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Vinicius Queiroz camp to protest referee performance during loss at Bellator 80
(mmajunkie.com)
Vinicius Queiroz's manager thinks the referee may have contributed to the fighter's loss to Alexander Volkov at this past Friday's Bellator 80. An email protesting the officiating today was forwarded to MMAjunkie.com. "[Referee James] Warring could have contributed to [and] altered the result of the fight after he ordered the fighters to rise up with [after] only 15 seconds [on the ground] … in a moment that was favorable for Vincius," manager Josef Borges wrote to the Florida State Boxing Commission, which oversaw the event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Submitted Nov 12, 2012 7:18PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Bellator 83 in Atlantic City Gets Martinez vs. Shamhalaev Featherweight Tournament Final
(sherdog.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships’ Season 7 featherweight tournament will come to a close Dec. 7 when finalists Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev square off at Bellator 83. Sherdog.com confirmed the booking Monday with a source close to the event, which will air live on MTV2 and Spike.com from Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card will also feature women’s champ Zoila Gurgel in a non-title affair against Jessica Eye, while former bantamweight titlist Zach Makovsky takes on Anthony Leone. Martinez looks to improve on a perfect 4-0 Bellator record after the biggest win of his career, a Nov. 9 unanimous decision against WEC vet Wagnney Fabiano. The 25-year-old wrestler, who signed with the promotion last year after appearing on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” punched his ticket to that semifinal matchup with an Oct. 12 outpointing of Nazareno Malegarie. Shamhalaev has put in considerably less work during his tournament run, taking out two opponents in a combined 6:34. After halting Cody Bollinger toward the end of the opening round in their quarterfinal, the Russian import made his way to the final by stopping favored American Mike Richman in less than two minutes on Nov. 2. Undercard bouts confirmed for the event include Chris Liguori vs. Darrell Horcher at lightweight, Brylan Van Artsdalen vs. Terrell Hobbs at featherweight and Matt Lozano vs. Tuan Pham at flyweight.
Submitted Nov 12, 2012 4:53PM by Biggavelli - 2 comments
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Bellator Removes Dan McGuane From Card Due To Manslaughter Arrest
(fightline.com)
Bellator has decided to cut Dan McGuane (3-0) from their upcoming show after it was revealed that the fighter was convicted of manslaughter when he was a young man. Yesterday evening, Bellator released the following statement via Twitter. @BellatorMMA Dan McGuane has been removed from the Bellator 81 fight card stemming from a previous incident.A replacement fight will be announced shortly In 2005, McGuane and his twin brother got into an argument with an 18-year-old man who they beat to death. The argument allegedly started over name calling. McGuane was scheduled to fight on the upcoming Bellator 81 card which takes place this Friday, November 16. A replacement name is being sought out. Bellator 81 airs this Friday on MTV2. Check back at FightLine.com for results.
Submitted Nov 11, 2012 4:43PM by Biggavelli - 13 comments
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Bellator signs Fabricio Guerreiro, expects Brazilian to be in next 145-pound tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships has added to the ranks of one of its most competitive divisions. Fabricio Guerreiro (16-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has signed with the promotion and is expected to make his debut with Bellator in 2013. Sources close to the promotion told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the signing. Though a debut fight is not set, sources said Guerreiro likely would be tapped as one of the eight competitors in Bellator's Season 8 featherweight tournament. All told, 12 of Guerreiro's 16 career wins have come by submission, with two others by TKO. And half of his wins have come in the first round.
