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Bryan Baker joins Bellator's season-six welterweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Bryan Baker has entered his third Bellator tournament. But this time, he's doing so in a new weight class. Following a runner-up and semifinal finish in two earlier middleweight tournaments, Baker has joined the field for a season-six welterweight tourney. Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the news. The eight-man tourney kicks off in March, and the season airs on MTV2. Baker now joins Brian Foster (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC), Karl Amoussou (13-4-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in the tourney field.
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 12:27PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Brian Foster joins Bellator's season-six welterweight tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
As expected Brian Foster (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has joined Bellator's upcoming season-six tournament. Bellator officials today confirmed his participation in the eight-man tournament with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Sherdog first reported Foster's entry. The eight-man tourney kicks off in March, and the season airs on MTV2. Foster now joins Karl Amoussou (13-4-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in the tourney field.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 7:52PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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War Machine, Carlos Alexandre Pereira join Bellator's season-six welterweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Two fighters are the first confirmed participants for Bellator's upcoming season-six welterweight tournament. Bellator officials today announced Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) as an entrant in the eight-man tournament. Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) – perhaps best known as UFC fighter Jon Koppenhaver before a legal name change – also is part of the tournament field, officials today confirmed. The tourney kicks off in March on MTV2.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:34PM by Kpro - 2 comments
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Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire joins Bellator's season-six lightweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (10-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC), who posted a runner-up finish in Bellator's season-four tournament, has joined the eight-man field for season six. Bellator officials today announced his participation. The Brazilian knockout artist recently rebounded from his tourney-finale loss to Michael Chandler with a 50-second TKO of UFC vet Kurt Pellegrino at Bellator 59. Freire now joins Brent Weedman (18-7-1 MMA, 4-2 BFC), Rick Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and Ricardo Tirloni (14-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) as confirmed participants in the tourney, which kicks off in March on MTV2.
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 4:35PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Roberto Vargas is final addition to Bellator's season-six featherweight tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
The field is set for Bellator's upcoming season-six featherweight tournament. Early Bellator fighter Roberto Vargas (12-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC), whose only career loss came to Wilson Reis in a season-two tourney qualifier, is the eighth and final addition to the upcoming tourney. Sources close to the fighter today confirmed his participation with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Vargas now joins Jeremy Spoon (12-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC), Genair da Silva (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Marlon Sandro (20-3 MMA, 3-1 BFC), Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra (12-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC), Ronnie Mann (21-4-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC), Wagnney Fabiano (14-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Daniel Straus (17-4 MMA, 3-1 BFC) in the tourney, which kicks off on MTV2 in March. The combined record of the eight tourney fighters is am impressive 119-20-1.
Submitted Dec 24, 2011 5:55PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Wagnney Fabiano, Marlon Sandro Set For Bellator Featherweight Tournament
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former IFL featherweight champion and prominent WEC fighter Wagnney Fabiano has been added to Bellator's season six featherweight tournament along with Summer Series featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro. Sherdog has the info: A pair of Brazilian talents has been added to Bellator Fighting Championships’ sixth-season featherweight tournament, as Wagnney Fabiano and Marlon Sandro will both compete for a shot at the gold in the coming year. Sherdog.com confirmed the tournament participation of both men on Tuesday with sources close to the fighters. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney initially tweeted news of Fabiano’s signing last week but did not specify the fighter’s tournament plans.
Submitted Dec 20, 2011 7:45PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Ronnie Mann joins Bellator's season-six featherweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Ronnie Mann (21-4-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) is joining a second Bellator tournament. The English fighter, who posted a semifinal finish during the "Summer Series" tournament earlier this year, has joined the season-six featherweight tourney. Bellator officials recently announced his participation in the eight-man field, which kicks off in March on MTV2. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Monday, WEC and IFL veteran Wagnney Fabiano (14-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) also is slated for the field. Mann, a former Cage Rage and World Victory Road/Sengoku fighter, joined Bellator earlier this year. After knocking out Adam Schindler in the opening round of the "Summer Series" tourney, he suffered a decision loss to Pat Curran in the semifinals and was bounced from the tournament.
