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‘Refreshed’ Rory MacDonald returns home to Kelowna, ready for second chapter of his career
When we last saw Rory MacDonald he was in the UFC against Stephen Thompson, in the fan-friendly confines of Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, fighting out his contract for a chance to explore free agency. Eleven months later he’s now settled in with Bellator, and he’s heading into enemy territory. MacDonald — perhaps the most prized free agent of 2016 — will face England’s own Paul Daley in London on May 19 at the SSE Arena. It will mark the Bellator debut of one of MMA’s finest talents, who put on a Fight of the Year back in 2015 fighting then-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Tito Ortiz buries hatchet with UFC president Dana White - ‘Why waste time hating somebody?’
Tito Ortiz has had plenty of rivalries over his longtime combat career, but perhaps none were as bigger as the one he shared with his former manager-turned (ex) boss, Dana White.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:06AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
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Ryan Bader set to make ‘3 to 4 times’ more sponsorship money with Bellator than UFC
Now that Ryan Bader has left the UFC light heavyweight division behind in favor of Bellator MMA, he’ll have the immediate opportunity to step outside the boundaries of UFC’s sponsorship deal with Reebok and earn even more money. According to “Darth” himself, competing under the Bellator banner is going to allow him to make a ton of more money from sponsors.
Submitted Apr 30, 2017 7:10AM by xdanish020 - 4 comments
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Benson Henderson targets late summer Bellator return after knee surgery
You might not know Benson Henderson has been operating under less-than-ideal conditions for the entirety of his three-fight Bellator career. Granted, Henderson has lost two of those three fights (against lightweight champ Michael Chandler and former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov), but he didn’t look like someone competing with a serious injury. That was the case, though.
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Top Bellator prospect Aaron Pico explains why he wanted to fight veteran in pro MMA debut
There will be no slow build for Aaron Pico. Few would blame Bellator for giving Pico a showcase fight in his pro MMA debut. One of the top prospects in the history of the sport should be booked very carefully. But Pico wasn’t having any of it — he wanted a veteran right out of the gate...
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:36PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Derek Campos 2 set to headline Bellator 181
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire will returning to the Bellator cage later this summer. The Brazilian lightweight will be facing Derek Campos in a rematch in the main event of Bellator 181, which is set to take place on July 14 at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The news was announced by the Bellator on Wednesday.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:47PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Former Bellator champ Marcos Galvao has savings stolen in robbery
Marcos Galvao went to Brazil on vacation following his loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175, and had an unpleasant surprise when he flew back home to New York. The former Bellator bantamweight champion returned to New York on Thursday morning following a 15-day trip to Brazil, and found out that someone invaded his home and stole the money he had saved from his most recent fights. "My house is fine, they didn’t take the TV or anything like that,” Galvao told MMA Fighting, “but they took the money I had in the safe."
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:42PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Multiple Bouts Added to Bellator NYC & Bellator 180 on June 24
PHIL DAVIS SET TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RYAN BADER DURING SPIKE-TELEVISED BELLATOR 180 WRESTLING PHENOM AARON PICO TO MAKE MMA DEBUT AGAINST ZACH FREEMAN ON MAIN CARD ALSO, NEIMAN GRACIE VS. DAVE MARFONE ADDED TO SPIKE TELECAST, WHILERYAN COUTURE-HAIM GOZALI ANCHOR BELLATOR 180 PRELIMS ON BELLATOR.COM LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, Ryan Bader (22-5), during the main event ofBellator 180: Davis vs. Baderon June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated Neiman Gracie (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (6-0) againstChinzo Machida (5-2).
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:55AM by JLS - 7 comments
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With ‘King Mo’ Lawal injured, Phil Davis set to defend light heavyweight title against Ryan Bader at Bellator 180
Phil Davis will be making his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense later this summer, and now he has a new opponent. The champion will now face Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The news was first announced by Davis on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Bader was originally scheduled to headline the Spike TV event against Muhammed Lawal, but “King Mo” was forced to withdraw from the card after sustaining an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 10:05PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Valerie Letourneau signs with Bellator MMA
UFC bantamweight and strawweight veteran Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau has signed with Bellator MMA to compete in her much more natural weight division – flyweight. The debut is expected to take place in late Summer and was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 6:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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John Teixeira says Bellator promised him a title shot with win over Daniel Weichel
John Teixeira is counting on a shot at the Bellator featherweight gold after he faces Daniel Weichel in the co-main event of Friday night’s Bellator 177 card in Budapest, Hungary. Unbeaten in his last 10 MMA bouts, including four fights under the Bellator banner, “Macapa" told MMA Fighting that his clash with Weichel will determine the next in line for the promotion’s 145-pound belt.
Submitted Apr 14, 2017 6:32PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Leandro Higo misses weight, Bellator 177 main event now a non-title fight vs. Eduardo Dantas
Eduardo Dantas’ belt will not be on the line at Bellator 177. The Bellator bantamweight champion successfully made weight for Friday’s event in Budapest, Hungary, but his opponent, Leandro Higo, missed weight by four pounds, MMA Fighting has confirmed following a tweet by Jason Floyd. Dantas made weight at 134.6 pounds, and the fight will go on as a three-round catchweight bout. Higo was fined 20 percent of his purse.
