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Live – COMING TO A MOVIE THEATER NEAR YOU – BELLATOR NYC: SONNEN vs. SILVA

The Biggest Event in Bellator MMA History Available Live in U.S. Movies Theaters Nationwide on June 24 Through Fathom Events

LOS ANGELES and DENVER – May 25, 2017 – One of the year’s biggest combat sports events is headed to the silver screen. Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs Silva, headlined by the long-awaited fight between two of the biggest names in mixed martial arts history, Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) and Wanderlei Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC), will be available in movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, June 24, in addition to pay-per-view.

Emanating from the legendary Madison Square in New York City, the mecca of combat sports, this blockbuster event includes a heavyweight bought between Russian icon Fedor Emelianenko and hard-hitting Matt Mitrione along with two championship bouts including Douglas Lima (28-6) defending his 170-pound strap against Lorenz Larkin (18-5, 1 NC) and current lightweight champion Michael Chandler (16-3) putting his world title on the line against the undefeated Brent Primus (7-0).

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva will be broadcast live to cinemas nationwide for this special one-night event at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT. In addition, audience members will receive an exclusive commemorative poster with their ticket purchase (while supplies last).

Tickets for Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva can be purchased beginning Friday, May 26, online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 350 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations will be available May 26 on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

“MMA fans will be treated to a very exciting and unique experience by watching this momentous event on the big screen,” said Kymberli Frueh, Fathom Events VP of Programming. “This is the biggest MMA event of the year – and if you can’t attend at MSG, the theater experience will be unforgettable.”

Bellator NYC: Sonnen vs. Silva also airs live on pay-per-view beginning at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Prior to the pay-per-view event, SPIKE will air Bellator 180 LIVE and FREE on both coasts, beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT. Additionally, Bellator 180 prelims will air exclusively on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT.

About Fathom Events

Fathom Events is recognized as the leading domestic distributor of event cinema with participating affiliate theaters in all 100 of the top Designated Market Areas®, and ranks as one of the largest overall distributors of content to movie theaters. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC), Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) (known collectively as AC JV, LLC), Fathom Events offers a variety of one-of-a-kind entertainment events such as live, high-definition performances of the Metropolitan Opera, dance and theatre productions like the Bolshoi Ballet and National Theatre Live, sporting events like Copa America Centenario, concerts with artists like Michael Bublé, Rush and Mötley Crüe, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics film series and inspirational events such as To Joey With Love and Kirk Cameron’s Revive US. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes and offers unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live digital broadcast network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 896 locations and 1,383 screens in 181 DMAs. For more information, visit www.fathomevents.com.

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.

Latest Video Highlights: Premier Boxing Champions

This week’s PBC Video Recap features the latest highlights from David Benavidez, Errol Spence Jr., the Charlo brothers & Gervonta Davis.
Benavidez vs Medina HIGHLIGHTS: May 20, 2017 - PBC on FS1
Top-rising super middleweight contender David Benavidez put an exclamation point on an awesome 168-pound title eliminator bout with Rogelio “Porky” Medina via an eighth-round TKO stoppage on May 20, 2017, live on FS1.
Errol Spence Jr. - Greatest Hits
As he prepares for his first title shot on May 27, 2017, vs. Kell Brook, take a look back at some of the Greatest Hits from boxing’s hottest young prospect, Errol Spence Jr.
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The Charlo Brothers Make History
Jermell and Jermall Charlo made history on May 21, 2016, as not only the first twins to be world champions, but also the first brothers to hold world titles in the same weight division at the same time. We took a look back on that historic moment.
Fighter of the Week: Gervonta Davis
The PBC Fighter of the Week for May 15, 2017, was Gervonta Davis, who successfully defended his 130-pound title on May 20, against Britain’s Liam Walsh, live on SHOWTIME.

