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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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Tune In Here For The UFC 205 Conference Call Live At 5 PM

UFC 205 is right around the corner and will feature some of the most exciting match ups of the year. The conference call for UFC 205 is sure to offer some tough talk, scathing insults, and some moments of humor which will largely be thanks to headliners Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez. The video below will give you full access to all of it and it all goes down at 5 PM, so stay tuned.

Are you ready for UFC 205?


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

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Tune In Here For The UFC 205 Conference Call Live At 5 PM

UFC 205 is right around the corner and will feature some of the most exciting match ups of the year. The conference call for UFC 205 is sure to offer some tough talk, scathing insults, and some moments of humor which will largely be thanks to headliners Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez. The video below will give you full access to all of it and it all goes down at 5 PM, so stay tuned.

Are you ready for UFC 205?


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

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Bellator 142: ‘Dynamite 1′ ratings: 800,000 tune in for MMA/kickboxing event on Spike TV

The numbers for Bellator 142: “Dynamite 1″ are in. And they are much lower than originally anticipated.

According to Spike TV, 800,000 viewers tuned in last Saturday night (Sept. 19, 2015) to watch the hybrid mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing card, which saw both Bellator and GLORY fights take place over the course of an almost four-hour broadcast (highlights).

Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Liam McGeary submitted Tito Ortiz in the main event, and Phil Davis submitted Emanuel Newton and knocked out Francis Carmont to win the one-night, four-man 205-pound tournament.

Also on the card, Saulo Cavalari defeated Zack Mwekassa by majority decision to win the vacant GLORY Light Heavyweight title to highlight the kickboxing action.

The card peaked at 930,000 and finished a distant second in both the 25-54 and 35-49 demographics for that night to the Mississippi vs. Alabama college football game that amassed 7.6 million viewers on ESPN.

In comparison, Bellator’s last tent pole event, Bellator 138, turned in an average of 1.7 million viewers with a peak of 2.9 million during the main event between Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock.

Scott Coker and Spike TV pulled out all the stops with the production, former Pride FC announcer Lenne Hardt introducing all the fighters, and having a cage and a ring (see pic) inside SAP center in San Jose, Calif., but they did not hit it out of the park like many expected they would.

For full Bellator 142: “Dynamite 1″ results, including play-by-play, click here.

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Ben Askren changes tune on CM Punk: ‘He’s been outstanding in the gym’

Ben Askren criticized the UFC when the promotion signed CM Punk in December. He has a different view of the former WWE star now.

Askren told MMAFighting.com at the Fighters Only MMA Awards in Las Vegas that he is impressed by CM Punk’s attitude in training. Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, began training at Roufusport in Milwaukee with the likes of Askren and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in January.

“I was just talking sh*t on Twitter,” Askren said. “It’s what I do. He’s been outstanding in the gym. He’s been in there every day. It’s not like he came in here and said, ‘I’m a superstar, I’m going to get preferential treatment.’ He just acts like one of the guys, just working out. It’s outstanding.”

CM Punk, who has never fought in MMA but has experience in jiu-jitsu and kempo, came to Askren right away when he arrived at Roufusport in an attempt to squash a potential beef.

“He came in the gym and said, ‘There’s no issue here, is there?’” Askren said. “I said, ‘Of course, there’s not.’”

Askren, the ONE Championship welterweight champion, has an ongoing issue with UFC president Dana White. When Askren was a free agent, White said the UFC didn’t want to sign him because he didn’t have enough experience — even though he was the reigning Bellator welterweight titleholder. Askren signed with ONE FC instead and there has been sniping back and forth ever since. Askren used the CM Punk signing as another way to tweak White, tweeting that it was an “amateur move.”

CM Punk, 36, still does not know for sure when he will fight, but will need at least six months training at Roufusport before figuring out a timetable. He also has not decided on a weight class, but Askren speculates he could get down to welterweight because of all the pounds he has shed with vigorous training already.

Askren has developed a newfound respect for Punk over the last few weeks.

“Some people who come from high levels in other backgrounds where they’re used to being the best or used to being on a kind of pedestal, it’s hard to kind of lower yourself again and just be one of the grunts,” Askren said. “I kind of enjoyed that challenge in MMA. When I walked into any wrestling room, I was like the guy and then when I switched to MMA, then I’m just another guy and I don’t have a lot of skills. He’s probably even more so than me, because he was huge in WWE.”

Tyron Woodley told MMAFighting.com last month that Punk has been working as hard as anyone at Roufusport, doing private lessons almost every day along with classes. Askren reiterated those facts.

“This is a physical sport where you fight people every day in the gym,” Askren said. “It’s been awesome to see how he’s just come in and worked hard and isn’t really worried about anything else.”

