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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BRAVE 13: Andy Young Interview – “The mental area is the most important out of anything”

On the 9th of June, Brave Combat Federation makes its European debut when it arrives to the SSE Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is a landmark occasion for the fast-growing promotion as it branches out for the first time into the continent.

Fitting for such a historic occasion, the card is packed with exciting fights as well as fan favorite names. In the main event we see bantamweight champion Stephen Loman (9-2) defend his belt in a rematch against highly touted SBG man Frans Mlambo (5-2), who looks to avenge his loss against Loman, this time hoping to walk away with a championship. In the Co-Main event we see Northern Ireland’s own and former UFC contender Norman Parke (24-6-1) take on Irish man Myles Price (10-6) in a very exciting lightweight match up.

Also on the card, we see two extremely entertaining fighters come head to head when Liverpudlian Bryan Creighton (8-6) takes on Belfast’s own Andy Young (11-10). While Creighton is coming off a 3 fight finish streak, Young is coming off a loss. However, it was to former top 5 UFC flyweight Ali Bagautinov who has beaten top fighters such as Tim Elliott, John Lineker and has fought current UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson. With 11 Finishes between both fighters, this fight will surely live up to expectation and deliver a barn burner.

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The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

After fighting one of the very best flyweights in Ali Bagautinov in Russia, Andy will be looking to get back to winning ways with a victory over rising British prospect Creighton. Andy is a dangerous fighter, both on the feet and on the ground, which we seen in an impressive victory over Dominic Wooding, a very hot young prospect, with a record of    3-0 (3 TKO) at BAMMA 28. Andy is currently 5-3 in his last 8 bouts, with 3 finishes. These wins include impressive performances over fighters such as Alexander Barabash and Aaron Aby. I caught up with Andy Young to get his thoughts on his upcoming opponent and how he feels to be fighting on such a huge card in his home town of Belfast.

Eamonn Scott: Andy, this is your first fight under the Brave banner. When exactly did you get the call about fighting for them and was there anything in particular that interested you the most about fighting for brave?

Andy Young: “I was contacted back in March about their plans to run a show in Belfast and to have me on it, I was thrilled to hear that BRAVE was coming to my home town, I heard a lot of great things about the promotion and how it’s run.”

ES: You make your return to your hometown in Belfast, which you have an excellent record in. What is it that’s so special about Belfast which also always seems to bring the very best out of you.

AY: “The energy of the people here is unrivaled! Belfast knows how to make some noise!  I get so much support and feel a real uplift getting to represent and get the win for them.”

ES: Northern Ireland has a thriving MMA scene at the minute. With fighters such as James Gallagher, Rhys McKee and Norman Parke, do you believe that this will only improve and how do you see the MMA scene in Northern Ireland at the minute?

AY: “It is scary to see how good the local scene is getting. The sport is becoming more and more popular and gaining great traction. There is a plethora of  talent, ability and skills in the new breed of upcoming mixed martial artists here, and for sure will only improve.”

ES:  You’re fighting against a very tough opponent in Bryan Creighton who himself is coming off an impressive 3 fight win streak. When this fight was proposed to you, what were your first thoughts on fighting Bryan?

AY: “I was excited to get an opponent who i know brings a great fight, he’s very game. well-rounded and likes to trade, so i know this will be fun!”

ES: You’ve fought top quality fighters in your career such as the former top 5 UFC contender in Ali Bagautinov. Do you thrive off facing the biggest names you can get?

AY: “There are a number of reasons to be in this sport, and one of the main factors is to compete against and be best in the world. I love and jump on the opportunities to do this.”

ES: Bryan has multiple wins by TKO, Sub and Decision, showing that he has skills in all departments. However, is there a particular area that you believe you can exploit and get the best over him in?

AY: “The mental area is the most important out of anything, I will beat him there and take whatever I see to get the finish in this fight.”

ES: How has this training camp gone for you? Is there anything specific that you have focused on in this camp and do you think you have improved it as much as you aimed to?

AY: “It has went great, I have made a few changes and stepped things up. It’s all about getting the right formula, I’ve enjoyed working all areas and getting a bit creative with things, it will all be on show 9th June.”

ES: You’ve been in this game for a while now, do you believe that you still have a lot to accomplish?

AY: “Yes, I want to be the very best version of myself in there and fully realise my potential. In addition, that UFC title will be in my hands by the end of my career.”

ES: Finally, if there’s one message you have for Bryan, what would it be?

