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Heather Hardy signs with Bellator, to fight Alice Yauger in New York
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Heather Hardy, who has put together a perfect 20-0 record en route to becoming arguably the most popular female boxer in the U.S., has signed with Bellator and will fight on its June 24 card at Madison Square Garden in New York. Hardy, who is a major draw in New York for boxing, will face Alice Yauger in a three-round flyweight fight in one of the online preliminary fights at Bellator 180.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Former two-division champ Joe Warren meets Steve Garcia at Bellator 181 in July
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite inching closer to his 41st birthday, Joe Warren continues to go strong in the cage and will make his return to action at Bellator 181 in July. Warren (14-6 MMA, 12-5 BMMA) is slated to meet Steve Garcia (7-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in a bantamweight fight on the card. MMAjunkie today confirmed the matchup with a Bellator official.
Submitted May 24, 2017 11:15AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Bellator 179 post-event facts: Cheick Kongo is winningest heavyweight in Bellator history
(mmajunkie.com)
Rory MacDonald’s long journey back to the win column finally came to an end Friday when the former UFC title challenger was victorious in his Bellator debut against Paul Daley at Bellator 179. MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) dismantled Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) with a superior ground game en route to a second-round submission finish in the welterweight contender bout at The SSE Arena in London, giving “The Red King” his first victory in 31 months. The Canadian wasn’t the only one to deliver a notable performance at Bellator’s 10th event of the year, though. For more, check below for 25 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 179.
Submitted May 21, 2017 11:46AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
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Get ready.....new weight classes coming to MMA
(lowkickmma.com)
With extreme weight cutting becoming more and more of a issue in our sport new rules and plans have just been passed to help combat this issue. The addition of more weight classes in MMA is coming as soon as summer time. New divisions include... 165Lbs 175Lbs 195Lbs 225lbs
Submitted May 17, 2017 4:34PM by FKA - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Knee injury forces Michael Page out of next week's Bellator 179 event
(mmafighting.com)
Next week's Bellator 179 card has been hit by the injury bug. Welterweight contender Michael "Venom" Page has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Derek Anderson due to a knee injury, MMA Fighting has learned. The Daily Telegraph first reported the news.
Submitted May 10, 2017 8:13PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
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Scott Coker: Paul Daley-Rory MacDonald winner will face Douglas Lima-Lorenz Larkin winner
(mmafighting.com)
A pair of big upcoming matchups in the Bellator welterweight division have been turned into something of a mini-tournament. Paul Daley will meet Rory MacDonald in the main event of Bellator 179 in London on May 19, which will be followed by the 170-lb. title fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden between champion Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC on June 24.
Submitted May 10, 2017 12:06AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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‘Baby Slice’ Kevin Ferguson Jr. returns against D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179 in London
(mmafighting.com)
Kevin Ferguson Jr. — a.k.a. ‘Baby Slice’ — is fighting again in 15 days. It was reported on Friday by The Sun that Ferguson will take on D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179, which will take place on May 20 at the SSE Arena in London, England. Bellator officials have confirmed the bout. After making his amateur debut in March 2016, Ferguson — who is the son of the late Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson Sr.) — made his MMA debut last November against Aaron Hamilton. He ended up losing via second-round submission (guillotine).
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:36PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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‘Refreshed’ Rory MacDonald returns home to Kelowna, ready for second chapter of his career
(mmafighting.com)
When we last saw Rory MacDonald he was in the UFC against Stephen Thompson, in the fan-friendly confines of Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, fighting out his contract for a chance to explore free agency. Eleven months later he’s now settled in with Bellator, and he’s heading into enemy territory. MacDonald — perhaps the most prized free agent of 2016 — will face England’s own Paul Daley in London on May 19 at the SSE Arena. It will mark the Bellator debut of one of MMA’s finest talents, who put on a Fight of the Year back in 2015 fighting then-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Tito Ortiz buries hatchet with UFC president Dana White - ‘Why waste time hating somebody?’
(mmamania.com)
Tito Ortiz has had plenty of rivalries over his longtime combat career, but perhaps none were as bigger as the one he shared with his former manager-turned (ex) boss, Dana White.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:06AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Ryan Bader set to make ‘3 to 4 times’ more sponsorship money with Bellator than UFC
(mmamania.com)
Now that Ryan Bader has left the UFC light heavyweight division behind in favor of Bellator MMA, he’ll have the immediate opportunity to step outside the boundaries of UFC’s sponsorship deal with Reebok and earn even more money. According to “Darth” himself, competing under the Bellator banner is going to allow him to make a ton of more money from sponsors.
