Bellator Report: UFC Hall of Famer signs; Women’s Featherweight division bolstered

Former Strikeforce founder and CEO Scott Coker appears to be very comfortable in his new role as Bellator President. This week, like every week since he’s taken over for former Bellator President Bjorn Rebney, has been that of the headline grabbing variety. Probably the most newsworthy event of the week for Bellator was the signing of UFC Hall of Famer Stephan Bonnar. Bonnar had...
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13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bellator Adds Italian Featherweight Annalisa Bucci To Expanding Women’s Division

Bellator Adds Italian Featherweight Annalisa Bucci To Expanding Women’s Division#6 Ranked Featherweight Makes North American Debut This YearNewport Beach, Calif. (August 27, 2014) – The roster additions continue for Bellator as the promotion has added the #6 ranked featherweight in the world as Annalisa Bucci (7-3) has joined Bellator and will compete in the United States for...
Via MMAInsider
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bellator MMA: Annalisa Bucci Added WMMA

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 27, 2014) – The roster additions continue for Bellator as the promotion has added the #6 ranked featherweight in the world as Annalisa Bucci (7-3) has joined Bellator and will compete in the United States for the first time in her career. “I feel extremely honored, excited and thankful to be part of the first group of females, fighting for Scott...
Via BadCulture
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Stephan Bonnar Out of Retirement, Fighting in Bellator

After retiring two years following a crushing at the hands of Anderson Silva, Stephan Bonnar (15-8) is coming out of retirement.  But the UFC Hall of Famer is fighting with the promotion and is instead joining Bellator where he has signed a multi-fight agreement and could also be a commentator for the company. And Bonnar is already calling out the guy he wants to fight: Tito Ortiz...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

UFC Hall of Famer Signs with Bellator

UFC Hall of Famer and Ultimate Fighter Season One alum Stephan Bonnar has signed a multi fight deal with Bellator MMA. Company officials informed media outlets of the signing Wednesday morning. Bonnar last competed in the UFC back in 2012 after he suffered a TKO loss to Anderson Silva in Brazil. Bonner tested positive for a banned substance after the fight and was suspend for a year...
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Five Reasons Eddie Alvarez Will Crash & Burn In The UFC

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) made a big splash this week by signing former Bellator MMA 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez. Newly signed Bellator president Scott Coker granted Alvarez an unconditional release from his contract, which still had one fight left on it. After a heated legal dispute that kept Alvarez out of action for the majority of 2013, Coker decided enough...
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Bellator: Nogueira Added To Women’s Division

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 21, 2014) – Just days after Bellator President Scott Coker reinstated the women’s division to Bellator by bringing in top featherweights Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, Bellator has a new addition to the roster as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Talita Nogueira (6-0) has joined the promotion. Currently ranked in the Top 10 Featherweight rankings, the multiple...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Eddie Alvarez perfect fit for UFC’s lightweight division

After having his first attempt to join the UFC derailed by a highly-publicized contract dispute with Bellator and former CEO Bjorn Rebney in 2012, there was no question that Eddie Alvarez would one day fight on the sport’s biggest stage against the top 155-pounders on the planet. But on Tuesday, over two years of seemingly endless speculation no longer mattered the moment ESPN...
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Eddie Alvarez signs with the UFC after being released by Bellator, gets Cerrone for company debut

Earlier today, in a statement released from Bellator’s Newport Beach headquarters, President Scott Coker released Eddie Alvarez from his Bellator contract. Alvarez had been in a major public battle with Bellator during the Bjorn Rebney administration and was more or less forced to sign and continue with the company or else he would’ve lost some of the most important years of...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator Finally Releases Eddie Alvarez

The long winding run of Eddie Alvarez in Bellator is finally over. originally reported that Bellator gave its current lightweight champion his unconditional release from the organization. “We’ve granted Eddie his unconditional release” stated Bellator president Scott Coker in a press release. “Eddie is free to explore the free agent market, we hold no matching rights...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator: Eddie Alvarez Released

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 19, 2014) – Bellator President Scott Coker has released a statement regarding Eddie Alvarez: “We’ve granted Eddie his unconditional release. Eddie is free to explore the free agent market, we hold no matching rights, and we wish him the best in the future. We sat down with Eddie and his team a few times, and it became pretty clear early on that...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker Plans to Make Bellator into Top MMA Company

Scott Coker turned Strikeforce into such a dynamic MMA company that the UFC was forced to buy it to keep it from becoming a true challenger. Now Coker takes over as the President of Bellator MMA and he looks to build a brand similar to what he had at Strikeforce, if not bigger. Before Bellator can reache those heights Coker must undo some of the unorthodox moves Bellator has made...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator To Switch To Monthly Events In 2015

