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Alexander Sarnavskiy signs with Bellator, No. 1 seed for season-seven tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Russian fighter Alexander Sarnavskiy has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator, officials today announced. As part of the announcement, officials dubbed him the No. 1 seed for the upcoming season-seven lightweight tournament, which is expected to kick off in September. Sarnavskiy, who trains with some current Bellator fighters at RusFighters Sport Club, enters the organization with a perfect 20-0 record and 17 stoppage wins. If victorious in the season-seven tourney, which will include eight fighters and run 12 weeks, Sarnavskiy would get a guaranteed title shot. "Alexander Shlemenko has put a high standard of Russian dominance in Bellator by winning two middleweight tournaments," Sarnavskiy stated. "Now my teammate Andrey Koreshkov fights for Bellator as well, and he recently won two fights by spectacular KOs. Vitaly Minakov also just signed with Bellator, and I expect him to become Bellator's next heavyweight champion. "I want to follow in the footsteps of those men, and make Bellator proud."
Submitted Jun 20, 2012 3:00AM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
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Bellator Inks Former U.S. National Wrestling Champion Shawn Bunch
(sherdog.com)
Another talented wrestling convert has joined the stable of Bellator Fighting Championships, as the promotion Monday announced the signing of former U.S. National and Pan-American champ Shawn Bunch. The news comes just two weeks after 29-year-old Bunch failed to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team at the national trials in Iowa, though the decision to trade the mat for the cage is nothing new. The onetime Edinboro University standout has long seen MMA in his future, he explained in a statement. “I’ve had my sights set on Bellator for a long time,” said Bunch, who last May told Sherdog.com that a lack of MMA experience kept him from the company’s inaugural bantamweight tournament in 2010. “While I’ve been training in MMA for over four years, I’ve never been able to fully focus on the sport with my wrestling obligations. After watching guys like Ben Askren and ‘King Mo’ [Lawal] -- guys I really look up to in this sport -- have success, I knew the time was right to make the move to Bellator.”
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 11:52PM by lohmann - 1 comment
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Bellator Signs Four Time World Sambo Champ Vitaly Minakov
(mmanews.com)
The heavyweight additions continue for Bellator Fighting Championships as the promotion has added the undefeated Vitaly Minakov to the heavyweight ranks. Minakov joins Bellator fresh off a vicious knockout of Bellator veteran Eddie Sanchez, and is ready to take his talents stateside and compete with the world’s best fighters. “Becoming a Bellator fighter means that all my hard work in the gym and training has all paid off,” Minakov said. “It means myself and my entire team were working in the right direction, and we did everything right.” Undefeated at 8-0, the four-time World Sambo Champion boasts an outstanding ground game to complement a striking game that has earned the improving Minakov three knockout wins in his last four victories. A member of the RusFighters Sports Club headed by Alexei Zhernakov, Minakov is set to make his Bellator debut shortly and already has his sights set on a future Bellator Heavyweight Tournament.
Submitted Jun 16, 2012 11:00AM by sparky - 0 comments
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Bellator Signs Knockout Artist Paul Daley
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator continued its aggressive plunge into the free agent pool, signing UFC and Strikeforce veteran Paul Daley. The promotion confirmed the addition of the British knockout artist to MMA Fighting on Friday. Daley will make his organizational debut at Bellator 72 on July 20. "I’ve been a 'Semtex' fan for years," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. "He’s an incredibly explosive fighter who is magic to watch inside the cage. So, when the opportunity presented itself to join forces with Paul, it was a simple decision to make. Paul’s one of those fighters I’ve always intentionally stayed home to watch and now I can watch him cageside at Bellator." Just last week, the 29-year-old Daley had asked for and been granted his release from Strikeforce. It didn't take him long to find a new home.
Submitted Jun 15, 2012 2:54PM by sparky - 15 comments
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Bellator 71's Brett Rogers says house fire sparked rift with opponent Kevin Asplund
(mmajunkie.com)
Rogers (11-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) makes his Bellator debut next week at Bellator 71, and the fight comes against a former friend and training partner in Kevin Asplund (15-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). In fact, Rogers' story about just how the friends became ex-friends would seem to be part of that hell he said he's been through. Rogers believes Asplund's wife, a friend of his own wife, may have been responsible for a fire at his house. And after a series of events and questions and blame-searching, Rogers said that essentially was the end of his friendship with Asplund. And that caused a little ruckus in the pair's inner circle of friends, as well.
