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J.J. Aldrich-Danielle Taylor Becomes Fourth Women’s Bout Added to UFC’s Jan. 14 Debut in St. Louis



The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s debut in the Gateway City has gained another women’s contest.
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Henry Corrales-Georgi Karakhanyan Featherweight Bout Added to Bellator 182 Bill on Jan. 20

Bellator MMA has added a featherweight contest between between Henry Corrales and Georgi Karakhanyan to the lineup for Bellator 192 on Jan. 20.
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Henry Corrales-Georgi Karakhanyan Featherweight Bout Added to Bellator 182 Bill on Jan. 20

Bellator MMA has added a featherweight contest between between Henry Corrales and Georgi Karakhanyan to the lineup for Bellator 192 on Jan. 20.
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Henry Corrales-Georgi Karakhanyan Featherweight Bout Added to Bellator 182 Bill on Jan. 20

Bellator MMA has added a featherweight contest between between Henry Corrales and Georgi Karakhanyan to the lineup for Bellator 192 on Jan. 20.
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Lorenz Larkin-Fernando Gonzalez Catchweight Bout Headlines Bellator 193 on Jan. 26

Lorenz Larkin and Fernando Gonzalez will square off in a 180-pound catchweight affair in the Bellator 193 headliner on Jan. 26.
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Rory MacDonald vs Douglas Lima Bellator title fight set for Jan. 20

The long-awaited title fight between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima isn’t happening soon, but rest assured it is, in fact, finally happening.

Bellator has officially set the date and place for Douglas Lima’s next title defense: Jan. 20, 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The so far unnumbered Bellator card will put No. 1 contender Rory MacDonald into the fight he earned by beating the bricks off Paul Daley back in May.

For Lima it will be a second chance to prove himself against a newcomer who made the jump from UFC to Bellator. In his last outing, Lima scored a unanimous decision win over Lorenz Larkin in Larkin’s first fight for the promotion.

The event is tentatively being called “Bellator: Lima vs. MacDonald.” This fight itself is big enough that no other matches have been announced for the card. In fairness, nothing else needs to be.

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Douglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonald Headlines Bellator Event in Los Angeles on Jan. 20

Douglas Lima will defend his welterweight title against UFC veteran Rory MacDonald in the evening’s main event when Bellator MMA travels to Los Angeles on Jan. 20.
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Conor McGregor booked for Jan. 28 PPV in Manchester

The holidays are over.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor will make his return to pay-per-view (PPV) later this month, thanks to a sold out appearance inside EventCity Exhibition Centre in Manchester, England, on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017.

No, he’s not fighting.

Instead, “Notorious” will hold a one-hour (cough) “unscripted” interview with mixed martial arts (MMA) reporter Ariel Helwani, who is expected to challenge the Irishman on various topics (like this) in front of 5,000 curious fight fans.

If you didn’t get a chance to buy tickets for the sold-out appearance, don’t fret, as the tell-all (lolz) interview will be available by way of live PPV stream for just £3.99 (roughly $ 5) on www.notoriouslive.tv.

Then comes the afterparty, helpfully described by Manchester Evening News:

An Experience With Conor McGregor’ will feature live music and a huge night of entertainment, with a purpose-built nightclub inside EventCity set to play host to the official event after party, allowing fans, celebrity attendees and VIP guests to party with the man himself.

There will be around 1,000 black tie VIP diners at the event, with several more thousand in tiered seating around the arena. Fans will VIP tickets also have the opportunity to meet McGregor.

Maybe Dana White was wrong?

It should be noted that Jan. 28 is also the night of UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Colorado (fight card here), so even with the discrepancy in time zones, there will be some tough decisions to make later this month.

Assuming you haven’t already committed to this.

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Bellator 171: AJ McKee and Jarod Trice, among others, join Jan. 27 line up

Bellator 171 “Guillard vs. Njokani” comes to Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, Kans. on Jan. 27, 2017. It’s a night of fights headlined by “The Young Assassin” Melvin Guillard and Chidi Njokuani having a catchweight bout at 175 pounds.

Bellator has announced some exciting new bouts for the card. featherweight standout McKee (6-0) will make a quick return following his Bellator 166 bout in December, despite his initial belief that he broke his thumb fighting Ray Wood.

Maybe it was just sore from the lopsided beating he dished out.

McKee will take on a slightly more experienced opponent in Brandon Phillips, a 6-2 Featherweight with more total fights if not more wins. Don’t take Phillips lightly though — Chuka Willis already made that mistake.

Meanwhile Wichita, Kans. based fighter Jessica Middleton looks to follow up on her successful Bellator 159 debut by facing the much more experienced Alice Yauger (4-4) in a featured flyweight fight.

Yauger brings a two fight win streak into the cage and is a known grinder who picks up 75% of her wins by decision, so the young Middleton (28) will have her hands full against the 38-year-old.

To finalize the card Bellator has announced bouts for three up-and-coming fighters, including two of their “blue chip” prospects and one who will look to redeem herself from a loss at the same venue to Middleton.

Following a successful pro debut in Thackerville, collegiate wrestling stud Jarod Trice (1-0) will look to once again showcase why he’s a heavyweight to be reckoned with. Kevin Woltkamp (1-2) will look to score the upset.

He’ll be joined in Mulvane by another rising star of the division in Tyrell Fortune (1-0), who proved his mettle in Uncasville last November and can do it again by facing Will Johnson in his first MMA fight.

Last but not least Bruna Ellen (2-1) returns after suffering a surprising defeat in her last trip to Kansas Star Casino, but she too faces a newcomer to MMA on Jan. 27 in Carmella James.

The finalized Bellator 171 line up for Mulvane is below.

Bellator 171 “Guillard vs. Njokuani” Card (Spike TV):

175 lbs.: Melvin Guillard (32-16-2, 3 NC) vs. Chidi Njokuani (16-4, 1 NC)
Lightweight: Dave Rickels (17-4, 2 NC) vs. Aaron Derrow (14-8)
Featherweight: A.J. McKee (6-0) vs. Brandon Phillips (6-2)
Flyweight: Jessica Middleton (1-0) vs. Alice Yauger (4-4)

Bellator 171 “Prelims” Card (Spike.com):

Middleweight: Chris Harris (7-0) vs. Jordan Young (5-0)
Featherweight: Gaston Reyno (6-1, 2 NC) vs. Justin Overton (3-2)
Weltereweight: Will Lavine (Debut) vs. Domo Garcia (Debut)
Welterweight: Chance Rencountre (8-2) vs. Jake Lindsay (11-5)
Bantamweight: Johnny Marigo (2-0) vs. Joe Fulk (4-4)
Welterweight: Manny Meraz (8-3) vs. Scott Heston (4-1)
Lightweight: Craig Farley (Debut) vs. Mike Breeden (Debut)
Heavyweight: Jarod Trice (1-0) vs. Kevin Woltkamp (1-2)
Heavyweight: Tyrell Fortune (1-0) vs. Will Johnson (Debut)
Flyweight: Bruna Ellen (2-1) vs. Carmella James (Debut)

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UFC on Fox 23 Update: Alex Caceres to Meet Jason Knight in Denver on Jan. 28

A featherweight tilt pitting Alex Caceres against Jason Knight has been added to the UFC on Fox 23 lineup, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
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