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Dana White expresses interest in Bellator's Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard
(mmajunkie.com)
When you're as big and influential as the UFC, simple desire often is the only thing needed to get what you want. So, take note Bellator fans; the UFC clearly wants two of its rival organization's biggest stars: ex-lightweight champ Eddie Alavarez (23-3 MMA, 7-1 BFC) and current middleweight titleholder Hector Lombard (31-2-1 MMA, 8-0 BFC). UFC president Dana White suggested the UFC soon will make a play to sign both Bellator veterans. Both fighters have been with Bellator since its inception in 2009. But as their contracts wind down and Alvarez and Lombard have the option to flirt with other suitors, the lure of the UFC is going to be strong. Alvarez, who lost his title to Michael Chandler in November, upped his value on Friday by avenging an earlier defeat and making quick work of submission specialist Shinya Aoki in Bellator 66's headliner. After the fight, Alvarez said Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney needed to "show me the money" in a new contract. The Bellator boss told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Alvarez is "an absolute class act" who's been "a pleasuring work with." So will Rebney, in fact, show him the money? "I don't think he's left me with a lot of choice, do you?" Rebney said.
Submitted Apr 22, 2012 9:42AM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Post-fight scuffle mars Andreas Spang's Bellator 66 comeback, disciplinary action likely
(mmajunkie.com)
Andreas Spang's comeback win over hometown hero Brian Rogers was a thing of beauty. And then things got real ugly. For the better part of two rounds, Rogers (9-4 MMA, 2-2 BFC) had his way with the late replacement Spang (8-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC), who filled in for injured Bruno Santos in middleweight-tournament-semifinal action. The bout was part of the MTV2-televised main card of Bellator 66, which took place Friday at Cleveland's I-X Center. Rogers scored early in the fight with kicks and punches before slipping on a head kick. Spang was able to seize the moment and get his back in the scramble and threaten with a rear-naked-choke submission. But then it was back to punishment mode after the escape, and Rogers resumed peppering Spang with heavy punches to the body and head. It was more of the same in the second frame. Rogers countered with a big right cross early, caught Spang's kick, and continued his vicious assault. Spang was visibly hurt and wobbly at one point, and Rogers sprung forward throwing wild punches looking for the kill. It cost him dearly. Out of nowhere, Spang countered with a left hook that dropped Rogers like a sack of potatoes. One hammerfist later, referee Jerry Poe had seen enough. That was it. Spang had authored one of the best comebacks of the year in MMA and advanced to the middleweight-tournament finals. "I had a couple rough times," Spang told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He hits pretty hard. I never felt really worried or in too much of danger. I know he had his way with me a couple times, but I was pretty focused on the win. I came here to win. I caught him with my moneymaker left hook." Maiquel Falcao (30-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC), who defeated Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (16-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) by unanimous decision earlier in the evening to secure his own spot in the finals, was brought into the cage to greet Spang for the first time after the fight. Then all hell broke loose...
Submitted Apr 21, 2012 11:50AM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Bellator 66 weigh-in results: Eddie Alvarez (154.5), Shinya Aoki (154.5) on weight
(mmajunkie.com)
Official Bellator 66 fighter weigh-ins took place today, and all fighters easily made weight. Today's festivities took place at Great Lakes Ballroom at Cleveland's I-X Center. Both Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki were on weight for their highly anticipated rematch in Bellator 66's headliner. Both fighters weighed 154.5 pounds. Bellator 66 takes place Friday at the I-X Center. The main card airs on MTV2, and prelims can be watched on MMAjunkie.com or Spike.com.
Submitted Apr 20, 2012 12:27AM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
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Following Bellator release, Alexis Vila plans move to UFC's flyweight division
(mmajunkie.com)
Unbeaten in his first 11 professional fights, Alexis Vila is now a free agent after back-to-back losses. The 41-year-old Vila (11-2 MMA, 2-2 BFC) told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he has been released by Bellator following a loss to Luis Nogueira in the opening round of the promotion's season-six bantamweight tournament, which took place this past Friday at Bellator 65. Now, the former Olympian plans a move to flyweight, and hopefully, to the UFC. "I know that [bantamweight is] not my weight class, so I want to prove I'm the best flyweight in the world," Vila said. Vila, a bronze-medalist wrestler at the 1996 Olympics representing his native Cuba, said he walks around between the 135 and 140 pounds, which may have placed him at a disadvantage against bantamweights who cut between 15-20 pounds to make the 135-pound limit.
