Bellator Exec Blasts Reports Of Impending Demise, Says New TV Deal Official Soon
To say that Bjorn Rebney disagrees with a recent report describing the impending demise of his fight promotion would be a slight understatement. In fact, the Bellator Fighting Championships founder and CEO says the report is lacking one vastly important factor: the truth. A weekend report on MiddleEasy.com outlined a series of issues Rebney and Bellator were said to be currently facing. Among the concerns were the lack of a television deal, angered investors looking to "pull the plug" on the promotion and a desperate need to arrange a long-discussed bout between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and his Strikeforce counterpart Gilbert Melendez as a last-ditch effort to save the company. Wrong on all accounts, says Rebney. "Either it's someone just starting rumors for the sake of starting rumors, or it's just the most ridiculous type of amateurish nonsense," Rebney said of the report. "I don't even like to call it journalism because it has no connection to reality. That blog, whoever that is that wrote that, is just so filled with nonsense. It's completely, unequivocally untrue on every front they wrote. It's literally as if someone stepped out and just said, 'I'm going to create whichever fantasy I choose to create, and I'm going to write it.' There wasn't even the slightest hint of accuracy or truth in anything that showed up on that blog. It's the downside and the negativity of the Internet. Any idiot can write any ridiculous, completely unfounded nonsense thing, and it can gain traction." It all apaprently stems from what Rebney says is a false report of a failed TV deal between Bellator and the cable network G4, but Rebney says a new TV deal will be announced soon, among other things.
Bellator Vet Jessica Rakoczy FIned & Suspended by NSAC, Fight Result Changed
The NSAC has suspended one-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran and former pro boxer Jessica Rakoczy for 9 months and fined her $833 for a failed drug test following a recent fight. At an administrative hearing held in Las Vegas, Rakoczy admitted to taking one-half a Percocet for back pain the night prior to an Oct. 9 fight with Jennifer Scott at a local event, MMAXplosion. Rakoczy was called before the commission when her post-fight drug screen revealed the presence of banned painkillers Oxymorphone and Oxycodone. She told the commission she took the pain pill after a sleepless night caring for her young son, NASC executive chairman Keith Kizer said, and forgot to inform commission doctors on fight night. "She was very apologetic and contrite at the hearing," said Kizer. "The commissioners appreciated that. What bothered them most was when she got to the arena that night, she didn't tell the doctors there that, 'Hey, I had to take a pain pill this morning for my back.'" Rakoczy beat Scott by 2nd round TKO (doctor stoppage after round 2), but that result is now changed to No Decision. Rakoczy now needs to submit a clean drug test to be re-licensed when her suspension runs its course. She is the first female mixed martial artist in Nevada to fail a post-fight drug screen.
UFC contract not up for grabs in proposed Pedro Rizzo vs. Tim Sylvia bout
While a heavyweight showdown between former UFC champions Pedro Rizzo (19-9) and Tim Sylvia (27-6) may provide fireworks on the feet, the winner will not be provided a UFC contract.
Contrary to several published reports, UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he has made no such promises to either of his ex-employees.
"Where the [expletive] did that come from?" White asked with a laugh.
Personal note... THANK GOD.
Shamrock To Headline KOTC's Africa Debut
Ken Shamrock still isn't giving up fighting. He's going to headline the Africa debut of the King Of The Cage promotion on November 25, facing Mike Bourke in Durban, South Africa. Bourke, a California-based Super Heavyweight, has a career record of 9-16-1, 1 NC, but is only 2-12, 1 NC since 2002. He also had one career fight in PRIDE.
Pedro Rizzo vs. Tim Sylvia - Winner Gets UFC Contract
"Dana White mentioned that the winner should get another chance in the Ultimate Fighting Championship."
"As the date hasn’t been set, it’s just a verbal agreement, so I’m getting back to light training. But I want to have a good performance. Who knows? Maybe I’ll manage a return to the UFC. I feel really comfortable fighting in that Octagon. I feel leaving there was the biggest mistake of my career, my great regret."
