Old Bellator Vet Beats Up Fiancee, Begs for Fight

There’s nothing sadder than a fighter who was once great but is now struggling with demons.

I’m talking about Marlon Sandro, who was an elite fighter in Bellator from 2011 to about 2013. Since then, the former Nova Uniao rep and jiu-jitsu black belt has been kicking around Brazil, drinking too much and beating his woman.

Seriously, Sandro choked his fiancee unconscious back in December, was kicked off the Nova Uniao team, and is facing justice via the Brazilian criminal justice system.

He’s also begging for a fight on social media because he needs money.

Here’s his Instagram post, but it’s all Portuguese, so MMAFighting has the translation below.

Sei que tive meu momento de erro, estou trabalhado para melhorar, e ser um novo homem, larguei o álcool, isso foi uma das coisas que me fez errar é perder a cabeça. Cada pessoa tem sua crença e eu não os critico, cada um procura seu equilíbrio espiritual e eu à igreja. Moro no morro, poderia estar no crime me drogando, mas ao contrário disso, quero ser um ser humano melhor. Sei que posso ser melhor do que eu foi. Querem me julgar tudo bem, eu aceito todos os julgamentos, mas o que preferem? Que eu me entregue às drogas, ao mundo ? Ou que tente concertar o que fiz de errado ? Se você estivessem no meu lugar o que fariam ? A justiça já está sendo feita no tribunal. Só essa chance que peço a todos e aos eventos e organizações. #resiliencia #querovoltar #mma #bellator #bellatormma #shootobrasil #roadfc #pancrase #acb #onefc #errejota #jp #br

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I know I had my moment of mistake, I’m working on getting better and being a new man. I quit drinking, that was one of the things that made me lose my temper. Every person has his belief and I don’t criticize them, every one searches for your spiritual balance, and mine is church.

I live in the (favela), I could be in crime doing drugs, but it’s the opposite, I want to be a better human being.

I know I can be better than I was.

Wanna to judge me, fine, I accept all judgements. But what do you prefer? That I give myself up to drugs? Or that I try to fix what I did wrong? What would you do if you were in my position?

Justice is being done in court.

I only ask this chance to all promotions.

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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?

Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Report: Bellator, Sengoku Vet Marlon Sandro Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Brazil

Bellator and Sengoku veteran Marlon Sandro is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, for two separate attacks on his fiancee.
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Midnight Mania! Cejudo’s Manager: Rematch with Mighty Mouse This Summer

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

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Several MMA managers have a… less than savory reputation. Like fight promoters, they often have incentive to misrepresent the facts. So, take the following with a grain of salt, but Ali Abdelaziz- one of the highest profile MMA managers to retain a shady reputation- tweeted that his client, Henry Cejudo, will be rematching Demetrious Johnson this summer.

This runs counter to claims by TJ Dillashaw that talks to implement the superfight between himself and Demetrious Johnson are in the early stages. Henry Cejudo last faced Demetrious Johnson in 2016, and lost by first round KO.


The malcontents and disaffected are joining Project Spearhead, the latest effort for and by fighters to gain employee status and unionize. I encourage all fighters to join; collective bargaining is likely the only way they will ever see a bigger slice of the UFC’s pie than the 17% or so they currently receive.

Combat sports this weekend

Machida vs. Belfort was announced, which has been dubbed the Old Man and the Pee. It’s fitting, because that movie was very slow-paced and this fight will be too.

Alan Jouban may be a model but his expressions after he wins are wild.

Angela Hill working her head movement

I’m with Joe Rogan here: WTF, Russia? Curling??

What the fuck, Russia?

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Daniel Cormier was paid a visit by freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs

Wow, how did they know exactly how CM Punk vs. Floyd Mayweather would go?

Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History @ufcfighteredits / @as_shopped_as_it_gets_ collab

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A suitably polite callout of Sage Northcutt from fellow uber-athlete Marc Diakiese

Weird video time


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This is what Georges St. Pierre spends his time thinking about? Makes sense.

Dennis Bermudez and his new friend

Made a new friend in Iraq . His name is Arthur .

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Another respectful callout, this one from from Derek Brunson

I mean… Whoever made this did their best. Israel Adesanya liked it.

I agree with Joe Lauzon. Who is out here eating cereal with no milk??

I want to punch him in the face.

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Teruto Ishihara is unhappy with his streak of decisions.

