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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
Filed under: Bellator
 
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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After arrest, Brett Rogers gets rare second chance at Bellator 75
(mmajunkie.com)
The police report paints an ugly picture. To read it is to put yourself there, in suburban Minneapolis, at 12:35 a.m. on June 29, 2011, by which point Brett Rogers has already done the things that will cost him his job, his self-respect, and, at least for a little while, his freedom. You read it and you see Rogers – all 6-foot-4, 260 pounds of him – drunk and slurring his words as he talks to police officers in his driveway. You keep reading, and you see Tiuana, his wife of seven years, dazed and disoriented as she stumbles down the street in the dark, only to be picked up by officers who will later describe the "golfball-sized" bump above her left eye, the blood smeared on her face, the missing tooth. You see the couple's children, who will later tell a neighbor that they're scared to go home...
Submitted Oct 3, 2012 11:04AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Bellator 74 weigh-in results: Welterweight tourney set as all eight fighters make weight
(mmajunkie.com)
The full Bellator 72 weigh-ins included: MAIN CARD (MTV2) Lyman Good (170.2) vs. Jim Wallhead (169.8) - welterweight-tourney opening round Nordine Taleb (170.8) vs. Marius Zaromskis (170.8) - welterweight-tourney opening round Michail Tsarev (171) vs. Tim Welch (170.4) - welterweight-tourney opening round Andrey Koreshkov (170.8) vs. Jordan Smith (169.8) - welterweight-tourney opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com) Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra () vs. Matt McCook ()* Casey Johnson (144.6) vs. Will Martinez (144.6) Munah Holland (125.8) vs. Michelle Ould (123.8) Derrick Kennington (154.2) vs. Phillipe Nover (156) Jay Haas (145.6) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (145.4) Kenny Foster (135.8) vs. Claudio Ledesma (134.8) * - Weigh-ins scheduled for after official ceremony
Submitted Sep 27, 2012 6:00PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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Dana White: (Spike TV) Is the Worst Channel in the History of the World
(mmaweekly.com)
Divorce is always hard and while both parties involved try to remain amicable, it happens quite often that things break down and end up in a shouting match between the two parties. It’s no different in the world of sports and television because when relationships are going well, there’s nothing but smiles and handshakes all around. But when things break down, and the mud starts slinging, it’s open season on any and all comments made towards each other in the press. For months after leaving Spike TV in favor of a new 7-year deal with Fox, UFC President Dana White remained on fairly solid ground with his former television partner. He wasn’t likely going to send much business their way, but still White stayed fairly friendly towards his competitors at Spike TV after their long relationship helped build the UFC and the network to new heights. Now, the gloves are off and both seem ready to aim and fire at one another whenever the gun is loaded, and following UFC 152 on Saturday night, White blasted off a few shots at his former television home...
Submitted Sep 23, 2012 4:51PM by grappler0000 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, Bellator, Interviews
 