Submitted Apr 13, 2017 3:28PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Bellator bringing fights to NASCAR
Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it will partner with Monster Energy and several tracks to hold matches at select races in 2017. The relationship is specifically between Monster and Bellator and not with NASCAR. The specific match ups have yet to be announced, but Bellator has stated that the following races will have MMA bouts featured on the event: Monster Energy All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 20 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 19 Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 15 Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19 They did this with monster at a few motocross events in the past and was a success.This is pretty cool and I'd definitely attend if it were closer to me.
Submitted Apr 5, 2017 2:08PM by FKA - 13 comments
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Bellator 175 post-event facts: 'King Mo' joins Bellator's 10-win club
Bellator 175 went down on Friday and featured a five-fight main card on Spike at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. In the heavyweight main event, Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA) got the revenge he’d been wanting for nearly three years when he outworked rival Quinton Jackson (37-12 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) over 15 minutes for the unanimous decision victory. Similar to the first fight, the showdown between “King Mo” and “Rampage” lacked signifiant action. It produced a different winner, though, and that was one of several notable happenings at Bellator’s sixth show of the year. For more, check below for 25 post-event facts about Bellator 175...
Submitted Apr 1, 2017 1:23PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Bellator 175 weigh-ins: Rampage 253, King Mo 212
The Bellator 175: Rampage vs. King Mo 2 official weigh-ins will stream live on The UG from Chicago at 2:00 p.m. ET. Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal rematch in the main event. Main Card Quinton Jackson (253) vs. Muhammed Lawal (212) Marcos Galvao (145.5) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (149.5)* Chase Gormley (265.5) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (264) Lloyd Carter (148) vs. Noad Lahat (146) Steve Kozola (155) vs. Jake Roberts (156) PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET) Prelim Card Max Fuentes (138) vs. Brandon Shelhart (135) Asef Askar (157) vs. James Esposito (154.5) Brian Akins (156) vs. Mike DeLaVega (156) Cory Galloway (136) vs. David Garcia (137) Tom Holder (169) vs. Josh Streaker (170.5) Joaquin Buckley (171) vs. Justin Patterson (171) Tim Cho (150) vs. Joshua Hardwick (150) Manny Vazquez (130) vs. Nate Williams (129) James Bochnovic (205) vs. Matt Paul (207.5) Damian Norris (155) vs. Tom Shoaff (155) Adam Maciejewski (262) vs. Prince McLean (225) *Bout changed to catchweight.
Submitted Mar 30, 2017 5:49PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Wanderlei Silva no-shows 'Bellator: NYC' news conference, tells Chael Sonnen what to suck via satellite
For the first few minutes, Wanderlei Silva’s presence was more heard than felt at today’s news conference for “Bellator: NYC.” A hot mic picked up every nuance of Silva’s heavy breathing before he chimed in to rebut rival Chael Sonnen, who blasted the Brazilian MMA star for no-showing the event’s first promotional opportunity for the June 24 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Submitted Mar 28, 2017 3:24PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Dillon Danis boasts he’s the ‘highest-paid guy in Bellator now’
Dillon Danis has yet to have his first professional mixed martial arts fight. But the jiu-jitsu standout is doing his best to make sure the Bellator roster knows exactly who he is. Danis signed a contract with Bellator MMA just two weeks ago, and he’s wasted little time placing the target squarely on his own back.
Submitted Mar 28, 2017 12:33AM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
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Bellator 180 pay-per-view price set at $49.95 for high-definition
Bellator 180 pay-per-view price set at $49.95 for high-definition 832 SHARES By: Steven Marrocco | March 27, 2017 7:45 pm Bigger stars, bigger venue, bigger price tag. The Bellator 180 pay-per-view offering, “Bellator NYC,” will set you back $49.95 for the high-definition version of the company’s second pay-per-view event on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an announcement on “The MMA Hour.” A price for the standard definition version of the event is not yet available, Coker added. The Viacom-owned promotion’s first PPV event, Bellator 120, was priced between $30 and $45. According to former CEO Bjorn Rebney, that was due to cable operators picking their own price. As previously reported, Bellator 120 drew 100,000 buys.
Submitted Mar 27, 2017 11:36PM by JLS - 6 comments
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Ilima Macfarlane vs. Jessica Middleton co-headlines Bellator 178 on April 21
Next month’s Bellator 178 fight card will feature a women’s flyweight matchup between Ilima Macfarlane and Jessica Middleton as the co-main event. Bellator officials today announced the 125-pound bout between Macfarlane (5-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Middleton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). Bellator 178 takes place April 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie. Macfarlane has spent almost the entirety of her career under the Bellator banner. She earned a 10-second knockout in her first professional fight, then was signed to the organization, where she has put together four consecutive wins.
Submitted Mar 27, 2017 11:33PM by JLS - 0 comments
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James Gallagher-Chinzo Machida featherweight fight added to Bellator 180 in New York
A featherweight bout between James Gallagher and Chinzo Machida is the latest addition to June’s Bellator 180 lineup. Bellator officials today confirmed the 145-pound matchup between Gallagher (6-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Machida (5-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) following an announcement from Bellator President Scott Coker on “The MMA Hour.” Bellator 180 takes place June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card, titled “Bellator: NYC,” airs on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 undercard on Spike.
Submitted Mar 27, 2017 10:47PM by JLS - 1 comment
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