UPDATE: Venue change for Bellator 26 official weigh-in/pre-fight press conference still scheduled for 8 p.m. CT tonight

The weigh-in and pre-fight press conference for Bellator 26 at the Kansas City Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City will take place TONIGHT at 8 p.m. CT at the Marriott KJackC Downtown.

Kansas City open-tryout winner Tyler Stinson gets second shot at glory at Bellator 26 in Kansas City, MO. on Aug. 26th

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 24, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that top welterweight prospect Tyler Stinson will have a second shot at Bellator tournament action this Thursday night, officially replacing a non-medically cleared Rory Markham.  Stinson will take on Iraq War Veteran Steve Carl in a Season 4 Welterweight Tournament qualifier at Bellator 26, … Read more

Steve Carl vs. Rory Markham official for Bellator 26 in Kansas City on Aug. 26th

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 17, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced that Bellator Season 2 welterweight semi-finalist Steve Carl (10-2-0) will take on fellow Iowa-native, hard-hitting UFC veteran Rory Markham (16-6-0) at Bellator 26 taking place at the Kansas City Power & Light District on Aug. 26th. Carl is coming off of a loss to … Read more

Bellator 19 results and play-by-play

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – ProMMAnow.com is on the scene at the Verizon Theatre this evening for the semi-final round of Bellator Fighting Championships‘ season two welterweight tournament featuring Ben Askren vs. Ryan Thomas and Dan Hornbuckle vs. Steve Carl. The main event will feature a non-title fight between Bellator’s featherweight champion Joe Soto against submission … Read more

Askren on Thomas: “I’m gonna put him to sleep”

Former U.S. Olympian sets the stage for Bellator 19 rematch this Thursday night in Dallas GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (May 17, 2010) —  The ongoing war of words between Bellator Welterweight Tournament semifinalists Ben Askren and Ryan Thomas continued on Monday with Askren predicting that their much-anticipated rematch this Thursday night at Bellator 19 will end … Read more

Bellator 15 weigh-in results and photos

Bellator 15 takes place Thursday, April 22, at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., and will air live on FOX Sports Net.  In preparation for the event, the 16 fighters weighed in earlier today. The main event features a welterweight tournament match-up between Dan Hornbuckle (19-3) and Tyler Stinson (16-5), the winner of Bellator’s recent … Read more

Bellator Fighting Championships announces welterweight tournament matchups

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 26, 2010) – With its Season 2 kickoff now less than six weeks away, Bellator Fighting Championships today revealed the Round 1 matchups for its much-anticipated, nationally-televised welterweight tournament. The four first-round fights will take place as part of Bellator XIV on April 15th and Bellator XV on April 22nd. Bellator XIV … Read more

Bellator finalizes welterweight tournament roster with Brett Cooper and Ryan Thomas

CHICAGO, Ill. (February 24, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships put the final pieces in place for its much-anticipated Season 2 welterweight tournament today with the signings of knockout artist Brett Cooper (12-5) and UFC veteran Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas (10-3). Cooper and Thomas are the seventh and eighth confirmed participants in Bellator’s eight-man 170 … Read more

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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