Submitted Dec 20, 2011 9:15AM by emfleek - 3 comments
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Travis Marx is final entrant in Bellator's Season 6 Bantamweight tourney
(mmajunkie.com)
Veteran fighter Travis Marx is the eighth and final addition to Bellator's season-six bantamweight tournament. Marx (18-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC), a veteran of the Jackson's MMA Series and Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night organizations, is one of the field's most experienced competitors. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed his tourney participation with sources close to the fight. The Bellator tourney kicks off in March on MTV2. Marx, a former member of the Utah Highway Patrol, now lives in New Mexico and is part of Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old is a three-time Utah high-school state wrestling champion who later wrestled at Ricks College, where he finished third in the 2001 NJCAA national tournament. MMA fans may remember as a featured fighter in the TapouT TV series.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:53PM by emfleek - 0 comments
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Bellator Signs Two Top Japanese Bantamweights
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships on Saturday announced it has added two dynamic bantamweights in Masakatsu Ueda and Hiroshi Nakamura. Both will compete in the promotion’s upcoming Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament, joining Alexis Vila, Marcos Galvao, Ed West, Rodrigo Lima, Luis Nogueira and a yet to be named final participant. Ueda joins Bellator already well established within the MMA community, ranked in the MMAWeekly.com World Top 10 MMA Rankings, holding notable wins over Royler Gracie and current Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Champion Eduardo Dantas. With those victories Ueda is widely considered one of the best bantamweights in the world. Armed with one of the best grappling pedigrees in the sport, Ueda should be considered a serious contender heading into the deepest bantamweight tournament in Bellator history...
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 1:30PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Bellator season-six bantamweight tourney includes Galvao, Nogueira, Lima, West, Ueda
(mmajunkie.com)
The field is taking shape for Bellator's newly organized season-six bantamweight tournament. Although the 135-pound tournament is the fifth and final addition to the early-2012 calendar, some notable names have been booked for it. Officials told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Marcos Galvao (10-5-1 MMA, 1-2 BFC), Luis "Betao" Nogueira (12-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC), Rodrigo "Ratinho" Lima (9-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Ed West (17-6 MMA, 3-2 BFC) are all slotted for the eight-man field. Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today, Masakatsu Ueda (14-1-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) also has signed with the organization and will be part of the field. Officials will announce the complete field in the coming weeks.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 10:19PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Bellator signs world-ranked bantamweight Masakatsu Ueda
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Shooto champion Masakatsu Ueda (14-1-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator bound. Sources close to the world-ranked bantamweight told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the Japanese veteran has agreed to a multi-fight deal with the organization. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. A debut date and opponent have not been determined, but Ueda is considered a likely participant in a season-six bantamweight tournament that kicks off in March. Bellator also hosts eight-man tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweights divisions that air on MTV2.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 9:50AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Travis Wiuff signs with Bellator, likely to join future light-heavyweight tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
After knocking off a Bellator champion in a recent non-title fight, Travis Wiuff may get a chance to do the real thing. The veteran fighter has signed a long-term deal with Bellator and is expected to compete in a future Bellator light-heavyweight tournament. Sources close to the fighter confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Terms of Wiuff's deal were not disclosed. Wiuff (65-14 MMA, 1-0 BFC), who scored a unanimous-decision victory over light-heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu in October at Bellator 55, didn't get the belt since the bout was a non-title "super fight." (Bellator only awards titles and title shots to fighters who win the organization's eight-man tourneys, and the M'Pumbu bout marked Wiuff's promotional debut.)
Submitted Dec 11, 2011 1:25PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Rick Hawn dropping to lightweight, joining season-six Bellator tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator season-four welterweight-tournament runner-up Rick Hawn is dropping a weight class for the organization's season-six lightweight tournament. Officials today confirmed the U.S. Olympian's plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). As part of the tourney entry, Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) has signed a new extension with the organization, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hawn, a judoka who finished ninth in the 2004 Summer Olympics, moved his MMA record to 11-0 with a split-decision victory Lyman Good earlier this year in Bellator's season-four welterweight-tourney semifinals. However, he fell short of a guaranteed title shot and suffered his first career loss when he dropped a close split decision to notable Jay Hieron in the finals. The 5-foot-9 fighter will join another Bellator tournament, but this time he'll do so in a lighter weight class when the eight-man tourney kicks off in March.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 10:08AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Bellator inks polarizing fighter War Machine
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator has signed War Machine (formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver before a legal name change). Again. The 29-year-old fighter first joined Bellator in 2009 but was released soon afterward due to disparaging political comments he posted. Now, fresh off a victory over fellow UFC vet Roger Huerta in a regional show, he's rejoined the organization, Bellator officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). A debut date and opponent have not been released for the former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 6." "Jon's not had an easy road," stated Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney while pointing to the fighter's family troubles and death of his fighter. "And there's no doubt he's made some poor choices, but after having had conversations with him since his release, he really seems to understand where and why things went wrong and wants to make them right. ... I hope he's able to turn this second chance into something positive."