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Morning Report: Bryan Caraway changing tune on Ronda Rousey

After a very ugly, public feud with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, fellow bantamweight Bryan Caraway is working to keep his nose clean when it comes to ‘Rowdy.’ Although some fans may be expecting fireworks between Caraway and Rousey on this season of The Ultimate Fighter, Caraway says he no longer bears any malice towards her.

“I don’t have any ill thoughts or bad intentions toward Ronda. I don’t hate her and I want her to know that,” Caraway told SI.com this week. “She’s a talented, world-class athlete. I think she’s a stud fighter. I just don’t agree with the way she approaches things and conducts herself. I don’t feel like she’s a role model and I think there’s a lot better ways to go about it. Her, Miesha and I are just completely different types of people.”

Caraway’s presence as an assistant to TUF coach Miesha Tate brought a certain intrigue leading up to this season of as fans wait to see he and Rousey finally clash. Caraway, the long-time boyfriend of Tate, has a history with Rousey dating back to the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title bout last March. Responding to an antagonizing fan, Caraway tweeted “if [Rousey] wants to challenge a man I’ll knock her teeth dwn (sic) her throat the (sic) break her arm!”

Even so, Tate credits Caraway’s participation as giving her team an edge rather than be a distraction.

“He was instrumental in the whole process because he’d been on the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter,” Tate told SI.com this week. He was able to relate to the fighters in a way the rest of the staff just couldn’t. We didn’t have the experience of being locked up in a house for six weeks like he had.”

Tate, who challenges Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 168 in December, assumed her role as coach after a knee injury to Cat Zingano forced her to withdraw. Zingano, who has her own history with Caraway, scored a decision victory over Tate in April at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale. The winner was to be assured a coaching spot opposite Rousey prior to an eventual title bout.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Alistair Overeem vs. Frank Mir set for UFC 167: Great fight, better card. The UFC is pulling out all the stops for its big 20th anniversary show.

FOX Sports 1 by the numbers. Dave Meltzer goes into amazing detail of the UFC’s affect on ratings for the launch of FS1. UFC president Dana White responded to our Ariel Helwani.

Jacare wanted to make statement with Okami. “I came here to destroy my opponent, finish the fight quick,” Souza said at the post-fight press-conference. “I wanted to shock the world.”

Glover not enough for Jones. Luke Thomas makes the case as to why Glover Teixeira doesn’t pose an overwhelming threat to Jon Jones‘ UFC light heavyweight crown.

Meet our TUF blogger, Julianna Pena. Set to face Shayna Baszler on next week’s episode, Pena chats with our own Shaun Al-Shatti about last night’s premier. “I was happy to see her, but at the same time, ‘No! Don’t hug me! Ronda’s going to see you hugging me and she’s not going to pick me on her team!’ (Laughs.) But at that point it was really too late.”

TUF observations: Chuck Mindenhall breaks down exactly why the UFC needed to move away from its stale format to get people intrigued in TUF again. “Just like the very first TUF, when Forrest Griffin, Kenny Florian and Diego Sanchez were the players — back when “spritzing” was all the rage — the women on the show figure to factor into the UFC’s landscape when all is said and done.”

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MEDIA STEW

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Ronda says she’d be worried about being sued if she ever slapped Miesha Tate.

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An extended preview of UFC 165.

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UFC Ultimate Insider profiles Team Alpha Male head coach Duane Lugwig.

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A little early for hanging mistletoe, but to each his own. It’s Nick Diaz, after all.

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Josh Thompson stars in the upcoming Fist of the Dragon, not to be confused with Fist of Dragon or Fist of the Red Dragon. Look for it in theaters this Christmas.

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TWEETS

The victory lap.

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Struve not giving up.

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A nearly beardless Hendricks just seems unnatural.

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Not sure if it’s the angle, but Vitor looks massive.

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Dana defends TUF.

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The heart of a champion. I think Bart and I might be cut from the same cloth.

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Akira Corassani and Bryan Caraway patch things up.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced Yesterday (Sept. 5 2013)

Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante vs. Igor Pokrajac to UFC Fight Night 32

Frank Mir vs. Alistair Overeem added to UFC 167

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via MMA Fighting member Tkeaner.

Moneyweights: The Growing Abyss

There are currently 9 weight classes wherein the UFC employs a champion, none of which hold the title of the fastest growing division. That title, however dubious under these circumstances, belongs to the “Moneyweights”; or that abyss of fighters that seems to be forming between the 185lb and 205lb weight classes.