Submitted Nov 7, 2012 4:38PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
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Bellator 81 Card Set With Clementi-Held, Tirloni-Jansen Lightweight Tourney Semifinals
(mmajunkie.com)
The full fight card is set for next week's Bellator 81 event. Rich Clementi (45-21-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Marcin Held (11-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) in the main event, and Ricardo Tirloni (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) takes on Dave Jansen (18-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) in the co-feature, with the winners advancing to fight each other in the Season 7 light weight tournament finals. Also on the main card, two-time featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro (22-4 MMA, 5-2 BFC) meets UFC and Strikeforce veteran Dustin Neace (23-18 MMA, 0-0 UFC). And in a middleweight fight, Jonas Billstein (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) meets Perry Filkins (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC). Bellator 81 takes place Nov. 16 at Ryan Center at The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I. The MTV2-televised main card follows prelims on Spike.com. The full Bellator 81 card includes: MAIN CARD (MTV2) •Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held •Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni •Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro •Jonas Billstein vs. Perry Filkins PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com) •Robbie LeRoux vs. Ruben Rey •Paul Barrow vs. Matt Bessette •Valter Roberto vs. Brennan Ward •Dan McGuane vs. Mike Mucitelli •Dan Cramer vs. Joe Lamoureux •Andrew Calandrelli vs. Joe McGann
Submitted Nov 6, 2012 6:30PM by Biggavelli - 2 comments
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Bjorn Rebney: High hopes for Bellator's welterweight division 'rock stars'
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championship's reigning 170-pound champion has been, for lack of a better word, untouchable. Oh, sure, Ben Askren's been tested, if you consider "tested" to be a couple guys taking some rounds against him. Jay Hieron even got a judge to say he beat him. But for the most part, it's been smooth sailing for the standout wrestler.And maybe that's why Bjorn Rebney is starting to get excited about the near future for his welterweight roster.
Submitted Nov 6, 2012 1:37PM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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Eddie Alvarez Is Now A Free Agent
(fightline.com)
Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was given his release from a 90-day exclusive negotiating period with Bellator early, according to Alvarez. That makes him a free agent, and allows him to sign with any promotion - such as the UFC - if he elects to. Bellator typically holds fighters to a 90-day window where they can match any offer received. Alvarez had his contract expire after a recent victory over Patricky Pitbull in October. "Bjorn Rebney (Bellator CEO) was gracious enough to give us our release papers early, earlier than what we were contractually to get, he gave it to us (last) Friday," said Alvarez, talking with MMAInterviews.TV over the weekend. "So, we're going to try to move it along as fast as possible for myself and for Bellator. We'll see. Nothing's set in stone and I'm just waiting to see what happens."
Submitted Nov 4, 2012 6:11PM by Biggavelli - 27 comments
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Bellator announces 'Vote for the Fight' series to choose first Spike TV main event
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator next week will debut an interactive feature that will allow fans to pick the first main event for the promotion's debut on Spike TV. The promotion on Friday announced "Vote for the Fight" during the MTV2 broadcast of Bellator 79, which took place at Canada's Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Bellator events currently air Fridays on MTV through the remainder of Season 7, but will move to Spike TV starting in January 2013. "Vote for the Fight" is a "web series" that premieres Thursday at Spike.com. It will follow four of the promotion's top welterweights, and fans then can vote for the fight they want to see in the Season 8 premiere's main event in January. Paul Daley, Ben Saunders, Douglas Lima and Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver are the four fighters profiled in the web series and on the ballot. According to promotion for the series, the behind-the-scenes profiles of the four fighters will follow "their home lives, their training – everything they do to get mentally and physically prepared for the fight that (the fans) will vote for."
Submitted Nov 3, 2012 11:11AM by Budgellism - 15 comments
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Bellator 79 Full Weigh In Results; Heavyweight and Featherweight Tourney Finals Set
(mmaweekly.com)
MAIN CARD: Rich Hale (238.4) vs. Thiago Santos (265.2) - Heavyweight Tournament Semifinals Fight Shahbulat Shamhalaev (145.6) vs. Mike Richman (145.2) - Featherweight Tournament Semifinals Fight Douglas Lima (179.4) vs. Kobe Ortiz (179.8) - Catchweight Feature Fight (180 lbs) Ryan Ford (169.8) vs. Kyle Baker (170.8) - Welterweight Feature Fight PRELIMINARY CARD: Christ Franck (172.2) vs. Marcus Aurelio (170.4) - Catchweight Feature Fight (173 lbs) Vladimir Starcencov (260.2) vs. Vitaly Minakov (245.8) - Heavyweight Feature Fight Josh Pulsifier (155.4) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (155.4) - Lightweight Feature Fight Jonny Carson (155.6) vs. Guillaume DeLorenzi (155.6) - Lightweight Feature Fight Ed Carpenter (236.6) vs. Josh Appelt (256.2) - Heavyweight Feature Fight
Submitted Nov 1, 2012 11:38PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Zoila Gurgel vs. Jessica Eye on tap for Bellator 83
(mmajunkie.com)
After her recent successful return from a 19-month injury layoff, Zoila Frausto Gurgel (12-1 MMA, 6-0 BFC) is wasting no time for her next challenge. She's now agreed to fight fellow 125-pound standout Jessica Eye (8-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) at Bellator 83 in December. MMARising.com first reported the bout, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed with Bellator officials. Bellator 83 takes place Dec. 7 at New Jersey's Caesars Atlantic City. The main card, including Gurgel vs. Eye, airs on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com.
