Bellator cuts lightweight champ Will Brooks, strips heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov
Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) has been released from the California-based promotion and is now a free agent. Additionally, heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov (17-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) has been stripped of his title due to inactivity but will remain under contract with the company.
Bellator President Scott Coker today confirmed the moves with MMAjunkie.
In the case of lightweight champ Brooks, who’s ranked No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, Coker said the promotion has elected to terminate the fighter’s deal and waive all negotiation rights so that “Ill Will” can pursue his free-agency options.
“It was very simple,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “Will Brooks’ contract is ending, and we made a decision not to renew it. We’re going to give him a full release, so we’re not going to be in the Will Brooks business any longer.”
Sergei Kharitonov out of Bellator 154 due to illness
Another fight has been pulled from Bellator 154.
Sergei Kharitonov is out of his fight with Josh Appelt due to an illness, Bellator spokesperson Danny Brener confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news. The event is scheduled for Saturday night in San Jose.
Julia Budd Injured; Marloes Coenen to Face Alexis Dufresne in Non-Title Bout at Bellator 155
Bellator MMA will no longer crown a women’s featherweight champion at this month’s Bellator 155.
The organization on Tuesday announced that an injury has forced Julia Budd to withdraw from her clash with Marloes Coenen, which would have seen one woman walk away as Bellator’s inaugural 145-pound female titleholder. The nature of Budd’s injury was not specified.
Coenen will instead meet former UFC competitor Alexis Dufresne on the undercard of Bellator 155, which takes place May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The matchup will be contested at 145 pounds, though the title will no longer be up for grabs.
Scott Coker rules out Dada 5000's Bellator return: 'I think we should just be friends'
Bellator FC president Scott Coker does not see any reason for Dada 5000 to be back fighting under his organization.
Last February 19, heavyweight fighter Dhafir Harris, more popularly known as "Dada 5000" suffered a major health scare following his fight against Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149.
The 38-year old fighter suffered two heart attacks and renal failure during the fight that was officially ruled as a third round TKO victory in favor of Slice. In his appearance at the Dan LeBatard show in mid-April, Harris attributed his near-death experience to being a mere "part-time fighter".
Delray police arrest Dennis Wright in connection to death of Jordan Parsons
After a six-day search, the Delray Beach Police Department (DBPD) in Florida have arrested Dennis Wright, 28, in connection to the death of Jordan Parsons. According to a news release obtained by MMA Fighting, "Wright, whose license has been suspended six times, is facing multiple charges, including leaving the scene of a crash causing death. Investigators have recovered the damaged 2013 Range Rover Sport involved in the crash."
Veteran Fighter Blas Avena Found Dead, Police Suspect Suicide
Thirty-two-year-old mixed martial artist Blas Avena was found deceased in his Las Vegas apartment on Wednesday. Las Vegas Metro Police are investigating his passing as a possible suicide.
“Arriving police and medical personnel located an adult male who was pronounced deceased at the scene. As of now, the death is being investigated as a suicide,” a LVMPD spokesperson told TMZ.
Awad vs. Santos, Piccolotti vs. Wood complete Bellator 154 main card
Bellator 154’s main card is once again complete after the promotion’s announcement of two more bouts for the event.
A Bellator press release announced the additions of a welterweight bout between Saad Awad (18-7 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) and Evangelista Santos (21-16 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and a lightweight bout between Adam Piccolotti (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Ray Wood (7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
After Josh Thomson fight scrapped, Michael Chandler expects return at Bellator 157
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler expects to get back in the cage at Bellator 157 after a highly anticipated bout with Josh Thomson was scrapped for Bellator 154.
Chandler on Tuesday told MMAjunkie Radio he is interested in keeping the matchup with the UFC veteran, or perhaps squaring off with another high-profile Bellator signee – ex-UFC champ Benson Henderson – when he returns to action.
Chandler (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) had just completed a strength and conditioning session this past Friday when he heard the news that Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was forced to withdraw from Bellator 154, set for May 14 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., due to an undisclosed injury.
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons dies after hit-and-run accident
Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons, a 25-year-old contender in Bellator’s featherweight division, died Wednesday of injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run auto accident Sunday in Delray Beach, Fla.
Parsons was struck by a gray or silver 2012 or 2013 Range Rover while crossing the street shortly after midnight on May 1. He was taken to Delray Medical Center, where a portion of his right leg was amputated.
On Wednesday, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker confirmed the news in a statement.
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons,” Coker said. “Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates."
Kimbo Slice-Dada 5000 Result Overturned to No Contest by Texas Commission
The result of the Bellator 149 clash between Kimbo Slice and Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris has officially been overturned to a no-contest following Slice’s failed drug test.
The change was noted on Monday by MMAJunkie.com, reporting that Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- has reached a settlement with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation over his recent suspension.
