Watch Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” Weigh-ins and Preliminary Card HERE

Friday’s official “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” weigh-ins, as well as Satuday’s preliminary card, which features Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. in action. Lastly, the stream for the official post-fight press conference is also below. Please let me know if you have any questions. (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)

 

Nov 19, 2016 – Bellator 165 – Chandler vs. Henderson

Nov 18 Weigh-In  (5:00 pm PST):

Nov 19, 2016 – Bellator 165 – Chandler vs. Henderson Preliminary Card  (4:00 pm PST):

 

Post-Fight Press Conference Code (Following ‘Bellator 165’ on Spike):

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WFF Main Event Sat Nov 19 EDWIN “LIL PEPPER” LOUIS VS ROLLIN NOLAN HYLAND

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Bobby Moffett – In studio guest – Dec 9th RFA 46 –  Moffett vs Brown

also from RFA 46 we have James Nakashima

Co-main event, 2015 RFA Fans’ Choice Awards “Prospect of the Year” winner James Nakashima (5-0) welcomes heavy-handed Texas native Dez Hill (8-3) to the RFA Octagon in an explosive welterweight showdown.

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Patricky Pitbull Bellator MMA exclusive interview: BELLATOR 167 DEC 03, 2016 / WINSTAR WORLD CASINO AND RESORT, THACKERVILLE, OKLAHOMA

Patricky Freire 16 – 8 – 0 vs Derek Campos 17 – 6 – 0

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Geane  Carlos Herrera  – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 101 NOV 27, 2016 / ROD LAVER ARENA, MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Geane Herrera vs 9 – 2 – 0 14 – 6 – 0

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Ryan Bader – UFC exclusive- Main Event – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 100

NOV 19, 2016 / IBIRAPUERA GYMNASIUM, SAO PAULO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Ryan Bader 21 – 5 – 0 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 22 – 7 – 0

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BELLATOR 165: CHANDLER VS. HENDERSON Check out the Media Conference Call

‘BELLATOR 165: CHANDLER VS. HENDERSON’ OFFICIAL CONFERENCE CALL STREAM AND TRANSCRIBED QUOTES FROM MICHAEL CHANDLER, BENSON HENDERSON, MICHAEL ‘VENOM’ PAGE AND FERNANDO GONZALEZ

 

SANTA MONICA, CALIF (November 15, 2016) – Before the cage door closes this Saturday at the SAP Center in San Jose, the main and co-main event fighters from “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” participated in a media conference call. If you weren’t on the line, you can listen to it here, or read a couple of the quotes below.

“Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” features current champion Michael Chandler (15-3) against Benson Henderson (24-6) in the headlining role, while co-main event action will have undefeated British phenom Michael “Venom” Page (11-0) and California’s own Fernando Gonzalez (25-13) duke it out in a welterweight thriller. Bay Area’s own Keri Melendez makes her professional MMA debut, as does Kevin Ferguson Jr. better known as Kimbo Slice Jr.

The event airs LIVE and FREE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Spike and completes three consecutive weeks of championship fights on the Viacom-owned network. Tickets for the event remain on sale and can be purchased at Bellator.com, as well as SAP Center Box Office and Ticketmaster.

Q: For Benson…Is there any extra motivation to prove yourself in this fight after the way the last fight ended?

Benson Henderson: I would say that there’s not a whole lot of extra motivation this fight. I’m a pretty highly self-motivated individual. I want to win all of my fights. I don’t need any extra incentives. I want to have my hand raised in every single fight.

 

Q: This is your second title fight in Bellator. Is there anything you learned from the first go-around that you’re bringing into this fight?

 

Benson Henderson: I don’t know if there’s anything that I learned from the last title fight, just being more comfortable inside the Bellator cage and getting used to the walkout and finding my rhythm.

 

Q: You’re fighting for the title now. Do you think of yourself as a lightweight? Is this where you intend to stay or is another trip to welterweight a possibility in the future?

 

Benson Henderson: I wouldn’t say that I think of myself as a lightweight necessarily. For me, it’s 155 lbs. or 170 lbs., just wherever the more interesting and fun matchups are. But, first things first, I have to take care of business on Saturday night.

