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Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Sam Sicila to Serve as Co-Main Event at Bellator 198

A featherweight showdown pitting Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia will co-headline Bellator 198.
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Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Sam Sicila to Serve as Co-Main Event at Bellator 198

A featherweight showdown pitting Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia will co-headline Bellator 198.
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Bellator 184: Emmanuel Sanchez wants to ‘catch em all’ like Ash Ketchum

Bellator 184 ‘Dantas vs Caldwell’ takes place Oct. 6, 2017 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Today MMA Mania talks to ‘El Matador’ Emmanuel Sanchez about a critical Featherweight fight on that card with former champion Daniel Straus.

Bellator 184 “Dantas vs. Caldwell” comes to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. on Oct. 6, 2017. Headlining the card that night is a Bantamweight title defense for Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas as he takes on an elite wrestling stud in Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell.

There’s a Featherweight fight on Friday night that is equally intriguing. Former champion Daniel Straus (25-7), fresh off a stunningly one-sided defeat by Patricio Freire in their fourth fight at Bellator 178 takes on divisional stud Emmanuel “El Matador” Sanchez (15-3).

This isn’t the first former champion Sanchez has faced. Last time out Sanchez faced Marcos Galvao as he attempted to reinvent himself at 145 lbs. That was a nice idea in theory but in practice Sanchez was able to stuff almost every takedown attempt and outbox him at close range en route to a unanimous decision.

A second win over a former champion would give Sanchez a strong argument to face the younger “Pitbull” Freire for the title, but a win for Straus could give him an unprecedented FIFTH fight with the champ.

First things first though for Mr. Sanchez — he’s happy with the win over Galvao from March 2017 but aware that not everything was ideal heading into that fight.

“It was very very satisfying you know? Obviously there were things that led into it I wasn’t too happy with, but it’s living and learning man. You’ve got to forget the past and look always toward the future and the better, you know what I mean? Mistakes were made, but now I’ve learned from this mistakes.”

Let’s not pull any punches about it. Weighing in at 149.5 in a fight scheduled for 145 (with a one pound allowance) is a mistake. Sanchez normally hits the mark although he has fought at a catchweight before when necessary. His frankness about the situation is refreshing.

“Sometimes (mistakes) are just blessings in disguise. Not fighting 100%, not being able to get yourself the finish that you want, but now I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m just hitting my prime, and I’m just scratching the surface of my potential. I can’t wait to showcase my skills and me as strong as I am now against Daniel Straus.”

Since Sanchez brought the issue up of his own volition, the only natural response was to find out what he’s change in his pre-fight preparations to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“My nutritionist is actually my girlfriend now too. That’s my advice to all guys out there. Yeah, get yourself a girl that’s a nutritionist if you’re gonna fight. I listen to her like she’s the boss, almost just like one of my coaches you know? I just let it be like okay yes, it’s not what I want or what I think, it’s whatever she says goes — just like how I listen to my coaches in that same way, and it’s working out terrific.”

It’s not just a change in diet thanks to a healthy relationship. Sanchez is talking a holistic approach to the entirety of what fighting at Featherweight means.

“For me it’s changing the whole mindset, the old school way of thinking like ‘Oh yeah, I’m gonna cut I’m gonna cut’ or ‘I got this much to go’ or whatever. It’s a lifestyle for one, it’s a way of being nourished, so (correctly) eating myself all the way up until the scale. Not in any way shape or form am I being undernourished or unhealthy — I’m fit to fight.”

Good health will help him fight but a good game plan for fighting a former champion like Straus is just as important. Speaking of “games” though MVP isn’t the only one playing Pokemon.

“That’s who I want to be, the legend slayer, the former champion slayer. I’ll fight ‘em all. You know it’s like Pokemon — you gotta go out there and catch ‘em all to be a Pokemon master right? To be the best you gotta go out and take out the best. How can I say I’m the best in the division, I’m the best in the world, if I’m not facing the best in the world?”

Clearly ‘El Matador’ wants to be the best like no one ever was. Can he catch Straus though? That’s the real test and Sanchez says he’s studied enough to pass it with flying colors.

“I’m on top of my P’s and Q’s in all areas of martial arts to go out there and think like ‘I’m looking for the knockout, I’m looking the submission, I’m looking for the finish, the TKO.’ I also know the ferocity that he brings, everything he brings to the table. I’m not going to get careless, reckless, I gotta go out there and fight my fight at my pace and make him dance my dance. Break him with my rhythm, my speed, my will, and go out there and put him away.”

