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Michael Chandler Signs Multi-Year Extension With Bellator

If you didn’t know already, Bellator MMA is all in with Michael Chandler (pictured). On Friday, the promotion announced they have inked their former lightweight champion to a multi-year contract extension. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Michael Chandler is synonymous with our brand and doubles as an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,...
Via 5thRound.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bellator Tempts Chris Leben Out Of Retirement

UFC veteran middleweight Chris Leben has emerged from retirement at the age of 35 to sign for the Bellator promotion. Bellator boss Scott Coker announced the news last night during the ‘Inside MMA’ show on AXS TV after a busy week in which they also added former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson and veteran heavyweight […]
Via Fight Of The Night
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dana White And Scott Coker React To Ben Henderson Signing For Bellator

After yesterday’s major news that former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson had agreed a deal with Belator, both his old boss Dana White and new boss Scott Coker gave their immediate reactions to the signing. Needless to say Bellator boss Coker was elated to be able to talk about capturing the signaturing of what he […]
Via Fight Of The Night
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agent Benson Henderson Signs With Bellator MMA

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (pictured) was inside the octagon this past Saturday as he celebrated teammate Bryan Barberena derailing Sage Northcutt’s hype train at UFC on FOX 18. Bellator president Scott Coker must have watched with a smile on his face knowing that was likely the last time Henderson would set foot inside the UFC’s cage. On Monday, Coker...
Via 5thRound.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Coker Confirms Bellator’s Interest In Ben Henderson

Bellator has emerged as the latest high profile organization to show an interest in signing former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson after he revealed after the final fight of his current deal that he was interested in testing his worth on the open market. “I think that my guys have reached out just to see […]
Via Fight Of The Night
December 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator 144: Carvalho Claims Vacated Middleweight Title

Rafael Carvalho (12-1) won the title vacated by  Brandon Halsey (9-1) after missing weight in his last appearance, finishing the former undefeated fighter during an enthralling middleweight encounter in the main event of ”Bellator 144: Halsey vs. Carvalho.”   Carvalho had the belt wrapped around his waist by Bellator MMA President Scott Coker after sending Halsey to the mat...
Via BadCulture
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Coker Bellator Dynamite! Post-Fight Interview

Bellator CEO Scott Coker was the mastermind behind this past weekend’s Dynamite! show on Spike TV and below you can watch his post-fight reaction to the hybrid MMA and kickboxing event. —
Via Fight Of The Night
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Rib Injury Ruled King Mo Out Of Bellator Dynamite! Tournament Final

Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal claimed a convincing two-round decision victory over Linton Vassell last night in the semi-final of the Bellator Dynamite! light-heavyweight tournament which booked up a place in the final later that night against the winner of the other bracket, Phil Davis. Unfortunately ‘King Mo’ didn’t show up in the cage for the co-main event of the evening...
Via Fight Of The Night
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Fedor to fight on SPIKE TV on New Year’s Eve

San Jose, CA, September 19, 2015 – SPIKE TV will celebrate New Year’s Eve with an MMA mega-event featuring mixed martial arts worldwide legend Fedor Emelianenko.  Emanating from Tokyo, Japan, the event marks the debut of a new global MMA promotion run by former PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara.  Bellator will partner with Mr. Sakakibara on the MMA extravaganza and will...
Via Fight Booth
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Fedor Emelianenko Spurs UFC Again, Returns To Japan With Bellator

Oh, Scott Coker. You sly devil, you. The Bellator MMA president previously stated they were not in the running to sign free agent Fedor Emelianenko (pictured), but the UFC’s biggest rival was in fact in the mix to land the most decorated heavyweight in MMA history.During Saturday’s “Bellator 142: Dynamite 1″ event, former PRIDE FC president Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced Emelianenko...
Via 5thRound.com
September 20, 2015  |  Discuss

‘Bellator MMA Dynamite 1’ light heavyweight tournament prediction and preview

Bellator and Glory will bring a high octane blend of mixed martial arts and kickboxing to the west coast tomorrow and with 21 fights on the docket, Bellator President Scott Coker will be under the microscope as his unique vision unfolds in real-time inside of San Diego’s SAP Center. Coker has constructed an event, a homage of sorts to K-1 & DREAM, that is unprecedented when...
Via Fight Booth
September 18, 2015  |  Discuss

MMA Video Round Up: Rousey visits JRE, Conor blasts everyone, Coker talks Fedor

Ronda Rousey and her head coach Edmond Tarverdyan stopped by Talking Monkey Studios recently to discuss a variety of subjects on the 690th episode of the Joe Rogan Experience. Check it out below. Conor McGregor fulfilled his media obligations yesterday in Los Angeles ahead of the TUF 22 premiere answering question from various media members for about an hour on a Wednesday afternoon...
Via Fight Booth
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator 141 Highlight: Marloes Coenen scores 17th career submission victory