 

Q: You mentioned fun and interesting fights. Is the title something you think about as well? The story line of the week is a two-division champion in the other promotion. Is that a dream that you have for yourself in your career or do you just want to stay and be the most dominate lightweight champion that you can be?

 

Benson Henderson: I’m going to go get this belt at 155 lbs., but after that I wouldn’t say that belts offer a whole lot of extra incentive. Obviously belts are great and the meaning behind the belt is that you are the best in the planet and that means a lot to say that you are the best at that weight class, but I don’t fight necessarily just for the belt. You do want the belt, but right now all I’m concentrating on is four days from now and a man named Michael Chandler.

 

Q: For Michael…Have you ever thought about trying for another belt? I know it’s early in your title reign, but has that ever crossed your mind? And, if you did go for another belt, would it be for welterweight or featherweight?

 

Michael Chandler: I haven’t put a lot of thought into it. For me, I’m just looking for the biggest fight I can get. I know there’s no way I could make 145 lbs., since I walk around at about 190 lbs., between fights. So, I’m not interested in losing the muscle mass that I’ve worked so hard to build. If anything, I would jump up to 170 lbs., but right now I’m focused on my fight this Saturday night and I’m excited to get out there and perform.

 

Q: Why is Henderson an important opponent for your career?

 

Michael Chandler: Every opponent is important. Every single time we fight, we’re putting ourselves, our livelihood, our records, and our reputation on the line. It just so happens for me, I get an opportunity to fight a guy who’s been a champion and has done some great things in the sport. But luckily, it’s the right time for me and the wrong time for him. I’m extremely excited to go out there and make a statement with this fight on Saturday night. He’s definitely a great, willing opponent, but I’m excited to go out there and get the finish.

 

Q: For MVP…Obviously, it’s been a fantastic year for you in Bellator, especially your performance in London. Have you got your finger on the pulse of pop culture right now and is there something out there that you’re drawing inspiration from that you’re looking to utilize in some entertainment factor on fight night?

 

MVP: Yeah, I’m always socially aware, but I have to get the job done first and that’s the most important thing.

 

Q: At the moment, fighting at multiple weight classes and fighting in multiple divisions seems to be the rage right now and I know in the past you’ve mentioned the possibility of dropping down to 155 lbs., is that something that you’re still interested in?

 

MVP: At the moment, no. Right now, I’m just focused on fighting in the welterweight division.

 

Q: If you can record a win over Fernando Gonzalez, how many more fights and how many more wins do you think before you are in that title picture and fighting for a title shot?

 

MVP: That’s not really my main concern. I just go out there and entertain and I’ll keep doing that until I end up in the position I’m supposed to be in.

 

Q: For Michael Chandler…With you watching Benson from a far for a long time, what did you think of him as his career progressed?

 

Michael Chandler: Benson’s had a phenomenal career. Back in the day, he was the UFC champion and I was the Bellator champion. He was ranked number one and I was ranked number three in the world and it was always that “what if” matchup. What if these two guys could fight…and now we finally get to see. He’s continued to impress. He’s continued to win. Great careers and great legacies can’t be had without great opponents. I look at Benson Henderson as exactly that, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to step into that cage on Saturday night and lose this belt. I’ve trained my tail off, I’ve gone through some of the toughest hardships that anyone can go through in this sport…losing three fights in a row, coming back, and believing that no matter what, my next big breakthrough is right around the corner. I never once thought about quitting, where I think a lot of people in that situation would. Where I’ve been and where I am now, I’m confident and I’m excited to just go out there and put it all on the line against one of the best in the world and one of the biggest names in the sport. This is a great opportunity on Spike TV, live and free.

 

Q: For Fernando…question regarding the video packages that Michael Page has produced and released this year, most recently during Halloween. Did you watch them and what was your reaction to the video packages?

 

Fernando Gonzalez: I watched both of the videos and thought it was kind of funny, especially the last one. Bad choice of food products I guess. He’s basically eating balls and drinking milk, while cupping and savoring the taste. So, I don’t know if I should take that as a call out, but I think the victory alone will be enough for me.

 

Q: With Michael (Page) on the line right now, does Fernando have any sort of message for him leading up to the fight?

