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.”

 

Ralek Gracie resumes MMA career, signs with Bellator

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — (October 26, 2016) – Bellator MMA is proud to announce the signing of Ralek Gracie (3-0) to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract.

Ralek is the third son of Rorion, the nephew of Royce, Rickson, and Royler Gracie and received his black belt from Grand Master Helio Gracie. The Gracie Family is famous for putting Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu on the map around the globe.

At only 22, Ralek made his MMA debut in Japan, where he defeated his opponent, Kastuyori Shibata with a devastating armbar. Nearly a year later, Ralek returned to Japan for his second MMA fight and again was victorious, this time defeating Gahdzhiev Alavutdin with an armbar from the mount. These two bouts led to a highly anticipated matchup with Kazushi Sakuraba, where again the Los Angeles native left “The Land of the Rising Sun” with the victory. That was the last time Ralek would fight under MMA rules, until now.

“I was bred for hand-to-hand combat over generations and I simply can’t ignore that during my physical prime. My destiny is calling me and my opponent is irrelevant, it’s go time,” Gracie said. “It’s crazy to see where fighting has come since my childhood of seeing everything unfold from behind the scenes. Bellator is really stepping up the opportunities fighters have to compete more often and in different countries and I’m excited to join that movement and test my style in this modern MMA era.”

It has yet to be determined which weight class the 31-year-old will participate in, but expect to see him lace up the gloves for Bellator MMA in early 2017.

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 TV, 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.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs Oct 27

Guests: Tim Kennedy, Scott Cleve, John Crouch and Roland Sarria

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News, Reviews and Interviews with today’s hottest national and local fighters, including expert analysis of all things MMA: including the UFC, Bellator, WSOF, Titan FC. Invicata FC, RFA, Duel for Domination, Bounded Fist Muay Thai and more.

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Roland Sarria to discuss: AMERICAN COMBAT GRAPPLING CHALLENGE

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 UFC 205 NOV 12, 2016 / MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Tim Kennedy 18 – 5 – 0 vs Rashad Evans 19 – 5 – 1

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 Bellator 164 – NOV 10, 2016 / MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

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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.

MMA Fight Radio Thurs Oct 20

Guests: Jorge Gurgel, Max Griffin, and Chase Waldon

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Produced by Penny Buffington. Sponsored by the Arizona Event Center.

Joshua Boyd: Las Vegas Correspondent
Paal Eide: East Coast Correspondent w/ wife Yadlynd as photographer

Southeast Coast Correspondent Scott Lewis

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Chas Waldon RFA 45 Main Event – vacant RFA Middleweight Title fight vs Gerald Meerschaer OCT 28, 2016 / MYSTIC LAKE HOTEL CASINO, MYSTIC LAKE, MINNESOTA

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UFC Fight Night 98 NOV 05, MEXICO CITY ARENA MEXICO CITY, FEDERAL DISTRICT, MEXICO, MEXICO

Max Griffin 12 – 3 – 0 vs Erick Montano 7 – 4 – 0

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Top MMA prospects Ruth and Fortune to debut; Neiman Gracie to face Bears at Bellator 163

SANTA MONICA, CALIF (October 6, 2016) –Two of Bellator’s highly touted wrestling prospects Ed Ruth and Tyrell Fortune will make their eagerly anticipated mixed martial arts debuts against Mark Mangiardi (Debut) and Cody Miskell (Debut) during the stacked card of Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis on November 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

In addition, Neiman Gracie (4-0) will look to remain undefeated to begin his professional career in a catchweight bout against Rudy Bears (16-14). All three of these contests will air on the Bellator.com-streamed preliminary card beginning at 7:50 p.m. ET/5:50 p.m. CT.  

The newly announced tilts complete a card headlined by a light heavyweight world title fight that pits champion Liam McGeary (11-0) against Phil Davis (16-3). In the co-main event, a welterweight showdown pitting Saad Awad (19-8) against Brennan Ward (13-4) will go down, while a heavyweight bout between Sergei Kharitonov (23-5) and Javy “Eye Candy” Ayala (9-5) will also be featured on the main card. Lastly, Paul Daley (38-14-2) and the always-exciting Derek Anderson (14-2) faceoff in a welterweight clash, while female featherweights Marloes Coenen (23-7) and Talita Nogueira (6-0) round out the live and free action on SPIKE.

