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Richard Anderson Mann is an MMA journalist who makes his home in Washington, DC. He holds a Journalism Master’s degree from Roosevelt University. Currently, he is a columnist for Pro MMA Now (www.prommanow.com), a news writer for ADCombat.com and an official scorer for FightMetric. Richard has also been published in the Washington Times, Palm Beach Post, Naples Daily News, Michigan Chronicle and Miami Herald. He can be reached by email at RichardAndersonMann@gmail.com or on Twitter at Twitter.com/RichardAMann.

ProMMANow guide to Bellator 98

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Bellator MMA was set to kick off their ninth season with a respectable card. However, medical issues have forced Joe Riggs and Joe Warren off the card, so a lot of the shine has dissipated. However, there is still a middleweight title fight and the first round of another Bellator tournament. The card takes place tomorrow night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card will air live on Spike. Read More »

ProMMANow’s Guide to Bellator 92

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Bellator MMA returns on Thursday night from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The card features the semifinals of the middleweight and featherweight tournaments. As always, the main card airs live on Spike TV, while the undercard can be seen on Spike.com. Read More »

ProMMANow’s Guide to Bellator 91

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Bellator MMA 91 takes place this Thursday night from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M. As always the main card will air live on Spike TV, while the undercard can be seen on Spike.com. The card features light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu’s first title defense against tournament winner Attila Vegh and the semifinals on the lightweight tournament. Read More »

ProMMANow’s Guide to Bellator 90

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Bellator MMA returns this Thursday night on Spike TV. On the main card, the Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev face off for the season-seven featherweight tournament crown. The season-eight light heavyweight and welterweight tournaments continue as well. Read More »

ProMMANow’s Guide to Bellator 89

Bellator Season 8 Middleweight

The Bellator MMA machine just keeps on turning. Bellator 89 takes place this Thursday night at the Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C. The card features a bamtamweight title fight as well as the first round of the season eight middleweight tournament. As always, the main card will air live on Spike TV while the undercard can been seen on Spike.com. Read More »

The MMA Impact of the IOC’s Decision to Drop Wrestling

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On Tuesday, news broke that the International Olympic Committee had dropped wrestling, one of the most ancient Olympic sports, from the Summer Games. Wrestling and MMA have always shared an odd-yet-symbiotic relationship. The development will certainly change the MMA landscape, but the question is: How? Read More »

ProMMAnow.com’s Guide to Bellator 88

Bellator Featherweight Bracket

This Thursday, Bellator MMA returns to Spike TV. The card, which takes place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., features the first round of this season's featherweight tournament as well as a middleweight title fight between tournament winners Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao. Read More »

Pro MMA Now’s Guide to Bellator 87 (Updated)

Bellator 87 Bracket

After a strong debut, the ratings dipped a little bit last week. However, there is no time to regroup, since Bellator's eighth season continues Thursday night at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Mich. As always, the main card will air live on Spike TV, while the undercard can be seen on Spike.com. Bellator 87 features the first round of the season-eighth lightweight tournament. Read More »

Pro MMA Now’s Guide to Bellator 86

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Bellator Fighting Championships is looking to continue their momentum after making their debut on Spike TV last week. On Thursday, Bellator 86 goes down at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. and features a title fight, the first round of the welterweight tournament and the debut of former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Read More »

Pro MMA Now’s guide to Bellator 85

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Bellator Fighting Championships returns for the eighth season. This season marks the promotion's return to Thursday nights and their debut on Spike TV. The highly anticipated move to the former home of the UFC is expected to propel the promotion forward. Bellator 85 features a pair of title fights and the first three bouts for the light heavyweight tournament. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler will defend his title against Rick Hawn. Tournament winner Patricio "Pitbull" Freire will attempt to displace featherweight champion Pat Curran. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 78 Preview

Bellator season seven rolls on. This Friday, the traveling circus stops at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio with Bellator 78. The card features the semifinal round of the season-seven welterweight tournament. Despite some solid fighters, it might be the most anticlimactic tournament this season. Do we really think any of the final four can avoid a wrestling lesson at the hands of Bellator champion Ben Askren? Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 77 Preview

Bellator Fighting Championship returns to the east coast this weekend with Bellator 77. The card takes place Friday night at the Reading Eagle Theater in Reading, Pa. The lightweight tournament features some familiar faces such as UFC veteran Rich Clementi, WEC veteran Dave Jansen and M-1 standout Alexander Sarnavskiy. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 75 Preview with MMA Math

This weekend Bellator kicks off their heavyweight tournament at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind. The field is headlined by a grudge match between Eric Prindle and Thiago Santos. With only a few hours until fight time, there is a still a chance the contest will not happen. Also, this week Mann Talk debuts some useless MMA math, because heavyweight MMA calls for ridiculousness. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 74 Preview

Bellator Fighting Championships returns for what appears to be their last season on MTV2 before moving to Spike TV. The seventh season kicks off with Bellator 74, which takes place Sept. 28 at Caesars Atlantic City. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 72 Preview

Bellator 72, which takes place this evening at the USF Sun Dome, features a welterweight tournament finale, two light heavyweight tournament semifinals as well as some interesting fights featuring UFC and Strikeforce veterans. As always the main card airs live on MTV2 and EPIX, while the undercard can been seen on Spike.com. Read More »

Mann Talk — Bellator 71 Preview

It has been a long time since Mann Talk broke down a card, but as always the column hopes to preview each and every card. It probably will not happen, but we can all hope. Bellator 71 features the first round of the "Summer Series" light heavyweight tournament and the Bellator debut of former Kimbo Slice antagonist Brett Rogers. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 64 Preview

Tonight, Bellator Fighting Championships returns to MTV2. In the main event, welterweight champion Ben Askren will defend his belt against tournament champion Douglas Lima. The rest of the main card features bouts in the featherweight and bantamweight tournaments. This is easily one of the best cards, on paper, so far this season. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 63 Preview

For the first time in what seems like months, all of the fighters made weight for tonight's Bellator 63 card, which airs live on MTV 2. The event kicks off the welterweight tournament. The winner will get a shot at the title, which will be defended by Ben Askren against Douglas Lima later this season. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 61 Preview

This weekend, Bellator 61 was supposed to finally name the next man to challenge heavyweight champion Cole Konrad. Instead Eric Prindle pulled out of his rematch with Thiago Silva and delayed the rematch once again. Now, the card will be headlined by eight men hoping to earn a shot at the Bellator middleweight title. The field includes a few Bellator retreads, a UFC veteran and a former M-1 champion. Read More »

Mann Talk – Bellator 60 Preview

Richard Mann breaks down the main card for Bellator's sixth season premiere which airs tonight LIVE on MTV 2 and features Joe Warren defending his featherweight title against Pat Curran in the main event. Read More »

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