And in no way is Sanchez saying that makes this an easy fight or a foregone conclusion.

“Look at him — former champion, worn Bellator gold, has wars with Patricio ‘Pitbull’ with Pat Curran, and has been dominating the division for years and years now. This is one of my toughest fights, this guy is a killer, he’s a murderer. I see him as dangerous everywhere. On the ground, standing, he’s the total package. He’s got over 30 professional fights so he’s got a lot of experience as well.”

There’s one other thing Sanchez has been working on and it’s the gift of gab. Sanchez says that teammate Paul Felder has been an inspiration with his UFC broadcasting success.

“I think it’s amazing! I’m very happy for Paul. Not many people know this but he went to acting school, that’s what he went to college for, and the degree in that is why he can commentate. Very well spoken, and he loves to throw down!”

Emmanuel Sanchez loves to throw down too so don’t miss him doing just that on October 6.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Dantas vs. Caldwell” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Hurricanes, shootings and tragedies have ‘blessed’ Daniel Straus vowing to make Emmanuel Sanchez ‘uncomfortable’ at Bellator 184

Bellator 184: “Dantas vs. Caldwell” goes down at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., this Friday night (Oct. 6, 2017), featuring a Spike TV-televised Bantamweight main event between division champion Eduardo Dantas (20-4) against “The Wolf” Darrion Caldwell (10-1).

Former two-time Featherweight champion Daniel Straus (25-7) knows a lot about being in that position. Having defeated studs like Pat Curran and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire to claim the 145-pound crown, his biggest Kryptonite to date has been having rematches with the said same. In fact, his last fight with Freire was the fourth time the two had met.

Having gone 1-3 in those four fights, Straus needs something extra special to put himself into yet another match with “Pitbull.” That opportunity starts with “El Matador” Emmanuel Sanchez (15-3), winner of five out of his last six, including former champion Marcos Galvao last time out.

Normally, that’s where an interview like this would start, but Hurricane Irma disrupted many lives from the end of August to the middle of September. And Straus was no exception.

“A hurricane is a hurricane, man. It did what it did. Took the time off. It took a couple of weeks from us (training). Me, personally, I was out of power. I stayed in my house. We didn’t go to a hotel, we didn’t go to a friend’s house. We held the fort down. I stayed in my house for about 12 days with no power, no nothing. No food, no nothing. So it definitely affected my camp. It’s definitely put me at a mindset that’s not comfortable for whoever I’m fighting.”

And like so many other MMA veterans from South Florida, Straus was not going to give up everything he worked so hard for without a literal fight — Irma be damned.

“Back in ‘99 (in Ohio) I had a tornado rip our roof off. Slept through it, didn’t really give a fuck, and it was kind of the same thing here. You know we didn’t have too much damage to the house or anything. You know it hit and they was like, ‘You need to get out!’ Well, fuck it! If I need to get out, God’ll tell me I need to get out. The water’ll be nipple high and that’s when it’s time to get the fuck out. I was just gonna ride it out. Me and my girl we rode it out. She knew how pent up I was, but we’re blessed man. Everybody’s safe, nobody’s hurt, we didn’t lose anybody.”

The same day I spoke to Straus the tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting unfolded, once again taking the hearts and minds of the fight community far away from the entertaining distraction of combat sports.

“Unless we’re inside the cage nobody wants to see nobody hurt. It’s human nature, we all give a fuck, and even after that person’s hurt inside (the cage) we want to see him get up. You see everybody clap hands and stuff like that. All these things that’s going on in nature and in society man like it’s a shame. We want to see everybody prosper. We want to see everybody do well. We don’t want to see all this nonsense that’s going on.”

It’s not an issue far from Straus’ heart. Gun violence has hurt him and the people closest to him in an immediate way that he was unable to talk about before his last fight with Freire.

“I haven’t told a lot of people this, and a lot of people don’t know this, my last two fights with Patricio my buddy was there. Shortly after that (third fight) he was shot and killed by another friend so going into my next fight with Patricio was really heartbreaking for me. There was a lot on my mind. The Las Vegas shooting, it really fucks with me. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt. Unless we’re doing this shit for a sport it’s not necessary.”

As difficult as it was to hear that Straus was hurting, I had to ask him if there was any correlation between the trauma he experienced and his performance in the fourth “Pitbull” fight.

