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Bellator 201's Robbie Peralta ready to get back to big show with mind right
It’s been nine months since Robbie Peralta stepped into a cage and applied his MMA skills to a fight. A win over journeyman Shad Smith stopped a string of losses that triggered his release from the UFC and the WSOF, but it didn’t do much to announce his return to the sport’s big stage.
Submitted Jun 24, 2018 11:43PM by RacingHartPurple - 0 comments
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Wanderlei Silva Says He’s Fighting ‘Rampage’ Jackson at Bellator MMA Event on Sept. 29
“It is with great honor that I announce my return to MMA,” Silva wrote. “On Sept. 29th in California, I will do the Bellator MMA main event against [Quinton Jackson]. It will be our fourth match. I am very happy with my return and it will undoubtedly be a great show for everyone you guys.”
Submitted Jun 21, 2018 3:01AM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
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Bellator signs unbeaten 6-foot-8 heavyweight Steven Mowry to multi-fight deal
The Bellator heavyweight division just got a lot bigger. MMAjunkie today verified with a Bellator official that the promotion has inked 6-foot-8 heavyweight Steven Mowry to an exclusive multi-fight contract. Mowry (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) also posted a photo on social media of him signing the contract (via Instagram)
Submitted Jun 18, 2018 3:06PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Tyrell Fortune vs. Josue Lugo added to Bellator 201
Standout wrestler Tyrell Fortune has been added to this month’s Bellator 201 preliminary card. Fortune (4-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) is slated to fight heavyweight Josue Lugo (8-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), officials announced. Bellator 201 takes place June 29 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on the Bellator app. The latest Bellator 201 card includes: MAIN CARD (Paramount, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Alejandra Lara – for women’s flyweight title Saad Awad vs. Ryan Couture Valerie Letourneau vs. Kristina Williams Juan Archuleta vs. Robbie Peralta PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Andy Murad vs. Ed Ruth Keri Melendez vs. Tiani Valle Tyrell Fortune vs. Josue Lugo Kristi Lopez vs. Paola Ramirez Jamal Pogues vs. Jordan Young Joshua Jones vs. Jacob Rosales David Conte vs. Jay Jay Wilson Julio Aguilera vs. Ricky Furar
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:07PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Ed Ruth to make welterweight debut vs. Andy Murad at Bellator 201
Ed Ruth’s journey at 170 pounds begins this summer. Undefeated at middleweight, Ruth will drop down a division to fight Andy Murad at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion was originally scheduled to make his welterweight debut in April, but a late opponent switch caused the bout to be changed to a 175-pound catchweight affair.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 11:42AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Keri Melendez returns at Bellator 201 to fight Tiani Valle
Keri Melendez will soon be back in Bellator action. The professional kickboxer-turned-cage fighter will compete in MMA for the second time when she meets Tiani Valle in a strawweight bout at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 11:40AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Mirko Cro Cop details extent of knee injury, targeted date for return
Mirko Filipovic’s left leg is in rough shape following his withdrawal from Bellator 200’s main event. Filipovic, 43, pulled out of Friday’s scheduled Bellator 200 rematch against Roy Nelson after suffering an 11th hour knee injury in training. Unfortunately for “Cro Cop,” the damage appears to be extensive. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported Tuesday that Filipovic’s list of injuries to his left leg includes: an ACL tear, a partial MCL tear, a meniscofemoral ligament (MFL) tear, an LCL sprain, and a median arcuate ligament (MAL) tear. “Cro Cop” underwent surgery Monday to address the damage. Despite the extent of his injury, the Croatian legend told Helwani that he is targeting a return in October and wants to fight Nelson “ASAP.”
Submitted May 22, 2018 5:49PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Jeremy Petley out of Bellator 200 due to injury, Saul Rogers fight canceled
Saul Rogers is without a dance partner for his promotional debut this Friday night at Bellator 200. Bellator has confirmed that Canadian Jeremy Petley has pulled out of his bout with Rogers due to an undisclosed injury. Nolan King first reported the news of Petley’s withdrawal on May 17. Officials were looking for a short-notice replacement for “The Hangman”, but MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that Rogers was also removed from the card. Rogers also wrote in an Instagram story that he would no longer be fighting Friday.
Submitted May 22, 2018 5:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Mirko Cro Cop out of Bellator 200 main event, Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi to headline
Bad luck has hit Bellator 200. The landmark show lost its main event on Monday, as Mirko Filipovic has been forced to withdraw from Friday’s main event at The SSE Arena in England with an undisclosed injury.
