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Let’s try this again.
Former PRIDE FC and UFC heavyweight striking sensation, Mirko Filipovic, has once again been slotted to rematch fellow Octagon export Roy Nelson, this time at the Bellator 217 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun.
That’s according to a report from ESPN.
The pair were first scheduled to throw hands for Scott Coker and Co. at Bellator 200 last May in London; however, “Cro Cop” (37-11-2, 1 NC) suffered a late knee injury and was pulled from the card. Conveniently, the 44 year-old Filipovic was well enough to compete for RIZIN just a few months later, where he steamrolled Roque Martinez in less than a round.
As for Nelson (23-16), he would return to the Bellator cage against Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov, but would lose both contests, the latter by knockout. The 42 year-old “Big Country” has not won back-to-back fights in nearly six years.
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The New Year’s Eve showdown pitting Darrion Caldwell against Kyoji Horiguchi could be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cross-promotional bouts between Bellator MMA and Rizin Fighting Federation.
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Hey, guess what? There’s a Bellator going on tonight, with Bellator 210 bringing us the likes of Chidi Njokuani, David Rickels, Joe Schilling and Goiti Yamauchi. Essentially, it’s a “whatever” card. But the prelims just went down, and on it, we got to see former featherweight- and bantamweight champ Joe Warren get creamed by Shawn Bunch.
Both men are wrestlers, so of course this one was a face-punching contest. Unfortunately, Warren got hit in what looked like the collarbone, and was semi-defenseless after that, so Bunch just punched the living daylights out of him.
Warren didn’t go down, he just cowered, and eventually the ref mercifully jumped in.