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All Four Lightweight Quarterfinal Fights Set for Bellator 36

MMA Junkie Reports:

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Patricky Freire

– 7-1-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– 3 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins:

Rob McCullough

– 19-6-0 MMA Record/ Bellator Debut

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Marcus Hicks, Rich Crunkilton, Corey Hill

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Toby Imada

– 28-15-0 MMA/ 4-2 Bellator Record

– Won 4 of last 5 Fights

– Notable Wins: Jorge Masvidal, Carey Vanier, James Krause

Ferrid Kheder

– 18-5-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– 5 Fight Wins Streak

– Notable Wins: Drew Fickett

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Carey Vanier

10-3-0 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator Record

– Won 8 of last 9 Fights

– Notable Wins: Joe Duarte, Rich Clementi

Lloyd Woodard

– 10-0-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– 2 TKO, 6 Sub, 2 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Alonzo Martinez, Ryan Healy

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Mike Chandler

– 5-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Bellator Record

– 3 TKO, 2 Sub Victory

– Notable Wins: Sal Woods, Scott Stapp, Chris Page

Marcin Held

– 10-1-0 MMA / Bellator Debut

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Jean Silva

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Bellator officials have announced all four lightweight quarterfinal match-ups that will all take place next Saturday at Bellator 36. Rob McCullough vs Patricky Freire, Toby Imada vs Ferrid Kheder, Carey Vanier vs Lloyd Woodard, and Mike Chandler vs Marcin Held will all take place on the televised main card. Bellator 36 takes place on March 12th at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Patricky Freire made his mixed martial arts debut in 2005 and started out 4-0. He then lost a technical decision to former UFC roster member Willamy Freire, and took over a two and a half year break from the sport. Freire returned to MMA in April of 2010 and has since won three straight fights, most recently a unanimous decision victory against Yure Machado at Arena Gold Fights 2 last July.

Rob McCullough has picked up two consecutive victories since being released by the WEC back in November of 2009, following a loss to Karen Darabedyan. McCullough competed twice for the California-based promotion, Tachi Palace Fights, picking up wins against Isaac de Jesus and Corey Hill.

Two-time tournament runner-up, Toby Imada will get another chance at Bellator gold this year. In season one, Imada reached the finals by defeating Alonzo Martinez and Jorge Masvidal. He won the “Submission of the Year” trophy at the World MMA Awards with his spectacular inverted-triangle choke that left Masvidal unconscious. Imada ended up losing in the finals to Eddie Alvarez by second round rear naked choke. In season two’s tournament, Imada once again reached the finals after second round submission wins against James Krause and Carey Vanier. Pat Curran got the split decision victory over Imada in the finals, contrary to many observer’s opinions.

Ferrid Kheder was expected to partake in last year’s tournament, but he suffered an injury during training and was forced to withdraw. He will make his Bellator debut carrying a five-fight win streak with him. Kheder’s last fight was troubled with controversy. After three rounds of action, Kheder was awarded a unanimous decision in a fight that most observers saw as a clear-cut victory for UFC veteran Hermes Franca. It was later reported that the show’s promoter swayed the judges decision, giving the fight to Kheder. The bout was later turned to a no contest because of the promoter’s shenanigans.

Vanier was a semifinalist in last year’s tournament, beating ‘Ultimate Fighter’ alum Joe Duarte with a third round TKO stoppage. He came up short against Toby Imada in the next round, getting caught in an armbar in the second round. Vanier came back later that season to face Rich Clementi in a non-tournament bout, earning a split decision victory.

Lloyd Woodard has stayed busy since making his MMA debut in October of 2008. He has fought ten times, winning all ten fights in just a little over two years as a professional. Most recently Woodard beat 40-fight veteran, Alonzo Martinez by first round submission at an Extreme Challenge event in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Mike Chandler is a former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler from the University of Missouri. He went pro in mixed martial arts in 2009 and has since amassed a 5-0 record. Chandler was signed by Bellator in September of last year and has stopped both Scott Stapp and Chris Page within two minutes of the opening round.

