Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler took out Rick Hawn with relative ease for his first title defense. Chandler used good movement while trading some strikes with Hawn before shooting in for the takedown and getting it in the first round. He landed some head and body shots while Hawn was content to lock up his guard while landing occasional elbows from the bottom. Hawn was able to get back to his feet, but not without taking some heavy shots to the back of his legs. Read More »
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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. Read More »
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). Read 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. Read More »
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. Read More »
UFC officials have announced that Dennis Siver has had to withdraw from his UFC on FUEL TV 7 bout with Cub Swanson due to an injury. However, Dustin Poirier has agreed to step in and face Swanson on short notice. Read More »
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UFC President Dana White takes us behind more scenes from UFC 155. You get to see fighters as they are on their walk up to the octagon prior to their fights. You also get to see some of aftermath after their fights as they come backstage. Read More »
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‘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. Read More »