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Bellator MMA (formerly known as Bellator Fighting Championships) is a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the USA. Bellator was founded in 2008 by Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. Bellator features "The Toughest Tournament in Sports", which has a single-elimination format that awards the winner of each eight-person or four-person tournament a check for $100,000 and a guaranteed world title fight against the current Bellator world champion in the applicable weight class.

In December 2011, media giant Viacom acquired a majority stake of Bellator and in January 2013, all Bellator events began airing on Spike TV to Spike's 100 million home universe weekly. Bellator produces nearly 25 live events annually, as well as shoulder programming including fighter features, highlight shows and reality based programming.
 

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Fighters
Fighters
Heavyweights
Ajlin Ahmic (9-1)
Josh Appelt (10-3)

Stuart Austin (8-0)
Javy Ayala (7-3) - Set to fight Raphael Butler at 125
Karol Bedorf (9-2)
Raphael Butler (8-0-1) - Set to fight Javy Ayala at 125
Jared Cannonier (7-0)
Dan Charles (7-1) - Set to fight D Grabowski

Dillon Cleckler (6-0)
Christian Colombo (10-1)
Josh Dierkman (15-5)

Cody East (8-1)
Konstantin Erokhin (7-1) - Set to fight M.Perak
Karl Etherington (9-0)

Mark Godbeer (8-2) - Set to fight C Ka
Denis Golstov (11-4)
Damian Grabowski (19-2) - Set to fight D Charles

Peter Graham (10-7)
Guram Gugenishivili (12-2)
Blagoi Ivanaov (11-1)

Satoshi Ishii (13-2)
Maurice Jackson (2-1)
Lavar Johnson (18-10)
Chaban Ka (8-3) - Set to fight M Goodbeer

Sergei Kharitonov (21-5)
Chieck Kongo (22-9-2)

Alexei Kudin (17-7)
Bobby Lashley (11-2)
Ryan Martinez (10-5)

Vitaly Minakov (14-0) (c) - Set to fight V.Quieroz
Maro Perak (23-4) - Set to fight K. Erokhin
Vinicius Quieroz (7-3) - Set to fight V.Minakov

Augusto Sakai (7-0)
Geronimo Dos Santos (33-14)
Gzim Selmani (4-1)
Dmitry Sosnovskiy (8-0)

Kimbo Slice (4-2) - Set to fight T.Sylvia
Ron Sparks (8-4)
Tim Sylvia (31-10) - Set to fight K.Slice
Mighty Mo (6-3)
James Thompson (20-14) - Set to fight A.Volkov
Marcin Tybura (11-0)
Alexander Volkov (22-4) - Set to fight J.Thompson
Mike Wessel (14-8)
Andrew Van Zyl (9-2)

Light Heavyweight
Razak Al Hassan (12-4)
Kelly Anundson (9-3)
Artur Alibutalov (13-2)
Joey Beltran (15-11-1)
Jason Brilz (22-5-1)
Zoumana Cisse (10-0)
Tom DeBlass (9-2)
Maxim Grishin (17-6)
Austen Heidlage (7-1)
Quinton Jackson (35-11) - Set to fight T.Ortiz
Muhammad Lawal (13-4-1)
Philipe Lins (9-1)
Christian M'Pumbu (18-6-1) - Set to fight B.Vera
Liam McGeary (9-0)
James McSweeney (13-11)
Malik Merald (17-11)
Andreas Michiailidis (4-1)
Mike Mucitelli (6-1)
Emanuel Newton (24-7-1) (c)
Trevor Prangley (32-10-1) - Set to fight T Silva
Stephan Puetz (11-1)
Volkan Oezdemir (10-1)
Tito Ortiz (17-11-1) - Set to fight Q.Jackson
Goran Reljic (13-4)
Moise Rimbon (20-9)
Brandon Ropati (7-0)
Thiago Silva (16-3) - Set to fight T Prangley
Ray Sloan (7-0)
Emiliano Sordi (12-4)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12)
Tyrone Spong (2-0)
Egidijus Valavicius (27–11)
Linton Vassell (14-3-1)
Attila Vegh (30-5-2)
Karlos Vemola (14-4)
Rodney Wallace (21-9-1)
Mikhail Zayats (22-9)
Virgil Zwicker (12-4) - set to fight
Rameau Thierry SokoudjouBrandon Vera (12-7) - Set to fight C.M'Pumbu

