#UFC Fight Night 126 #Donald Cerrone #Yancy Medeiros #Derrick Lewis #Marcin Tybura #UFC Fight Night 57 #Sage Northcutt #Curtis Millender #Thiago Alves #James Vick #Francisco Trinaldo #Sarah Moras

Bellator 182's Colleen Schneider will call out Ilima-Lei MacFarlane – with cameras rolling this time


Colleen Schneider was signed to Bellator on the promise of her potential in the women’s flyweight division.

At bantamweight, she’d stumbled, losing to several seasoned veterans. But 10 pounds lighter, she’d seen impressive runs in the cage.

The stage was set for Schneider to show her abilities at Bellator 170, the Viacom-owned promotion’s first “tentpole” event of this year featuring a grudge match between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen. And she did show off, despite multiple opponents withdrawing prior to the event, submitting Chrissie Daniels with an anaconda choke in the first round.

Only no cameras filmed it.

“Literally, right as I was ready to walk out for the prelims, they told me I’d be fighting in post-lims,” Scheinder (11-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), who next faces Kate Jackson (8-2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 182, told MMAjunkie. “I’d done an entire warmup and had to sit for a couple hours.”

A victim of the promotion’s dubious policy of relegating local fighters to the non-televised backend of televised events, Scheinder, who’s faced UFC vets Tonya Evinger and Irena Aldana, fought in a vacuum. Many of the media members in attendance for the fights didn’t see her win, having already walked backstage for the post-fight press conference.

It wasn’t a wash, but it was pretty close.

“It did something for me in the sense that I went out there and fought well and won my first fight for Bellator, but it could have been a lot better than it was – a lot more useful than it was,” she said.

Although Schneider won her first bout, her second basically serves as a do-over. She’ll emerge with footage the promotion can use to promote her – if they so choose. After the first outing, she rightfully has concerns.

“I would love to fight one of the established flyweights in Bellator,” she said. “I think that gives me more leverage in the organization. So the fact that they’re having me fight someone they just signed, I don’t think it is the strongest thing as far as where it could put me in title contention.”

But then again, Schneider is there to build up her resume. The Bellator flyweight division is relatively thin, with only a few clear contenders for the belt, which has yet to be put up for grabs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, with an undefeated record and five wins under the promotional banner, is the front-runner.

Schneider plans to call her out after her fight on the MMAjunkie-streamed prelims Friday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y.

“After I go out there and beat Kate, I’ll call for that,” she said. “That’s who I’d love to fight next.”

It seems unlikely a 2-0 run would warrant a title shot, but with another impressive performance, it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Schneider certainly plans to do everything in her power to finish Jackson early when they meet.

She just needs the camera turned on this time.

“I think I’d be a good champion for them if it went down that road, but all I can do it go out there and put on the best fights I can,” Schneider said. “It’s a cliche, but ultimately, it’s up to (Bellator executives) Scott Coker and Rich Chou to decide.”

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Bellator 192 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

  • 29 days ago
  • 354 views

See how the winning and losing fighters from Bellator 192 reacted on social media outlets such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. read news >>

Bellator grand prix is officially underway, but the road could now get bumpy

  • 28 days ago
  • 44 views

It was a classic understatement from one of the fight game’s classically understated promoters: “As you know, things can happen in a tournament.” read news >>

Bellator 192 Fight Highlights: Chael Sonnen Overcomes 31 Pounds to Topple Rampage | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 117 views

Check out the full Bellator 192: Rampage vs. Sonnen fight highlights from Saturday night's event. read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir tournament fight official for Bellator's return to Chicago in April

  • 28 days ago
  • 48 views

Bellator will return to Chicago in April, and two of the sport’s all-time elite heavyweights will meet in an opening-round tourney matchup. read news >>

Fedor vs. Mir Headlines Bellator's Next Chicago Event | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 31 views

A Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir headlines the promotion's return to Chicago. read news >>

Henry Corrales credits move to The MMA Lab for streak that continued at Bellator 192

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

Henry Corrales credits his move to The MMA Lab in Phoenix for his current three-fight winning streak in Bellator’s featherweight division. read news >>

What was that Grotesque Growth on Rory MacDonald's Shin? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 255 views

Just what the heck was that thing popping out of Rory MacDonald's shin at Bellator 192? read news >>

Scott Coker on Cris Cyborg's attendance at Bellator 192: Nothing to see here

  • 28 days ago
  • 25 views

UFC champ Cris Cyborg was at Bellator 192 on Saturday night, but despite a pithy comment it was nothing to do with changing teams. read news >>

Bellator 193 main-event breakdown: Will Lorenz Larkin's struggles continue?

  • 27 days ago
  • 7 views

MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of the Bellator 193 main event. read news >>

Heather Hardy vs. Ana Julaton official for Bellator 194 – and future boxing match

  • 27 days ago
  • 39 views

They started talking it up this past fall, and now Heather Hardy and Ana Julaton will settle things in the cage ... and the ring. read news >>