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Rick Hawn dropping to lightweight, joining season-six Bellator tournament
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator season-four welterweight-tournament runner-up Rick Hawn is dropping a weight class for the organization's season-six lightweight tournament. Officials today confirmed the U.S. Olympian's plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). As part of the tourney entry, Hawn (11-1 MMA, 3-1 BFC) has signed a new extension with the organization, though terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hawn, a judoka who finished ninth in the 2004 Summer Olympics, moved his MMA record to 11-0 with a split-decision victory Lyman Good earlier this year in Bellator's season-four welterweight-tourney semifinals. However, he fell short of a guaranteed title shot and suffered his first career loss when he dropped a close split decision to notable Jay Hieron in the finals. The 5-foot-9 fighter will join another Bellator tournament, but this time he'll do so in a lighter weight class when the eight-man tourney kicks off in March.
Submitted Dec 10, 2011 10:08AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Bellator inks polarizing fighter War Machine
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator has signed War Machine (formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver before a legal name change). Again. The 29-year-old fighter first joined Bellator in 2009 but was released soon afterward due to disparaging political comments he posted. Now, fresh off a victory over fellow UFC vet Roger Huerta in a regional show, he's rejoined the organization, Bellator officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). A debut date and opponent have not been released for the former cast member of "The Ultimate Fighter 6." "Jon's not had an easy road," stated Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney while pointing to the fighter's family troubles and death of his fighter. "And there's no doubt he's made some poor choices, but after having had conversations with him since his release, he really seems to understand where and why things went wrong and wants to make them right. ... I hope he's able to turn this second chance into something positive."
Submitted Dec 7, 2011 11:16PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Bellator Moves to Fridays, Plans Five Spring Tournaments
( mmafighting.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships has decided that going head-to-head with the UFC is a losing battle. The No. 2 MMA promotion in America announced that starting with its sixth season in the spring, Bellator's live fights will air on MTV2 on Friday nights. The first Bellator show of Season 6 will take place on March 2, and having the event on a Friday ensures that it won't take place simultaneously with a UFC pay-per-view, as Bellator often did this year. However, the decision to move to Fridays may still mean going head-to-head with the UFC, as The Ultimate Fighter will move to a live format with fights on Friday nights on FX next year, and the UFC may also run some Fight Night-level shows on FX or Fuel TV on Friday nights.
Submitted Dec 5, 2011 12:49PM by BuffaloDave - 10 comments
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Bellator's Maiquel Falcao returns home from hospital, denies reports of heart attack
(mmajunkie.com)
Onetime UFC vet Maiquel Falcao has returned home from the hospital and is now resting at home. And while initial reports suggested "Big Rig" had suffered a heart attack, Falcao now says his hospitalization was simply the result of some overtraining, and he expects a quick return to action. In fact, the recent Bellator signee said he's looking forward to making a run in the promotion's upcoming season-six middleweight tournament.
Submitted Nov 30, 2011 1:40PM by FastKnockout - 2 comments
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Bellator's Lima riding high after capturing tourney, plans to finish champ Askren in 2012
(mmajunkie.com)
It's been a whirlwind past two months for welterweight star-in-the-making Douglas Lima (21-4 MMA, 3-0 BFC). The 23-year-old American Top Team Atlanta product marched his way through Bellator's season-five welterweight tournament in impressive fashion with three wins in a span of two months. Now he has only two things on his mind, and two things only: rest and relaxation, and welterweight champion Ben Askren (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BFC). In defeating Steve Carl, Chris Lozano, and Ben Saunders in succession, Lima earned the right to challenge Askren for his belt, and according to Lima, the fight will take place near the end of March or the beginning of April in 2012. However, first things first. His body has some healing to do before he heads back into the gym.
Submitted Nov 27, 2011 11:39PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Following Bellator 59 loss, Kurt Pellegrino retires for second time
(mmajunkie.com)
Following a first-round loss to Patricky "Pitbull" Freire at Saturday night's Bellator 59 event, Kurt Pellegrino has again called it quits. The 12-time UFC veteran announced for the second time in as many fights that he is hanging up the gloves for good. "This will be the last time you ever see me fight," an emotional Pellegrino said to the Atlantic City crowd. Pellegrino, who also retired following a UFC loss to Gleison Tibau this past March, leaves the sport on the heels of a three-fight skid. However, some MMA pundits have been quick to rush to Pellegrino's defense, stating the fight with Freire was stopped too soon.
Submitted Nov 27, 2011 11:36PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Costa Injured, Bout with Good Scratched from Bellator 59 Card
(sherdog.com)
I just found this on sherdog, If your doing the secondary league this is one of the fights for this weekend's combo card.
Submitted Nov 23, 2011 3:12PM by machodog76 - 5 comments
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SPOILER: Alvarez vs Chandler + Bellator 58 results
(sportsnet.ca)
In one of the best fights the Bellator cage has ever hosted, undefeated lightweight Michael Chandler fulfilled his dream of becoming a world champion at Bellator 58 with a fourth round submission victory over the reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez on Saturday. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was in a frenzy as Alvarez set out to defend his Bellator title since capturing the belt in Belltaor’s first season. In his first title defense, his superior boxing led to a five round decision win over the last tournament champion, Pat Curran, but this time his opponent wouldn't stop moving forward. Alvarez was able to fend off Chandler's takedown attempts, but Chandler connected with too many power punches and had Alvarez on the fence multiple times. In the fourth round, one of Chandler’s powerful punches stunned Alvarez and dropped the Lightweight Champion to the mat, where Chandler was able to gain full mount with a knee to belly pass. He poured the pressure on Alvarez and forced him to turn over where he sunk in a rear naked choke and forced a tap almost immediately. Chandler was awarded the win, and more importantly the Bellator Lightweight Championship. “Chandler vs. Alvarez was quite simply the best mixed martial arts fight I have ever seen,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “After having watched over 1,000 fights since the early 1990s, I’ve never seen a better back and forth battle. Chandler’s win over Alvarez is a win over a fighter who I believed was the best lightweight in the world, while at the same time is a testament to what Bellator is all about....." sadly this happened on the same night as the epicness of Rua vs Hendo. Rebney will have to change his stance after watching this
Submitted Nov 21, 2011 5:09PM by Bubbles - 6 comments
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Bellator champ Hector Lombard: Chael Sonnen is boring as [expletive]
( mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships middleweight title holder Hector Lombard (30-2-1 MMA, 7-0 BFC) boasts one of the most impressive winning streaks in all of mixed martial arts, but he's not exactly a household name. Chael Sonnen fell short in his bid to unseat UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, yet he's one of the most sought-after fighters in all of the sport. That doesn't sit well with Lombard. "Chael Sonnen talks [expletive] about everything and the guy is boring as [expletive]," Lombard said. "His style is boring as hell, and he talks [expletive] all the time – offending a lot of people. That's just not my style. I don't have to talk [expletive]. I let my actions speak in the cage."
Submitted Nov 18, 2011 3:21PM by BuffaloDave - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Spike planning Bellator reality show
(mixedmartialarts.com)
SI.com: A highpoint of your UFC programming was the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. Have there been any talks for something similar with Bellator in 2013? Kevin Kay: Yes, there has. One thing we won't do is duplicate The Ultimate Fighter. It's a great franchise and it's going to go on to another network. I actually think the tournament format is a little bit like The Ultimate Fighter without the reality piece of it, per se, because every fighter is fighting three times over the course of the tournament to win the championship. You fight, you lose, you go home. There's a lot of reality already baked into that idea. There's different kinds of reality ideas that were starting to kick around -- nothing we have our hearts set on yet -- but we're hearing lots of good ideas for reality programming around Bellator. But it won't be 16 guys in a house. We're not doing that show over again SI.com: Would we see this reality TV programming as early as 2013? Kay: Yes. One of the great things about having this much time to prepare and having Bellator on MTV2 throughout next year, is we have the next 14-15 months to hear a lot of pitches, pick what we want to do, put things in production, (including) a lot of reality programming around Bellator, some shoulder programming. We're going to take Bellator's library of fights, see what's there and see how we can package that because, for the fans, they've not seen most of these Bellator fighters before so we want to build those stars. And it's actually fresh library product, so there's lots we can do and we have 15 months to figure it out.
Submitted Nov 17, 2011 9:06AM by emfleek - 2 comments
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Fans get to vote for Bellator 58's fourth televised fight, three fights available
(mmajunkie.com)
While initially concerned that Saturday's Bellator 58 broadcast wouldn't have time for a fourth bout, Bellator officials have changed their tune. In fact, they're letting fans vote and decide which bout will take the final spot on the night's MTV2/EPIX broadcast. You can choose from middleweights Brett Cooper (15-7 MMA, 2-2 BFC) vs. Jared Hess (11-3-1 MMA, 4-3 BFC), 115-pounders Jessica Aguilar (11-4 MMA, 2-1 BFC) vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward (14-6 MMA, 2-1 BFC), or bantamweights Farkhad Sharipov (13-4 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Fabio Mello (8-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC). Whichever fight gets the most votes on Bellator CEO and Chairman Bjorn Rebney's Twitter account (@BjornRebney) will be pulled from the Spike.com prelims and promoted to the televised main card, which airs from Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Bellator officials told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) voting concludes on Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT), and the winning bout will be revealed later in the day at official Bellator 58 fighter weigh-ins. The festivities stream live on MMAjunkie.coma at 5 p.m. ET.
