Injuries push Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan to Bellator 160 main card
Bellator MMA announced a set of changes to their Bellator 160 fight card and bout order Thursday. According to a release from the promotion, main card fighters Henry Corrales and Lena Ovchynnikova have sustained injuries. Both have been removed from the card.
As a consequence, A.J. McKee, who was set to face Corrales in a featherweight contest, will now face Cody Walker on the main card of the event. Ovchynnikova's flyweight bout with Jaimelene Nievera, which was previously slotted as the event's main card opener, has been scrapped entirely. Moving up to take its place from the preliminary card is a rematch between top featherweights Georgi Karakhanyan and Bubba Jenkins.
Bellator 160 is headlined by a lightweight clash between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire.
Ken Shamrock’s fight license revoked in Texas after positive steroid test
Ken Shamrock's comeback in the cage will have to be put on hold.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has revoked the fight license of the MMA legend and fined him $2,500 after he tested positive for steroids in February, according to public records obtained by MMA Fighting.
And we all laughed at Texas for being pretty damn weak as a commission, guess they are trying to make a change huh?
Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan completes Bellator 161 main card
The main card for Bellator’s return to Texas is complete with the addition of a lightweight battle between Derek Campos and Djamil Chan.
The promotion announced the bout via a press release.
Bellator 161 takes place Sept. 16 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) is coming off a stunning knockout victory over Melvin Guillard at the promotion’s tentpole Bellator 149 event. The knockout snapped a two-fight losing skid. He is 2-3 since a career-best five-fight winning streak from October 2012 to March 2014.
Joe Warren vs. Sirwan Kakai Set for Bellator 161 Co-Main Event
A bantamweight clash pitting Joe Warren against Sirwan Kakai has been booked for the Bellator 161 co-headliner.
Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a promotion official on Tuesday following an initial report from FloCombat.com. Bellator 161 takes place at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Sept. 16 and is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson.
Bellator 160 lineup set, includes addition of Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
The 14-bout lineup for this month’s Bellator 160 lineup is now complete, and it includes the addition of a featherweight preliminary bout between Chinzo Machida (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Mario Navarro (4-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).
Bellator officials today announced the new contest, as well as the addition of flyweights David Duran (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Kyle Estrada (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), lightweights Jacob Rosales (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Mike Segura (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), welterweights Jonny Cisneros (9-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) vs. Andy Murad (13-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and lightweights Jake Roberts (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Stephen Martinez (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).
With the additions to the lineup, Bellator 160 now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET)
Benson Henderson vs. Patricio Freire
Derek Anderson vs. Saad Awad
Jaimelene Nievera vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Henry Corrales vs. A.J. McKee
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET)
Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Joey Davis vs. Keith Cutrone
Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Johnny Tomasian
Gabriel Green vs. Alex Trinidad
Ron Henderson vs. Steve Ramirez
David Duran vs. Kyle Estrada
Jacob Rosales vs. Mike Segura
Johnny Cisneros vs. Andy Murad
Stephen Martinez vs. Jake Roberts
Melvin Guillard Fined and Suspended by Kansas Commission for Banned Non-PED
Bellator fighter Melvin Guillard was suspended by the Kansas Athletic Commission on Friday for a positive drug test result for an unidentified non-performance-enhancing substance.
The KAC suspended Guillard for one year and fined him $10,000. It also overturned his Bellator 159 win over David Rickels, changing it to a “no contest.” He originally knocked Rickels out a little over two minutes into their fight on July 22 in Mulvane, Kan.
The KAC learned of the results Aug. 3, and Guillard’s suspension will be applied retroactively to July 22. All fighters licensed by the KAC are subject to random drug testing and must follow the world anti-doping (WADA) code.
Anastasia Yankova meets Veta Arteaga at Bellator 161 in Texas
A women’s flyweight bout bout between Anastasia Yankova and Veta Arteaga is the latest addition to September’s Bellator 161 lineup.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the bout with a Bellator official.
Bellator 161 takes place Sept. 16 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card, which includes the 125-pound bout between Yankova (3-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Arteaga (2-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
'Baby Slice' Kevin Ferguson Jr., Joey Davis get opponents for Bellator 160
Kevin Ferguson Jr. -- a.k.a. "Baby Slice" in homage to his late father "Kimbo Slice" -- will make his Bellator debut on Aug. 26 at Bellator 160.
And he'll be facing MMA newcomer, Johnny Tomasian. It confirmed through Bellator officials by MMA Fighting. MMA Junkie was the first to report the fight.
Ferguson Jr. made his amateur debut in Massachusetts in Warrior Nation: XFA XII, defeating Tom Brink via a first-round knock out in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Since that time Ferguson Jr. has relocated from Hartford, Conn., to Long Beach, California, to train at Team Bodyshop.
A.J. McKee-Henry Corrales Featherweight Battle Booked for Bellator 160 on Aug. 26
Fast-rising featherweight prospect A.J. McKee will put his perfect professional record on the line against Henry Corrales at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Bellator MMA officials on Monday announced the pairing.
McKee -- the 21-year-old son of Ultimate Fighting Championship, International Fight League and Dream veteran Antonio McKee -- has finished each of his first four opponents inside one round. He last fought at Bellator 152 in April, when he needed just 2:44 to dispose of Danilo Belluardo with punches in Torino, Italy. Corrales, 29, will enter the cage on a three-fight losing streak, having dropped consecutive bouts to Patricio Freire, Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Straus. He started his career 12-0, winning a King of the Cage championship in the process.