Submitted Jun 15, 2012 6:15AM by MMAcca - 4 comments
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Brett Rogers vs Kevin Asplund booked for Bellator 71 on June 22 in West Virginia
(mmamania.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships is headed to "The Mountain State" on Friday, June 22 for Bellator 71 and the start of the Bellator Summer Series Light Heavyweight Tournament from The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Featuring a main card that includes Travis Wiuff facing off against Chris Davis as well as Attila Vegh taking on Zelg Galesic, Bellator 71 will also host the debut of hard-hitting knockout artist, Brett Rogers. Additionally, a loaded Bellator 71 preliminary card full of the area's top talent will be on display. Tickets for Bellator 71 are on sale and are available through Etix.com or at the Mountaineer Casino Players Club. Tickets are priced from $25-$200. After agreeing to terms with Bellator Fighting Championships, Brett Rogers is ready to make his promotional debut as he takes on the heavy-handed Kevin Asplund in a heavyweight affair. Former training partners and close friends, the two massive combatants no longer have a relationship and both men are eager to lock horns on June 22.
Submitted Jun 14, 2012 1:08AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
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Heavyweight Brett Rogers signs with Bellator, debuts at Bellator 71
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Strikeforce heavyweight Brett Rogers (11-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has signed with Bellator and will make his promotional debut later this month at Bellator 71. Bellator officials today announced the signing, though an opponent wasn't disclosed. Rogers is stuck in a 1-4 skid and hasn't fought since September, due in part to his arrest stemming from a domestic dispute. However, he said those issues are now behind him. Rogers ultimately was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he pleaded guilty to a single count of felony third-degree assault following a September incident with his wife and kid. Bellator 72, which kicks off the organization's three-event "Summer Series," takes place June 22 at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester, W.V. The night's main card airs on MTV2, and Spike.com carries the prelims. It's not clear where Rogers will end up on the lineup...
Submitted Jun 5, 2012 11:21AM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
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Bellator adds Canadian lightweight Guillaume DeLorenzi
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships has added Canadian lightweight Guillaume DeLorenzi to its talent list. Bellator officials recently announced the signing, adding that "Il Toro" has long been on their radar. "Our talent development team has been focused on Guillaume DeLorenzi for some time," said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "He's a dynamic fighter who has great potential in the coming years."
Submitted Jun 3, 2012 10:52PM by prophecy033 - 2 comments
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Bellator 72 heads to Tampa July 20 with Amoussou-Baker, Spiritwolf-Zaromskis III
(mmajunkie.com)
The second of Bellator's three "Summer Series" events is slated for July 20 when Bellator 72 heads to the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla. Officials today announced the event will feature the season-six lightweight-tournament finale between Bryan Baker (18-3 MMA, 8-2 BFC) and Karl Amoussou (15-4-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC). Additionally, welterweights Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-10-1 MMA, 0-1 BFC) and Marius Zaromskis (17-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC) meet for a third time following controversial endings to their first two fights. Bellator 72, which also will include the semifinals of the organization's eight-man "Summer Series" light-heavyweight tournament, features an MTV2-televised main card following prelims on Spike.com.
Submitted Jun 2, 2012 1:32PM by sparky - 0 comments
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Champ Pat Curran vs. Patricio 'Pitbull' Freire set for Bellator 73 on Aug. 24
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) will attempt to make the first defense of his title when he meets season-four tournament champ Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC). The title bout is set for Bellator 73, which takes place Aug. 24 as the finale of the promotion's "Summer Series" series of events. A venue was not announced for the fight, which airs on MTV2. Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the fight during tonight's Bellator 70 event.