Nineteen-year-old Polish prospect, Marcin Held makes his first appearance in the United States as the final entrant in Bellator’s tournament. He made his MMA debut in September of 2008 and has since gone 10-1 as a professional. Held’s only defeat was a unanimous decision loss to fellow 155- pound prospect, Lukasz Sajewski at AOF 7 in May of last year. Most recently, Held submitted Bojan Kosednar in the second round with kneebar.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Lyman Good vs Rick Hawn Scheduled for Bellator 39

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22735/good-vs-hawn-set-for-bellator-39-hieron-vs-weedman-planned-for-future-show.mma

Lyman Good

11-1-0 MMA/ 4-1 Bellator

– 5 TKO, 1 Sub, 5 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Chris Lozano, Jorge Ortiz, Omar de la Cruz

Rick Hawn

– 10-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Bellator Record

– 7 TKO, 3 Decision Victories

– Notable Wins: Shonie Carter, LeVon Maynard, Jim Wallhead

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The semi-final match-ups in Bellator’s season four welterweight tournament have already been announced. Former champion, Lyman Good meets Olympic judoka Rick Hawn at Bellator 39. The event takes place on April 2nd at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. A lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Pat Curran serves as the main event of the evening.

Lyman Good was impressive in his return to the cage, since losing his title to Ben Askren in October of last year. He easily out-struck Chris Lozano for three rounds earning the one-sided unanimous decision victory. Good became Bellator’s first 170-pound champion after winning season one’s tournament, defeating Hector Urbina, Jorge Ortiz, and Omar de la Cruz.

Rick Hawn was able to keep his undefeated record intact and more importantly advance in the tournament following his victory over Jim Wallhead on Saturday. The fight mainly took place on the feet even though both fighters have judo backgrounds. Hawn showed much improved boxing skills, which earned him the unanimous decision from the judges. The win was Hawn’s tenth victory in a row and his second under the Bellator banner.

The other semifinal match-up pairs Jay Hieron against Brett Weedman, but will likely take place at a later date due to the facial laceration Weedman suffered in his quarterfinal bout with Dan Hornbuckle.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Bellator 35 Quick Results

MAIN CARD RESULTS

  • Lyman Good def. Chris Lozano via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jay Hieron def. Anthony Lapsley via technical submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:39
  • Rick Hawn def. Jim Wallhead via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Brent Weedman def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS

  • Waachiim Spiritwolf def. Jamie Jara via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)*
  • Brandon Bender def. Josh Herrick via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 3:42*
  • Champion Zoila Frausto def. Karina Hallinan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Paul Ruiz def. Jason Castro via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:17
 
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Posted by on March 6, 2011 in Bellator, Quick Results

 

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Ben Saunders vs Matt Lee Added to Bellator 39

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22672/eddie-alvarez-vs-pat-curran-official-as-bellator-39-headliner.mma

Ben Saunders

– 9-3-2 MMA/ Bellator Debut

– Lost 2 0f last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Marcus Davis, Brandon Wolff, Ryan Thomas

Matt Lee

– 13-9-1 MMA/ 0-1 Bellator Record

– Lost 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Ashe Bowman

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UFC veteran, Ben Saunders is booked to face Matt Lee for his promotional debut at Bellator 39. The event takes place on April 2nd at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. A lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Pat Curran serves as the main event of the evening.

Ben Saunders was released from the UFC following back-to-back losses against Jon Fitch and Dennis Hallman. Last November he got back on the right track with a victory over Elijah Harshbarger at a World Extreme Fighting event. Saunders will always be remembered for the beat down he put on Brandon Wolff with vicious knees from the thai clinch, leaving a grapefruit-sized lump on Wolff’s forehead.

Matt Lee returns to the Bellator Fighting Championships for the second time in his career. He lost to Ryan Quinn by unanimous decision at Bellator 15 in April of last year. Lee returned to the win column with a second round TKO stoppage victory over Brett Oteri at Moosin: God of Martial Arts event.

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Ronnie Mann vs Josh Arocho Targeted for Bellator 40

MMA Junkie Reports:

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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

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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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Raphael Davis Completes Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Tournament Field

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22619/raphael-davis-completes-bellators-season-four-light-heavyweight-tournament.mma

Raphael Davis

– 10-1-0 MMA/ 2-0 Bellator Record

– 9 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Tony Lopez, Emanuel Newton, Vinny Magalhaes

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Bellator’s eight-man, light heavyweight tournament field has been finalized with the last addition of Raphael Davis. He joins DJ Linderman, Richard Hale, Christian M’Pumbu, Nike Fekete, Tim Carpenter, Chris Davis, and Daniel Gracie  as tourney entrants. The quarterfinal match-ups have not been announced yet, but are expected to come later this week.

Raphael Davis is currently on a nine-fight win streak, including victories over Tony Lopez, Emanuel Newton, and former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ runner-up, Vinny Magalhaes. His only loss came in his second professional bout under the now defunct International Fight League banner, against Brent Beauparlant in 2006. Nine out of ten victories for Davis have come by way of stoppages, seven submissions and two TKO’s.

