Bellator Fighting Championships signs featherweight Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan to exclusive agreement

CHICAGO (January 5, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today the exclusive signing of top mixed martial artist Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan, a former professional soccer player and emerging MMA star, to compete in the featherweight (145 lb.) division during Bellator Season 2.

Karakhanyan, 24, has compiled a record of 12-1-1 since making his professional MMA debut in 2006, and was rated by multiple websites as the top unsigned featherweight in the world prior to his signing with Bellator. His only loss came via a 2008 split decision.

“With 12 wins and just one loss under his belt, Georgi is a proven winner” said Bjorn Rebney, founder and CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships. “He brings an explosive style to the cage that makes for great fights. We are excited to welcome Georgi to Bellator.”

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Iraq War veteran and welterweight standout Steve Carl signs with Bellator Fighting Championships

Steve Carl is Bellator's newest addition.

CHICAGO, Ill. (Dec. 28, 2009) – In the latest addition to its much-heralded Season 2 roster, Bellator Fighting Championships announced Monday the acquisition of emerging MMA star Steve Carl, who will compete in the promotion’s upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament beginning in April.

Carl, 25, a U.S. Army sergeant who served in the Iraq War, took up MMA about five years ago while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and has since compiled a professional record of 10-1. His rear naked choke submission of the previously undefeated Ivan Ivanoff at the M-1 Challenge in Bulgaria earlier this year won him international acclaim and drew the attention of matchmakers from all of the top MMA promotions.

“I was getting offers from the UFC and others, but Bellator was just a better opportunity for me,” Carl said. “I’m really excited about the exposure that Bellator’s TV deal will bring me and the chance to fight against some awesome competition.”

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Dan Hornbuckle signs multi-fight contract with Bellator Fighting Championships

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Chicago, Ill. (December 17, 2009) Bellator Fighting Championships continued its active offseason on Thursday when it announced the acquisition of one of MMA’s most heralded free agents, 19-2 welterweight standout Dan Hornbuckle.

“When we began the recruiting process for Season 2 and beyond, Dan Hornbuckle was one of our top targets,” said Bjorn Rebney, founder and CEO of Bellator Fighting Championships. “To be able to land a fighter like Dan is another sign of our commitment to bring world class fights to MMA fans on a weekly basis.”

Rebney has confirmed that, with Hornbuckle’s signing, he has also received an invitation to compete in Bellator’s upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament, which commences during Bellator’s Season 2 kickoff on April 8, 2010. Bellator will also conduct tournaments at 145, 155, and 185 lbs. with the winners of this year’s tournaments being declared number one contenders to Bellator’s current cache of champions.

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Bellator announces new TV broadcast alliance with Fox Sports Net, NBC, and Telemundo


Only Live Weekly-Broadcast MMA Show in U.S.; One of the Largest TV Distribution Deals in Fighting Sports History

CHICAGO (October 20, 2009) Bellator Fighting Championships will broadcast its second and third seasons on FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo through a unique and landscape-altering alliance. Bellator’s first-of-its-kind, tournament-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion will be available nationwide for 24 weeks in 2010 to 112 million homes through NBC, 82 million homes through FOX Sports Net (FSN) and its regional sports network affiliates, as well as to 62 million homes through Telemundo.

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MMA LIVE 6-25-09

Rich Franklin joins the MMA live panel to discuss the results of ‘TUF 9’ Finale, Strikeforce Challengers, and Bellator XII. In addition, Bobby Lashley joins the program to talk about his upcoming fight against Bob Sapp and Bellator C.E.O Bjorn Rebney checks in to discuss the completion of the first season of Bellator Fighting Championships.