Middleweight
Leandro Ataides (7-0) - Set to fight K.Grove
Jonas Billstein (13-3)
Jason Butcher (7-1)
Cortez Coleman (10-6)
Brett Cooper (20-10)
Dan Cramer (11-4)
Rumen Dimitrov (13-0-2)
Tomasz Dwal (21-4-1)
Eugene Fadiora (13-2)
Chris Fields (10-5-1)
Perry Filkins (8-2)
Riki Fukuda (21-7)
Jeremiah Graziano (0-0)
Kendall Grove (19-14-1) - Set to fight L.Ataides
Brandon Halsey (7-0)
Joseph Henle (9-1)
Mamed Khalidov (29-4-2) - Set to fight A.Shlemenko
Tyler Manawaroa (10-0)
Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1) - Set to fight D.Marshall at 125
Doug Marshall (18-7) - Set to fight M.Manhoef at 125
Bristol Marunde (13-10)
Michal Materla (20-4)
Jason Miller (23-9) - Set to fight Clifford Starks
Sam Oropeza (11-2)
Joe Pacheco (6-2)
Mikkel Parlo (12-2)
Nicholas Penzer (11-1)
Ben Reiter (13-0-1)
Brian Rogers (11-6) - Set to fight James Irvin at 125
Alessio Sakara (16-11)
Andrei Semenov (34-9)
Alexander Shlemenko (50-8) (c) - Set to fight M.Khalidov
Clifford Starks (9-2) - Set to fight Jason Miller
Ian Stephens (3-0)
Justin Torrey (7-1)
Brennan Ward (10-2)
Tim Williams (8-1)

Welterweight
Karl Amoussou (17-7-2) - Set to fight Valdir Araujo
Valdir Araujo (14-5) - Set to fight Karl Amoussou
Justin Baseman (14-5-1)
Bryan Baker (18-5)
Phil Baroni (15-18) - Set to fight Paul Bradley
Rodrigo Botti (6-0)
Paul Bradley (21-6) - Set to fight Paul Baroni
Nah-Shon Burrell (11-4)
Paul Daley (34-13) - Set to fight K parisyan
Cameron Diffley (5-0)
Eddy Ellis (19-15)
Brian Foster (22-5)
Walter Gahadza (14-0)
Max Griffin (9-1)
Rick Hawn (18-3)
Jason High (18-5)
Chris Honeycutt (4-0) - Set to fight Ricky Rainey
Jesse Juarez (21-9)
Steven Kennedy (15-6)
Daniel Kelly (6-0) - Set to fight M Page
Ron Keslar (11-6)
Andrey Koreshkov (17-1) - Set to fight D Lima
Douglas Lima (26-5) (c) - Set to fight A Koreshkov
Jack Mason (28-13)
AJ Matthews (6-4)
Adam McDonough (11-1)
Luis Melo (29-13-3)
David Mitchell (14-4)
Chuck O'Neil (13-6) - Set to fight D Rivera
Michael Page (6-0) - Set to fight D Kelly
Karo Parisyan (24-10) - Set to fight P Daley
Ricky Rainey (8-3) - Set to fight Chris Honeycutt
Dante Rivera (16-7) - Set to fight C O'Neil
Danny Roberts (12-1)
Andre Santos (36-9)
Mark Scanlon (9-2)
Ryan Scope (8-0)
Tommy Speer (20-7)
Gavin Sterritt (6-1)
Herman Terrado (11-3-1)
Aaron Wilkinson (11-7)
Cole Williams (6-1)
Marius Zaromskis (20-8)

Lightweight
John Alessio (35-17) - Set to fight M Barnoui
Eddie Alvarez (25-3) (c) - Set to fight W Brooks
Derek Anderson (11-1)
Saad Awad (16-6)
Mansour Barnoui (11-2) - Set to fight J Alessio
Lyle Beerbohm (25-3)
Will Brooks (14-1) - Set to fight E Alvarez
Remy Bussieres (3-1)
Derek Campos (14-4)
Rodrigo Caporal (11-4)
Rodrigo Cavalheiro (14-3)
Patrick Cenoble (9-3-1)
Michael Chandler (12-2) - Set to fight P Healy
Sako Chivitchian (8-1)
Rich Clementi (45-23-1) - Set to fight R Sinclair
Ryan Couture (8-3)
Dakota Cochrane (17-5)
Lucas Cruz (8-2)
Marcus Davis (22-11) - Set to fight L Tynaes
Joseph Duffy (11-1)
Terry Etim (16-5)
Patricky Freire (13-5)
Brandon Girtz (10-4)
Pat Healy (29-20) - Set to fight M Chandler
Marcin Held (19-3)
Dave Jansen (19-2)
Kaut Khamitov (17-3-1)
Isao Kobayashi (15-1)
Julian Lane (8-3-1)
Damien Lapilus (9-3-1)
Justin Lawrence (5-2)
Brent Primus (5-0)
Tim Radcliffe (14-4)
Davi Ramos (4-0)
Steven Ray (15-5)
Mike Ricci (9-4)
David Rickels (15-3) - Set to fight A Winner
Jonathan Rivera (4-0)
Saul Rogers (8-1)
Alexander Sarnavskiy (26-2) set to fight P Sass
Paul Sass (14-2) - Set to fight A Sarnavskiy
Vladimir Sikic (9-0)
Leandro Silva (16-1)
Rob Sinclair (12-2) - Set to fight R Clementi
Ricardo Tirloni (16-5)
Lowen Tynaes (5-0) -set to fight M Davis
Pablo Villaseca (9-0)
Justin Wilcox (14-6)
Andre Winner (19-8-1) - Set to fight D Rickels

