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Bruno Santos, Maiquel Falcao join Bellator's season-six middleweight tourney
Middleweights Bruno Santos (12-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Maiquel Falcao (28-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) are the latest additions to Bellator's season-six middleweight tournament. Bellator officials today confirmed the selections with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Sherdog first reported Falcao's inclusion. The eight-man tourney kicks off in March on MTV2. Santos and Falcao are the fourth and fifth participants added to the field, and they join Victor O’Donnell (11-3 MMA, 0-1 BFC), Brian Rogers (8-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) and Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana (17-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC).
Submitted Jan 14, 2012 11:52AM by BuffaloDave - 0 comments
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Bellator Adds Maiquel Falcao, Giva Santana to 185-Pound Tournament
Some names have started to be released for Bellator's 185-pound tournament that kicks off in March with Maiquel Falcao and Giva Santana announced as joining the fray Wednesday. Sherdog first reported the news of Falcao's involvement, who will be making his promotional debut in the tourney's first round. Falcao (28-4-0-1) was notably released from the UFC even after his only Octagon fight was a win over Gerald Harris at November 2010's UFC 123.
Submitted Jan 12, 2012 2:56PM by sparky - 1 comment
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Ex-champ Alvarez not joining season-six Bellator tourney, targeted for Aoki fight
Former champion Eddie Alvarez won't be fighting for a chance to reclaim his Bellator lightweight title anytime soon. Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that Alvarez won't take the final slot in the organization's season-six lightweight tournament. Instead, he's working to book Alvarez for a rematch with DREAM champion Shinya Aoki. Alvarez, a season-one tourney winner who held the title for two-and-a-half years, lost the belt to Michael Chandler in November at Bellator 58. The spirited and back-and-forth bout, which proved one of 2011's best, ended in a fourth-round submission victory for new champ and still-undefeated Alvarez.
Submitted Jan 11, 2012 1:24PM by Kpro - 14 comments
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Brian Rogers joins Bellator's season-six middleweight tourney
Brian Rogers (8-3 MMA, 1-1 BFC) is the first entrant in Bellator's upcoming season-six middleweight tournament. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the onetime Strikeforce fighter's involvement with a source to the promotion. The eight-man tournament kicks off in March and airs on MTV2. Rogers, a 27-year-old Ohioan, also competed in Bellator's season-five tournament and scored a vicious first-round knockout win (due to a head kick and punches) over Victor O'Donnell in the tournament's opening round. However, he then suffered a TKO loss to eventual tourney champion Alexander Shlemenko in the semifinals. The TKO loss marked the first time Rogers was stopped in a pro fight. It also snapped his impressive seven-fight win streak that included seven knockout wins.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 8:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator Signs Top Welterweight Prospect Andrey Koreshkov
Less than a day after he was named the top 170-pound prospect in Bloody Elbow's World MMA rankings, Bellator announced the signing of Andrey Koreshkov to a contract. A teammate of Bellator No. 1 middleweight contender Alexander Shlemenko, Koreshkov (8-0) will bring his undefeated record to the U.S. for the first time in a major organization. The 21-year-old has never gone the distance, finishing all of his fights in two rounds or less with five T/KO victories to his credit.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 6:06PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Patricky Freire, Rick Hawn Highlight Bellator Lightweight Tournament
Here's your early look at Bellator's 155-pound tournament with the winner getting a shot at Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler in 2012. With one spot left to go, it's likely that former champion Eddie Alvarez will be the final entrant. Patricky Freire (10-2): One half of the "Pitbull" brothers, Freire returned to the win column in November with a first round TKO win over Kurt Pellegrino. He advanced to the season five lightweight tourney and lost to Chandler by decision, snapping a five fight win streak. Thiago Michel (9-2): Michel makes his promotional debut, bringing heavy hands to Bellator with all nine of his wins coming via T/KO. Ricardo Tirloni (14-1): Tirloni returns to Bellator for his first tournament run on an 11-fight win streak. Adept at finishing fights, Tirloni's lone defeat came at the hands of No. 1 UFC lightweight contender Ben Henderson. Brent Weedman (18-7-1): A Bellator vet, Weedman is coming off decision losses to Jay Hieron and Chris Lozano. This will mark his lightweight debut. Rick Hawn (11-1): The Olympian in judo and 2011 welterweight tournament finalist is dropping down to lightweight after his first career loss to Hieron. J.J. Ambrose (17-3): Ambrose makes his Bellator debut on a seven fight win streak. The California native has 10 of 17 wins via submission. Lloyd Woodard (11-1): Woodard enters his second 155-pound tournament after he suffered his first career loss to Chandler last April. The man from Montana is 1-1 in Bellator. Bellator's sixth season kicks off on Friday, March 2nd, with five different tournaments.
