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Scott Coker to launch Bellator Kickboxing in April on Spike
Bellator President Scott Coker and Spike executives today announced the upcoming launch of Bellator Kickboxing. The kickboxing organization, slated for an April launch, will air on Spike like its MMA counterpart. Bellator’s MMA staff will run the kickboxing promotion out of its current Santa Monica, Calif., offices, according to Coker. The first event is slated for April 16 and will be co-promoted with Oktagon Kickboxing. Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, plays host. Spike will air a live Bellator MMA event as a lead-in
Submitted Feb 19, 2016 7:07PM by Bustamante-Aoki - 7 comments
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Kimbo Slice fight attracts unusual betting on underdog
Friday night's MMA bout in Houston between Kimbo Slice and relative unknown Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris has attracted an unusual level of betting action on the underdog, causing the odds to shift dramatically and forcing multiple sportsbooks to take the fight off the board. Slice opened as a -360 favorite before a flurry of action, including several large wagers, poured in on the underdog Harris, driving the price down to Slice -165 as of Friday morning. "We took seven bets in the first two hours we had it up; all of them were to win four figures on the underdog," said Jason Simbal, vice president of race and sports at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology. "It was moving like crazy. We had to take it down." Apparently lots of different bookies have removed the fight from their sites...
Submitted Feb 19, 2016 7:02PM by Bustamante-Aoki - 8 comments
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Wanderlei Silva’s Lifetime Ban and $70,000 Fine Lifted
Wanderlei Silva‘s longtime disciplinary case before the Nevada Athletic Commission came to a conclusion on Wednesday. The commission reduced Silva’s suspension to three years and erased the $70,000 fine levied against him. Silva was initially handed a lifetime ban and a $70,000 fine by the commission for evading a random drug test prior to a planned bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in the summer of 2014.
Submitted Feb 17, 2016 3:37PM by JLS1980 - 19 comments
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Scott Coker: Bellator did talk with Alistair Overeem's reps, but 'we chose not to make an offer'
During an appearance on Monday's The MMA Hour, Alistair Overeem said that he never engaged in talks with any other promotion during free agency before deciding to re-sign with the UFC. Technically, that might be the case. Overeem himself didn't -- but, according to Bellator president Scott Coker -- his representatives did. "I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but of course there were negotiations going on," Coker told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. "It's true that Alistair wasn't talking to me directly, because his agent or manager or lawyer was talking to me. I think that's kind of what the story is, and negotiations went back and forth, and at the end of the day we chose not to make an offer. And really what it came down to was a value proposition of what he wanted and what he thought was the market value for him.
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 5:26PM by JLS1980 - 7 comments
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Rampage Jackson returns to Bellator MMA following lawsuit settlement
Quinton Jackson is back with Bellator MMA after more than a year-long lawsuit between the two parties over Rampage's contract. This news comes just two months shy of his UFC 186 co-main event vs. Fabio Maldonado. Here's today's press release in full: Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is returning to Bellator. Bellator MMA is thrilled to have "Rampage," one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, King Mo, Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell among others.
