Bellator releases their Welterweight tournament first-round pairings

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Bellator has announced the first round pairings for their Welterweight tourney! Bellator is currently in the middle of their Heavyweight Grand Prix and they also have a Welterweight tourney about to kick off. We released the fighters involved in the tournament last month, but now we know the pairings and there are some interesting first-round … Read moreBellator releases their Welterweight tournament first-round pairings

Bellator 199 Event Results: King Mo vs. Ryan Bader

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Bellator 199 Live Results are in, and here they are! Tonight in San Jose we were treated to a great night of fights. Now we can share the Bellator 199 Event Results. In the main event, the Bellator HW Grand Prix held their last first-round fight with Ryan Bader taking on King Mo Lawal. It … Read moreBellator 199 Event Results: King Mo vs. Ryan Bader

Watch the Bellator 199 Weigh-ins here at 5 PM PST

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Bellator 199 Weigh-ins are live at 5 PM PST

This afternoon the fighters will be hitting the scale to make their bouts official at the Bellator 199 Weigh-ins. You can see the proceedings go down at 5 PM PST here at MikeSwick.com. In the main event, Ryan Bader will meet King Mo Lawal as part of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. The winner will move on to fight Matt Mitrione.

Also on the card, making his Bellator debut Jon Fitch will be taking on Paul Daley in what should be a very entertaining fight between two experienced veterans of the game.

Aaron Pico and Carrington Banks are both young up and coming fighters that Bellator has on the card as well. Pico is facing veteran Lee Morrison while Banks is facing Adam Piccolotti. It should be a very entertaining fight card.

You can check out the Bellator 199 Card right here.

Jon Fitch gets his first Bellator opponent and it’s a doozy

Jon Fitch

Jon Fitch signed with Bellator and last night they announced when and who he’d fight first. Amercian Kickboxing Academy’s Jon Fitch will be heading to Bellator to ply his trade after asking PFL (formally WSOF) for his release. We reported the signing yesterday, but today more is known. At last night’s Bellator event, they announced he … Read moreJon Fitch gets his first Bellator opponent and it’s a doozy

Semtex says he was granted release from Bellator.

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It appears as if Paul Semtex Daley was unhappy in his current role with Bellator MMA. He took to his personal Facebook page and revealed that he had requested to be released from his contract and that Scott Coker and company obliged. However, reports have surfaced that Bellator has not granted him his requested release. … Read moreSemtex says he was granted release from Bellator.

Tune in here to watch the Bellator 183 Weigh-ins at 5 PM PST

Bellator 183 Weigh-ins

Today the fighters will step onto the scale, tomorrow they’ll step into the cage.

Bellator 183 looks to be an exciting show. It will air live and free tomorrow on Spike TV. The feature bout is a 155-pound contest between Benson Henderson and Patricky Freire. It also features the debut of Roy Nelson and Aaron Pico’s second professional fight.  Another fight on the card that looks tremendous is a welterweight showdown between rivals Paul Daley and Lorenz Larkin. Tune in here for the Bellator 183 Weigh-ins.

If you want to watch the weigh-ins and faceoffs, we’ve got you covered. They air at 5 PM PST here at MikeSwick.com.

You can see the lineup for tomorrow night’s card right here.

Don’t sleep on the Bellator event this weekend

Bellator Event

The UFC gets the attention, but Bellator is presenting the better product this weekend. For the average MMA fan, the UFC is the only game in town. In fact, when I say MMA fans, by and large, I mean UFC fans. Major news organizations still feel the terms are interchangeable. To them, and many fans, … Read moreDon’t sleep on the Bellator event this weekend

Michael Page signs with David Haye’s “Hayemaker Boxing” promotion

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Michael “Venom” Page is taking a break from MMA in favor of boxing. In some boxing news that isn’t related to Floyd Mayweather, we can report that Bellator welterweight Michael Page has opted to sign with boxer David Haye’s “Hayemaker Boxing” promotional label.  Haye is a former WBA heavyweight and undisputed cruiserweight champion. Currently, he … Read moreMichael Page signs with David Haye’s “Hayemaker Boxing” promotion

Lorenz Larkin starting a 2017 Revolutionary War with Paul Daley. ‘Murica.

Lorenz Larkin starting a 2017 Revolutionary War with Paul Daley. 'Murica.

Lorenz Larkin took to Facebook and called out Paul Daley. In a new twist, Larkin goes bigger than Riverside and claims ‘USA’. He starts his own little Revolutionary War with Daley. Larkin goes ham like Hulk Hogan, circa 1986. “I see your little posts on the 4th of July. I know where you’re from and … Read moreLorenz Larkin starting a 2017 Revolutionary War with Paul Daley. ‘Murica.

Paul Daley and Michael “Venom” Page get into a scuffle in the crowd at Bellator 179

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Paul Daley tapped to Rory MacDonald and started beef with MVP inside five minutes.

I guess one fight a night isn’t enough when you’re MMA badass Paul “Semtex” Daley. He had no sooner been tapped out by Rory when he was out in the crowd mixing it up with Michael Page.Michael Page was supposed to competing on this card against Derek Anderson. Page was pulled from this card after he sustained an injury training. He was still on hard to take in the Bellator 179 festivities.