Submitted Jan 9, 2012 2:08AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Ben Saunders, War Machine Round Out Bellator 170-Pound Tournament
Here's the field that will look to challenge either current champion Ben Askren or No. 1 contender Douglas Lima later in 2012. Ben Saunders (12-4-2): The UFC veteran finished all of his first three Bellator fights before running into Lima's fists in a second round KO loss in November's tournament finale. Brian Foster (18-5): Medically released by the UFC due to a brain hemorrhage and now completely cleared to fight, Foster will make his Bellator debut riding a four fight win streak with four finishes. The 27-year-old is an early favorite to win the tourney. Bryan Baker (16-3): Baker's story about recovering from leukemia and fighting during his recovery is well-known within MMA circles. Baker was knocked out by Vitor Vianna in the 185-pound tournament semifinals and will make his 170-pound debut in this tourney. He's won five of his last seven. Karl Amoussou (13-4-2): Amoussou will be looking for his first win streak since 2009. He's 2-2-1 in his last five. David Rickels (8-0): The undefeated Rickels gets his first shot in a tournament after three straight submission wins on Bellator undercards. He's a dark horse who will finally get a shot against bigger name competition. Raul Amaya (9-0): The undefeated prospect makes his Bellator debut and has finished all his fights with six submissions. Carlos Pereira (33-9-1): The most experienced fighter in the field makes his debut in a major U.S.-based promotion, a winner in four of his last six. He'll be looking to expand on his 22 victories by T/KO. War Machine (12-4): The former Jon Koppenhaver and TUF alum has a checkered past that involves jail time, getting released by Bellator after making comments about Barack Obama and working in porn. He claims he's put all of that behind him and will get his chance at redemption in the tourney. He last beat Roger Huerta by TKO in November. Bellator's sixth season kicks off Friday, March 2nd.
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Lloyd Woodard joins Bellator's season-six lightweight tournament
Bellator today announced the inclusion of the seventh fighter headed to the promotion's season-six 155-pound tournament, and he's already gotten a taste of what it's like to face a champion. Season-four veteran Lloyd Woodard (11-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC) was unsuccessful in stopping now-lightweight champ Michael Chandler in a tournament bout, but he hopes to turn things around. Now, Bellator just needs one more lightweight to round out the eight-man competition. Season-six tournament action kicks off in March and airs live on MTV2.
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Bryan Baker joins Bellator's season-six welterweight tourney
Bryan Baker has entered his third Bellator tournament. But this time, he's doing so in a new weight class. Following a runner-up and semifinal finish in two earlier middleweight tournaments, Baker has joined the field for a season-six welterweight tourney. Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the news. The eight-man tourney kicks off in March, and the season airs on MTV2. Baker now joins Brian Foster (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC), Karl Amoussou (13-4-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in the tourney field.
Submitted Jan 6, 2012 12:27PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Brian Foster joins Bellator's season-six welterweight tournament
As expected Brian Foster (18-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) has joined Bellator's upcoming season-six tournament. Bellator officials today confirmed his participation in the eight-man tournament with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Sherdog first reported Foster's entry. The eight-man tourney kicks off in March, and the season airs on MTV2. Foster now joins Karl Amoussou (13-4-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in the tourney field.
Submitted Jan 5, 2012 7:52PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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War Machine, Carlos Alexandre Pereira join Bellator's season-six welterweight tourney
Two fighters are the first confirmed participants for Bellator's upcoming season-six welterweight tournament. Bellator officials today announced Carlos Alexandre Pereira (33-9-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) as an entrant in the eight-man tournament. Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) – perhaps best known as UFC fighter Jon Koppenhaver before a legal name change – also is part of the tournament field, officials today confirmed. The tourney kicks off in March on MTV2.
Submitted Jan 3, 2012 2:34PM by Kpro - 2 comments
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Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire joins Bellator's season-six lightweight tourney
Patricky "Pitbull" Freire (10-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC), who posted a runner-up finish in Bellator's season-four tournament, has joined the eight-man field for season six. Bellator officials today announced his participation. The Brazilian knockout artist recently rebounded from his tourney-finale loss to Michael Chandler with a 50-second TKO of UFC vet Kurt Pellegrino at Bellator 59. Freire now joins Brent Weedman (18-7-1 MMA, 4-2 BFC), Rick Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and Ricardo Tirloni (14-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) as confirmed participants in the tourney, which kicks off in March on MTV2.
Submitted Dec 29, 2011 4:35PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Roberto Vargas is final addition to Bellator's season-six featherweight tournament
The field is set for Bellator's upcoming season-six featherweight tournament. Early Bellator fighter Roberto Vargas (12-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC), whose only career loss came to Wilson Reis in a season-two tourney qualifier, is the eighth and final addition to the upcoming tourney. Sources close to the fighter today confirmed his participation with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Vargas now joins Jeremy Spoon (12-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC), Genair da Silva (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BFC), Marlon Sandro (20-3 MMA, 3-1 BFC), Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra (12-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC), Ronnie Mann (21-4-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC), Wagnney Fabiano (14-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Daniel Straus (17-4 MMA, 3-1 BFC) in the tourney, which kicks off on MTV2 in March. The combined record of the eight tourney fighters is am impressive 119-20-1.
