Report: Brent Primus tells Michael Chandler to “sign the contract b*tch”

With Brent Primus already having one up on Micheal Chandler, he is very keen to prove his victory wasn’t a fluke by trying to persuade Chandler to sign on the dotted line for a second bout.

Chandler, who is just after securing a new deal with Bellator, has been pressured by Primus to sign a bout agreement. The expletives were in full flow, as Brent is wanting to jump back in after recovering from a multitude of niggling injuries. This will be his first fight since taking the belt off “Iron” with a 1st round TKO in NYC in June 2017.

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Report: Aaron Chalmers stuck in contract limbo as BAMMA refuse to release him from his deal

After earning a decisive victory in the biggest fight of his young MMA career at Bellator 200, the future seemed rosy for undefeated Geordie, Aaron Chalmers (4-0-0).

That is at least until ‘The Joker’ ran into some complications with getting released from his existing deal with BAMMA, the promotion who gave him his break in the sport. After fighting three times in seven months for the UK based promotion, Chalmers was given the opportunity to fight on the main card at Bellator 200 in London in just his fourth professional fight.

Speaking to Ariel Helwani on his show earlier this week, Chalmers explained the complications preventing him from following up on his successful Bellator debut.

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MMAMotion Week In Focus #2

Another week in the crazy world of MMA, we have had UFC Calgary with a crazy card, Conor Mcgregor has had his court hearing, Bellator adding multiple fighters to their roster and Dana Whites Tuesday Night Contender Series once again lives up to expectations. In this article, we will take a quick look at the main things that happened in mixed martial arts last week.

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Bellator Add 22 Europeans To Their Roster

Finally, a promotion looks to be making use of all the incredible talent Europe has to offer. Bellator MMA have dropped contracts in the pockets of 22 of Europe’s top fighters, in a bid which will hopefully get some more eyes looking over to their events.

Former UFC fighters Norman Parke and Jim Wallhead are two of the more well-known fighters picking up contracts while TUF Undefeated participant Richie Smullen also hopes that Bellator will take him to greener pastures.

Joining them will be some of the best talent BAMMA has to offer including two weight champion Terry Brazier and undefeated SBG trained welterweight, Kiefer Crosbie.

With further signing announcements expected, the full list of European talent snatched up by Bellator currently looks like this:

Featherweight

• Dylan Logan (2-3) fighting out of Ireland
• Nathan Rose (6-1) fighting out of England

Lightweight

• Terry Brazier (10-1) fighting out of England
• Pedro Carvalho (8-3) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Portugal
• Constantin Gnusariev (1-0) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Moldova
• Luka Jelcic (10-3) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Croatia
• Charlie Leary (15-9-1) fighting out of England
• Norman Parke (25-6-1, 1 NC) fighting out of Northern Ireland
• Myles Price (10-7) fighting out of Ireland
• Daniele Scatizzi (9-4) fighting out Ireland, by way of Italy
• Sam Slater (2-0) fighting out of Ireland
• Richie Smullen (3-1-1) fighting out of Ireland
• Tim Wilde (12-3) fighting out of England

Welterweight

• Ruben Crawford (16-3) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Germany
• Kiefer Crosbie (4-0) fighting out of Ireland
• Walter Gahadza (17-3) fighting out of England
• Richard Kiely (2-1) fighting out of Ireland
• Ion Pascu (18-8) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Romania
• Jim Wallhead (29-11) fighting out of England

Middleweight

• Claudio Conti (7-5-2) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Italy
• John Redmond (7-13) fighting out of Ireland

Women’s Flyweight

• Antonela Orlic pro debut, fighting out of Ireland by way of Croatia

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News: Norman Parke signs exclusive multi fight deal with Bellator

Veteran lightweight and former TUF winner Stormin’ Norman Parke (25-6-1) has signed a multi fight deal with Bellator.

Jim Edwards of MMANYTT confirmed the news earlier this week.