“Not one to one. I lost that fight because I wasn’t the better fighter and I’ll always put that on me. Was there things that were going on that could have made me not be the better fighter? Of course. But, I lost that fight because I wasn’t the better fighter — period. You know I’ve fought other fights with things going on and still won, so I can’t sit here and say I lost it because of this or I lost it because of that. No, I lost it because I wasn’t focused or I wasn’t in tune with everything. That’s my fault, my responsibility.”

The fight with Sanchez this weekend takes on a whole new meaning now. It’s not just a fight to get back into contention, but a fight to show that Straus has regained his focus.

“Everybody coming into a fight thinks they have my number. I’ve heard that plenty of times. The thing that I always say is, ‘You have to see me.’ You’re gonna have to physically step into that fucking cage and see me. You can think whatever number you’ve got. You think you can beat me at any point. You can think you have the better coaching, better coaching staff, better teammates — and you might be true! The only problem is that on October 6 at a certain time you have to walk into that place with NONE OF THEM and see me.”

Even though Sanchez might have a reach advantage (71” vs. 67”), Straus is not afraid of giving up the length to any opponent named “El Matador” or otherwise.

“The reach advantage doesn’t mean much to me, especially if I’m on the inside, especially if I move faster than him. He has to tag me. I just need to play my part, I need to do my game, I need to fight my fight and not worry about him. If I’m worried about him then of course he’s going to win and get shit done. I don’t worry about any of that.”

If Straus can survive the tragedies of gun violence and natural disasters and come out stronger on the other side, there’s nothing Sanchez can say or do to phase him at all.

“I’m not worried about him being hungry. I’m not mad about him feeling like he’s better or whatever — he should! Cause I don’t wanna fight no guy that’s like, ‘Aww man I know he’s that dude’ or ‘Aww man I know he’s better than me’ — I don’t wanna fight that guy. I wanna fight that guy that thinks he’s gonna knock my chin off. I’m so glad that all his family, friends and everybody else is gonna be there supporting him, because this is just the start of my career all over again.”

Daniel Straus is coming to Oklahoma this Friday night to start his career all over again at the expense of Emmanuel Sanchez. So don’t miss Bellator 184 at WinStar World Casino and Resort or on Spike TV.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Dantas vs. Caldwell” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Bellator 159′s Daniel Weichel ready to finish Emmanuel Sanchez, earn another title shot in Mulvane

Bellator 159: “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” comes to Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kans., this Friday night (July 22, 2016), featuring a main event between Bantamweight contenders — undefeated Darrion Caldwell versus Joe Taimanglo.

However, ”Wolf” and ”Juggernaut” are not the only contenders on the Spike TV-televised card. Featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez is knocking on the door of a fight with division champion Daniel Straus after three straight wins, including tough divisional clashes with Justin Lawrence and Daniel Pineda (more details here).

Daniel Weichel doesn’t want to be the latest victim of a Sanchez split decision. He rebounded very nicely from a heartbreaking title shot he was one second away from winning to put on an impressive performance in defeating fellow contender Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 147.

Weichel recently spoke with MMAmania.com about looking for another win in the competitive Bellator 145-pound division and his hopes to earn a second shot at the title, which started with knocking off Karakhanyan in San Jose, California.

“My coach was constantly telling me not to get into (Karakhanyan’s) game. ‘Keep calm and do what you are doing all the time. Keep working with your jab, picking your shots.’ I kept listening to my corner and did what I had to do.”

It’s easy for Weichel to say he followed the gameplan, but Karakhanyan was reaching Diaz levels of, “come at me bro!” in the third round and threw a desperation cartwheel kick that didn’t help.

“Yeah, no danger in that attack. I saw it coming and just went with the flow. It was a big win for me. Georgi had a good reputation, he was also known as a No. 1 contender before, so this was a very important win for me and another step to get closer to the next title shot.”

Sanchez is a streaking fighter in the weight class who undoubtedly views Weichel as a similar opportunity — a former No. 1 contender who gets him closer to a title shot. Weichel is ready for a strong challenge from his opponent.

“I feel confident, I think I have the all (around) abilities to beat him and dominate him. For me, my mindset is I want to become the champion and I have to beat anybody who’s out there in the division no matter who it is. I take everybody way serious and I respect Sanchez. But, for me I have to take him (out) to get one step closer to my ultimate goal.”

Weichel hasn’t been given any signal from Bellator that it is a No. 1 contender fight, but he believes that the fans have already chosen him for that role.

“I really feel that it is like that. (Bellator) asked who (the fans) want to see in the social media and I saw my name many, many times, so I was pretty happy the fans also want to see (a contender’s) fight. And yeah, I think this is the fight that makes the most sense.”

