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Bellator Returns To Newcastle With Patricky Freire vs. Ryan Scope, Plus Aaron Chalmers

Bellator MMA will be heading back to Newcastle, where it will be pitting one of its stars, Patricky Freire, against a hometown champion in Ryan Scope.
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Report: Nelson Vs Cro Cop Rebooked For Bellator 217

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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Vitaly Minakov, Cheick Kongo Booked for No. 1 Contender Bout at Bellator Event on Feb. 16

A heavyweight No. 1 contender bout between Vitaly Minakov and Cheick Kongo is official for Bellator’s Feb. 16 event.
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Vitaly Minakov, Cheick Kongo Booked for No. 1 Contender Bout at Bellator Event on Feb. 16

A heavyweight No. 1 contender bout between Vitaly Minakov and Cheick Kongo is official for Bellator’s Feb. 16 event.
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Former WWE Star ‘Jack Swagger’ to Make Pro MMA Debut at Bellator 214

Jake Hager, better known by his sports entertainment persona “Jack Swagger,” will make his professional MMA debut at Bellator 214.
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Former WWE Star ‘Jack Swagger’ to Make Pro MMA Debut at Bellator 214

Jake Hager, better known by his sports entertainment persona “Jack Swagger,” will make his professional MMA debut at Bellator 214.
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Scott Coker Expects Bellator, Rizin to Work Together ‘Multiple Times’ in 2019

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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Bellator 210 Results: Joe Warren Is Falling Apart and Needs to Retire ASAP

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.

Bellator 210 Results: Joe Warren Is Falling Apart and Needs to Retire ASAP

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.

Bellator Sends Champ Darrion Caldwell to RIZIN to Clean House

Bellator has done it again.

On RIZIN’s New Years Eve show, Darrion Caldwell – Bellator’s bantamweight king – will be fighting Japanese star Kyoji Horiguchi. Remember when the UFC sent Chuck Liddell to fight in PRIDE FC? This is similar, except Caldwell might actually win. And it’s cool as hell that Bellator is doing this cross-promotional thing.

Horiguchi is no pushover, though. He’s already won a RIZIN bantamweight grand prix, and was 7-1 in his UFC run, losing only to then-champ Demetrious Johnson. Caldwell is tough, the “Gooch” is tough, and this fight should be bonkers.

Here’s the official release:

Bellator is pleased to announce that the organization’s current bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell (13-1) will represent the promotion in an exciting matchup against 2017 Rizin Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Kyoji Horiguchi (25-2). The two will compete for the inaugural Rizin bantamweight championship at Rizin 14 on Monday, Dec. 31 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

In the three-round (15-minute) Rizin FF world championship bout – which will be held in a ring under Rizin’s unique rule set – the victor of Caldwell vs. Horiguchi will leave Japan’s historic combat sports venue a Rizin FF champion. Caldwell’s Bellator bantamweight title will not be on the line in the contest.

“I am very grateful and honored that Bellator and Scott Coker would send us their unarguable bantamweight champion to fight for Rizin’s first-ever world title fight. This title fight will be a true champion vs. champion to determine the world’s best bantamweight fighter,” Rizin FF President Nobuyuki Sakakibara said. “We hope this kind gesture will kick off of a series of exciting matchups between both promotions in 2019. My dream would be that eventually we can co-promote a mega event in both countries with a ‘Champion Carnival’ taking place where stories and rivalries can be built and told.”

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