Submitted Nov 1, 2012 7:48PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Bellator 82 heads to Michigan on Nov. 30, Good-Koreshkov's tourney final headlines
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator 82 is set for Nov. 30 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., officials today announced. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, Season 7 welterweight tournament finalists Lyman Good (14-2 MMA, 7-2 BFC) and Andrey Koreshkov (12-0 MMA, 4-0 BFC) will compete at the event. Their bout, which earns the winner a guaranteed title shot and $100,000 in total tournament winnings, airs on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com. The latest Bellator 82 card now includes: Lyman Good vs. Andrey Koreshkov - welterweight-tourney final Jason Fischer vs. David Rickels Michael Page vs. TBA Shawn Bunch vs. TBA
Submitted Nov 1, 2012 1:02PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
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Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney will waive matching period should Eddie Alvarez not re-sign
( mmajunkie.com)
Negotiations to keep Eddie Alvarez in Bellator resumed nearly the moment he stepped out of the cage following a knockout of Patricky "Pitbull" Freire.  Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney now has advanced the timeline on Alvarez's decision, telling MMAjunkie.com that he'll waive a standard 90-day matching period if the ex-champ doesn't initially take a new contract offer.  "Based on our relationship with Ed, there's no reason to hold him to a series of months of not having the opportunity to look at those offers," Rebney said.
Submitted Oct 30, 2012 5:18PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
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Lyman Good vs. Andrey Koreshkov Tourney Final Targeted For Bellator 82
(mmajunkie.com)
If everything goes to plan, Lyman Good (14-2 MMA, 7-2 BFC) and Andrey Koreshkov (12-0 MMA, 4-0 BFC) will fight for Bellator's Season 7 welterweight-tournament championship at Bellator 82. The event takes place Nov. 30 at a venue to be announced. Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney said the date isn't set it stone but is currently preferred for the conclusion to the eight-man tournament. Good and Koreshkov co-headlined this past Friday's MTV-televised Bellator 78 event at Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio. Both emerged victorious in their semifinal-round bouts and now are a win away from a guaranteed title shot against champion Ben Askren or recent tourney winner Karl Amoussou, who are expected to meet in early 2013.
Submitted Oct 28, 2012 11:52AM by Biggavelli - 2 comments
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Marlon Sandro Says He's fighting Dustin Neace At Bellator 81 In Rhode Island
(mmajunkie.com)
After coming up short in the Bellator Season 6 featherweight tournament finals, Marlon Sandro will look to get back on track next month. Sandro (22-4 MMA, 5-2 BFC) on Saturday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he's fighting Dustin Neace (23-18 MMA, 0-0 BFC) on Nov. 16 at Bellator 81, which takes place at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., with a main card on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com. Bellator 81 will be headlined by a pair of semifinals in the Season 7 lightweight tournament. The latest Bellator 81 card now includes: •Rich Clementi vs. Marcin Held - Lightweight Tournament Semifinals •Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Tirloni - Lightweight Tournament Semifinals •Dustin Neace vs. Marlon Sandro
Submitted Oct 28, 2012 11:51AM by Biggavelli - 6 comments
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Bellator set to expedite Eddie Alvarez's free agency decision
(mmafighting.com)
Despite a 90-day window that allows Bellator to exclusively negotiate with sought-after free agent Eddie Alvarez, the promotion's CEO Bjorn Rebney doesn't expect to take nearly that long to determine whether he can strike a deal with the former lightweight champion. In a Friday night interview with MMA Fighting, Rebney said that Bellator has made Alvarez an offer, and that Alvarez's response will determine the next step. If he accepts it, he stays in the Bellator fold where he will be prominently featured as the promotion moves to its new broadest home on Spike. And if he doesn't, Rebney will allow him to bypass the remaining 70+ days of the exclusive negotiating period and take his talents to the open market, where he will no doubt be MMA's hottest commodity. Such a move would ultimately benefit both sides, as it would allow Alvarez to restart his career faster than expected, while it would also offer Bellator a chance to properly gauge its assets as it heads into its pivotal 2013.
