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Tito Ortiz cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing woman’s phone at club
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz was cited for misdemeanor battery early this morning after an alleged struggle with a woman in a Las Vegas nightclub. Police were called to the Cromwell Casino at 1:08 this morning and made contact with a woman who claimed Ortiz tried to take her phone as she was filming a video, Las Vegas police spokesperson Laura Meltzer today told MMAjunkie. The woman told TMZ Sports Ortiz “whipped her around” at Drai’s nightclub, thinking she was taking pictures of him, and was “scared for her life” when he allegedly got physical.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Bellator planning heightened security measures before Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight
(mmafighting.com)
BEVERLY HILLS -- It's no surprise to anyone that Kimbo Slice and Dada 500 have disdain for each other. That's one of the reasons why Bellator MMA put the bout between the two streetfighting legends together. With that knowledge, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting that there will be heightened security during fight week before Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston. Slice and Dada, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, are being put up in separate hotels and whenever precautions will be taken when they are in the same room at the same time for press conferences and workouts. Bellator staff and security will make sure the two fighters and their respective camps are far apart at all times.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:55PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Ex-champ Michael Chandler signs long-term extension with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
After talking up his value and calling for big fights, ex-lightweight champ Michael Chandler has signed a long-term contract extension with Bellator MMA. The Viacom-owned promotion announced the deal today, characterizing it as a “multi-year, multi-fight contract extension.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though MMA fans will get an idea of Chandler’s (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) minimum salary when show and win purses are reported by state athletic commissions. “Michael Chandler is synonymous with our brand and doubles as an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated in a press release. “Not every fighter or free agent aligns with our future plans, but when looking at Chandler’s resume, inking him to a long-term extension was a no-brainer.”
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:22PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Bellator signs trio of Brazilian woman
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator continues it's recent string of signings with 3 brazilian woman 2 of which were succesful in other martial arts before a transition to mma.One being a SandShou champ and the other a muaythai fighter.
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 8:19PM by FKA - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Bellator
 
Kendall Grove vs. Francisco France completes Bellator 150 card in Kansas
(mmajunkie.com)
The card is complete for Bellator 150 later this month with the addition of a new middleweight fight to the main card. Kendall Grove (22-15 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) will meet Francisco France (13-3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) on the card, promotion officials today announced. MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas – for bantamweight title Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz Bobby Cooper vs. David Rickels Francisco France vs. Kendall Grove Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie 7 p.m. ET) Gregory Babene vs. Brandon Farran Gaston Reyno vs. Chuka Willis David Hammons vs. Kyle Noblitt Chris Harris vs. Julian Marque Henry Lindsay vs. Marcio Navarro Deron Charlis vs. Thai Clark Andre Fialho vs. Manuel Meraz Jonathan Gary vs. Jason Witt
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 3:44PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Former UFC, PRIDE standout Wanderlei Silva to appear at Bellator 149 Fan Fest
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator may have taken the next step toward getting Wanderlei Silva into its fold by getting the former UFC standout and PRIDE champion onto its Fan Fest lineup for next week. The Bellator Fan Fest takes place Feb. 18, the night before Bellator 149, at Dave & Buster’s (7620 Katy Freeway #100) in Houston. Bellator 149 takes place the next day at Toyota Center in Houston with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. MMA veterans Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock meet in a trilogy rematch in the main event, and street fighting legends Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Dhafir “DADA 5000” Harris meet in a co-main event grudge match.
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 11:41AM by postman - 2 comments
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Bellator 151 card complete with addition of seven prelims in Oklahoma
(mmajunkie.com)
The card is complete for next month’s Bellator 151 event in Oklahoma with the addition of seven prelims. On Tuesday, the card’s co-main event got a change when unbeaten Brit Michael Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) had to pull out. Former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) stepped up on a month’s notice to face Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the co-feature. Now the rest of the card is set. Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. The complete Bellator 151 main card now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Chris Jones vs. Ray Wood Steve Garcia vs. Ricky Turcios Justin Patterson vs. Chance Rencountre Aaron Roberson vs. Treston Thomison Roger Carroll vs. Neiman Gracie Jermayne Barnes vs. Derek Palmer Stephen Banaszak vs. Steven Peterson
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 9:55PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Scott Coker: Bellator, Rizin both interested in Wanderlei Silva
(mmafighting.com)
If Wanderlei Silva can ever get clear of his issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission, he could be looking at a windfall. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that both Bellator and Rizin are interested in Silva, a recent free agent, provided he's no longer under suspension. "He's gonna have to clear that all up," Coker said. "That's gonna be part of the deal. I know that Rizin wants to sign him as well. There's gonna be a couple of bidders out there for Wanderlei's services."
