Bellator 172's Brooke Mayo on stoppage: 'I just feel as women we're kind of treated differently'
Brooke Mayo had less than a minute left on the clock in her pro debut before a doctor’s assessment rendered her unable to continue.
Sporting a swollen and purple left eye, a distraught Mayo (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) could be seen on Bellator 172’s Spike-televised main card pleading for her fight with Veta Arteaga (2-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to go on.
“I can see,” she repeated. “I can see.”
But it was a no-go. After nearly three full rounds of a highly entertaining flyweight battle at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Mayo was off to a 0-1 start to her professional MMA career.
Bellator signs Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo
Another talent from the Pitbull Brothers team has joined Bellator MMA.
Leandro Higo, the Legacy Fighting Alliance 135-pound champion, has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, Bellator officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Higo (17-2) became the RFA bantamweight champion last April with a first-round submission over Joey Miolla. When RFA and Legacy FC merged into LFA, the Brazilian added the LFA belt to his resume with a decision victory over Legacy FC champion Steven Peterson in January.
Bellator suing UFC to prevent access to documents in anti-trust suit
In 2015 a class-action, anti-trust lawsuit was filed against the UFC. It is ongoing, and argues that the league crippled the market, and created an environment where fighters were unable to fight anywhere else.
The suit accuses the UFC of running “an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from would-be rival MMA Promoters by systematically preventing them from gaining access to resources critical to successful MMA Promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for would-be rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.”
Here we go again: Filipovic out, Liam McGeary now meets Brett McDermott in Bellator 173 main event
For the second time in 48 hours, Bellator 173 headliner Liam McGeary has a new opponent for Friday’s card.
On Monday, Bellator officials announced that Chris Fields had been forced out of the Bellator 173 main event against former light heavyweight champion McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) and would be replaced by promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
But today, Filipovic is out, too. Stepping up on two days’ notice to take his place will be Brett McDermott (7-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who like Filipovic will be making his promotional debut.
Liam McGeary gets new opponent for Bellator 173 main event
For the second week in a row, Bellator is forced to change a main event on short notice.
Days after pulling Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione from Bellator 172 due to illness, former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary found himself without an opponent after Chris Fields suffered an undisclosed injury. Severe MMA first reported the news.
Headlining Friday’s Bellator 173 in Belfast, McGeary will now take on promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic, who enters the Bellator cage for the first time after winning eight of 10 professional bouts in Serbia and Russia, including six stoppages.
Spike TV to Become Paramount Network in Viacom Rebranding
There's a big change coming to Spike TV.
Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A formal announcement will likely come Thursday morning when Viacom unveils its turnaround plan during its quarterly earnings call.
Sources tell THR that Spike chief Kevin Kay — who recently added oversight of CMT and TV Land to his purview of the Global Entertainment Group — is expected to remain in place. The rebranding could begin as early as 2018, sources say, and no personnel changes are expected to be made at this time. Representatives for Viacom and Spike declined comment, though a formal rollout strategy is expected to be part of Thursday's call.
Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald headlines Bellator 179 in London
Paul Daley called out Rory MacDonald after scoring a vicious knockout in his last appearance inside the Bellator cage, and he got the fight he was hoping for.
Bellator officially announced on Thursday that “Semtex" will battle “Red King” in the main event of Bellator 179. The event takes place May 19 at London’s SSE Arena.
Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell 135 title fight headlines Bellator 177 in Budapest
Bellator is returning to Hungary this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in Budapest.
Bellator 177 is set for april 14 at Budapest Sports Arena. In the main event, bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (19-4 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) is set to take on challenger Darrion Caldwell (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA).
In addition, the card will feature a featherweight fight between Hungary’s Adam Borics (5-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Anthony Taylor (1-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).
Promotion officials announced the card and headliner today. The main card will air on Spike at 9 p.m. ET. Immediately following the MMA card, Bellator Kickboxing 6 will air on Spike at 11 p.m. ET, headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Zoltan Laszak and Karim Ghajji.
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it.
After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up.
Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
Josh Koscheck vs. Mauricio Alonso added to Bellator 172 main card with Piccolotti-Primus canceled
Next month’s Bellator 172 card has lost a fight but gained two more, including the long-delayed promotional debut of former UFC title challenger Josh Koscheck.
Bellator officials today announced Koscheck will fight fellow welterweight Mauricio Alonso. That bout takes the main-card slot initially reserved for lightweights Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus; Piccolotti was forced out of the event with an undisclosed injury.
Officials also added a middleweight bout between Francisco France vs. Anatoly Tokov to Bellator 172’s prelims.
Bellator 172 takes place Feb. 18 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.