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Julia Budd Wins Inaugural Title, Marloes Coenen Retires
(mmaweekly.com)
Bellator MMA crowned their inaugural women’s featherweight champion in the Bellator 174 main event in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Friday. Women’s fighting veteran Marloes Coenen took on Julia Budd in the title fight, and Budd walked away with the belt. Coenen, a former Strikeforce bantamweight champion, was the smaller of the two athletes. Each round Budd took Coenen down early and maintained top control for the duration of the frame. In the opening round, Coenen threatened with a triangle-choke attempt, but couldn’t finish the submission.
Submitted Mar 4, 2017 8:55AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef 2 for middleweight title set for Bellator 176
(mmafighting.com)
The first time around, it was a bizarrely uneventful fight with an unpopular judges’ decision. Now, Bellator will run it back. Rafael Carvalho will defend his middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef in the main event of Bellator 176 on April 8 in Torino, Italy, according to Bellator officials Monday.
Submitted Feb 28, 2017 10:27AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Scott Coker on Mike Goldberg: We’re trying to see if we can fit him in Bellator, but it’s not imminent
(mmamania.com)
Not much has been heard from former Mike Goldberg after he was unceremoniously let go of his color commentating duties with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) last December after UFC 207. Though he did make an unexpected appearance at a previous UFC event.
Submitted Feb 27, 2017 6:38PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Hardy on Bellator’s matchmaking: ‘Why are we watching these old relics battle it out in main events?’
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC veteran Dan Hardy was not a fan of how Bellator 170’s main event fight between Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz went down. He even voiced out his frustrations via Twitter, which he later got some flak about. “The #Bellator170 main event was more choreographed than a Brittany Spears music video. Shame really... It might have been a fun fight,” Hardy wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:51AM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Bellator 174's Cody Pfister aims to start an MMA promotion that rivals UFC and Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
After a 1-3 run in the UFC, Pfister (12-6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) signed with Bellator for a debut March 3 against Jonathan Gary (12-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Bellator 174. He’s also working with business partners to form a new MMA promotion in his home state of Texas, one he hopes will compete with his former and current promoters. He doesn’t have a name yet, but he’s got the drive to make a go of it.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:47AM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Bellator 172's Brooke Mayo on stoppage: 'I just feel as women we're kind of treated differently'
(mmajunkie.com)
Brooke Mayo had less than a minute left on the clock in her pro debut before a doctor’s assessment rendered her unable to continue. Sporting a swollen and purple left eye, a distraught Mayo (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) could be seen on Bellator 172’s Spike-televised main card pleading for her fight with Veta Arteaga (2-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to go on. “I can see,” she repeated. “I can see.” But it was a no-go. After nearly three full rounds of a highly entertaining flyweight battle at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Mayo was off to a 0-1 start to her professional MMA career.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:14PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
From hot prospect to theft accusations, Bubba Jenkins' story of a fallout with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
Bubba Jenkins says his relationship with Bellator didn’t go bad overnight. It took four years for things to reach the breaking point, sending him out the door with an 11-3 record, his contract invalidated, and reporters calling to see what went wrong. “It’s just been such a weird career from the start, from the old regime to who it is now,” Jenkins, 29, told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:12PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Bellator signs Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo
(mmafighting.com)
Another talent from the Pitbull Brothers team has joined Bellator MMA. Leandro Higo, the Legacy Fighting Alliance 135-pound champion, has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, Bellator officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Higo (17-2) became the RFA bantamweight champion last April with a first-round submission over Joey Miolla. When RFA and Legacy FC merged into LFA, the Brazilian added the LFA belt to his resume with a decision victory over Legacy FC champion Steven Peterson in January.
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 3:08PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator suing UFC to prevent access to documents in anti-trust suit
(mixedmartialarts.com)
In 2015 a class-action, anti-trust lawsuit was filed against the UFC. It is ongoing, and argues that the league crippled the market, and created an environment where fighters were unable to fight anywhere else. The suit accuses the UFC of running “an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from would-be rival MMA Promoters by systematically preventing them from gaining access to resources critical to successful MMA Promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for would-be rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.”
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 10:01AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Here we go again: Filipovic out, Liam McGeary now meets Brett McDermott in Bellator 173 main event
(mmajunkie.com)
For the second time in 48 hours, Bellator 173 headliner Liam McGeary has a new opponent for Friday’s card. On Monday, Bellator officials announced that Chris Fields had been forced out of the Bellator 173 main event against former light heavyweight champion McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) and would be replaced by promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). But today, Filipovic is out, too. Stepping up on two days’ notice to take his place will be Brett McDermott (7-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who like Filipovic will be making his promotional debut.