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 5:34PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Other MMA Organizations, Bellator
 
Michael Page out of Bellator 151, RFA champ Gilbert Smith in vs. Fernando Gonzalez
(mmajunkie.com)
Fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see Michael Page show off his flashy fighting style again in the Bellator cage. Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is out of his scheduled Bellator 151 co-main event showdown with Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for undisclosed reasons. Stepping in to replace “Venom” is the now former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Bellator officials confirmed the switch to MMAjunkie The latest Bellator 151 main card includes: Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 3:39AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Neiman Gracie vs. Roger Carroll added to Bellator 151
(mmafighting.com)
Neiman Gracie will finally return to the Bellator cage in March. The undefeated welterweight, who tapped Bobby Flynn in his promotional debut in February of 2015, is slated to face Roger Carroll at the Bellator 151 card in Thackerville, Okla. on March 4, sources told MMAFighting.com. Son of coral belt (red and black) Marcio Stambowsky and Carla Gracie, Gracie looks to extend his MMA record to 4-0 after scoring a pair of submission finishes at World Series of Fighting prior to his successful Bellator debut in 2015.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 12:11PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Leben unretires, signs with Bellator
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Bellator MMA signed Benson Henderson this week, and veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov, and now has signed Chris Leben. The announcement was made by president Scott Coker on AXS TV's “Inside MMA.” “He’s got some physicals to pass, but pending his passing of all his physicals, he will be a Bellator fighter. ... From the very beginning, we made a public statement - we've been transparent about this - that we’re looking for the best free agents that make the most sense for our roster. There are free agents out there. Some we will go after, some we won't. … We have a great roster in place. We’re building fighters from the ground up. ... And when the free agents we want are available, we’ll go after them, as well. So we're going to build this roster from the bottom up, and from the top down."
Submitted Feb 6, 2016 10:38AM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
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Goiti Yamauchi vs. Bubba Jenkins set for Bellator 151
(mmafighting.com)
Two rising featherweight prospects will meet at Bellator 151, as Japanese-Brazilian Goiti Yamauchi faces Bubba Jenkins in Thackerville, Okla., on March 4. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com. Yamauchi (19-2) holds a 5-1 record inside the Bellator cage with four stoppage victories, while Jenkins (10-2) knocked out four opponents in his 7-2 run in the promotion.
Submitted Feb 4, 2016 7:19PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator
(mmafighting.com)
Scott Coker is linking up with another familiar face. Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, according to sources close to the promotion. The Russian striker is currently expected to make his debut in May.
