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Bellator 222 bout order finalized with six-fight main card; Caldwell vs. Horiguchi opens
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A sixth fight has been added to Friday’s Bellator 222 main card, which features two championship matchups. One of those bouts will kick off the main card, which streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie from Madison Square Garden in New York. The bantamweight title rematch between Darrion Caldwell (13-2 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) and Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will open the six pack of fights headlined by a welterweight title showdown of Rory MacDonald(20-5-1 MMA, 2-1-1 BMMA) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) in the promotion’s grand prix semifinals.
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 10:05PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Eduardo Dantas moves up to featherweight, faces Juan Archuleta at Bellator 222
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Eduardo Dantas will switch things up for his return to the Bellator cage. The former Bellator bantamweight champion has decided to move up to 145 pounds and take on Juan Archuleta in the main card portion of Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden, New York, on June 14, promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting.
Submitted May 30, 2019 11:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Full Fight Card Announced for Bellator 219 This Friday on Paramount Network
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Complete Bellator 219: Awad vs. Girtz Main Card: Lightweight Main Event: Saad Awad (23-10) vs. Brandon Girtz (15-8) Lightweight Co-Main Event: Daniel Straus (24-8, 1 NC) vs. Shane Kruchten (12-4) Welterweight Main Card Bout: Andrey Koreshkov (21-3) vs. Mike Jasper (13-4) Middleweight Main Card Bout: Joe Schilling (3-5) vs. Keith Berry (15-14-1, 1 NC) Preliminary Card: Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Joey Davis (4-0) vs. Marcus Anthony (1-0) Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Dalton Rosta (Pro Debut) vs. Cody Vidal (1-1) Post-lim Card: Bantamweight Undercard Bout: Shawn Bunch (8-3) vs. Dominic Mazzotta (14-2) Welterweight Undercard Bout: David Rickels (20-5, 2 NC) vs. A.J. Matthews (9-8) Women’s Featherweight Undercard Bout: Janay Harding (4-3) vs. Marina Mokhnatkina (4-1) 140-lb. Catchweight Undercard Bout: Weber Almeida (2-0) vs. Johnny Soto (Pro Debut) Lightweight Undercard Bout: Joshua Jones (8-3) vs. Darren Smith Jr. (15-10) Welterweight Undercard Bout: Johnny Cisneros (12-6) vs. John Mercurio (8-8) Bantamweight Undercard Bout: Rickey Furar (3-1) vs. Roman Puga (1-0) 165-lb. Catchweight Undercard Bout: David Pacheco (1-0) vs. Kelvin Gentapanan (Pro Debut) Lightweight Undercard Bout: Sunni Imhotep (Pro Debut) vs. Eugene Correa (0-1)
Submitted Mar 27, 2019 8:08PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator 215: Mitrione vs. Kharitonov live stream, play-by-play, results, and discussion (Spoiler)
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Main card (9pm ET) Logan Storley vs. Ion Pascu Round 1 - Storey with a lead right and a body kick. Inside leg kick from Pascu. Storley in on a double but Pascu flips him over. They scramble. Storley has him on his knees but can’t flatten him onto his back. Now he’s on his butt. This just a wrestling stalemate. Finally Storley scoops him up and slams Pascu to the mat. He’s working in half but not much is happening. Couple of elbows get through. Few punches too. Storley isn’t even trying to get past half guard. 10-9 Storley. Round 2 - Head kick from Storley. He gets on a single leg and puts Pascu on his back. Back to half guard. He lands a few elbows. Now some rights. Pascu eats an elbow as he tries to escape. He doesn’t escape. Pascu gets full guard back. This isn’t exactly riveting stuff. Back to half. Couple of short elbows. The crowd is booing for the second fight in a row. 10-9 Storley. Round 3 - Storley level changes and almost gets Pascu down. He can’t, but he does on the second attempt. Pascu attacks an arm immediately, but there’s nothing happening. Pascu gets to his knees, but he can’t get any further than that. Pascu tries to attack a kimura again. Again, it goes approximately nowhere. Shockingly, Storley gets to half guard and grinds away. The crowd boos. An elbow gets through. Two pretty bad fights in a row. 10-9 and 30-27 Storley.