Submitted Dec 7, 2011 11:16PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Bellator Moves to Fridays, Plans Five Spring Tournaments
( mmafighting.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships has decided that going head-to-head with the UFC is a losing battle. The No. 2 MMA promotion in America announced that starting with its sixth season in the spring, Bellator's live fights will air on MTV2 on Friday nights. The first Bellator show of Season 6 will take place on March 2, and having the event on a Friday ensures that it won't take place simultaneously with a UFC pay-per-view, as Bellator often did this year. However, the decision to move to Fridays may still mean going head-to-head with the UFC, as The Ultimate Fighter will move to a live format with fights on Friday nights on FX next year, and the UFC may also run some Fight Night-level shows on FX or Fuel TV on Friday nights.
Submitted Dec 5, 2011 12:49PM by BuffaloDave - 10 comments
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Bellator's Maiquel Falcao returns home from hospital, denies reports of heart attack
(mmajunkie.com)
Onetime UFC vet Maiquel Falcao has returned home from the hospital and is now resting at home. And while initial reports suggested "Big Rig" had suffered a heart attack, Falcao now says his hospitalization was simply the result of some overtraining, and he expects a quick return to action. In fact, the recent Bellator signee said he's looking forward to making a run in the promotion's upcoming season-six middleweight tournament.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 1:40PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator's Lima riding high after capturing tourney, plans to finish champ Askren in 2012
(mmajunkie.com)
It's been a whirlwind past two months for welterweight star-in-the-making Douglas Lima (21-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC). The 23-year-old American Top Team Atlanta product marched his way through Bellator's season-five welterweight tournament in impressive fashion with three wins in a span of two months. Now he has only two things on his mind, and two things only: rest and relaxation, and welterweight champion Ben Askren (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC). In defeating Steve Carl, Chris Lozano, and Ben Saunders in succession, Lima earned the right to challenge Askren for his belt, and according to Lima, the fight will take place near the end of March or the beginning of April in 2012. However, first things first. His body has some healing to do before he heads back into the gym.
Submitted Nov 27, 2011 11:39PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Following Bellator 59 loss, Kurt Pellegrino retires for second time
(mmajunkie.com)
Following a first-round loss to Patricky "Pitbull" Freire at Saturday night's Bellator 59 event, Kurt Pellegrino has again called it quits. The 12-time UFC veteran announced for the second time in as many fights that he is hanging up the gloves for good. "This will be the last time you ever see me fight," an emotional Pellegrino said to the Atlantic City crowd. Pellegrino, who also retired following a UFC loss to Gleison Tibau this past March, leaves the sport on the heels of a three-fight skid. However, some MMA pundits have been quick to rush to Pellegrino's defense, stating the fight with Freire was stopped too soon.
Submitted Nov 27, 2011 11:36PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Costa Injured, Bout with Good Scratched from Bellator 59 Card
(sherdog.com)
I just found this on sherdog, If your doing the secondary league this is one of the fights for this weekend's combo card.
Submitted Nov 23, 2011 3:12PM by machodog76 - 5 comments
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SPOILER: Alvarez vs Chandler + Bellator 58 results
(sportsnet.ca)
In one of the best fights the Bellator cage has ever hosted, undefeated lightweight Michael Chandler fulfilled his dream of becoming a world champion at Bellator 58 with a fourth round submission victory over the reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez on Saturday. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was in a frenzy as Alvarez set out to defend his Bellator title since capturing the belt in Belltaor’s first season. In his first title defense, his superior boxing led to a five round decision win over the last tournament champion, Pat Curran, but this time his opponent wouldn't stop moving forward. Alvarez was able to fend off Chandler's takedown attempts, but Chandler connected with too many power punches and had Alvarez on the fence multiple times. In the fourth round, one of Chandler’s powerful punches stunned Alvarez and dropped the Lightweight Champion to the mat, where Chandler was able to gain full mount with a knee to belly pass. He poured the pressure on Alvarez and forced him to turn over where he sunk in a rear naked choke and forced a tap almost immediately. Chandler was awarded the win, and more importantly the Bellator Lightweight Championship. “Chandler vs. Alvarez was quite simply the best mixed martial arts fight I have ever seen,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “After having watched over 1,000 fights since the early 1990s, I’ve never seen a better back and forth battle. Chandler’s win over Alvarez is a win over a fighter who I believed was the best lightweight in the world, while at the same time is a testament to what Bellator is all about....." sadly this happened on the same night as the epicness of Rua vs Hendo. Rebney will have to change his stance after watching this
Submitted Nov 21, 2011 5:09PM by Bubbles - 6 comments
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