Submitted Nov 16, 2011 9:17PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Bellator 58 adds Sandro vs. Dias to main card, prelims fill out
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for this weekend's Bellator 58 event is official with nine fights, including three that air as part of MTV2/EPIX's main card. Joining previously announced fights on the main card is a featherweight contest between Marlon Sandro (19-3 MMA, 2-1 BFC) and Rafael Dias (15-8-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC). The prelims, which stream on Spike.com, feature a host of notables. Bellator 58 takes place this Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Because of a headlining five-round title fight between lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, the night's televised main card will feature just three fights instead of the usual four, officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). However, as time permits, additional bouts will be shown either via delay or in highlights form. The full Bellator 58 card includes: MAIN CARD (MTV2) Champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler (for lightweight title) Champ Hector Lombard vs. Trevor Prangley (non-title, 195-pound contest) Rafael Dias vs. Marlon Sandro PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com) Jessica Aguilar vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward Brett Cooper vs. Jared Hess Valdir Araujo vs. Ailton Barbosa Cosmo Alexander vs. Avery McPhatter Jonas Billstein vs. Herbert "Whisper" Goodman Fabio Mello vs. Farkhad Sharipov
Submitted Nov 16, 2011 4:38PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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M-1 Global says Bellator signee Vasilevsky still under contract, threatens legal action
(mmajunkie.com)
M-1 Global to Bellator: not so fast. The Russia-based promotion on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that a recent Bellator talent acquisition, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (15-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC), is still under exclusive contract with M-1 until February 2013. "We were exceedingly surprised at [Tuesday's] announcement and disappointed at the lack of background work done by Bellator in this matter," wrote M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan in a statement. Kogan said Vasilevsky was expected to fight UFC vet Mario Miranda at an M-1 Challenge event scheduled for Saturday in Ufa, Russia, but Vasilevsky withdrew from the bout citing a lingering hand injury. He alleges Vasilevsky's manager told Bellator officials the fighter was free and clear. "We are currently working on resolving the situation with our legal counsel and will make sure that not only will Vyacheslav be appropriately handled but that this situation does not arise again," Kogan said.
Submitted Nov 16, 2011 11:30AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, M-1 Global
 
Bellator 57's Ben Saunders to clash with 'teammate and neighbor' for tourney title
(mmajunkie.com)
It's Florida vs. Georgia, but don't confuse it for the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." That doesn't mean there won't be plenty of cocktail consumption (albeit indoors around a cage) while a border war between Ben Saunders (12-3-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) and Douglas Lima (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) plays out inside it. The two square off in the season-five welterweight tournament finale at Saturday's Bellator 57 event, which takes place on neutral ground at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The main card airs live on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) while Spike.com streams the prelims. Co-headlining the event, which airs at a special time of 7 p.m. ET/PT, is the middleweight tournament final between Alexander Shlemenko (42-7 MMA, 6-1 BFC) and Vitor Vianna (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC).
Submitted Nov 10, 2011 10:40AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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As 50th fight approaches, Bellator 57's Alexander Shlemenko recharged after title loss
(mmajunkie.com)
Vitor Vianna is the 50th opponent of Alexander Shlemenko's professional career, and he feels like he can fight another 100. But the Russian said he's still improving, and nothing brought that into focus better than a loss to current Bellator middleweight champ Hector Lombard. "Hector showed me weaknesses that I had, and all this time, I worked really hard to improve myself," Shlemenko recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). Shlemenko (42-7 MMA, 6-1 BFC) vs. Vianna (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) takes co-main-event status at Bellator 57, which takes place Saturday at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The event's main card airs live at a special time of 7 p.m. ET/PT on MTV2 (and in high-definition on EPIX) while preliminary-card action streams on Spike.com.
