Eddie Alvarez & Toby Imada win in semi-finals, “Pee-Wee” also victorious at “Bellator V”

Eddie Alvarez defeats Eric Reynolds at "Bellator V"

“Bellator V” is in the books after a stacked card entertained fans at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio tonight. It was the semi-final round of Bellator Fighting Championshiips’ Lightweight Tournament and Eddie Alvarez and Toby Imada both won by submission in round three, not only collecting a cool $50,000 in the process, but now they go to the finals for a chance to earn the $100,000 grand prize.

In non-tournament bouts, Nashville MMA’s resident top heavyweight prospect Dave Herman destroyed his opponent Eric Reynolds via a flying knee that put him on the canvas and finished it up with punches causing the referee to stop the action at 4:46 of round 1.

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“Bellator V” weigh-in results & photos

PRO MMA (promma.info) has received the official weigh-in results for “Bellator V” which  took place today in Dayton, Ohio. The start of the semi-final tournament series begins tomorrow, May 1st at Hara Arena with the lightweights and will continue with featherweight bouts at “Bellator VI” in Corpus Christ on May 8th, and the welterweights at “Bellator VII” in Chicago on May 15th.

Fighting in the lightweight semi-finals at “Bellator V” are Eddie Alvarez (16-2) vs. Eric Reynolds (11-1) and Jorge Masvidal (17-3) vs. Toby Imada (21-11). The winner of each bout will receive $50,000 and will move on to compete in the Bellator World Championship finals in June for a shot at the $100,000 grand prize.

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“Bellator V” lightweight semi-finals take place in Dayton, Ohio on May 1

Eddie Alvarez will compete in the lightweight semi-finals at Bellator V

Bellator Fighting Championships’ twelve week tournament series arrives at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio on Friday, May 1, 2009 for “Bellator V” and as is standard procedure for each Bellator event, will air on ESPN Deportes the following day.

“Bellator V” will feature the first round of semi-finals with a $50,000 purse for each winner and will produce two lightweights to compete in the Bellator World Championship finals in June.

Bellator’s CEO Bjorn Rebney commented on the unique opportunity these fighters have, “At Bellator, each tournament fighter has their own destiny in their hands and at the Hara Arena two fighters will get the chance to advance to the Bellator Fighting Championships finals.”

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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 (promma.info) 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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Gil Melendez and Rodrigo Damm set for Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Title

Rodrigo Damm

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned from Strikeforce officials that Rodrigo Damm will step in for Strikeforce Lightweight champion Josh Thomson this Saturday against Gil “El Nino” Melendez.

Damm (8-2) comes in as a late replacement for Thomson, who broke his leg during a training session Wednesday last week.

Thomson and Melendez had been set to meet in a highly anticipated rematch following their five round bout last June.”The Punk” took the title from Melendez and the two lightweight’s had been pegged to be the co-headliner for Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz.

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Bellator I Results: Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal victorious in lightweight tournament action

Bellator Fighting Championships held their first event Friday night on ESPN Deportes, from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Bellator showcased the opening round of both the featherweight and lightweight divisions in their inaugural event.

Eddie Alvarez (16-2), widely regarded as one of the top lightweights in the world, was involved in a toe to toe brawl early, overcoming a very game Greg Loughran (18-12) by locking in a fight ending guillotine choke in the first round. Alvarez once again showed that he is not afraid to stand in the pocket and bang, and delivered another exciting victory on his way to the 2nd round of the Bellator Fighting Championships Lightweight Tournament.

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BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS premieres at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, FL April 3

Eddie Alvarez will fight at Bellator's debut event

PRO MMA (promma.info) just received the highly anticipated announcement for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP’s debut event which will feature standouts, Eddie Alvarez and Jorge Masvidal.

Los Angeles, Calif. – February 26, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships, the first mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion to secure an exclusive agreement with any member of the ESPN family of networks, announced today that its debut event will be held in the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on April 3, 2009. The event will air during prime time on April 4 on ESPN Deportes.

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