Bellator 192: Lima vs. MacDonald Fight Card and Poster

Date: January 20, 2018
Location: Inglewood, California 
Venue: The Forum
Poster Design: Deathchomp Sports Posters

**Current Fight Card & Start Times Below**

Main Card on Spike TV at 10 p.m. ET:
Douglas “Phenom” Lima (28-6) vs. Rory MacDonald (18-4) – For Welterweight Title
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (37-12) vs. Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round Bout #1
Goiti Yamauchi (22-3) vs. Michael Chandler (16-4)
Georgi Karakhanyan (27-7-1) vs. Henry Corrales (14-3)
Shane Kruchten (12-3) vs. Aaron Pico (1-1)

Prelims on Bellator.com at 8 p.m. ET:
Khonry Gracie (Pro Debut) vs. Devon Brock (Pro Debut)
Ivan Choko Castillo (15-8) vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos (9-4)
Kyle Estrada (6-3) vs. David “The Farmer Of Destruction” Duran (6-3)
Jalin Turner (5-3) vs. Noah Arnold Tillis (3-2)
Chris Padilla (9-2) vs. Gabriel Green (6-2)

Bellator 186: Ryan Bader vs Linton Vassell Preview and Prediction

Bellator 186:  Ryan Bader vs. Linton Vassell for the Light Heavyweight Title

On November 3, 2017, Bellator Light Heavyweight contender Linton Vassell has a huge opportunity in front of him as he challenges Ryan Bader for the title in a matchup that most fans and critics predicted to be one-sided in favor of the defending champion.
Bryce Jordan Center, Pennsylvania, 34-year-old Ryan Bader a former UFC fighter with 23 wins and 4 losses record will be defending his title for the first time as British Linton Vassel tries to impose his size but it won’t be easy against Ryan Bader who has improved and shown a complete fight game. A world class wrestler Bader would most likely be physical and agressive in this fight against Vassell who may be looking to counter him with a submission.
While we see a good fight here, we just have to pick the popular choice Ryan Bader.
Ilima Macfarlane & Emily Ducote will also fight for the Inaugural Women’s flyweight championship.
The fight will be on Spike in the United States.
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Who wins?

Ryan Bader
Linton Vassell

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Mixing it up: Pinay Boxer Ana Julaton Back to MMA again, Fighting on Bellator 185

Hurricane is coming to Bellator as Ana Julaton pursues her MMA journey.

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Ana Julaton is back at it again. After fair showing in her first MMA stint with One Championship, the 37-year-old Filipino-American and former boxing champion Ana Julaton is stepping inside the cage once again and this time it would be with Bellator MMA Promotions in the US.
Ana Julaton is actively fighting in boxing having a number of fights in Mexico but it may not be enough as the boxer turned MMA fighter is now scheduled to fight in Connecticut, U.S.A. at Bellator 185 on October 20.  Julaton will face a newbie in Lisa Blaine who is also debuting in Bellator.
The current MMA record of Ana Julaton stands at 2W and 2L, as she still yet to find consistency after alternating win and loss in all of his MMA fights under One Championship. On the other hand, she faces a fighter who starts her pro MMA career on a high note after knocking out her opponent in the second round.
Watch this! Lisa Blaine vs Tammy Worrick at Premier FC 23 in June 
Lisa Blaine Pro MMA is 1 win and no loss and she puts her undefeated record against Julaton who at this stage of her career still looks to become a contender and a champion in MMA. Julaton also offers a piece of the future as she mentioned another accomplished female pro-boxer who coincidentally will be fighting on the same card on October 20th.  Ana Julaton hopes to fight Heather Hardy at some point during her tenure in Bellator and she feels like the fight between the two will be full of fireworks and potential knockouts.
Ana Julaton, however still needs to pass her first test and while on paper this may look like an easy fight for Ana as she is more experienced and decorated, Lisa Blaine will be more motivated to a win against a former boxing champion and an MMA veteran can catapult her career right away.
Ana Julaton’s two MMA losses came in a form of a decision, first being a split decision with Ann Osman and the other a unanimous decision with Irina Mazepa. Ana needs to impress in her debut and a knockout or a dominating decision win would really help speed up her run for another belt in MMA.

