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Big Sexy’ Sean McCorkle To Debut With Bellator On March 9th In Catchweight Bout
(themmanews.com)
Former UFC heavyweight ‘Big Sexy’ Sean McCorkle (14-2) is set to debut with Bellator Fighting Championships on March 9, 2012 on the preliminary card of Bellator 60 against fellow promotion newcomer Richard ‘Big Man’ White (15-12). McCorkle confirmed the bout via Twitter (@BigSexyMcCorkle) noting that he would be facing White in a 280-lbs cathcweight bout
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 1:42PM by sparky - 6 comments
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Makovsky-Dantas, Good-Maynard Set for Bellator 65 in Atlantic City
(sherdog.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships announced Friday that bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky will defend his title against Season 5 tournament winner Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 65 on April 13. Taking place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., the event will also feature a welterweight tournament qualifier between former 170-pound kingpin Lyman Good and three-time Bellator vet LeVon Maynard. Makovsky, 29, has not lost since 2009, posting a perfect 6-0 record in the Bellator cage. “Fun Size” debuted with the Chicago-based promotion in 2010, capturing the organization’s 135-pound belt by besting Ed West in the Season 3 tournament finals. Since his title-winning performance, Makovsky has competed twice in non-title bouts, finishing Chad Robichaux and Ryan Roberts last year.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 1:39PM by sparky - 0 comments
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TUF 11 Finalist Kris McCray Signs With Bellator
(themmanews.com)
Welterweight fighter, and former “The Ultimate Fighter” season eleven finalist, ‘Savage’ Kris McCray (7-3) has reportedly signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships promotion. News of the signing was confirmed by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday night, after learning from sources close to McCray himself.
Submitted Feb 10, 2012 9:56AM by sparky - 1 comment
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Former TUF Finalist Kris McCray Signs with Bellator
(mmaweekly.com)
Former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finalist Kris ‘Savage’ McCray has signed a multi-fight deal to compete in Bellator Fighting Championships. Sources close to the fighter confirmed the deal to MMAWeekly.com on Thursday. Since his exit from the UFC, McCray has racked up two wins in a row on the regional fighting circuit and will not hope to continue that success as he competes for Bellator starting later this year.
Submitted Feb 9, 2012 5:26PM by BuffaloDave - 1 comment
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Bellator 64, Askren vs. Lima, take place April 6 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships' first season-six event in Canada takes place on April 6 as The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor hosts Bellator 64. Bellator officials today revealed the booking. Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) faces season-five tournament winner Douglas Lima (21-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC) in the evening's main event. "The support we have received in Canada has been nothing short of spectacular, so when we had the chance to bring Bellator to Windsor, it was an easy decision," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "Ben Askren vs. Douglas Lima will showcase two of the best and brightest stars in the world at 170 pounds. The fans watching inside Caesars and the viewers catching the fights on MTV2 are in for a great night." In addition to the night's main event, Bellator 64 also hosts the semifinals of the promotion's season-six featherweight tournament. The opening round of that bracket kicks off March 9 at Bellator 60.
Submitted Feb 8, 2012 5:09PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Ben Saunders, Brian Foster Draw Undefeated Opponents For Bellator 170-Pound Tourney
(bloodyelbow.com)
Karl Amoussou (13-4-2) vs. Chris Lozano (9-2) Former middleweight Amoussou has lacked consistency in the last two years, amassing a 2-2-1 record in Bellator, Strikeforce, Pancrase and Dream. He now drops to 170 pounds and his November 175-pound Bellator catchweight fight against Jesus Martinez turned out just fine with a first round KO victory. He'll face Lozano, a late sub for the soon-to-be imprisoned War Machine. Lozano entered last year's tourney and was knocked out in the second round by eventual tournament winner Douglas Lima. He was 3-2 overall in 2011 with both losses coming in the Bellator cage. Ben Saunders (12-4-2) vs. Raul Amaya (9-0) Saunders' dream run in his debut Bellator tournament ended in the finals with a second round knockout loss to Lima. The UFC veteran is 4-1 since getting released by Zuffa in 2010 with finishes in all four of his wins. He will face promotional newcomer Amaya who has rung up an undefeated streak in Florida's Art Of Fighting promotion with six submissions and three T/KO's. Brian Foster (18-5) vs. David Rickels (9-0) Foster makes his Bellator debut on the heels of a four fight win streak. Released from the UFC after health issues threatened his career, the 27-year-old has finishes in all of his wins and has never gone to a decision. He'll have a tough challenge in the undefeated Rickels, a fixture on Bellator undercards for most of 2011. The submission machine has six tapout wins to his credit with three of his last four coming by triangle choke. Bryan Baker (16-3) vs. Carlos Pereira (33-9-1) Like Amoussou, Baker is dropping down to 170 pounds after getting TKO'd by Vitor Vianna last October, snapping a three fight win streak. A promotional fixture since 2009, Baker is 7-2 in his Bellator career and is a former middleweight tournament finalist. He faces the debuting Pereira, a well-traveled veteran who is unbeaten in his last four. Baker should be wary as "Indio" has 22 wins by T/KO.
