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Bellator 160 targeted for Aug. 26 in Memphis
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator could be headed down south for a late summer event on Spike. Bellator 160 is targeted for Aug. 26, and Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., is a heavy favorite to host, multiple sources told MMAjunkie on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the news publicly. Landers Center previously hosted Bellator 120, which featured a light heavyweight grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal that ended in a controversial decision for Jackson and a raucous post-fight press conference.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:46PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
MMA Fighter Ivan Cole Found Dead; Reportedly Killed Himself Playing Russian Roulette
(sherdog.com)
Former Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday. According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available. A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old. <a href="mer Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday. According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available. A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old. Read more at
Submitted Jun 12, 2016 12:01AM by JLS - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Chidi Njokuani now meets Thiago Goncalves in Bellator 156 co-headliner
(mmafighting.com)
Originally scheduled to face former welterweight champion Douglas Lima at Bellator 156, Chidi Njokuani will now meet The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Thiago Goncalves in the co-main event spot on June 17, MMA Fighting has learned with sources close to the situation. Lima takes on Paul Daley at Bellator 158. Goncalves (18-4) makes his promotional debut a year after defeating Matt Baker at WSOF 21. "Jambo", who won six of his last seven fights, was originally booked against Ricky Rainey in the Bellator 156 prelims.
Submitted Jun 10, 2016 3:33PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Michael Page to Face Evangelista Santos at Bellator 158 in London
(sherdog.com)
Michael Page has a new opponent for Bellator 158, as he will face Brazilian veteran Evangelista Santos in a featured welterweight bout on July 16 in London. Promotion officials announced the new matchup on Thursday. Santos replaces Fernando Gonzalez, who was forced to withdraw from the contest due to visa issues. Bellator also confirmed that a previously reported 170-pound clash between Paul Daley and Douglas Lima will headline the card following the death of Kimbo Slice, who was scheduled to face James Thompson in the original main event, earlier this week.
Submitted Jun 9, 2016 2:17PM by RhythmAndStyle - 12 comments
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Kimbo had congestive heart failure and needed a heart transplant
(sherdog.com)
Bellator MMA star and former YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice was awaiting a heart transplant before he died on Monday at age 42, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.
Submitted Jun 8, 2016 3:37PM by machodog76 - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Josh Koscheck out of fight with Paul Daley at Bellator 158
(mmafighting.com)
It's the rivalry rematch that just can't come together. Josh Koscheck is injured and out of his fight with Paul Daley at Bellator 158 on July 16 in London, MMA Fighting confirmed with Bellator officials Monday. Daley will now face former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima instead. ESPN was the first to report the news. Koscheck and Daley were supposed to fight on the same card in January in Koscheck's adopted hometown of Fresno, Calif., to set up a future bout. Koscheck was slated to face Matt Secor in the main event of his Bellator debut, but got injured in training and had to withdraw. Daley took over the main event spot, defeating Andy Uhrich. Afterward, Daley slammed Koscheck in the post-fight interview.
Submitted Jun 8, 2016 3:12PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Douglas Lima replaces Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley at Bellator 158 in London
(mmajunkie.com)
That long-awaited Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley rematch will have to wait a little longer. Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), a former UFC fighter who’s yet to make his Bellator debut, was forced out of a Bellator 158 bout with Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for undisclosed reasons, and former welterweight champion Douglas Lima (26-6 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has stepped in a replacement. A Bellator rep confirmed the lineup change with MMAjunkie. ESPN.com first reported it.
Submitted Jun 7, 2016 11:32AM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Justin Lawrence vs Isao Kobayashi Tops Bellator 157 Preliminary Card
(sherdog.com)
Justin Lawrence will meet Isao Kobayashi in the featured preliminary bout at Bellator 157 "Dynamite 2" on June 24. Promotion officials announced the featherweight pairing on Friday. Bellator 157 takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. The evening’s main card, which will also see Michael Chandler face Patricky Freire for the vacant lightweight title, airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The preliminary draw will stream on Bellator.com beginning at approximately 6:30 ET/5:30 CT.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 6:14PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo meet in Bellator 159 main event
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell will look to keep his march toward a bantamweight title going when he meets Joe Taimanglo in the main event of Bellator 159. In addition to the bout between Caldwell (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Taimanglo (22-6-1 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), Bellator announced a lightweight co-main event featuring Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA).
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 6:51PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Report: Former Bellator featherweight shot five times in Dagestan
(bloodyelbow.com)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev was taken to hospital with various gunshot wounds on Wednesday following an altercation at a local restaurant in Makhachkala, Dagestan. Shamhalaev, a former Bellator featherweight tournament winner, was reportedly shot five times by unnamed assailants. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery and had a kidney removed at approximately 4pm Moscow time. The former title challenger is in stable condition but remains in intensive care.