First Failed Drug Screening by a Female Mixed Martial Artist in Nevada
One-time Bellator Fighting Championships veteran and former pro boxer Jessica Rakoczy (1-3 MMA, 31-3 Boxing) has failed a post-fight drug screen administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and now faces a potential suspension of her license.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the failed screen from NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer.
The failed screen is the first by a female mixed martial artist in Nevada.
According to NSAC records, Rakoczy tested positive for the banned painkillers Oxymorphone and Oxycodone following her Oct. 9 win over Jennifer Scott under the Las Vegas-based MMA Xplosion banner.
Rakoczy earned the victory via second-round TKO when a bloodied Scott was ruled ineligible to continue after absorbing 10 minutes of pinpoint strikes from Rakoczy.
The win was Rakoczy's first as a mixed martial artist after suffering defeats in her first three outings to kickboxing ace Felice Herrig, new Bellator 115-pound champion Zoila Frausto and California resident Michelle Ould.
Bellator 34 recap: Lombard weathers Storm, Frausto shocks Fujii in five
Heading into the final event of Bellator Fighting Championships third season, Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard and Japanese superstar Megumi Fujii were considered near-locks by MMA oddsmakers.
Only Lombard would deliver.
The Cuban judoka outlasted a gutsy Alexander Shlemenko to successfully defend his 185-pound belt in the featured bout of Thursday's Bellator 34 event, but Fujii was shocked by Zoila Frausto in a somewhat contentious decision that saw the "Warrior Princess" claim Bellator's first-ever 115-pound title...
W-1 MMA 6 New Ground Results: Brett Rogers Wins Ninja Rua Losses
Brother to UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Murillo “Ninja” Rua saw action, as did former Strikeforce heavyweight contender Brett Rogers.
Rua took on Team Cesar Gracie newcomer Roy Broughton in the events co-headlining bout. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, he came up short, losing a three round decision.
Brett Rogers, who headlined the event in a clash with big man Ruben “Warpath” Villareal, on the other hand did manage to exit the showdown with a unanimous decision victory.
Aoki, Minowa Earn Submission Victories At Deep 50
Shinya Aoki put together his third straight victory since suffering a decision defeat to Gilbert Melendez at Strikeforce: Nashville with a first round submission over MMA neophyte Yokthai Sithoar. It took Aoki just one minute to apply the fight ending key-lock.
Ryo Chonan, Ikuhisa Minowa, Yoshiro Maeda and Masakazu Imanari also racked up convincing wins over Jun Hee Moon, Chang Hee Kim, Takafumi Otsuka, and Daiki hata, respectively.
Bellator 33 Weigh In Results, Alvarez Vs. Huerta
Roger Huerta (155 lbs.) vs. Eddie Alvarez (155 lbs.) @ 155 lbs.
Ben Askren (170 lbs.) vs. Lyman Good (170 lbs.) @ 170 lbs.
Deividas Taurosevicius (145 lbs.) vs. Wilson Reis (146 lbs.) @145 lbs.
Rick Hawn (171 lbs.) vs. LeVon Maynard (171 lbs.) @170 lbs.
Jamal Patterson (206 lbs.) vs. Tim Carpenter (206.5 lbs.) @205 lbs.
Edward Gueddes (159 lbs.) vs. Luis Azeredo (159 lbs.) @ 160 lbs (catchweight).
Nick Cottone (130 lbs.) vs. Tuan Pham (129.5 lbs.) @ 130 lbs (catchweight)
Kenny Foster (146 lbs.) vs. Lester Caslow (146 lbs.) @ 145 lbs.
Ken Shamrock Among Weekend Winners
Stop the presses-Ken Shamrock actually won a fight over the weekend! For only the second time in 6 years the 46-year-old Shamrock was victorious, beating Jonathan Ivey in the headliner of Saturday's USA MMA's "Return of the Champions" main event in Lafayette, La. Shamrock beat the 70-plus-fight veteran Ivey (29-43) by decision. Other notable winners included John Alessio, Roan Carneiro, Jason High, Lucio Linhares and Chase Beebe.