OFFICIAL BELLATOR 179: DALEY VS. MACDONALD WEIGH-IN RESULTS & PHOTOS

EVENT TAKES PLACE TOMORROW AT THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY IN LONDON — AIRS AT 9 PM ET/8 PM CT ON SPIKE
 

 

Official Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald Main Card Weights:

Welterweight Main Event: Rory MacDonald (170.1) vs. Paul Daley (170.8)

Light Heavyweight Co-Main EventLinton Vassell (205) vs. Liam McGeary (205.5)

Heavyweight Feature Bout: Augusto Sakai (263.75) vs. Cheick Kongo (244)

Catchweight Feature Bout: D.J. Griffin (164) vs. Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. (165)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Dan Vinni (169.4) vs. Alex Lohore (170)

 

Bellator.com-Streamed Preliminary Card:

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jay Dods (154.75) vs. Alfie Davis (155)

Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Dan Konecke (227.5) vs. Stav Economou (260.75)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Jamie Powell (125.2) vs. Amir Albazi (125.5)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Umer Kayani (168.75) vs. Nathan Jones (169)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Fabian Edwards (184.5) vs. Rafal Cejrowski (185)

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jeremy Petley (148.75) vs. Chase Morton (149.75)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Marcin Prostko (185.25) vs. Mike Shipman (185.75)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout:Salih Kulucan (135.5) vs. Diego Barbosa (136)

 

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.

LFA STARTS THE SUMMER WITH CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER IN TEXAS LFA 14 – ALLEN vs. ANDERS

MAIN EVENT:
BRENDAN “ALL IN” ALLEN
vs.
ERYK “FRANKENSTEIN” ANDERS
MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD TITLE
CO-MAIN EVENT:
ROBERTO “LITTLE FURY” SANCHEZ
vs.
JEROME “RENEGADE” RIVERA
FLYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE
PLUS:
THE PRO MMA DEBUT
OF
COLBEY NORTHCUTT

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23rd LIVE on AXS TV

 

ARENA THEATRE in HOUSTON, TEXAS

Tickets are on sale NOW through CombatTickets.com

 

HOUSTON, Texas – Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the LFA will return home to Houston with a Championship Doubleheader in June.

 

The main event of LFA 14 will feature a battle of blue chip middleweight prospects when Brendan “All In” Allen goes all in against Eryk “Frankenstein” Anders for the inaugural LFA middleweight title. In the co-headliner, undefeated flyweight phenoms Roberto “Little Fury” Sanchez and Jerome “Renegade” Rivera will battle for the inaugural LFA flyweight crown. LFA 14 – Allen vs. Anders takes place Friday, June 23rd at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

“I am excited to bring two world title fights to Houston in June,” stated Soares. “Brendan Allen and Eryk Anders have proven to be two of the best prospects in the world and will fight for the inaugural LFA middleweight title. Then we have a battle of undefeated 125-pounders, when Roberto Sanchez and Jerome Rivera compete for the inaugural LFA  flyweight title. These bouts guarantee the LFA will crown two great champions on June 23rd.”

 

Tickets for LFA 14 – Allen vs.  Anders are available for purchase NOW at CombatTickets.com.

 

Allen (7-1) enters the inaugural LFA middleweight title fight riding the momentum of five straight victories. All of those wins have come via submission or TKO. The 21-year-old Louisianian has discovered a fearsome killer instinct inside of himself that has transformed his raw talent into a wicked fighting force. During the course of his current win streak, we have seen the Rich Clementi protégé lay waste to seasoned veterans and fellow prospects alike. Now Allen is looking for the most prestigious title of his young and promising career.

 

Anders (7-0) is no stranger to championships. He secured the fumble-forcing, game-winning sack for the University of Alabama in the 2009 NCAA Division I football national title game against the University of Texas. Since transitioning his his talents on the gridiron to skills inside the octagon, Anders has been unstoppable. The blue chip prospect has racked up seven wins in seven pro fights. Now the man known as “Frankenstein” looks to add another piece of hardware to his ever-growing trophy case when he fights for the inaugural LFA middleweight title.

 

The co-main event of LFA 14 will also feature the crowning of an LFA champion. The inaugural LFA flyweight title will be on the line when undefeated prospects Roberto “Little Fury” Sanchez battles Jerome “Renegade” Rivera.

