Shark Fights, Bitetti Combat Nordeste, Ring of Combat, Cage Force and Jewels Picks

Don Frye is more American than you

The overall percentage is headed back in the right direction again. Last week I went 10-1 (1NC), which raised my overall picking rcord to 45-9 (7NC). With the great weekend my percentage jumps from 81% to 83%. Like last weekend there is no big headlining show, but there is still tons of MMA.

Shark Fights 6 – Stars and Stripes
Dave Herman (14-1) vs. Don Frye (20-7-1)

The label “natural athlete” gets thrown around a lot in sports journalism. It is correctly applied to Dave Herman. The man walked on to the University of Indiana wrestling team after not wrestling at all in high school. In 2006, he actually qualified for the NCAA tournament. Herman has criticism for not taking MMA seriously, but here that is not an issue. Pure athleticism will carry him to victory. Don Frye is still the apple of the hardcore fans’ collective eye, but he is also three years older than he was when he drew with Ruben “Warpath” Villareal.
Pick = Dave Herman

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Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz advance to finals at “Bellator VII” – full results

Kerry Vera vs.
Kerry Vera vs. Leslie Smith

Bellator Fighting Championships continued its 12 week tournament series with “Bellator VII” Friday night May 15th at Chicago’s Aragon Entertainment Center. In the welterweight tournament semi-finals Lyman Good defeated Jorge Ortiz after a doctor stoppage and although UFC veteran Dave Menne started out strong getting a take down and full mount, Omar De La Cruz was able to get back to his feet and land a significant combination before taking down Menne and finishing him off midway into round one.

Lyman Good and Omar De La Cruz took home $50,000 and advance to the Bellator Welterweight World Championships where they will face one another for a cool $100,000. In her pro MMA debut, Kerry Vera, wife of UFC light heavyweight prospect Brandon Vera, defeated Leslie Smith by unanimous decision. Former UFC heavyweight Eddie Sanchez defeated Jay White by TKO improving his record to 9-3 after back-to-back losses. —- Results & Photos after the jump…

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“Bellator VII” weigh-in results

Bellator Fighting Championships continues its 12 week tournament series with its seventh event taking place tonight, Friday May 15th, at Chicago’s Aragon Entertainment Center. UFC veteran Dave Menne will take on Omar De La Cruz and Jorge Ortiz will face Lyman Good in the welterweight semi-finals. Each winner will receive $50,000 and move to the finals where they will battle it out for the $100,000 grand prize at the Bellator World Championships.

All fighters successfully made weight for “Bellator VII” except Alonzo Martinez who came in one pound over the 156 lbs. lightweight limit. PRO MMA ( has not been notified if he was penalized for the overage. The fights take place tonight starting at 8:00 PM. Stay tuned to PRO MMA ( for the results.

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Bellator III & IV results

Hector Lombard knocked out Virgil Lazano in round 1 at "Bellator III"

The Bellator Fighting Championship 2009 season consists of twelve weekly events, however, week three combined two events, “Bellator III” and “Bellator IV” because the promotion will be taking next week off.

“Bellator III” will air on ESPN Deportes on April 18th – 9:00PM EST and “Bellator IV” will air on ESPN Deportes on April 25th – 9:00PM EST.

The weekly tournament series will pick back up with “Bellator V” at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on May 1st and will air on ESPN Deportes on May 2nd – 9:00PM EST.

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Bellator III weigh-in results

Dave Menne will fight Norman Paraisy at Bellator III

PRO MMA ( has received from the promotion the official weigh-in results for “Bellator III” which were held today.

All but one of the fighters successfully made weight. Donald Sanchez came in at one pound over the 146 lbs. limit for his Featherweight non-tournament bout with Johnny Eduardo.

The third week of the Bellator Fighting Championships inaugural 2009 season takes place tomorrow, Friday, April 17th, 2009 at the Lloyd Noble Arena at the University of Oklahoma beginning at 8:00PM. The event will air the following day on ESPN Deportes.

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Bellator III takes place April 17th in Oklahoma

The third week of the BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS’ inaugural 2009 season takes place this Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Lloyd Noble Center at the University of Oklahoma beginning at 8:00PM. The event will air the following day on ESPN Deportes.

The card will feature four middleweight (185 lbs.) tournament bouts, one welterweight (170 lbs.) tournament bout, and four non-tournament bouts.

Former UFC fighter and longtime MMA veteran, Dave Menne (42-15-2), will make his Bellator debut against Norman Paraisy (5-0) in the lone welterweight bout.

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Bellator Fighting Championship invades Midwest

Hector Lombard will fight Virgil Lazano at Bellator III

As we announced previously BELLATOR II is set for Friday, April 10th, in Connecticut. PRO MMA ( learned today from Bellator officials that their third event, next week, will take place at the University of Oklahoma at Norman on April 17th. The event will be held at the home of the Oklahoma Sooners, the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Bellator Fighting Championship 2009 tournament season takes place on each Friday for twelve consecutive weeks. The April 17th show will be their third fight card and will air on ESPN Deportes on Saturday, April 18th.

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Year one with Ryan Bastianelli: PRO MMA exclusive

On an overcast morning in Concord, California, Ryan Bastianelli paces back and forth trying to warm up in the chilly December weather. He stops for a minute to take a sip from his protein shake while standing out in front of Combat Fitness.

“Relentless” Ryan has honed his craft at the northern California gym, helping him break into the world of professional MMA in 2008.

The 135 pounder hopes the impending new year will present challenging opportunities in his young career. While ’08 marked his first year as a professional, ’09 could be the year in which the Oklahoma native starts to make a name for himself in the Bantamweight division.

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