Submitted May 21, 2018 1:16PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson to serve as alternate bout for Bellator heavyweight grand prix
The stakes have been raised for Bellator’s upcoming bicentennial event. Bellator president Scott Coker announced Thursday that Bellator 200’s main event, a heavyweight rematch between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Roy Nelson, will serve as an official alternate bout for the promotion’s 2018 heavyweight grand prix.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:04PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Julia Budd-Talita Nogueira title fight, Eduardo Dantas-Michael McDonald top Bellator 202 lineup
Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd has her next title defense lined up for July’s Bellator 202 event. A Bellator official today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie. Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is set to put her 145-pound belt up for grabs for the second time when she takes on Talita Nogueira (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the July 13 event headliner at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie, and the full fight card and bout order will be revealed in the coming weeks. Also set for Bellator 202 is a bantamweight co-headliner between former two-time Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and Michael McDonald (18-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:35PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Milestone Bellator 200 lineup finalized; Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson headlines
The milestone Bellator 200 card is all revved up and ready to go. Officials today announced the finalized lineup for the event, which takes place May 25 at SSE Arena in London with a main card that airs via same-day tape delay on Paramount. And it’ll be a battle of big men getting top billing over a title fight. The headliner features heavyweights Roy Nelson (23-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) doing battle. In the co-main event, middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) puts his title on the line against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). The complete Bellator 200 lineup is as follows: MAIN CARD (Paramount, 9 p.m. ET) Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi – for middleweight title Michael Page vs. David Rickels Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths – 163-pound catchweight Phil Davis vs. Linton Vassell PRELIMINARY CARD Kate Jackson vs. Anastasia Yankova Vladimir Filipovic vs. Anatoly Tokov Pedro Carvalho vs. Daniel Crawford Martyn Harris vs. Ryan Scope Carl Noon vs. Mike Shipman Louis King vs. Charlie Ward Jeremy Petley vs. Saul Rogers Kevin Fryer vs. Costello Van Steenis Tom Green vs. Charlie Leary
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren tweet about fighting each other in Bellator, but how possible is that?
Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald vs. Ben Askren: Is this a matchup that piques your interest? Because it’s been talked about now between the two fighters. A Twitter user today asked MacDonald, who already said he wants to move up to middleweight, if he would be interested in facing Askren, the former ONE Championship and Bellator 170-pound titleholder, who retired undefeated last November. MacDonald responded, and that got things going between him and Askren. Check it out:
Submitted Apr 19, 2018 2:47AM by Braden - 8 comments
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Bellator signs former UFC veteran Timothy Johnson
Former UFC veteran Timothy Johnson is headed to Bellator. The heavyweight fighter has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned. Johnson (12-4) leaves the UFC with a 4-3 record inside the Octagon. He’s coming off a unanimous decision win over Marcelo Golm at UFC Belem in February, which was the last fight on his contract.
Submitted Apr 13, 2018 1:58PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Ed Ruth Gets New Oppoment, Weight Class For Bellator 196 Bout In Budapest
Ed Ruth’s welterweight debut will have to wait. After original Bellator 196 foe Laszlo Furko withdrew from the 170-pound bout due to injury, Ruth will now face Ion Pascu in a 175-pound catchweight affair on April 6. A promotion official confirmed the change to Sherdog.com following an initial report from MMAjunkie.com. Bellator 196 takes place at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary, and is headlined by a lightweight tilt between Benson Henderson and Roger Huerta. The card airs on the Paramount Network in the United States via tape delay at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Submitted Mar 26, 2018 4:25PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Brent Primus injured; Michael Chandler vs. Brandon Girtz in the works for Bellator 197 main event
Bellator lightweight champion Brent Primus has been forced to withdraw from his April 13 title defense against Michael Chandler after suffering an injured knee, MMA Fighting has learned. As a result, Chandler will now face Brandon Girtz in the main event of the Bellator 197, which is set to take place at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., sources say.
Submitted Mar 21, 2018 9:43PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Benson Henderson vs. returning Roger Huerta set for Bellator 196
It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month. Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:50PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson added to Bellator 200 in London
MMA and kickboxing legend Mirko Cro Cop will make his Bellator debut in May, when he faces fellow longtime veteran Roy Nelson.
Submitted Mar 5, 2018 3:52PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Jon Fitch vs. Paul Daley set for Bellator 199 in San Jose
Bellator’s newest addition has his first assignment. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch signed an exclusive contract with the promotion earlier this week, and on Friday night’s Bellator 195 card, it was announced that Fitch would be facing welterweight standout Paul Daley when the organization heads to San Jose for Bellator 199 on May 12.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 10:51PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Jon Fitch signs with Bellator
Jon Fitch is headed to Bellator. The promotion has signed the MMA veteran to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year deal, MMA Fighting has learned. Fitch’s signing and debut is expected to be announced in the very near future.
Submitted Mar 1, 2018 3:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
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