Heavyweight MMA fighter William Penn passes away at 32
Heavyweight MMA fighter William Penn has passed away at age 32, according to multiple reports.
Penn apparently suffered a heart attack over the weekend and passed away shortly thereafter. Penn was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and competed in 17 professional MMA bouts.
He was a veteran of Bellator, King of the Cage, NAAFS, Driven MMA, Hoosier Fight Club, Inoki Genome Fight, and more.
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Kevin Souza replaces Derek Campos in Saturday's Bellator 152 headliner
Bellator has a new main event for its Saturday debut in Italy, officials today told MMAjunkie.
Derek Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) has suffered an injury, and Bellator has signed recent UFC fighter Kevin Souza (15-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) as a replacement to fight Patricky Freire (15-7 MMA, 8-6 BMMA).
Bellator 152 takes place at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, with the main card on Spike.
The latest Bellator 152 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET)
Patricky Freire vs. Kevin Souza
Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara
Danilo Belluardo vs. A.J. McKee
Anjela Pink vs. Anastasia Yankova
Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi
After Teixeira Injury, Patricio Freire Says He’s Fighting Henry Corrales at Bellator 153
It apparently didn’t take long for Bellator MMA to find a replacement opponent for Patricio Freire.
The former featherweight champion revealed on Twitter Saturday that Henry Corrales will step in for the injured John Teixeira da Conceicao and face Freire at Bellator 153. Promotion officials were not immediately available to confirm the change.
“Thank you [Henry Corrales] for stepping up,” Freire wrote. “Much respect. Everyone was saying no but you. I know you’ll come to war, and I welcome the challenge.”
After beginning his professional career with 12 consecutive wins, Corrales has faced a tough draw in Bellator MMA, dropping back-to-back fights to Daniel Straus and Emmanuel Sanchez in his first two promotional appearances.
Adam Piccolotti vs Jordan Parsons added to Bellator 154
Fast off the heels of Bellator announcing Bellator 154 main event between Phil Davis and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal comes a plethora of action-packed fights. The newest addition to an already electric main card is a lightweight bout pitting Adam Piccolotti (7-0) against Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons (11-2) at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
The matchup joins a main card that features a light heavyweight main event between “King Mo” (19-4, 1 NC) and Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (15-3, 1 NC) to determine the No. 1 contender for Liam McGeary’s title. In the co-main event, San Jose’s own Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) will meet longtime Bellator MMA lightweight standout “Iron” Michael Chandler (14-3), who’s fresh off a new long-term contract extension with the Scott Coker-led promotion.
In addition, the card’s preliminary card has been completed; with the announcement of 10 fights, which will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. The undercard is headlined by a “Veterans Operation Wellness” bout, pitting Maurice Slade of the U.S. Army Reserve against Jorge Acosta of the California Army Nat’l Guard.
John Teixeira injured, out of Bellator 153 co-main event with Patricio Freire
Bellator will have to find a new co-main event for Bellator 153 as an injury has forced John Teixeira out of his featherweight bout with Patricio Freire.
The news, which was initially reported on Twitter by Jason Floyd, was confirmed to MMAjunkie by Bellator officials.
While the nature of Teixeira’s (19-1-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) injury wasn’t specified, Bellator is actively seeking a replacement opponent for Freire (24-3 MMA, 12-3 BMMA).
Bellator Signs Irish Prospect James Gallagher, ‘TUF: Brazil 3’ Vet Guilherme ‘Bomba’
Irish prospect James Gallagher and UFC veteran Guilherme Vasconcelos have both signed deals with Bellator MMA.
A promotion official confirmed the signings with Sherdog.com on Thursday. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed. Gallagher’s and Vasconcelos’ promotional debuts will be revealed at a later date. .
MMAFighting.com first reported the signing of Gallagher, one of UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s teammates at SBG Ireland. The featherweight is unbeaten in three professional outings, with each triumph coming via first-round submission. Though the Northern Ireland native has signed a deal with Bellator, he is expected to honor his June 4 fight with Sean Tobin under the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts banner.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 heads to St. Louis in June with 'Rampage' vs. Satoshi Ishii
Bellator has set the date for its second MMA and kickboxing crossover event, and it will feature the return of Quinton Jackson to the promotion.
Bellator 157: Dynamite 2 will take place June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. In the main event, “Rampage” Jackson (36-11 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will meet Japanese Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at a 215-pound catchweight. Promotion officials today confirmed the event and fight booking to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The first “Dynamite” event took place this past September with Bellator 142 in San Jose, Calif. The card featured MMA fights in the cage and GLORY kickboxing matches in a ring right next to it, and after the main card on Spike, the two sets of events were going on simultaneously.
Former champ Douglas Lima meets Chidi Njokuani at Bellator 156 in June
Bellator’s summer return to Fresno, Calif., has its latest fight, and it will feature a former welterweight champion.
Douglas Lima (26-6 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) will fight for the first time since losing his 170-pound title this past July when he meets Chidi Njokuani (14-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at Bellator 156. Promotion officials today announced the new booking.