Submitted Feb 3, 2016 10:11AM by GDPofMPG - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Bellator 149 lineup complete with Melvin Guillard vs. Derek Campos, plus 9 prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
Melvin Guillard has a new opponent for Bellator 149 later this month in Houston, and the card is complete with the addition of nine prelims. Guillard (32-15-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) originally was set to meet Houston native Mike Bronzoulis (18-9 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), but now will face Derek Campos (15-6 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) on the main card. Bellator officials announced Guillard’s new opponent today, as well as the card’s complete lineup. The complete Bellator 149 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock Kimbo Slice vs. Dhafir Harris Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell Derek Campos vs. Melvin Guillard Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Juan Torres vs. Justin Wren Jeremy Mahon vs. Davis Sylvester James Christopherson vs. Charlie Ontiveros Ruben Esparsa vs. C.J. Hancock Daniel Santos vs. Adrian Yanez Richard Knepp vs. Isaac Villanueva Mike Trinh vs. Angel Zamora Anthony Ivy vs. Jason Langellier Manny Lozoya vs. Jacob Norsworthy
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 11:39PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Benson Henderson gets welterweight title shot vs. Koreshkov in Bellator 153 main event
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC lightweight champion and recent Bellator acquisition Benson Henderson will get an immediate title shot at welterweight in his new home. Henderson (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to fight for the 170-pound title against champion Andrey Koreshkov (18-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 153. Bellator Director of Communications Danny Brener confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN.com. Bellator 153 takes place April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and its main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 12:53PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he's signed with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA. I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when switching employers or jobs after having worked somewhere for such a long time. I have to thank the BigMan upstairs for putting some amazing people in my life, my wife (first and foremost) and a lot of truly smart and insightful people behind the scenes who helped make the connections and negotiated this deal to bring it to fruition. I’d be remiss to not thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the opportunities they presented me, you guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up. For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal. And last but not least, to who it is I think of when I think of the UFC! Everybody behind the scenes who I personally dealt with every time I reported in or had to do something. Mayra, Melissa, Dave, Chris, Nick, Tracy, Joanie, Maura, Tony, Heidi, Ryan, James, Dave, Kaia (sp.???), Burt, Rob, Rudy, Stitch, House, Mike, Susie, Dean, Donna, Feryal, Sean, Joe, Brad, Jazzmine, Candice, Michelle, Reed, sorry I can’t name everyone or this list would go on for forever. There’s a whole ton of people behind the scenes who make that show what it is. You guys and girls are the ones who make that show great and allow us fighters to do what it is we love!!! Much love to you all and thanks for putting up with me for so long. To my fans, thanks for all the love and support, I’ll keep giving you my all, opening up my heart and soul inside that cage. I’m excited for this next chapter and building new relationships with guys I’ve heard nothing but great things about like Scott Coker, Rich Chou and Mike Kogan. #TheOnceAndFutureKing BH
Submitted Feb 1, 2016 1:56PM by Budgellism - 24 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Scott Coker plans 'serious discussions' with Wanderlei Silva about Bellator fight
(mmajunkie.com)
MMA legend Wanderlei Silva might not have a very difficult time finding work after the UFC officially released him from his UFC contract earlier this month. Bellator President Scott Coker said he’s interested in acquiring the services of “The Axe Murderer” and plans to meet with Silva (35-12-1) in the coming weeks about a deal. “Not every free agent is a fit over here, but Wanderlei is someone we would like to have a serious discussion with,” Coker told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think he’s in Brazil right now, and I think he’ll be back in town next month, and we’ll have some dialogue.”
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:52PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Scott Coker talks about minakovs return,possible free agent targets and more
(mmajunkie.com)
There’s plenty going on in the world of Bellator President Scott Coker ahead of Friday’s Bellator 148 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Coker revealed to MMAjunkie that Bellator 148 headliner Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who meets Andy Uhrich (11-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in a welterweight bout, is likely to meet longtime rival Josh Koscheck in the summer. He also said he intends on having “serious discussions” with MMA legend Wanderlei Silva about signing with the promotion. There’s a lot more going on with the organization besides those topics, though. Check out what else Coker touched on in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 10:31PM by FKA - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Scott Coker: Bellator targeting summer for Paul Daley-Josh Koscheck rematch
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears Bellator is done playing games when it comes to booking a rematch between welterweights Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck. Bellator attempted to set up the fight by booking Daley (37-13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Koscheck (16-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in separate bouts at Friday’s Bellator 148 event. But Koscheck pulled out of the event due to injury, which derailed the plan to showcase both fighters ahead of a second meeting.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 4:38PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Russian Muay Thai champion explains why she signed with Bellator instead of the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Several weeks ago, Bellator MMA announced a portion of their line-up for the Turin, Italy fight card. Amongst the competitors was a new face: recently signed Russian Muay Thai champion Anastasia Yankova. The longtime fighter decided to test the water in MMA last year and compiled a undefeated 2-0 record as a flyweight under the Fight Nights banner in Russia. With a varied striking arsenal based in Muay Thai and boxing, Yankova has a wealth of experience in combat sports that is not represented in her MMA record.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:34PM by tildengolfer - 11 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
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