Julia Budd vs Roberta Paim Rovel Planned For Bellator 146 Card
Featherweight standout Julia “The Jewel” Budd looks to extend her five-fight winning streak when she steps back into the Bellator cage on November 20th at Bellator 146 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Budd is expected to face off against Roberta “Crusher” Paim Rovel in a featured 145-pound matchup.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the bout with Bellator officials this weekend following an initial report from Dama de Ferro MMA. Budd won her Bellator debut in February by dominating Gabrielle “Gabanator” Holloway. Paim has finished all four of her professional opponents in the first round.
Pat Curran injures knee, withdraws from Justin Lawrence bout at Bellator 145
Former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has withdrawn from his Bellator 145 bout opposite former The Ultimate Fighter contestant Justin Lawrence. According to a press release issued Tuesday by Bellator, Curran sustained a knee injury that caused him to be removed from the bout.
Lawrence will still appear on the card, but now faces late replacement Emmanuel Sanchez.
Goiti Yamauchi welcomes former ‘King of Pancrase’ Isao Kobayashi at Bellator 144
Bellator has announced the signing of another Japanese talent.
Isao Kobayashi, a former "King of Pancrase" at lightweight, will make his promotional debut against featherweight Goiti Yamauchi at Bellator 144, event scheduled for Oct. 23 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.
Kobayashi enters Bellator after racking up an 18-2-4 MMA record, 15-1-4 under the Pancrase banner, including wins over the likes of Marlon Sandro, Will Chope and Koji Oishi. The Japanese fighter has won three of four since cutting down to 145 pounds.
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145
A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and David Rickels (16-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) is slated for Bellator 145.
Officials today announced the matchup, as well as a trio of preliminary-card bouts.
Bellator 145, which features two title fights, take place Nov. 6 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest Bellator 145 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title
Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title
Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels
Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly
Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller
Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Scott Coker: Early 2016 likely for Bellator champ Liam McGeary vs. Phil Davis
Expect Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary to make his next title defense in early 2016.
After controlling the action early in the fight, Tito Ortiz (18-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) ultimately tapped out to an inverted triangle choke from McGeary (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 142 event.
In the co-headliner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) followed up an opening-round submission victory over Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to knock out replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who filled in for injured Muhammed Lawal (16-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA, to win the single-night tournament and claim his title.
Following the MMA-kickboxing “Dynamite” event, which aired on Spike from San Jose’s SAP Center, Bellator President Scott Coker said the two 205-pounders will likely meet in early 2016.
Fedor headlines NYE show in Japan on Spike TV
Spike TV will celebrate New Year's Eve with an MMA mega-event featuring mixed martial arts worldwide legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Emanating from Tokyo, Japan, the event marks the debut of a new global MMA promotion run by former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara.
Bellator will partner with Mr. Sakakibara on the MMA extravaganza and will have fighters from its roster participating. The event will be broadcast to Spike's 93 million homes in the United States.
Fedor's opponent and further details on the event will be announced at a later date.
"We are thrilled to join forces with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and our partner Bellator President Scott Coker to give MMA fans a big reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve - Fedor fighting FREE on Spike!" said Kevin Kay, Spike President.
Bellator 142 weigh-in results: All fighters on weight for 'Dynamite' event
The Bellator 142 fighter weigh-ins took place today, and all fighters for the MMA portion of the “Dynamite” event made weight for their fights.
The weigh-ins took place at SAP Center in San Jose, which also plays host to Saturday’s Bellator MMA-GLORY kickboxing hybrid show. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The full Bellator 142 weigh-in results (MMA only) include:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Liam McGeary (204.8) vs. Tito Ortiz (204.6) – for light heavyweight title
Mike Bronzoulis (155.4) vs. Josh Thomson (155.4)
Muhammed Lawal (204.4) vs. Linton Vassell (205) – light heavyweight tourney opening round
Phil Davis (205.8) vs. Emanuel Newton (204) – light heavyweight tourney opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha (170) vs. James Terry (171)
Josh Paiva (126) vs. Matt Ramirez (126)
Gabriel Carrasco (135.4) vs. Joe Neal (135.6)
Salvador Becerra (156) vs. Adam Piccolotti (155.8)
Thomas Diagne (145.6) vs. Mike Malott (145.2)
Francis Carmont (205) vs. Anthony Ruiz (205.4) – light heavyweight tourney alternate bout
Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce.
"I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Liam McGeary doesn't blame Tito Ortiz for chasing title shot, but will get 'knocked out'
Liam McGeary understands why Tito Ortiz put so much effort into earning one last title shot. However, he thinks it was a big mistake to do so.
Following back-to-back wins to start his Bellator MMA career, Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was offered a matchup against longtime rival Frank Shamrock. He declined and instead insisted Bellator MMA President Scott Coker grant him a light heavyweight championship fight with McGeary (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) at Bellator 142...