3-Time NCAA Wrestling All-American Jarod Trice Signs with Bellator MMA
Decorated collegiate wrestler Jarod Trice is set to embark on a mixed martial arts career with Bellator MMA.
Bellator officials on Monday announced that the organization has signed Trice to “an exclusive, multi-fight contract.” Specifics of the deal were not revealed.
Trice, a three-time NCAA Div. I All-American at Iowa State University, wrestled as a heavyweight in college but is expected to make his MMA debut at 205 pounds. In addition to his freestyle accolades, Trice is also an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler. According to Bellator, the 27-year-old Michigan native is currently training alongside fellow wrestlers-turned-fighters Darrion Caldwell and Bubba Jenkins.
With Chandler-Thomson scrapped, Bellator 154 adds Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt
After losing one high-profile bout, officials today added some new fights to this month’s Bellator 154 lineup.
With an injury forcing Josh Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) out of a planned bout with former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA), the organization has scrapped the matchup altogether.
The latest Bellator 154 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 8 p.m. ET)
Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal
Josh Appelt vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger
TBA vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Jorge Acosta vs. Joshua Hardwick
Victor Jones vs. Anthony Taylor
Danasabe Mohammed vs. Martin Sano
Steve Gruber vs. Josh Paiva
Doyle Childs vs. Sam Spengler
Jeremiah Labiano vs. Josh San Diego
Alvin Cacdac vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman
Stephanie Frausto vs. Jamielene Nievara
Brandon Hester vs. Nick Pica
James Chapman vs. Sean Tucker
Bellator's Jordan Parsons has part of leg amputated after apparent hit-and-run accident
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons' career is likely over after being hit by a motor vehicle in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday morning.
Parsons, a featherweight affiliated with the Blackzilians, had the bottom half of his right leg amputated after he was apparently the victim of an apparent hit-and-run incident.
As of Sunday afternoon, he's listed in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.
Parsons, a Michigan native who had an 11-2 record (2-1 Bellator), was scheduled to fight Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 in San Jose on May 14. It is expected the bout will be scrapped and Piccolotti will not have a replacement opponent.
Page–Gonzalez, Carmont–Vassell set to meet at Bellator 158 in London
Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 158.
The welterweight bout was announced on the Bellator 153 broadcast following Page’s toe hold submission of Jeremie Holloway.
Bellator 158 takes place July 16 at The O2 in London, and the main card airs on Spike. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) rematches James Thompson (20-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the heavyweight main event while Paul Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Josh Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) rematch in the co-main event.
Patricio Freire: ‘Bellator promised me’ title shot with win
Patricio Freire wants to regain the Bellator featherweight belt, but first he needs to get past Henry Corrales.
Freire’s life became a rollercoaster last November, when he lost the 145-pound title in a rematch with Daniel Straus. "Pitbull" wanted to avenge the loss and get the belt back, and claims that Bellator was willing to make a fourth between them bout right away, but the champion was forced to be on the sidelines.
Former middleweight champ Brandon Halsey faces John Salter at Bellator 156
Brandon Halsey will resume his attempt to recapture the middleweight title when he faces John Salter at Bellator 156.
The bout was announced via a press release.
Bellator 156 takes place June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Halsey (9-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) didn’t lose his title in the ring, instead dropping it on the scales when he failed to make weight against Kendall Grove at Bellator 137. He returned to action after stopping Grove by suffering his first career loss when he was stopped by a Rafael Carvalho body kick in the second round of their Bellator 144 bout.
Latest Kimbo Slice booking proves that, as long as we watch, anything goes in Bellator
A little more than two months ago, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson fought and nearly killed a man at Bellator 149 in Houston, then tested positive for steroids, and now he’s already got another fight lined up as if none of it happened.
Actually, wait, that makes it sound worse than it really was, and that’s not fair. A more fair way of putting it would be to say that Slice fought a man who nearly died – or who did die, only to return, according to that man himself, Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris – but that near-tragedy happened not so much as a result of Slice’s efforts as adjacent to them...
Tito Ortiz suing manager of Jon Jones, Wayne Harriman, for unpaid 'loan'
A lawsuit filed by former UFC light heavyweight champion and current Bellator star Jacob "Tito" Ortiz against veteran MMA promoter and manager Wayne Harriman in Clark County, Nevada District Court last October for "breach of contract" is now progressing to the discovery phase.
In a complaint filed on October 22, 2015 by Tito Ortiz's attorneys, Martin Little and Taylor Waite, it is claimed that on July 19, 2011 Ortiz loaned Wayne Harriman "a sum of money in excess of Ten Thousand and no/100 dollars" (according to the March 30th, 2016 Commissioner's decision on request for exemption the amount was $125,000.) Harriman is alleged by Ortiz to have signed a "Simple Promissory Note (the "Note") wherein he expressly agreed to pay back the Loan, plus interest, by no later than August 1, 2012."