 
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Posted by on February 27, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Quick Hits for Stories Over the Past Week

 

Sorry everyone for the lack of updates over the past week….. My dog got tangled up in my laptop cord pulling it off my desk, breaking the hard drive. Alas, I have bought a new one and am back in business. Sorry again!

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UFC News

  • Kenny Florian  (14-5-0 MMA/ 11-4 UFC Record) vs Diego Nunes (16-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC Record) Set for UFC 131 on June 11th in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Tito Ortiz Out; Phil Davis (8-0-0 MMA/ 4-0 UFC) in versus Antonio Rogerio Nogueira ( 19-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 24 on March 26th in Seattle, Washington
  • Dustin Poirier (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) vs Rani Yahya (16-6-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Added to UFC 131
  • Tim Credeur (12-3-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) vs Ed Herman (19-7-0 MMA/ 4-5 UFC) Targeted for TUF 13 Finale on June 4th in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jason Brilz (18-3-1 MMA/ 3-2 UFC) vs Vladimir Matyushenko (25-5-0 MMA/ 6-3 UFC Record) Set to meet at UFC 129 on April 29th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Darren Elkins (12-2-0 MMA/ 1-1 UFC) vs Michihiro Omigawa (12-9-1 MMA/ 0-3 UFC) Targeted for UFC 131
  • Brandon Vera (11-6-0 MMA/ 7-6) returns to UFC roster with last loss against Thiago Silva likely being overturned to a “no contest”
  • Karlos Vemola Out; Eliot Marhall (9-2-0 MMA/ 3-1 UFC) Retruns to Meet Luiz Cane (10-3-0 MMA/ 3-3 UFC Record) at UFC 128 on March 19th in Newark, New Jersey
  • Renan Barao (25-1-0 MMA/ UFC Debut) vs Demetrious Johnson (9-1-0 MMA/ 1-0 UFC) Likely for TUF 13 Finale
  • Cub Swanson Injured; Fight with Erik Koch Scratched from UFC on Versus 3

Strikforce

  • Meisha Tate Out; Liz Carmouche (5-0-0 MMA/ 2-0 Strikeforce) now meets champion Marloes Coenen (18-4-0 MMA/ 2-1 Strikeforce) for women’s 135-pound title at Strikeforce: Columbus on March 5th in Columbus, Ohio

 

Bellator

  • DJ Linderman (8-1-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Middleweight Champ Hector Lombard (27-2-1 MMA/ 6-0 Bellator) meets Falaniko Vitale ( 28-9-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) in Non-Title Fight at Bellator 44 on May 14th
  • Tim Carpenter (6-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Bellator signs Marlon Sandro (17-2-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) to Multi-Fight Deal
  • Patricio Freire (14-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) vs Georgi Karakhanyan (14-2-1 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37 on March 19th in Concho, Oklahoma
  • Zac George (20-3-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Wilson Reis (11-2-0 MMA/ 3-2 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Kenny Foster  (8-2-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) vs Eric Larkin (3-0-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellat0r) Set for Bellator 37
  • Nazareno Malegarie (19-0-0 MMA/ Bellator Debut) vs Daniel Straus (14-3-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator) Set for Bellator 37
  • Richard Hale (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Added to season 4’s light heavyweight tournament
  • Christian M’Pumbu (15-3-1 MMA/ Bellator Debut) Joins season 4’s light heavyweight tournament

 

Local Shows

  • Bobby Lashley (5-1-0) vs James Jack (5-4-1) to headline Titan Fighting Championshps 17 in Kansas City, Kansas on March 25th.
  • Efrain Escudero (15-2-0 MMA) vs Fabricio Camoes (11-5-1) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9 on May 5th in Lemoore, California
  • Abe Wagner (8-3-0 MMA) vs Aaron Rosa ( 15-3-0 MMA) Added to Titan Fighting Championships 17
  • Houston Alexander (11-6-0 MMA) vs James Irvin (15-8-0) II Added to Shark Fights 14 on March 11th in Lubbock, Texas
  • Vinny Magalhaes (6-5-0 MMA) vs Jake Doerr (6-0-0 MMA) Added to M-1 Challenge on March 25th in Virginia
  • Alan Jouban (1-0-0 MMA) vs Jamie Yager (3-2-0 MMA) Set for Tachi Palace Fights 9

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2011 in Bellator, Blog News, Local Shows, News, Strikeforce, UFC

 

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