Submitted Feb 7, 2012 11:58AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Karl Amoussou vs. Chris Lozana set for Bellator 63
(prommanow.com)
CHICAGO, Ill. (February 3, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Mohegan Sun Arena on March 30 for Bellator 63: The Assassin vs. Psycho. The Friday night affair will feature the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament, along with a host of preliminary fights featuring some of the best East Coast talent the sport has to offer. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 4 and are available through Ticketmaster.com or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Tickets are priced from $30-$70. The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. EST, with the first fight scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring the area’s top local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST. The night will be highlighted by Karl “Psycho” Amoussou (@KarlAmoussou) and Chris “The Cleveland Assassin” Lozano as the two vie for a spot in the welterweight semifinals. The Frenchman, Amoussou is known for his tenacious style and desire to finish every fight, leading to 11 finishes in his 13 career wins. For Lozano, the Cleveland Assassin looks for another shot at the Bellator title after coming up short last year against eventual tournament winner Douglas Lima. While Lozano should be a familiar name to Bellator fans after competing in the previous two welterweight tournaments, the evolution Lozano has made over the last half year should make “The Cleveland Assassin” one of the most dangerous fighters inside the Bellator cage.
Submitted Feb 4, 2012 10:36AM by sparky - 0 comments
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Bellator 62 headed to Texas with season-six lightweight-tourney opening round
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships is headed to the Lone Star State on March 23. Officials today announced its third season-six event, Bellator 62, is set to take place at Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. The event's main card, which airs on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX), features the opening round of Bellator's season-six eight-man tournament, which guarantees the winner $100,000 in total pay and a title shot. The night's preliminary card streams on Spike.com, though no fights have been announced. All of the tourney fighters were previously announced, but the matchups weren't until today. They include Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (10-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Lloyd Woodard (11-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Rick Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) vs. Ricardo Tirloni (14-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC), J.J. Ambrose (17-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Brent Weedman (18-7-1 MMA, 4-2 BFC), and Thiago Michel (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs. Rene Nazare (10-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC)...
Submitted Feb 2, 2012 1:04PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Bellator extends it programming partnership with theScore Television Network
(mmamania.com)
For my fellow Canadian Playground members. Bellator Fighting Championships today announces that it has extended its programming partnership with Score Media Inc. (TSX: SCR) through its upcoming sixth season, starting on March 9, it's Summer Season as well as its seventh later in the year. The extension gives Canadian mixed martial arts fans access to another year of Bellator fights across theScore's multiplatform assets including theScore Television Network, theScore.com and its industry-leading application, ScoreMobile. "The Score is Bellator's longest running TV partner worldwide, having broadcast each of our first five seasons," said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. "As the place where Canadian fans go for MMA programming, news and information, theScore is the perfect partner to help us connect with our fans in a place where MMA and Bellator have thrived." "We are extremely pleased to announce the continuation of our partnership with Bellator," says Benjie Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Score Media Inc. "Bellator has developed a reputation for being one of the world's elite MMA promotions and its programming is a perfect fit for our young audience."
Submitted Feb 1, 2012 8:51PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Shinya Aoki And Eddie Alvarez To Rematch In Bellator This April
(bloodyelbow.com)
After losing his Bellator title in a fight of the year candidate against Michael Chandler, Eddie Alvarez decided to skip this season's lightweight tournament so he could negotiate for a chance to redeem another loss - one against the popular Japanese champion, Shinya Aoki. Alvarez will finally be getting his wish on April 21st, but this time, he'll be taking on the DREAM champion inside the Bellator cage. Sources close to the situation have informed BloodyElbow.com that bout agreements have been sent and Aoki has already put pen to paper, with Bellator expected to make the official announcement soon.
