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Ex-champ Liam McGeary vs. Chris Fields slated for Bellator 173 on Feb. 24
Former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary is slated for his post-title return bout. Fighting for the first time since losing the belt to Phil Davis in November, McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) meets Chris Fields (11-7-1 MMA, at Bellator 173. Bellator President Scott Coker announced the main event via ESPN.com.
Submitted Jan 11, 2017 1:57AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani catchweight bout headlines Bellator 171
A 175-pound catchweight matchup between 14-year veteran Melvin Guillard and fellow knockout artist Chidi Njokuani has been booked as the headlining bout of Bellator 171. The event takes place Jan. 27 at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. As with all Bellator events, the night’s main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though the night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed.
Submitted Jan 11, 2017 1:53AM by Braden - 4 comments
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Tito Ortiz on why he’s retiring: ‘My biggest enemy has been my body’
This isn’t the first time Tito Ortiz has announced his retirement. The former UFC light heavyweight champion called it a career after a 2012 loss to Forrest Griffin and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Then came an improbable run with Bellator, one in which he drew a game-changing television rating for a fight with Stephan Bonnar on Nov. 2014 which helped usher in the current era of MMA free agency. But while the inevitable can be postponed, time catches up with everyone eventually. Ortiz’s Bellator 170 main event against Chael Sonnen comes two days before his 42nd birthday, and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” affirmed that win, lose, or draw, he intends for the bout to be the last of his MMA career.
Submitted Jan 5, 2017 7:40PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson, Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus added to Bellator 172
Cheick Kongo vs. Oli Thompson, and Adam Piccolotti vs. Brent Primus are the latest additions to Bellator 172. The news was announced by the promotion on Wednesday.
Submitted Jan 5, 2017 3:36PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou added to Bellator 169
A women’s featherweight bout pitting Sinead Kavanagh and Elina Kallionidou is the latest addition to Bellator 169. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday. Kavanagh was originally scheduled to compete in a bantamweight fight against Eeva Siiskonen on the BAMMA portion of this co-promoted event, but will now be moving up a weight class to face Kallionidou under the Bellator banner. Kavanagh trains out of SGB Ireland and is 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:29PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Middleweight prospect Ed Ruth announced as late addition to Saturday's Bellator 168
Ed Ruth will take his second professional MMA contest just five weeks after his successful debut in the sport. Bellator officials today announced that Ruth (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will face Italian middleweight Emanuele Palombi (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Saturday’s Bellator 168 event, which takes place at Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, and airs live on Spike.
Submitted Dec 7, 2016 4:12PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Tito Ortiz says Bellator 170 bout with Chael Sonnen on Jan. 21 will be his 'final fight'
When Tito Ortiz takes on Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it will be a meeting between two of the best trash talkers in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. It will also be the last time MMA fans will be able to see "The Huntington Beach Bad Bay" in action, according to a recent social media submission by the man himself.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:29AM by Braden - 7 comments
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Injury forces Rafael Carvalho out of Bellator 168 bout against Melvin Manhoef
The rematch is going to have to wait. Bellator announced middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho has been forced out of his Dec. 10 bout with Melvin Manhoef with an injury. The new main event for the Bellator 168 card, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, will be Italian fighter Alessio Sakara against veteran Joey Beltran.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:24AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Paul Daley to face Brennan Ward at Bellator 170
Bellator's big show to start 2017 has added some hitters. Paul Daley will take on Brennan Ward in an important welterweight bout at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles, it was announced by promotion president Scott Coker on ESPN.
Submitted Nov 30, 2016 4:11AM by Braden - 2 comments
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With Emmanuel Sanchez injured, Friday's Bellator 166 lineup gets new co-headliner
Due to an injury, Friday’s Bellator 166 event has a new co-headliner. Bellator officials today announced Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has suffered an injury and been forced out of his bout with featherweight A.J. McKee (5-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA). As a result, Ray Wood (7-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA), who was originally slated to fight Treston Thomison (9-4 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) on the prelims, has been tapped as a replacement. Thomison awaits a new opponent.
