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Muhammed Lawal set for Bellator debut on Jan. 17
(mmafighting.com)
According to sources close to the event, "King Mo" will make his first Bellator appearance on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. Lawal will compete in the promotion's light heavyweight tournament. No word just yet on who the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion will meet in the first round of the tournament. Lawal (8-1, 1 NC) hasn't fought since last January when he defeated Lorenz Larkin via knockout. The win, however, was changed to a no contest by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after he tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone.
Submitted Dec 3, 2012 12:32PM by BuffaloDave - 5 comments
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Top Brazilian Prospect Bruno Carvalho Signs with Bellator
(mmaweekly.com)
Top Brazilian lightweight prospect Bruno Carvalho has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships and will begin competing there in 2013. The promotion announced the new deal on Tuesday. A striker with big knockout power, Carvalho has been targeting a move to a major promotion over the last few months, and now he’ll have his chance as part of Bellator as they head to Spike TV in 2013.
Submitted Nov 28, 2012 10:50AM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator announces championship-rematch clause with move to Spike TV
(mmajunkie.com)
While fighters will continue to control their destiny in the Bellator cage, chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has given himself some wiggle room. The fight executive today announced a new championship-rematch clause that will go into effect with the organization's upcoming move to Spike TV. When "called for," Rebney will have the option to book title-fight rematches. Rebney said he listed to feedback and made the change. "When a fighter's earned a shot at the world title by winning The Toughest Tournament in Sports and competes in a title fight that knocks fans like us back in our seats (win or lose) delivering an incredible fight, when a rematch is called for, we will deliver it." he wrote on bellator.com. "Championship fights give us some of the greatest moments in MMA. And, rematches of incredible championship fights will give fans like us more of those electrifying moments while staying true to the world’s best fighters having had to earn their way to those title shots."
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 1:57PM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator reality show soon enters production with 'wickedly' good cast of fighters
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney still isn't ready to divulge all the details about his company's new reality show, which begins filming in late January or early February, but he's dropping some big hints. On Friday MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) caught up with the fight executive to discuss the new venture. While he said the show will include plenty of storytelling, he said it'll also involve a group of fighters who surpass the talent level of any previous MMA-related reality series. "There are some wickedly good pros on this show," he told MMAjunkie.com. "I think we have the greatest collection of talent that's ever been on a reality show in this genre." The "genre," of course, includes "The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC's long-running and ground-breaking reality series. The show, currently in its 16th season, began on Spike TV in 2005 before a move to FX this year as part of the mega UFC-FOX deal...
Submitted Nov 17, 2012 10:33AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, Miscellaneous
 
Bellator 81's Marlon Sandro learns from mistakes, eyes entry in next featherweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Marlon Sandro has been so close to the mountaintop he could practically have reached out to plant his flag. Twice. But twice, he has come up short. Friday, Sandro begins the road back to what he hopes is another appearance in a Bellator tournament championship – and what he hopes ultimately will be a different result. Sandro meets Dustin Neace at Bellator 81 with the hope of setting the tone for a breakout 2013.
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 5:52PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator Targets Thursday, Jan. 10, For Season 8 Debut Event On Spike TV
(mmajunkie.com)
With MMA's big 2013 television-schedule shuffle rapidly approaching, Bellator Fighting Championships has apparently played its first card. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board that Bellator has reserved Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall for Thursday, Jan. 10. Bellator officials were not immediately available for comment, but sources close to the promotion suggested that event will serve as Bellator 85 and mark the company's debut on Spike TV. "The Jan. 10 has already been formally requested and officially reserved for Bellator in Atlantic City," NJSACB Counsel Nick Lembo told MMAjunkie.com. Officials have already been assigned for the evening, and as an interesting side note, recently retired UFC veteran Tom DeBlass is expected to serve as a shadow judge. Spike TV officials would not confirm the plans and would only suggest that the network is "exploring many different options right now." However, additional sources indicated the network is leaning toward a 10 p.m. ET slot, which would allow Spike TV to use TNA Impact Wrestling (which also employs Bellator light heavyweight contender Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal) as lead-in programming for the MMA promotion's weekly events. Bellator is currently in the middle of its seventh season, the final one on MTV2 before the organization moves to the higher-rated Spike TV, the former home of the UFC, next year. The promotion is currently earning an average of 168,700 viewers per Season 7 event, but that figure is expected to rise when the promotion moved to Spike TV, which has been a primary destination for MMA fans since the 2006 debut of "The Ultimate Fighter
Submitted Nov 15, 2012 1:43PM by Biggavelli - 2 comments
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Bellator 80 ratings: Viewership dips below Season 7 average
(mmajunkie.com)
After scoring a season-high 220,000 viewers with Bellator 79 a week prior, ratings dropped this past weekend for Bellator 80. The Nov. 9 event, which featured a main-event win for former champ Joe Warren, averaged 148,000 viewers on MTV2, MMAjunkie.com today confirmed with industry sources. That's well below the previous season average of 172,200 viewers.
Submitted Nov 13, 2012 1:57PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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Christian M'Pumbu defends light heavyweight title vs. Attila Vegh at Bellator 84 in Indiana
(mmajunkie.com)
At long last, Christian M'Pumbu has a date set for the first defense of his light heavyweight title. M'Pumbu (18-4-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC), Bellator's 205-pound champion, next month will defend his belt at Bellator 84 against Attila Vegh (25-7-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC). Sources close to the promotion on Monday confirmed the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Bellator 84 takes place Dec. 14 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., about 20 miles from Chicago. Main-card fights air on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com. Bellator 84 is the promotion's Season 7 finale and will be its last event on MTV2 before moving to Spike TV in January for the start of its eighth season. In addition to the light heavyweight title fight, Bellator 84, the company's third trip to Hammond and second this season following Bellator 75, will feature the finals of the Season 7 lightweight and heavyweight tournaments. Also on the card is a rematch between former training partners and current rivals Felice Herrig and Michelle Gutierrez.
Submitted Nov 12, 2012 10:07PM by DrivenDavies15 - 1 comment
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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
Filed under: Bellator
 
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
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
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