Nicolae Cury vs. Luis Santos added to Bellator 45 prelims
One of MMA's most prolific prospects, Luis "Sapo" Santos (48-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will make his big-show debut at Bellator 45 against judoka Nicolae Cury (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned that both fighters have agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon.
Featuring a pair of season-four tournament finals, Bellator 45 takes place at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.
Bellator Signs Wand Fight Team Instructors Michael Costa and Vitor Vianna
Bellator Fighting Championships is on a signing streak… or is it a Wand Fight Team signing streak?
The promotion on Tuesday announced that it had signed Michael Costa a second Wand Fight Team instructor in less than a week. Just a few days ago, Bellator also signed Vitor Vianna. Costa is Wand Fight Team’s Muay Thai instructor, while Vianna is the team’s jiu-jitsu instructor.
Costa, besides being a Muay Thai black belt under Chute Boxe founder Rafael Cordeiro, is also holds a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Royler Gracie. The welterweight fighter holds a 10-5-1 record and has fought across the globe, including bouts in Japan and China.
Dave Branch vs. Jeremy May co-headlines Shark Fights 15
A middleweight bout between UFC veteran Dave Branch (8-2) and Jeremy May (9-7) has been tapped the co-headliner of this month's Shark Fights 15 event.
Officials today announced the booking.
Although broadcast plans haven't been announced, Shark Fights 15 takes place May 27 at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. Middleweights Joey Villasenor (27-8) and Chris Camozzi (14-4) headline.
Bellator 43 Results
Bellator Fighting Championships bills itself as the place "Where championships are earned, not given."
Following a highly controversial split-decision loss to fellow season-four welterweight tournament finalist Jay Hieron, former Olympic judoka Rick Hawn might disagree.
The Hieron vs. Hawn bout served as the featured contest of Saturday's Bellator 43 event, which took place at the First Council Casino Hotel in Newkirk, Okla., and aired on MTV2.
OFFICIAL MAIN CARD RESULTS
Jay Hieron def. Rick Hawn via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - welterweight tourney final
Bryan Baker def. Joe Riggs via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 3:53
Chase Beebe def. Jose Vega via submission (guillotine choke) - Round 1, 4:06
Ron Sparks def. Vince Lucero via submission (keylock) - Round 1, 2:18
OFFICIAL PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
David Rickels def. Richard Bouphanouvong via submission (triangle choke) - Round 2, 1:11
Michael Osborn def. Mike Schatz via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:58
Tachi Palace Fight 9 Results
Three-time WEC veteran Ian McCall (10-2) earned his third-straight victory and a shot at Tachi Palace Fights' flyweight title with a one-sided unanimous-decision win over Dustin Ortiz (7-1) in the main event of Friday's "TPF 9: The Contenders" event.
Additionally, UFC veterans Fabricio Camoes (12-5-1) and Gerald Harris (18-4) also picked up decision victories at the event.
Tachi Palace Fights 9 took place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.
While the opening round was the most competitive of the three, McCall dominated Ortiz for the majority of the contest with a sprawl-and-brawl approach that saw Ortiz unable to garner takedowns and unable to match his opponent's striking prowess. It was McCall's second-straight decision win under the Tachi Palace Fights banner after upsetting Jussier da Silva this past February.
Ian McCall def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision
Isaac DeJesus def. Russ Miura via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:52
Fabricio Camoes def. Efrain Escudero via unanimous decision
Gerald Harris def. Anthony Ruiz via unanimous decision
Mamoru Yamaguchi def. Kevin Dunsmoor via knockout (punch) - Round 2, 4:03
Jorge Lopez def. Waachiim Spiritwolf via unanimous decision
Farkhad Sharipov def. Tommy Vargas via unanimous decision
Chidi Njokuani def. Alan Jouban via knockout (punch) - Round 3, 1:27
Art Arciniega def. Josh Herrick via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:08
Cody Gibson def. Walel Watson via TKO (strikes) - Round 2, 4:09
Brad McDonald def. Jesse Bowen via split decision
Kenny Ento def. James Chaney via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 1:53
Alex Perez def. Jesus Castro via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 1:56
Rory Markham vs. Rudy Bears Added to Titan Fighting 18
A welterweight showdown between UFC veteran Rory Markham and Strikeforce and Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Rudy Bears has been added to Titan Fighting Championship 18 on May 27 at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
The event, which will also feature former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver, as well as a hard-hitting middleweight bout between UFC veteran Drew McFedries and undefeated Strikeforce veteran Darryl Cobb, will be televised live on HDNet starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Gabriel Gonzaga gets first post-UFC fight, meets Josh Barnes June 25th at MMAX
In his first fight since his release from the organization, former UFC title challenger Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6) meets Bellator and EliteXC vet veteran Josh Barnes (6-5) in June.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the matchup with event sources.
Gonzaga and Barnes meet June 25 at MMA Explosions' "MMAX: Heavyweight Xplosion" event.
The event is expected to take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Leites Outpoints Horn at Superior Challenge 7
STOCKHOLM -- Saturday’s “Rise of Champions” card decided three belts in a wild night of fights and close decisions at Superior Challenge’s seventh outing, held at Hovet Arena.
