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BELLATOR NYC: SONNEN VS. SILVA and FEDOR vs MITRIONE

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN TO HOST BELLATOR NYC: SONNEN VS. SILVA PAY-PER-VIEW EVENT ON SATURDAY, JUNE 24

 

CHAEL SONNEN & WANDERLEI SILVA TO SETTLE HEATED

LONG-STANDING RIVALRY IN MAIN EVENT

 

DOUBLE MAIN EVENT WILL SEE FEDOR EMELIANENKO AND MATT MITRIONE IN AN EXPLOSIVE HEAVYWEIGHT SHOWDOWN
 
 

PLUS, TWO BELLATOR WORLD TITLE FIGHTS:

 

WELTERWEIGHT WORLD CHAMP DOUGLAS LIMA MEETS THE DEBUTING LORENZ LARKIN & ‘IRON’ MICHAEL CHANDLER DEFENDS HIS LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE AGAINST UNDEFEATED BRENT PRIMUS 

LOS ANGELES – Bellator MMA is bringing its biggest event ever to the “Big Apple!”

Madison Square Garden, “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and Mecca of combat sports, will host Bellator’s first-ever mixed martial arts event in the state of New York on Saturday, June 24 with Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva. The blockbuster pay-per-view features two of the sport’s most recognizable names in Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC), who will finally meet in a light heavyweight fight that has been brewing since 2011.

The double main event also features Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC), an MMA legend that many consider to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of all-time, taking on Matt Mitrione (11-5) in a bout that will undoubtedly produce fireworks between the heavy-handed strikers.

Additionally, the Viacom-owned promotion is adding two world championship bouts. First, Douglas Lima (28-6) defends his belt against top free agent signing Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC) and then, current lightweight champ Michael Chandler (16-3) will put his world title on the line against the undefeated Brent Primus (7-0).

“As a fight promoter, my goal is to put together the biggest cards possible for our fans around the world,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “Bringing an event of this magnitude to a city and arena like New York and Madison Square Garden has been something Bellator, Spike and Viacom have wanted to make happen for quite some time. On June 24, the goal becomes reality, when we put on the biggest event in promotional history, Bellator NYC.

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva takes place Saturday, June 24 and airs LIVE on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.Prior to the pay-per-view event, SPIKE will air Bellator 180 LIVE and FREE on both coasts, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.Additionally, Bellator 180 prelims will air exclusively on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App at 6 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. PT. Additional contests will be announced in the coming days.

Tickets for the event starting at $60, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Friday, March 31 at Ticketmaster, TheGarden.com and Bellator.com. Fans can sign up for Bellator Nation here to participate in a presale that will take place Wednesday, March 29-Thursday, March 30.

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva will be distributed by G&G Closed Circuit Events to bars, restaurants and other commercial establishments throughout the U.S. and Canada. G&G Events is a leading provider of closed circuit television and has distributed some of the biggest events in sports, including De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, Mayweather vs. “Canelo” Alvarez and Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, as well as Bellator 120: Rampage vs. King Mo. “G&G is thrilled about Bellator being back in the pay-per-view business with this tremendous event. We look forward to handling the distribution nationwide and for Canada,” said G&G President Nicolas Gagliardi. G&G Events can be contacted at www.ggccevents.com or by phone at (888) 258-7115.

Additionally, through Bellator’s global distribution partners, Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva will be available in over 140 countries around the world.

Sonnen spent a majority of his 44-fight career with the UFC, a run that saw him defeat current middleweight champion Michael Bisping, and compete against the likes of Jon Jones, Anderson Silva (twice), Rashad Evans, “Shogun” Rua, Demian Maia and Brian Stann. In addition to his in-ring action, the West Linn, Ore. native has mastered the art of being in front of the camera, doing broadcast work for both ESPN and Fox Sports. Following a three-year hiatus from active MMA competition, Sonnen returned to the cage against Tito Ortiz at Bellator 170 in January.

