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Bellator season 9 review: What worked, what didn't and what to do next
It was perhaps the most pivotal and controversial season in Bellator's history. From an ill-fated moved to pay-per-view to a run-in with their former (and now current) champion to record ratings and one of the year's best fights, Bellator had quite a ride in season 9. I've watched all the events. I even attended one of them. We've read all the interviews, seen all the sights, heard all the talk. In review of season 9, here's what worked, what didn't and an assessment of what's next...
Submitted Nov 25, 2013 9:17AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
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Bjorn Rebney considering Daniel Straus-Pat Curran 3 for next Bellator 145 title fight
BETHLEHEM, PA. – Daniel Straus avenged one loss earlier this month, and he’s on track for a shot at avenging another one, as well. But that’s only if Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney doesn’t flip the script on things just a little bit. Straus (22-4 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) won the Bellator featherweight title at Bellator 106, outpointing Pat Curran (19-5 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), the man who handed him a loss in April 2009. As champion, he’s scheduled to face Patricio Freire (21-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) next after “Pitbull” won the Season 9 featherweight tournament a week ago.
Submitted Nov 23, 2013 6:27PM by JLS1980 - 7 comments
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Bellator 109 weigh-in results: Champ Shlemenko, challenger Marshall cleared for title fight
Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (184.7) and hard-hitting challenger Doug Marshall (184.3) made their championship fight official at today’s Bellator 109 weigh-ins. MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET) Champ Alexander Shlemenko (184.7) vs. Doug Marshall (184.3) – for middleweight title Will Brooks (156.1)+ vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (155.4) – Season 9 lightweight tourney final Rick Hawn (170.5) vs. Ron Keslar (170.7) – Season 9 welterweight tournament final Patrick Cenoble (155.5) vs. Terry Etim (155.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (6:30 p.m. ET) Keith Bell (256.5) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (252.5) Saul Almeida (145.9) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (152.3)* Ahsan Abdulla (153) vs. Mike Bannon (155) Bubba Jenkins (155.6) vs. Ian Rammel (155.8) Brett Glass (155.7) vs. Brent Primus (155.5) Lester Caslow (145.3) vs. Jay Haas (145.2) + – Has been given two hours to lose the additional one-tenth of a pound * – Has been given two hours to lose the remaining 6.3 pounds
Submitted Nov 21, 2013 6:22PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
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Bellator sends Matt Riddle packing
A welterweight feature fight between Matt Riddle and Nathan Coy has been removed from Friday’s Bellator 109 season-ending fight card. Not only is the fight off, so is Riddle’s Bellator tenure, which never actually began.
Submitted Nov 19, 2013 5:42PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Rampage Jackson Debut Propels Bellator to Season’s Second-Best TV Ratings
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson proved his drawing power at Bellator 108, propelling the promotion to its second-best TV ratings of the season.
Submitted Nov 19, 2013 2:52PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Bellator 108 Weigh-In Results: ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Joey Beltran Cleared for Main Event
The Bellator 108 main event was made official on Thursday, as both Quinton Jackson and Joey Beltran were cleared to compete in Friday’s main event.
Submitted Nov 14, 2013 8:59PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
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Ben Askren becomes unrestricted free agent after Bellator grants 'Funky' unconditional release
Undefeated Welterweight Is Now Unrestricted Free Agent Former Bellator Welterweight Champion and undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ben Askren is a free man. The Viacom-owned promotion has said goodbye to the "Funky" wrestler after failing to come to terms on a new deal, which essentially clears the path for Askren to sign with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), no strings attached. From Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney: "I've said it many times, Ben's a completely one-dimensional fighter who is utterly dominant in that dimension. I had a number of discussions with Ben and it became clear it was time for both parties to move in different directions. We've relinquished any right to match here and Ben can sign with whoever he chooses to sign with. Ben's been at Bellator since the start of his career, I respect him and what he's accomplished and wish him the best wherever he goes."
Submitted Nov 14, 2013 9:51AM by SmileR - 13 comments
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Matt Riddle pulls out of Bellator 109 bout with Nathan Coy
Matt Riddle has pulled out of his scheduled Bellator 109 bout, his opponent Nathan Coy told Bloody Elbow on Wednesday afternoon.
