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Jun 27, 2017 8:06 am

Roy Nelson gets opponent for Bellator debut on September 23

The latest in the long procession of former UFC fighters to make the jump to Bellator MMA is The Ultimate Fighter season 10 winner and long-time heavyweight contender Roy Nelson. News of Nelson’s move to Bellator was first reported by Ariel Helwani in late May, though the details of his debut remained hazy at that...

Jun 19, 2017 11:54 am

Bellator reveals broadcasting roles for Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo

Many fans were excited to hear that MMA broadcasting pioneers Mike Goldberg and Mauro Ranallo were making their way back to calling live mixed martial arts fights for Bellator. On Monday, Bellator released a statement revealing the roles for Goldberg and Ranallo for their big Bellator 180 and Bellator NYC broadcasts set for Saturday, June...

May 26, 2017 1:08 pm

Bellator picks up another big heavyweight from the UFC

Bellator MMA has acquired another big name from the UFC roster. Roy Nelson, Season 10 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter,” signed a multi-fight contract with Bellator, according to a report released on Friday by Ariel Helwani for MMA Fighting. Bellator has yet to make the official announcement of Nelson’s signing but is expected to do...

Apr 24, 2017 9:01 am

Former UFC title challenger Valérie Létourneau is officially a Bellator fighter

Bellator MMA’s run of signing high-profile free agents continues. According to the ever-reliable Ariel Helwani, the rising MMA promotion has officially picked up former UFC strawweight title challenger Valérie Létourneau . The Canadian is expected to debut with the promotion sometime in the late summer. She will compete in the organization’s women’s flyweight division. Former...

Apr 22, 2017 8:59 am

Report: Another former UFC title challenger is close to signing with Bellator

According to a report from MMAFighting.com, Bellator MMA is on the verge of signing another former UFC title challenger. That title challenger is Canada’s Valérie Létourneau, who fought for the UFC strawweight title in 2015, putting forth a valiant effort against dominant champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Létourneau is currently on an unfortunate, three-fight losing streak, having...

Mar 26, 2017 2:36 pm

Mayday! Bellator signs another former UFC title challenger

Bellator MMA has signed another former UFC title challenger. The UFC’s top rival, Bellator MMA, has been scooping up a ton of talent in the past several months including Benson Henderson, Josh Thomson, Matt Mitrione, Phil Davis, Rory MacDonald, Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva and Ryan Bader, just to name a few. Most recently, the Viacom-owned...

Mar 2, 2017 7:19 am

Eddie Bravo outlines Tony Ferguson’s grappling training for UFC 209

This weekend, the UFC will touch down in Las Vegas with UFC 209. While the card is headlined by a welterweight title rematch between champ Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, it seems that the majority of the buzz for the event surrounds the co-main event. This co-main event will see the streaking Tony...

Feb 26, 2017 6:41 am

VIDEO | Ahead of UFC 209, watch Khabib Nurmagomedov maul Michael Johnson

This weekend, the UFC will return to Las Vegas, Nevada with UFC 209. In the evening’s main event, we’ll see welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Stephen Thompson rematch for divisional gold. In the co-main event, meanwhile, we’ll see undefeated Dagestani star Khabib Nurmagomedov take on the streaking Tony Ferguson for interim lightweight gold. In...

Feb 23, 2017 8:48 am

Bellator 172 salaries

This past weekend, fight fans tuned in for Bellator 172, for a fight card which was initially supposed to be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione, where the MMA icon would be stepping into the Bellator MMA cage for his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut, as well as his first fight in the United...

Feb 19, 2017 7:37 am

Chael Sonnen wanted to fight Fedor on hours’ notice, Bellator was interested

Last night, Bellator MMA returned to San Jose, California with Bellator 172. Until yesterday afternoon, we expected this card to be headlined by a heavyweight scrap between UFC veteran Matt Mitrione and heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. Unfortunately, disaster struck on Saturday afternoon, when Mitrione was forced out of the bout with kidney stones. In the...

Feb 19, 2017 6:39 am

Matt Mitrione responds to claims that he was scared to fight Fedor

On Friday night, the MMA community was transfixed on the imminent comeback of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. The Russian great was poised to take on Matt Mitrione in the main event of Saturday’s Bellator 172, and not even the UFC’s Sunday trip to Halifax could distract us from his return to action. Regrettably, things took...

Jan 27, 2017 11:58 am

The 5 Best UFC on Fox Cards so far

This weekend, the UFC will touch down in Denver with UFC on Fox 23. Headlined by a bantamweight number one contender fight between Julianna Peña and Valentina Shevchenko, co-headlined by a welterweight battle between Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Jorge Masvidal, and featuring other big names like Andrei Arlovski, Francis Ngannou, Aljamain Sterling and Nate Marquardt,...

Jan 24, 2017 6:49 am

Khabib Nurmagomedov on Tony Ferguson: I’m going to break his arm

On March 4, in the co-main of UFC 209, streaking lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will finally go to war. They will do so for interim lightweight gold, while the division’s undisputed champion Conor McGregor enjoys a break from competition to father his first child. In a recent interview with Fox Sports, Nurmagomedov opened up on this...