The well travelled Northern Irishman joins the promotion holding a two fight win streak following victories over Lukasz Chlewicki (14-8-1) at KSW 43 and more recently, ‘Magic’ Myles Price (10-7-0) at Brave 13 in Belfast.

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Recap & Highlights: Bellator 201 – Macfarlane retains her flyweight title, calls for next title defense to be in Hawaii

After Bellator200, the promotion took over a month off before returning tonight in Temecula, California for Bellator201. Defending her flyweight title for the first time, Hawaii’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane faced a tough challenger in Alejandra Lara and flyweight contenders Valerie Letourneau and Kristina Williams faced off in hopes of a title shot. Here’s my recap and highlights.

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Bellator201: Macfarlane Vs. Lara – Live Results

Friday, June 29th 2018, Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California

After over a month off, Bellator returns to bring us Ilima-Lei Macfarlane‘s first flyweight title defense against challenger Alejandra Lara. Another marquee women’s matchup on the card, and a possible #1 contender fight, pits former UFC title challenger Valerie Letourneau against Kristina Williams.

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News: Bellator books middleweight superfight between champion Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald

It seems that Bellator have decided that they want a piece of the ‘super fight’ action. Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (20-4-0) and newly crowned middleweight king Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) have both publicly declared their interest in fighting each other and now it appears they will get their wish.

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News: Joe Rogan “super suspicious” of Fedor Emelianenko’s PRIDE record

Heavyweight legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko (37-5-0, 1 nc) returned to action last weekend, picking up a quick fire TKO victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir at Bellator 198.

During his time fighting in Japan under the PRIDE banner, “The Last Emperor” built a record of 14-0-0 with 1 no contest, cementing himself in many fans eyes as the greatest heavyweight of all time. With wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Hunt along with two wins a piece over Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mark Coleman, Fedor’s record speaks for itself. That said, it is no secret that testing for performance enhancing drugs wasn’t much of a priority for the promotion during it’s glory years.

Speaking on the latest edition of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan shared that he has some suspicions about Fedor and his PRIDE legacy.

“They need to let him fight in Japan again. Get him on the right mixture,” Rogan joked. “I’m super suspicious about all those old fights now, though. I’m super suspicious. I mean steroids. I mean performance enhancing drugs. I mean we’re looking at a different human. That’s what I’m thinking.”

Few promotions have the standard of drug testing enforced by the UFC. While Bellator do carry out their own tests, they have been subject to criticism in the past for the disparity between their level of testing and the UFC’s USADA led program. Despite these criticisms, Rogan went on to explain the staggering difference between the testing standards in modern promotions and the attitude toward testing in PRIDE.

“[Bellator] does some checking; they do have state athletic commissions. Japan was encouraging,” Rogan said. “Who knows who was doing what and who wasn’t doing what, but when you talk to the guys who were over there, like Enson Inoue, and he’ll tell you they had it in capital letters in the contract — WE WILL NOT TEST YOU FOR STEROIDS.”

With that in mind, it stands to reason that even if Rogan’s suspicions around Fedor’s early record are valid, it would be a reasonable to assume that in most cases, the playing field was a level one.

“Whatever everybody was on back then, Fedor was still beating everybody’s ass,” Rogan said. “They were all on the same s–t; Fedor was still beating everybody’s ass.”

The full episode of the Joe Rogan Experience can be found below.

News: Dillon Danis finally has opponent confirmed for MMA debut

As reported by MMAMotion earlier in the week, Dillon Danis is set to make is MMA debut at Bellator 198 and will be training with Coach John Kavanagh at SBG, Dublin. Now, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu star has had his opponent confirmed.

24-year-old Danis will face fellow Bellator debutant, Kyle Walker in a 175lb catchweight fight.

Walker holds a record of 2-3-0 and will make his Bellator bow looking to snap a two fight losing streak. Interestingly for Danis, both of Walker’s recent losses came via first round submissions before the fights had reached the 2 minute mark.

Bellator 198 will take place on April 28th and will be headlined by a battle of two heavyweight veterans as Fedor Emelianenko faces Frank Mir.