Submitted Apr 18, 2012 10:49AM by BuffaloDave - 12 comments
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New Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas expects teammate vs. teammate possibility
(mmajunkie.com)
Teammates fighting teammates may soon be an issue that isn't identified solely with the UFC. One of the sport's other top promotions may soon face that possibility. After all, newly crowned Bellator champion bantamweight Eduardo Dantas expects friend and teammate Marcos Galvao to win the season-six bantamweight tournament and claim a title shot. And Dantas isn't sure he's ready to fight him.
Submitted Apr 17, 2012 11:41PM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
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Bruno Santos out due to injury, Andreas Spang to face Brian Rogers at Bellator 66
(sherdog.com)
Unbeaten Brazilian Bruno “Carioca” Santos has been forced from Bellator Fighting Championships’ sixth-season middleweight tournament due to a shoulder injury. Santos, who earned his slot in the tournament semifinals by outpointing Giva Santana on March 16, was slated to face Brian Rogers this Friday at Bellator 66. Instead, promotion officials today announced that Rogers will take on late replacement and Bellator newcomer Andreas Spang (Pictured) at the I-X Center in Cleveland. “I don’t know anything about my new opponent,” Rogers wrote on Twitter. “I don’t care, so don’t ask me about it. You have Google just like me, guys.
Submitted Apr 16, 2012 3:54PM by sparky - 2 comments
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Bellator 64 TV Ratings Match Season High, but Future on Spike Holds the Key
(mmaweekly.com)
The TV ratings for Bellator 64 on Friday night tied the Season 6 high for the promotion, drawing 175,000 viewers on MTV2. The season low to this point is 108,000 for Bellator 61, with the five weeks thus far averaging 153,400 viewers per episode. Those numbers pale in comparison to the oft maligned TUF: Live TV ratings that just dipped below one million viewers for the first time in Ultimate Fighter history, but the comparison is a difficult one to make. Just like UFC programming on Fuel TV doesn’t do as well as programming on FX, Bellator’s programming on MTV2 suffers from the lower availability of the network and MTV2 not being known for sports programming. Bellator’s season average of viewers per episode has steadily declined over the past three seasons...
Submitted Apr 10, 2012 5:11PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Champ Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle off Bellator 65, moved to Bellator 70
(mmajunkie.com)
This week's Bellator 65 event has lost a title fight. A fight between heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and de facto tournament winner Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) has been moved to Bellator 70 on May 25. Prindle, who suffered a hand injury, today tweeted news of the change. Bellator 65 takes place Friday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Konrad vs. Prindle was expected to join Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky (14-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and fellow headliner Eduardo Dantas (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) on the MTV2-televised main card. Instead, it'll take place next month at a currently unannounced Bellator 70.
Submitted Apr 10, 2012 11:05AM by sparky - 3 comments
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Jessica Aguilar vs. Megumi Fujii confirmed for Bellator 69
(mmajunkie.com)
A meeting between top-ranked fighters Megumi Fujii (25-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and Jessica Aguilar (13-4 MMA, 3-1 BFC) is now official. Bellator officials today confirmed the 115-pound women's bout for the MTV2-televised main card of Bellator 59, which takes place May 18 at L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La. Prelims stream on Spike.com. The event also features the finals of Bellator's season-six lightweight tournament and a heavyweight tournament qualifier pitting vet Ron Sparks (8-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) against Kevin Asplund (15-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
Submitted Apr 9, 2012 10:16PM by sparky - 0 comments
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Ben Askren Happy with Defense; Not Going Toe-to-Toe with One-Punch KO Power
(mmaweekly.com)
His style is not flashy, but his performance was near flawless as he dominated Douglas Lima for all five rounds of their championship fight. The Windsor, Ontario, Canada, crowd, however, was predominantly unimpressed as they shouted boos throughout the main event. Aware of the crowd’s negative reaction, Askren made no apologies for the manner in which he won the 50-45 unanimous decision. “His stand-up isn’t something you want to mess with. If the Canadian fans want to stand on their feet for 25 minutes with Douglas, well, they wouldn’t last that long because he’d probably finish them earlier. My striking has improved tremendously, but that doesn’t mean that I’m going to stand around for 25 minutes and slug it out with someone that has one-punch knockout power. That’s ridiculous. If I wanted to do that I’d go to the sport of kickboxing.”