Tickets for “Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis” are on sale now at Bellator.com, as well as the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster. The event can be seen 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. 

When looking up the word “prospect” in the dictionary, there should be a photo of Ed Ruth placed next to the definition. The three-time national champion joined a plethora of blue-chip amateur wrestling prospects on the Bellator MMA roster last year and now will make his long-awaited debut at 185-pounds on Nov. 4. An attendee of the world-renown Blair Academy in Susquehanna Township, PA, where he was the top-ranked recruit in the nation for his weight class, Ruth elected to stay local and attend wrestling powerhouse Penn State University where he went on to add three National Championships and four All-American accolades to his trophy room while wrestling with the Nittany Lions. Now, Ruth’s chase for mixed martial arts gold begins –

Fighting out of Pennsylvania, Mark Mangiardi will have his hands full when he makes his professional debut against Ruth. With four amateur bouts already under his belt, the 28-year-old has tasted competition on the MMA scene unlike his Nov. 4 opponent. With his first sanctioned bout taking place in 2012, this will be the first bout outside of his home state of Pennsylvania.

Another one of Scott Coker’s high profile wrestling signings, Fortune attended high school at Lakeridge in Oregon, where he won state championships in nearly every national age-group in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. The accolades didn’t stop there, with Fortune accepting an offer to wrestle at Ohio State University, before ultimately settling in at the highly acclaimed Grand Canyon Universities program. Since graduating college, Fortune represented Team USA in Olympic style wrestling, where he also experienced success. Splitting time between wrestling training in Arizona alongside fellow “Bellator 163” competitor Ed Ruth and mixed martial arts training with the Blackzilians in Florida, Fortune has spent a great deal of time honing his striking talents and submission defense.

Miskell has competed in both heavyweight and super heavyweight contests during his seven-fight amateur stint, accruing a record of 5-2. Now, the Kentucky native – who’s finished each of victories – looks to parlay his success into a run under the bright lights of Bellator MMA’s heavyweight division. It’s safe to say that Miskell’s wrestling pedigree will be challenged early and often when he meets Fortune during the Bellator.com-streamed prelims.

The Gracie name is synonymous with the sport of mixed martial arts, and once again another Gracie will now take center stage for Bellator MMA. This time it is Royce Gracie’s cousin Neiman, who will compete for the third time under the promotion’s banner. After beginning his career with back-to-back submission victories, Gracie made his Bellator MMA debut at “Bellator 134,” where he defeated Bobby Flynn with a first round submission. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt followed up the win with a win over Roger Carroll, and now looks to remain undefeated when he enters the Mohegan Sun Arena for the second time of his budding MMA career.

 A 37-year-old Missouri native, Bears began his combat sports training in high school. Fighting professionally since 2007, Bears has appeared eight times previously under the Bellator MMA banner and now returns to the promotion after his appearance against Michael Page at “Bellator 140: Koreshkov vs. Lima.”  Nicknamed “Bad News,” Bears has competed against MMA notables the likes of Zak Cummings, Paul Daley, Jason High, Ryan Jensen, Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Tyron Woodley, and the aforementioned “MVP.”

Complete “Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis” Main Card:
Light Heavyweight World Title Bout: Liam McGeary (11-0) vs. Phil Davis (16-3)Welterweight Co-Main Event: Saad Awad (19-8) vs. Brennan Ward (13-4)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Paul Daley (38-14-2) vs. Derek Anderson (14-2)Heavyweight Feature Bout: Sergei Kharitonov (23-5) vs. Javy Ayala (9-5)Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Marloes Coenen (23-7) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0)

