Archive: Bellator

Oct 15, 2013 11:07 am

Report: Bellator Has Sold Less Than 2,000 Tickets for First PPV

Bellator is set to air its first Pay-Per-View event on November 2 that will feature Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (pictured) fighting Tito Ortiz, but a report this past weekend indicates that the promotion may be struggling to get fans in attendance.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA As Bellator continues promoting and preparing for its first Pay-Per-View...

Oct 14, 2013 11:59 am

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney Discusses UFC’s Silence Toward Ben Askren

Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren, has been a free agent since the summer; and CEO Bjorn Rebney (pictured) wonders why the UFC has not made an offer yet.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   When Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren’s contract with Bellator came to a close this summer, many thought the UFC would soon...

Oct 14, 2013 11:38 am

WSOF’s Jon Fitch Says He Would Turn Down a Fight With Rousimar Palhares

Former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch says that a fight with Rousimar Palhares ‘would be the first time in my career that I turned down a fight.’   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Following a 31 second submission victory over Mike Pierce at UFC Fight Night 29, Rousimar Palhares’ life would change forever.  Only not...

Oct 12, 2013 11:41 am

Bellator Not Interested In Rousimar Palhares

In just 31-seconds Rousimar Palhares completely destroyed his career as a prize-fighter. The 33-year old Brazilian has cranked one-too-many leg locks beyond the acceptable limit and now he’s lost his job and according to Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney, a shot with the emerging second best MMA promotion in the world. “Risks already exist for the...

Oct 11, 2013 9:46 am

Terry Etim Makes Bellator Debut Saturday, November 2nd on Spike TV

Submission ace Terry Etim will return to the cage on November 2nd as the Liverpool native will make his Bellator debut against Patrick Cenoble. The lightweight affair will be featured on Spike TV leading up to Bellator’s highly anticipated Pay-Per-View, which is headlined by MMA icons Rampage Jackson and Tito Ortiz. “Rampage vs. Tito” will...

Oct 10, 2013 12:19 pm

Report: Bellator Will Release Ben Askren if Given Immediate UFC Title Shot

  Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney has placed an impossible condition on his release of welterweight champion Ben Askren to the UFC.    By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA This summer Bellator MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren became a free agent.  It was expected that the UFC would pick him up, and it was also expected that...

Oct 5, 2013 11:53 am

Bellator Results & Video Highlights: Kongo Gets Second Round TKO, Lavar Johnson Loses

The final results are in for Bellator MMA’s event live from California’s Visalia Convention Center. The event was headlined by the Bellator Heavyweight Semifinals with Cheick Kong defeating Mark Godbeer and Vinicius Spartan finishing Lavar Johnson to advance to the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Final. The Bellator Middleweight Tournament continued with Brennan Ward defeating Joe Pacheco...

Oct 5, 2013 11:23 am

VIDEO: King Mo calls Newton’s spinning backfist ‘feminine’

In anticipation of their first ever pay-per-view event, the Bellator Fighting Championship has had their biggest star, Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal, recount his devastating knockout loss at the hands of his upcoming opponent, Emanuel Newton. The two light-heavyweight fighters are set on a collision course for Bellator 106 on November 2. Share Tweet Email +1...

Oct 4, 2013 10:14 am

Matthew Riddle Returns From 3 Week Retirement

Former UFC welterweight fighter, Matthew Riddle, will be returning to action after a very brief retirement that began early in September.  He will look to make his debut for Bellator FC on November 22.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   Retirements in combat sports rarely last long.  Tito Ortiz lasted around a year, Randy Couture...

Oct 3, 2013 10:22 am

Bjorn Rebney Blasts Dana White For Value Assesment of Bellator

Earlier in the week UFC President Dana White came up with a statement on the Bellator brand that gave them a $0.00 value. The UFC boss is known for taking jabs at his competition from time-to-time, but apparently Bjorn Rebney, the Bellator CEO, didn’t want to take that jab lying down. “It hasn’t been my...

Oct 2, 2013 10:21 am

UFC Signs Bethe ‘Pitbull’ Correia to Women’s Roster

Undefeated Brazilian women’s bantamweight, Bethe ‘Pitbull’ Correia has officially signed with the UFC. As first, reported by Brazilian MMA news outlet, TATAME. Correia, 30, is 6-0 as a professional and stands next to MMA kin with Bellator fighters Patricky and Patrick as brothers. She comes off two straight unanimous decision victories. Correia has just one...

