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Bellator’s Erick Silva, whole family infected with coronavirus in Brazil: ‘We have no idea how it got to us’
Brazil has more than 12,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, and it now includes Bellator fighter Erick Silva and his family. Silva opted to self-quarantine with his wife’s family at their beach house in March after most of the cities around the country started to impose lockdown measures and close non-essential services due to the new coronavirus pandemic. His wife Isabela, who gave birth to their second son Carlos in late 2019, started to get sick days later.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:55PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Bellator's Gegard Mousasi would love to fight 'very talented' UFC champ Israel Adesanya
Gegard Mousasi is a firmly entrenched member of the Bellator roster these days, but that doesn’t stop him from keeping tabs on his former home in the UFC middleweight division...
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:49PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Bellator 241 to proceed in Connecticut without fans due to coronavirus fears
In response to the increasingly life-altering global coronavirus pandemic, Bellator 241 on Friday will go forward – but without fans in attendance.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 9:00PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson 2 rebooked for Bellator event on June 6
Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler will meet Benson Henderson for a second time at an upcoming Bellator MMA event on June 6 from Chicago. Bellator announced the matchup during a special spring and summer press conference on Monday.
Submitted Mar 10, 2020 3:36PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely set for Bellator Dublin co-main event
Michael Page seems to have been lured into fellow kickboxer Richard Kiely’s war of words as the duo are set to face off in the co-main event of Bellator Dublin on Sept. 27 at the 3 Arena. Bellator announced the bout via the Irish Mirror on Wednesday morning after weeks of the European welterweights exchanging barbs back and forth online.
Submitted Jul 17, 2019 12:54PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Patricio Pitbull vs. Juan Archuleta, Gegard Mousasi vs. Lyoto Machida 2 on tap for Bellator 228
The first two fights for Bellator 228 on Sept. 28 from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. have been announced including the opening bout in the upcoming Bellator featherweight grand prix. Reigning two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will enter the tournament with his title up for grabs in every fight with Juan Archuleta as the first fighter attempting to take away the 145-pound belt. Freire is coming off a stunning first-round knockout to dethrone Michael Chandler in a lightweight title fight and now he returns to his natural weight class to participate in the Bellator featherweight grand prix.
Submitted Jul 11, 2019 9:33PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo, featherweight grand prix kickoff set for Bellator 226
It’s settled: Two-division Bellator champion Ryan Bader is defending his heavyweight title next. On Thursday, the promotion announced that Bader will return Sept. 7 when he puts his belt on the line against French striker Cheick Kongo in the night’s main event at Bellator 226. Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) captured the heavyweight strap after winning the Bellator heavyweight grand prix with a 35-second knockout of Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko in the tournament final last January. That victory also saw him become a two-division champion, with the heavyweight title joining the light heavyweight strap he won from Phil Davis in his promotional debut back in June 2017.
Submitted Jul 11, 2019 9:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator 222 bout order finalized with six-fight main card; Caldwell vs. Horiguchi opens
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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