Bellator's second season launches this fall, likely on ESPN or ESPN2
While in Dayton, Ohio, to promote the organization's May 1 event at Hara Arena, Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney conducted a handful of interviews this past Friday.
And while much of the focus remained on the organization's upcoming shows in Dayton, Corpus Christi (Texas), Chicago and Montreal this month, Rebney discussed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization's plans for an upcoming second season.
Season two of Bellator will commence this fall, and with its success this season on ESPN Deportes, the rookie fight promotion could find itself with a bigger ESPN audience for the second go-around.
Kyle Maynard Loses Unsanctioned MMA Debut
Kyle Maynard, a congenital amputee that garnered much attention for his successes in wrestling and submission grappling, was unsuccessful in his mixed martial arts debut on Saturday night. Maynard lost a unanimous decision to Bryan Fry in an unsanctioned bout in Auburn, Ala., according to an Associated Press report.
Despite initial plans to the contrary, Maynard did not wear gloves during the fight, which was apparently due to high levels of humidity in the arena making them difficult to secure to his shortened limbs. Without gloves, Maynard was not allowed to throw punches during the bout, although Fry, wearing gloves, was allowed to punch.
Easton Retains Title At UWC
Mike "The Hulk" Easton was successful in defending his Ultimate Warrior Challenge bantamweight championship on Saturday night in Fairfax, Va. At 4:06 into the fight, he submitted Josh "Taz" Ferguson with a guillotine choke before a crowd of 4,528 at the Patriot Center.
The Ultimate Fighter season 6 cast member formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, War Machine defeated Reshad Woods, also by submission, with a rear naked choke late in round two.
UWC - Capital Punishment Full Results:
-Mike Easton def. Josh Ferguson by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:06, R1
-War Machine def. Reshad Woods by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15, R2
-Joey Kirwan def. Marcus Foran by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:18, R1
-Damian Dantibo def. Ron Stallings by KO (Kick) at 0:13, R1
-Mikey Lovato def. Jose Villarisco by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Frank Camacho def. Binky Jones by KO (Punch) at 1:56, R2
-Phil Davis def. Terry Cohens by TKO (Strikes) at 4:29, R1
-Kris McCray def. Ronnie Wuest by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 0:39, R1
Bellator V Card Announced
Bellator Fighting Championships announced today a lineup of highly anticipated fights taking place at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on May 1, 2009. This marks Bellator’s fifth event of the 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes on Saturdays. Dayton will host the first round of Bellator’s Semi-Final match-ups, with a $50,000 prize for each winner, which will send two Lightweights to the Bellator world championship final bout in June.
155 lbs. – Toby Imada (21-11) vs. Jorge Masvidal (17-3)
155 lbs. – Eric Reynolds (11-1) vs. Eddie Alvarez (16-2)
155 lbs. – Frank Carabello (3-0) vs. Waylon Lowe (3-2)
170 lbs. – Justin Edwards (1-0) vs. John Troyer (8-2)
117 lbs. – Tammy Schneider (3-6) vs. Jessica Pene (5-0)
145 lbs. – Pete Dominguez (9-3) vs. Matt Jaggers (11-4)
Heavyweight – Dan Evensen (10-4) vs. Raoul Romero (3-1)
Heavyweight – Sherman Pendergarst (11-12) vs. Joey Beltran (5-3)
Heavyweight – Josh Barnes (5-1) vs. Dave Herman (14-1)
MFC 21: Bobby Lashley to debut against Mike Cook on May 15
One of the most dominating up-and-coming fighters in the world has signed on with the Maximum Fighting Championship.
[Prior to his June 27 pay-per-view fight against Bob Sapp for Prize Fight Promotions], former WWE star Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley will step into the MFC ring on Friday, May 15 at MFC 21: “Hard Knocks” live from the River Cree Resort and Casino and airing live throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico on HDNet Fights.
A chiseled and imposing figure at six-foot-three and 265 pounds, Lashley is the premier heavyweight prospect in all of mixed martial arts.
Rex Richards, Don Frye, Jesse Taylor at Shark Fights 4
Shark Fight Promotions are staging a fight in Lubbock, TX on Saturday, May 2. TUF 10 tryout Rex Richards, whose only loss is to UFC HW contender, Shane Carwin, will be making his debut at 265 lbs. against a 13-0 Schoonover. Jesse Taylor will continue to extend his streak to 5 after losing to C.B. Dollaway in his UFC debut. UFC and Pride veteran Don Frye will take on Judo Champion Rich Moss.