Featherweight
Flavio Alvaro (47-10)
Shinya Aoki (35-6-1)
Freddy Assuncao (8-1)
Junior Assuncao (15-5)
Mark Bessette (13-6)
Martin Buschkamp (7-0)
Darrion Caldwell (5-0)
Scott Cleve (15-4)
Pat Curran (20-6)
Genair da Silva (13-5)
Anthony Dizy (5-0)
Cleiton Duarte (13-2)
Chris Fishgold (10-0)
Patricio Freire (22-2) (c)
Marat Gafurov (9-0)
Pablo Garza (12-5)
Israel Giron (18-3)
Desmond Green (11-3)
Fabricio Guerreiro (20-3)
Damon Jackson (9-0) - Set to fight M Richman
Bubba Jenkins (7-1) - Set to fight D Pineda
Eric Kelly (11-1)
Frodo Khasbulaev (21-5) - Set to fight D Taurosevecuis
Bekbulat Magomedov (13-0)
Diego Marlon (25-8)
Poppies Martinez (29-10)
Julio Cesar Neves (29-0)
Diego Nunes (19-6)
Koji Oishi (25-9-10)
Jordan Parsons (10-1)
Daniel Pineda (18-11) - Set to fight B Jenkins
Mike Richman (16-5) - Set to fight D Jackson
Jimmie Rivera (14-1)
Pete Rogers (2-1)
Luke Sanders (7-0)
Marlon Sandro (25-5-1)
Gleristone Santos (26-4)
Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-3-1)
Shanon Slack (6-1)
Martin Stapleton (12-3) - Set to fight G.Yamachi at 125
Daniel Straus (22-5) - Set to fight C Uno
Deividas Taurosevecuis (17-5) - Set to fight F Khasbulaev
John Teixeira (17-1-2)
Caol Uno (31-16-5) - Set to fight D Strauss
Alejandro Villalobos (17-3)
Guan Wang (14-1-1)
Daniel Weichel (34-8)
Eric Wisely (20-9)
Goiti Yamauchi (17-2) - Set to fight M.Stapleton at 125

Bantamweight
Julio Arce (5-0)
Danaa Batgerel (4-0)
Brandon Bender (12-1) - Set to fight Damacio Page
Eduardo Dantas (16-3) (c) - Set to fight J Warren
Antonio Duarte (18-5)
Rob Emerson (16-10) - Set to fight J Hill
Gustavo Falciroli (14-4)
Brandon Fleming (4-2)
Marcos Galvao (16-6-1) - Set to fight R Roberts
Steve Garcia (5-0)
Victor Henry (7-1)
Josh Hill (10-0) - Set to fight R Emerson
Timo-Juhani Hirvikangas (9-2)
Brett Johns (10-0)
Dae Hwan Kim (10-0)
Luis Rafael Laurentino (26-0)
Marvin Maldonado (3-1)
Luis Nogueira (16-3-1)
Damacio Page (18-9) - Set to fight Brandon Bender
Demarte Pena (9-0)
Brandon Phillips (5-0)
Ryan Roberts (19-10-1) - Set to fight M Galvao
Zeilton Rodrigues (12-3)
Irshaad Sayed (8-2)
Rafael Silva (21-4)
Joe Taimanglo (19-6-1)
Hideo Tokoro (32-27) - Set to fight M Torres
Miguel Torres (43-7) - Set to fight H Tokoro
Masakatsu Ueda (18-3-2) - Set to fight E west
Joe Warren (11-3) - Set to fight E Dantas
Ed West (18-8) - Set to fight M Ueda
 

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Bellator Champions
Heavyweight Champion: Vitaly Minakov
Defenses: 1
~ Defeated Cheick Kongo by Unanimous Decision

Light Heavyweight Champion: Emanuel Newton
Defenses: 0

Middleweight Champion: Alexander Shlemenko
Defenses: 3
~ Defeated Brett Cooper by Unanimous Decision
~ Defeated Doug Marshall by 1st round KO
~ Defeated Brennan Ward by 2nd round submission