Polish MMA prodigy Marcin Held joins Bellator's season-four lightweight tourney
Lightweight fighter Marcin Held, who's posted an impressive 10-1 professional MMA record despite being just 18 years old, is headed to the U.S.
The Polish MMA prodigy has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships.
He's joined the organization's season-four lightweight tournament, which commences with an eight-man field in early 2011.
"We have been watching Marcin for over a year and are thrilled to be able to welcome him to Bellator," Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. "He is a prodigy in every sense of the word and a tremendous addition to our lightweight division."
Bellator inks ex-WEC champ "Razor" Rob McCullough for season-four tourney
Former World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough (19-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator bound.
The 33-year-old fighter has signed an exclusive deal with the organization and will compete in Bellator's season-four lightweight tournament, officials today announced.
The eight-man tourney kicks off in early 2011 and will determine a future title challenger.
McCullough, a nine-year pro from Huntington Beach, Calif., posted a 7-4 record with the WEC, which included a 13-month run as the organization's lightweight champ from 2007-2008.
Undefeated Megumi Fujii Finally Gets Crack at a Title at Bellator 34
Megumi Fujii gets her long-awaited opportunity to win a championship at Bellator 34 on Oct. 28.
The promotion confirmed the date of the undefeated star's matchup with Zoila Frausto on Wednesday.
The 36-year-old Fujii is 22-0 in a sterling career, including 18 wins by way of submission, and she's also considered by many to be the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, yet she's never captured an MMA championship.
In 2008, she was scheduled to fight Ana Michelle Tavares in the finals of the 2008 Smackgirl World Remix Tournament, but the promotion folded and the finals never happened.
Ex-Bellator Champion Joe Soto May Be Forced To Retire Due To Injury
Former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto is the latest fighter to suffer a severe eye injury as the likely result of active competition. The 23-year-old fighter is undergoing surgery today for a severely detached retina and now faces a long recovery process and uncertain future. The injury was discovered Wednesday and he was immediately scheduled for surgery, with a second surgery likely in one year.
Shinya Aoki Meets Thai Boxer Yokthai Sithoar at DEEP 50
DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will return to the promotion where he got his start on October 24 when he meets former boxing titlist Yokthai Sithoar at DEEP's "50th Impact" in Tokyo, Japan. The bout was revealed by the promotion today at a press conference inside Tokyo's DEEP Official Gym Impact.
Bellator 33: Ben Askren vs Lyman Good booked for Oct. 21 in Philadelphia
CHICAGO, Ill. (September 27, 2010) - Bellator Fighting Championships today made the welterweight title fight between Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman "Cyborg" Good and Season 2 Welterweight Tournament Champion Ben "Funky" Askren official for Bellator 33 taking place at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Oct. 21.
"Lyman dominated Season #1 and Ben dominated Season #2. This is a great Welterweight Championship fight between two world-class undefeated Welterweights," said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.
The fight marks Good's first title defense since racking up consecutive stoppage victories in the quarter and semifinal rounds of the Season 1 Welterweight World Championship Tournament that preceded a first round TKO of Omar De La Cruz in the finals at Bellator 11 in June of 2009.
The impressive run through the tournament established Good as the first Bellator Welterweight Champion and catapulted the undefeated star into the MMA spotlight.
Seven-fight lineup finalized for Thursday's Bellator 31 event
The fight card for Thursday's Bellator 31 event is set with a seven-bout lineup.
The event takes place at at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La.
The night's main card, including women's 115-pound tournament semifinal fights of Megumi Fujii (21-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Lisa Ward (14-5 MMA, 2-0 BFC) and Zoila Frausto (8-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) vs. Jessica Aguilar (9-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC), airs on FOX Sports Net.
However, one notable matchup officially is gone from the card. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported earlier this month, a heavyweight bout between Ricco Rodriguez and Dave Herman has been scratched. Although he hoped to fight through injury, Rodriguez, an early UFC champion, was forced off the card after learning a knee injury could require multiple surgeries. Herman, who had been in a contract dispute until the booking, has been removed from the card.