The fight cards is as follows:
Rex Richards vs Darrill Schoonover
Shannon Rich vs 'TJ' Waldburger
Jesse Taylor vs Eric Davila
Wayne Cole vs Marcus Sursa
Phil Cardella vs Johnny Flores
Louis Luna vs Douglas Frey
Brandi Hainey vs Jessica Miramontes
Don Frye vs Rich Moss
Aaron Garcia vs Elmar Muller
Rolando Scott vs Zach Haney
Atencio, Rizzo, others slated for Sapp-Lashley PPV
Affliction VP Tom Atencio, former UFC champ Pedro Rizzo, Gilbert Yvel are among the fighters that are targeted to fight on the June 27 pay-per-view in Biloxi, Mississippi featuring Bob Sapp-Bobby Lashley.
The event is being co-promoted by Fight Force International, which holds local "Blood and Sand" shows in Biloxi, and boxing promoter Prize Fight Promotions. The card will air on pay-per-view with a $30 price tag.
Full details will be made at a press conference in two weeks.
Here's what the fight card could look like:
Bobb Sapp vs. Bobby Lashley
Pedro Rizzo vs. Gilbert Yvel
Chris Horodecki vs. William Sriyapai
Din Thomas vs. Javier "Showtime" Vasquez
Brett Cooper vs. Waachim Spiritwolf
Tom Atencio vs. TBA
James Orso vs. Colby McMahon
Underground MMA: Barely controlled chaos
In Quebec and Alberta, mixed martial arts is a big-money business. But in most of B.C., it's an underground endeavour where rules are sometimes optional, blood flows freely, and fighters go unpaid to get around the law
Being from Vancouver and heavily involved in the local mma scene... this stuff is disturbing and hopefully the kind of information which needs to be realized by the local government for things to move in the right direction
New Korean MMA Org - Fighter Mania Championship (FMC)
A new big MMA organization which will be called “Fighter Mania Championship” (FMC) is starting in South Korea. The first event is planned to take place in September in Seoul and a press conference is planned for July. Aleksander Emelianenko, Choi Mu Bae, and Blagoi Ivanov (the guy who beat Fedor in Combat Sambo) are already at the verbal level in regards to participation. They are planning to hold an event per 2-3 months all around South Korea.
Kingdom MMA Weigh-In Results (Mayhem Vs Hose)
Kingdom MMA, the new fight promotion from mixed martial arts pioneer T.Jay Thompson, makes its debut on Saturday night at the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. Headlining the debut event is a battle between Kala "Kolohe" Hose and Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
Hose came in exactly on weight at 185 pounds. Miller tipped the scale at 185.4 and needed additional time to make weight.
PS:The entire undercard will be streamed live on BJPENN.COM beginning at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday.
- ABU DHABI PRINCE EXPANDING CHINA'S ART OF WAR
Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, the Art of War Fighting Championship 12 “Invincible” returns to Beijing on May 23 at the National Olympic Sports Center Auditorium.
- ALVAREZ AND MASVIDAL WIN AT BELLATOR
Bellator I Full Results:
Eddie Alvarez def. Greg Loughran by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:44, R1
Jorge Masvidal def Nick Agallar by TKO (Strikes) at 1:19, R1
Yahir Reyes def. Nick Gonzalez by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:11, R1
Estevan Payan def. Luis Palomino by Split Decision at 5:00, R3
Joe Soto def. Ben Greer by TKO (Strikes) at 3:40, R1
Toby Imada def. Alonzo Martinez by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:26, R1
Jonathan Brookins def. Stephen Ledbetter by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:32, R1
Lorenzo Borgomeo def. Daniel Morales by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:46, R3
Moses Gabon def. Daniel Sarafien by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:33, R1
James Brasco def. Kevin Abrante by Submission (Armbar) at 2:14, R1
Gary Padilla def. Chris Decaro by TKO (Strikes) at 3:04, R2
Lashley To Face Ex-NFL Player Next
Bobby Lashley's next MMA fight, scheduled for April 25 at XFC Regional Conflict in Tennessee, is now set. Lashley will face Marcus Jones (4-2), a former NFL player taken in the first round by Tampa Bay in '96 who played 6 years in the NFL.