Jan 23, 2017 6:54 am

Gilbert Melendez confirms plans to drop to featherweight

For a time, Gilbert Melendez stood out as one of the best lightweights in the world. That was back when he was the dominant champion of Strikeforce’s lightweight division, and running through names like Josh Thomson, Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Jorge Masvidal. Today, however, the lightweight great has hit a bit of a rough...

Dec 26, 2016 6:23 am

Nurmagomedov manager: reports of finalized UFC 209 bout with Ferguson “100% not true”

November was an incredible month for the UFC lightweight division. The most important moment of the month, of course, was Conor McGregor’s title-winning destruction of Eddie Alvarez. That said, the month also included huge wins from top contenders Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, who defeated top-flight foes in Rafael Dos Anjos and Michael Johnson respectively. Under...

Dec 20, 2016 2:49 pm

Nick Diaz recalls being concussed in training and the chin of his brother Nate

Both Nick and Nate Diaz are known for their never-ending offense and their iron chins that many fighters can’t seem to figure out. While appearing as a guest on The Jasta Show recently, Nick talked about his younger brother Nate’s durability as well as his own. “It’s hard too, like my brother fought Josh Thomson...

Nov 24, 2016 10:23 am

‘Big’ John McCarthy on Conor McGregor: “The man can fight”

Referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy is one of the most experienced, and trusted referees in the sport of MMA. In addition to being an MMA referee for over twenty years, McCarthy has been on hand for some of the biggest fights in UFC history. This past weekend in the main event of UFC 205, the UFC’s...

Nov 22, 2016 12:26 pm

Top 10 Head-Kick KOs in UFC History | Part 1

In mixed martial arts, there are few paths to victory as emphatic as the head-kick knockout. A twist of the hips, a swing of the leg, and bang, that’s it. Though head-kick knockouts are certainly rare, we’ve witnessed dozens throughout the long and spectacular history of The Ultimate Fighting Championship. To celebrate this jaw-dropping and...

Oct 19, 2016 7:51 am

Twitter Beef! Lando Vannata Calls Tony Ferguson a “F**kcing Idiot”

Tony Ferguson‘s last fight, which occured back in July in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was originally expected to be against fellow Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa. When Chiesa withdrew from the fight with back injury just weeks before the event, however, Ferguson was forced to shift his attention to late replacement Lando Vannata, who made...

Oct 17, 2016 9:03 am

Veteran Featherweight Tatsuya Kawajiri Has Requested a Release from His UFC Contract

Late last month, a disgruntled interim featherweight champion in Jose Aldo requested a release from his UFC contract. Having made no secret of the fact that he feels he’s being treated unfairly, the Brazilian has set his sights on greener pastures – perhaps even in another sport. Not long after Aldo’s surprising request, streaking female...

Aug 31, 2016 2:46 am

Michael Chandler Says He’d Fight Rory MacDonald At Welterweight

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler’s immediate future looks like it could get very interesting. We know that he’ll be taking on former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson on November 19. Should he pass that test, Chandler can then look forward to a scrap with another UFC veteran in Josh Thompson, and perhaps even to a...

Apr 12, 2016 2:38 am

VIDEO | See how Bellator is marketing former UFC champion Benson Henderson

It was big news when former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson recently announced that he left the UFC to sign with Bellator MMA. Bellator has established themselves as the biggest competitor to the UFC, with acquisitions such as Henderson, Matt Mitrione, Phil Davis and Josh Thomson being some of the big names that have jumped...

Mar 14, 2016 5:12 pm

After failed negotiations with UFC, Rory Mac to test free agency

Former UFC welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald will return to the octagon in June when he headlines UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa opposite surging contender Stephen Thompson. “The Red King” has not competed since his “fight of the year” battle with Robbie Lawler at this past July’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas. MacDonald...

Feb 24, 2016 8:11 am

Conor McGregor’s coach predicts early finish against Nate Diaz

While Conor McGregor might have opened up as the betting favorite against Nate Diaz ahead of their welterweight scrap at UFC 196 on March 5th, his coach, John Kavanagh, thinks it will be an early finish. Diaz was given the fight after UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos was forced out of the bout with...

Dec 31, 2015 8:17 am

Is Fedor Bellator bound?

Earlier this morning fight fans witnessed the impressive return of Fedor Emelianenko. ‘The Last Emperor’ managed to pick up an impressive 1st round TKO win over a much larger Jaideep Singh. Of course after the bout the MMA community as well as most of Twitter went wild with talks of “Fedor’s back!” One interesting thing...

Dec 18, 2015 10:31 am

WATCH! Is the UFC making a mistake by potentially letting Aljamain Sterling go?

Undefeated bantamweight and former Cage Fury Fighting Championships champion Aljamain Sterling may be on the road to testing free agency. Sterling successfully fought last week with a second-round submission win over Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 80. Sterling posted a video of his post-fight celebration with the caption reading, “When the @UFC calls your...