Bellator’s new CEO Scott Coker has already abolished the promotion’s tournament format and he’s now revealed that weekly events will also become a thing of the past in 2015. In recent times Bellator’s seasons have been made up of 12 weekly shows, putting on two seasons a year along with three ‘summer series’ shows for a total of 26 events. However, starting in January...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator moving to monthly shows in 2015

For the last several years Bellator MMA has been putting on weekly events during their season featuring a number of tournaments in separate weight classes. When Scott Coker took over as the President of the company back in June, fans knew that there would be sweeping changes made to the event structure of the organization. Today, those changes were officially announced as Coker told...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator gets back into the WMMA game (Press Release)

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 14, 2014) – Bellator MMA has reestablished the women’s division with two of MMA’s top featherweights leading the forefront. Finding previous success in the female MMA game, Bellator President Scott Coker has added Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd to the roster to start the next era of the Bellator women’s division. “We’re incredibly excited...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator MMA Brings Back Women’s MMA, Makes First Fight

In a press release to the media early Thursday, Bellator MMA announced that is bringing back women’s MMA and it will at the 145 pound featherweight division. The first two women brought in are former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen and top ranked featherweight Julia Budd. They will fight each other later this year at a card yet to be announced. Bellator...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator MMA: Women’s Division Relaunched

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 14, 2014) – Bellator MMA has reestablished the women’s division with two of MMA’s top featherweights leading the forefront. Finding previous success in the female MMA game, Bellator President Scott Coker has added Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd to the roster to start the next era of the Bellator women’s division. “We’re incredibly excited...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator MMA Brings Back the Ladies, Signs Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd

Exactly one year and one day ago, former Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney erased all women from his roster. On Thursday, Bellator’s new head honcho brought the ladies back. Scott Coker has signed featherweights Marloes Coenen (pictured) and Julia Budd to kickstart Bellator’s women’s division. “We’re incredibly excited to bring in two of the best athletes competing in our...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Undercard Supercast for 8/12/14

On this installment of the Undercard Supercast, we talk about the breaking news of Jon Jones’s injury and fight postponement, the domino effect on the other cards, Scott Coker’s Strikeforce-ication of Bellator, Metamoris review, preview Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card, and Ben’s absolute refusal to pronounce Weird Al Yankovic’s name correctly. The Undercard Supercast tapes...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator In Preliminary Talks With Gina Carano

Everybody in the MMA world thought Gina Carano to the UFC was a lock. Let’s pump the brakes just a bit. is reporting that Carano and Bellator are in preliminary talks for her to return to MMA with the idea of the promotion reviving the women’s division. No deal between the parties has been reached as rumors were circulating that an agreement was agreed upon. Hmm...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Promoter cuts ties with fighter linked to assault

LAS VEGAS (AP) A company that promotes mixed martial arts says it has cut ties with a fighter who police suspect of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in Las Vegas. Bellator MMA President Scott Coker said Tuesday his company is dissolving a contract with the fighter known as War Machine after hearing about a domestic violence incident that police say occurred on Friday. Police say they...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gina Carano Rumored to Sign with Bellator MMA

There is a big rumor swirling around the world of MMA today. Bellator MMA is expected to make a big announcement later today and the word on the street is that Scott Coker will announce the return to Gina Carano to MMA.      Related StoriesJon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Delayed Until UFC 182 
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

MMA Fighter Released Amid Domestic Violence Allegations

War Machine and girlfriend Christy Mack Bellator has released welterweight, War Machine, after reports that the MMA fighter is the primary suspect in a Las Vegas altercation that has left two people hospitalized including one person identified as the suspects “significant other.” “We have a zero tolerance policy at Bellator when it relates to any form of domestic violence...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Bellator Releases War Machine Due To Alleged Domestic Battery

Late Friday night, Bellator announced that they were releasing welterweight War Machine (real name Jon Koppenhaver). The reason of the release is due to an alleged domestic battery incident involving Koppenhaver, his girlfriend, porn star Christy Mack and another person. Bellator president Scott Coker sent out a press release confirming the release. “We have a zero tolerance policy...
Via Between The Ropes
20 days ago  |  Discuss

War Machine Suspect In Alleged Assault Of Girlfriend Christy Mack

Troubled MMA fighter ‘War Machine‘ is currently wanted by Las Vegas as the prime suspect in a serious assault involving three people that occurred on Friday morning. One of the victims is alleged to be his girlfriend, high-profile porn star Christy Mack who was hospitalized as a result of the incident, while the other injured party has not yet been identified but is also believed...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss
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