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Bellator hosting six tourneys per season in 2013, wants three annual title defenses
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected Bellator is expanding from four tournaments per season to six beginning in 2013. According to Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney, it's all part of the organization's goal to have each of its titles defended three times per year. In the past 12 months, Bellator's eight titles have been defended just six times total. But with the move from MTV2 to the bigger Spike TV in 2013, that should change.
Submitted Sep 3, 2012 5:37PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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More from Dantas on the Nam fight
(espn.go.com)
Nice input from Dantas on his fight w/ Nam, the anxiety leading to it, & the possibility of a rematch.
Submitted Sep 2, 2012 9:22PM by Poor_Franklin - 0 comments
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Bellator Champ Michael Chandler Moves Camp from Xtreme Couture to Alliance MMA
(mmafighting.com)
It's been a rapid ascent to the top for Michael Chandler, who had barely been training in mixed martial arts for two years when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to capture the Bellator lightweight championship. It was a rise he credits mostly to his time at Xtreme Couture, the Las Vegas-based camp that has spawned many stars. But after nearly three years spent in the gambling capital of the world, Chandler has taken a risk of his own. It's rare for a champion to leave a camp; it's rarer still for someone unbeaten to move on, but it's a change he's decided to make. Chandler has recently taken his perfect record to San Diego, where he has begun training with Alliance MMA, the home of UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, as well as notables including Phil Davis, Alexander Gustafsson and Brandon Vera. The move came about two months ago, and while Chandler told MMA Fighting that it was a difficult decision to make, it's so far proven to be the right one.
Submitted Sep 1, 2012 2:26PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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Following knockout of promotion's champ, Tyson Nam facing potential Bellator lawsuit
(mmajunkie.com)
Tyson Nam's stunning knockout of Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas has drawn interest from major promotions, according to his trainer. But that interest could drag Nam into a legal fight – with Bellator Fighting Championships.
Submitted Aug 31, 2012 7:43PM by Poor_Franklin - 5 comments
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With champ Curran sidelined, Bellator considering Freire-Straus interim title fight
(mmajunkie.com)
TUNICA, Miss. – It's possible, but for now, it's anything but definite. With Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) likely out of action until early 2013, the organization has given some consideration to an interim title fight between tournament winners Daniel Straus (20-4 MMA, 6-1 BFC) and Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC). Ultimately, Bellator Chair and CEO Bjorn Rebney said it'll depend on the champ's recovery timetable. Curran, a top-five featherweight, and Straus and Freire (who both rank among the division's top 15) have made Bellator's 145-pound class one of its most competitive. However, Curran, who won the title in thrilling fashion from Joe Warren in March, recently pulled out of a Bellator 73 title fight with Freire due to a broken orbital bone.
Submitted Aug 25, 2012 3:04PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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Light Heavyweight Attila Vegh, Bantamweight Marcos Galvao Secure Title Shots at Bellator 73
(sherdog.com)
Attila Vegh needed less than half a minute to dispatch Travis Wiuff in the Bellator Fighting Championships Summer Series light heavyweight tournament final at Bellator 73 on Friday at Harrah’s Tunica Casino in Tunica Resorts, Miss. It was over 25 seconds after it began. Vegh (28-4-2, 4-0 Bellator) clubbed Wiuff with an overhand right and dropped the hulking Minnesotan where he stood. The Slovakian pounced, battered Wiuff with right hands and forced the stoppage. Vegh, a winner in eight consecutive bouts, will next face promotional champion Christian M'Pumbu for the Bellator light heavyweight crown. Two-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Marcos Galvao dismissed Luis Alberto Nogueira with second-round punches and elbows in the Bellator Season 6 bantamweight tournament final. Galvao (13-5-1, 4-2 Bellator) finished it 4:20 into round two, as he secured a title shot against bantamweight champion and Nova Uniao teammate Eduardo Dantas.
Submitted Aug 25, 2012 7:31AM by lohmann - 6 comments
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Bellator 73 weigh-in results: Wiuff-Vegh, Galvao-Nogueira official for Friday's card
(mmajunkie.com)
MAIN CARD (MTV2) Attila Vegh (204.4) vs. Travis Wiuff (206) Marcos Galvao (136) vs. Luis Nogueira (136) Mike Mucitelli (204.4) vs. Matt Van Buren (205.8) Ryan Martinez (264) vs. Mike Wessel (262.4) PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com) Chris Coggins (146) vs. Zach Underwood (145.6) Jay Black (133) vs. Brian Hall (135.6) Andy Uhrich (170.2) vs. Joe Williams (170.6) Amaechi Oselukwue (184.2) vs. Kelvin Tiller (190.2) Brian Albin (205) vs. Jacob Noe (205.8) Cosmo Alexander (155.6) vs. Harry Johnson (154)
Submitted Aug 23, 2012 10:38PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Paul Daley, Eduardo Dantas, Ryan Ford to Compete at Bellator 79 in Ontario
(sherdog.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships will return to Canada on Nov. 2 to stage Bellator 79 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Promotion officials announced the news Tuesday, also revealing that bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas, Paul Daley and Ryan Ford will compete at the event. Opponents for the trio were not announced, but all three fighters are expected to appear on the main card, which will be broadcast on MTV2 and Epix.