 

Fernando Gonzalez: It’s the same message that I gave before. Just show up. I respect the fighter, but after this he’ll congratulate me and thank me for making him a better fighter. He’s tough, but he hasn’t been tested and I’m going to give him his first loss.

 

Q: Michael do you have a response to that?

 

MVP: I’m allergic to bullshit, so there’s no point in responding.

 

Q: For Benson Henderson…In the title eliminator fight in Anaheim, you had a calm and deliberate demeanor throughout that fight and before we could really see you explode, Pitbull was taken away with an injury. Are you going to look to set a faster pace with Chandler, or are we going to see a more measured response?

 

Benson Henderson: We’ll see how it plays out. It’s hard to dictate and say exactly what I’m going to do. If I was an NFL coach, I would not be one of those coaches that has the first 15 plays of the game scripted out and no matter what happens, we’re sticking to these 15 plays. For me, I have to feel it out and go with the flow. But, for me I don’t think this is going to be a slow pace fight. I’m expecting this to be one of the most high paced, action-packed fights you’ve seen in the Bellator cage.

Complete “Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson” Main Card:

Lightweight World Title Main Event: Michael Chandler (15-3) vs. Benson Henderson (24-6)

Welterweight Co-Main Event: Michael Page (11-0) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-13)

Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Linton Vassell (16-5) vs. Francis Carmont (25-11)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Adam Piccolotti (8-0) vs. Brandon Girtz (14-4)

Flyweight Feature Bout: Keri-Anne Taylor-Melendez (Debut) vs. Sheila Padilla (2-0)

Complete Preliminary Card:

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Ferguson Jr. (Debut) vs. Aaron Hamilton (0-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Carrington Banks (5-0) vs. Jake Roberts (7-0)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Diego Herzog (3-2) vs. Nick Pica (5-0)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Jeremiah Labiano (9-5) vs. Vince Murdock (8-2)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (17-9) vs. Justin Baesman (19-10-1)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Alvin Cacdac (16-12) vs. Steve Ramirez (5-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (2-1) vs. Luis Vargas (Debut)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Victor Jones (0-2) vs. Beau Hamilton (1-7)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Hugo Lujan (0-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (Debut)

Welterweight “VOW” Preliminary Bout: Dominic Sumner (Debut) vs. Justin Roswell (1-0)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-0) vs. Dwight Grant (6-1)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sarah D’Alelio (10-6) vs. Jaimelene Nievera (4-1)

About Bellator MMA:

Bellator MMA is a leading Mixed Martial Arts organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the MMA television leader.  Bellator MMA is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Santa Monica, California and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

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Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

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Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike. SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at www.sapcenter.com.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs Nov 10

Guests: Ryan Bader, Albert Morales, Cortney Casey, Tonya Evinger, Keri Melendez

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 UFC Fight Night 100 NOV 19, 2016 / IBIRAPUERA GYMNASIUM, SAO PAULO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Cortney Casey 6 – 3 – 0 vs  Claudia Gadelha 13 – 2 – 0

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 Bellator 165

NOV 19, 2016 / SAP CENTER, SAN JOSE, CA

Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez  0 – 0 – 0 vs Sheila Padilla 2 – 0 – 0

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 Main Event – UFC FIGHT NIGHT 100

NOV 19, 2016 / IBIRAPUERA GYMNASIUM, SAO PAULO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Ryan Bader 21 – 5 – 0 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 22 – 7 – 0

  UFC Fight Night 100 NOV 19, 2016 / IBIRAPUERA GYMNASIUM, SAO PAULO, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL        Albert Morales 6 – 0 – 1 vs Thomas Almeida 20 – 1 – 0

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Invicta FC 20 NOV 18, 2016 / KANSAS CITY SCOTTISH RITE TEMPLE, KANSAS CITY, MO.

Tonya Evinger 18 – 5 – 0 vs Yana Kunitskaya 9 – 2 – 0

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UFC returns to Phoenix in , 3 bouts announced

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced they will return to Phoenix in 2017, bringing the promotion to the Valley of the Sun for the first time in over two years as UFC Fight Night will be held at Talking Stick Arena on January 15.  The event will air live on Fox Sports 1.