Welterweight Champion: Douglas Lima
Defenses: 0

Lightweight Champion: Eddie Alvarez
Defenses: 0

Featherweight Champion: Patricio Freire
Defenses: 0

Bantamweight Champion: Eduardo Dantas
Defenses: 2
~ Defeated Marcos Galvao by 2nd round KO
~ Defeated Anthony Leone by 2nd round submission
 

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Bellator MMA

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Bellator 123: Curran vs Freire

Prelims

Featherweight Bout: Scott Cleve (14-4) vs Mark Bessette (13-5)
Opening the show on the preliminary card was a battle between two feathers both of whom were looking to get back on the winning tracks after both losing their previous fight to Germany's Daniel Weichel. Clearly the more powerful of the two Cleve was throwing heavy shots right from the off as Bessette the more gifted submission specialist of the two looked to take things to the ground. Clearly panicked after being rocked with a right hand by Cleve, Bessette pulled guard on Cleve but this quickly proved to be a big mistake as Cleve began hammering him with punches and elbows causing a late first round stoppage by the referee
Result: Scott Cleve (15-4) defeated Mark Bessette (13-6) by TKO at 4:43 in the 1st round

Lightweight Bout: Lucas Cruz (7-2) vs Andrew Calandrelli (6-4)
Making his Bellator debut Jujitsu fighter Lucas Cruz had a tough task ahead of him in fellow submission artist and Bellator veteran Anrew Calandrelli. In fact with both men pretty much cancelling one another out on the ground it was of no surprise that this ended up as more of a sloppy kick boxing match between the two which whilst not very entertaining gave the fans a exciting finish as Cruz was able to connect with a straight right hand which put Andrew down on the mat for a KO Victory.
Result: Lucas Cruz (8-2) defeated Andrew Calandrelli (6-5) by KO at 2:56 in the 2nd round

Bantamweight Bout: Blair Tugman (5-5) vs Brandon Fleming (3-2)
After coming up short in his last Bellator appearance Blair Tugman was very much looking for redemption here as he battled young prospect Brandon Fleming who last time he stepped in the Bellator cage secured an impressive Peruvian Necktie finish. Much like the aforementioned Cruz/Calandrelli bout despite both men being more versed in their submission skills. They opted to keep the fight stranding for a very timid affair in which both men seemed to be content to wait for the other to make a mistake rather then create their own openings. This lead the fight to go to the score cards for a decision win for Fleming.
Result: Brandon Fleming (4-2) defeated Blair Tugman (5-6) by split decision

Featherweight Bout: Philipe Martins (0-0) vs Pete Rogers (1-1)
Having lost in his first Bellator Appearance to Brandon Fleming the pressure was on Karate based fighter Pete Rogers as he took on debutante Philipe Martins and right from the off it was clear that since that loss Rogers had grown a lot more confident in his skills as a fighter as he constantly moved round and out struck the debuting Martins. Clearly getting frustrated at being picked apart Martins in the last round tried rushing in on Rogers only to have Pete clip him right a right hand which rocked him heavily. Keeping calm Rogers continued his pressure based striking style which he employed the whole fight leading to him scoring a unanimous decision.
Result: Pete Rogers (2-1) Defeated Philipe Martins (0-1) by unanimous decision

Light Heavyweight Bout: Mike Muticelli (6-1) vs Mark Griffin (3-3-1)
With the last few bouts focusing on some of the lighter divisions the next fight of the evening saw two light heavyweights who desperately needed to get back on the winning track face off. Both having come off KO Losses with Griffin in fact not having fought since 2011. It was no surprise that both men went for bust right from the off and with the way they was swinging it was also no surprise that in the end someone was going to sleep and it was a right uppercut by Muticelli which did just that as Griffin collapsed in a heap on the canvas
Result: Mike Muticelli (7-1) defeated Mark Griffin (3-4-1) by KO at 1:41 in the 1st round

Middleweight Bout: Perry Filkins (8-1) vs Dan Cramer (10-4)
Since his arrival to Bellator heavy handed Perry Filkins has managed to go 2-0 with impressive wins over Jonas Billstein and Jeremy Kimball to his credit. However here Perry battled his arguably toughest opponent yet in durable Bellator Veteran Dan Cramer. The ATT product of course holds a 6-2 Bellator Record but right in the first 30 seconds of the fight it looked like it would soon become his 3rd Bellator loss and his 3rd Bellator stoppage loss as a heavy over hand by Filkins dropped Cramer. Cramer to his credit was able to recover before he wobbled Filkins with a shot of his own. To the fans delight this fight was very much a back and forth war from this point on with both men being rocked on several occasions until late in the third round when a body shot by Cramer crumpled Filkins and allowed Cosmo to follow up with several more shots for a TKO.
Result: Dan Cramer (11-4) defeated Perry Filkins (8-2) by TKO at 4:51 in 3rd round