“The Axe Murderer” has fought in some of the most memorable feuds and battles the sport has ever seen. His wars with“Rampage” Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Mirko Cro Cop, Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Chuck Liddell and Michael Bisping remain some of the more memorable bouts in MMA history. Silva is far from ready to close the book on his illustrious career, returning to action against a man that he has despised for quite some time. In addition to the PRIDE middleweight title, Silva’s trophy case includes awards for “Fight of the Year” (2003, 2004, 2007), KO of the Year (2008) and multiple “Fight of the Night” awards, including one for each of his last three fights. He now looks to continue entertaining fans inside the Bellator cage and begins with a bout several years in the making.

A former PRIDE champion, “The Last Emperor” is one of the most revered and respected heavyweight fighters the sport has seen. Stone-faced and quiet, Emelianenko boasted one of the most impressive unbeaten streaks in the history of MMA, not losing a bout between 2001 and 2009. A multi-time world champion in MMA and Sambo, Fedor recently returned to the sport after a brief hiatus, accumulating two decisive wins since his return to action.

Matt Mitrione remains poised to make an impact in the Bellator heavyweight division following two emphatic wins since signing with Bellator in 2016. The Illinois native and standout defensive end at Purdue University earned All-Big Ten honors in 2000 and subsequently earned his way into the NFL where he played six seasons as a member of the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. Mitrione ultimately found his way into MMA where he became a high-level competitor, defeating the likes of the late Kimbo Slice, Derrick Lewis and Gabriel Gonzaga.

Hailing from Atlanta, Ga. Douglas “The Phenom” Lima has been ruling the roost at 170-pounds in Bellator for the better part of three years. A winner of 16 of his last 18 contests, the American Top Team product remains set on doing away with all viable contenders at welterweight and his first step since reclaiming the strap from Andrey Koreshkov comes against one of Bellator’s newest signees, Lorenz Larkin.

Set to enter the Bellator fray is a “Monsoon” of violent proportions – unanimously ranked on lists compiling the top-ten welterweights on the planet, Larkin is set to continue his career in Bellator, after inking an exclusive, multi-fight contract last week. A known finisher, the pride of Riverside, Calif. will make his promotional debut a winner of four out of five.

Chandler will look to defend his belt for the first time since successfully defending it in a “Fight of the Year” candidate againstBenson Henderson last November. A 16-fight veteran of Bellator MMA, Chandler has consistently proven that he belongs among the world’s elite, riding into his bout on June 24 on a streak of four straight victories.

Also a native of Oregon, the surging Primus remains unbeaten after five consecutive wins to begin his Bellator MMA career. At only 31, Primus has been committed to honing his craft since he was 13, going as far as to sell his landscaping business to keep his hopes of someday becoming a champion alive. On June 24, he finally has the opportunity to make his dreams come to fruition.

Follow the conversation using #BellatorNYC on social media.

 

Updated Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva Fight Card:

Light Heavyweight Main Event: Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) vs. Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC)

Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)

Welterweight World Title Bout: Douglas Lima (28-6) vs. Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC)

Lightweight World Title Bout: Michael Chandler (16-3) vs. Brent Primus (7-0)

 

UFC RETURNS TO DALLAS w/ UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 n Jedrzejczyk vs Andrade

Plus:
(#2) FRANKIE EDGAR vs. (#9) YAIR RODRIGUEZ
(#3) DEMIAN MAIA vs. (#6) JORGE MASVIDAL
(#3) EDDIE ALVAREZ vs. (#10) DUSTIN POIRIER
(#2) HENRY CEJUDO vs. (#5) SERGIO PETTIS

TICKETS FOR UFC® 211: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS 2

AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER IN DALLAS ON SALE FRIDAY, MARCH 24

Las Vegas – UFC® is bringing one of the best cards in mixed martial arts history to American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, May 13 live on Pay-Per-View. The event will feature two world championship bouts, with the main event pitting heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic against No. 4-ranked Junior Dos Santos and the co-main event showcasing the battle between strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 3-ranked Jessica Andrade. In total, UFC 211®: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS 2 will see five current or former UFC champions compete, as wellas 10 athletes ranked in the top 10 of their respective divisions.

