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All Four Lightweight Quarterfinal Fights Set for Bellator 36

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22728/bellator-36-freire-mccullough-imada-kheder-vanier-woodward-chandler-held.mma

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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Carey Vanier Becomes the Second Entrant in Bellator’s Lightweight Tournament

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/22336/three-time-bellator-vet-carey-vanier-set-for-season-four-lightweight-tourney.mma

Carey Vanier

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

– Won 8 of last 9 Fights

– Notable Wins: Joe Duarte, Rich Clementi

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Bellator officials announced Carey Vanier as the second participant in season four’s lightweight tournament. Vanier joins former WEC champion Rob McCullough, who was announced yesterday.

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.

 

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Bellator, News

 

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Bellator 28 Quick Results

MAIN CARD RESULTS

  • Eric Larkin def. Marcus Andrusia via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 2:46
  • Carey Vanier def. Rich Clementi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Eric Schambari def. Matt Horwich via split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29)
  • Georgi Karakhanyan def. Anthony Leone via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS

  • Tony Roberts def. Kelvin Doss via submission (punches) – Round 1*
  • Jonathan Mackles def. Brock Kerry via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)*
  • Charlie Rader def. Josh Rafferty via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:14
  • Scott O’Shaughnessy def. Gabe Woods via submission (armbar) – Round 3, 2:11
 
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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in Bellator, Quick Results

 

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Bellator Lightweight Semifinal Matchups Announced: Huerta vs Curran, Imada vs Varnier

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://mmajunkie.com/news/18804/bellator-17s-lightweight-tourney-semifinals-include-huerta-vs-curran-imada-vs-vanier.mma

Roger Huerta

– 21-3-1 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator Record

– Lost 2 of last 3 Fights

– Notable Wins: Clay Guida, Matt Wiman, Leonard Garcia

Pat Curran

– 10-3-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator Record

– 2 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Robbie Olivier, Tony Hervey, Mike Ricci

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Toby Imada

– 23-13-0 MMA/ 2-1 Bellator Record

– Won 9 of last 10 Fights

– Notable Wins: Jorge Masvidal, Alonzo Martinez, James Krause

Carey Vanier

8-2-0 MMA/ 1-0 Bellator Record

– 7 Fight Win Streak

– Notable Wins: Joe Duarte

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2010 in Bellator, News

 

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Bellator 13 Quick Results

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Vagner Rocha def. Francisco Soares via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:07*
  • Edson Diniz def. John Kelly via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 4:36*
  • Carey Vanier def. Joe Duarte via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:14
  • Roger Huerta def. Chad Hinton via submission (knee-bar) – Round 3, 0:56
  • Joe Warren def. Eric Marriott via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Georgi Karakhanyan def. Bao Quach via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 4:05
  • Mikey Gomez def. Moyses Gabin via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Chris Manuel def. Ralph Acosta via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 0:35
 
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Posted by on April 15, 2010 in Bellator, Quick Results

 

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Bellator Adds Carey Vanier to 155 lb. Tourney

MMA Junkie Reports:

http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Carey-Vanier-18541

Carey Vanier

7-2-0 MMA Record

– Trains at Greg Jackson’s MMA

– 2002 Divison III All-American Wrestler

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2010 in Bellator, News

 

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