Submitted Aug 21, 2012 4:55PM by lohmann - 3 comments
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Bellator FC Sign the UK's fastest rising prospect that many are calling "The British Anderson Silva": Michael "Venom" Page
(addictedmma.com)
Fresh off defeating Jefferson George at UCMMA 29 the other night via yet another spectacular knock-out Michael Page revealed he has signed to Bellator Fighting Championships. During his post-fight interview Page revealed the news to all in attendance at The Troxy in London. It was only a few weeks ago the Super Fight League in India also revealed that they had captured Page’s signature. Page caught the eye of the MMA world in February after defeating Ben Dishman in spectacular fashion. His performance drew comparisons to that of UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
Submitted Aug 21, 2012 5:57AM by jjeans - 19 comments
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'Lelo' Aurelio scratches from Bellator 73, Oselukwue now meets Tiller
(mmajunkie.com)
Marcus "Lelo" Aurelio (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has scratched from next week's promotional debut at Bellator 73, and his original opponent, Amaechi Oselukwue (3-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC), now meets replacement Kelvin Tiller (4-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC). Aurelio told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he suffered an undisclosed injury over the weekend and hopes to return in October at Bellator 75. Oselukwue vs. Tiller takes place at a catchweight of 179 pounds.
Submitted Aug 15, 2012 7:25PM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
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Shlemenko Confirms With 100% Certainty That Fighters Fake Injuries To Avoid Bad Match Ups
(bjpenn.com)
“I can tell you for sure, 100%, I know why there are so many injuries. I personally find UFC fights not as exciting because of all those injuries. There are a lot of background tactics around who’s fighting who; fighters are trying really hard to have a good record in the UFC. If you’ve been offered to fight someone who’s considered a bad match-up, then it’s pretty easy to say ‘hey, I’m injured’. For example, they offered Brian Stann to fight Hector Lombard. He got injured, and then the next thing you know – he’s fighting Michael Bisping. I can see the logic – for Brian Stann it makes more sense to fight Bisping, he’s simply more popular in the UFC than Hector Lombard. That’s why beating Bisping means more than beating Lombard, who’s a risky opponent. You can fake every injury. Just tell [UFC doctors] about the symptoms and that’s it.” In an interview with a ValeTudo.ru, Bellator middleweight stand-out, Alexander Shlemenko tries to blow the whistle on a number of fighters who pull out of scheduled fights due to injury.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 8:24PM by lohmann - 15 comments
Filed under: Bellator, UFC, General MMA
 
Pat Curran forced out of Bellator 73 title fight vs. Patricio Freire with broken orbital bone
(mmajunkie.com)
A sparring injury has forced Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) to withdraw from his first scheduled title defense against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC) at Bellator 73. A Bellator official on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that it hasn't been decided whether Freire will remain on the card, and at this time, a search for a replacement is underway. ESPN.com first reported the injury withdrawal. Bellator 73 takes place Aug. 24 at Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino in Mississippi. The night's main card airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) following prelims on Spike.com. Curran's cousin and trainer, Jeff Curran, said the Bellator champ was suffering from a knee problem and had decided to focus on boxing rather than muay Thai in the final week of training camp. During a sparring session at his training home near Chicago with a boxer he'd worked with for the past eight weeks, he "ducked into a punch" and suffered a broken orbital. Jeff Curran estimated it would be approximately three months before his cousin is ready to fight. He said the knee problem did not require surgery and was the result of the typical "wear and tear" during a fight camp.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 8:21PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Pat Curran Injured, Out of Bellator 73
(mmaweekly.com)
The summer of injuries has now touched Bellator Fighting Championships as well. Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has been forced out of his scheduled title fight against Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire for next weekend’s Bellator 73 show. Curran suffered a broken orbital bone while sparring for the fight, and the injury will likely sideline him for several months. According to the report from ESPN, Bellator will now bump up the bantamweight tournament finals between Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira to the main event slot.