Since making her professional mixed martial arts debut back in 2000, 29-fight veteran Marloes Coenen (23-6) has played a big part in helping bring women to the forefront of the sport. Last night, Coenen kicked off the Bellator 141 main card festivities on SPIKE TV with a slick armbar finish of Arlene Blencowe (6-5). It was the 17th submission victory of her storied career. Check...
Via Fight Booth
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator Rule Out Signing Fedor Emelianenko For Now

When word first emerged that heavyweight star Fedor Emelianenko was coming out of retirement it appeared like it was going to be a battle between the UFC and Bellator to capture his signature, but it turns out that’s not the case. Bellator CEO Scott Coker knows Fedor well due to having previously signed him for Strikeforce, but in a new interview he claims that he’s not in a...
Via Fight Of The Night
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Sean Grande to replace Sean Wheelock as Bellator MMA commentator

Multiple sources have confirmed to Awful Announcing that Bellator MMA is making their first change in the broadcast booth since 2010. Long-time play by play commentator Sean Wheelock will be leaving Bellator and is being replaced by Sean Grande, the radio voice of the Boston Celtics. Wheelock had worked alongside Jimmy Smith in Bellator since their 13th show, which took place in...
Via Awful Announcing
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator 141 To Include One Night 205lb Tourney Plus GLORY Kickboxing Bouts

Bellator CEO Scott Coker has announced that the promotion will be joining forces with kickboxing organization GLORY for a hybrid show at Bellator 141 on September 19th in San Jose. The intriguing line-up will be headlined by a light-heavyweight title fight between current champion Liam McGeary and Tito Ortiz. Beneath that will be a one-night 205lb tournament to establish a new title...
Via Fight Of The Night
June 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator Announces Blockbuster ‘Dynamite’ Event On September 19

Bellator MMA will be hosting arguably the biggest show in company history in just a few hours, but that didn’t stop the UFC’s biggest rival from announcing a blockbuster show on September 19. During Friday’s conference call, Bellator president Scott Coker revealed they will hold a three-tier event inside SAP Center in San Jose, California entitled “Dynamite.” The extravaganza...
Via 5thRound.com
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Sponsorships Factor Into Ed Ruth Picking Bellator Over UFC

Ed Ruth (pictured), one of the hottest free agent prospects in MMA, has just started a trend that many will likely follow. On Monday, Ruth inked a multi-fight contract to join Bellator MMA. The decorated collegiate wrestler will first focus on the the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio before jumping into the cage. Although Ruth was recruited by a number of promotions, including industry...
Via 5thRound.com
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Coker Says Bellator’s Phone Has Been Ringing Since UFC’s Reebok Deal

Many UFC fighters appear to be somewhat disgruntled with the UFC’s new Reebok uniform sponsorship deal as they believe it’s going to leave them worse off financially, and that’s lead to talk that rival promotion Bellator many now become a more attractive proposition for those looking to maximize their earnings. According to Bellator CEO Scott Coker in a new interview with MMAfighting...
Via Fight Of The Night
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Three-time wrestling champ Ed Ruth makes move to MMA

One of the top collegiate wrestlers is making the move to mixed martial arts. Penn State Nittany Lions standout Ed Ruth, a three-time national champion, has never hid his desire to make a run in MMA after his wrestling career, and on Monday it was reported that Ruth has signed with Bellator. “I’ve known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going...
Via Campus Sports Net
May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Pulled From UFC 186 After Bellator Granted Injunction

While the UFC and former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (pictured) took the business as usual approach after Bellator MMA filed a lawsuit in Superior Court of New Jersey last month to prevent Jackson from competing at UFC 186, as expected, Jackson will be pulled from the April 25 lineup after Bellator was awarded an injunction Tuesday by judge Karen L....
Via 5thRound.com
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyson Fury Head To MMA ? Say It Ain’t So

Could a big name in boxing be coming to MMA? Reports are surfacing that heavyweight contender Tyson Fury could be.   In a recent interview, Bellator MMA President Scott Coker stated there had been talks over the past few weeks with Fury’s camp.   For the past few years, Fury has been very outspoken with his dislike for MMA by belittling the sport and promising to knockout participants...
Via BadCulture
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Bellator Champ Alexander Shlemenko Tests Positive For Testosterone

See, UFC fighters aren’t the only MMA athletes taking performance-enhancing drugs. On Monday, it was revealed former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (pictured) tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone following his February 13 win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133. MMAJunkie.com confirmed he news with the California State Athletic Commission, who...
Via 5thRound.com
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator’s Alexander Shlemenko Suspended Following Failed Drug Test

Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko has been suspended from MMA competition after he failed a drug test following his most recent fight for the promotion on February 13th. Shlemenko brutally knocked out Melvin Manhoef with a trademark spinning backfist at the event, but later tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. As such the result of the fight...
Via Fight Of The Night
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Bellator MMA Signs Roberta Paim, Alexis Dufresne

Bellator continues to build its women’s division with three new signings today. “Bellator MMA remains committed to developing the top women’s featherweight division in mixed martial arts, and the latest additions to the company’s roster include Roberta “Crusher” Paim (4-0), Alexis “Sneaky Zebra” Dufresne (5-2) and Iony Razafiarison (2-0).” Said Bellator in their...
Via BadCulture
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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