Submitted May 26, 2012 1:37PM by sparky - 8 comments
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Bellator 69 weigh-in results: Maiquel Falcao good on second try (Updated)
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator 69's official fighter weigh-ins are in the books, and all but one of four co-headlining tournament fighters successfully made weight on the first attempt. Middleweight tournament finalist Maiquel Falcao weighed 188 pounds on his first attempt but was able to drop down to 186 pounds on a second try. Today's weigh-ins took place at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La. The same venue hosts Friday's event, which includes Falcao vs. Andreas Spang (middleweight-tourney final) and Karl Amoussou vs. David Rickels (welterweight-tourney semifinal). Tomorrow's main-card action airs on MTV2 following prelims on Spike.com.
Submitted May 17, 2012 4:45PM by sparky - 4 comments
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Bellator 69 weigh-in results
(bloodyelbow.com)
Here are the Bellator 69 weigh-in results. Maiquel Falcao was not able to make the middleweight limit on the first try and has two hours to lose two pounds. If he doesn't make weight, he's out of the tournament (info via Brian Hemminger of MMA Mania). Main Card: Maiquel Falcao (188) vs. Andreas Spang (185.8) David Rickels 170.6) vs. Karl Amoussou (170) Megumi Fujii (116) vs. Jessica Aguilar (115.6) Ron Sparks (264.6) vs. Kevin Asplund (239) Preliminary Card Shanon Slack (146) vs. Booker Arthur (145.4) Josh Quayhagen (158.2) vs. Cliff Wright (155.6) Josh Burns (206) vs. Richard Hale (205.5) E.J. Brooks (156.6) vs. Kalvin Hackney (156) Andrey Koreshkov (170.8) vs. Derrick Krantz (170.8) Mark Holata (250.5) vs. Abe Wagner (248.8)
Submitted May 17, 2012 2:44PM by sparky - 6 comments
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Bellator 68 results: Straus downs Sandro in tourney final, Galvao edges Marx
(mmajunkie.com)
MAIN CARD RESULTS -Daniel Straus def. Marlon Sandro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) - featherweight-tourney final -Marcos Galvao def. Travis Marx via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) - bantamweight-tourney semifinal -Marcin Held def. Derrick Kennington via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 2:08 -Marius Zaromskis def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via TKO (doctor's stoppage due to cut) - Round 2, 5:00 PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS -Don Carlo-Clauss def. Jacob Kirwan via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) -Aung La Nsang def. Jesus Martinez via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 0:36 -Anthony Leone def. Claudio Ledesma via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27) -Francois Ambang def. Gregory Milliard via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Submitted May 12, 2012 9:34AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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Seth Petruzelli scratched from tonight's Bellator 68 event
(mmajunkie.com)
Seth Petruzelli is a late scratch from tonight's Bellator 68 main event. The fighter today announced via Twitter that a doctor wouldn't clear him to fight because he "heard weezing and fluid in my lungs." A second doctor concurred, Petruzelli (14-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC) said, and his 230-pound catchweight fight with Carmelo Marrero (14-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has been pulled from the card. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) spoke to Bellator officials who confirmed the fight's removal from the main-card broadcast, which airs on MTV2 from Palladium Ballroom in Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey. According to an official, lightweights Marcin Held (12-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Derrick Kennington (6-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) have been promoted to the vacant televised slot.
Submitted May 11, 2012 8:10PM by sparky - 7 comments
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Bellator and TNA Wrestling to announce 'King Mo' signing today
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has a new home. Bellator and TNA Wrestling executives have set a conference call for 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) today to announce a "major talent deal." It's the signing of Lawal (8-1), who will split his time between MMA (Bellator) and pro wrestling (TNA) once healed from a knee injury. Terms of the deal are expected to be announced during the media call. Spike TV airs TNA Wrestling, and Bellator moves to the cable channel in 2013.
