Friday, October 12th – Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
After a successful DAZN debut last month, Bellator is back this weekend with the heavyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals. Matt Mitrione is looking to stay undefeated with the promotion and get himself into the finals. Current Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader is looking to do the same and become a duel weight champion. UFC vets Roy Nelson and Lorenz Larkin are also on the card, and it’s rounded out by ‘Baby Slice’ Kevin Ferguson, Jr.
The main card kicks off @ 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT on the Paramount Network.
Main Card (Paramount Network 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT)
- Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semi-Final bout: Ryan Bader def. Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-25)
- Heavyweight bout: Sergei Kharitonov def. Roy Nelson via KO (punches and knees) 4:59 of round 1
- Welterweight bout: Lorenz Larkin def. Ion Pascu via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Lightweight bout: Corey Browning def. Kevin Ferguson, Jr. via TKO (punches) 2:08 of round 2
- Lightweight bout: Mandel Nallo def. Carrington Banks via KO (knee) 0:57 of round 2
Over the past year, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is a name that has been floating around the MMA scene. Through links with Bellator MMA, the rapper has been present at events, helped with promos and arguably been an unofficial mascot for the promotion. However, his ties to the business are now official.
On Thursday, Bellator MMA announced it had reached an “extension agreement” with Jackson, which includes a new clothing line, as well as integrating his champagne brand, Le Chemin du Roi, into future promotional events. The apparel line will incorporate Jackson’s popular “Get the Strap” trademark. That is not all that “Fiddy” see’s himself doing within Bellator. In a press release, he hinted at potentially dipping into the fighter management business:
“Bellator has a roster filled with some of the most charismatic athletes in the world. As my relationship with Bellator deepens, you will see me moving into fighter management opportunities that will allow me to integrate top stars into both scripted and unscripted projects across the Viacom networks, as well as the other outlets I have access to.”
With the first fight in Bellator’s Welterweight World Grand Prix only a couple days away, the deal just got a hell of a lot sweeter for the 170-pound competitors. To kick-start his official agreement with the promotion, Jackson has also decided to throw a whopping $1 million in cash prize money at the overall winner.
The highly anticipated 10-man tournament is slated to get underway at Bellator 206 this weekend when former world champs Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov collide.
Other scheduled matchups later down the line see current welterweight champion Rory MacDonald taking on UFC veteran Jon Fitch, as well as a pre-heated throw down between British strikers Paul Daley and Michael “Venom” Page. Other names such as Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva will add a touch of novelty to the spectacle.
– Brad Dalrymple
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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.
Continue reading “Report: Brent Primus tells Michael Chandler to “sign the contract b*tch””
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.
Continue reading “Report: Aaron Chalmers stuck in contract limbo as BAMMA refuse to release him from his deal”
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.
Continue reading “MMAMotion Week In Focus #2”
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:
• Dylan Logan (2-3) fighting out of Ireland
• Nathan Rose (6-1) fighting out of England
• 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
• 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
• Claudio Conti (7-5-2) fighting out of Ireland, by way of Italy
• John Redmond (7-13) fighting out of Ireland
• Antonela Orlic pro debut, fighting out of Ireland by way of Croatia
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.
Continue reading “News: Norman Parke signs exclusive multi fight deal with Bellator”
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.
Continue reading “Recap & Highlights: Bellator 201 – Macfarlane retains her flyweight title, calls for next title defense to be in Hawaii”
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.
Continue reading “Bellator201: Macfarlane Vs. Lara – Live Results”
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.
Continue reading “News: Bellator books middleweight superfight between champion Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald”