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.
Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie signs to fight for Bellator
Another member of the first family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the U.S. has penned a deal with Bellator.
Ralek Gracie, perhaps now best known for founding the Metamoris grappling series, has a deal to fight for the promotion, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday night on SportsCenter. Bellator officials confirmed the signing. Gracie's debut is being targeted for Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.
Kevin Ferguson Jr.'s debut delayed after opponent misses weight by 17 pounds
The son of the legendary Kimbo Slice had his pro mixed martial arts debut delayed once again.
Kevin "Baby Slice" Ferguson Jr. was supposed to compete against Ray Bing in a 165-pound catchweight fight on Friday at Bellator 162 in Memphis. But the bout was called off Thursday when Bing, who was also making his pro debut, missed weight by a whopping 17 pounds. MMAFighting.com confirmed the news after an initial report by FloCombat.com.
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez set for MMA debut at Bellator 165 in San Jose vs. Sheila Padilla
The main card for Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights – and one features a highly anticipated MMA debut.
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will step into an MMA cage for the first time as a professional in a women’s flyweight bout against Sheila Padilla (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). A Bellator official today confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie. An official announcement is expected today, as well.
In addition, Bellator 165 has added a lightweight fight between a pair of unbeaten prospects to the preliminary card. Carrington Banks (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on Jake Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to close out the prelims.
Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator show in January
A pair of legends are coming to Hollywood.
Chael Sonnen will make his Bellator debut against Tito Ortiz in the main event of a Jan. 21 card in Los Angeles, promotion president confirmed Tuesday on Twitter. The bout was first reported by Brett Okamoto on ESPN's SportsCenter. The event will take place at The Forum in Inglewood.
UFC vet Niklas Backstrom meets Brian Moore under BAMMA banner at Bellator 169 in Dublin
Bellator’s December debut in Ireland, a co-promotion, has a pair of new BAMMA bouts set for the lineup.
UFC veteran Niklas Backstrom (10-2) will take on Ireland’s own Brian Moore (9-4) in a featherweight fight, and Ireland’s Kiefer Crosbie (1-0) will meet England’s Conor Riordan (0-0) at welterweight. Both fights will be part of BAMMA 27, which is happening on the same bill as Bellator 169.
Bellator 169, the joint venture with BAMMA 27, takes place Dec. 16 at 3Arena in Dublin. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, Muhammed Lawal meets Satoshi Ishii in a heavyweight fight.
A.J. McKee vs. Emmanuel Sanchez slated for Bellator 166 in Oklahoma
The first fight is set for December’s Bellator 166 event.
Officials today announced featherweights A.J. McKee (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) are set as the fight card’s first official matchup.
Bellator 166 takes place Dec. 2 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
McKee, the son of MMA vet Antonio McKee, has spent his entire career in Bellator since making his pro debut in April 2015. All of the 21-year-old’s victories, including a recent second-round submission win over Cody Walker at Bellator 160, have come via stoppage.
Joe Warren says he has no sponsors for Bellator bout, having trouble supporting family
Joe Warren's shorts will be free of logos Friday night in the Bellator 161 main event. And it won't be him trying to make any kind of fashion statement.
Warren, a former two-division Bellator champion, said he doesn't have any sponsorships for his headline fight against Sirwan Kakai in Cedar Park, Texas. After his first-round submission loss to Darion Caldwell in March, all the companies split, he said.
"I'm not used to losing and people turn and run when you lose," Warren told MMA Fighting. "I know it's only one loss, but they turn and run on you. So yeah, no sponsors for this fight.
"There's fair weather fans out there. I don't believe getting sponsors is as easy as it used to be and it's just kind of sad. What I've put into this game, what I've given into the MMA field, to not even get sponsors, it's sad, man. It's sad. But it's the game. It is what it is. That's not gonna hold me back from performing, it just would have sweetened the pot a little bit."