 

Sanchez (6-0) rose to national prominence last year when he was the featured fighter on the fifth episode of UFC President Dana White’s hit reality show Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight. The former high school math teacher and full-time Actuary possesses elite level jiu-jitsu, which has allowed him to win five of his six fights via submission. After spending his entire career fighting for Legacy FC, “Little Fury” won his LFA debut in impressive fashion this past March in the main event of LFA 7. He now rides that momentum into his LFA title fight.

 

Rivera (7-0) is the man tasked with stopping Sanchez and he just so happens to be a man that is quite comfortable playing spoiler. “Renegade” just upset “The Upset King” Zac Riley last month at LFA 10 in Riley’s hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. The proud New Mexican now prepares to do the same as he heads to Sanchez’s hometown of Houston, Texas to fight for the inaugural LFA flyweight title. He will bring a similar skill set into this title fight as Sanchez, as he has also won the majority of his fights on the ground via submission.

 

LFA 14 will also feature the professional MMA debut of Colbey Northcutt (0-0). Colbey is the older sister of UFC star and Legacy FC great Sage Northcutt. The 24-year-old Northcutt possesses a similar fighting style to her younger brother as she has won world titles in both Sport Karate and Kickboxing. Northcutt also won the Legacy FC amateur women’s bantamweight title. She will face Coloradan fighter Courtney King (0-0), who will also be making her pro debut. They will meet on the main card of LFA 14, which will be televised live and worldwide.

 

 

Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

Main Event | Middleweight Title Bout (185 lb)

– Brendan Allen (7-1) vs. Eryk Anders (7-0)

Co-Main Event | Flyweight Title Bout (125 lb)

– Roberto Sanchez (6-0) vs. Jerome Rivera (7-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

– Charlie Ontiveros (8-5) vs. Jon Kirk (19-14)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

– Darryl Orr (4-1) vs. Noel Ligon (5-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

– Adrian Yanez (5-2) vs. Dulani Perry (3-0)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

– Colbey Northcutt (0-0) vs. Courtney King (0-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

– Itzel Esquivel (2-0) vs. Maycee Barber (0-0)

In September, Legacy FC and RFA officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. Legacy FC and RFA have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.

 

LFA 14 will serve as the fourth LFA event to take place in the state of Texas after the merger. LFA 14 will also be the second LFA event to take place in the LFA hometown of Houston. Further information about LFA 14 will be announced soon. The entire main card of LFA 14 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

Please visit LFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

 

About LFA:

LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. LFA can be seen live in over 48 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Houston, TX,  LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

 

About AXS TV FIGHTS:

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 45 scheduled LIVE world-class fight cards in 2017. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action, along with cageside reporter Ron Kruck, as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 9pE/6pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Sling TV, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite, telco and streaming providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

LFA 13 – MILLENDER vs. HOLLAND

 
LFA HEADS WEST TO CALIFORNIA IN JUNE
WITH

LFA 13 – MILLENDER vs. HOLLAND

 

MAIN EVENT:

“CURTIOUS” CURTIS MILLENDER

vs.

KEVIN “TRAIL BLAZER” HOLLAND

WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN

CO-MAIN EVENT:

ALEX “THE EXECUTIONER” REYES

vs.

KAREN DARABEDYAN

WELTERWEIGHT WAR

FEATURE FIGHT:

BOSTON “BOOM BOOM” SALMON

vs.

TRENT MEAUX

BANTAMWEIGHT BATTLE

FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd LIVE on AXS TV

LOS ANGELES-BURBANK MARRIOTT CONVENTION CENTER

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA

Tickets are on sale NOW through CombatTickets.com

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HOUSTON, Texas – Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the LFA will head west to California for the first time in June. The main event of LFA 13 will feature an a pivotal welterweight match-up between two surging prospects. The headliner will see Orange County battering ram Curtis “Curtious” Millender clash with regional kingpin Kevin “Trail Blazer” Holland. LFA 13 – Millender vs. Holland takes place Friday, June 2nd at the Los Angeles-Burbank Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

“I am excited to bring the LFA to southern California in June,” stated Soares. “RFA hosted several successful shows in my home state and LFA will continue that tradition with LFA 13 – Millender vs. Holland.”

 

Tickets for LFA 13 – Millender vs. Holland are available for purchase NOW at CombatTickets.com.