Bellator 159 weigh-in results: What are the odds Melvin Guillard missed weight again?
The weigh-ins are in the books for Friday’s Bellator 159 event, and there was a familiar refrain for one of the fighters on the main card.
For the fourth time in five fights, lightweight Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) missed his mark on the scale, this time for his bout against hometown favorite David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 11-4 BMMA).
Guillard came in at 157.9 pounds for the co-main event. Rickels was 155.8. In Febraury, Guillard missed weight for his fight against Derek Campos at Bellator 149. He was knocked out in the second round. In two fights for WSOF before he signed with Bellator, he missed weight on both occasions. In the second, he was supposed to challenge champion Justin Gaethje for his lightweight title – but the fight was no longer a title bout after Guillard missed weight.
The complete Bellator 159 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Darrion Caldwell (136) vs. Joe Taimanglo (138)
Melvin Guillard (157.9) vs. Dave Rickels (155.8)
Emily Ducote (125.3) vs. Bruna Vargas (125.1)
Emmanuel Sanchez (146) vs. Daniel Weichel (145.2)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Philipe Lins (204.6) vs. Guilherme Viana (205.1)
Bruna Ellen (125) vs. Jessica Middleton (125.4)
L.J. Hermreck (144.5) vs. Gaston Reyno (146)
Manny Meraz (170.8) vs. Trey Ogden (166.8)
Matt Foster (188.9) vs. Chris Harris (184.8)
Fernando Martinez (155.8) vs. Marcio Navarro (155.3)
Johnny Marigo (134.7) vs. Andy Riley (135.3)
Henry Lindsay (155.9) vs. Josh Pfeifer (155.5)
Brandon Phillips (145.8) vs. Chuka Willis (146.8)
Alexander Shlemenko’s drug suspension to be lifted after court ruling
Alexander Shlemenko will be able to fight again in the United States much sooner than expected.
The former Bellator middleweight champion had his three-year suspension and $10,000 fine from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) reduced in a court decision Wednesday, per court documents. Shlemenko tested positive for steroids in February 2015 and was levied the sanctions by a unanimous commission vote in June 2015.
The California Superior Court ruled that CSAC was only able to suspend Shlemenko until his license expired back on Feb. 28.. Shlemenko will also have to pay only a $5,000 fine. The Russian fighter's suspension will be lifted as soon as he pays the fine. Shlemenko is still under contract with Bellator, per promotion spokesperson Danny Brener.
Insanity behind MMA and WWE
While the dangers associated with playing professional football and other contact sports are well-documented, the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) continue operate somewhat under the radar as their athletes enter the cage or ring and fight until what seems like an inevitably early death.
GoFundMe set up for Evangelista Cyborg
Bellator welterweight Michael Page has a sport karate based style that makes him a one-man highlight reel. At Bellator 158 in London, he met the durable Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos, and dispatched him with a jumping knee.
There is another side to the highlight reel that only fighters, coaches, and teams ordinarily get to see. Just as a highlight finish makes we asses in seats scream "HOLY F@$%ING $#!^" the losing side ordinarily suffers, dramatically.
However, there is little to prepare you for what happened to Cyborg Santos on Saturday night.
His ex-wife, the best female fighter in MMA, Cris 'Cyborg' Santos, just posted a GoFundMe request on the UG, and a horrific image on Instagram.
Klinger in for injured Vassell, Grove vs. Mulheron added to Bellator 158
Linton Vassell has been knocked out of his bout with Francis Carmont at Bellator 158.
Vassell (16-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) was scheduled to compete in front of his fellow countrymen at the event, but will instead be replaced by Lukasz Klinger (7-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Bellator 158 takes place July 16 at The O2 in London. The main card airs on Spike at 9 p.m. ET via tape delay. Untelevised prelims stream at 1 p.m. ET on MMAjunkie.
In addition to Klinger taking on Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) at light heavyweight, British heavyweight veteran Neil Grove (12-7-1 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) will take on James Mulheron (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the preliminary portion of the card.
'Rampage' Jackson interested in fights with Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione
Quinton Jackson likes Fedor Emelianenko a lot. "Rampage" has called the Russian legend an idol and a friend. That, however, does not mean a fight between the two is off the table.
Jackson told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that he'd be willing to fight Emelianenko, because the timing is right for them both.
"Fedor is one of the most gentlest giants you ever want to meet," Jackson said. "I've got the utmost respect for him. But sometimes the fans probably need to see fights like that. Me and him, we're both past our prime, I'm gonna be honest. We're older and stuff like that. Those are the types of fights that maybe Bellator wants to put on, when guys get over a certain age, maybe we should fight each other."
Jackson, 38, is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and a huge star in PRIDE, where Emelianenko, 39, also made his name. The two have a warm relationship, going back years, "Rampage" said.
Matt Mitrione clears medicals, meets Oli Thompson in Bellator 158 co-main event in London
After Bellator 157 a week ago, promotion President Scott Coker admitted he and his crew may have put the cart before the horse by announcing Matt Mitrione for a Bellator 158 fight against Oli Thompson.
After all, the announcement came mere minutes after Mitrione (10-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was floored by a punch from Carl Seumanutafa (10-7 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) (watch the video highlights here) in the first round. Likely seconds away from having the fight stopped, Mitrione survived and went on to recover for a knockout win a couple minutes later.