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Chandler: No thankyou to rematch with Alvarez
Michael Chandler has sent the following message out to his fans:
Submitted Jan 5, 2013 4:28PM by Rabi - 7 comments
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Bellator announces Rad Martinez vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev tournament final February 21
Bellator is full speed ahead on their upcoming debut season on Spike TV, with a constant stream of quality fight announcements. The latest is a bit of unfinished business from the recently completed season 7. On February 21, Bellator will hold their season 7 Featherweight tournament final of Rad Martinez vs. Shahbulat Shamhalaev. This fight was originally scheduled for Bellator 83 in December, but had to be scrapped at the last minute due to a Shamhalaev illness. Notable about this show is that it will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah, close to Martinez's Utah home. Bellator is big on taking advantage of hometown crowds, and placing this fight in Utah should mean a very rabid and partisan crowd. Martinez is a pretty amazing story, putting together a 14-2 record (4-0 in Bellator) while also taking care of his paraplegic father. He's shown amazing guts and drive throughout the tournament, and it will be great to see him in front of a hometown crowd.
Submitted Jan 5, 2013 11:29AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator 85 set with 11 fights, includes Guymon vs. Young, Williams vs. Yager
The 11-bout lineup for Bellator MMA's first Season 8 event, "Bellator 85: Chandler vs. Hawn," is now complete with a three-fight main card and a seven-fight preliminary card that features MMA notables Mike "Joker" Guymon, Jason Lambert, Seth Petruzelli, Hector Ramirez and Jamie Yager. Bellator 85 is the promotion's first on Spike TV after moving over from its recent television home at MTV2. The evening's complete lineup now includes: MAIN CARD Michael Chandler vs. Rick Hawn - for lightweight title Renato Sobral vs. Mikhail Zayats - light heavyweight tournament opening round Pat Curran vs. Patricio Freire - for featherweight title PRELIMINARY CARD Cleber Luciano vs. Mario Navarro Jacob Noe vs. Seth Petruzelli - light-heavyweight tournament opening round Jason Lambert vs. Hector Ramirez J.J. Ambrose vs. Brian Warren Atanas Djambazov vs. Emanuel Newton - light-heavyweight tournament opening round Mike Guymon vs. Savant Young Joe Williams vs. Jamie Yager Joe Camacho vs. Aaron Miller
Submitted Jan 4, 2013 9:44PM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
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Eddie Alvarez almost ready to say 'F!@# it' as UFC and Bellator contract negotiations get ugly
As the UFC and Bellator square off to debate his contract, Eddie Alvarez is left in limbo without a fight.
Submitted Jan 4, 2013 11:28AM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
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Bellator MMA and Spike TV on Thursday debut a new original series entitled "Bellator 360." The first episode features Bellator MMA lightweight champ Michael Chandler.
Submitted Jan 3, 2013 12:04AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Bellator tournament nixes 'Babalu' Sobral's participation in 'TUF: Brazil 2'
Renato "Babalu" Sobral plans to coach full-time when he calls it a career in MMA. But for now, he must pass on an opportunity to help a longtime teammate.
Submitted Jan 3, 2013 12:03AM by FastKnockout - 1 comment
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Bellator MMA counters UFC's offer for former champion Eddie Alvarez
Bellator MMA has officially tendered a contract offer to its former lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 8-1 BFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from multiple industry sources that Bellator executives have issued an offer to Alvarez to match the deal he recently received from the UFC. The move is an effort by Bellator to retain the rights to the star 155-pounder, whose contract with the promotion expired following an October win over Patricky "Pitbull" Freire but who remained in an exclusive matching period with the tournament-based organization.
Submitted Jan 2, 2013 8:50PM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
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Bellator announces tournament structure, complete Light Heavyweight tournament
Bellator has added a new dimension to their tournament format - brackets. The complete tournament bracket has been announced for the Light Heavyweight tournament, set to begin at their big Spike TV debut.
Submitted Jan 2, 2013 5:58PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
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Paul Daley Receives Approval from Bellator to Fight While Waiting for Visa Approval
Paul "Semtex" Daley is still sorting out his visa issues that will prevent him from competing in the upcoming Bellator welterweight tournament, but he plans on staying active.
Submitted Jan 2, 2013 5:55PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Jason Lambert meets Hector Ramirez at Jan. 17 Bellator 85 card
A light heavyweight bout has been added to Bellator's Season 8 debut later this month. Jason Lambert will meet Hector Ramirez at Bellator 85 in what will be each of their promotional debuts.