The UFC last held an event in Phoenix in December 2014, which aired live on Fox and was headlined by a bout between Junior Dos Santos and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. The card featured several fighters who would go on to win championships shortly thereafter, including Miocic, Rafael Dos Anjos and Joanna Jędrzejczyk.

Three bouts have been signed for this event, as heavyweight Damien Grabowski (20-4, 0-2 UFC) faces Viktor Pesta (10-3, 1-3 UFC), Cyril Asker (7-2, 0-1 UFC) meets Dmitry Smoliakov  (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) also at heavyweight, and light heavyweights Joachim Christensen (13-4, 0-1 UFC) squares off with Bojan Mihajlovic (10-4, 0-1 UFC). A main event will be announced at a later date.

Tickets will go on sale for UFC Fight Night Phoenix later in the month.

Rousey/Nunes, Cruz/Garbrandt official for stacked UFC 207

 

Las Vegas – UFC® is bringing the heat to close out 2016 with two world title fights and a card filled with some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her 135-pound crown for the first time against arguably the most dominant champion in history, Ronda Rousey, in the main event. The co-main event will see the men’s bantamweight world title on the line in a grudge match between division kingpin Dominick Cruz and one of the sport’s fastest rising stars, Cody Garbrandt. UFC® 207: NUNES vs. ROUSEY takes place Friday, Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

With all eyes on the Octagon® for the return of Rousey (12-1, fighting out of Venice, Calif.) the stage is set for champion Nunes (13-4, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) to put on the performance of a lifetime and catapult herself into superstardom by defeating the biggest name in the sport. The 28-year-old Brazilian shocked the world with her first round submission of Miesha Tate to win the title earlier this year. Nunes’ explosive finishing power and ability to submit or knock out any opponent, makes her one of the most dangerous and complete fighters in the women’s 135-pound division. Rousey is the sport’s first true crossover star, having elevated MMA to the next level with her dominance, dynamic finishing ability and confidence. As the only athlete to successfully defend the women’s bantamweight title more than once, Rousey hopes to begin her second reign over the division.

 No. 2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Cruz (22-1, fighting out of San Diego, Calif.) knows a thing or two about crushing the dreams of Team Alpha Male standouts and he has developed one of the most intense rivalries in MMA with the members of Urijah Faber’s powerhouse gym. Next in his sights is No. 6 Garbrandt (10-0, fighting out of Sacramento, Calif.), perhaps the most talented and powerful of Cruz’s challengers yet. Cruz will need to rely on his timing, accuracy and unparalleled footwork to counter Garbrandt’s power and speed if he hopes to dispose of another of Sacramento’s finest. Meanwhile, Garbrandt looks to remain undefeated and prove the time is now for him to take over as the 135-pound king.  

In a rematch 18 months in the making, two of the greatest heavyweights of all-time, No. 1 ranked Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) and No. 2 Cain Velasquez (14-2, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) battle it out for a potential shot at heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Werdum is a three-time world jiu jitsu champion in addition to being a former UFC heavyweight champion. He holds wins over the likes of Velasquez, Mark Hunt, Fedor Emilianenko and Minotauro Nogueira and has finished 16 of his 21 professional victories. Velasquez is a two-time UFC heavyweight champion who holds the record for most knockouts in UFC heavyweight history and hopes to avenge his UFC 188 loss to Werdum, the same as he did in his epic trilogy with Junior Dos Santos. 

Additional Bouts:

·         Former welterweight champion, No. 7 Johny Hendricks (17-5, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) looks to get back on track against the always dangerous No. 9 Neil Magny (18-6, fighting out of Denver, Colo.)

·         Belgian striking sensation, No. 13 Tarec Saffiedine (16-5, fighting out of Brussels, Belgium) takes on relentless No. 14 Matt Brown (22-15, fighting out of Denver, Colo.) in a 170-pound showdown

·         Las Vegas’ own Mike Pyle (27-12-1, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.) meets lethal finisher Alex Garcia (13-3, fighting out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) at welterweight

·         In a battle of 170-pound finishers, Tim Means (26-7-1, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) clashes with Alex Oliveira (15-3-1, 1 NC, fighting out of Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

·         Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Antonio Carlos Junior (7-2, 1 NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) meets fellow submission specialist Marvin Vettori (11-2, fighting out of Mezzocorona, Italy) in a middleweight bout.