Submitted Apr 9, 2012 5:48PM by BuffaloDave - 14 comments
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Bellator signs Russian heavyweight prospect Ruslan Magomedov
(mmajunkie.com)
Russian heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov (7-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the latest addition to the Bellator Fighting Championships roster. Magomedov's debut fight has yet to be scheduled, but he could fight in a season-six non-tournament fight. At 6-foot-4, the striking specialist has the size to compete in the sport's top promotions, and Bellator gives him an opportunity to make a name for himself in the sport. He recently downed former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez in a three-round decision win at United Glory 15, giving Magomedov the first "name" victory of his career. Ruslan has fought exclusively in Russia and Ukraine this far in his career, which already includes four wins by knockout, two via decision and one b way of submission.
Submitted Apr 9, 2012 5:43PM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Is Pat Curran the No. 2 Featherweight in the World Behind Jose Aldo?
(mmaweekly.com)
The rise of Pat Curran has been something just about everybody has been able to watch ever since the young fighter made his first appearance on the TapouT reality show a few years back. Since that time, Curran pulled off probably the biggest upset, at the time, in Bellator Fighting Championships history when he defeated former UFC contender Roger Huerta. He then made it all the way to a shot against then Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, and despite going into the fight as an over inflated featherweight still managed to go five rounds with one of the top 155-pound fighters in the world. That’s when Curran started to hit his stride.
Submitted Apr 8, 2012 2:50PM by prophecy033 - 12 comments
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Will Free Agency Take Both Eddie Alvarez and Hector Lombard from Bellator?
(mmaweekly.com)
In the realm of baseball names like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Willie Mays are synonymous with most sports fans, but if you’ve ever heard the name Curt Flood, he’s a player that helped change baseball forever. In 1969, Flood challenged the status quo of the contracts in Major League Baseball, and although it took a few years, the ultimately decision led to free agency in the national pastime. Free agency has become commonplace in every sport from football to baseball to basketball and even mixed martial arts. For Bellator Fighting Championships, they are about to feel the real bite of free agency for the first time in their 4 years of existence. Former Bellator lightweight champion and arguably the face of Bellator Eddie Alvarez, along with middleweight champion Hector Lombard are both coming up to the end of their respective deals and now the organization has to get into the business of negotiating to keep two of their biggest and most popular stars...
Submitted Apr 6, 2012 1:04PM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
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Marius Zaromskis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf rematch added to Bellator 68
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight rematch between DREAM champion Marius Zaromskis (16-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Waachiim Spiritwolf (9-9-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) will be part of next month's Bellator 68 event. The fight marks the promotional debut of Zaromskis, who signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator earlier this year. Bellator 68 takes place May 11 at Palladium Ballroom in Caesars Atlantic City in New Jersey. The night's main card airs on MTV2, and Spike.com carries the prelims. Zaromskis vs. Spiritwolf likely will be part of the televised lineup. The fighters first met in late 2010 at Strikeforce Challengers 12, where the bout ended after just six seconds when Spiritwolf suffered an accidental eye poke and couldn't continue.
Submitted Apr 5, 2012 10:26AM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
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David Rickels: From Suburban Kimbo to Bellator Contender
(mmafighting.com)
For David Rickels, a career in fighting started in his hometown of Derby, Kansas, where he was something of a suburban Kimbo Slice, hosting boxing scraps in his backyard. The fights gained enough renown or perhaps infamy there that he once got arrested for providing the venue, and the fights soon after stopped. As it turns out, that was a good thing, because it led Rickels to kickboxing, and eventually mixed martial arts, where he's currently unbeaten at 10-0 after a 22-second knockout of Jordan Smith in the first round of the Bellator welterweight tournament. Unlike Kimbo, Rickels didn't gain any underground fame for his backyard fighting exploits, and no video of him exists on the internet, but he still recognizes the time as a springboard to his current success. "I’ve always been into the whole fighting thing," he told MMA Fighting. "We did it for fun. We used to just brawl in the backyard and see who was the toughest that day. It was the thing to do back in the day. Then I eventually started training for real. I had wrestled for a couple years but I really wasn’t into it that much. I was more into the party scene at the time, unfortunately. But I ended up joining a gym, working hard, and now I’m here."
