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Ronnie Mann vs Josh Arocho Targeted for Bellator 40

MMA Junkie Reports:

Ronnie Mann

– 18-2-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Douglas Evans, Shigeki Osawa, Tetsuya Yamada

Josh Arocho

– 6-9-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– Lost 3 of last 4 Fights

– Notable Wins: Luke Caudillo


Less than a week after signing former Sengoku featherweight contender Ronnie Mann, he is booked for Bellator 40 against Josh Arocho. The event takes place April 9th at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma. A non-title “super-fight” between welterweight champion, Ben Askren and Nick “The Goat” Thompson headlines the evening.

Ronnie Mann has won seven of his last eight fights with his only loss being a submission defeat to the #2 featherweight in the world, Hatsu Hioki back at Sengoku: Eighth Battle in May of 2009. Most recently, Mann defeated Douglas Evans to become the new Shark Fights featherweight champion. Ten of his eighteen wins have come by way of submission.

Josh Arocho, veteran of 15 professional fights, has had mixed results inside the cage. The biggest win of his career was in April of 2009 when he defeated UFC veteran Luke Caudillo in the second round with a rear naked choke. Arocho has since loss four of his last six fights, including losses to Bellator veteran Eric Marriott and prospect Justin Salas.

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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Bellator, News


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Bellator’s 170-Pound Champ, Ben Askren Meets Nick Thompson in a Non-Title Affair at Bellator 40

MMA Junkie Reports:

Ben Askren

7-0-0 MMA/ 4-0 Bellator Record

– 1 TKO, 3 Sub, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Ryan Thomas (x2), Dan Hornbuckle, Lyman Good

Nick Thompson

– 38-13-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– 3 Fight Losing Streak

– Notable Wins: Paul Daley, Eddie Alvarez, Chris Wilson


Bellator’s newly-crowned welterweight champion, Ben Askren will met Nick ‘The Goat’ Thompson in a non-title bout at Bellator 40. The event is expected to take place on April 9th at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

Ben Askren’s road to the title started during season two’s welterweight tournament, running through Ryan Thomas twice then Dan Hornbuckle in the finals to earn a shot at Lyman Good the next year. He made the most of his opportunity, earning a one-sided unanimous decision over Good in October of last year.

Nick Thompson has seen better times in his long MMA career, currently on a three-fight losing streak. He last suffered a vicious knockout loss against Taisuke Okuno at Sengoku Raiden Championships 14 last August. Thompson’s last victory came in February of 2009, when he defeated current Strikeforce title contender, Paul Daley by unanimous decision at Maximum Fighting Championships 20.

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Posted by on February 18, 2011 in Bellator, News


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