Submitted Feb 22, 2017 12:35PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Liam McGeary gets new opponent for Bellator 173 main event
(mmafighting.com)
For the second week in a row, Bellator is forced to change a main event on short notice. Days after pulling Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione from Bellator 172 due to illness, former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary found himself without an opponent after Chris Fields suffered an undisclosed injury. Severe MMA first reported the news. Headlining Friday’s Bellator 173 in Belfast, McGeary will now take on promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic, who enters the Bellator cage for the first time after winning eight of 10 professional bouts in Serbia and Russia, including six stoppages.
Submitted Feb 20, 2017 5:54PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Daniel Straus defends Bellator title against Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 178
(mmafighting.com)
The Bellator MMA featherweight champion will make his long-awaited return to the cage against longtime rival Patricio Freire in the main event of Bellator 178 on April 21 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. it was announced at a press conference Friday before Bellator 172 weigh-ins in San Jose.
Submitted Feb 18, 2017 1:21PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Michael Page to face Derek Anderson in Bellator’s return to London
(mmafighting.com)
Michael "Venom" Page (12-0), who has bounced around a combat sports gym since the age of three as the son of a champion kickboxer, will face what could be his highest-caliber test in Derek Anderson (14-3) on Bellator's May 19 show in London at the SSE Wembley Arena.
Submitted Feb 18, 2017 1:18PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bubba Jenkins says Bellator’s ‘disrespect’ and ‘non-caring’ led to him asking for release
(mmafighting.com)
In MMA as in most professional fields, there’s a big difference between being released and quitting. For Bubba Jenkins, that line was a little blurred on Tuesday, when news came down that the veteran had been released by Bellator.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 3:49PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Jiu-jitsu champion Rafael Lovato signs with Bellator
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator MMA is adding an elite name to its roster from sport, and particularly American, jiu-jitsu. Sources tell MMA Fighting Rafael Lovato, Jr. has signed with the organization to join its middleweight division.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 10:15AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Spike TV to Become Paramount Network in Viacom Rebranding
(hollywoodreporter.com)
There's a big change coming to Spike TV. Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A formal announcement will likely come Thursday morning when Viacom unveils its turnaround plan during its quarterly earnings call. Sources tell THR that Spike chief Kevin Kay — who recently added oversight of CMT and TV Land to his purview of the Global Entertainment Group — is expected to remain in place. The rebranding could begin as early as 2018, sources say, and no personnel changes are expected to be made at this time. Representatives for Viacom and Spike declined comment, though a formal rollout strategy is expected to be part of Thursday's call.
Submitted Feb 10, 2017 12:23PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald headlines Bellator 179 in London
(mmafighting.com)
Paul Daley called out Rory MacDonald after scoring a vicious knockout in his last appearance inside the Bellator cage, and he got the fight he was hoping for. Bellator officially announced on Thursday that “Semtex" will battle “Red King” in the main event of Bellator 179. The event takes place May 19 at London’s SSE Arena.
Submitted Feb 9, 2017 12:47PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell 135 title fight headlines Bellator 177 in Budapest
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator is returning to Hungary this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in Budapest. Bellator 177 is set for april 14 at Budapest Sports Arena. In the main event, bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (19-4 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) is set to take on challenger Darrion Caldwell (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA). In addition, the card will feature a featherweight fight between Hungary’s Adam Borics (5-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Anthony Taylor (1-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA). Promotion officials announced the card and headliner today. The main card will air on Spike at 9 p.m. ET. Immediately following the MMA card, Bellator Kickboxing 6 will air on Spike at 11 p.m. ET, headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Zoltan Laszak and Karim Ghajji.
Submitted Feb 8, 2017 5:04PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator looks to book Michael Page vs. Paul Daley
(mmamania.com)
Michael “Venom” Page is rumored to be fighting Paul “Semtex” Daley sometime in May, a natural fit for a London card. Finally, Page gets a high level challenge, and it’s against one of the most powerful strikers at welterweight.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 6:33AM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC President Dana White on 'TUF 8' winner: 'Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader'
(mmajunkie.com)
The most tenured light heavyweight fighter in UFC history officially will be taking his talents elsewhere. Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) appears to be headed for Bellator. UFC President Dana White today told USA TODAY Sports that the promotion gave its blessing to Bader leaving for its top competitor and would not match any contract offer Bader might receive from the Viacom-owned Bellator.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 11:17PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
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