Submitted Feb 16, 2019 2:32AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Michael Chandler vs. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ lightweight title fight slated for Bellator 221
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It’ll be a battle between perhaps the two most significant fighters in Bellator history. Michael Chandler vs. Patricio Freire is slated for Bellator 221 on May 11 in Rosemont, Ill., sources confirmed Thursday with MMA Fighting. Chandler will put his lightweight title on the line against “Pitbull,” the featherweight champion, moving up in a true superfight. And one that has been building for some time between the two sides.
Submitted Feb 14, 2019 7:52PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Paul Daley thinks he's solved the 'MVP' puzzle, promises a 'simple victory' at Bellator 216
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Paul Daley has been something of a cult figure among U.K. MMA fans for more than a decade, but now he thinks he is finally about to hit pay dirt with the biggest win of his career. Daley (40-16-2 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) developed his reputation as a terrifyingly powerful striker who would test his skills against anyone in the world. He says he has solved the puzzle so many of Michael Page’s (13-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) previous opponents failed to master, and that he’s ready to halt the hype train of his countryman.
Submitted Feb 6, 2019 11:28PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch title fight, Bellator grand prix first round slated for April
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Rory MacDonald is back in the welterweight division and set to embark on an historic assignment — defending his Bellator title throughout a grand-prix tournament.
Submitted Jan 23, 2019 2:49PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Bellator 217 adds six contests, including all-Irish co-main with Myles Price vs. Peter Queally
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The Bellator 217 lineup is starting to take shape, with six bouts today officially added to the previously announced main event of James Gallagher vs. Steven Graham. Included in the new main card contests is an all-Irish co-main event of Myles Price (10-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Peter Queally (11-4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who meet in a lightweight matchup, as well as light heavyweights Yannick Bahati (8-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Karl Moore (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Submitted Dec 22, 2018 9:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Bellator MMA Announces Full Lineup for European Series Event in Newcastle on Feb. 9
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The card for Bellator MMA’s inaugural European Series event in Newcastle, England, is just about complete. In addition to a previously confirmed headliner pitting Patricky Freire against Ryan Scope as well as the sophomore outing for British reality television star Aaron Chalmers, the California-based promotion announced 11 bouts for the Feb. 9 event, which takes place at Metro Radio Arena. The four-bout main card will include the Bellator debut of Fabian Edwards, the brother of UFC welterweight Leon Edwards, as he faces Lee Chadwick in a middleweight tilt. Additionally, Terry Brazier will square off against Chris Bungard in a lightweight affair. Chalmers’ opponent has yet to be announced.
Submitted Dec 17, 2018 5:41PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell to challenge Kyoji Horiguchi for Rizin title on NYE
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It’ll be Bellator champ vs. Rizin kingpin on New Years Eve, with a new Rizin title on the line. Bellator is sending their bantamweight champion to Japan to try to collect some more gold. During a press conference to announce their New Years Eve show, Rizin announced that Darrion Caldwell will challenge Kyoji Horiguchi for Rizin’s inaugural 135-pound title. Bellator also put out a press release confirming the bout, stating that it will be a three-rounder:
Submitted Nov 29, 2018 8:51AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Taekwondo master Valerie Loureda signs with Bellator, aims to be best fighter on planet
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At just 20 years old, Valerie Loureda has been preparing her entire life for her Bellator debut. “My mom was pregnant with me during her black belt test,” Loureda told MMAjunkie. “I guess you could say I was kicking from before I was even born. It’s in my blood. I haven’t gone a day in my life without throwing a punch or a kick. It’s who I am.” A 4th dan taekwando black belt, Loureda (0-0) is a former member of the U.S. Olympic team. Her father served as her grandmaster, training her “very old school and very old-fashioned.” The dedication paid off, and she progressed up the ranks of the taekwondo scene. But a moment in 2017 made her realize her true future lied in another direction.