Submitted Dec 24, 2011 5:55PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Wagnney Fabiano, Marlon Sandro Set For Bellator Featherweight Tournament
Former IFL featherweight champion and prominent WEC fighter Wagnney Fabiano has been added to Bellator's season six featherweight tournament along with Summer Series featherweight tournament finalist Marlon Sandro. Sherdog has the info: A pair of Brazilian talents has been added to Bellator Fighting Championships’ sixth-season featherweight tournament, as Wagnney Fabiano and Marlon Sandro will both compete for a shot at the gold in the coming year. Sherdog.com confirmed the tournament participation of both men on Tuesday with sources close to the fighters. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney initially tweeted news of Fabiano’s signing last week but did not specify the fighter’s tournament plans.
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Ronnie Mann joins Bellator's season-six featherweight tourney
Ronnie Mann (21-4-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) is joining a second Bellator tournament. The English fighter, who posted a semifinal finish during the "Summer Series" tournament earlier this year, has joined the season-six featherweight tourney. Bellator officials recently announced his participation in the eight-man field, which kicks off in March on MTV2. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Monday, WEC and IFL veteran Wagnney Fabiano (14-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC) also is slated for the field. Mann, a former Cage Rage and World Victory Road/Sengoku fighter, joined Bellator earlier this year. After knocking out Adam Schindler in the opening round of the "Summer Series" tourney, he suffered a decision loss to Pat Curran in the semifinals and was bounced from the tournament.
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Travis Marx is final entrant in Bellator's Season 6 Bantamweight tourney
Veteran fighter Travis Marx is the eighth and final addition to Bellator's season-six bantamweight tournament. Marx (18-3 MMA, 0-0 BFC), a veteran of the Jackson's MMA Series and Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night organizations, is one of the field's most experienced competitors. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed his tourney participation with sources close to the fight. The Bellator tourney kicks off in March on MTV2. Marx, a former member of the Utah Highway Patrol, now lives in New Mexico and is part of Team Jackson-Winkeljohn in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old is a three-time Utah high-school state wrestling champion who later wrestled at Ricks College, where he finished third in the 2001 NJCAA national tournament. MMA fans may remember as a featured fighter in the TapouT TV series.
Submitted Dec 19, 2011 12:53PM by emfleek - 0 comments
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Bellator Signs Two Top Japanese Bantamweights
Bellator Fighting Championships on Saturday announced it has added two dynamic bantamweights in Masakatsu Ueda and Hiroshi Nakamura. Both will compete in the promotion’s upcoming Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament, joining Alexis Vila, Marcos Galvao, Ed West, Rodrigo Lima, Luis Nogueira and a yet to be named final participant. Ueda joins Bellator already well established within the MMA community, ranked in the MMAWeekly.com World Top 10 MMA Rankings, holding notable wins over Royler Gracie and current Bellator Season 5 Bantamweight Tournament Champion Eduardo Dantas. With those victories Ueda is widely considered one of the best bantamweights in the world. Armed with one of the best grappling pedigrees in the sport, Ueda should be considered a serious contender heading into the deepest bantamweight tournament in Bellator history...
Submitted Dec 17, 2011 1:30PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Bellator season-six bantamweight tourney includes Galvao, Nogueira, Lima, West, Ueda
The field is taking shape for Bellator's newly organized season-six bantamweight tournament. Although the 135-pound tournament is the fifth and final addition to the early-2012 calendar, some notable names have been booked for it. Officials told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Marcos Galvao (10-5-1 MMA, 1-2 BFC), Luis "Betao" Nogueira (12-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC), Rodrigo "Ratinho" Lima (9-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Ed West (17-6 MMA, 3-2 BFC) are all slotted for the eight-man field. Additionally, as MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today, Masakatsu Ueda (14-1-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) also has signed with the organization and will be part of the field. Officials will announce the complete field in the coming weeks.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 10:19PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Bellator signs world-ranked bantamweight Masakatsu Ueda
Former Shooto champion Masakatsu Ueda (14-1-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) is Bellator bound. Sources close to the world-ranked bantamweight told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the Japanese veteran has agreed to a multi-fight deal with the organization. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. A debut date and opponent have not been determined, but Ueda is considered a likely participant in a season-six bantamweight tournament that kicks off in March. Bellator also hosts eight-man tournaments in the featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweights divisions that air on MTV2.
Submitted Dec 14, 2011 9:50AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Travis Wiuff signs with Bellator, likely to join future light-heavyweight tournament
After knocking off a Bellator champion in a recent non-title fight, Travis Wiuff may get a chance to do the real thing. The veteran fighter has signed a long-term deal with Bellator and is expected to compete in a future Bellator light-heavyweight tournament. Sources close to the fighter confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Terms of Wiuff's deal were not disclosed. Wiuff (65-14 MMA, 1-0 BFC), who scored a unanimous-decision victory over light-heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu in October at Bellator 55, didn't get the belt since the bout was a non-title "super fight." (Bellator only awards titles and title shots to fighters who win the organization's eight-man tourneys, and the M'Pumbu bout marked Wiuff's promotional debut.)
Submitted Dec 11, 2011 1:25PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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