Dana White enjoys random violence from cats, and so do I.

I’m gonna knock that smirk right off your face!!! #fightweek

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I’m calling it now: Won’t be a thing. Sorry, Carla Esparza

“Under water fighting” I predict this will be the next big thing #whalesharks #faceoff

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Good for the justice system and Bec Rawlings.

Rousey training WWE stuff.

Tonya Evinger faces surgery this Friday

Mike Perry is the quintessential Florida Man

Elias Theodorou doesn’t have the market cornered on ring men. Not by half. Chas Skelly is coming for him.

Good Read

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Good times

Outta here

You have to love moments like these if you love combat sports

Good bodywork is aesthetically pleasing to watch

Wild man

Hit his hips

Random Land

I like this picture

Let’s keep going, there’s so much to see.

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Report: Bellator, Sengoku Vet Marlon Sandro Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Brazil

Bellator and Sengoku veteran Marlon Sandro is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, for two separate attacks on his fiancee.
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Report: Bellator, Sengoku Vet Marlon Sandro Faces Attempted Murder Charge in Brazil

Bellator and Sengoku veteran Marlon Sandro is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder, for two separate attacks on his fiancee.
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Predictions! UFC ‘Orlando’ Undercard Preview – Pt. 2

There will be much swangin’ and, ideally, some bangin’ as well.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight sluggers Jeremy Stephens and Josh Emmett will attempt to parlay their recent knockout victories into a title shot this Saturday evening (Feb. 24, 2018) when they duke it out inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

UFC on FOX 28 also features a pivotal women’s Strawweight scrap between Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres, a Light Heavyweight throwdown between Ovince Saint Preux and Ilir Latifi, and a potential “Fight of the Night” between Mike Perry and Max Griffin.

The FOX portion of the card gets four “Prelims” undercard bouts to beef it up (check out the Fight Pass portion here). So, here they are, deboned and butterflied for your consumption.

135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Brian Kelleher

We are closing in on four years since Renan Barao (34-5) fell to T.J. Dillashaw in what remains one of the biggest numerical upsets in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. He is just 2-3 since that fateful night, most recently taking an absolute beating from Aljamain Sterling in Anaheim.

Though the two are the same height, he will have four inches of reach on Brian Kelleher (18-8).

“Boom,” sufferer of similar weight cut issues, submitted Iuri Alcantara in his UFC debut in a sizeable upset, only to be upset in return by Marlon Vera less than two months later. Undeterred, he returned to action against Poland’s Damian Stasiak and handed him a whooping in hostile territory, earning “Fight of the Night” in the process.

He has submitted eight professional opponents and knocked out another seven.

Back in the early ‘10s, when Barao could rehydrate with an IV and showed real confidence, this fight would have been a wash. He’d have jabbed and leg-kicked Kelleher to death on his way to 30-27s across the board.

Now? It’s impossible to have any faith in him. His fight IQ has looked utterly woeful in recent fights, leading him to try to slug it out with Jeremy Stephens and neglect his own grappling against Sterling until it was too late to matter. In addition, there’s no telling how his gas tank will hold up after another brutal cut to 135 pounds. Kelleher, on the other hand, has the motor on him to stay in Barao’s face all night and wear him down.

Barao just doesn’t seem to have the mental strength to compete at the highest level anymore. Kelleher outworks him to a narrow decision victory.

Prediction: Kelleher via split decision

135 lbs.: Sara McMann vs. Marion Reneau

Sara McMann (11-4) emerged from her 1-3 skid on the warpath, running over Jessica Eye, Alexis Davis and Gina Mazany with ease. Most expected her to do the same to Ketlen Vieira, but the Brazilian came back to submit her late in the second round in Sept. 2017.

She will give up two inches of reach to Marion Reneau (8-3-1).

“The Belizean Bruiser” is still going strong at age 40, arguably deserving the win in each of her last four fights. The two decisions she did get saw her stop Milana Dudieve and Talita Bernardo in the third round to up her career finish total to seven.

Five of those finishes came via strikes, including one in just 10 seconds.

McMann has the skills to crack the division’s Top 5 and never leave: Heavy hands, a developing submission game, and nigh-unmatched wrestling. I really thought she’d put it all together, only for her to collapse against Vieira and get submitted like old times.

