Following their light heavyweight tournament semifinal wins at Bellator 110 Friday night, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and King Mo Lawal nearly came to blows inside the Bellator cage live on Spike TV. Mo won his bout over Mikhail Zayats via unanimous decision, while Rampage defeated former champ Christian M’Pumbu via first round KO. Rampage and Mo will now meet in the tournament finals later this season.
Bellator will kick off their Season 10 middleweight tournament beginning March 28 from Utah’s Maverick Center as Brett Cooper battles Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove in the semifinals. And on April 4, Season 8 winner Doug “The Rhino” Marshall takes on American Top Team’s Dan “Cosmo” Cramer in the other semifinal match-up from the Reno Events Center.
The UFC has taken a lot of heat since they implemented their discretionary sponsor tax, which can reportedly run as high as $100,000. This means if the UFC wants to they will charge a company for the right to sponsor any of their fighters. Needless to say, MMA fighter sponsorship opportunities have taken a hit because of this.
FOX Sports Latin America and Bellator MMA announced today that fans will now have a chance to watch many of the world’s greatest fighters as they tune in live throughout Latin America on Fox Sports beginning Friday, February 28th. While the partnership originally called for all live Bellator content to begin airing in 2015, now fans across the region will be able to see Bellator’s highly anticipated 10th Season and beyond, on FOX Sports.
At 22-3, Gilbert Melendez sits atop the UFC’s lightweight division. With victories over Josh Thomson, Diego Sanchez, Shinya Aoki and Jorge Masvidal, “El Nino” is ready for a new crop of challengers as the Santa Ana native has agreed to a multi-fight, multi-year deal structure with Bellator that can pit Melendez against some of MMA’s best, including Eddie Alvarez, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, Dave Jansen and a host of top lightweights from around the world.
Joe Rogan sits down with colorful MMA fighter and former porn actor War Machine (aka Jon Koppenhaver) on this episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. The guys discuss War Machine’s dysfunctional family life as a youngster and how a physical altercation with his step-father eventually led to him finding his way into MMA — and much much more.
Bellator will make its highly anticipated return to Canada on Friday, May 9th as the promotion will return to Ontario’s Casino Rama for Bellator 119, live on Spike TV. The night will feature the finals of Bellator’s Season 10 Heavyweight Tournament, as well as the return of Canadian lightweight John Alessio.