Bellator 156 takes place June 17 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, bantamweight champion Marcos Galvao puts his title on the line in a rematch with former champ Eduardo Dantas.
Bellator MMA Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Fight Extension with Featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez
Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it had retained the services of 25-year-old talent Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2), having re-signed the fighter to a multi-year, multi-fight contract extension.
Sanchez boasts a 6-1 record under the Bellator banner, with his only loss coming in the form of a decision at the hands of former featherweight champion Pat Curran (21-7). The exciting product from the famed Roufusport Team earned his contract extension after winning three fights in a row against Henry Corrales (12-2), Justin Lawrence (8-3) and Daniel Pineda (21-12) all in under five months.
Michael Page returns at Bellator 153
After pulling out of Bellator 151 for undisclosed reasons, undefeated welterweight Michael Page is set to fight again next month at Bellator 153 in Uncasville, Connecticut. MMA Fighting reports that "Venom" will fight Jeremie Holloway on April 22nd. Bellator officials have not yet confirmed the booking.
Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen, Joey Beltran vs. Chase Gormley set for Bellator 155
A lightweight matchup of Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen and a heavyweight contest of Joey Beltran vs. Chase Gormley have been added to May’s Bellator 155 event.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the two new bookings, which round out the evening’s five-fight main card, with a person with knowledge of the agreements. That person spoke in the condition of anonymity because the contests have not been officially announced by the promotion.
An official announcement is expected shortly.
The official bout order for Bellator 155 has yet to be revealed, but the lineup currently includes:
Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef
Pat Curran vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai
Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen
Joey Beltran vs. Chase Gormley
With road paved for MMA in New York, Bellator looking at Barclays Center for possible event
With today’s passage of a bill legalizing MMA in New York, it’s not just the UFC ready to head to the “Empire State.”
The Viacom-owned Bellator, the UFC’s biggest competitor, today said it already has been in touch with arenas in the state and is planning to hold events there once the bill is passed into law.
“The New York Assembly’s vote to legalize MMA is a watershed moment for this incredible sport,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated. “As someone who has been promoting combat sports for more than 30 years, this is a very exciting time for mixed martial arts. We at Bellator MMA are very much looking forward to hosting an event in the ‘Crown Jewel of America,’ New York.
“… We’ve already been in contact with the great people at the Barclays Center and several other incredible venues, and we can’t wait bring our world-class athletes and action-packed shows to an arena in the ‘Empire State’ soon.”
Khabib's father: Benson Henderson wants to come train in Dagestan
It looks as though former UFC champ Benson Henderson is looking for a new training camp to go along with his newfound organization.
According to Khabib Nurmagomedov's father, Abdulmanap, 'Smooth' is interested in working with him temporarily in Dagestan. The two met at UFC London several weeks ago, where they discussed the potential union.
"I talked for about an hour with Ben Henderson through an interpreter, discussing his fights," Abdulmanap told allfight.ru. "He wants to come to us to get ready and to test his skills with my guys."
Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock both test positive for steroids at Bellator 149
Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock both tested positive for steroids.
Slice and Shamrock failed drug tests in relation to Bellator 149 last month in Houston, as originally reported by MMA Fighting. Now we know for what substances.
Slice tested positive for the steroid nandrolone and also had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Shamrock tested positive for nandrolone and methadone, an opioid used to treat pain or detoxify in people with a drug dependency. Shamrock also had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio.
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas headlines Bellator 156
After two cancellations, Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas are once again slated to rematch for the bantamweight crown in the main event of Bellator 156 on June 17, the promotion announced Monday.
Bellator 156 takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs lives on Spike.
Dantas and Galvao fought for the first time back in 2013, when "Dudu" defended the 135-pound title with a second-round knockout. Galvao bounced back and eventually won the belt, submitting Joe Warren with a kneebar. "Loro" was then scheduled to rematch Dantas at Bellator 144 and Bellator 150, but both fights were cancelled due to injuries.
Bellator to apply MMA weight class guidelines to new kickboxing promotion
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA.
The information was announced in a Bellator press release.
With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
Matt Mittrione signs with bellator
For the first time in his professional MMA career, Matt Mitrione will fight for an organization other than the UFC.
Mitrione (9-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC), who first joined the UFC in 2009 after a quarterfinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” has signed an exclusive four-fight contract with Bellator.
Chris Leben offers details of physical condition: 'Basically, my heart is failing'
In February, former UFC middleweight Chris Leben and Bellator MMA announced 'The Crippler' would return to mixed martial arts under the auspices of Scott Coker's circular cage. Yet, less than a month later, it was revealed Leben's return to the sport would be shortlived. In pre-fight medical exams, doctors found Leben had a debilitating and dangerous heart condition, prompting Bellator to pass on bringing Leben back.
On Friday, Leben appeared on The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM to detail the nature of his physical condition, the struggle to end his physical dependency on prescription medication and more.