Among the releases are past tournament winners, alongside a former light heavyweight champion, as the promotion looks to expand its roster in a new direction and make room for a couple of recognizable names (like this one).
The Scott Coker era is officially underway.
Bellator MMA is trimming its roster as it pushes forward in a new direction, recently cutting 13 fighters, according to a report by MMA Fighting.
Among those on the chopping block are former Bellator light heavyweight champion Attil read news >>
Bellator MMA has trimmed its roster by 13 fighters. read news >>
Thirteen fighters, including former champion Attila Vegh, Des Green, and season 7 tournament winner Shahbulat Shamhalaev, have been released from Bellator. Following the reinstated women's division that was announced last week, Bellator MMA continued its organizational restructuring on Tuesday afternoon when it was revealed that thirteen more fighters had been released from the promotion.
Bellator officials confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com.
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The UFC released a statement on Tuesday morning which stated that President Dana White apologized to judge Hughes following an internal review that found a “breach of independent regulatory protocol.’
On Saturday night, UFC President Dana White removed one of the UFC Fight Night: Macau judges, Howard Hughes, from cageside and had him replaced after White suggested that he was incompetent and incapable of fulfilling his duties as an official.
It would later be determined that White had commit a g read news >>
As the Bellator management slowly implements their vision for the organization, incremental changes are taking place. The most recent is the release of thirteen fighters, including a former champion and several tournament champions. The news was confirmed to MMA Fighting by Bellator officials.
While most of the names involve fighters who had limited, largely unsuccessful runs in Bellator, the list crosses into fighters considered to be Bellator staples.
The official list of released fighters is read news >>
Bellator has released Phil Baroni after one bout with the promotion. read news >>
Phil Baroni's run in Bellator has quickly come to an end.
According to sources close to the promotion, Bellator recently released Baroni after losing via first-round TKO to Karo Parisyan in his promotional debut last month.
Baroni initially announced the news via his Twitter account, however, he has since deleted those tweets. He did some Twitter venting though, which appears to be tied to the news: 14months I sat.Did my own rehab.Learned 2walk,again.No income no help.Worked as mover.Limping.hur read news >>
Bellator MMA on Tuesday released Eddie Alvarez from any contractual obligations to the fight promotion, making him the second Bellator champion in the past year to walk away. read news >>
It was a long time coming, but according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, Bellator has released Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez from his contract, making him a free agent.
Scott Coker confirmed the story with ESPN Tuesday afternoon, which is huge for the free-agent market.
Alvarez, who famously had a huge legal battle with Bellator, returned to the company after a long litigation with former boss Bjorn Rebney and the company. He eventually returned to the company for a rematch with Mich read news >>
The saga is over between Bellator and Eddie Alvarez, who is now a free agent as of today.
The wheels are set in motion now for Eddie Alvarez to finally become a UFC fighter. As reported by ESPN's Brett Okamoto, the disgruntled Bellator lightweight champion was granted his unconditional release today, thereby making him a free agent. "We granted Eddie his unconditional release this morning," Coker told ESPN.com. "Eddie is free to explore the free agent market. We wish him the best in the future." read news >>
Just a day after new Bellator MMA President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie that the promotion was in talks with its lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez has been released.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>