It’s a new era for Bellator, and Douglas Lima is anxious to enter the cage as the welterweight champion.
The Brazilian striker, who won the vacant 170-pound title with a second-round victory over Rick Hawn in April, told MMAFighting.com he plans to return in action in October against the winner of Andrey Koreshkov vs. Adam McDonough tournament final, set to headline the Bellator 122 card on July 25.
"My next opponent will be the winner of this fight, and I think it’s going to be a good fight," L more
The Scott Coker affect is in full effect.
"No" UFC? No problem.
After competing overseas for the last two years, Paul Daley will make his way back stateside later this year, as "Semtex" announced on "The MMA Hour" earlier today (July 21, 2014) that he has inked a deal with Bellator MMA.
And it's all thanks to newly-appointed president of the Viacom-owned mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Scott Coker; a guy Daley knows very well, having competed for him four times before during his time as head more
Bellator tried to sign Jungle Fight bantamweight champion Jonas Bilharinho, but the undefeated prospect wasn’t interested in the offer.
Sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com that "Speed", who became the 135-pound champion in March with a split decision victory over previously unbeaten Mario Israel (9-1), decided to decline the offer and wait for an opportunity in the UFC.
"That’s right," Bilharinho confirmed to MMAFighting.com. "I declined (the offer) for two reasons. I have a figh more
Paul Daley might get what he was hoping for.
The British welterweight announced his new deal with Bellator on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he’s coming for the welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
"I think I'm going to get a tough first fight, beat that person, and then I think I'll be in a position to fight Douglas Lima," Daley told Ariel Helwani. "That's not contracted, that's not been discussed or anything. But the way I see it, coming back to Bellator, I think a big win over one of more
Back in the win column, The Huntington Beach Bad Boy wants more.
Tito Ortiz submitted Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko in a light heavyweight bout in May, and he’s targeting a return to the cage in November, according to his muay thai coach Rafael Cordeiro.
"He did an excellent fight against Shlemenko," Cordeiro told MMAFighting.com. "He will fight again in November. We don’t know the opponent yet, but he’s already training."
The former UFC light heavyweight champion snapped a more
A lot of fans have reason to be excited for the former Strikeforce boss's return to high level MMA promotion with Viacom's Bellator, but don't count your chickens before they hatch MMA fans. This is a murderously hard game and Coker will have to push his fighters harder than he's been willing to in the past to succeed.
Fan and fighter reaction has been overwhelmingly positive: Bjorn Rebney is being edged out of Bellator. In his stead is former Strikeforce CEO and founder Scott Coker. The reason more
Looks like the UFC may have a new title challenger in the making with the signing of hot prospect and former boxing champion Holly Holm.
I said recently that the UFC could not be satisfied with their current efforts to find top talent in the bantamweight division. They needed to reach out and sign any and every name available. Picking up solid vets as cheaply as possible, or young talent coming up through the ranks wasn't going to help them promote one of the most marketable stars in the sport r more
Will Brooks has gone from sleeping in his car to wearing Bellator gold around his waist, and he couldn't be more excited for his future in Bellator MMA. more
Paul Daley has returned to the Bellator fold. The British slugger announced his decision to ink a deal with his former home on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
Daley fought once under the Bellator banner in July 2012, knocking out Rudy Bears via first-round TKO. He was then selected in a fan vote to compete in the first ever Bellator match to be televised on Spike TV, however an injury ultimately forced his opponent, War Machine, out of the contest, and the bout was scrapped.
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