In years past, the UFC’s moneyweight division once consisted of only a couple of fighters such as Rich Franklin or Wanderlei Silva. They have been joined in recent months, thanks to the sustained dominance of Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, by the likes of Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida, Vitor Belfort. Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua and Dan Henderson seem destined to follow in the coming months. These fighters all have two things in common. They have lost to the current champion (in most cases rather convincingly) or a top contender and they are all still relevant, big names that the UFC can promote in big fights. The logic is simple; they no longer have a path to the title, so hey what not take some big fights? There is even more motivation to do so for fighters moving up in weight as they have much more to gain. For example, Chael Sonnen lost two fights to middleweight champion Anderson Silva. If he goes up to light heavyweight and wins a couple of fights, goes back down to middleweight and wins a fight, one could project that he would be right back at the front of the line for a title shot at 185lbs (most likely only if Weidman beats Silva in December but you never know with Chael). Sonnen has substantially more to gain, financially and otherwise, if he goes up in weight and fights some promotable names rather than stay and toil in the middleweight division as gatekeeper.

This is the reality facing all of these fighters mentioned; stay in their current division and become a gatekeeper as long as the current champion remains or become a moneyweight and hope one day you retain that contender status? The UFC certainly prefers the latter. It frees up matchmaking restrictions and creates fights with main event caliber fighters that would be otherwise unattainable. It is only a matter of time before each of these fighters settle into one division or the other so it is wise to capitalize when possible. But for as long as they are willing, the UFC seems to be more than happy to be in the Moneyweight business.

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Georges St. Pierre changes tune on women’s MMA thanks to Ronda Rousey’s UFC 157 performance

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If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White can change his views and opinions on women’s mixed martial arts (MMA), then current Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre can do it, too.

“Rush” — who has two sisters — came under fire after he said it’s hard for him to watch females beat each other up inside a steel cage because of his upbringing. The admission compelled Miesha Tate to brand the French-Canadian “ignorant.” It was a label with which Tate’s nemesis, UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, surprisingly agreed.

Admittedly, St. Pierre said he doesn’t watch much MMA, but after tuning into the first-ever “Rowdy” title defense against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 this past February, the dominant 170-pound champion had a change of heart.

His words during today’s (July 31, 2013) “UFC World Tour” press conference:

“Let me clarify. In my free time, I don’t watch fights all the time. I have a few fighters I like to watch. If it’s not a friend or a guy I like to watch fight, I don’t watch. I’m more a nerd. That’s my lifestyle. Back in the day, I wasn’t a fan of women’s MMA and I saw the Cyborg brutalizing another women. I felt bad for the woman getting beat. I actually saw the fight of Ronda, the last fight and the armbar and I think she stands out from the other women. She has a nice set-up and she made me change my mind a little bit. I’m not against women fighting. I just didn’t really pay attention to it before. I’m in it now so there’s no problem with that. It was one girl going through another girl. It was maybe my heart, the way I am, I have two sisters. It hurt me to see one girl get a ferocious beating. Now things have evolved. I saw Ronda’s fight almost getting choked and coming back.”

Indeed, it seems the history-making battle between “Rowdy” and “Girl-Rilla” is still having a positive effect in the world of MMA.

St. Pierre, Rousey and Tate, as well as UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Alexander Gustafsson, Junior dos Santos, Johny Hendricks and Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, were in New York City today — a state that still hasn’t legalized the sport — to promote their upcoming fights in what was the second leg of the promotion’s “World Tour.”

And judging by the picture above, it’s safe to assume the time St. Pierre and Rousey have been spending together on tour talking up their respective title fights has given them the chance to settle all the differences.

No word if Tate received a hug from the champ, too.

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Sources: Anderson Silva changes tune, wants Chris Weidman rematch this year

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Anderson Silva wants to fight Chris Weidman again after all, and he wants the rematch to happen sooner rather than later.

According to sources very close to the former UFC middleweight champion, Silva changed his tune about not fighting Weidman again just hours after he was knocked out by Weidman at UFC 162 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The sources said they have never seen Silva so motivated to fight someone, and that a little over 24 hours after the loss Silva was jokingly wishing the rematch could happen this week. That’s how badly he wants to avenge his loss to Weidman.

The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the rematch has yet to be announced by the UFC, said Silva’s preference would be to fight Weidman again this year, not in February, as has been discussed by UFC president Dana White.
White told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week that he was contemplating bumping the Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate fight from Dec. 28 to Feb. 1 because he didn’t want Weidman vs. Silva 2 to be in the shadows of the Super Bowl, which takes place Feb. 2 in New Jersey. Weidman said on CBS Sports Radio on Wednesday that White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta told him earlier this week the fight would take place in either December or February. The new champion has already stated on numerous occasions that he wants to fight Silva again, too.

Immediately after UFC 162, Silva surprised the MMA world when he said he had no interest in fighting Weidman again for the belt, however, White correctly predicted Silva would change his tune.

Now the only question remains is when and where potentially the biggest fight in UFC history will take place.

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Bellator 86 Ratings Report: 812,000 Viewers Tune in for Sophomore Spike TV Show

The Bellator Fighting Championships averaged 812,000 viewers during Thursday night’s live broadcast of Bellator 86 on Spike TV.
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