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 5:23PM by JLS1980 - 8 comments
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Tito Ortiz cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing woman’s phone at club
UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz was cited for misdemeanor battery early this morning after an alleged struggle with a woman in a Las Vegas nightclub. Police were called to the Cromwell Casino at 1:08 this morning and made contact with a woman who claimed Ortiz tried to take her phone as she was filming a video, Las Vegas police spokesperson Laura Meltzer today told MMAjunkie. The woman told TMZ Sports Ortiz “whipped her around” at Drai’s nightclub, thinking she was taking pictures of him, and was “scared for her life” when he allegedly got physical.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Bellator planning heightened security measures before Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight
BEVERLY HILLS -- It's no surprise to anyone that Kimbo Slice and Dada 500 have disdain for each other. That's one of the reasons why Bellator MMA put the bout between the two streetfighting legends together. With that knowledge, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting that there will be heightened security during fight week before Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston. Slice and Dada, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, are being put up in separate hotels and whenever precautions will be taken when they are in the same room at the same time for press conferences and workouts. Bellator staff and security will make sure the two fighters and their respective camps are far apart at all times.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:55PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Ex-champ Michael Chandler signs long-term extension with Bellator
After talking up his value and calling for big fights, ex-lightweight champ Michael Chandler has signed a long-term contract extension with Bellator MMA. The Viacom-owned promotion announced the deal today, characterizing it as a “multi-year, multi-fight contract extension.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though MMA fans will get an idea of Chandler’s (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) minimum salary when show and win purses are reported by state athletic commissions. “Michael Chandler is synonymous with our brand and doubles as an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated in a press release. “Not every fighter or free agent aligns with our future plans, but when looking at Chandler’s resume, inking him to a long-term extension was a no-brainer.”
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:22PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Bellator signs trio of Brazilian woman
Bellator continues it's recent string of signings with 3 brazilian woman 2 of which were succesful in other martial arts before a transition to mma.One being a SandShou champ and the other a muaythai fighter.
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 8:19PM by FKA - 8 comments
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Kendall Grove vs. Francisco France completes Bellator 150 card in Kansas
The card is complete for Bellator 150 later this month with the addition of a new middleweight fight to the main card. Kendall Grove (22-15 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) will meet Francisco France (13-3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) on the card, promotion officials today announced. MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas – for bantamweight title Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz Bobby Cooper vs. David Rickels Francisco France vs. Kendall Grove Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie 7 p.m. ET) Gregory Babene vs. Brandon Farran Gaston Reyno vs. Chuka Willis David Hammons vs. Kyle Noblitt Chris Harris vs. Julian Marque Henry Lindsay vs. Marcio Navarro Deron Charlis vs. Thai Clark Andre Fialho vs. Manuel Meraz Jonathan Gary vs. Jason Witt
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 3:44PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
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Former UFC, PRIDE standout Wanderlei Silva to appear at Bellator 149 Fan Fest
Bellator may have taken the next step toward getting Wanderlei Silva into its fold by getting the former UFC standout and PRIDE champion onto its Fan Fest lineup for next week. The Bellator Fan Fest takes place Feb. 18, the night before Bellator 149, at Dave & Buster’s (7620 Katy Freeway #100) in Houston. Bellator 149 takes place the next day at Toyota Center in Houston with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. MMA veterans Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock meet in a trilogy rematch in the main event, and street fighting legends Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Dhafir “DADA 5000” Harris meet in a co-main event grudge match.
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 11:41AM by postman - 2 comments
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Bellator 151 card complete with addition of seven prelims in Oklahoma
The card is complete for next month’s Bellator 151 event in Oklahoma with the addition of seven prelims. On Tuesday, the card’s co-main event got a change when unbeaten Brit Michael Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) had to pull out. Former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) stepped up on a month’s notice to face Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the co-feature. Now the rest of the card is set. Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. The complete Bellator 151 main card now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Chris Jones vs. Ray Wood Steve Garcia vs. Ricky Turcios Justin Patterson vs. Chance Rencountre Aaron Roberson vs. Treston Thomison Roger Carroll vs. Neiman Gracie Jermayne Barnes vs. Derek Palmer Stephen Banaszak vs. Steven Peterson
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 9:55PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Scott Coker: Bellator, Rizin both interested in Wanderlei Silva
If Wanderlei Silva can ever get clear of his issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission, he could be looking at a windfall. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that both Bellator and Rizin are interested in Silva, a recent free agent, provided he's no longer under suspension. "He's gonna have to clear that all up," Coker said. "That's gonna be part of the deal. I know that Rizin wants to sign him as well. There's gonna be a couple of bidders out there for Wanderlei's services."