 

Millender (11-3) rides the momentum of a three-fight win streak into his LFA debut. The Anaheim native and three-time Bellator vet is looking to assert his dominance in his backyard of southern California, while reminding the world why he is still one of California’s most promising homegrown welterweight talents. Millender began his career with seven consecutive wins, which earned him a contract with Bellator. Now the Anaheim annihilator looks to show a new and improved version of himself in the main event of LFA 13.

 

Holland (9-2) comes soaring into his LFA debut like a Dutch windmill caught in a hurricane. The Ontario, California native has been decimating the opposition on two fronts, California and Texas. In the process, Holland has secured regional titles in both states at welterweight and middleweight. Now the incendiary “Trail Blazer” looks to ignite a new path of destruction on a worldwide stage. That chance happens when the Legacy FC vet returns to AXS TV to headline the first LFA event in southern California at LFA 13.

 

The co-main event of LFA 13 will feature the LFA debut of one of the most dominant prospects in the sport. That would be Alex “The Executioner” Reyes (12-2), who has been just as lethal and effective inside the cage as his nickname would suggest. Over the last nine years, Reyes has finished twelve consecutive opponents.

 

The man set to put his streak and nickname to the test is three-time WEC and one-time RFA vet Karen Darabedyan (12-6). The Gokor Chivichyan and Benny “The Jet” Urquidez protégé brings over a decade worth of cage experience and a loyal legion of southern California fan support into this welterweight contest at LFA 13.

 

Currently Announced Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

 

Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

– Curtis Millender (11-3) vs. Kevin Holland (9-2)

 

Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

– Alex Reyes (12-2) vs. Karen Darabedyan (12-6)

 

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

– Boston Salmon (5-1) vs. Trent Meaux (6-2-1)

 

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

– Dominick Reyes (5-0) vs. Jordan Powell (8-6)

 

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

– Kyler Phillips (3-0) vs. Jonathan Quiroz (2-1)

 

 

In September, RFA and Legacy FC officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. RFA and Legacy FC have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.

 

LFA 13 will serve as the first LFA event to take place in the state of California after the merger. RFA hosted eight events inside “The Golden State” before the merger. Further information about LFA 13 will be announced soon. The entire main card of LFA 13 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

Please visit LFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

 

About LFA:

LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. LFA can be seen live in over 48 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Houston, TX,  LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

 

About AXS TV FIGHTS:

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 45 scheduled LIVE world-class fight cards in 2017. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action, along with cageside reporter Ron Kruck, as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 9pE/6pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Sling TV, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite, telco and streaming providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

LFA 11 Weigh In Photo’s and Fight Card Info

LFA 11 takes place FRIDAY, MAY 5th LIVE on AXS TV

COMERICA THEATRE in PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Tickets are on sale NOW through ComericaTheatre.com

Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

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Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lbs) – James Nakashima, 6-0 (RFA vet, NCAA Division I wrestler) vs. LaRue Burley, 7-2 (RFA-Bellator vet)

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Catchweight Bout (175 lbs) – Kyle Stewart, 7-0 (FFC + WFF weltweight champion, U.S. Marine Corps) vs. Ty Freeman, 9-5 (WFC vet)

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Flyweight Bout (125 lbs) – Casey Kenney, 6-0 (Tachi flyweight champion) vs. Bruno Silva, 8-3 (WFF-TUF vet)

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Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs) – Sean O’Malley, 6-0 (ICF vet) vs. David Nuzzo, 5-1 (WSOF vet)

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Catchweight Bout (160 lbs) – Keoni Diggs, 3-0 (KOTC vet) vs. Tyler Sidders, 1-0 (Gladiator Challenge vet)

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Preliminary Card:

Middleweight Bout (185 lbs) – Taylor Johnson, 1-0 NCAA Division I wrestler) vs. Dan Huber, 4-3 (WSOF vet)

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Flyweight Bout (125 lbs) – Richard Palencia, 4-0 (RITC vet) vs. Fard Muhammad, 3-5 (BAMMA USA vet)

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OPEN CASTING CALL FOR WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT DIVISION ON SEASON 26 OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER

UFC® TO CROWN NEW CHAMPION AND LAUNCH WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT DIVISION ON SEASON 26 OF

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®

OPEN CASTING CALL SCHEDULED FOR

TUESDAY, MAY 23 IN LAS VEGAS

Las Vegas – A new division will be created and a new champion will emerge from the next season of The Ultimate Fighter®. Women’s flyweights, between the ages of 21-34 with a winning record and at least three professional fights are invited to attend the open casting call in Las Vegas. The season will also be open to females on the current UFC roster that can successfully make 125-pounds throughout the duration of the season. The previous casting call for women’s strawweights and bantamweights as well as male middleweights has been cancelled. The season will begin filming in July and premiere on FS1 later this year.

Applications, which should be completed and brought to tryouts, can be found online athttp://www.ufc.com/TUF26. The athletes will be required to grapple and hit pads, so please bring appropriate gear. Applicants will be notified at the end of the day if they have been selected to move on in the casting process. If selected, applicants must be prepared to stay in Las Vegas until Saturday, May 27. All questions can be directed to gdefranco@pilgrimstudios.com.

The Ultimate Fighter, which debuted in 2005, has launched the careers of some of the UFC’s most recognizable names and successful athletes. The series has produced six UFC champions including Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, TJ Dillashaw, Carla Esparza, and Matt Serra.

WHO:             125-pound women

WHEN:          Tuesday, May 23 at 8 a.m. PT

WHERE:       Palace Station Hotel

                        2411 W. Sahara Ave.

                        Las Vegas, NV 89102

 

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

 

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.

About Pilgrim Media Group

Pilgrim Media Group produces a wide variety of unscripted programming for television, including The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Fast N’ LoudStreet OutlawsMisfit Garage and The Wheel for Discovery; My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC; Ghost Brothers for Destination America; two-time NAACP Award-winner Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s for OWN; Bring It! for Lifetime; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WE tv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks for National Geographic; and Zombie House Flipping for FYI. Pilgrim also produced OWN’s award-winning documentary series, Lindsay, and the network’s original documentary special, Michael Sam. The company also has inked several deals to create and distribute original esports entertainment content for television and digital platforms, including partnerships with ESL and Microsoft’s 343 Industries for Halo 5: Guardians. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim produced Freeform series Recovery Road and original movies for Lifetime includingAmanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers. Pilgrim recently wrapped an urban agriculture-based feature documentary that is currently screening at various festivals. For more, visitpilgrimstudios.com.​

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BELLATOR BOLSTERS WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT DIVISION WITH MULTIPLE NEW SIGNINGS

BELLATOR WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT CHAMP TO BE CROWNED IN 2017
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LOS ANGELES – Bellator is pleased to announce the signings of  Valérie Létourneau (8-6), Alejandra Lara (6-1), Sabriye Şengül (Debut), Kristi Lopez (2-0), Na Liang (6-0) and Juliana Velasquez (5-0) to multi-fight contracts that will see them compete in Bellator’s emerging 125-pound division. Additionally, Bellator will look to crown its next women’s flyweight world champion this year.

“2017 has been a big year for us in terms of bringing in marquee free agents that can have an immediate impact on their division,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “This group of flyweight signings demonstrates that we’re committed to that throughout our roster, as we’re adding even more depth to an already-competitive weight class. We’re adding a proven title contender, along with a group of prospects from all around the globe, and we look forward to putting on great fights and displaying the talent this division has to offer.”

These news stars join a division that already includes talented fighters, such as Keri Taylor-Melendez (1-0), Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (6-0), Anastasia Yankova (5-0), Emily Ducote (5-2), Colleen Schneider (11-7) and Lena Ovchynnikova (12-4, 1 NC).

The Canadian-born Létourneau, a former UFC strawweight title challenger, carries an impressive track record of thrilling fights, highlighted by a world title contest against undefeated UFC champion JoannaJędrzejczyk. Now, moving up to a more natural weight class, the 33-year-old American Top Team product will make her debut for Bellator in 2017. She will look to improve upon her eight victories as a professional, a tally that includes five finishes, with four coming by way of knockout.

Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Alejandra Lara will look to make a statement in Bellator’s budding women’s flyweight division. The 22-year-old knockout artist has earned six victories in seven outings since making her professional debut in 2011. “Azul” has shown tenacity in her fights thus far, showcasing a pair of first round knockouts, as well as a first round armbar submission. Lara trains alongside UFC fighters Alexa Grasso and Irene Aldana at Team Lobo in Mexico.

Fighting out of Hollywood, Calif., Kristi Lopez will enter the Bellator fray as she prepares for her third professional bout. Prior to that, “Loba” also tallied three victories over a four-fight, two-year span on the amateur circuit.

Chinese submission specialist Na Liang will look to build on a 2017 campaign that already saw her finish an opponent in a mere 38 seconds. The first-round stoppage marked the fifth time in six appearances that Liang’s opposition failed to make it out of the opening round. After competing exclusively at bantamweight to begin her career, Liang decided to move down to the flyweight division, where she also saw success by collecting a trio of first round finishes.

With an impressive following in Turkey from her kickboxing career, Sabriye Şengül will now transition to MMA under the direction of Bellator. With a professional kickboxing record of 6-1, the 26-year-old prospect holds the potential to achieve the same success in multiple combat sport disciplines.

Undefeated at 30 years of age, Juliana Velasquez trains under the Nogueira brothers in Brazil, carrying one of the most famous names in MMA with her inside the Bellator cage.  Additionally, Juliana trains alongside fellow Bellator flyweight Bruna Vargas. With five wins in five appearances, the Rio de Janeiro resident will look to become another Brazilian Bellator champion.

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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. 

Weigh In Photo’s and INFO Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull

FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE ON THE LINE WHEN DANIEL STRAUS MEETS PATRICIO PITBULL FOR THE FOURTH TIME TOMORROW NIGHT ON SPIKE

 

UNCASVILLE, CONN. (April 20, 2017) –The official weigh-ins for Bellator 178: Straus vs. Pitbull 4 took place this afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena. The competitors are now ready for action tomorrow, with the event airing LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. See below for official weights and photos from tomorrow’s event.

Main Card: (Live on SPIKE – 9 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT)

Featherweight World Title Main Event:Daniel Straus (145) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (144) 

Women’s Flyweight Co-Main Event:Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (126) vs. Jessica Middleton (126) 

Catchweight Feature Bout:Saad Awad (164.5) vs. Ryan Quinn (164.5) 

Featherweight Feature Bout: A.J. McKee (146) vs. Dominic Mazzotta (146)

Preliminary Card: (Bellator.com – 7:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. CT)

 

Welterweight Preliminary Bout:Ed Ruth (185.5) vs. David Mundell (184.25)

Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Tyrell Fortune (244.5) vs. Branko Busick (220)

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Tim Caron (195)  vs. Jordan Young (195)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout:Nick Alley (167) vs. Kastroit Xhema (165)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout:Don Shainis (149.5) vs. Max Kelleher (149.75)

Bantamweight Preliminary Bout:Regivaldo Carvalho (139.5) vs. Jason Perrin (140)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout:Kemran Lachinov (164.5) vs. Sam Watford (164)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout:John Lopez (125.5) vs. Remo Cardarelli (124)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout:Chris Foster (145) vs. Shane Manley (146)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout:Thomas English (146) vs. Blair Tugman (146)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Billy Giovanella (124.75) vs. Joshua Ricci (126)

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.

LFA CELEBRATES CINCO DE MAYO IN ARIZONA WITH LFA 11 – FRINCU vs. MADRID

MAIN EVENT:

MATTHEW “THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER” FRINCU vs.DANIEL “DEMIGOD” MADRID

MIDDLEWEIGHT SHOWDOWN

CO-MAIN EVENT:

JAMES NAKASHIMA vs. LARUE “THE CANNIBAL” BURLEY

WELTERWEIGHT WAR

FRIDAY, MAY 5th LIVE on AXS TV

COMERICA THEATRE in PHOENIX, ARIZONA

 

Tickets are on sale NOW through http://www.comericatheatre.com/

 

HOUSTON, Texas – Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the LFA will be headed to Arizona for the first time on Cinco de Mayo. This will be the eleventh LFA event to take place after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizationsResurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC).