AY: “Let’s put on a show and bring your best.”

This fight is surely going to live up to every expectation. With Andy young being the home town fighter, he is certainly going to receive an incredible atmosphere. Bryan Creighton will also be defending the best win streak of career, both fighters have a lot to defend in this epic Flyweight battle. SEE YOU THERE!

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.

 

Aaron Chalmers confirmed for Bellator 200

Former Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has come a long way in the last year.

Just over 12 months ago he was a reality TV star with dreams of a professional MMA career. Today, holding a perfect 3-0 professional record, he announced he will be featured on the main card at Bellator 200 in London.

Undefeated in 3 fights under the BAMMA banner, Chalmers will face Ashley Griffiths in a catchweight bout, believed to be at 163lbs.

Griffiths has a 4-5 record (according to Sherdog) and will be looking to snap a 3 fight losing streak when he meets Chalmers in London on May 25th. His last appearance was at Bellator 191 last December where he picked up a first round KO loss to Mohammad Yahya. Griffiths has spent the majority of his career fighting at 155lbs with his loss to Yahya his like venture up to welterweight.

This announcement becomes the fifth confirmed fight for Bellator 200.
Rafael Carvalho (c) vs. Gegard Mousasi – Bellator middleweight title fight
Michael Page vs. David Rickels
Phil Davis vs. Linton Vassell
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson
Aaron Chalmers vs. Ashley Griffiths

Roy Nelson gets personal after Matt Mitrione claims he cheated at Bellator 194

Roy “Big Country” Nelson has unfinished business with Matt Mitrione.

Nelson was eliminated in the first round of the Bellator heavyweight tournament in a majority decision loss to fellow veteran Mitrione. It was the second time the two heavyweights have fought. The first fight took place in the UFC with Nelson picking up a KO win.

Prior to the fight the atmosphere had mostly been respectful. After the fight was over however, things took a downward turn. Mitrione publicly labelled Nelson a cheat for what he perceived as illegal use of the fence while in the top position in the third round.

Speaking to MMAJunkie yesterday, Nelson has fired back some seriously personal shots at Mitrione.

“Matt’s a guy that’s always the pot calling the kettle black,” Nelson said. “I think he’s still upset because he’s cheating on his wife and stuff. That’s all I heard that whole week – was him cheating on his wife. So I think he has a lot of guilt, and he’s got to take his rage out somewhere. But there’s no cheating on my end. I think he’s just upset because in his heart he didn’t really feel like he won. He wasn’t the best fighter that night.”

Nelson remains convinced that he and Mitrione fought to a draw over three rounds which would have led to a fourth, sudden death round, to determine the outcome. With Mitrione winning the first two rounds and Nelson arguably taking a 10-8 round 3, it’s easy to understand his point of view.

“I want Round 4, so we can go ahead and do that again,” Nelson said. “The worst-case scenario is we should’ve went to a fourth round. That was worst case scenario. (Referee) Dan (Miragliotta) was going to call the fight like three times. I got it in my head because I started having an argument with Dan about how Matt’s not moving and he couldn’t get out. He took a lot of unanswered shots.”

With Mirione advancing to the semi finals of the Bellator heavyweight tournament, a trilogy fight between the two former UFC stars doesn’t seem likely in the immediate future.

Booked to face Mirko Cro Cop at Bellator 200 in London, Nelson is viewing the bout as a potential alternate eliminator for the heavyweight tournament and a possible route to back to facing Mitrione for a third time.

“My goal is to beat up Cro Cop and then hopefully beat up Matt again and then get back in the tournament,” Nelson said. “I don’t know what I want more – the tournament or Matt. They’re both good. There’s Cro Cop, and there’s also (Quinton Jackson), who didn’t want to fight. There are so many people that I actually want to fight now.”

Big Country has no shortage of potential opponents in the Bellator heavyweight division. Given the personal nature of the back and forth comments made between he and Mitrione, it’s easy to understand why that is the fight he’d like most.

James Gallagher out, Benson Henderson in at Bellator 196.

With less than a month to go Bellator 196 has a new main event.

James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has pulled out of his featherweight match against Adam Borics (10-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) due to an undisclosed injury. Former lightweight and welterweight title challenger Benson Henderson (24-8 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) will now headline the event against MMA veteran Roger Huerta (24-9 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).

Bellator 196 takes place April 6th at Budapest Sports Arena, Budapest, Hungary, and airs on Paramount via same-day delay.

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