Middleweight Bout: Brennan Ward (9-2) vs Tamdan McCroy (11-3)
Having come up short against the Champion Alexander Shlemenko in his last fight, Brennan Ward came out aggressive looking to make a statement here against debutante Tamdan McCroy. Throwing wild strikes right from the off Brennan was able to push Tamdan up against the cage where he landed several crushing knee strikes for a KO Finish giving McCroy his first ever KO Loss.
Result: Brennan Ward (10-2) defeated Tamdan McCroy (11-4) by KO at 1:46 in the 1st round

Heavyweight Bout: Mike Wessel (14-7) vs Josh Diekmann (14-5)
After his last Bellator fight ended in controversy knockout artist Josh Diekmann quickly returned to form here against longtime journeyman Mike Wessel as literally the first punch thrown by Josh dropped Mike and as he got to his feet a flurry from The Freight Train was enough to put Wessel down.
Result: Josh Diekmann (15-5) defeated Mike Wessel (14-8) by KO at 0:32 in the 1st round

Bantamweight Bout: Steve Garcia (4-0) vs Kin Moy (4-0)
Two undefeated Bantamweight prospects did battle in the second to last preliminary fight of the evening in what looked to be an interesting styles clash between striker Steve Garcia and grappler Kin Moy. For most of the fight Moy made the surprising decision to keep things standing with Garcia and to his credit Moy showed some technical striking but as the fight drew on Garcia began to overwhelm Moy with the sheer volume of his strikes leading to a unanimous decision victory.
Result: Steve Garcia (5-0) defeated Kin Moy (4-1) by unanimous decision

Bantamweight Bout: Rico DiSciullo (2-0) vs Marvin Maldonado (2-1)
Finally in the last fight of the prelim card Bellator fans were treated to an interesting rematch between Rico DiSciullo and Marvin Maldonado who of course last time they fought ended up with a no contest thanks to some illegal knees. However unlike their last fight there would be no controversy this time as Maldonado was able to quickly get the fight to the ground and work position until he took DiSciullo's back and locked in a rear naked choke for the submission.
Result: Marvin Maldonado (3-1) defeated Rico DiSciullo (2-1) by submission at 2:21 in the 1st round

Main Card
Heavyweight Bout: Cheick Kongo (21-9-2) vs Lavar Johnson (18-9)
Opening up the main card portion of the show was a Heavyweight battle between strikers Cheick Kongo and Lavar Johnson. Any fans expecting a stand up war were quickly disappointed as Cheick Kongo was able to quickly secure a take down on Johnson but this wasn't to just hold down Lavar as from half guard Kongo began to unleash several nasty elbow strikes of Johnson opening up a cut which caused the ref to cause a stop to the contest for the doctor to take a look. With the cut right above Lavar's eye and blood actually going into the eye, The doctor was left with no choice but to call the fight off.
Result: Cheick Kongo (22-9-2) defeated Lavar Johnson (18-10) by doctor stoppage at 2:08 in the 1st round

Heavyweight Bout: Bobby Lashley (10-2) vs Josh Burns (8-7)
Making his Bellator debut thanks to TNA's relationship with Bellator. Bobby Lashley made a very quick statement as he quickly dropped journeyman Josh Burns with a right hand and right away jumped on the downed Burns taking the mount and raining down on him with punches before taking an arm triangle choke for the submission.
Result: Bobby Lashley (11-2) defeated Josh Burns by submission at 1:55 in the 1st round

Light Heavyweight Bout: Muhammad Lawal (12-4) vs Marcus Sursa (13-8)
In the co main event of the evening Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal looked to return to his winning ways as he battled late replace Marcus Sursa who stepped in to replace an injured Tom DeBlass. Clearly right from the off you could see this fight was a mismatch as Mo was the superior fighter in every facet of the game controlling Sursa from top position and working his ground and pound before finally finishing Marcus late in the second with some hard punches from mount.
Result: Muhammad Lawal (13-4) defeated Marcus Sursa (13-9)

Featherweight Championship Bout: Pat Curran (20-5) vs Patricio Freire (21-2)
Finally in the main event of the evening Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran battled past opponent Patricio Freire in a rematch from their epic Bellator 85 battle in which Curran just scraped a split decision win. Just like the first fight this rematch was a battle from start to finish with both the champion and the challenger having their moments with Curran actually coming close to finishing Patricio late in the second after several heavy shots whilst in the 4th Freire took Curran's back and repeatedly threatened for chokes. As for the fight went to the 5th round both men really went for broke and it looked like Curran had the round in the bag as he was able to deal up some major damage with his jab only to have Patricio connect with a flying knee late in the round which dropped him. Freire pounced on Curran and again threatened with a choke as the fight drew to a close.
Result: Patricio Freire (22-2) defeated Pat Curran (20-6) by split decision to become the new Bellator Featherweight Champion

(This was more a preview card to get things rolling as this card was already set IRL for Bellator. With the upcoming cards I will be making my own matches and also incorporating some other aspects to my show. Hope you enjoy)
 

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Wow, BTB for MMA?