In a rematch of their December 2014 Fight of the Night performance, champion Miocic (16-2, fighting out of Independence, Ohio) meets Dos Santos (18-4, fighting out of Salvador, Brazil) with the heavyweight world title at stake. Miocic, the No. 6-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, has been on a tear since the pair’s first meeting, recording four knockout victories over a who’s who of the division – Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem. Dos Santos walked out of the first matchup victorious and hopes to pick up where he left off in the second bout. The Brazilian first won the title in 2011 with a first-round knockout of Cain Velasquez. Since then he’s also recorded knockouts over Frank Mir and Mark Hunt. With 26 combined knockouts, this championship bout has Performance of the Night written all over it.

One of the most dominant champions in the UFC, Jedrzejczyk (13-0, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) returns to the city where she captured UFC gold. This time around, the champion is looking to score her fifth successful title defense – ranking her as the second longest tenured UFC titleholder behind only Demetrious Johnson. One of the best strikers in the sport, Jedrzejczyk meets arguably her most well-rounded opponent to date in Andrade (16-5, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Owner of seven submission victories and five knockouts, Andrade can finish her opponent wherever the fight goes. She’s undefeated at 115 pounds and is riding a three-fight win streak as she heads into Dallas.

Plus, in a battle of old school versus new school, former lightweight champion and current No. 2 featherweight Frankie Edgar (20-5-1, fighting out of Toms River, N.J.) takes on No. 9 Yair Rodriguez (11-1, fighting out of Chicago, Ill.) in what could produce a future challenger for the 145-pound crown. Edgar has long been one of the top athletes in the sport and has wins over BJ Penn, Jeremy Stephens, Chad Mendes and Urijah Faber. The 35-year-old New Jersey native has exceptional wrestling to go along with solid striking and jiu-jitsu and will be gunning for one more shot at the title. Perhaps the brightest prospect in MMA is 24-year-old Rodriguez, who is undefeated inside the Octagon®. Coming off his biggest win to date, a second-round knockout over UFC Hall of Famer Penn, Rodriguez looks to earn his place among the elite at 145 pounds by knocking off another legend in Edgar.

Additional Bouts:

· One of the most feared jiu-jitsu players in MMA, No. 3 Demian Maia (24-6, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil)hopes to keep his title aspirations alive against surging No. 6 Jorge Masvidal (32-11, fighting out of Miami, Fla.) in a welterweight showdown.
· Former lightweight champion, No. 3 Eddie Alvarez (28-5, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn.) and lethal finisher, No. 10 Dustin Poirier (21-5, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla.) collide at 155 pounds.
· In a battle of top five flyweights, Olympic gold medalist, No. 2 Henry Cejudo (10-2, fighting out of Phoenix, Ariz.) meets flashy striker, No. 5 Sergio Pettis (15-2, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.).
· Fort Worth’s James Vick (9-1, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) gets a home game against knockout artist Polo Reyes (8-3, fighting out of Tepic, Mexico) in a lightweight duel.
· Arlington-based submission ace Chas Skelly (17-2, fighting out of Arlington, Texas) clashes with fellow jiu-jitsu specialist Jason Knight (19-2, fighting out of D’Iberville, Miss.) in a featherweight bout.
· Exciting up-and-comer Gabriel Benitez (19-6, fighting out of Tijuana, Mexico) takes on The Ultimate Fighter®: Latin America season 2 winner Enrique Barzola (13-3-1, fighting out of Lima, Peru) at 145 pounds.

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

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Tickets for UFC® 211: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS 2 go on sale Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $400, $225, $150, $100, $75 and $50 (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and will be available at the American Airlines Center box office. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. CT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, March 23 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

UFC
® 211: MIOCIC vs. DOS SANTOS 2
will be available live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, May 13 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.