Submitted Nov 13, 2013 6:06PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Bellator 108's ‘Rampage’ Jackson has no interest in Tito Ortiz or Dan Henderson
Even if Tito Ortiz gets a clean bill of health and is cleared to fight, Quinton Jackson is “over” the idea of competing against the fellow ex-UFC light heavyweight champion.
Submitted Nov 12, 2013 11:39PM by FastKnockout - 3 comments
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Bellator MMA announces open tryouts for Philadelphia on Dec. 14
Bellator MMA will host an open fighter tryout for all weight classes on Dec. 14 in Philadelphia, promotion officials recently announced.
Submitted Nov 8, 2013 12:06PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Bellator 107 weigh-in results: Kongo, Graham official for heavyweight final
The Bellator 107 weigh-ins are in the books, and four fighters still have some pounds left to shed. Included among that group are three main-card fighters – including a tournament finalist.
Submitted Nov 7, 2013 7:30PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Joe Warren toying with return to wrestling after Bellator goals met
Bellator's Joe Warren isn't ready to give up on his dreams of winning gold in wrestling. The ex-champwants to beat Travis Marx, win the bantamweight belt and then compete at the 2015 Wrestling World Championships.
Submitted Nov 7, 2013 7:29PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator 109 card set with promotional debuts of Matthew Riddle, Terry Etim
The card for Bellator MMA's Season 9 finale is set and includes the promotional debuts of former UFC fighters Matthew Riddle and Terry Etim.
Submitted Nov 7, 2013 12:51PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator heavyweight and middleweight November title bouts swap dates
A reshuffling of Bellator's November schedule has led Alexander Volkov and Alexander Shlemenko to swap dates for their upcoming title defenses. Heavyweight champion Volkov (19-3), who was initially slated to lock horns with undefeated challenger Vitaly Minakov (12-0) in the headlining bout of Bellator 109, will now look to defend his belt in the co-main event of Bellator 108, underneath Rampage Jackson's promotional debut opposite Joey Beltran. Likewise, Shlemenko's upcoming middleweight title defense against Doug Marshall (18-6) has been moved from the co-main event of Bellator 108 to the main event of Bellator 109.
Submitted Nov 5, 2013 7:03PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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Bellator 106: Chandler vs. Alvarez II Sets Record High TV Ratings Mark
Bellator MMA, in one week, more than doubled its TV ratings results week-over-week, setting a new all-time high mark for the promotion.
Submitted Nov 5, 2013 2:25PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator 106 medical suspensions: Alvarez and Chandler get 60 days each
Another barnburner delivered by Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler has benched them for two months.
Submitted Nov 4, 2013 2:12PM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Lawal Doesn't Think Newton Did Enough To Win
"King" Mo Lawal doesn't believe that Emanuel Newtown did enough to win at Bellator 106. He sure sounds salty.
Submitted Nov 3, 2013 6:52PM by Webbie - 16 comments
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Bjorn Rebney says Tito Ortiz will still compete in Bellator
The Bellator CEO says that Tito Ortiz will step into a Bellator cage when he heals up from a fractured neck.
Submitted Nov 3, 2013 6:23PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Bellator boss: Alvarez vs. Chandler III all but a lock for pay-per-view
LONG BEACH, Calif. – When Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler heal from an epic rematch that headlined Bellator's biggest event to date, Bjorn Rebney can't see any reason not to put them together again on pay-per-view.
Submitted Nov 3, 2013 10:40AM by FastKnockout - 16 comments
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Final Bellator 106 salaries: Eddie Alvarez tops payroll with $160K
Eddie Alvarez was the big winner at Saturday's Bellator 106 event – both in the cage, as well as in the pocketbooks. On Saturday MMAjunkie.com obtained the list of disclosed paydays prior to the event, which aired on Spike TV from Long Beach Arena in California. The final disclosed payroll for the card was $551,500. While Alvarez earned the top overall payday with $160,000, Joe Riggs actually earned the biggest win bonus. He earned $5,000 to show, but by defeating Mike Bronzoulis in the "Fight Master" tournament final, he pocketed an additional $95,000 as a win bonus...
Submitted Nov 3, 2013 10:26AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
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