Even though Sanchez has a reputation of winning fights that are razor close, the judges’ scorecards are not a matter of concern for Weichel.

“I don’t put too much on that. I train to finish fights and when I step in the cage — that’s my goal (and) my intention. I will go there whether striking, wrestling on the ground. I will look for the finish no matter where it is.”

Weichel also won’t let Sanchez rest on having scouted his work in previous fights inside or outside of Bellator. He may have 45 fights under his belt, but for Weichel that doesn’t mean he’s seen or learned everything there is to know.

“There’s always new stuff coming up. I’m constantly working on stuff you know? There are new movements coming in, and there’s so much stuff to learn, and I’m always excited to learn new things and I can’t wait to show some of that stuff (off) on July 22nd.”

Sanchez has just one career win by knockout and five submission victories, so I may have expected Weichel to say the most dangerous aspect of Sanchez’ was his jiu-jitsu. The answer he gave was a bit different.

“He’s a very durable fighter, he always moves forward, and he has heart — definitely he comes to fight. I know that I’m ready for that and I know that I will always be one step ahead of him.”

Fighters will get to weigh in early on Thursday morning before the fights in Mulvane the next night, and Weichel is very much looking forward to getting that extra time to get his body ready for Sanchez.

“I can’t wait for that! This is a blessing for all fighters. Before it was like making the weight and really stepping around for a couple of hours and you just don’t feel good staying on that weight — it’s just exhausting. Having the early morning weigh-ins is perfect. It’s the best thing they could do for the fighters. It’s a great thing and I’m really looking forward to having more time to re-hydrate, to reload, and maybe even have more power inside the cage.”

More power or strength in his arms is bad news for anybody fighting Weichel with 26 career finishes (five knockouts and 21 submissions). Even though he’s racking up big wins and frequent flier miles with fights all around the United States, it’s clear he’d love a fight closer to home.

“Yeah, I would love to change it every now and then for a little bit to maybe fight in Europe. I would love to do that. Just having a two hour flight or something like that would be great, and also to fight in front of my home country would also be not too bad. I’m kind of used to it (though) just to get your relaxation while traveling and it’s all good.”

Weichel is also hoping “it’s all good” in Mulvane, Kansas on July 22 so don’t miss his fight on Spike TV when he takes on “El Matador.”

Complete audio of our interview is below and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here on fight night.

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Bellator 159′s Daniel Weichel ready to finish Emmanuel Sanchez, earn another title shot in Mulvane

Bellator 159: “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” comes to Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kans., this Friday night (July 22, 2016), featuring a main event between Bantamweight contenders — undefeated Darrion Caldwell versus Joe Taimanglo.

However, ”Wolf” and ”Juggernaut” are not the only contenders on the Spike TV-televised card. Featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez is knocking on the door of a fight with division champion Daniel Straus after three straight wins, including tough divisional clashes with Justin Lawrence and Daniel Pineda (more details here).

Daniel Weichel doesn’t want to be the latest victim of a Sanchez split decision. He rebounded very nicely from a heartbreaking title shot he was one second away from winning to put on an impressive performance in defeating fellow contender Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 147.

Weichel recently spoke with MMAmania.com about looking for another win in the competitive Bellator 145-pound division and his hopes to earn a second shot at the title, which started with knocking off Karakhanyan in San Jose, California.

“My coach was constantly telling me not to get into (Karakhanyan’s) game. ‘Keep calm and do what you are doing all the time. Keep working with your jab, picking your shots.’ I kept listening to my corner and did what I had to do.”

It’s easy for Weichel to say he followed the gameplan, but Karakhanyan was reaching Diaz levels of, “come at me bro!” in the third round and threw a desperation cartwheel kick that didn’t help.

“Yeah, no danger in that attack. I saw it coming and just went with the flow. It was a big win for me. Georgi had a good reputation, he was also known as a No. 1 contender before, so this was a very important win for me and another step to get closer to the next title shot.”

Sanchez is a streaking fighter in the weight class who undoubtedly views Weichel as a similar opportunity — a former No. 1 contender who gets him closer to a title shot. Weichel is ready for a strong challenge from his opponent.

“I feel confident, I think I have the all (around) abilities to beat him and dominate him. For me, my mindset is I want to become the champion and I have to beat anybody who’s out there in the division no matter who it is. I take everybody way serious and I respect Sanchez. But, for me I have to take him (out) to get one step closer to my ultimate goal.”

Weichel hasn’t been given any signal from Bellator that it is a No. 1 contender fight, but he believes that the fans have already chosen him for that role.

