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Sinclair out at Bellator 101, Tirloni meets Clementi in lightweight tourney
Rob Sinclair's debut for Bellator MMA has been put on hold, and Ricardo Tirloni is the beneficiary. Tirloni will meet Rich Clementi in the upcoming lightweight tourney with Sinclair out with a knee injury.
Ailing father forces Shahbulat Shamhalaev out of 145 tourney at Bellator 99
Season 7 featherweight tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev's second run at Bellator gold will have to wait. The fighter is withdrawing from the promotion's Season 9 tournament to tend to his ailing father.
Rebney: 'Ridiculously one-dimensional' champ Askren will dominate if in UFC
So far, it hasn't been the same kind of controversy that Bellator MMA experienced with Eddie Alvarez's free agency. What will happen to the promotion's welterweight champion, Ben Askren, remains to be seen. But Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney believes the elite-level wrestler will continue having success if he stays or if he goes. At this point, backhanded compliments might be just part of the game...
Cheick Kongo meets Mark Godbeer at Bellator 101 in Portland
Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo will make his Bellator MMA debut later this month. The promotion on Saturday announced Kongo will meet Mark Godbeer at Bellator 101.
Warren KO'd in training
Ex-Bellator champ and Fight Master reality show star Joe Warren was reportedly KO'd during training which forced the cancellation of his Bantamweight semi-final tournament bout with Nick Kirk at Bellator 98.
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney. Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
Middleweight ‘Arm Collector’ Giva Santana Retires Following Bellator 98 Loss to Jason Butcher
Bellator middleweight Giva Santana has retired at age 41. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist announced his decision following a second-round technical knockout defeat to Jason Butcher at Saturday night’s Bellator 98.
Bellator 98 weigh ins and Fight card change
MAIN CARD Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (183.3) vs. Brett Cooper (184.8) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.3) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5) Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Pitbull (155) PRELIMINARY CARD Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204) Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155) Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.8) Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (135) vs. Rico Disciullo (135.3) Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (243) vs. Parker Porter (260) Andreas Spang was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight Tournament, but was deemed ineligible to compete by the provisionary commission. Brennan Ward will now face Justin Torrey in the opening round of the Middleweight Tournament.
Joe Warren deemed medically ineligible to compete at Bellator 98 on Sept. 7 at Mohegan Sun
Former Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren has been deemed ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. After reviewing the medical documentation submitted by Warren, the now Bellator Bantamweight Semifinalist will have his fight delayed until further notice. "I've been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe's medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety. It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe's been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it's incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage."
Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view to air live on Armed Forces Network
Bellator MMA's partnership with the Armed Forces Network brings the tournament-based promotion's regular-season events to men and women in uniform. Now, those troops will get to see who has more left in the tank – Tito Ortiz or Quinton Jackson? The Viacom-owned promotion recently announced that "Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito" will be shown on the network, which airs in over 175 countries to an estimated 1 million service members...
Finalist Joe Riggs Out Due to Injury, Fight Master Final Nixed from Saturday’s Bellator 98
The Fight Master: Bellator MMA final between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis slated for Saturday’s Bellator 98 has been postponed.
David Rickels vs. J.J. Ambrose, six prelims set for Bellator 103 in Kansas
A lightweight bout featuring a recent tournament winner and a full slate of prelims have been added to Bellator's October show in Kansas. MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) TBA vs. TBA - featherweight tournament semifinal TBA vs. TBA - featherweight tournament semifinal J.J. Ambrose vs. David Rickels PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com (7 p.m. ET) Cody Carrillo vs. Ricky Musgrave Jeimeson Saudino vs. Jesse Thornton Donnie Bell vs. Marcio Navarro Maurice Jackson vs. Matt Uhde Remy Bussieres vs. Blake Pool Wayman Carter vs. Carlos Eduardo
Career threatening injury rules Rob Sinclair out of Bellator Lightweight Tournament
The Fight Lounge can exclusively reveal that UK lightweight Rob “C-4? Sinclair has been ruled out of the Bellator lightweight tournament, that was scheduled to take place on September 27th, at Bellator 101 in Portland, Oregon, United States due to injury. The Fight Lounge can reveal that Rob “C-4? Sinclair has been ruled out of Bellator 101 due to a career threatening injury that was sustained earlier this week in training. The Fight Lounge are not obliged to go into detail regarding the incident, but what we can tell you is that Rob is currently in hospital, after sustaining an injury that at one point was said to be career threatening.
On day of Ryan Couture's UFC bout, Spike and Xtreme Couture plan special message
This Saturday's episodes of "Ink Master" on Spike TV will reportedly contain a brief message that might be of interest to MMA fans, and maybe even the UFC.
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo signs with Bellator MMA, joins Season 9 tourney field
Bellator MMA has a new (but familiar) addition to its heavyweight division: longtime UFC fighter Cheick Kongo. Bellator officials today announced the signing, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. Although an exact debut date hasn't been announced, he's joined the organization's Season 9 heavyweight tournament, which kicks is expected to kick off in September. However, in a prepared statement, Kongo (18-8-2 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC), suggested he'll debut instead in October.
Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus title fight joins Bellator 106 pay-per-view
Bellator MMA's pay-per-view debut now has a third title fight.
Bellator 101 fight card complete with Held vs. Tirloni as featured prelim
The full fight card has been set for Bellator MMA's first trip to Oregon and features a key lightweight bout between Marcin Held and Ricardo Tirloni on the preliminary card.
Bellator 100 prelims include Jenkins, Starks, Siliga, Marx and Escudero
The fight card is set for next month's Bellator 100 event, and a host of notables are now part of the night's preliminary card.
Rebney not interested in re-signing Askren
Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, states the company doesn't plan to stand in the way of their welterweight champion, Ben Askren, should he decide to move on to the UFC.
Eddie Alvarez says new Bellator deal is ‘fair enough'
Eight months of anger, resentment and legal roadblocks came to a tidy conclusion last week when former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez reached a settlement with the promotion that built him into a star then threatened to cage his livelihood away for years in the courts. The U.S. justice system never got around to determining whether Bellator matched the terms of the UFC's contract. But nonetheless, Alvarez now is scheduled to rematch Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view, providing a cordial end to his rocky year...