Following an open workout Tuesday, Bellator featherweight champ Pat Curran spoke with ProMMAnow.com and other media outlets about his upcoming title defense against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 85. Curran shared his opinion on how he feels he matches up with Pitbull, as well as his general game plan for the fight. He also talked about it being Pitbull’s first five round fight and how that should prove to be an advantage for himself. Although Pitbull told us he would “kill” Curran should the fight go to the ground, Curran explained why he’s not worried about playing the submission game with the BJJ black belt.
Bellator 85 takes place this evening at the Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif., and marks the promotion’s debut on Spike TV. Two title fights are on the line, as well as quarterfinal round match-ups for Bellator’s season 8 light heavyweight tournament. The prelim action kicks off starting at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT local time) on Spike.com, with main card airing live on Spike at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT local time).
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney talks with ProMMAnow.com about the possibility of signing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the potential of a Rampage vs. King Mo match-up, the Eddie Alvarez contract dispute, the future of women’s MMA in Bellator, and if he thinks the tension may heat up between himself and UFC President Dana White now that Bellator is on Spike TV. And if the tension does heat up between himself and the UFC Prez, we asked him if there’s any chance they could settle their business inside the cage.
Longtime MMA veteran Mike “Joker” Guymon takes on the man they call “Black Superman”, Savant Young, Thursday at Bellator 85.
Guymon spoke to ProMMAnow.com and a few other media outlets Tuesday about the challenge of dropping to lightweight, returning to the cage after a brief “retirement” and how he feels he matches up with Young.
Guymon explained why he chose to come out of retirement and why he thinks some problems with his medications may have affected his performance while in the UFC. Guymon also shared his thoughts on the evolution of MMA and why fighting for Bellator is a great fit for him at this time.
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (17-1) will fight Bellator 145 pound champ Pat Curran (17-4) for the title Thursday at Bellator 85 in the promotion’s debut on Spike TV. Pitbull spoke with the media at the open workouts Tuesday about the match-up, Curran’s style of fighting, ring rust, how he feels about being part of such a big event, his massive weight cut and what he thinks will happen should the fight go to the ground.
Thirty-four-year-old former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is gearing up for what he has said will be his final fight inside the UFC Octagon as he takes on Glover Teixeira Saturday, Jan. 26, in the UFC on FOX 6 co-main event in Chicago. During a media conference call Tuesday, Rampage explained why he’s ready to move on from the UFC and turned down their offer of a new contract.
At 32 years of age and after competing in professional mixed martial arts for more than a decade, Mike Kyle is apparently calling it quits. The news comes following Kyle’s first round submission loss to former 205-pound champ Gegard Mousasi on Strikeforce’s final card held Saturday night in Oklahoma City and broadcasted live on Showtime.