We wish Ana Julaton well on her next fight!

Watch Anna Julaton’s very first fight in One Championship against Aya Saeid Saber

Watch: MMA Referee Didn’t Realize that the Fighter is Already Unconscious!

Here is the fight between Bellator fighters Chad George and Mark Vorgeas. From the outside, it looks like just two men just trying to jock for position and submit each other but we were wrong, even the referee didn’t see that Mark Vorgeas was already unconscious and completely out.
MMA Fighter Chad George executed the Von Flue choke with around a minute and a half remaining in the first round. You will notice the fighter’s bottom hands slowly loses its grip and the fighter on top had to point out that his opponent is out.
The referee clearly failed to see the situation in this instance.

Bellator 172: Fedor Emilianenko vs. Matt Mitrione

One of MMA’s most sought-after free agents has found himself a home as Bellator MMA has come to terms on a multi-fight deal with Fedor Emelianenko (36-4), securing the talents of the man many consider to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time.

Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) will challenge Oli Thompson (17-9) during the main card of “Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione” on February 18, 2017 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. In addition, undefeated lightweights Adam Piccolotti (9-0) and Brent Primus (7-0) are also set to face off during the Spike-televised card.

In the main event of “Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione,” Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) will compete on American Soil for the first since 2011, when he meets Matt Mitrione (11-5). The event will air LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event start at only $30 and are available at SAP Center Box Office, Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. Additional fights will be announced in coming weeks.

A lightweight feature bout pitting Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) against Patricky “Pitbull” (16-8) will serve as the co-main event of Bellator 172.

Updated Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Main Card:
Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)
Lightweight Co-Main Event: Josh Thomson(22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” (16-8)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC)

Preliminary Bouts:
Middleweight Preliminary Fight: Anatoly Tokov (24-2) vs. Francisco France (13-4-1)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (18-9) vs. David Douglas (9-6)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nikko Jackson (1-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Juan Cardenas (1-0) vs. Luis Vargas (0-1)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-1) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-4)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Anthony Do (4-1) vs. Bobby Escalante (4-5)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Matt Ramirez (1-2) vs. Jeremy Murphy (3-3)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (3-1) vs. Paradise Vaovasa (5-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Tenedora (Debut) vs. Roque Reyes (0-3)

About Bellator:
Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About SAP Center at San Jose:
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike. SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at http://www.sapcenter.com.

Highlights of the Fight: Tito Ortiz Silenced Chael Sonnen then officially retired

Photo from Tito Ortiz Instagram

Coming  to the fight both Chael and Tito got a lot to prove against each other. Tonight however belong to the 42 years old former UFC Champion and the conqueror of the American Gangster.

The Huntington Beach bad boy let the lion roar tonight as he submitted Chael Sonnen in the very first round of their much awaited fight at Ortiz hometown in Huntington, California. Tito Ortiz signifies his retirement after the fight.

Ortiz will end his MMA career with 19 wins, 12 losses and 1 draw. 

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Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen at the Beautifully Renovated The Forum

SANTA MONICA, CALIF – It’s a fight that many mixed martial arts fans thought they’d never see, but on January 21, 2017, both Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1) will return to action inside the beautifully renovated Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to headline “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen.” In college, the two met on the wrestling mat, in a matchup that Sonnen won by pinning Ortiz on his birthday. Now, Ortiz will have the opportunity to avenge that loss when the compete in the Bellator MMA cage on SPIKE.

The co-main card features the Bellator MMA debut of Ralek Gracie who takes on dangerous striker Hisaki Kato in a middleweight bout.

