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'Fight Master: Bellator MMA' cast unveiled with Riggs, Lozano and 30 others
The debut season of "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" debuts June 19 on Spike TV, and the organization has unveiled the cast of 32 welterweights who will compete in the show's tournament. Many familiar names are part of the cast, which features Randy Couture, Greg Jackson, Frank Shamrock and Joe Warren as coaches. The show, which debuts at 10 p.m. ET/PT with announcer Jimmy Smith as its host, airs weekly, and the eventual tourney winner earns $100,000. Unlike the UFC's similar and popular reality series, "The Ultimate Fighter," Bellator fighters get to choose their own coaches and opponents on the show. "Fight Master: Bellator MMA" Season 1 features 10 episodes, including an opening three that feature qualifying bouts. The series concludes with a live finale, and the winner will get a berth into a future Bellator tourney. Notable cast members include the likes of Mike Bronzoulis, Chris Lozano, Joe Riggs, Bryan Travers, Artenas Young and others.
Brett Rogers appears to have been released from Bellator
It would appear that notable heavyweight Brett 'Da Grim' Rogers has been released from his Bellator contract and will have an upcoming bout in Korea.
Alvarez blames Viacom execs, not 'grunt' Rebney
After a couple months where it seemed a settlement was a possibility, Bellator and Eddie Alvarez have decided that a trial is the only way to settle their dispute. Earlier this week, the promotion's CEO Bjorn Rebney revealed that despite resolution seeming possible only a month ago, "everything went real dark." It didn't take long after that for Alvarez to get on Twitter to reiterate that settlement was no longer a possibility and he wanted to "let the truth come out." Friday night, Alvarez followed that rant with another that showed his real problem isn't with Rebney, but the bosses at Viacom and Spike TV: This is a lot less about Bjorn uys and a lot more about Viacom. I spoke with the higher ups and explained myself, basically was told, "Too bad." Bjorn only owns very little and I'm really not sure he has a say at all. I went over his and spoke with his bosses and here we are!
Leading into trial with Bellator, Eddie Alvarez forced to sell house and contemplates unsantionced fights
Throughout 2013, Alvarez has been stuck in a legal battle with Bellator over the matching clause in his contract. While the parties had tried to reach a settlement, talks turned sour and a trial is looking likely.
Eddie Alvarez promises courtroom trial in case against Bellator
Eddie Alvarez plans to fight Bellator to the finish in a courtroom. The ex-Bellator lightweight champ on Thursday posted on Twitter that he won't settle with the tournament-based promotion and wants a trial.
Vladimir Matyushenko Headed to Bellator
The Janitor, Vladimir Matyushenko, at 42 years of age, has signed on to compete for Bellator MMA.
Bellator's motion to dismiss Eddie Alvarez's claims denied by judge
The legal battle between the former champion and his former employer continues. Bellator attempted to get the crux of Alvarez's counterclaim dismissed, but the motion was rejected by the presiding judge.
Bellator's 'Summer Series' returns with three four-man tournaments
Bellator MMA will return this summer for another "Summer Series" of tournaments, but it will do so with a twist on its regular format. Instead of eight-fighter tournaments like it has done throughout its run, Bellator this summer will put on three four-man tourneys. The promotion announced the plans on Wednesday, though it has not yet announced dates, locations or participants in the tournament events, which will air on Spike TV. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported, the tournaments will take place in the heavyweight, light heavyweight and bantamweight divisions.
UFC Joins the Fight to Save Olympic Wrestling, Calls on Bellator and Viacom for Cooperation
When the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted in February to cut wrestling from the Olympic Games starting in 2020, the decision sent shock waves not only through the wrestling community, but throughout the sports world; perhaps none more so than the mixed martial arts community.
Shahbulat Shamhalaev plans to stop champ Pat Curran at Bellator 95
Russian fighters often get painted as nearly emotionless – fighters with scowls and cold stares and ice in their veins and as Ivan Drago replicas in terms of their dispositions. If Shahbulat Shamhalaev is not like that, he's not giving many indications of it.