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.

Visit the UFC® Press Portal for information and content to support your UFC coverage. 

Tickets for UFC® 207: NUNES vs. ROUSEY go on sale Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $600, $300, $200, $150, $90 and $75 (prices do not include applicable service charges and handling fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to four (4) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, Nov. 3 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

UFC® 207: NUNES vs. ROUSEY will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Friday, Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Vubiquity, and in Canada on BellTV, Rogers, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Canal Indigo for a suggested retail price of $49.99 US/CAN for Standard Definition and $59.99 US/CAN for High-Definition.

Galvao-Davis and Honeycutt-Reiter added to Bellator 166

SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (October 31, 2016) – A bantamweight feature fight pitting Marcos Galvao (17-7-1) against L.C. Davis (23-7) and a middleweight clash between Chris Honeycutt (8-1, 1 NC) and Ben Reiter (17-1-1) have been added to the main card of “Bellator 166: Dantas vs. Warren 2” inside WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, OK., on December 2.

The first night of entertainment – “Bellator 166: Dantas vs. Warren 2” — will feature a bantamweight world title rematch between current champion Eduardo Dantas (18-4) and former belt holder Joe Warren (14-5). In addition, a featherweight clash pitting undefeated prospect A.J. McKee (5-0) against Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) will also air live and free on the SPIKE-televised card.

Tickets for the unique doubleheader event start at just $45 and can be purchased at the WinStar World Casino & Resort Box Office, as well as Ticketmaster and Bellator.com.

“Bellator 166: Dantas vs. Warren 2” airs live and free on Friday on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. “Bellator 167” airs live and free on Saturday on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Preliminary bouts for both events will stream live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Brazilian superstar Marcos Galvao returns to action having won seven of his last nine and is ready for another push at the division’s belt. Hailing from Amazonas, Brazil, the illusive “Loro” has only been finished once in the past seven years, while conversely finishing his opponent in five of his 11 wins over that same period. Now Galvao returns to WinStar World Casino & Resort, the same venue where he fought and defeated Joe Warren for bantamweight gold at “Bellator 135.” Subsequently, Warren will also prepare to compete at “Bellator 166: Dantas vs. Warren 2,” as he and Eduardo Dantas will face off in the main event. Needless to say, the 34-year-old Galvao will have tremendous motivation to win, as the division he once championed dominates a stacked main card in Thackerville.

Davis enters the contest for the fifth time under the Bellator MMA banner, earning victories in three of his first four bouts with the promotion. The 35-year-old bantamweight has finished his opponent in 15 of his 23 career wins, including 11 in the opening round. A winner in seven of his last nine contests, the Kansas City, Missouri native consistently finds himself amid conversation with the division’s top contenders. Davis hopes to replicate the same success that he had in his most recent victory over Hideo Tokoro at “Bellator 135,” where his split decision win was labeled Yahoo! Sports’ “Best Fight of the Half-Year.” The former Pratt Community College wrestling coach now faces an opportunity to climb the ranks in a tasty matchup against one of the game’s best.

A six-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Honeycutt made a lasting impression in his first two appearances under the promotion, recording back-to-back knockouts. Fighting out of Fresno, Calif., the 28-year-old knockout artist began his professional career with an impressive streak of six consecutive victories, including five finishes and four knockouts. “The Cutt” made a successful transition to the welterweight division in his Bellator MMA debut in 2014, before returning to the middleweight class in his most recent win over Mikkel Parlo at “Bellator 156.”

After making his professional debut in 2011, Reiter collected sixteen wins before surrendering his first career loss. The 29-year-old New Yorker competed mainly in Peru early in his career, fighting under the direction of Inka Fighting Championship, before joining the Bellator MMA fray in 2014. Since making his promotional debut for the Scott Coker-led organization, “The Hunter” has added three more victories to his already impressive résumé, as he quickly finds himself among the division’s elite. With nine of his 17 career wins coming by way of knockout or submission, Reiter hopes to add to that total with another finish in the first of a two-night special doubleheader in Thackerville, OK. Standing at six feet three inches, Reiter will look to expose his opponent Honeycutt with a significant advantage in both height and reach.