A 54-fight veteran of MMA Daley will now prepare to take on surging superstar Brennan Ward. “Semtex” has recorded victories in nine of his last 11 bouts, and took current welterweight champion Douglas Lima to the limit in their last meeting. Ward enters the contest following a brutal knockout blow that he delivered just 1:26 into his bout with Saad Awad at “Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis.” The win was Ward’s ninth under the direction of Bellator MMA and fifth of his last six fights, dating back to 2015.

The stacked main card ohas added even more ammo to its arsenal with the news that Derek Campos (17-6) and Derek Anderson (14-2, 1 NC) will compete in a lightweight feature fight. Chinzo Machida (4-2), Henry Corrales (12-3), and Guilherme “Bomba” (8-3) are equally enticing preliminary offering.

Limited tickets for the mega-event start at $36 and are on sale at Bellator.com, as well as Ticketmaster.com. The event will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” undercard, streams live on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App beginning at 6:50 p.m. ET / 3:50 p.m. PT.

Complete “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen” Main Card:
Light Heavyweight Main Event: Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) vs. Chael Sonnen (28-14-1)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Brennan Ward (14-4)
Middleweight Main Card Bout: Ralek Gracie (3-0) vs. Hisaki Kato (7-2)
Featherweight Main Card Bout: Georgi Karakhanyan (26-6-1) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)
Lightweight Main Card Bout: Derek Campos (17-6) vs. Derek Anderson (14-2, 1 NC)
Bellator.com-Streamed Preliminary Card:
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Chinzo Machida (4-2) vs. Jamar Ocampo (2-0)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Jack May (8-3) vs. Dave Cryer (11-2)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Henry Corrales (12-3) vs. Cody Bollinger (19-6)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Casey (9-5-1, 2 NC) vs. Keith Berry (15-13)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos (8-3) vs. John Mercurio (8-7)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Gabriel Green (3-0) vs. Jalin Turner (2-2)
Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Christian Gonzalez (2-0) vs. Daniel Rodriguez (2-0)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jacob Rosales (4-2) vs. Ian Butler (3-2)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Johnny Cisneros (9-5) vs. Curtis Millender (9-3)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Segura (4-4) vs. Tommy Aaron (2-1)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Rob Gooch (4-3) vs. James Barnes (6-2)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Rebecca Ruth (6-2) vs. Colleen Schneider (10-7)

Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson in LW Championship

SANTA MONICA, CALIF – It’s a fight that both men have had their sights set on for quite some time, and now it serves as the main event of Bellator MMA’s return to the at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on Nov. 19, when Michael Chandler (15-3) defends his Bellator MMA Lightweight Championship against Benson Henderson (24-6).

The tilt anchors a card that also features a welterweight feature bout pitting undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) against Menifee, Calif., native Fernando Gonzalez (25-13), after the two had originally been scheduled to fight at “Bellator 151” and “Bellator 158.”

“Iron” Michael Chandler will look to defend his belt for the first time since having it wrapped around his waist following a devastating first-round knockout over Patricky “Pitbull” at “Bellator 157: Dynamite 2.” A 15-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Chandler has consistently proven that he belongs among the world’s elite; collecting memorable wins over who’s who at 155-pounds including UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The 30-year-old Missouri native now looks to capture his third career title defense, after successfully defending the belt at both “Bellator 85” and “Bellator 97” during his 2013 reign. The veteran enters his fight with “Smooth” riding a hot streak of three straight victories and now sets his sights on handing Henderson his first Bellator MMA loss at lightweight.

The highly anticipated professional mixed martial arts debut of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. will come against Aaron Hamilton in a welterweight bout during the preliminary portion of the card.

Complete “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” Main Card:
Lightweight World Title Main Event: Michael Chandler (15-3) vs. Benson Henderson (24-6)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (25-11)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Adam Piccolotti (8-0) vs. Brandon Girtz (14-4)
Preliminary Card:
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Diego Herzog (3-2) vs. Nick Pica (5-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (17-9) vs. Justin Baesman (19-10-1)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Jose Perez (2-1) vs. J.T. Donaldson (2-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (2-1) vs. Luis Vargas (Debut)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Hugo Lujan (0-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (Debut)
Welterweight “VOW” Preliminary Bout: Dominic Sumer (Debut) vs. Justin Roswell (1-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-0) vs. Dwight Grant (6-1)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sarah D’Alelio (10-6) vs. Jaimelene Nievera (4-1)

About Bellator MMA:
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About SAP Center at San Jose:
Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike. SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at http://www.sapcenter.com.