“I really feel that it is like that. (Bellator) asked who (the fans) want to see in the social media and I saw my name many, many times, so I was pretty happy the fans also want to see (a contender’s) fight. And yeah, I think this is the fight that makes the most sense.”

Even though Sanchez has a reputation of winning fights that are razor close, the judges’ scorecards are not a matter of concern for Weichel.

“I don’t put too much on that. I train to finish fights and when I step in the cage — that’s my goal (and) my intention. I will go there whether striking, wrestling on the ground. I will look for the finish no matter where it is.”

Weichel also won’t let Sanchez rest on having scouted his work in previous fights inside or outside of Bellator. He may have 45 fights under his belt, but for Weichel that doesn’t mean he’s seen or learned everything there is to know.

“There’s always new stuff coming up. I’m constantly working on stuff you know? There are new movements coming in, and there’s so much stuff to learn, and I’m always excited to learn new things and I can’t wait to show some of that stuff (off) on July 22nd.”

Sanchez has just one career win by knockout and five submission victories, so I may have expected Weichel to say the most dangerous aspect of Sanchez’ was his jiu-jitsu. The answer he gave was a bit different.

“He’s a very durable fighter, he always moves forward, and he has heart — definitely he comes to fight. I know that I’m ready for that and I know that I will always be one step ahead of him.”

Fighters will get to weigh in early on Thursday morning before the fights in Mulvane the next night, and Weichel is very much looking forward to getting that extra time to get his body ready for Sanchez.

“I can’t wait for that! This is a blessing for all fighters. Before it was like making the weight and really stepping around for a couple of hours and you just don’t feel good staying on that weight — it’s just exhausting. Having the early morning weigh-ins is perfect. It’s the best thing they could do for the fighters. It’s a great thing and I’m really looking forward to having more time to re-hydrate, to reload, and maybe even have more power inside the cage.”

More power or strength in his arms is bad news for anybody fighting Weichel with 26 career finishes (five knockouts and 21 submissions). Even though he’s racking up big wins and frequent flier miles with fights all around the United States, it’s clear he’d love a fight closer to home.

“Yeah, I would love to change it every now and then for a little bit to maybe fight in Europe. I would love to do that. Just having a two hour flight or something like that would be great, and also to fight in front of my home country would also be not too bad. I’m kind of used to it (though) just to get your relaxation while traveling and it’s all good.”

Weichel is also hoping “it’s all good” in Mulvane, Kansas on July 22 so don’t miss his fight on Spike TV when he takes on “El Matador.”

Complete audio of our interview is below and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here on fight night.

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Bellator 159 fight card: Emmanuel Sanchez vs Daniel Weichel booked and more

Bellator 159: “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” comes to Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kans., on July 22, 2016, featuring undefeated Bantamweight title contender “The Wold” Darrion Caldwell (9-0) taking on winner of three straight, Joe Taimanglo (22-6-1), in Spike TV’s main event.

Bellator MMA has announced some new fights to enhance this upcoming card, not the least of which is Featherweight standouts Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2) and Daniel Weichel (36-9) in a pivotal bout for the 145-pound division. Weichel has only lost one fight since Sept. 2012, a failed bid to win the title from Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 138. Sanchez, meanwhile, has been equally successful since Oct. 2013, his only loss coming against former champion Pat Curran at Bellator 139.

It’s fair to say the winner of this bout will be on a short list of contenders to face current champion, Daniel Straus.

In addition, Philipe Lins (9-1) will face Guilherme Viana (7-2) in a Light Heavyweight bout also set for the main card, while undefeated Bruna Ellen (2-0) will face Jessica Middleton in her first professional fight.

Check out the updated Bellator 159: “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” fight card below:

Bellator 159 “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” (Spike TV):

Bantamweight: Darrion Caldwell (9-0) vs. Joe Taimanglo (22-6)
Lightweight: Dave Rickels (17-4, 1 NC) vs. Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 2 NC)
Featherweight: Daniel Weichel (36-9) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2)
Light Heavyweight: Philipe Lins (9-1) vs. Guilherme Viana (7-2)
Strawweight: Bruna Ellen (2-0) vs. Jessica Middleton (Debut)

Bellator 159 “Prelims” Card (Spike.com):