I'm in.
 

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Scott Coker post Bellator 123 scrum


How he is settling is as the new Bellator President: You know everything is going well so far. Viacom are so receptive to my ideas and they have no problem giving me their financial backing and full support when it comes to signing prospective new fighters which is what I feel will majorly assist Bellator in it's future.

On the new Featherweight Champion Patricio Freire: I was blown away with that fight. I remember watching their first fight with one another which was a total war and I always thought it would be interesting to see this time what would happen if Freire wasn't coming off a long layoff and there you have it. He was able to rebound in that last round and take the fight.

Will there be an immediate rematch for Curran? At this time no. It wouldn't be fair to the other fighters especially Daniel Weichel who has more then earned his shot at the gold. So whilst it was a close fight. To get another shot Curran will have to earn it.

The criticism of the Lashley/Lawal fights: What you have to understand with these fights that happened. Is that with the time frame this card had when Mo's original opponent dropped out. We knew the likelihood of him getting a top big name guy wasn't feasible so we simply wanted someone who we felt could compete with him. Which is where Sursa come in but clearly Mo was too much for him. Same with lashley.

Kimbo Slice to Bellator: We have been in talks with Kimbo Slice and I am delighted to announce that Kimbo Slice will be joining the Bellator roster. Although currently nothing is confirmed we are talking about matching Kimbo up with Tim Sylvia for his debut.

Why Bellator MMA has signed the likes of Jason Miller/Thiago Silva in the recent weeks since his takeover despite their recent controversies: I won't defend either man for what they have done but at the same time I am a believer in second chances and I'm willing to give them the chance to show they are reformed characters now.

Rumors of Mamed Khalidov receiving an instant title shot in Bellator: The rumors are in fact true that Mamed in his first fight in Bellator will be challenging Alexander Shlemenko for the Middleweight Championship. And whilst this may seem strange to those unfamiliar with Mamed's exploits. The closest person I can compare him to is that of Fedor Emelianenko whilst he was in Pride. In that for years he has been called one of the best fighters for his weight class but hasn't been given the exposure in the US. Which is why I've elected to give him this chance and also Alexander a chance to redeem himself after the Ortiz fight.

Tito Ortiz vs Rampage Jackson: The fight will definitely be happening. I've got to just confirm a few things with both guys but it is going to happen.
 

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Bellator 124 card confirmed
Main Card
Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Emanuel Newton (23-7-1) (c) vs Joey Beltran (15-10-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Kelly Anundson (9-2) vs Liam McGeary (8-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Mikhail Zayats (22-8) vs Atilla Vegh (29-5-2)
Heavyweight Bout: Satoshi Ishii (12-2) vs Ryan Martinez (10-4)
Middleweight Bout: Alessio Sakara (15-11) vs Bristol Marunde (13-9)
Prelims
Featherweight Bout: Diego Nunes (18-6) vs Pablo Garza (12-4)
Heavyweight Bout: Dillon Cleckler (5-0) vs Ron Sparks (8-3)
Welterweight Bout: Cameron Diffley (4-0) vs AJ Matthews (6-3)
Middleweight Bout: Ian Stephens (2-0) vs Clayton McKiney (5-2)
Welterweight Bout: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs Danny Roberts (11-1)
 

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Bellator 124 card confirmed
Main Card
Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Emanuel Newton (23-7-1) (c) vs Joey Beltran (15-10-1)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Kelly Anundson (9-2) vs Liam McGeary (8-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Mikhail Zayats (22-8) vs Atilla Vegh (29-5-2)
Heavyweight Bout: Satoshi Ishii (12-2) vs Ryan Martinez (10-4)
Middleweight Bout: Alessio Sakara (15-11) vs Bristol Marunde (13-9)
Prelims
Featherweight Bout: Diego Nunes (18-6) vs Pablo Garza (12-4)
Heavyweight Bout: Dillon Cleckler (5-0) vs Ron Sparks (8-3)
Welterweight Bout: Cameron Diffley (4-0) vs AJ Matthews (6-3)
Middleweight Bout: Ian Stephens (2-0) vs Clayton McKiney (5-2)
Welterweight Bout: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs Danny Roberts (11-1)
good luck with this Shade! I'm a big Bellator fan but it needs some work I hope you do it justice! Will Lashley be appearing with the TNA Title or will you keep TNA & Bellator business seperate?
 