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 5:39PM by GDPofMPG - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Despite stunning upset, Bellator's Alexis Dufresne says Marloes Coenen deserves next title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
Alexis Dufresne is surprisingly realistic about her position in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division after pulling off the biggest victory of her career with an upset of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155 earlier this month. Dufresne (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) stepped in as an injury replacement for Julia Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight meant to decide Bellator’s inaugural women’s 145-pound champion. Once Budd pulled out, however, the promotion changed the fight with Coenen (23-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to a non-title affair. Marloes Coenen and Alexis Dufresne The call to fight Coenen came with just two weeks to prepare after Dufresne had taken a 16-month layoff from the sport to give birth. Dufresne was five pounds overweight for the fight, which ruffled the feathers of her opponent. But she secured the triangle-armbar victory to join Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Miesha Tate as one of the few fighters to beat Coenen, a former Strikeforce champion, since 2009.
Submitted May 29, 2016 3:54PM by JLS - 7 comments
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Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
(mmajunkie.com)
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist. A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing. But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate. Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Submitted May 29, 2016 3:46PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Bellator 156 adds three fights, including Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card. Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card. With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar
Submitted May 26, 2016 7:08PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Former employee claims Bellator allowed ‘forged’ and ‘falsified’ fighter medical reports
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former Bellator fighter and employee Zach Light claims Bellator allowed forged and falsified medicals to be used during an event.
Submitted May 26, 2016 10:48AM by FKA - 9 comments
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Fernando Gonzalez out of Bellator 158, promotion seeks replacement vs. Michael 'Venom' Page
(mmajunkie.com)
Fernando Gonzalez and Michael Page are seemingly just not destined to share the Bellator cage together – at least not yet, anyway. For the second time in as many attempts, a fight between Gonzalez (25-13 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Page (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) has fallen apart. Gonzalez is out of a planned Bellator 158 matchup, scheduled for July 16 at The O2 in London, due to issues receiving a travel visa to England for the event.
Submitted May 25, 2016 8:27PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Ilima Macfarlane-Rebecca Ruth Added to Bellator: Dynamite 2
(sherdog.com)
Bellator MMA announced Friday night that a women’s flyweight bout has been added to the eagerly-anticipated Bellator: Dynamite 2 event, which is set for June 24 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Promotion officials confirmed that Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on Rebecca Ruth on the card, which is anchored by the heavyweight bout between former UFC 205-pound champ Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. Macfarlane has been impressive since turning pro, having won all three of her bouts, two of which have been inside the Bellator cage. The last time “The Ilimanator” competed, she submitted Amber Tackett via first-round armbar at Bellator 148.
Submitted May 22, 2016 1:51PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Kato vs. Schilling rematch booked for 2nd Bellator Kickboxing event
(bloodyelbow.com)
Hisaki Kato scored one of MMA's best KOs of 2015 when he walloped Joe Schilling in 2015. Now the two men will rematch under the Bellator banner next month, but this time it'll be in the kickboxing ring.
Submitted May 22, 2016 1:49PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Scott Coker: Held-Jensen better fight for Bellator 155 digital stream than Coenen-Dufresne
(mmafighting.com)
When news came out that Julia Budd would face former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen for the inaugural featherweight title on the Bellator prelims, there was a fair amount of public consternation. A lot of people disagreed with Bellator’s decision to put a title fight on a digital stream, regardless of the logic behind it. The logic behind it, of course, was to draw more attention to Bellator’s streaming presence, which in a roundabout way it did.
Submitted May 19, 2016 1:16AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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UFC slightly outrates Bellator head-to-head on Saturday night
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator and UFC dueled somewhat evenly in going head-to-head on a Saturday night where nearly 1.5 million fans watched MMA between 8 and 10 p.m. on cable television. The UFC aired the prelims for UFC 198, doing 786,000 viewers, headlined by Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown, a stronger than usual FS 1 main event. It was the lowest prelim number before a pay-per-view so far this year. The head-to-head competition with Bellator was probably at least partially responsible. The prelims for UFC 197 did 835,000 viewers. The Brown vs. Maia main event peaked at 985,000 viewers for the final rounds. Bellator, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10:22 p.m., headlined by Phil Davis vs. King Mo Lawal, did 709,000 viewers, slightly above what Bellator usually does, a number fairly impressive given it was not on the regular night, started an hour earlier than usual and had the UFC competition. In the key 18-49 demo, UFC had an edge in viewers by 399,000 to 346,000. Spike, which airs Bellator, is available in about nine million more homes than FS 1.
Submitted May 18, 2016 5:05AM by JLS - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Bellator 154 salaries: Phil Davis gets $60K, and 'King Mo' gets $30K
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator light heavyweight Phil Davis not only earned a shot at champ Liam McGeary, but the highest disclosed payday at this past Saturday’s Bellator 154 event. Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) took home $60,000 for his unanimous-decision win over Muhammed Lawal (19-5 MMA, 8-4 BMMA), who earned $30,000, in the Spike-televised headliner of this past Saturday’s event at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Submitted May 18, 2016 4:57AM by JLS - 11 comments
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