In a duel between former UFC title contenders, Thales Leites captured the vacant Superior Challenge middleweight title in a tight and protested decision against Jeremy Horn.
“My strategy was to wait and see his gameplan,” said Leites after the fight.
Horn decided to keep the fight standing in a wait-and-see match, leaving the judges a tight fight to decide.
WEF 46 Results: Seth Petruzelli Gets Back on Track With TKO Win
World Extreme Fighting held their latest event in Florida on Friday night, with former UFC light heavyweight Seth Petruzelli getting back on track with a first round TKO win over Dave Mewborn.
Petruzelli had lost back-to-back fights that saw him exit the UFC, but he bounced back strong with a one-sided performance over Mewborn. Taking the fight to the ground, Petruzelli unloaded a dominant attack and got the first round stoppage by TKO.
Drew McFedries and Jens Pulver co-headline HDNet's Titan Fighting 18
Two notables have been tapped co-headliners of next month's Titan Fighting Championships 18 event.
They include former UFC champ Jens Pulver (21-14-1), who meets featherweight Mike Powell (10-2), and former UFC middleweight Drew McFedries (9-6), who meets Darryl Cobb (6-2).
Titan Fighting Championships 18 takes place May 27 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and the four-fight main card airs live on HDNet.
Tickets for the event are now on sale.
Bellator 42 Results
-Richard Hale def. D.J. Linderman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) - light-heavyweight tourney semifinal
-Ronnie Mann def. Josh Arocho via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
-Christian M'Pumbu def. Tim Carpenter via TKO (punches) - Round 1, 2:08 - light-heavyweight tourney semifinal
-Luiz "Betao" Nogueira def. Jerod Spoonvia unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
-Brandon Shelton def. Owen Evinger via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 1, 2:35
-Jared Hess def. Chris Bell via submission (triangle choke) - Round 1, 1:40
-Shane Howell def. Mark Oshiro via submission (D'arce choke) - Round 1, 4:15
-Mark Holata def. Tracy Willis via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 0:49
Michael Chandler vs Pitbull Freire tourney final official for Bellator 44
Michael Chandler (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BFC) and Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (9-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) will determine Bellator Fighting Championships' season-four lightweight tourney champion at Bellator 44.
Bellator brass officially announced the two lightweight prospects will square off at the May 14 event, which takes place at New Jersey's Caesars Atlantic City and airs on MTV2.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported the planned date this past week.
Chris Guillen vs. Mark Holata finalizes eight bout Bellator 42 lineup
A heavyweight affair featuring 14-year veteran Chris Guillen (13-12 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and one-time Bellator veteran Mark Holata (10-2 MMA, 1-0 BFC) is the final piece to the Bellator 42 puzzle.
Bellator Fighting Championships officials recently announced that Guillen vs. Holata would serve as the eighth and final bout at the event.
Featuring the organization's two season-four light heavyweight tournament semifinal bouts, Bellator 42 takes place Saturday at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Okla. The main card airs on MTV2.
Cartwheeling Bellator Champ Zach Makovsky says bring on Joe Warren
With three-straight outdoor fights to his Bellator Fighting Championships record, Bellator bantamweight champ Zach Makovsky (13-2 MMA, 5-0 BFC) is no stranger to fighting under the sun.
That said, even "Fun Size" admits the glaring afternoon heat of Yuma, Ariz., had him a bit worried a this past week's Bellator 41 event.
"When I went out to the cage earlier in the day, it was really hot," Makovsky recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "If I sat in one place on the canvas, my feet were kind of burning. I was a little nervous, but the temperature went down by the time the fight started, and it was really enjoyable."
Joe Warren on controversial Bellator 41 win: "I have to leave it up to the judges"
If you have a problem with Joe Warren's controversial victory over Marcos Galvao at this past weekend's Bellator 41 event, take your complaints elsewhere.
Sure, he knows many fans are up in arms over the judges' controversial decision.
But at this point, it's out of his hands, and he'd rather focus on the positives of his performance.
Warren, a season-two tournament winner who defeated then-champ Joe Soto with his guaranteed title shot in September, topped Galvao via 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 scores.
Following questionable loss, Marcos Galvao granted Bellator tourney spot
There is a silver lining to the highly controversial decision loss Marcos Galvao suffered to Joe Warren this past Saturday at Bellator 41. And it's more work.
The Brazilian bantamweight has secured a spot in the promotion's next 135-pound tournament, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
If all goes well for Galvao in the tournament, Rebney said, a rematch with Warren is an "absolute consideration" down the line.
Bellator 41 ratings: Event draws season-low 132,000 viewers on MTV2
This past weekend's Bellator 41 event drew a season-low 132,000 viewers on MTV2, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with an event source.
That marks a 39 percent ratings drop from Bellator 40. It's also 18,000 fewer viewers than Bellator 37, which previously held the season low with an audience of 150,000.
The April 16 event took place at Cocopah Resort and Casino in Yuma, Ariz.