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good luck with this Shade! I'm a big Bellator fan but it needs some work I hope you do it justice! Will Lashley be appearing with the TNA Title or will you keep TNA & Bellator business seperate?
Thanks for the feedback and predictions bro. I got to be honest the whole TNA/Bellator deal isn't really one I've thought about. Because really other then Lashley what does Bellator really have to gain from it. Whilst TNA gets the likes of Rampage, Mo and Tito. So I think more then anything what I'll do is just obviously mention Lashley and TNA together for his fights and things like that. But there really is nothing else I can do unfortunately.
 

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Bellator 124: Newton vs Beltran

Prelims
Welterweight Bout: Aaron Wilkinson (11-6) vs Danny Roberts (11-1)
Kicking off the undercard portion of Bellator 124 two english welterweights did battle as Aaron Wilkinson battled the highly touted Danny "Hot Chocolate" Roberts. And it didn't take long for Danny to live up to the hype as he dropped Aaron Wilkinson with a short left hook before quickly taking his back and securing a rear naked choke for the submission.
Result: Danny Roberts (12-1) defeated Aaron Wilkinson (11-7) by submission at 2:22 in the 1st round

Middleweight Bout: Ian Stephens (2-0) vs Clayton McKiney (5-2)
Another debuting prospect was wrestler Ian Stephens who quickly got to showcase his wrestling ability against Clayton McKiney as he scored a powerful double leg takedown early on in the first round and managed to maintain top position for the rest of the round. Unfortunately for the fans watching in attendance or at home Stephens was able to continue this grappling based approach for the next two rounds leading to a unanimous decision.
Result: Ian Stephens (3-0) defeated Clayton McKiney (5-3) by unanimous decision

Heavyweight Bout: Dillon Cleckler (5-0) vs Ron Sparks (8-3)
Looking to continue the trend of prospects making their debuts so far. Former football player Dillon Cleckler made a quick and vicious impression on bellator Fans as he quickly bullied Ron Sparks up against the cage before unloading on him with a series of uppercuts one of which dropped Sparks for a quick Knockout finish.
Result: Dillon Cleckler (6-0) defeated Ron Sparks (8-4) by KO at 0:34 in the 1st round

Welterweight Bout: Cameron Diffley (4-0) vs AJ Matthews (6-3)
Undefeated Jujitsu Specialist Cameron Diffley got a chance to showcase his skills here as he showed no intention of standing with AJ Matthews instead managing to quickly secure a take down on AJ before working his way to the mount position. From here Diffley used some effective ground and pound to weaken Matthews before locking in an armbar for the submission.
Result: Cameron Diffley (5-0) defeated AJ Matthews (6-4) by submission at 2:47 in the 1st round

Featherweight Bout: Diego Nunes (18-6) vs Pablo Garza (12-4)
Finally on in the last fight on the preliminary card two featherweight veterans did battle as Diego Nunes looked to pick up his first Bellator win in three outings as he battled Pablo Garza. Showing off some crisp boxing skills Diego Nunes was able to out strike and control Pablo Garza who was clearly suffering from ring rust and this led to Nunes picking up his first Bellator Victory with a unanimous decision.
Result: Diego Nunes (19-6) defeated Pablo Garza (12-5) by unanimous decision
Main Card

Middleweight Bout: Alessio Sakara (15-11) vs Bristol Marunde (13-9)
Opening up the main card Two Middleweight veterans who had recently hit rough times in their fighting career made their Bellator debuts as Italy's Alessio Sakara batted Strikeforce Veteran Bristol Marunde. Clearly wary of his opponents boxing abilities Bristol used some strong leg kicks and movement to avoid letting Alessio get close for most of the first round. The second round very much saw the same game plan by Bristol until Sakara was able to catch one of his kicks and score a takedown. From top position Alessio then began to land some elbows on Marunde who eventually had to tap out to strikes when it looked like one of the elbows broke his orbital bone.
Result: Alessio Sakara (16-11) defeated Bristol Marunde (13-10) by submission at 4:08 in the 2nd round

Heavyweight Bout: Satoshi Ishii (12-2) vs Ryan Martinez (10-4)
Making his Bellator debut in the second fight on the main card was highly regarded Judo practitioner Satoshi Ishii as he battled Bellator veteran and tournament finalist Ryan Martinez. Using a high pressure grappling game Ishii was able to control Ryan martinez for all three rounds leading to a unanimous decision.
Result: Satoshi Ishii (13-2) defeated Ryan Martinez (10-5) by unanimous decision