She has to be firing on all cylinders here. If she gets lax in the striking, Reneau has the power to turn her lights out, and the Belizean’s guard is a genuine hazard should McMann get lax on top. Still, despite myself, I’ve got faith in McMann. She may not have enough time left in the cage to fully realize her potential, but even half of that potential is enough to carry her to victory here. Strong top control wins the day.

Prediction: McMann via unanimous decision

115 lbs.: Maryna Moroz vs. Angela Hill

Maryna Moroz (8-2) announced her arrival into UFC with a 90-second armbar of Joanne Calderwood, and though she came up short against Valerie Letourneau her next time out, she bounced back with wins over Cristina Stanciu and Danielle Taylor. She couldn’t quite do the same against Carla Esparza, however, and struggled against the former champion’s takedowns en route to a decision loss.

She was supposed to fight Jamie Moyle last month, but the latter suffered an injury just days before the event.

Angela Hill (7-4) won and defended the Invicta Strawweight title before putting on a Fight of the Night with Jéssica Andrade in her UFC return. After getting back in the win column with a decision over Ashley Yoder, she threw down with American Top Team standout Nina Ansaroff and lost another competitive decision.

She will give up four inches of height and three inches of reach to Moroz.

Moroz’s key issue is that she has two solid aspects of her game, her boxing and her submissions, and zero ways to connect them. Her fights go where her opponents want them to. This time around, that means she’ll be trading with a better Muay Thai stylist despite having the skills to overwhelm her on the mat.

Moroz’s height and length definitely work in her favor, but Hill has the skills to get inside and go to work. Unless Moroz can hit a flying armbar, expect Hill to work her over at close range with punches and kicks for 15 competitive minutes.

Prediction: Hill via unanimous decision

170 lbs.: Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders

Alan Jouban (15-6) got off to a strong 6-2 start in his UFC career, including three “Fight of the Night” bonuses and victories over Belal Muhammad and Mike Perry. He has since been on the wrong end of bonus-winning stoppages from Gunnar Nelson and Niko Price, the latter of whom needed just 104 seconds to put away Jouban with strikes.

“Brahma” has earned nine professional wins by (technical) knockout and one by submission to punches.

Despite three consecutive wins and UFC’s first-ever omoplata submission, Ben Saunders’ (21-8-2) second UFC run came to an end after a knockout loss to Patrick Cote. He came right back after submission Jacob Volkmann in 17 seconds, however, and defeated Court McGee before suffering a knockout loss to Peter Sobotta in Sweden.

He stands two inches taller than Jouban and will have four inches of both reach and leg reach on him.

There are two ways this fight could go: Either these two go at each other and turn the lights out in a hurry, or get overly protective after their recent knockout losses and stare at each other for 15 minutes. I’m thinking the latter, as both had been stopped before and came back aggressively.

Which is bad news for Saunders.

“Killa B” is one of the most entertaining grapplers in UFC and has heart for days, but his chin just isn’t there anymore. It seems like he gets rattled by every clean punch he takes and his defense has never been great. Worse, his ability to take it to the mat is limited to pulling guard against a defensive wrestler of Jouban’s caliber. While both are vulnerable enough to make this intriguing, expect Jouban to find a home for his left hand before long.

Prediction: Jouban via first-round knockout

UFC on FOX 28’s main event could be something special and there are a few match ups that just scream “highlight material.” See you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember, too, that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 28 card this weekend, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” match online, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET before the FOX main card action kicks off at 8 p.m. ET.

Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2018: 34-7

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Marlon Sandro Releases Statement Two Months After Allegedly Assaulting Fiancee

Marlon Sandro has broken his silence some two months after allegedly assaulting his fiancée in Brazil.
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Marlon Sandro Releases Statement Two Months After Allegedly Assaulting Fiancee

Marlon Sandro has broken his silence some two months after allegedly assaulting his fiancée in Brazil.
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No Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather Rematch?

Given that the boxing match between superstar boxer Floyd Mayweather and superstar UFC champ Conor McGregor did monster business and made everyone even more fabulously wealthy, it seems like a given that a rematch – either in the ring or the cage – would be inevitable.

In fact, the duo have been trading barbs on social media back and forth like two wild animals performing a mating ritual.

But, business is business, and apparently Mayweather is no longer in the rematch business.

This is according to McGregor, who posted something along those lines to his Instagram.

Could it be…? Will we never see Mayweather in the a cage, getting choked unconscious by our favorite Irishman?

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