Submitted Nov 28, 2016 3:47PM by Braden - 0 comments
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With Freire out, Darrion Caldwell-Joe Taimanglo rematch set for Bellator 167 main event
With another headliner for Bellator 167 gone by the wayside, there’s a new main event set for the promotion’s second of back-to-back shows in Oklahoma next week. The headliner for the second night of Bellator’s December doubleheader will be a bantamweight rematch between Darrion Caldwell (9-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Joe Taimanglo (23-6-1 MMA, 6-2 BMMA). A Bellator official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie today.
Submitted Nov 25, 2016 2:35PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Patricky Freire injured; Bellator 167 main event scrapped
Bellator 167 has lost its main event once again. Patricky Freire, who was scheduled to meet Derek Campos on Dec. 3, has suffered an undisclosed injury and won’t be able to fight next weekend. Bellator officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. According to the promotion, Campos will be paid his show money and rebooked early in 2017. Freire vs. Campos was announced as the new headliner for the card in Thackerville, OK, after Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira was canceled due to a Curran injury. Bellator has yet to announce its replacement atop the bill.
Submitted Nov 25, 2016 1:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato official for Bellator 170
One month after Bellator MMA announced the signing of Ralek Gracie, they’ve booked the Metamoris founder for his first MMA fight since 2010. Following a report by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Bellator officials announced Gracie will fight Hisaki Kato at Bellator 170 on Saturday, January 21st. The night’s main card airs live on Spike TV from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Submitted Nov 23, 2016 12:44PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Bellator announces Fedor vs Mitrione
Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will make his Bellator debut on Feb. 18 against Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 172 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Bellator officials made the announcement during tonight’s Bellator 165 event in San Jose.
Submitted Nov 19, 2016 11:38PM by jae_1833 - 18 comments
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Interview with Scott Coker from Tel Aviv....lots of info
Alot of info from future fights, to the future of the Hw Division ,to general mma stuff.
Submitted Nov 10, 2016 8:59PM by FKA - 3 comments
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Bellator adds three-time NCAA wrestling champ Romero Cotton to roster
Another top-notch amateur wrestler will go down the pipeline from the mat world to Bellator MMA. On Monday, Bellator announced the signing of three-time NCAA Division 2 wrestling champion Romero Cotton to an exclusive mixed martial arts contract.
Submitted Nov 7, 2016 8:57PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Kevin Ferguson Jr. chases pro debut again vs. Aaron Hamilton at Bellator 165
For the third time, Kevin Ferguson Jr. will attempt his professional MMA debut later this month. Ferguson Jr. (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to take on Aaron Hamilton (0-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a welterweight fight on the prelims of Bellator 165, which takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Bellator officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Nov 7, 2016 5:00PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Paul Daley pulled from tonight's Bellator 163 card after difficult weight cut
Friday night's Bellator 163 Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson fight has been canceled. "After a difficult weight cut, we, along with Mike Mazzulli from the Mohegan Athletic Commission, made the decision to pull Paul Daley from tonight's event as a precautionary measure," Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAFighting.com via statement. "Fighter safety is of the utmost importance to us here at Bellator."
Submitted Nov 4, 2016 1:24PM by Braden - 7 comments
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Marlos Coenen’s main card fight scrapped, while Paul Daley still on for Bellator 163
On Thursday morning, 31-year old Brazilian fighter, Talita Nogueira, showed up 5 1/2 pounds over the 146-pound maximum for her fight with Marloes Coenen. Mike Mazzulli, the Director of Athletic Regulation for the Mohegan Tribe, told MMA Fighting that Noguiera never officially weighed-in. Coenen opted not to take the bout when she learned that Nogueira was over by so much. Another fight on the main card that appeared to be in jeopardy is still on. As of Thursday night, Daley has been cleared and the fight is still on.
Submitted Nov 4, 2016 1:50AM by Braden - 1 comment
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'Pitbull' Freire vs. Derek Campos is new Bellator 167 main event after Pat Curran injury
An injury to former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran has led to a chain reaction of changes to Bellator 167. Patricky "Pitbull" Freire vs. Derek Campos at lightweight was announced as the new main event in Thackerville, Okla. on Dec. 3 after Curran had to pull out of his original main event against John Teixeira due to an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Nov 1, 2016 4:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
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