Light Heavyweight Bout: Mikhail Zayats (22-8) vs Atilla Vegh (29-5-2)
It might not have been pretty but former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Atilla Vegh was certainly effective in his return to the cage as he was able to constantly keep dynamic striker Mikhail Zayats pressed up against the cage and working him over with dirty boxing for all three rounds as he cruised to a unanimous decision victory.
Result: Atilla Vegh (30-5-2) defeated Mikhail Zayats (22-9) by unanimous decision

Light Heavyweight Bout: Kelly Anundson (9-2) vs Liam McGeary (8-0)
In the finals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight tournament fans were treated to a styles clash as wrestler Kelly Anundson battled hard hitting striker Liam McGeary. Unfortunately for Anundson however he didn't get the chance to even go for a takedown as literally ten seconds into the fight Liam stunned him with a flying knee strike which dropped Kelly. Quickly taking top position Liam began to soften Kelly up with ground and pound before finally finishing him from side control following a series of brutal knees and elbows to the midsection.
Result: Liam McGeary (9-0) defeated Kelly Anundson (9-3) by TKO at 1:26 in the 1st round

Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Emanuel Newton (23-7-1) (c) vs Joey Beltran (15-10-1)
Finally in the main event of the evening Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton proved to be as many had expected way too much for durable veteran Joey Beltran. Using an unorthodox array of strikes and mixing in take downs Newton was able to dominate the entire fight whilst never really putting Joey in any trouble. In the end the fight went to the score cards for a unanimous decision victory for the champion.
Result: Emanuel Newton (24-7-1) defeated Joey Beltran by unanimous decision
 

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Next Light Heavyweight contender confirmed


With his win over Kelly Anundson at Bellator 124 and now having gone 6-0 since his Bellator debut with all six wins coming in the 1st round. Undefeated British Prospect Liam McGeary (9-0) will be challenging champion Emanuel Newton (24-7-1) in what could be the champions most dangerous opponent yet since his arrival in Bellator. Although the time frame for the bout has not yet been confirmed. Bellator's Scott Coker confirmed both men suffered minor injuries in their last fights so they will be given adequate time to heal before the match is scheduled.
 

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Bellator 125 card confirmed

Main Card
Middleweight Bout: Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1) vs Doug Marshall (18-7)
Middleweight Bout: James Irvin (17-10) vs Brian Rogers (11-6)
Lightweight Bout: Alexander Sarnavskiy (26-2) vs Paul Sass (14-2)
Welterweight Bout: Michael Page (6-0) vs Daniel Kelly (6-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12) vs Virgil Zwicker (12-4)
Prelims
Welterweight Bout: Chuck O'Neil (13-6) vs Dante Rivera (16-7)
Welterweight Bout: Chris Honeycutt (4-) vs Ricky Rainey (8-3)
Featherweight Bout: Martin Stapleton (12-3) vs Goiti Yamaguchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Bout: Javy Avayla (7-3) vs Raphael Butler (8-0-1)
 

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Mamed Khalidov's Bellator debut confirmed - Set to challenge for Middleweight Championship


Often regarded as one of the top unsigned Middleweights in the world. Mamed Khalidov will finally arrive on American soil to compete in Bellator MMA. Currently riding a nine fight winning streak with finishes in all nine fights. Mamed holds some highly impressive names on his resume including Maiquel Falcao, Melvin Manhoef, Jesse Taylor and Matt Lindland. Knowing how Mamed is such a high profile signing and his impressive 29-4-2 pro record. Scott Coker has confirmed that in his first Bellator fight Mamed will in fact challenge champion Alexander Shlemenko (50-8) who is coming off of a submission loss to Tito Ortiz in a catch weight bout. For his part Shlemenko has already began building the fight calling Mamed a skilled opponent with a padded record. Although a date has yet to be confirmed for the bout it is believed the fight will take place midway through 2015.
 

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Main Card
Middleweight Bout: Melvin Manhoef (28-11-1) vs Doug Marshall (18-7)
Middleweight Bout: James Irvin (17-10) vs Brian Rogers (11-6)
Lightweight Bout: Alexander Sarnavskiy (26-2) vs Paul Sass (14-2)
Welterweight Bout: Michael Page (6-0) vs Daniel Kelly (6-0)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (15-12) vs Virgil Zwicker (12-4)
Prelims
Welterweight Bout: Chuck O'Neil (13-6) vs Dante Rivera (16-7)
Welterweight Bout: Chris Honeycutt (4-) vs Ricky Rainey (8-3)
Featherweight Bout: Martin Stapleton (12-3) vs Goiti Yamaguchi (17-2)
Heavyweight Bout: Javy Avayla (7-3) vs Raphael Butler (8-0-1)
 
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