Submitted Jan 31, 2012 5:12PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
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Bellator Announces Featherweight Tournament Match-Ups
(bloodyelbow.com)
Marlon Sandro (19-3) vs. Roberto Vargas (12-1) The 34-year-old Sandro advanced to the featherweight summer tournament finals and was knocked out by Curran in the second round. He returned to the winner's circle with a first round submission victory over Rafael Dias in November and is 5-2 in the last two years. Vargas returns to Bellator after a near three year absence, riding a six fight win streak in regional promotions. Ronnie Mann (20-4) vs. Wagnney Fabiano (14-3) The 25-year-old Mann was also a victim of Curran, dropping a unanimous decision to him in the tourney semifinals. He rebounded with a first round submission win over Kenny Foster in October and has won five of his last six. In Fabiano, Mann will face someone once regarded as one of the best featherweights in the world. The former IFL 145-pound champion won two straight after joining the WEC, but went 2-2 with defeats to Joseph Benavidez and Mackens Semerzier before being cut. When he steps into the cage, it will be his first action in 15 months. Alexandre Bezerra (12-1) vs. Genair da Silva (11-4) After ripping through four non-tourney opponents in 2011, Bezerra finally gets his shot in a Bellator tournament. He's a finisher with stoppages in 11 of his 12 wins and hasn't been in a fight that's gone the distance in over three years. da Silva returns to Bellator after being dispatched by Sandro last year in the summer tournament's opening round. He's coming off a first round submission win over Brian Goldsby and is 5-1 in the last two years. Daniel Straus (17-4) vs. Jeremy Spoon (12-0) Straus did just fine in his first 145-pound tourney, advancing to the finals of the spring tourney against Patricio Freire. The unanimous decision loss that night snapped a 12-fight winning streak, but he bounced back with an October decision win over Jason Dent in a non-Bellator fight. The undefeated Spoon gets his first crack in a tournament after two Bellator wins last year with Straus as his toughest competitor in his young career.
Submitted Jan 22, 2012 12:48PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Pat Curran to Face Joe Warren in Bellator Featherweight Title Bout on March 9
(mmafighting.com)
Pat Curran will get his second crack at Bellator gold on March 9 at Bellator 61. That's when the fast-rising featherweight will face off with reigning champion Joe Warren at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced on Wednesday. In 2011, Curran won a chance to fight for the lightweight crown but fell in a unanimous decision to Eddie Alvarez. Afterward, he dropped weight to move into the lower division and steamrolled the tournament field with finish wins over Luis Palomino and Marlon Sandro, as well as a decision over Ronnie Mann, to advance to a title bout. Since then, Curran (16-4) has been waiting on the sidelines for his chance, as first, Warren (7-2) tried his hand at becoming a two-division champ but got knocked out by bantamweight Alexis Vila. And then, Curran was forced to wait as previous tournament winner Patricio "Pitbull" Freire was queued up to fight Warren first. As it turns out, Freire suffered a hand injury that required surgery, allowing Curran to cash in his opportunity first.
Submitted Jan 18, 2012 10:47AM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
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Bruno Santos, Maiquel Falcao join Bellator's season-six middleweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Middleweights Bruno Santos (12-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Maiquel Falcao (28-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) are the latest additions to Bellator's season-six middleweight tournament. Bellator officials today confirmed the selections with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Sherdog first reported Falcao's inclusion. The eight-man tourney kicks off in March on MTV2. Santos and Falcao are the fourth and fifth participants added to the field, and they join Victor O’Donnell (11-3 MMA, 0-1 BFC), Brian Rogers (8-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) and Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana (17-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC).
Submitted Jan 14, 2012 11:52AM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
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Bellator Adds Maiquel Falcao, Giva Santana to 185-Pound Tournament
(bloodyelbow.com)
Some names have started to be released for Bellator's 185-pound tournament that kicks off in March with Maiquel Falcao and Giva Santana announced as joining the fray Wednesday. Sherdog first reported the news of Falcao's involvement, who will be making his promotional debut in the tourney's first round. Falcao (28-4-0-1) was notably released from the UFC even after his only Octagon fight was a win over Gerald Harris at November 2010's UFC 123.
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 2:56PM by sparky - 1 comment
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Ex-champ Alvarez not joining season-six Bellator tourney, targeted for Aoki fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Former champion Eddie Alvarez won't be fighting for a chance to reclaim his Bellator lightweight title anytime soon. Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that Alvarez won't take the final slot in the organization's season-six lightweight tournament. Instead, he's working to book Alvarez for a rematch with DREAM champion Shinya Aoki. Alvarez, a season-one tourney winner who held the title for two-and-a-half years, lost the belt to Michael Chandler in November at Bellator 58. The spirited and back-and-forth bout, which proved one of 2011's best, ended in a fourth-round submission victory for new champ and still-undefeated Alvarez.