Submitted Aug 14, 2012 8:20PM by lohmann - 11 comments
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Bellator signs big time MMA Veteran Renato "Babalu" Sobral
(mmajunkie.com)
Recently signed fight veteran Renato "Babalu" Sobral to appear in Tournament 8 possibly even Tournament 7, unfortunately not signed early enough to settle beef with Lombard.
Submitted Aug 10, 2012 10:34PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
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Eddie Alvarez to Face Patricky Pitbull In Possible Bellator Finale
(mmafighting.com)
Eddie Alvarez's Bellator tenure could be winding down. The former lightweight champion has just one fight left on his deal, and then, free agency looms. But first things first, Alvarez has the final fight to get over with, and now he has a date and opponent. Alvarez will face Patricky "Pitbull" Freire at a season seven event on October 12, the promotion's CEO Bjorn Rebney announced on Monday.
Submitted Jul 30, 2012 3:14PM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
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Travis Wiuff Isn’t with Bellator to Shake Hands and Kiss Babies; He’s Here for a Belt!
(mmaweekly.com)
After mixed results in his initial run at light heavyweight, Travis “Diesel” Wiuff has returned to the weight class and has made real headway by making it to Bellator’s 205-pound tournament semifinals on Friday night. For Wiuff, the move down from heavyweight was more necessity than anything else. “Monte Cox and I were having trouble finding fights,” said Wiuff. “It was just a crazy year where fights were falling through, opponents were falling through and shows were backing out at the last moment. Then last September Monte called me and told me that Bellator was looking for someone to fight their light heavyweight champion (Christian M’Pumbu) in a super fight.
Submitted Jul 19, 2012 11:06PM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
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Bellator 72 Fight Card Features Tourney Finals, Paul Daley’s Debut
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships is headed back to “The Sunshine State” on Friday, July 20 for Bellator 72 from The USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Featuring the finals of the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament between Bryan Baker and Karl Amoussou, Bellator 72 will also showcase the debut of dynamic knockout artist Paul “Semtex” Daley as well as a bad blood welterweight trilogy fight between Marius Zaromskis and Waachiim Spiritwolf. Additionally, the semifinals of the Bellator Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament will take place as Attila Vegh meets Emanuel Newton and Travis Wiuff will face Tim Carpenter. Also, a stacked preliminary card full of the area’s top talent will be in action. Tickets for Bellator 72 are on sale at all online Ticketmaster outlets as well as visiting the USF Sun Dome Box Office.
Submitted Jul 12, 2012 11:04PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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'Bellator: MMA Onslaught' video game available for download today
(mmajunkie.com)
The first video game release from Bellator Fighting Championships is available today. "Bellator: MMA Onslaught," an arcade-style MMA game, was announced earlier this year in association with Viacom Entertainment Group's 345 Games and Spike TV. The game can be downloaded for $15 through the PlayStation Network and XBox Live Arcade. "Bellator has a roster of many of the world's most exciting fighters, and we are thrilled to work with 345 Games to let fans experience our organization in a whole new way," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated earlier this year. "Instead of just watching Michael Chandler's incredible takedowns or Patricky 'Pitbull's' devastating knockout power, fans can now get in the cage with 'Bellator: MMA Onslaught' and either fight with or against Bellator's finest."
Submitted Jul 4, 2012 1:44PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
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Ben Saunders vs. Brian Warren catchweight fight added to Bellator 72
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator veteran Ben Saunders (13-5-2 MMA, 4-2 BFC) will take a break from tournament competition to fight promotional newcomer Brian Warren (18-15-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) later this month at Bellator 72. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the non-tournament bout with sources close to the event. The fight will be contested at a catchweight of 178 pounds. Bellator 72 takes place July 20 at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Main-card fights air on MTV2, and Spike.com streams the prelims. Saunders vs. Warren is likely to be a preliminary-card or swing bout. Saunders returns to the cage following a semifinal-round finish in Bellator's season-six eight-man tournament, which followed a runner-up finish in the season-five tournament. The losses came to notables Bryan Baker and Douglas Lima, respectively. The American Top Team fighter and UFC vet now fights in his current home state of Florida.
Submitted Jul 3, 2012 11:21PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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No long waits between fights for Bellator champ Pat Curran
(mmajunkie.com)
There were gripes from early Bellator champions that there wasn't enough to do between title defenses – and that what there was to do wasn't particularly attractive. As the promotion's tournament schedule has picked up, however, the days of long waits and dubious non-title fights may be numbered. Bellator featherweight Pat Curran now has two title defenses lined up, which could result in five total fights before year's end.
Submitted Jul 2, 2012 8:56PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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