LIAM MCGEARY TO DEFEND LHW CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST PHIL DAVIS NOV. 4 IN CT

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA – A light heavyweight title fight pitting current belt-holder Liam McGeary (11-0) against Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis (16-3) will serve as the main event at “Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis” on November 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The SPIKE-televised main card will also feature a welterweight battle between Saad Awad (19-8) and Connecticut’s own Brennan Ward (13-4), as well as a female featherweight contest pitting Marloes Coenen (23-7) against undefeated Brazilian Talita Nogueira (6-0).

The event can be seen live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App.

Undefeated light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary returns to the same venue where he was crowned king in 2015. Now, the 33-year-old British striker will look to defend his title for the second time since winning the belt in a hard-fought victory over Emanuel Newton at “Bellator 134.” An eight-time veteran of Bellator MMA, McGeary has finished his opponent in 10 of his 11 career bouts, including eight first round wins – one coming against MMA legend Tito Ortiz. Standing at 6’6″, McGeary will have a noticeable height advantage over his opponent Davis when the two take center stage on November 4 inside Mohegan Sun Arena.

“Mr. Wonderful” returns to the Bellator MMA cage having won three consecutive contests and seven of his last nine. Hailing from Harrisburg, Penn., Davis has finished his opponent in eight of his 16 career wins, including five submission victories. A 13-fight veteran of the UFC, the 31-year-old Davis will likely not be fazed by the bright lights of what is quite possibly the biggest challenge of his illustrious career. The former NCAA National Champion wrestler will try to take this contest to the ground and display his impeccable grappling skillset against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt.

With a dozen fights under the direction of the Scott Coker-led promotion, the Bellator MMA veteran Awad will enter the cage for the 28th time in his career and third of the calendar year. A native of San Bernardino, Calif., Awad’s 2016 campaign is highlighted by a spectacular first round finish of Brazilian standout  “Cyborg” Santos at “Bellator 154: Davis vs. King Mo,” as well as a “Fight of the Year” candidate against Derek Anderson at “Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull.” With eight first round knockout victories under his belt, five of which came in the opening minute of action, the 33-year-old “Assassin” will undoubtedly come out guns blazing at 170-pounds on November 4 in search of his 16th career finish.

It wouldn’t feel like a complete Bellator MMA card in Connecticut without New London’s own, “Irish” Ward. The 28-year-old former NCAA All-American lives just 10 miles from Mohegan Sun Arena, where he has emerged victorious four times, including three knockouts and one submission. A 12-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Ward has recorded wins in four of his last five bouts dating back to 2015, highlighted by a pair of first round KO’s at Mohegan Sun Arena. With 12 of the welterweight’s 13 career victories coming by way of knockout and submission, look for Ward to attack early and often when he enters the cage in front of friends and family on November 4.

Dutch submission specialist Coenen will be making her fourth appearance under the Bellator MMA banner after making her promotional debut in 2014. The 35-year-old former Strikeforce competitor enters the cage having won four of her last six contests, including her first two bouts with the Scott Coker-led promotion. The 30-fight veteran nicknamed “Rumina” has finished her opponents in 20 of her 23 career wins, including a remarkable 17 submission victories.

The undefeated 30-year-old Nogueira will be making her Bellator MMA debut inside Mohegan Sun Arena on November 4. The fight will be her first since 2013, when the Brazilian grappler collected her sixth career win, fourth of the submission variety. Nogueira was originally slated to make her promotional debut in 2015, before a knee injury forced her to withdraw from of a scheduled bout with fellow featherweight Julia Budd at “Bellator 133.” Now, “Treta” will look to maintain her unblemished mark and put her name in title contention when she enters the cage in what will surely be the stiffest test of her flourishing career.

“Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis” Main Card:
Light Heavyweight World Title Bout: Liam McGeary (11-0) vs. Phil Davis (16-3)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Saad Awad (19-8) vs. Brennan Ward (13-4)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Marloes Coenen (23-7) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0)

Preliminary Card:
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Josh Diekmann (15-7, 1 NC) vs. Tyler King (11-4)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Blair Tugman (8-6) vs. Walter Smith-Cotito (4-4, 1 NC)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Michael Zichelle (8-4) vs. Tim Caron (5-0)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ilya Kotau (1-1) vs. Carlos Corriea (1-0)
Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sarah Payant (1-3) vs. Hannah Regina (Debut)

About Bellator MMA:
Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:
Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is http://www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow Spike on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

Bellator Cut Two Fomer Champions

Bellator has come to terms with the release of two former champions Emanuel Newton and Brandon Halsey this week.

Newton became the Bellator light heavyweight champion in 2014 when he defeated Attila Végh. He defended the title twice before losing it to Liam McGeary. Since then, Newton has lost three of his last four fights.

Halsey won the middleweight championship at Bellator 126 but was stripped of the championship on his first defense after he failed to make weight. He has since been finished twice in a row by Rafael Carvalho and John Salter, closing out his run at Bellator with two consecutive losses.

Bellator signed the likes of Chael Sonnen, Benson Henderson, and Rory MacDonald to contracts. With each big signing, however, comes the realization that there will have to be other contracts that suffer because of it.

Bellator 160 results: Henderson vs Pitbull

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull took place August 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. LIVE and FREE on SPIKE.

This was the second fight of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson booked at Bellator. He returned to his lightweight class and compete with former featherweight champion who’s on the other hand went up a weight class Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire in hope to get a title shot at lightweight. Bendo was defeated by Andrey Koreshkov on his debut at Bellator 153 Welterweight Championship bout on April 2015. In the same event Pitbull fought Henry Corrales as the co main and won by submission.

Freire was giving kicks to the legs and body until he took Hendersdon’s back trying to get a takedown in the second round.  Henderson responds by going for a kimura but Freire was able to get out of it. The fight’s over when referee McCarthy stopped it as Pitbull can not stand any more due to an injury.

Benson Henderson will contend for the Bellator Lightweight Championship against Michael Chandler Jr.- the current title holder at Bellator 163 on November 19. The one who brutally finished the elder Freire during the co-main at Bellator: Dynamite 2 event. Pitbull was unsuccessful in seeking revenge for his brother due to unfortunate circumstances.

The Bellator 160 fight card results:

Benson Henderson def. Patricio Freire in round 2 via TKO injury

Derek Anderson def Saad Awad via UD

Georgi Karakhanyan def Bubba Jenkins in round 1 via KO

AJ McKee def Cody Walker in round 2 via sub (guillotine)

Chinzo Machida def Mario Navarro in round 1 via TKO

Joey Davis def  Keith Cutrone via UD

Gabriel Green def Alex Trinidad in round 2 via TKO

Steve Ramirez vs Ron Henderson – unaired before Spike TV.

Kyle Estrada vs David Duran – unaired before Spike TV.

Jacob Rosales def Mike Segura via UD

Andy Murad def Jonny Cisneros via UD

Jake Roberts def Stephen Martinez in round 1 via TKO

UFC Removed Rory MacDonald in the Welterweight Rankings!

Rory ‘The Red King’ MacDonald was removed in the official UFC welterweight rankings. He was the no. 5 contender in the said class.

MacDonald entered the free agency after his bout with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC Fight Night 89 earlier this year.

MacDonald has been rumored communicating with Bellator and ONE. Championship since July. Until now we heard nothing from the two MMA promotion company who in the hopes of signing the former top UFC fighter.
   
UFC pulling the Canadian mixed martial artist out from the rankings is likely a sign Rory MacDonald would not resigning his contract with them.

