Benson Henderson targets late summer Bellator return after knee surgery
You might not know Benson Henderson has been operating under less-than-ideal conditions for the entirety of his three-fight Bellator career.
Granted, Henderson has lost two of those three fights (against lightweight champ Michael Chandler and former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov), but he didn’t look like someone competing with a serious injury. That was the case, though.
Former Bellator champ Marcos Galvao has savings stolen in robbery
Marcos Galvao went to Brazil on vacation following his loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175, and had an unpleasant surprise when he flew back home to New York.
The former Bellator bantamweight champion returned to New York on Thursday morning following a 15-day trip to Brazil, and found out that someone invaded his home and stole the money he had saved from his most recent fights.
"My house is fine, they didn’t take the TV or anything like that,” Galvao told MMA Fighting, “but they took the money I had in the safe."
Multiple Bouts Added to Bellator NYC & Bellator 180 on June 24
PHIL DAVIS SET TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RYAN BADER DURING SPIKE-TELEVISED BELLATOR 180
WRESTLING PHENOM AARON PICO TO MAKE MMA DEBUT AGAINST ZACH FREEMAN ON MAIN CARD
ALSO, NEIMAN GRACIE VS. DAVE MARFONE ADDED TO SPIKE TELECAST, WHILERYAN COUTURE-HAIM GOZALI ANCHOR BELLATOR 180 PRELIMS ON BELLATOR.COM
LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, Ryan Bader (22-5), during the main event ofBellator 180: Davis vs. Baderon June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated Neiman Gracie (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (6-0) againstChinzo Machida (5-2).
Valerie Letourneau signs with Bellator MMA
UFC bantamweight and strawweight veteran Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau has signed with Bellator MMA to compete in her much more natural weight division – flyweight.
The debut is expected to take place in late Summer and was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
Bellator bringing fights to NASCAR
Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it will partner with Monster Energy and several tracks to hold matches at select races in 2017. The relationship is specifically between Monster and Bellator and not with NASCAR.
The specific match ups have yet to be announced, but Bellator has stated that the following races will have MMA bouts featured on the event:
Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20
Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19
Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 15
Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19
They did this with monster at a few motocross events in the past and was a success.This is pretty cool and I'd definitely attend if it were closer to me.
Bellator 175 post-event facts: 'King Mo' joins Bellator's 10-win club
Bellator 175 went down on Friday and featured a five-fight main card on Spike at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill.
In the heavyweight main event, Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) got the revenge he’d been wanting for nearly three years when he outworked rival Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) over 15 minutes for the unanimous decision victory.
Similar to the first fight, the showdown between “King Mo” and “Rampage” lacked signifiant action. It produced a different winner, though, and that was one of several notable happenings at Bellator’s sixth show of the year.
For more, check below for 25 post-event facts about Bellator 175...
Bellator 175 weigh-ins: Rampage 253, King Mo 212
The Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 official weigh-ins will stream live on The UG from Chicago at 2:00 p.m. ET. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal rematch in the main event.
Quinton Jackson (253) vs. Muhammed Lawal (212)
Marcos Galvao (145.5) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (149.5)*
Chase Gormley (265.5) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (264)
Lloyd Carter (148) vs. Noad Lahat (146)
Steve Kozola (155) vs. Jake Roberts (156)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Max Fuentes (138) vs. Brandon Shelhart (135)
Asef Askar (157) vs. James Esposito (154.5)
Brian Akins (156) vs. Mike DeLaVega (156)
Cory Galloway (136) vs. David Garcia (137)
Tom Holder (169) vs. Josh Streaker (170.5)
Joaquin Buckley (171) vs. Justin Patterson (171)
Tim Cho (150) vs. Joshua Hardwick (150)
Manny Vazquez (130) vs. Nate Williams (129)
James Bochnovic (205) vs. Matt Paul (207.5)
Damian Norris (155) vs. Tom Shoaff (155)
Adam Maciejewski (262) vs. Prince McLean (225)
*Bout changed to catchweight.
Bellator 180 pay-per-view price set at $49.95 for high-definition
Bellator 180 pay-per-view price set at $49.95 for high-definition
By: Steven Marrocco | March 27, 2017 7:45 pm
Bigger stars, bigger venue, bigger price tag.
The Bellator 180 pay-per-view offering, “Bellator NYC,” will set you back $49.95 for the high-definition version of the company’s second pay-per-view event on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an announcement on “The MMA Hour.” A price for the standard definition version of the event is not yet available, Coker added.
The Viacom-owned promotion’s first PPV event, Bellator 120, was priced between $30 and $45. According to former CEO Bjorn Rebney, that was due to cable operators picking their own price.
As previously reported, Bellator 120 drew 100,000 buys.
Ilima Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton co-headlines Bellator 178 on April 21
Next month’s Bellator 178 fight card will feature a women’s flyweight matchup between Ilima Macfarlane and Jessica Middleton as the co-main event.
Bellator officials today announced the 125-pound bout between Macfarlane (5-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Middleton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).
Bellator 178 takes place April 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Macfarlane has spent almost the entirety of her career under the Bellator banner. She earned a 10-second knockout in her first professional fight, then was signed to the organization, where she has put together four consecutive wins.
James Gallagher-Chinzo Machida featherweight fight added to Bellator 180 in New York
A featherweight bout between James Gallagher and Chinzo Machida is the latest addition to June’s Bellator 180 lineup.
Bellator officials today confirmed the 145-pound matchup between Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Machida (5-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) following an announcement from Bellator President Scott Coker on “The MMA Hour.”
Bellator 180 takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card, titled “Bellator: NYC,” airs on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 undercard on Spike.
Michael Chandler vs. Brent Primus title fight set for Bellator 180
One of Bellator’s top pound-for-pound fighters is coming to pay-per-view.
Michael Chandler will defend his lightweight title against Brent Primus at Bellator 180 on June 24 at New York’s Madison Square Garden, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Thursday. The event will air live on PPV.
Chandler (16-3) has won four straight and is coming off a successful title defense against former UFC champion Benson Henderson in November. The Missouri native won the belt for a second time in June 2016, via knockout over Patricky Freire. Chandler, 30, has been a cornerstone for Bellator and one of its most tenured athletes, going back to 2010.