 

The main event of LFA 11 will feature an explosive middleweight battle between two of the most vaunted finishers in the division. The headliner will see dynamic Australian annihilator Matthew “Thunder From Down Under” Frincu clash with surging regional kingpin Daniel “DemiGod” Madrid. LFA 11 – Frincu vs. Madrid takes place Friday, May 5th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

“I am excited to bring the LFA to Arizona on May 5th,” stated Soares. “Arizona fight fans have a guaranteed action-fight with Matthew Frincu vs. Daniel Madrid in the headliner. Frincu looked amazing in his LFA debut and Madrid has been unbeatable in nearly four years. LFA 11 will carry on the long and storied tradition of great combat sporting events that have taken place on Cinco de Mayo weekend.”

LFA 11 Fincu vs Madrid

Tickets for LFA 11 – Frincu vs. Madrid are available for purchase NOW at ComericaTheatre.com. You can also support your favorite fighter by going to CombatTickets.com and choosing their name at check out.

 

Frincu (10-2) looked incredible in his LFA debut at LFA 5 in February. The native of Gold Coast, Australia bludgeoned his opponent Kris Hocum over three rounds in a wildly impressive tour de force of striking brilliance. That night in Colorado in late February, Frincu taught a masterclass on how to effectively utilize range and Muay Thai technique to dismantle a high-level grappler in an MMA fight. Now the talented Australian is looking to duplicate that success as he moves up to middleweight to face Madrid in the LFA 11 headliner.

 

Madrid (13-4) has seen his stock rise over the past four years like the Sonoran Desert heat in the middle of summer. This is due to the fact that “DemiGod” has finished his last six opponents in his last six fights. The well-traveled Madrid has competed in Russia, China, and Hawaii over the course of his impressive career, but will now enjoy the home crowd advantage at LFA 11. He will look to take full advantage of the of his hometown Arizona atmosphere in an effort to pick up his seventh consecutive stoppage victory.

 

The co-main event of LFA 11 will feature the LFA debut of one of the most successful welterweights in RFA history. That would be none other than The MMA LAB standout James Nakashima (6-0). The former NCAA Division I wrestler was the main training partner of eventual Olympic gold medalist and all-time great Jordan Burroughs at the University of Nebraska before making the jump to MMA. All Nakashima has seen since switching from the mats to the cage is gold and he will look to continue that success in the co-main event of LFA 11.

 

The man looking to put the first blemish on Nakashima’s record is a man known for being a wrestler’s kryptonite. That would be Power MMA product LaRue “The Cannibal” Burley (7-2). Burley is the man responsible for handing former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler Bubba Jenkins his first loss in MMA at Bellator 100. He then repeated the feat by handing NCAA Division II national champion wrestler T.J. Hepburn his first loss in MMA at RFA 25. Burley finished Jenkins and Hepburn with a ferocious style that he will undoubtedly look to unleash at LFA 11.

 

The currently announced card is as follows:

 

Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

 

Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lbs)

– Matthew Frincu vs. Daniel Madrid

 

Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)

– James Nakashima vs. LaRue Burley

 

Welterweight Bout (170 lbs)

– Kyle Stewart vs. Maycon Mendonça

 

Flyweight Bout (125 lbs)

– Bruno Silva vs. Casey Kenney

 

Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs)

– David Nuzzo vs. Sean O’Malley

 

 

In September 2016, RFA and Legacy FC officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. Legacy FC and RFA have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.

 

LFA 11 will serve as the first LFA event to take place in the state of Arizona. Furthermore, it will be the first time the LFA has traveled to “The Grand Canyon State” before or after the merger. The entire main card of LFA 11 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

 

Please visit LFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

 

 

About LFA:

LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. RFA can be seen live in over 48 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

 

About AXS TV FIGHTS:

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 45 scheduled LIVE world-class fight cards in 2017. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich call all the action, along with cageside reporter Ron Kruck, as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 9pE/6pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Sling TV, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite, telco and streaming providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.