Let us wait and see.

ONE Championship and Bellator Interested In Signing Hottest UFC Free Agent Rory MacDonald

MMA fans will always remember Rory ‘The Red King’ MacDonald for his Welterweight Championship bout with Robbie Lawler at UFC 189: vs. Mendes McGregor in July 2015. It is one of the greatest, bloodiest and most brutal UFC fights in my book.

The last fight on Rory’s Zuffa contract was the recently UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson. He lost the fight to ‘Wonder Boy’ by unanimous decision. As the no. 2 welterweight enters the free agency, MacDonald is reportedly communicating with Bellator and ONE Championship.

Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) an MMA Junkie, USA Today, and Flo Combat Fighters Only reporter posted on July 14, 2016 via twitter that, “Bellator President Scott Coker told me they have begun a line of communication with Rory MacDonald in the hopes of signing the free agent.”

Day after that Bellator report by Chamatkar Sandhu, Flo Combat’s Jim Edwards stated that ONE Championship is in talks with Rory MacDonald.

Will UFC be able to retain one of their greatest talents? Or MacDonald will jump on Bellator or ONE FC to join former UFC fighters like Phil Davis, Benson Henderson, Matt Mitrione and Brandon Vera?

Bellator 160: Bennson ‘Smooth’ Henderson vs. Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire

Bellator 160: Henderson vs. Pitbull takes place Aug 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. LIVE and FREE on SPIKE.

This will be the second fight of former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson booked at Bellator. This time he will return to his lightweight class and compete with a former featherweight champion who’s on the other hand going up a weight class Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire for lightweight title shot. Bendo was defeated by Andrey Koreshkov on his debut Bellator 153 Welterweight Championship bout on April 2015. In the same event Pitbull fought Henry Corrales as the co main and won by submission.

The winner of this fight will contend for the Bellator Lightweight Championship against Michael Chandler Jr.- the current Champion who brutally finished the elder Freire during the co-main event of last week’s Bellator: Dynamite 2 event. Pitbull is seeking revenge for his brother.

Additional contests in the card will be announced in the coming weeks.

MMA Promotions to stop using round girls during fight night! Why?

MMA Promotions to ban round girls during fight night!

April 1- MMA Promotion such as WSOF, UFC, Bellator and even local MMA Promotions in the Philippines are planning to discontinue use of round girls from entering the cage during fight night. According to study, many fighters had complaints about round girls distracting them during the intermission of the rounds, as a result they are unable to listen to coaches instructions which lead to a defeat.

Sports fans had the same concern as many of the spectators continue to ask what round it is, even after the moment the round girl just exited the cage. It is a total waste of time and money.

Here is one of the comments from a fan in a recent MMA event that we attended.

” I was so upset at these round girls. I purchased cage side ticket to ensure I see the fight up close and personal but when I got inside the arena, they seated me next to the round girls. They are so freaking beautiful and sexy that I had no choice but to chat with them. In short my night was ruined and I wasn’t able to fully concentrate on the fight. It is such a bad experience. I perfectly understand why fighters want to get rid of these girls. I am so disappointed” – An Avid MMA Fan

Many  agreed that it is time for a change. It’s time that we get rid of these unnecessary distractions.

Starting April 1, 2016, You will no longer see Round girls in all of MMA Fights.

Yeah right! April Fools!

Benson Henderson moved to Bellator and He is Fighting for the Title Belt Right Away

Benson Henderson moved to Bellator and He is Fighting for the Title Belt Right Away

One of  the talked about news on MMA is the move of Benson Henderson to leave UFC for Bellator but the bigger news after the announcement was the immediate title shot opportunity of the former WEC and UFC lightweight champ.

He will get a shot at the welterweight title at Bellator 153 inside Mohegan Sun Arena on April 22 in Uncasville, Connecticut. His opponent is Andrey Koreshkov (18-1) has 10 career knockouts and is on a 5 fight winning streak.