Submitted Jan 2, 2013 5:52PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Paul Daley claims Bellator is preventing him from working
Welterweight star Paul Daley is locked out of the U.S. due to visa issues while he's facing criminal charges in England. He is complaining on Facebook that Bellator is preventing him from taking fights in the UK while he's locked out of the U.S.
Submitted Jan 1, 2013 2:28AM by FastKnockout - 13 comments
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Michael Page: Im fighting for Bellator in February
The UK prospect Michael 'Venom' Page has sent out a tweet confirming that he will be fighting on February 21 for Bellator Fighting Championship.
Submitted Dec 30, 2012 5:33PM by Rabi - 4 comments
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Eddie Alvarez Situation Still Not Settled, Dana White Expects Things to Get “Ugly”
It appears Eddie Alvarez’s free agency won’t be coming to an end in the near future without a fight happening first but it’s not a battle in the cage. No, the battle is likely to take place in negotiations because the former Bellator lightweight champion appears locked in a fight between the two suitors who both want to sign him. Following Alvarez’s last fight, he officially became a free agent after competing under the Bellator banner for the last few years. While the promotion retained a matching period to offer Alvarez equal money to that of any other organization courting his services, they allowed him to seek out the best deal before they decided if they would try to re-sign him or not...
Submitted Dec 28, 2012 10:48AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Paul Daley arrested for bar fight assault, out of Bellator's Spike TV debut on Jan. 17, 2013
Bellator welterweight Paul Daley has been forced out of his fight on Bellator's Spike TV debut, eliminating him from its season 8 welterweight tournament. "Semtex" was charged with assault after a bar fight and is forbidden from entering the United States until further notice. Paul Daley (and probably Bjorn Rebney) isn't having much of a Merry Christmas. Today (Dec. 25, 2012), the Bellator Welterweight has been arrested on an assault charge in connection with a recent bar fight, according to a report from Josh Gross of ESPN. If found guilty of the charge, "Semtex" could face up to two years in prison.
Submitted Dec 25, 2012 8:22PM by sparky - 14 comments
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Bellator releases former champ Zach Makovsky
Bellator has cut ties with another former champion. First-ever Bellator bantamweight titleholder Zach Makovsky recently confirmed via Twitter that the promotion has released him.
Submitted Dec 23, 2012 11:24AM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
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Bellator 87 official for Michigan on Jan. 31, features lightweight tourney
Bellator Fighting Championships' Season 8 lightweight tournament kicks off Jan. 31, as the promotion returns to Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., for Bellator 87. Bellator executives today officially announced the event, and tickets – which range from just $20 to $65 – are on sale now. Bellator first visited the venue this past November for Bellator 82.
Submitted Dec 23, 2012 1:00AM by MMAcca - 1 comment
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Bellator 89 official for February 14th in Charlotte with Dantas-Galvao main event
Bellator's first visit to the Tar Heel State now is official for Feb. 14. As first reported by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), Bellator 89 will take place at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., with a bantamweight title fight between champion Eduardo Dantas (14-3 MMA, 4-0 BFC) and tournament winner, top contender and former Dantas teammate Marcos Galvao (13-5-1 MMA, 4-2 BFC) in the main event. Bellator officials on Friday announced the card, which also is expected to feature the start of the Season 8 middleweight tournament. Participants for that tourney have not yet been announced.
Submitted Dec 21, 2012 5:29PM by jay98107 - 3 comments
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Bellator reviewing Eddie Alvarez's UFC offer with choice of match or let him go
Eddie Alvarez has his offer. Now it's a waiting game. The former Bellator lightweight champ, one of the most coveted MMA free agents in years, has a contract offer in hand from the UFC. That leaves Bellator in a two-week period in which it can match the offer in an attempt to retain the fighter. Bellator officials on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that promotion execs are reviewing Alvarez's offer from the UFC and are expected to announce soon whether they will match it or let him go.
Submitted Dec 19, 2012 4:14PM by jay98107 - 7 comments
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Bellator 84 Bounces Back from Season Low TV Ratings to Nearly Hitting the High Mark
Bellator’s final Season 7 event bounced back from last week’s abysmal season low to the second best TV ratings of the past 11 episodes.
Submitted Dec 18, 2012 2:38PM by FastKnockout - 0 comments
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Alexander Shlemenko vs Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves Headlines Bellator 88 in Georgia
Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves will square off for the vacant middleweight title on Feb. 7 at Bellator 88. Sherdog.com confirmed the booking with sources close to the bout, who also verified that The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., will play host to the event, which marks Bellator’s fourth effort of Season 8. Promotion officials have yet to release any information about the show, but it will nevertheless air live on Spike TV.
Submitted Dec 13, 2012 1:43PM by sparky - 7 comments
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