Late replacements John Doyle, Damian Vitale complete Bellator 17 card
A pair of late replacements have stepped up on short notice to compete in separate contests at Thursday's Bellator Fighting Championships event.
MMAjunkie.com has learned that John Doyle is replacing John Clarke and faces Greg Rebello, while Damian Vitale steps in for Nate Lamotte and meets Chuck O'Neil.
Both fights take place on the preliminary card of Thursday's Bellator 17 event at the Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre in Boston.
Wiuff defeats Monson
While Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber were battling it out for the WEC championship on Saturday night, fans in Minneapolis were treated to a world-class MMA event featuring eight UFC veterans, five WEC veterans, and a former UFC champion.
With Bellator 16 win, Danny Tims earns slot in season-three bantamweight tourney
With a hard-fought victory over Brian Davidson at Wednesday's Bellator 16 event, Danny Tims has earned a spot in Bellator Fighting Championships' season-three bantamweight tournament later this year, CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced.
The announcement confirms the organization's plans for a first-ever 135-pound tournament.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported in March, Bellator is expected to host tournaments in four new weight classes in this fall's third season: bantamweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and a women's division (weight class TBD).
Bellator Adds Bantamweight Tournament For Season 3
Bellator Fighting Championships on Friday confirmed its oft-rumored bantamweight tournament for Season 3, which begins Aug. 12. The first fighter confirmed for the 135-pound brackets is Danny Tims, whose red mohawk and compelling personal story made him a media darling in his hometown of Kansas City in the run-up to Bellator 16. He earned the spot with his victory over Brian Davidson on the local portion of Bellator 16 on Thursday night. The announcement, which was made by Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney at the conclusion of Thursday night’s event, makes it official that Bellator will indeed host a bantamweight tournament in its third season as has been rumored for some time. Additional tournament fighters will be announced in the coming weeks.
Bellator 20 heads to Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on May 27, Sanchez vs. Kelly added
After its middleweight tournament semifinal fights were revealed on Thursday for the card, Bellator Fighting Championships today announced a host site for its upcoming Bellator 20 event: the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.
The Texas show takes place May 27 and airs live on FOX Sports Net.
In addition to tournament bouts of Eric Schambari vs. Bryan Baker and Alexander Shlemenko vs. Jared Hess, Bellator 20 features a non-tourney heavyweight bout between UFC vet Eddie Sanchez and EliteXC vet Ralph Kelly.
Bellator 16 recap: Hess, Baker, Shlemenko and Schambari advance in middleweight tourney
Middleweights were on display at Bellator 16, the promotion's first season-two appearance in Kansas City, and four fighters punches their tickets to the season's semifinal round.
The Kansas City Power & Light District crowd saw three finishes and an entertaining decision in the open-air, outdoor venue, and season-one finalist Jared Hess closed out the evening's main card with a second-round submission of former IFL champ Ryan McGivern.
Bellator 16 took place Thursday night and aired on FOX Sports Net.
Sylvia and Pudzianowski to headline Moosin MMA 'Gods of Martial Arts' fight card May 21 in Worcester
Moosin MMA has announced the official line-up for their upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) fight card from the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Friday, May 21.
"Gods of Martial Arts" will feature announcers Bas Rutten and Jeff Gorman calling all the action, beginning at 9 p.m. ET with the televised portion of the event which is available to purchase for $29.95 via cable or satellite provider.
Set to headline the event is five-time World's Strongest Man, Mariusz "The Dominator" Pudzianowski, taking on former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim "The Maine-iac" Sylvia.
Bellator Fighting Championships hosts open tryout on May 4 in Boston area
Bellator Fighting Championships is once again hitting the streets to find the next up-and-coming mixed martial artist.
The Chicago-based promotion today announced it will hold an open tryout in the Boston area on Tuesday, May 4, in an effort to secure new talent for the promotion's third season, which takes place in late 2010.
Fighters in all weight classes are invited to attend – both male and female.
Fans invited to Wednesday's Bellator 16 weigh-ins/press conference in Kansas City
Fans are invited to attend Wednesday's official fighter weigh-ins and joint press conference for Bellator 16.
The fan and media event takes place Wednesday at the Kansas City Live! stage at the Kansas City Power & Light District and begins at 8 p.m. CT (local time).
The Kansas City Power & Light District also hosts Thursday's Bellator 16 event, which features a televised main card of four opening-round middleweight tournament bouts. The event airs live on FOX Sports Net.