Submitted Apr 30, 2017 7:10AM by xdanish020 - 4 comments
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Benson Henderson targets late summer Bellator return after knee surgery
(mmajunkie.com)
You might not know Benson Henderson has been operating under less-than-ideal conditions for the entirety of his three-fight Bellator career. Granted, Henderson has lost two of those three fights (against lightweight champ Michael Chandler and former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov), but he didn’t look like someone competing with a serious injury. That was the case, though.
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Top Bellator prospect Aaron Pico explains why he wanted to fight veteran in pro MMA debut
(mmafighting.com)
There will be no slow build for Aaron Pico. Few would blame Bellator for giving Pico a showcase fight in his pro MMA debut. One of the top prospects in the history of the sport should be booked very carefully. But Pico wasn’t having any of it — he wanted a veteran right out of the gate...
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:36PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Derek Campos 2 set to headline Bellator 181
(mmafighting.com)
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire will returning to the Bellator cage later this summer. The Brazilian lightweight will be facing Derek Campos in a rematch in the main event of Bellator 181, which is set to take place on July 14 at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The news was announced by the Bellator on Wednesday.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:47PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Former Bellator champ Marcos Galvao has savings stolen in robbery
(mmafighting.com)
Marcos Galvao went to Brazil on vacation following his loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175, and had an unpleasant surprise when he flew back home to New York. The former Bellator bantamweight champion returned to New York on Thursday morning following a 15-day trip to Brazil, and found out that someone invaded his home and stole the money he had saved from his most recent fights. "My house is fine, they didn’t take the TV or anything like that,” Galvao told MMA Fighting, “but they took the money I had in the safe."
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:42PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Multiple Bouts Added to Bellator NYC & Bellator 180 on June 24
(mmamadhouse.com)
PHIL DAVIS SET TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RYAN BADER DURING SPIKE-TELEVISED BELLATOR 180 WRESTLING PHENOM AARON PICO TO MAKE MMA DEBUT AGAINST ZACH FREEMAN ON MAIN CARD ALSO, NEIMAN GRACIE VS. DAVE MARFONE ADDED TO SPIKE TELECAST, WHILERYAN COUTURE-HAIM GOZALI ANCHOR BELLATOR 180 PRELIMS ON BELLATOR.COM LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, Ryan Bader (22-5), during the main event ofBellator 180: Davis vs. Baderon June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated Neiman Gracie (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (6-0) againstChinzo Machida (5-2).
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:55AM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
With ‘King Mo’ Lawal injured, Phil Davis set to defend light heavyweight title against Ryan Bader at Bellator 180
(mmafighting.com)
Phil Davis will be making his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense later this summer, and now he has a new opponent. The champion will now face Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The news was first announced by Davis on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Bader was originally scheduled to headline the Spike TV event against Muhammed Lawal, but “King Mo” was forced to withdraw from the card after sustaining an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 10:05PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Valerie Letourneau signs with Bellator MMA
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC bantamweight and strawweight veteran Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau has signed with Bellator MMA to compete in her much more natural weight division – flyweight. The debut is expected to take place in late Summer and was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 6:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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John Teixeira says Bellator promised him a title shot with win over Daniel Weichel
(mmafighting.com)
John Teixeira is counting on a shot at the Bellator featherweight gold after he faces Daniel Weichel in the co-main event of Friday night’s Bellator 177 card in Budapest, Hungary. Unbeaten in his last 10 MMA bouts, including four fights under the Bellator banner, “Macapa" told MMA Fighting that his clash with Weichel will determine the next in line for the promotion’s 145-pound belt.
Submitted Apr 14, 2017 6:32PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Leandro Higo misses weight, Bellator 177 main event now a non-title fight vs. Eduardo Dantas
(mmafighting.com)
Eduardo Dantas’ belt will not be on the line at Bellator 177. The Bellator bantamweight champion successfully made weight for Friday’s event in Budapest, Hungary, but his opponent, Leandro Higo, missed weight by four pounds, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a tweet by Jason Floyd. Dantas made weight at 134.6 pounds, and the fight will go on as a three-round catchweight bout. Higo was fined 20 percent of his purse.
Submitted Apr 13, 2017 3:28PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator bringing fights to NASCAR
Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it will partner with Monster Energy and several tracks to hold matches at select races in 2017. The relationship is specifically between Monster and Bellator and not with NASCAR. The specific match ups have yet to be announced, but Bellator has stated that the following races will have MMA bouts featured on the event: Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 15 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 They did this with monster at a few motocross events in the past and was a success.This is pretty cool and I'd definitely attend if it were closer to me.
Submitted Apr 5, 2017 2:08PM by FKA - 13 comments
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