Strawweight: Bruna Vargas (2-0) vs. Emily Ducote (2-1)
Featherweight: Gaston Reyno (5-1, 1 NC) vs. L.J. Hermreck (3-1)
Middleweight: Manny Meraz (8-2) vs. Trey Ogden (5-1)
Welterweight: Chris Harris (6-0) vs. Matt Foster (6-8)
Lightweight: Marcio Navarro (14-12) vs. Fernando Martinez (14-10-1)
Bantamweight: Johnny Marigo (1-0) vs. Andy Riley (2-1)
Middleweight: Josh Pfeifer (4-2) vs. Henry Lindsay (5-5)
Featherweight: Chuka Willis (8-2) vs. Brandon Phillips (5-1)

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Bellator 159 fight card: Emmanuel Sanchez vs Daniel Weichel booked and more

Bellator 159: “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” comes to Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kans., on July 22, 2016, featuring undefeated Bantamweight title contender “The Wold” Darrion Caldwell (9-0) taking on winner of three straight, Joe Taimanglo (22-6-1), in Spike TV’s main event.

Bellator MMA has announced some new fights to enhance this upcoming card, not the least of which is Featherweight standouts Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2) and Daniel Weichel (36-9) in a pivotal bout for the 145-pound division. Weichel has only lost one fight since Sept. 2012, a failed bid to win the title from Patricio “Pitbull” Freire at Bellator 138. Sanchez, meanwhile, has been equally successful since Oct. 2013, his only loss coming against former champion Pat Curran at Bellator 139.

It’s fair to say the winner of this bout will be on a short list of contenders to face current champion, Daniel Straus.

In addition, Philipe Lins (9-1) will face Guilherme Viana (7-2) in a Light Heavyweight bout also set for the main card, while undefeated Bruna Ellen (2-0) will face Jessica Middleton in her first professional fight.

Check out the updated Bellator 159: “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” fight card below:

Bellator 159 “Caldwell vs. Taimanglo” (Spike TV):

Bantamweight: Darrion Caldwell (9-0) vs. Joe Taimanglo (22-6)
Lightweight: Dave Rickels (17-4, 1 NC) vs. Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 2 NC)
Featherweight: Daniel Weichel (36-9) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2)
Light Heavyweight: Philipe Lins (9-1) vs. Guilherme Viana (7-2)
Strawweight: Bruna Ellen (2-0) vs. Jessica Middleton (Debut)

Bellator 159 “Prelims” Card (Spike.com):

Strawweight: Bruna Vargas (2-0) vs. Emily Ducote (2-1)
Featherweight: Gaston Reyno (5-1, 1 NC) vs. L.J. Hermreck (3-1)
Middleweight: Manny Meraz (8-2) vs. Trey Ogden (5-1)
Welterweight: Chris Harris (6-0) vs. Matt Foster (6-8)
Lightweight: Marcio Navarro (14-12) vs. Fernando Martinez (14-10-1)
Bantamweight: Johnny Marigo (1-0) vs. Andy Riley (2-1)
Middleweight: Josh Pfeifer (4-2) vs. Henry Lindsay (5-5)
Featherweight: Chuka Willis (8-2) vs. Brandon Phillips (5-1)

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Roufusport Teammate Emmanuel Sanchez: CM Punk ‘Absolutely’ Will Fight in UFC

Earlier this week, CM Punk revealed that back surgery would delay his highly-anticipated Octagon debut, which was expected to take place at either UFC 199 or UFC 200.
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Bellator 149: ‘Shamrock vs Gracie 3′ fight card adds Emmanuel Sanchez vs Daniel Pineda

Bellator 149: “Shamrock vs. Gracie 3″ is set for Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 19, 2016, featuring a third — and likely final — meeting between aging mixed martial arts (MMA) legends Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie in the Spike TV main event of the evening.

As Bellator MMA moves closer to another one of its “tent pole” events, more bouts are being revealed, including an intriguing Featherweight match up between Emmanuel Sanchez (12-2) and Daniel Pineda (21-11).

Sanchez is on a bit of a roll in the division, picking up his second straight win via split decision in a highly competitive fight with Justin Lawrence. No rest for the wicked, though, as Sanchez returns to battle Pineda, a man who also holds a win over Justin Lawrence from when both fighters were still employed by UFC.

Pineda has a bit of momentum in his own right, carrying a three-fight win streak from Legacy FC into his Bellator return, a fight that is currently scheduled to be featured on the “Shamrock vs. Gracie” televised main card.

In addition to the two aforementioned bouts, Bellator 149 will also showcase a Heavyweight slobberknocker between Miami, Fla., street-fighting legends — and former friends — “Kimbo Slice” Kevin Ferguson against “Dada 5000″ Dhafir Harris.

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