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader, WME | IMG, together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 152 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 35 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

Airing Tonight AXS TV FIGHTS: LFA 4

MadMimi Banner LFA4

Legacy Fighting Alliance is back for the second week in a row, bringing top MMA prospects to the cage for war!

The main event features two Legacy Fighting Championship veterans. At the end of 2016, former LFC Featherweight champ, Damon “The Leech” Jackson (11-1-1), called out Kevin “The Angel of Death” Aguilar (11-1). Their fight is finally happening and it’s for the inaugural LFA Featherweight belt!

The co-main event boasts another inaugural title fight. Legacy Fighting Championship vet, Andrea “KGB” Lee (5-2) takes on Resurrection Fighting Alliance veteran, Heather “Handguns” Bassett (4-2) for the LFA Flyweight strap.

Get ready for epic knockouts, submissions and all out brawls tonight, only on AXS TV!

The action starts at 9/8c on AXS TV with commentators Michael Schiavello, UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich & Ron Kruck

Main Card Match-ups and Weigh-in Results for LFA 4 are Below:

MadMimi Jackson-v-Aguilar

Featherweight Title: Damon Jackson 11-1-1, 1 NC (144.8) vs. Kevin Aguilar 11-1 (142.9)

MadMimi Lee-v-Bassett-MM

Flyweight Title: Heather Bassett 4-2 (124.7) vs. Andrea Lee 5-2 (125)

MadMimi Charles-v-Krantz

Welterweight: Hayward Charles 14-8 (169.9) vs. Derrick Krantz 18-9 (170)

Lightweight – Bryan Billiot 3-0 (155.9) vs. David Bosnick 7-4 (153.5)

Welterweight – Chauncey Foxworth 5-2 (169.9) vs. Nick Jackson 4-3 (169)

Lightweight – Mike Murphy 1-0 (155.6) vs. Brandon Shavers 2-0 (154)

Tweet along with the action using #LFA4

AXS TV, your home for MMA.

Watch Here: Bellator 172 Fedor vs Mitrione Weigh-Ins, An Announcement and Bellator 172 Pre Fight Card

Here you will find : Friday’s Bellator 178 main event announcement, as well as the Bellator 172 weigh-ins

Saturday’s preliminary card and  the official post-fight press conference.  (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)

Bellator MMA Fedor vs Mitrione Feb 18

Bellator 178 Main Event Announcement (3:30 pm PST):

Weigh-In  (5:00 pm PST):

Preliminary Card  (4:00 pm PST):

Post-Fight Press Conference (Following Bellator 172 on Spike):

“Countdown To Bellator 172: The G.O.A.T” Premieres Tonight On Spike

“Countdown To Bellator 172 Fedor vs Mitrione

At 12:00 Midnight ET/PT

 Faceoff Fedor vs Mitrione

In the sport of mixed martial arts, Fedor Emelianenko is considered by many the greatest of all time or The G.O.A.T.

 Spike

The Russian mixed martial arts icon cemented his legendary status over the last two decades as the most dominant heavyweight in the history of the sport.  In a remarkable 8-year span, fighting mostly with PRIDE in Japan, Fedor went undefeated, winning 26 fights (1 no contest), beating many of the most skilled combatants in the world. His combination of kickboxing and judo skills is unparalleled in his weight class.  Fedor returns to fight on American soil after a 4-year absence against hard-hitting heavyweight Matt Mitrione at Bellator 172 on Saturday, February 18 from the SAP Center in San Jose, airing at 9:00 pm on Spike.

Before Fedor steps in the cage,  Bellator and Spike TV give viewers a rare, inside look at “The Last Emperor”  in an original 30-minute documentary, “Countdown to Bellator 172: The G.O.A.T,” premiering on Tuesday, February 14 at 12:00 Midnight ET/PT. From rarely seen PRIDE fight footage to a revealing sit-down interview to video of Fedor and Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, “The G.O.A.T” provides a unique glimpse into MMA’s most reclusive superstar. The MMA personalities featured include Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, King Mo, Stitch Duran, Big John McCarthy, and more.