Felice Herrig apologizes for Bellator 94 scuffle with Heather Clark
Felice Herrig has apologized for her role in a dustup with Heather Clark at this past week's Bellator 94 event.
Bellator 94 Live Broadcast Produces Low TV Ratings, but Replay Bolsters Bottom Line
Bellator 94 on Thursday featured two Season 8 tournament finals, but that failed to give the event any punch in the TV ratings department. Bellator 94 drew just 713,000 viewers, the second lowest total of the season, according to MMAWeekly.com industry sources. Bellator’s Season 8 has still been a TV ratings success for the promotion, averaging 782,000 viewers per event, well above what the promotion has achieved in prior seasons on other networks. This is the first season that Bellator has aired on Spike TV. Season 8 kicked off strong with 938,000 viewers for the promotion’s debut on its new network, but hasn’t returned to that point since...
NHL's Chicago Blackhawks honor champ Pat Curran ahead of Bellator 95
Ahead of Pat Curran's headlining spot in this week's Season 8 finale, the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks honored the Bellator featherweight champion. At this past Friday's game against the Anaheim Ducks, the Blackhawks introduced Curran to fans at Chicago's United Center. Between the second and third periods, he also took shots at the goal for charity...
Bellator 94 results: Emanuel Newton, David Rickels claim tournament titles
It didn't come easy, but Emanuel Newton (21-7-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC) earned his much-desired rematch with Bellator MMA light heavyweight champ Attila Vegh. Newton earned a hard-fought decision win over fellow tournament finalist Mikhail Zayats (21-7 MMA, 2-1 BFC) to claim Bellator MMA's Season 8 light heavyweight bracket crown...
Back Injury Forces Jessica Eye Off Bellator 95 Card
A Bellator 95 bout between Jessica “Evil” Eye and Munah Holland has been nixed. Eye on Sunday confirmed that she has had to drop out of the fight due to a back injury...
Interview: Brett Cooper felt that Marshall lost his semi final fight
Brett talks about his road to the middleweight final, also admits that he felt Doug Marshall lost his semi final match up.
Injury forces Eric Prindle out of Thursday's Bellator 93 bout with Brett Rogers
Thursday's Bellator 93 event has lost a main-card bout as an injury has forced Eric Prindle out of his heavyweight clash with Brett Rogers.
Interview: Bjorn Rebney gives his views on Fitch, Alvarez, Daley and much more
Bellator CCEO Bjorn Rebney chats to Ray from MMA Mental about all the hot topics surrounding Bellator, he gives his views on Fitch, Fitch v Askren, Eddie Alvarez, Paul Daley, War Machine, Randy Couture, he also confirms plans for Bellator and the UK.
Bellator 95 Gets Middleweight, Featherweight Finals, Parisyan-Hawn Welterweight Duel
Bellator 95 will play host to the Season 8 middleweight and featherweight tournament finals, as well as a welterweight showdown between judokas Rick Hawn and Karo Parisyan.
Bellator 94 card complete with eight prelims, 155 and 205 tourney finals
The Bellator 94 card is complete with eight preliminary-card bouts ahead of three main-card fights that include two tournament finals. The complete Bellator 94 card includes: MAIN CARD (10 p.m. ET, Spike TV) Saad Awad vs. David Rickels - lightweight tournament finals Emanuel Newton vs. Mikhail Zayats - light heavyweight tournament finals Trey Houston vs. Luis Melo PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET, Spike.com) Shah Bobonis vs. Joe Taimanglo Heather Clark vs. Felice Herrig Jessica Aguilar vs. Patricia Vidonic Rob Horton vs. Augusto Sakai Edson Berto vs. Bruno Carvalho Ivan Devalle vs. Rory Shallcross Patrick Cenoble vs. Tony Fryklund Kenny Moss vs. Julien Williams