Complete Preliminary Card:
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Ed Ruth (Debut) vs. Mark Mangiardi (Debut)Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Tyrell Forune (Debut) vs. Cody Miskell (Debut)Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Neiman Gracie (4-0) vs. Rudy Bears (16-14)Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Josh Diekmann (15-7, 1 NC) vs. Tyler King (11-4)Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Blair Tugman (8-6) vs. Walter Smith-Cotito (4-4, 1 NC)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Michael Zichelle (8-4) vs. Tim Caron (5-0)Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ilya Kotau (1-1) vs. Carlos Corriea (1-0)Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Sarah Payant (1-3) vs. Hannah Regina (Debut)Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Keenan Raymond (3-3) vs. Kastroit Xhema (Debut)Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Thomas English (6-6) vs. Christopher Foster (9-4)Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Boran (6-0) vs. Vinicius De Jesus (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.

About Spike:
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.

 

Ode and Farewell to one of the true good guys

“What can I say? I am pretty lucky, I guess.”

These were the words spoken to me by Josh Samman back in 2012. At the time, he was an aspiring UFC star, fighting on the 17th season of the Ultimate Fighter. I was hosting a podcast with good friend and former UFC star Marcus Davis. Both of us had the same aspirations in mind, to reach for that proverbial brass ring so many strive for. While our paths were reaching for a different rung on the proverbial ladder, we quickly found out that we both had similar goals, and as people, even more in common.

Following that first appearance on the previously mentioned podcast, where he served as our TUF 17 correspondent, Josh and I immediately struck up a friendship. We often discussed our history, our demons, our ability to overcome them, and our futures. For him, TUF 17 was just the beginning.  “Titles will be won,” Samman said to me in a separate conversation. “And when they are, you’ll be the one calling them hopefully and both of us will be able to then say we have defeated our demons once and for all.” That was truly Josh. He never looked out for just himself, he was always looking out for others; especially his friends.

As the years passed, I witnessed the highs and lows of Samman’s life and watched him overcome them all.

I applauded loudly for him when I saw him overcome an early barrage of offense to defeat Kevin Casey and earn his first UFC victory on the TUF 17 finale.

I cried for him when I heard news that the love of his life Hailey passed away in 2013. I wept more and said silent prayers for him as he poured his heart out  wondering how he was going to be able to go on without her.

Along with many others, I encouraged him when he said he was going to dedicate everything he ever did to living for her and honoring her.

I cheered perhaps as loud as anyone when he returned from a severe injury that nearly cost him his career, as well as the emotional traumas of the passing of both Hailey and his stepfather  (all three happened in a 17 month span), and picked up a highlight reel knockout win over Eddie Gordon at UFC 181 in one of the greatest finishes you’ll ever see.

All along the way, I often found myself proud to say that my friend was able to overcome the worst life had to offer and flourish, no matter what path of life this world took him on. He did so all without excuses and all without quitting, even when faced with adversity that would have made many of the toughest you’ll ever meet wave the proverbial white towel.  It was why his nickname of Anqa, an Arabian phoenix, was so fitting. If anyone was defined for rising from the ashes to shine again more than Josh Samman, I truly don’t know who they are, or if such a person exists.

Sometimes unfortunately, life is a cold mistress and the only guarantee is that one day, we all will meet our final chapter. Yet, Josh’s death just doesn’t seem right. Like I said in June when my good friend and former MMA Fight Radio cohost Ryan Jimmo was tragically taken from us; there are things in life that will never  make sense and frankly just aren’t fair. This is another prime example. Josh Samman had a bright future ahead of him, one that will be tragically left untapped. 28 years old is entirely too young to say goodbye to a man who gave so much, overcame so much and had so much more yet to give. Yet, this is where we are.

Today, the MMA landscape lost a talented fighter. The world lost a man with an unlimited ceiling. Many more lost a friend. Billy Joel once said “only the good die young.” In the case of Josh Samman, you will find few who were better.

Today, as we all mourn his death, and I reminisce on the many ways he positively impacted me and so many others; while thinking of a proper way to summarize him in a nutshell , the most appropriate way seems to be to share a quote and sentiments he shared on his first appearances on my podcast:  “what can I say? I’m pretty lucky I guess.”

We all were Josh. We all were.