Submitted Oct 27, 2012 2:00PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
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Bellator 79 lineup complete, champ Eduardo Dantas and Paul Daley off card
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is set for next week's Bellator 79 event, and two notable names are off the card. Following his knockout loss to Tyson Nam in August at Shooto Brazil 33, Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas is out of his title fight with Marcos Galvao. Additionally, visa issues have forced welterweight Paul Daley off the card.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 4:33PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Bellator Making Hard Push to Keep Eddie Alvarez
(mmaweekly.com)
According to Alvarez’s manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, Bellator is pushing hard to keep their former champion right where he is as they make their transition to Spike TV in 2013. “Bjorn and Eddie had a great conversation and had some great talks. Bjorn has expressed interest in keeping Eddie, and talks have gone really well, and that’s all I can really say at this point,” Robinson told MMAWeekly.com this week. “Talks have gone really well with Bellator and Eddie just wants to fight the best fighters he can, and get a contract he feels is fair, but I can tell you Bjorn has gone out of his way to make Eddie feel welcome and talks have gone well so far, so we’ll see what the future brings,” said Robinson.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 10:44AM by BuffaloDave - 15 comments
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Bellator 77's Rich Clementi: I've made a career out of beating undefeated fighters
( mmajunkie.com)
Longtime MMA fighter Rich Clementi has been in this position before. During his 13 years and 66 professional fights in the MMA world, he's faced countless opponents who were dubbed the next big thing, much like undefeated Alexander Sarnavskiy, whom he faces at Friday's Bellator 77 event. "This isn't going to be the first time I've dethroned an undefeated fighter with a lot of hype around him," Clementi told MMAjunkie.com.
Submitted Oct 17, 2012 5:24PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
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Bellator 76 Results: Eddie Alvarez Finishes Patricky Pitbull with Highlight Head Kick KO
(mmaweekly.com)
FULL BELLATOR 76 RESULTS: -Eddie Alvarez def. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire by KO (head kick) at 4:54, R1 -Rad Martinez def. Nazareno Malagarie by unanimous decision -Wagnney Fabiano def. Akop Stepanyan by submission (armbar) at 3:24, R1 -Mike Richman def. Jeremy Spoon by KO (head kick) at 23 seconds, R1 -Shahbulat Shamhalaev def. Cody Bollinger by TKO at 4:49, R1 PRELIMINARY CARD: -Jason Fletcher def. Kyle Prepolec by submission (arm triangle) -Chad Laprise def. Ainsley Robinson by unanimous decision -Ali Mokdad def. Simon Marini by unanimous decision -Dom O’Grady def. A.J. Matthews by split decision -Magomedrasui Khasbulaev def. Nayeb Hezam by TKO
Submitted Oct 13, 2012 10:16AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
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Bellator casting call seeks fighters for upcoming combat sports reality show
(mmamania.com)
The Ultimate Bellator Fighter? Bjorn Rebney and Co. will be looking for a few good men during the upcoming fighter tryouts scheduled for Nov. 10 at the American Top Team Gym in Coconut Creek, FL. Selected talent could be chosen to star in the promotion's upcoming mixed martial arts reality show. Do you wanna be a f---ing (Bellator) fighter? Bjorn Rebney and Co. are looking for the next big thing at both lightweight (155 pounds) and welterweight (170 pounds), asking aspiring mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to come down and strut their stuff at the upcoming tryouts scheduled for Nov. 10, 2012 at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida.
Submitted Oct 8, 2012 4:35PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
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