Submitted Nov 9, 2011 2:30PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Bellator considering more tournaments per season, elimination of non-title fights
(mmajunkie.com)
Since winning his title two-and-a-half years ago, Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard has defended his belt just once. The same goes for lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. But that could soon change. As Bellator CEO and chairman Bjorn Rebeny told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), the addition of more tournaments, the elimination of non-title fights, and continued between-seasons events all could result in the champs defending their titles more often. Bellator, of course, has carved out a niche in the MMA industry with its eight-man (and eight-woman) tournaments. The only way to win a Bellator belt or to get an opportunity to challenge for one is to win a tourney – which requires fighting three times in as little as 10 weeks. Recent tourney winner Jay Hieron recently earned the right to fight welterweight champion Ben Askren, who squeaked by with a split-decision victory at Bellator 56. It was a good, competitive fight with plenty of pre-event buzz, and many feel a rematch is in order. But Rebney said his policy isn't going to change. "Absolutely not," Rebney said. "It was a great fight ... but Jay would have to win another tournament to get another shot." Thankfully for Askren, he'll have his next challenge soon enough; a season-five welterweight tourney wraps this weekend with Bellator 57's finale between Ben Saunders and Douglas Lima. But that hasn't been the case in other weight classes. Bellator currently boasts eight champions, but despite five seasons and 56 shows, no champion has had the opportunity to defend his title more than once. Part of the reason is the infrequency of tournaments. Currently, Bellator hosts four tournaments per 12-week season (a tourney also was held during three monthly "Summer Series" events). So without top contenders continually churned out, Bellator has booked a number of "super fights" – non-title bouts pitting a champion vs. what's usually an underdog opponent. For a couple years, Bellator avoided any disasters, but this past month against veteran Travis Wiuff, light-heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu earned the dubious honor of becoming the first champ to lose a super fight...
Submitted Nov 8, 2011 10:30AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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With 'Pitbull' injured, Pat Curran gets Bellator champ Joe Warren in February
(mmajunkie.com)
With Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC) recovering from a second hand surgery, fellow tournament winner Pat Curran (16-4 MMA, 6-1 BFC) will get the next shot at Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren (7-2 MMA, 5-1 BFC). Bellator CEO and chairman Bjorn Rebney today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). According to Rebney, Curran has leapfrogged Freire in the division's pecking order. His title fight with Warren in now targeted for a currently unannounced February event – one that could also feature Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez (22-2 MMA, 7-0 BFC) vs. DREAM champ Shinya Aoki (29-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC).
Submitted Nov 7, 2011 5:21PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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Bellator looks for worldwide TV deals following FremantleMedia partnership
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships has inked a deal to give FremantleMedia Enterprises a license to negotiate its international TV rights. FremantleMedia will handle the licensing, digital and ancillary rights for the U.S. and international markets. The company has operations in 22 countries and distributes nearly 100,000 hours of programming, including some of the highest-rated prime-time entertainment, drama, serial drama and factual entertainment programs. Viacom recently purchased a majority interest in Bellator, which currently airs on MTV2 and is planning a move to Spike TV in 2013. MTV2 is available in approximately 80 million homes, and Spike TV is available in 100 million. Prelims currently stream worldwide on Spike.com. "This deal further diversifies FME's third party slate and builds on our reputation as experts at identifying and exploiting the potential of emerging brands," FME Global CEO David Ellender stated. "The sport of mixed martial arts is gaining momentum with fans worldwide, and we can see huge potential for the Bellator brand across all platforms, both in the U.S. and internationally."
Submitted Nov 7, 2011 5:17PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Chris Horodecki vs. Mike Corey added to Saturday's Bellator 57 (Updated)
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday's Bellator 57 has a late addition. Canadian IFL and WEC vet Chris Horodecki (18-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) is now slated to fight fellow lightweight Mike Corey (11-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) in the featured preliminary-card bout at the weekend event.
Submitted Nov 7, 2011 5:16PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator 57 fight card official with eight bouts, including two tourney finales
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card is set for this weekend's Bellator 57 event. As previously announced, the event takes place this Saturday, Nov. 12, at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. The co-headlining spots feature tournament finales with welterweights Ben Saunders (12-3-2 MMA, 3-0 BFC) vs. Douglas Lima (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BFC) and middleweights Alexander Shlemenko (42-7 MMA, 6-1 BFC) vs. Vitor Vianna (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC). Each winner of this season's eight-man tournaments earns $100,000 in total pay and a guaranteed title shot. The full Bellator 57 card includes: MAIN CARD (MTV2) Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders (welterweight tourney finale) Alexander Shlemenko vs. Vitor Vianna (middleweight tournament final) John Hawk vs. Roger Hollett PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com) Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra vs. Doug Evans Chuck Mady vs. Denis Puric Eric Moon vs. Josh Shockley Mike Sledzion vs. Taylor Solomon Shawn Levesque vs. Matt Van Buren
Submitted Nov 7, 2011 9:24AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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