Oct 2, 2013 7:31 am

Lavar Johnson discusses TRT suspension

36-year-old heavyweight, Lavar Johnson, appeared on Monday’s episode of ‘The MMA Hour,’ where he discussed his suspension by the California State Athletic Commission for elevated levels of testosterone following his loss to Brendan Schaub at UFC 157. The loss was Johnson’s second in a row and he was subsequently released by the UFC. “What happened was basically I was...

Sep 27, 2013 10:39 am

EXCLUSIVE | Bellator Stand Out Brent Weedman Talks MMA Future

In this interview with Bellator stand out Brent Weedman talks about his upcoming Bellator MMA fight and what he’s been up to since his last bout. We caught up with him at a Hardrock MMA event while he was there supporting another fighter competing that evening. Share Tweet Email +1 Reddit

Sep 26, 2013 10:45 am

VIDEO | Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito Trailer

The first Bellator MMA PPV, Saturday, November 2nd will feature MMA Legends Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito Ortiz as they battle for the first time in the Bellator MMA cage! As well as the long awaited rematch between Bellator Lightweight World Champion Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez for the belt. Share Tweet Email +1 Reddit

Sep 25, 2013 10:31 am

Fox Sports Latin America Inks Bellator Deal, UFC President Responds

  As the competition heats up between America’s two best known MMA promotions, so do the opportunities abroad. In a recent move, FOX Sports Latin America, opted to go with a broadcast deal with Bellator instead of the UFC, who is pushing the FOX market in the United States. In a press release the folks...

Sep 10, 2013 6:33 am

Matthew Riddle announces retirement from MMA

Matthew Riddle (7-3 MMA) announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Monday night. The 27-year-old, Riddle, was slated to fight Luis Melo (29-11 MMA) at next weeks Bellator 100 event, which features the opening round of the promotions Season 9 welterweight tournament. However,  Riddle apparently suffered a cracked rib in training and thus has decided...

Sep 8, 2013 6:16 pm

Cheick Kongo vs. Mark Godbeer set for Bellator 101

Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo (18-8-2 MMA) will make his Bellator MMA debut later this month, as it was announced Saturday that Kongo will face fellow promotional newcomer Mark Godbeer at Bellator 101 in Portland. Kongo was last seen in action at UFC 159 in New Jersey, where the Frenchman suffered a first-round KO loss to Roy “Big Country” Nelson. Prior...

Sep 6, 2013 1:25 pm

Dana White Responds To ‘Terrible’ FS1 Ratings/Historic Low TUF Scores

The ratings are in from Wednesday night’s UFC-a-thon; a night that showcased a UFC Fight Night event from Belo, Brazil, along with the premiere of the highly anticipated TUF: Tate vs. Rousey series. According to the UG’s ‘MMALogic,’ the UFC Fight Night prelims pulled 270k viewers, 539k viewers for the main card, and TUF:18 grabbed...

Sep 4, 2013 11:18 am

PHOTO | Rampage Jacksons ‘Street Soldier’ Comic Book Sneak Peek

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion and current Bellator Roster holder, Rampage Jackson, is putting his brand up in a new comic book series presented by Lion Forge Comics. His comic series, ‘Street Soldier’ was announced this past July in San Diego at the world-famous traveling event, Comic Con. We now have a sneak peek of the...

Sep 3, 2013 11:59 am

Joe Riggs Hurt, Bellator ‘Fight Master’ Finale Postponed Indefinitely

  Joe Riggs, the heavy favorite in Bellator’s new reality series, ‘Fight Master,’ has suffered an injury that will delay the show’s finale scheduled for this coming Saturday.  Riggs partially fractured his orbital bone and suffered a retina detachment in training.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA Bellator’s new reality television series, ‘Fight Master,’ has suffered...

Aug 29, 2013 7:24 am

Dana White Says Ben Askren Deal Won’t Be Easy, Calls Bjorn Rebney A ‘Scumbag’

There’s been no love loss between the presidents of two of MMA’s largest organizations, as UFC President Dana White spoke about his organization’s possibility of picking up Bellator welterweight champion, Ben Askren.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA   While the UFC and its president Dana White have changed their stance toward Ben Askren- that is,...