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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
Filed under: Bellator, UFC
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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Bellator 106 weigh-in results: All six title fighters on mark and official
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET) -Michael Chandler (154.8) vs. Eddie Alvarez (154.5) - for lightweight title -Muhammed Lawal (204.1) vs. Emanuel Newton (203.4) - for interim light heavyweight title -Pat Curran (144.8) vs. Daniel Straus (144.2) - for featherweight title -Mike Bronzoulis (171) vs. Joe Riggs (170.7) - "Fight Master" tourney final -Mike Richman (145.5) vs. Akop Stepanyan (145.9) PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 7 p.m. ET) -Jesse Juarez (170) vs. Joe Williams (170.6) -Alejandro Garcia (170.3) vs. Cristiano "Soldier Boy" Souza (171) -Brandon Halsey (203.8) vs. Hector Ramirez (205) -Mike Guymon (155.8) vs. Aaron Miller (156) -Joe Camacho (150)* vs. Cleber Luciano (149)** -Darren Smith (155) vs. Josh Smith (155.5) * Camacho was given two hours to cut to the featherweight max of 146 pounds. ** Luciano was given two hours to cut to the featherweight max of 146 pounds.
Submitted Nov 1, 2013 10:30PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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Peter Graham steps in to face Cheick Kongo at Bellator 107
Kickboxer turned MMA fighter Peter Graham is set to replace the injured Vinicius Queiroz in a fight against Cheick Kongo at Bellator 107.
Submitted Oct 30, 2013 6:40PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Bellator announces Rampage/Beltran for Nov. 15th
Quinton Jackson's Bellator debut was supposed to be this weekend against Tito Ortiz, but with Ortiz out with a neck injury, Bellator has found a new opponent for the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
Submitted Oct 30, 2013 1:43PM by FastKnockout - 12 comments
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Saturday's Bellator 106 card gets a shakeup, five bouts on Spike TV main card
With its move from pay-per-view to Spike TV following the injury withdrawal of Tito Ortiz, Saturday's Bellator 106 card has gotten a small shakeup.
Submitted Oct 28, 2013 2:45PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Injury knocks Vinicius Queiroz from Bellator 107 and tourney final vs. Kongo
Bellator is having trouble getting a break lately, it seems. A day after losing the headliner for its planned first pay-per-view event, the promotion has lost the bout planned to headline Bellator 107.
Submitted Oct 26, 2013 10:53PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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'Rampage' Jackson wanted a replacement opponent for canceled Bellator 106 bout
Quinton Jackson said he can't be too upset about Tito Ortiz pulling out of their fight at Bellator 106 due to an injury, but "Rampage" was hopeful the organization would find a replacement and keep the event on pay-per-view.
Submitted Oct 26, 2013 1:45AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
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