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BERMUDEZ vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE?

 

Houston – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BERMUDEZ vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Dennis Bermudez: “I’m just trying to enjoy it (the experience) and not worry about what’s actually at stake here. It’s a super big opportunity and super big scene here; I’m trying to have fun with the whole experience. All the hard work is done; I’m going to go out there and do what I do and I’ll be fine. After I win here, realistically I would like to fight Max Holloway. I have a win over him, he has the interim belt. That’s the reason I signed up to be in the UFC, it’s to be a world champion.”

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung: “It’s really good to be back and it’s really nice to see all these people come out to support us. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen once we get in the Octagon, but I think we can always expect an exciting fight. There are no easy fights in the UFC, everyone is tough. So, if I’m going to come back I might as well fight the toughest guy I can so I can make my road back to championship contention as quick as possible.”

Alexa Grasso: “I know she is very well-rounded, she’s very dangerous for me, but I’ve been training very hard for this fight. This is a great opportunity, not just for the weekend because there are so many people here, but it’s great for both of us.”

 

Felice Herrig: “I was really excited for this fight, this matchup. I think I’m at a good place mentally and physically. I think styles make fights and I’m at a point in my career where I want to put on fun and exciting fights for the fans and I want to put on fights that people are excited for and pumped up about. I’m really pumped up; I think it will be Fight of the Night and I think it’ll be fun to watch.”

Abel Trujillo: “This fight is like every fight, you’re only as good as your last fight. This fight I want to put on a great performance and make sure people remember my name. I’m prepared and I’m ready to take on whoever. After this victory, I definitely want another top-10 opponent.”

James Vick: “This is my state! I was born and raised here in Texas. I love fighting in Texas. If I could pick, I’d always fight here in Texas, every fight. This is a big fight for me.”

 UFC Fight Night Bermudez vs The Korean Zombie

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

JOSH KOSCHECK vs MAURICIO ALONSO Added to Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione

JOSH KOSCHECK RETURNS TO THE CAGE AGAINST MAURICIO ALONSO AT SAP CENTER IN SAN JOSE ON FEB. 18

 

MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT FEATURING ANATOLY TOKOV AGAINST FRANCISCO FRANCE ADDED TO THE PRELIMINARY CARD

HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (January 31, 2017) – A welterweight bout pitting Josh Koscheck (17-10) against Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC) has been added to the Spike-televised main card of Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on February 18, 2017.

 

In addition, recently signed Russian star Anatoly Tokov (24-2) is set to square off against Francisco France (13-4-1) in a middleweight clash that will be featured on the Bellator.com-streamed undercard, while a previously announced main card bout between Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus has been cancelled after Piccolotti has been forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.

 

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione 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. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the SAP Center Box Office as well as Ticketmaster.com.

Bellator MMA Fedor vs Mitrione Feb 18

Koscheck will be making his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut after signing with the Viacom-owned promotion in 2015. Prior to the signing, “Kos” competed under the UFC banner for nearly a decade, compiling 15 wins and nine finishes. Now, the 39-year-old Dethrone Base Camp product hopes to soar to the top of Bellator MMA’s stacked welterweight class and add to his impressive resume of 17 career victories. Never one to mince words, Koscheck has made it clear that he hopes to once again meet Paul Daley inside the cage, but first, the Fresno, Calif. native must get through Alonso on Feb. 18 when he returns to action on Spike.

 

Hailing from Parana, Brazil, Alonso will be making his second appearance under the direction of Bellator MMA and first in the welterweight division since 2014. The 36-year-old enters the bout riding a recent string of success, earning victories in each of his last two contests and seven of his last 10 dating back to 2010. Of his 12 career wins, Alonso has finished his opponent five times, including four knockouts. Alonso will look to build off of an undefeated 2016 campaign when he competes on Feb 18.