Rebney explains contract matching in wake of Tyson Nam ordeal
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator chief Bjorn Rebney said his promotion was trying to give Tyson Nam an opportunity when it greenlighted a fight with bantamweight champ Eduardo Dantas – despite having released the fighter two months prior. Now that Nam has capitalized on that opportunity, Rebney said, Bellator wants its own opportunity to match other offers the fighter has received since his stunning KO of Dantas. "If you have an agreement with someone, and ultimately you give them a great opportunity … when that agreement is over, you have the right to match," - You gonna cry Bjorn? Do I see a little bit of moisture forming in the corner of your eye?
Submitted Sep 13, 2012 10:51PM by infestructure - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Season 7 heavyweight tourney field, full fight card set for Bellator 75 in Hammond, Ind.
(mmajunkie.com)
The field for Bellator's Season 7 heavyweight tournament is set – and the eight-man field may be thinking about a little more than just the $100,000 winner's prize. On Wednesday, news broke that Bellator's heavyweight champ, Cole Konrad, had retired – presumably leaving the heavyweight title vacant. It is not yet known if the Season 7 tournament winner automatically will become the new champion, although that appears to be at least one option for the promotion. Sources close to the promotion on Wednesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the field for the eight-man tournament, which kicks off next month at Bellator 75, as well as the event's preliminary card. Bellator officials are expected to make the bouts official this week. MAIN CARD (MTV2) Eric Prindle vs. Thiago Santos - heavyweight tourney opening round Brett Rogers vs. Alexander Volkov - heavyweight tourney opening round Richard Hale vs. Mike Wessel - heavyweight tourney opening round Mark Holata vs. Vinicius Queiroz - heavyweight tourney opening round PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com) Bo Harris vs. Chase Beebe Brandon Delprado vs. Joe Williams Jason Graves vs. Rafal Skibinski Jose Medina vs. Anthony Gomez Cliff Wright Jr. vs. Bobby Reardanz
Submitted Sep 13, 2012 12:50PM by BuffaloDave - 5 comments
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Bellator Current HW Champ Cole Konrad Possibly Retires
(twincities.com)
Former Gophers NCAA heavyweight champion wrestler Cole Konrad, who won $100,000 as defending Bellator mixed martial arts champion, has retired from fighting and taken a job with North Central Trading as a financial trader specializing in milk products. Helwani tweeted that Bellator will neither confirm nor deny it, but will address it shortly.
Submitted Sep 12, 2012 5:16PM by BuffaloDave - 11 comments
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Former champ Joe Warren plans return at bantamweight – with Bellator boss's blessing
(mmajunkie.com)
Bjorn Rebney wasn't happy. Far from it. Just a few feet away from him, his featherweight title was changing hands. He wasn't upset he had a new titleholder to promote, but he was far from happy with how his champ was taken out – taking what was fairly universally agreed to be far more punishment than was necessary. But with Bellator 60 and Joe Warren's brutal knockout loss to Pat Curran in the rearview mirror, Rebney said Warren is ready to get back to work. Warren (7-3 MMA, 5-2 BFC) held his own against Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) for two rounds in the main event of Bellator 60 in Hammond, Ind., not far from Curran's stomping grounds north of Chicago. In fact, Curran's cousin, UFC vet Jeff Curran, told the challenger before the third round that had had lost the first two frames. But in the third, Curran turned up the heat, and with Warren against the fence, Curran landed blow after blow to Warren's head – with the cage appearing to help keep him upright when he surely was out on his feet. With one final uppercut, and with Curran looking to referee Jeff Malott, seemingly begging him to stop it, Warren finally slumped to the canvas. "It's the only time I can remember sitting cageside where I actually threw my headset off and started screaming," Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It was hard to watch. There are moments in time where you see athletes freeze, and there we saw a referee freeze. For some reason, he was not reacting to it. I don't know if it was the lights or the cameras or what it was, but it was a very poor job. It should've been stopped five, six seconds or more before it was stopped." Perhaps it was Warren's sheer determination that helped keep him standing so long while absorbing Curran's punishment. He was undersized at featherweight, fighting above his natural 135-pound class the way he did in DREAM – yet he became the promotion's 145-pound champion.
Submitted Sep 10, 2012 6:36PM by thevoodooninja - 3 comments
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Bellator's Rebney expects Lawal TNA Wrestling debut in October, Bellator in January
(mmajunkie.com)
It will be one of the most unique talent-share deals in sports when it finally gets under way, but Bjorn Rebney already is starting to geek out about it. The Bellator CEO will have to wait until the new year to utilize Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in his cage. But later this fall, he'll get to watch his new star build a new fanbase with the pro wrestling audience. Lawal (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is expected to make his TNA Impact Wrestling debut next month before returning to MMA in January – when he'll begin moving back and forth between the two. And though some of the fine print still is being worked out, Rebney believes Bellator and TNA President Dixie Carter nailed it when they signed Lawal to a deal in May that will allow "King Mo" to have his feet in both worlds. TNA's "Impact" airs on Spike TV, the same cable network Bellator moves to in January.
Submitted Sep 10, 2012 11:38AM by BuffaloDave - 2 comments
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Bellator champ Pat Curran eyeing early 2013 return, but awaits doctor's clearance
(mmajunkie.com)
It was the worst kind of training injury, at just about the worst possible time. Less than two weeks before he was to defend his Bellator featherweight title for the first time, champion Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) suffered a "freak accident" while sparring. And just like that, his title fight against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC). The broken orbital bone will keep Curran out of action for the rest of the calendar year, but he hopes the first part of 2013 sees his return.
Submitted Sep 6, 2012 3:55PM by thevoodooninja - 0 comments
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Bellator's Rebney looking forward to Spike, but excited for Season 7 'rock stars'
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championship in January makes the big move from MTV2 to Spike TV. Given that Spike has a much larger potential audience, is a more natural home for MMA than a music station and is easier to find on cable and satellite systems, it's easy to understand Bellator's excitement. But that doesn't mean the upcoming Season 7 on MTV2 is a throwaway, a season with a case of senioritis just waiting to graduate to Spike.
Submitted Sep 6, 2012 3:42PM by thevoodooninja - 0 comments
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MMA World Cup 2017
(aljazeera.com)
Having been branded as “human cock fighting” by former Whitehouse hopeful John McCain, mixed martial arts is set to join mainstream sports by having its very own world cup. The competition will happen in 2017 and will fittingly take place at the home of the gladiators in Rome. “Considering the history of Rome, and the Coliseum, it is the perfect environment for the first mixed martial arts world cup. It gives marquee values and it is the right tribute to history,” said World Cup Mixed Martial Arts (WCMMA) Executive Director, Edward Catucci... A watered down version of mma? What do you guys think?
Submitted Sep 4, 2012 5:48PM by infestructure - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce, Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
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
Filed under: Bellator
 
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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