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 5:34PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Other MMA Organizations, Bellator
Michael Page out of Bellator 151, RFA champ Gilbert Smith in vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see Michael Page show off his flashy fighting style again in the Bellator cage. Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is out of his scheduled Bellator 151 co-main event showdown with Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for undisclosed reasons. Stepping in to replace “Venom” is the now former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Bellator officials confirmed the switch to MMAjunkie The latest Bellator 151 main card includes: Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 3:39AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Neiman Gracie vs. Roger Carroll added to Bellator 151
Neiman Gracie will finally return to the Bellator cage in March. The undefeated welterweight, who tapped Bobby Flynn in his promotional debut in February of 2015, is slated to face Roger Carroll at the Bellator 151 card in Thackerville, Okla. on March 4, sources told MMAFighting.com. Son of coral belt (red and black) Marcio Stambowsky and Carla Gracie, Gracie looks to extend his MMA record to 4-0 after scoring a pair of submission finishes at World Series of Fighting prior to his successful Bellator debut in 2015.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 12:11PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Leben unretires, signs with Bellator
Bellator MMA signed Benson Henderson this week, and veteran heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov, and now has signed Chris Leben. The announcement was made by president Scott Coker on AXS TV's “Inside MMA.” “He’s got some physicals to pass, but pending his passing of all his physicals, he will be a Bellator fighter. ... From the very beginning, we made a public statement - we've been transparent about this - that we’re looking for the best free agents that make the most sense for our roster. There are free agents out there. Some we will go after, some we won't. … We have a great roster in place. We’re building fighters from the ground up. ... And when the free agents we want are available, we’ll go after them, as well. So we're going to build this roster from the bottom up, and from the top down."
Submitted Feb 6, 2016 10:38AM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
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Goiti Yamauchi vs. Bubba Jenkins set for Bellator 151
Two rising featherweight prospects will meet at Bellator 151, as Japanese-Brazilian Goiti Yamauchi faces Bubba Jenkins in Thackerville, Okla., on March 4. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com. Yamauchi (19-2) holds a 5-1 record inside the Bellator cage with four stoppage victories, while Jenkins (10-2) knocked out four opponents in his 7-2 run in the promotion.
Submitted Feb 4, 2016 7:19PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator
Scott Coker is linking up with another familiar face. Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, according to sources close to the promotion. The Russian striker is currently expected to make his debut in May.
Submitted Feb 3, 2016 10:11AM by GDPofMPG - 8 comments
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Bellator 149 lineup complete with Melvin Guillard vs. Derek Campos, plus 9 prelims
Melvin Guillard has a new opponent for Bellator 149 later this month in Houston, and the card is complete with the addition of nine prelims. Guillard (32-15-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) originally was set to meet Houston native Mike Bronzoulis (18-9 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), but now will face Derek Campos (15-6 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) on the main card. Bellator officials announced Guillard’s new opponent today, as well as the card’s complete lineup. The complete Bellator 149 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock Kimbo Slice vs. Dhafir Harris Emanuel Newton vs. Linton Vassell Derek Campos vs. Melvin Guillard Daniel Pineda vs. Emmanuel Sanchez PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Juan Torres vs. Justin Wren Jeremy Mahon vs. Davis Sylvester James Christopherson vs. Charlie Ontiveros Ruben Esparsa vs. C.J. Hancock Daniel Santos vs. Adrian Yanez Richard Knepp vs. Isaac Villanueva Mike Trinh vs. Angel Zamora Anthony Ivy vs. Jason Langellier Manny Lozoya vs. Jacob Norsworthy
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 11:39PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Benson Henderson gets welterweight title shot vs. Koreshkov in Bellator 153 main event
Former UFC lightweight champion and recent Bellator acquisition Benson Henderson will get an immediate title shot at welterweight in his new home. Henderson (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to fight for the 170-pound title against champion Andrey Koreshkov (18-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 153. Bellator Director of Communications Danny Brener confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN.com. Bellator 153 takes place April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and its main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 12:53PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
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