Sherdog.com on Thursday confirmed with New Jersey State Athletic Control Board official Nick Lembo that Bellator has applied for the aforementioned date and venue, and additional sources close to the event suggested that the show will mark the Viacom-owned promotion’s debut on Spike TV. MMAJunkie.com first reported the development.
While no bouts have been officially announced for the Season 8 premiere, the show is expected to lead off with the winners of Spike TV’s “Vote for the Fight” fan poll, in which Douglas Lima, Ben Saunders, War Machine and Paul Daley are all participating. Fans vote for which two men they would like to see square off, and the matchup garnering the most votes will then be made.
The event will be overseen by referees Dan Miragliotta, Kevin Mulhall and Keith Petersen, while Eric Colon, Henry Krawiec, Carlos Rodriguez, Dave Tirelli, Tony Tamburrino and Cardo Urso will serve as cage-side judges. Additionally, recently retired UFC middleweight and New Jersey native Tom DeBlass will assume the role of a shadow judge.
Bellator is currently winding down its seventh season, which airs Fridays on MTV2. The organization is holding tournaments in four different weight categories this season and will return this Friday with the lightweight semifinals at Bellator 81. That event takes place at the Ryan Center in Kingston, R.I., and will see WEC veteran Dave Jansen lock horns with Brazilian talent Ricardo Tirloni, while former UFC competitor Rich Clementi faces Polish prospect Marcin Held.view original article >>
Bellator fans around the world, say goodbye to preliminary-card tape delay.Filed under: Bellator, Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News read news >>
Champ Ryan Bader using Linton Vassell’s talk as fuel for his performance in the Bellator 186 main event.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News, Videos read news >>
Surging Bellator fighter Jordan Young isn’t resting on his success at middleweight. He’s moving up to 205 pounds.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>
Ed Ruth (3-0) takes on his most experienced opponent yet when he faces Chris Dempsey (11-5) in a Bellator 186 main card 185-pound bout. read news >>
Make your picks for the five-fight main card of Bellator 186, which has two title fights Friday in Pennsylvania.Filed under: Bellator, Featured, News read news >>
For the first time, Bellator brings a show to “Happy Valley” this week and the campus of Penn State University.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
Ilima Macfarlane is in a position she never really expected to be in this week – but she’s certainly not going to complain about it.Filed under: News read news >>
Check out all the facts, figures and footnotes about Bellator 186, which features a Ryan Bader vs. Linton Vassell main event title fight.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET with guest Ilima MacFarlane.Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos read news >>
Logan Storley (6-0) will face his toughest challenge yet when he takes on veteran Matt Secor (9-4) in a Bellator 186 preliminary 170-pound bout on Friday. read news >>