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 10:22AM by sparky - 1 comment
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Bellator FC Reality Show Coming to Spike TV in 2013
(mmavalor.com)
Bellator Fighting Championship will begin airing on Spike TV in 2013 and today the two announced plans for unscripted reality show. Partnering with the acclaimed producer Bertram van Munster, the three will create a cutting-edge, one-hour series that will showcase the fighters from the Bellator Fighting Championship. “Some of the most physically gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” noted van Munster. Bertram van Munster is an eight-time Emmy® Award winner and the visionary behind the popular reality series “The Amazing Race.” Not much was revealed about the show and it will work and further details will be kept a secret until later this year.
Submitted Apr 4, 2012 1:33AM by sparky - 2 comments
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Spike TV: Bellator reality show debuts in 2013, 'Amazing Race' co-creator on board
(mmajunkie.com)
Spike TV is gearing up for next year's arrival of Bellator Fighting Championships. Officials today announced a new unscripted reality show that will feature Bellator fighters, though details of the series are under wraps for now. "The Amazing Race" co-creator and Emmy winner Bertram van Munster will be involved in the one-hour show, which debuts in 2013 on Spike TV. Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the organization was considering a reality show for Spike TV. He also said Spike TV will host Bellator specialty programming, such as historic fights and event previews, when it moves from MTV2 to Spike TV in 2013.
Submitted Apr 3, 2012 1:13PM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
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Bellator 63 results: Amoussou, Baker, Rickels, Saunders advance to welterweight semis
(mmajunkie.com)
Karl Amoussou wanted to make a statement and did just that in the opening-round of Bellator's season-six welterweight tournament. The Frenchman sliced through season-five tournament vet Chris Lozano, cinching a first-round submission to advance to the semifinals. Amoussou joined Bryan Baker, David Rickels and Ben Saunders in the winner's circle on Friday at Bellator 62, which took place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and aired live on MTV2. Amoussou had riled Lozano up prior to the fight by promising to make the Bellator vet his punching bag, and the two nearly clashed in the staredown prior to the opening bell. But when the bout got underway, it was Lozano who circled cautiously, and the audience quickly voiced its displeasure. After an extended feeling-out period, Amoussou drew blood with a high kick that slammed into Lozano's head. Lozano caught it and took the fight to the mat, but he was quickly reversed and flattened out. Amoussou (14-4-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) secured a rear-naked choke, and in a flash, the fight was over at the 2:05 mark of the first...
Submitted Mar 30, 2012 10:45PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
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Bellator Fighting Championships signs Brazilian heavyweight Vinicius Queiroz
(mmajunkie.com)
Brazilian giant Vinicius Queiroz (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is the latest addition to the Bellator Fighting Championships roster. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with sources close to the promotion that "Spartan" has agreed to a deal with the promotion and could make his Bellator debut in an upcoming season-six event. A member of Brazil's famed Chute Boxe academy, Queiroz hasn't fought since a UFC 120 loss to Rob Broughton in October 2010. The 6-foot-7 Queiroz has never fought in the U.S. He competed six times in his native Brazil before signing with the UFC in 2010. He then competed at UFC 120, which took place in London, where he was dominating Broughton before ultimately slowing in the final frame and succumbing to a come-from-behind submission. Following the loss, Queiroz tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol and was released by the promotion...
Submitted Mar 30, 2012 3:02PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Champ Cole Konrad vs. Eric Prindle added to Bellator 65
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator officials wasted little time in booking a title fight between heavyweight champion Cole Konrad (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC) and de facto tournament winner Eric Prindle (7-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC). That bout will take place place April 13 at Bellator 65 in New Jersey, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney announced Thursday on "MMA Uncensored Live" on Spike TV. The booking comes after two scheduled rematches between season-five tournament finalists Prindle and Thiago Santos were scrapped in recent weeks. Bellator 65 takes place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The main card airs on MTV2, and the prelims stream on Spike.com. Konrad vs. Prindle will be part of the televised lineup.
Submitted Mar 30, 2012 7:44AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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