Bellator 85: Pat Curran scrum and workout

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 LIVE results and play-by-play

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).

Interview: Bjorn Rebney talks Rampage, Eddie Alvarez contract, Dana White and more

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.

Mike ‘Joker’ Guymon: Bellator 85 scrum

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.

‘Pitbull’ Freire on Bellator 85 title fight with Curran: ‘If it goes to the ground, I’m going to kill him’

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.

‘Rampage’ Jackson: ‘I want to go somewhere where they take care of their fighters’

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.

Video: King Mo drops sparring partner in preparation for Bellator debut

So much for “what happens in the gym, stays in the gym” — just a week-and-a-half before Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal is set to make his Bellator debut at Bellator 86 in Oklahoma, this video has surfaced of Mo dropping his sparring partner at Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas.

Evening news report

Bas Rutten undergoes neck surgery, Javier Vazquez retires, Jamie Varner is in a cast, KJ Noons is headed to the UFC despite his loss to Ryan Couture, and Sensei Seagal has a new pupil — this and much more in tonight’s evening news report.

Report: Mike Kyle calls it quits

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.

‘Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine’ LIVE results and play-by-play

Strikeforce welterweight champ Nate Marquardt puts his title on the line this evening as he faces no. 1 contender Tarec Saffiedine on Strikeforce’s final card.