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 1:24PM by Kpro - 14 comments
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Brian Rogers joins Bellator's season-six middleweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Brian Rogers (8-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) is the first entrant in Bellator's upcoming season-six middleweight tournament. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the onetime Strikeforce fighter's involvement with a source to the promotion. The eight-man tournament kicks off in March and airs on MTV2. Rogers, a 27-year-old Ohioan, also competed in Bellator's season-five tournament and scored a vicious first-round knockout win (due to a head kick and punches) over Victor O'Donnell in the tournament's opening round. However, he then suffered a TKO loss to eventual tourney champion Alexander Shlemenko in the semifinals. The TKO loss marked the first time Rogers was stopped in a pro fight. It also snapped his impressive seven-fight win streak that included seven knockout wins.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 8:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator Signs Top Welterweight Prospect Andrey Koreshkov
(bloodyelbow.com)
Less than a day after he was named the top 170-pound prospect in Bloody Elbow's World MMA rankings, Bellator announced the signing of Andrey Koreshkov to a contract. A teammate of Bellator No. 1 middleweight contender Alexander Shlemenko, Koreshkov (8-0) will bring his undefeated record to the U.S. for the first time in a major organization. The 21-year-old has never gone the distance, finishing all of his fights in two rounds or less with five T/KO victories to his credit.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 6:06PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Patricky Freire, Rick Hawn Highlight Bellator Lightweight Tournament
(bloodyelbow.com)
Here's your early look at Bellator's 155-pound tournament with the winner getting a shot at Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler in 2012. With one spot left to go, it's likely that former champion Eddie Alvarez will be the final entrant. Patricky Freire (10-2): One half of the "Pitbull" brothers, Freire returned to the win column in November with a first round TKO win over Kurt Pellegrino. He advanced to the season five lightweight tourney and lost to Chandler by decision, snapping a five fight win streak. Thiago Michel (9-2): Michel makes his promotional debut, bringing heavy hands to Bellator with all nine of his wins coming via T/KO. Ricardo Tirloni (14-1): Tirloni returns to Bellator for his first tournament run on an 11-fight win streak. Adept at finishing fights, Tirloni's lone defeat came at the hands of No. 1 UFC lightweight contender Ben Henderson. Brent Weedman (18-7-1): A Bellator vet, Weedman is coming off decision losses to Jay Hieron and Chris Lozano. This will mark his lightweight debut. Rick Hawn (11-1): The Olympian in judo and 2011 welterweight tournament finalist is dropping down to lightweight after his first career loss to Hieron. J.J. Ambrose (17-3): Ambrose makes his Bellator debut on a seven fight win streak. The California native has 10 of 17 wins via submission. Lloyd Woodard (11-1): Woodard enters his second 155-pound tournament after he suffered his first career loss to Chandler last April. The man from Montana is 1-1 in Bellator. Bellator's sixth season kicks off on Friday, March 2nd, with five different tournaments.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 2:08AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Ben Saunders, War Machine Round Out Bellator 170-Pound Tournament
(bloodyelbow.com)
Here's the field that will look to challenge either current champion Ben Askren or No. 1 contender Douglas Lima later in 2012. Ben Saunders (12-4-2): The UFC veteran finished all of his first three Bellator fights before running into Lima's fists in a second round KO loss in November's tournament finale. Brian Foster (18-5): Medically released by the UFC due to a brain hemorrhage and now completely cleared to fight, Foster will make his Bellator debut riding a four fight win streak with four finishes. The 27-year-old is an early favorite to win the tourney. Bryan Baker (16-3): Baker's story about recovering from leukemia and fighting during his recovery is well-known within MMA circles. Baker was knocked out by Vitor Vianna in the 185-pound tournament semifinals and will make his 170-pound debut in this tourney. He's won five of his last seven. Karl Amoussou (13-4-2): Amoussou will be looking for his first win streak since 2009. He's 2-2-1 in his last five. David Rickels (8-0): The undefeated Rickels gets his first shot in a tournament after three straight submission wins on Bellator undercards. He's a dark horse who will finally get a shot against bigger name competition. Raul Amaya (9-0): The undefeated prospect makes his Bellator debut and has finished all his fights with six submissions. Carlos Pereira (33-9-1): The most experienced fighter in the field makes his debut in a major U.S.-based promotion, a winner in four of his last six. He'll be looking to expand on his 22 victories by T/KO. War Machine (12-4): The former Jon Koppenhaver and TUF alum has a checkered past that involves jail time, getting released by Bellator after making comments about Barack Obama and working in porn. He claims he's put all of that behind him and will get his chance at redemption in the tourney. He last beat Roger Huerta by TKO in November. Bellator's sixth season kicks off Friday, March 2nd.
Submitted Jan 8, 2012 3:02PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Lloyd Woodard joins Bellator's season-six lightweight tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator today announced the inclusion of the seventh fighter headed to the promotion's season-six 155-pound tournament, and he's already gotten a taste of what it's like to face a champion. Season-four veteran Lloyd Woodard (11-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC) was unsuccessful in stopping now-lightweight champ Michael Chandler in a tournament bout, but he hopes to turn things around. Now, Bellator just needs one more lightweight to round out the eight-man competition. Season-six tournament action kicks off in March and airs live on MTV2.
Submitted Jan 7, 2012 10:35AM by sparky - 0 comments
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