Submitted Nov 20, 2018 9:20AM by JLS - 0 comments
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'Bellator 209: Pitbull vs. Sanchez' official results
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Bellator returns after a break of nearly a month with Bellator 209. In the main event, featherweight champion Patricio Freire puts his title on the line against Emmanuel Sanchez. In the co-main event, Ryan Couture looks to get back in the win column when he faces Haim Gozali in a welterweight rematch. Former light heavyweight champ Phil Davis is also on the card against knockout artist Vadim Nemkov.
Submitted Nov 17, 2018 8:12PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Bellator 209 weigh-in results: Patricio 'Pitbull,' Emmanuel Sanchez on mark for title fight
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Complete Bellator 209 main-card weigh-in results included: Patricio Freire (144.5) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (143) Ryan Couture (169) vs. Haim Gozali (170) Phil Davis (206) vs. Vadim Nemkov (204.5) Cindy Dandois (145.5) vs. Olga Rubin (143.5) Adam Keresh (238) vs. Kirill Sidelnikov (262)
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:22AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Benson Henderson re-signs with Bellator
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Benson Henderson will remain in the Bellator fold. After fighting out his most recent contract, the former UFC lightweight champion has inked a new multi-fight deal to stay with Bellator MMA. MMA Fighting confirmed the news following an initial report by MMA Junkie.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:18AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Kickboxing standout Joe Schilling returns to MMA at Bellator 210
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A middleweight bout between Joe Schilling and Jose Leija is the latest addition to November’s Bellator 210 lineup. MMAjunkie today verified the matchup between Schilling (2-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) and Leija (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) with a Bellator official. Bellator 210 takes place Nov. 30 at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Schilling vs. Leija is part of the MMAjunkie-streamed prelims prior to the main card, which airs on Paramount and streams on .
Submitted Oct 30, 2018 6:20PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Bantamweight Michael McDonald retires after series of injuries
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Less than three months after one of the most impressive performances of his career, 27-year-old bantamweight Michael McDonald has decided to retire from mixed martial arts. Less than three months after one of the most impressive performances of his career, 27-year-old bantamweight Michael McDonald has decided to retire from mixed McDonald (19-4) informed ESPN of his decision this week. McDonald is fresh off a 58-second knockout of former Bellator MMA champion Eduardo Dantas in July, but was forced to undergo his fifth hand surgery in the last five years following the bout. A former UFC title challenger, McDonald said he wrestled with the idea of retirement even prior to his latest injury, and is confident he can now move on from professional fighting.
Submitted Oct 1, 2018 10:01AM by JLS - 2 comments
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Bellator 206 complete results, highlights: Gegard Mousasi dismantles Rory MacDonald to retain title
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Too big, too strong and too skilled. In the most significant bout in the promotion's history and the first between champions in different divisions, Gegard Mousasi defended his middleweight title with a dominant second-round TKO over welterweight titleholder Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 in San Jose. Mousasi (45-6-2) left little doubt how much size matters in this meeting between the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the company and arguably the biggest free-agent acquisitions in company history considering both left UFC at the peak of their physical prime.
Submitted Oct 1, 2018 9:52AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator 205 post-event facts: Patricky Freire sets new knockout record
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Bellator action resumed Friday with Bellator 205, which took place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The main card aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie. One of the organization’s top prospects was the shining light on the card. A.J. McKee (12-0 MMA, 12-0 BMMA) remained undefeated when he scored his fastest win to date with a 69-second knockout of John Teixeira (21-4-2 MMA, 4-3 BMMA).
Submitted Sep 23, 2018 12:20PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Brennan Ward set to retire from MMA after Bellator 207 withdrawal
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After pulling out of Bellator 207 due to an undisclosed injury, Brennan Ward has decided to retire from MMA competition. MMAjunkie today learned from a Bellator official that Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) has informed the promotion of his intent to hang up his gloves from the sport. Ward was scheduled to fight Andre Fialho at Bellator 207 in October, but had to withdraw over the weekend. Ward hasn’t fought since August 2017, and apparently the latest setback was the final straw.
Submitted Sep 12, 2018 10:09AM by JLS - 0 comments
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