Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – May

Might be my top knockout of the year, Lyoto Machida (one of my all-time favorite fighters) recreates his famous crane kick against Vitor Belfort @ UFC 224 on May 12th – this was also Vitor’s retirement fight

John ‘Hands Of Stone’ Lineker puts down Brian Kelleher @ UFC 224 on May 12th

Phil Davis lands a perfect head kick on Linton Vassell @ Bellator 200 on May 25th

Featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar knocks out interim champion Thanh Le @ LFA 40 on May 25th

Gabriel Benitez slams Humberto Bandenay on his way to a KO victory @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos puts away Sean Strickland with a spinning heel kick and punches @ UFC 224 on May 12th

Dominick Reyes drops Jared Cannonier with a short uppercut @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th

Poliana Botelho scores the fastest finish in strawweight history with vicious liver kicks to end Syuri Kondo’s night @ UFC Fight Night: Chile on May 19th

Report: SBG’s Peter Queally booked to fight ex-teammate Myles Price at Bellator 218 in Dublin

On Wednesday, Bellator confirmed that SBG protege and Conor McGregor training partner, Peter Queally will meet former teammate Myles Price on the highly touted Bellator 218 card in Dublin, Ireland.

The fight will take place at lightweight and will headline the main card February 23rd 2019 at 3 Arena.

Queally (11-4-1) was signed to the Bellator roster in September after a campaign at Russian MMA promotion, Fight Nights Global starting in 2016. He competed four times under the FNG banner going 2-1-1. After winning his promotional debut unanimous decision against Igor Egorov, the SBG fighter dropped a majority decision to Islam Begidov before a controversial draw with Kuat Khamitov, the latter result being overturned from a majority decision loss.

His last appearance for FNG was undoubtedly his most impressive as “The Showstopper” scored a sensational first-round knockout against David Khachatryan in the headline act of FNG 87.

Price (10-7-0) is a former SBG teammate of Queally’s who signed for Bellator in July after picking up a loss in his fight against Norman Parke under the Brave Combat Federation banner.

Price called for a showdown with Queally on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast where he was quoted saying:

“I was meant to fight Peter Queally, I think it was twice now, and he pulled out twice. He didn’t give my team any reason as to why he pulled out. I’d like to fight him because of that, to be honest,”

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On a side note, both Queally and Pryce spent time on the opoosite side of the fence in the run-up to Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 229 lightweight title fight. Queally helped with preparations inside the Irishman’s camp, and Myles Pryce was present at AKA on the Khabib side.

– Brad Dalrymple

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Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – April

Adam Borics lands a flying knee knockout over Teodor Nikolov @ Bellator 196 on April 6th

Gilbert Burns crumples Dan Moret @ UFC Fight Night: Glendale on April 14th

Siyar Bahadurzada halts Luan Chagas with a devastating liver kick @ UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City on April 21st

Muslim Salikhov drops Ricky Rainey with a punch @ UFC Fight Night: Glendale on April 14th

Olivier Aubin-Mercier gets his first stoppage win against Evan Dunham @ UFC 223 on April 7th

David Branch knocks out Thiago Santos @ UFC Fight Night: Atlantic City on April 21st

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – February

Yoel Romero crushes Luke Rockhold with an overhand right @ UFC 221 on February 10th

Kevin Wirth gives Isaiah Gutierrez the Shawn Michaels treatment @ LFA 33 on February 16th, 2018

Alan Jouban knocks out Ben Saunders @ UFC Fight Night: Orlando on February 24th

Curtis Millender ends Thiago Alves’ night with a knee @ UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18th

 

Cowboy Cerrone finishes Yancy Medeiros @ UFC Fight Night: Austin on February 18th

Thiago Santos downs Anthony Smith with a body kick then finishes him off with punches @ UFC Fight Night: Belem on February 3rd

Opinion: Top Knockouts of 2018 – January

Curtis Millender ends Nick Barnes night with a head kick @ LFA 30 on January 12th

Ryan Spann flatlines Alex Nicholson @ LFA 32 on January 26th

Mirsad Bektic crumples Godofredo Pepey with brutal body shot @ UFC Fight Night: Charlotte on January 27th

Jacare Souza ends Derek Brunson’s night with a head kick and punches @ UFC Fight Night: Charlotte on January 27th

Abdul Razak Alhassan knocks Sabah Homasi out cold with an uppercut @ UFC 220 on January 20th

Aaron Pico finishes Shane Krutchen with a body shot @ Bellator 192 on January 20th

Jeremy Stephens stops Doo Ho Choi @ UFC Fight Night: St. Louis on January 14th

Helen Peralta makes Jade Ripley do the zombie @ Invcita FC 27 on January 13th

Bellator 207: Mitrione Vs. Bader – Live Results

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

News: 50 Cent will award the Bellator Grand Prix Winner $1 million dollars in cash

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.”

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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.

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– Brad Dalrymple

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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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