Bellator 16 Card Set, Krause Off
The full card for Bellator 16 has been revealed with 8 bouts set including the start of the season 2 Middleweight tournament. The plan was to have 9 fights but James Krause, who didn't yet have an opponent, is now off due to injury.
Bellator 18 hosts 145-pound semis: Karakhanyan vs. Warren, Freire vs. Reis
Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Louisiana on May 13, and in addition to a middleweight superfight between champion Hector Lombard and former WEC champ Paulo Filho, the Bellator 18 card will host the promotion's season-two featherweight semifinal fights.
Bellator officials recently announced the pairings, and Georgi Karakhanyan meets Joe Warren, while Patricio "Pitbull" Freire faces Wilson Reis.
Bellator 18 takes place at Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, La. The main card airs on FOX Sports Net.
Alexander Shlemenko Completes Bellator MW Tourney
Russian star Alexander Shlemenko is the final member of Bellator Fighting Championships' middleweight tournament field, organization officials today announced. He'll meet Matt Major at this week's Bellator 16. Bellator officials have been working on contract and visa issues for more than a month to land Shlemenko – and held off on naming a replacement because they wanted him in the tourney so badly.
Makoto Takimoto Retires At ASTRA
There were 2 retirements at Sunday's ASTRA event in Japan, one expected but one that wasn't. The expected was Hidehiko Yoshida, the unexpected was Makoto Takimoto. Originally scheduled to compete at the event before pulling out, Takimoto retires with a 6-5 career record between PRIDE and World Victory Road Sengoku.
Bellator 15 results
In the promotion's first season-two visit to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Bellator Fighting Championships on Thursday night once again provided a handful of exciting contests and impressive performances.
Bellator's season-two debut and replay each earn top ratings for FSN
Bellator Fighting Championships' season-two debut event, Bellator 13, landed as FSN's highest-rated national program for both the live airing and Sunday night replay.
Bellator officials released the ratings information today.
Featuring tournament victories by UFC veteran Roger Huerta and DREAM import Joe Warren, Bellator 13 took place on April 8 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Junior Assuncao vs. Luiz Azeredo official for "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas"
While a recent press-conference dust-up between main-eventers Ricardo Mayorga and Din Thomas has garnered headlines this past weekend, the upstart Shine Fights promotion remains busy filling out the card for its May 15 event.
Today, the promotion announced that three-time UFC veteran Junior Assuncao meets Luiz Azeredo at "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas."
"Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas," the third card in Shine Fights' brief history, takes place Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C., and will be broadcast on pay-per-view.
Bellator Announces LW Tourney Fights For Bellator 17
Bellator FC today announced Bellator 17, which could also be called "Lightweight Night". Set for May 6 in Boston, the event will feature the Season 2 Lightweight Tournament semifinals, Roger Huerta vs. Pat Curran and Toby Imada vs. Carey Vanier, and a non-title superfight featuring Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez vs. UFC veteran Josh Neer. The tournament semifinal winners meet in the finals in June, with the winner getting to face Alvarez later this year for the title.
Roger Huerta Returns To Bellator On May 6
Bellator announced today that former UFC fighter Roger Huerta makes his next appearance on May 6 at Bellator 17. His opponent in the season 2 Lightweight tournament semifinals will be revealed at a Tuesday press conference but it likely will be one of these three: Carey Vanier, Toby Imada or Pat Curran.
Janne Tulirinta Off Bellator 13, Joe Duarte Last-Minute Replacement
Janne Turinta, a participant in Bellator's season 2 Lightweight Tournament set to begin tomorrow, has been forced off at almost the last minute due to visa issues and won't be able to fight tomorrow. He was to have faced Carey Vanier. Joe Duarte, a former US Army Ranger who had been on standby if a situation like this came up, is the replacement.
Mariusz Pudzianowski Likes To Hit Big, Soft People Like Tim Sylvia
And he sure doesn't sound like the "World's Scaredest Man" as Sylvia claimed the other day. Although once he's past Sylvia, he does have his eyes on a certain other Heavyweight. Just not right away. "Tim Sylvia is already past his prime, so the only thing he thinks about is the paycheck after the fight. When I’ll take him down and start landing my bombs, he will lose every desire to get up. His handshake at the press conference made me realize that he has a very soft body. I like big and soft people, they are fun to hit. I have to be careful from his striking in the early minutes of the fight, but I am still very confident that it will be a great victory. In two years from now, I would love to fight Fedor Emelianenko. He will rip my head off if we fight today, but in two years it could be a different story. It will be very interesting to see the bookmaker's odds for that fight."