren tweet about fighting each other in Bellator, but how possible is that?
Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald vs. Ben Askren: Is this a matchup that piques your interest? Because it’s been talked about now between the two fighters. A Twitter user today asked MacDonald, who already said he wants to move up to middleweight, if he would be interested in facing Askren, the former ONE Championship and Bellator 170-pound titleholder, who retired undefeated last November. MacDonald responded, and that got things going between him and Askren. Check it out:
Submitted Apr 19, 2018 2:47AM by Braden - 8 comments
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Bellator signs former UFC veteran Timothy Johnson
Former UFC veteran Timothy Johnson is headed to Bellator. The heavyweight fighter has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned. Johnson (12-4) leaves the UFC with a 4-3 record inside the Octagon. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Marcelo Golm at UFC Belem in February, which was the last fight on his contract.
Submitted Apr 13, 2018 1:58PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Ed Ruth Gets New Oppoment, Weight Class For Bellator 196 Bout In Budapest
Ed Ruth’s welterweight debut will have to wait. After original Bellator 196 foe Laszlo Furko withdrew from the 170-pound bout due to injury, Ruth will now face Ion Pascu in a 175-pound catchweight affair on April 6. A promotion official confirmed the change to Sherdog.com following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 196 takes place at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, and is headlined by a lightweight tilt between Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta. The card airs on the Paramount Network in the United States via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Submitted Mar 26, 2018 4:25PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Brent Primus injured; Michael Chandler vs. Brandon Girtz in the works for Bellator 197 main event
Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus has been forced to withdraw from his April 13 title defense against Michael Chandler after suffering an injured knee, MMA Fighting has learned. As a result, Chandler will now face Brandon Girtz in the main event of the Bellator 197, which is set to take place at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., sources say.
Submitted Mar 21, 2018 9:43PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Benson Henderson vs. returning Roger Huerta set for Bellator 196
It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month. Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:50PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson added to Bellator 200 in London
MMA and kickboxing legend Mirko Cro Cop will make his Bellator debut in May, when he faces fellow longtime veteran Roy Nelson.
Submitted Mar 5, 2018 3:52PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Jon Fitch vs. Paul Daley set for Bellator 199 in San Jose
Bellator’s newest addition has his first assignment. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch signed an exclusive contract with the promotion earlier this week, and on Friday night’s Bellator 195 card, it was announced that Fitch would be facing welterweight standout Paul Daley when the organization heads to San Jose for Bellator 199 on May 12.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 10:51PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Jon Fitch signs with Bellator
Jon Fitch is headed to Bellator. The promotion has signed the MMA veteran to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year deal, MMA Fighting has learned. Fitch’s signing and debut is expected to be announced in the very near future.
Submitted Mar 1, 2018 3:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Former champion Phil Davis faces Linton Vassell at Bellator 200
Bellator has announced an important light heavyweight bout for its upcoming card in London, as Bellator 200 features the return of Phil Davis against Linton Vassell on May 25.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi, Michael Page vs. David Rickels booked for Bellator 200 in London
Bellator is going to England for its 200th show. The promotion announced on Monday that middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will fight Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 200, scheduled for May 25 at the SSE Arena. The main card will also feature unbeaten welterweight Michael Page versus David Rickels.
Submitted Feb 26, 2018 2:40PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Bellator trims roster, parts ways with 13 fighters
Thirteen fighters are no longer under contract with Bellator. The list includes names like Fernando Gonzalez, Kendall Grove, Francis Carmont, Georgi Karakhanyan and Kevin Casey, a Bellator official confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Jason Floyd. The combined record of the 13 athletes in Bellator was 39-31-1. In some cases, contracts expired and the fighters are now free agents.
Submitted Feb 20, 2018 2:50PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Wanderlei Silva cites condition for fourth fight with ‘fat’ ‘Rampage’ Jackson
Quinton Jackson wants to even the score with his longtime rival Wanderlei Silva, and “The Axe Murderer” is open to fighting him a fourth time — with one condition. Silva, who beat “Rampage” twice by knockout inside the PRIDE ring, but lost their third fight under the UFC banner almost a decade ago, heard Jackson’s recent comments on The MMA Hour, promising “another ass whooping” against the Brazilian. Both Silva and “Rampage” are coming off decision losses to Chael Sonnen, and the Brazilian told Gazeta do Povo that he wants to have the home field advantage this time.
Submitted Feb 8, 2018 3:02PM by Braden - 0 comments
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James Gallagher headlines Bellator 196 in April in Hungary
James Gallagher will headline Bellator’s return to Hungary. Officials today confirmed with ESPN.com that Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will meet fellow unbeaten featherweight and local product Adam Borics (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in Bellator 196’s main event.
Submitted Feb 8, 2018 2:59PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler 2 targeted for April 13 Bellator event
The rematch is on. Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler 2 for the Bellator lightweight championship is scheduled for April 13 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion is expected to announce the fight very soon.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:14AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Joe Warren vs. Joe Taimanglo booked for Bellator 195
Joe Warren has his first fight set for 2018. The three-time Bellator titleholder returns to action in a bantamweight bout vs. Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 195 on March 2 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackervile, Okla. Officials announced the bout on Friday’s Bellator 193 broadcast.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:13AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov official for February's Bellator 194
A light heavyweight matchup between a former champion and a contender on the rise is now official for next month’s Bellator 194 event. MMAjunkie today learned from Bellator officials that Liam McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) will indeed take on Vadim Nemkov (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at the event, which takes place Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Paul Daley says that he has been granted his release from Bellator
Paul Daley has added himself to the rumor mill with a Facebook announcement that he has been granted release from his Bellator contract.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 3:08PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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