 

Under the tutelage of the legendary Fedor Emilianenko, Tokov has strung together an impressive resume of his own, where from 2012 to 2016, the prospect was riding a streak of 17 consecutive wins. The 26-year-old Russian is known to end fights early and often, finishing his opponent in 19 of his 24 career wins, including nine first round finishes. If Tokov is going to continue to blossom on the Bellator roster, he will have to defeat his opponent on Feb. 18 first.

 

Hailing from Gilbert, Arizona, 18-fight veteran France enters the bout having won six of his last eight contests, including one draw and five finishes. The 33-year-old submission specialist will be making his third appearance under the Bellator MMA banner and first in nearly a year at Bellator 172. “Kiko” brings with him one of the most dynamic ground games in the division, finishing 12 of his 13 victims via submission; displaying a wide array of devastating techniques, including rear-naked and arm-triangle chokes, arm bars, and kimuras.

 

Updated Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Main Card:

Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)

Lightweight Co-Main Event: Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” (16-8)

Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC)

 

Preliminary Bouts:

Middleweight Preliminary Fight: Anatoly Tokov (24-2) vs. Francisco France (13-4-1)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (18-9) vs. David Douglas (9-6)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nikko Jackson (1-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Juan Cardenas (1-0) vs. Luis Vargas (0-1)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-1) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-4)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Anthony Do (4-1) vs. Bobby Escalante (4-5)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Matt Ramirez (1-2) vs. Jeremy Murphy (3-3)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (3-1) vs. Paradise Vaovasa (5-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Tenedora (Debut) vs. Roque Reyes (0-3)

About Bellator:

Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing 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 combat sports television leader. Bellator 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 Hollywood, Calif. 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.

About SAP Center at San Jose:

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.

WHAT’S ON THE MINDS OF THE STARS OF UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SHEVCHENKO vs. PENA?

Las Vegas – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SHEVCHENKO vs. PENA had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Valentina Shevchenko: “It’s a very important fight, not only because it’s very close to a title shot, but because every fight is very important to me. For each fight, I prepare like it’s my last fight and I know exactly what victory can bring me. I am very motivated for this. I feel very great and I push myself to the limit every time.”

 

Julianna Pena: “My mind is my biggest weapon in the Octagon. My determination is my biggest weapon in the Octagon. I can beat anyone at 135-pounds that steps in the Octagon with me.  I think, 110 percent, the winner of this fight is getting a title shot. Numbers one and two are going at it and the winner definitely deserves a crack at the belt.”

 

Donald Cerrone: “I am so excited to fight at home, we’re going to blow the roof off this place on Saturday night. Home court, home turf, I don’t know what that means but I feel like I have some kind of advantage. I’m looking to finish; I’m looking for a second-round finish. Hopefully a win puts me in line for the number one contender.”

 

Jorge Masvidal: “This week has been great, I’m ready to fight. I’m doing what I love to do. I think Cowboy is easy money. I see me beating his a**, I don’t know if I finish or if I just beat his a** for three rounds, but I’m beating him. I prefer to leave the judges out of it, I prefer to fight.”

 

Andrei Arlovski: “Fighting is easy, but it’s a little bit cold in Denver. Francis is big, cocky and strong. He said he was going to knock me out in the first round, but we’ll see how it happens.”

 

Francis Ngannou: “I’m very excited to fight Andrei Arlovski. I will probably finish him. My first choice is by knockout, second maybe by submission – but knockout first. I know that the fight is going to be strong and hard, but I expect to finish him before the end of the fight.”

 

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Watch here Bellator 171 Guillard vs. Njokuani Weigh-Ins and tomorrow’s Preliminary Card

 

 

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Today’s official Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani weigh-ins, as well as Friday’s preliminary card, which features Tyrell Fortune, Bruna Ellen, Gaston Reyno, and Jarod Trice in action.

Weigh-In  (5:00 pm CST):

Preliminary Card  (6:00 pm PST):