Complete “Bellator 166: Dantas vs. Warren 2” Main Card:
Bantamweight World Title Main Event: Eduardo Dantas (18-4)
vs. Joe Warren (14-5)

Featherweight Co-Main Event: A.J. McKee (5-0) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3)

Bantamweight Feature Bout: Marcos Galvao (17-7-1) vs. L.C. Davis (23-7)

Middleweight Feature Bout: Chris Honeycutt (8-1, 1 NC) vs. Ben Reiter (17-1-1)

Updated Preliminary Card:
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Treston Thomison (9-4) vs. Ray Wood (7-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Chris Jones (10-4) vs. Derrick Adkins (7-2)

            Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Kennedy Nzechukwu (Debut) vs. Jon Lair (2-0)

            Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Chance Rencountre (8-2) Levi Queen (8-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Gregory Babene (17-11) vs. Emiliano Sordi (14-5)

Information on tickets for Bellator 170 “Ortiz vs. Sonnen”

SANTA MONICA, CALIF (October 27, 2016) – It’s a fight that many mixed martial arts fans thought they’d never see, but on January 21, 2017, both Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (28-14-1) will return to action inside the beautifully renovated Forum in Inglewood, Calif., to headline “Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen.” In college, the two met on the wrestling mat, in a matchup that Sonnen won by pinning Ortiz on his birthday. Now, Ortiz will have the opportunity to avenge that loss when the compete in the Bellator MMA cage on SPIKE.

Tickets for this massive event go on sale to the general public TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 28 at Bellator.com, as well as Ticketmaster.com, but if you are a member of Bellator Nation, you’ll have exclusive access to seats TODAY if you use the code “Bellator” when checking out.

The event will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App. Additional main and preliminary card bouts will be announcing in the coming weeks. 

Since shocking the world with his surprise signing with Bellator MMA last month, Sonnen has made it clear he wants to fight anyone and everyone – regardless of weight class, or anything else that could stand in his way. Sitting atop that list, is a name that has sat atop the sport of MMA practically since its inception, Tito Ortiz.

Not one to shy away from any sort of challenge, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” wasted zero time welcoming “The American Gangster” to the fray as only he can, by responding to Sonnen’s call-out with open arms on his social media account.

Sonnen spent a vast majority of his 43-fight career with the UFC, a run where he competed against names the likes of Jon Jones, Anderson Silva (2x), Rashad Evans, “Shogun” Rua, Demian Maia, Brian Stann, and current middleweight champion Michael Bisping. In addition to his exploits inside the cage, the West Linn, Ore., native has mastered the art of being in front of the camera, doing major broadcasting work for both ESPN and Fox Sports. Now, after a three-year hiatus from active MMA competition, Sonnen looks to add to his impressive resume by defeating Ortiz.

Known to the masses as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” or “The People’s Champion” Tito Ortiz is a fan-favorite all over the world.  The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has always been one of the toughest competitors in the cage, utilizing his wrestling background; Ortiz is a grinder who defended his title an impressive five times. Always with a flair for the dramatic, Ortiz had intense rivalries in the cage with guys like Ken Shamrock, Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, and Randy Couture. Most recently, Ortiz challenged current Bellator MMA 205-pound champion Liam McGeary at “Bellator: Dynamite 1.”

 

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Faber announces fight in December will be his last

Mixed Martial Arts legend and long time Ultimate Fighting Championship top ranked star Urijah Faber has announced that his next fight will be the final time he steps foot inside the Octagon.

Faber (33-10, 9-6 UFC)  has been a staple of the promotion’s bantamweight division since it’s inception in 2011. In that time, he’s faced some of the best bantamweights in the sport,  received four title shots, had a storied rivalry with Dominick Cruz, netted four Performance of the Night bonuses and has coached on the Ultimate Fighter twice (seasons 15 and 22). Prior to his UFC run, he was one World Extreme Cagefighting’s most recognizable and prominent fighters, where he held the promotion’s featherweight title. While holding  the belt, his series of fights with Jens Pulver truly helped gain mass recognition to the California based promotion.

Faber’s final fight will be against Brad Pickett on December 17 at UFC on Fox 22 in his hometown Sacramento, CA.