Submitted May 10, 2012 10:08AM by BuffaloDave - 15 comments
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Bellator signs wrestling phenom Shanon Slack for May 18 fight against Booker Arthur
(mmamania.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships continues to add to its impressive roster, this time adding dynamic featherweight Shanon Slack to its growing list of talent. Slack joins a stacked talent pool that includes reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran, future title challenger Patricio Pitbull, and a collection of some of the top featherweights in the world including Daniel Straus, Marlon Sandro, and "Popo" Bezerra. "The Bellator featherweight division is tough as hell, and it was a huge reason why I decided to join Bellator," Slack said. "The tournament format is something that really stood out to me as well. There aren't any politics involved, and like any fighter, I want my title shot. Any fighter can say they want to take things one fight at a time, but if you aren't in this to become a champion, then you're in the wrong sport." Armed with a wrestling base that earned him a spot as a U.S. Olympic alternate in 2008, Slack has trained with some of the biggest names in the sport and currently is a member of the world renowned Blackhouse fight team. Slack already boasts a spotless record of 3-0, but knows the sky is the limit with Bellator.
Submitted May 9, 2012 8:07PM by sparky - 3 comments
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Akihiro Gono announces MMA retirement following Bellator 67 loss
(mmajunkie.com)
One of MMA's longest and most colorful careers has come to an end. Following his loss to Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler at Friday's Bellator 67 event, Akihiro Gono (32-18-7) announced his retirement from the sport. The Japanese veteran made the announcement in a post-event press conference following the MTV2-televised event. At Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, Gono proved no match for recently crowned titleholder Chandler in their headlining non-title fight. Chandler connected with a straight right that floored Gono, and he then unloaded a lightning-quick flurry of punches to prompt the TKO stoppage just 56 seconds into the fight. An emotional Gono received a standing ovation when he made the retirement announcement afterward.
Submitted May 5, 2012 12:46PM by sparky - 4 comments
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Bellator signs British heavyweight prospect Mark Godbeer
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships latest foreign import is coming from England. Mark "The Hand of" Godbeer (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has inked a multi-fight deal with Bellator and is expected to debut sometime during the promotion's upcoming "Summer Series" event series. The signing was first reported by several British news outlets, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the deal with sources close to the promotion. Godbeer made his professional debut in August 2009 and quickly racked up seven-straight stoppage wins. This past November, he suffered his first career defeat in a TKO loss to undefeated Englishman Anthony Taylor. However, Godbeer bounced back in March with a TKO victory over Catalin Zmarandescu, who was unable to answer the bell for the second round in the pair's BAMMA 9 matchup. Godbeer, a Trojan Freefighters athlete, has earned all eight of his career wins via stoppage, including six by knockout. He has yet to fight beyond the second round.
Submitted May 1, 2012 6:29PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Bellator Champ Eduardo Dantas Says Promotion Coming To Brazil In 2013
(themmanews.com)
Brazilian bantamweight Eduardo Dantas (14-2) realized a dream last month by capturing his first major title by choking out Zach Makovsky to win the Bellator 135-lbs title in Atlantic City. Since then Dantas has seen his life change significantly, from being recognized on the streets, to English classes in order to connect better with fans in North America. Talking to Tatame.com, Dantas plans on keeping that title for awhile and would love to defend it in front of his countrymen when Bellator goes to Brazil in 2013.
Submitted May 1, 2012 1:18PM by sparky - 0 comments
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Pay-Per-View Could Be in Bellator's Future
(mmafighting.com)
When Bellator lost its middleweight champion Hector Lombard to the UFC last week, it was at least partially because in the UFC's offer, they monetized the deal through pay-per-view. That avenue isn't available to Bellator right now, but within two years, it might be. As Bellator grows internationally through its major deal with distribution giant Fremantle Enterprises, and makes its move domestically to Spike, new opportunities will arise. And that could mean that at some point, Bellator will try out the pay-per-view format. Organization CEO Bjorn Rebney told MMA Fighting that the promotion is considering all of its options when it comes to producing live content, but that Bellator would only make the move to pay-per-view under the right circumstances. "I think what you’ll see is as this is monetized and that sector plays out, it’ll play out with the big fights on that platform," he said in a recent interview. "You need that kind of platform for what they’re doing. We may get there. I never wanted to make a firm commitment to it as far as when and if we’ll get there, though. It’s really something that we might do, but it needs the right fights and the right talent to get you there."
Submitted Apr 30, 2012 11:54AM by grappler0000 - 13 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
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