9-1 featherweight Wilson Reis returning to Bellator Fighting Championships for Season 2 tournament

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 8, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that 9-1 featherweight standout Wilson Reis will return for Bellator’s Season 2 featherweight tournament looking to avenge his Season 1 loss to Bellator Champion  Joe Soto. The 25-year-old Reis is a back belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and, in 2008, took home the first-ever EliteXC … Read more

Bellator Fighting Championships and The Cordish Company form strategic venue partnership

Agreement brings 4 nationally televised Bellator events to Kansas City Power & Light District CHICAGO (February 4, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships — a first-of-its-kind mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion airing on FOX Sports Net, NBC and Telemundo — has finalized a groundbreaking agreement to bring four of its high-energy, nationally televised MMA events to … Read more

Former Olympian, Judo master Ferrid Kheder signs with Bellator

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CHICAGO, Ill. (January 21, 2010) Bellator Fighting Championships put yet another piece in place for its second season today with the announcement that Judo master and former Olympian Ferrid “Hurricane” Kheder will compete in the promotion’s upcoming lightweight tournament.

Kheder, who placed seventh in the Judo competition at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, has quickly compiled a solid 16-5 MMA record since giving up Judo to fight full-time in the cage just three years ago. His transition to MMA was put into overdrive in 2008 when he began training under the famed Shawn Tompkins. Since the two teamed up, Kheder has won 11 of his 12 fights.

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Undefeated Canadian Featherweight William Romero signs exclusive agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships

CHICAGO, Ill. (January 7, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships announced yet another major offseason addition on Thursday with the signing of undefeated featherweight William Romero.

Romero, 27, one of Canada’s most talked-about young mixed martial artists, boasts an unblemished pro MMA record of 5-0. He was recently touted by MMAcanada.net – one of that country’s top MMA news sources – as “the real deal.” His most recent fight ended by KO after just 17 seconds.

“MMA fans north of the border know the name William Romero and now fans in the U.S. are going to have the chance to know it too,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We are excited to welcome him to our organization.”

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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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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

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 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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