After the main event, Paul Daley was leaving the cage when he and MVP had words, that led to an altercation. It’s difficult to see in the video what exactly happened, but they were immediately separated and Daley rushed to the bank by security.

I guess one way to stay relevant in the sport, is if you lose, get your next fight started before you even get your gloves off.  Thanks to Chamatkar Sandhu for posting the video to Twitter. He’s a correspondent for MMA Junkie.

Bellator 179 Weigh in Video, all fighters make weight without incident

Bellator 179 Weigh-in

Bellator Weigh-ins ran like a well-oiled machine.

Bellator 179 is tomorrow night, but today, the fighters all made their way to the scales to make tomorrow’s fights official. One after the next, all 26 fighters made weight without issue. The Bellator 179 weigh-in video is below. Rory MacDonald weighed in at 170 pounds his first time on the Bellator scale. His opponent, Paul Daley weighed in at a ready 170.8 pounds.

Rory MacDonald will be facing Paul Daley in his first fight since joining the Bellator roster.

In the co-main event, Liam McGeary weighed in at 205.5 pounds, while his opponent Linton Vassell tipped the scaled at 205 on the dot. The complete weigh-ins and the complete list of weigh-in results are below.

Rory MacDonald (170.1) vs. Paul Daley (170.8)
Liam McGeary (205.5) vs. Linton Vassell (205)
Dan Vinni (169.4) vs. Alex Lohore (170)
Cheick Kongo (244) vs. Augusto Sakai (263.75)
Kevin Ferguson Jr. (165) vs. D.J. Griffin (164)
Jay Dods (154.74) vs. Alfie Davis (155)
Dan Konecke (227.5) vs. Stav Economou (260.75)
Jamie Powell (125.2) vs. Amir Albazi (125.5)
Umer Kayani (168.75) vs. Nathan Jones (169)
Fabien Edwards (184.5) vs. Rafal Cejrowski (185)
Jeremy Petley (148.75) vs. Chase Morton (149.75)
Marcin Prostko (185.25) vs. Mike Shipman (185.75)
Salih Kulucan (135.5) vs. Diego Barbosa (136)

Bellator 179: In Focus | Rory MacDonald – Training for a debut

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Rory MacDonald makes his promotional debut Friday night.

In this Bellator video, we get a bit of a look behind the scenes at Rory MacDonald. Rory is making his promotional debut Friday night against Paul Daley. We see him training up in BC, Canada preparing for his debut.

It’s not just Rory working out, we hear from his coaches, teammates and see him spending time with his daughter. It’s a great look at a fighter who despite his fame and achievements in the sport of MMA, has remained a mystery to most.  The Red Kid will meet Paul “Semtex” Daley in the highly anticipated matchup, headlining Bellator 179.

Rory has a professional record of 18-4 and defeated such stars as BJ Penn, Jake Ellenberger, Demain Maia and current UFC Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.  He’ll be looking to earn a title shot with a win in his debut for Bellator. Tune in Friday night live and free on Spike and see what happens.

Bellator 179 takes a major hit as Michael “Venom” Page suffers a knee injury

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Unfortunately for Derek Anderson, he’s off the card. Bellator 179 takes place May 19th in London, England. One of the more highly anticipated matches was Michael Page taking on Derek Anderson in a Welterweight clash. That fight is off the card, due to a knee injury suffered by Michael Page. The unfortunate news came out … Read moreBellator 179 takes a major hit as Michael “Venom” Page suffers a knee injury

MVP hosts media scrum, talks Paul Daley, Rory MacDonald

MVP hosts media scrum, talks Paul Daley, Rory MacDonald

Michael “Venom” Page is one of Bellator’s brightest rising stars. With Bellator 173 taking place from Belfast, it was expected that Page would be on hand as he has quite the following in the U.K.

Prior to the event kicking off, Page hosted a short media scrum where he touched on his rivalry with Paul Daley, his thoughts on Rory MacDonald, and his Bellator 179 opponent.

Some of the scrum’s highlights:

On Paul Daley:

  • “It has nothing to do with me not experienced, it has a lot to do with fear. He doesn’t really want to fight me right now.”
  • “I felt disrespected so the best way to settle it is in the cage.”
  • “Fight me, that’s my advice.”

On his Bellator 179 opponent, Derek Anderson:

  • “It’s another fight, I’m gonna put on a show anyway.”

On Rory MacDonald:

  • “I think he’s a top athlete. He’s definitely gonna be dangerous when he gets in the cage. But at the same time, based on a couple of his last fights, if he stands in the pocket too long trying to trade punches – I think he’s way more technical but sometimes he likes to have a fight – and Paul Daley’s dangerous, he’s got rockets in both hands. If you want to stand there and have a fight you may go to sleep.”
  • “I think I’d be one of his hardest fights because I’m not a conventional fighter. He’s a very emotional fighter and I’m a person that loves to – I work on people’s emotions.”

Check out the video below for the full interview:

Michael “Venom” Page (12-0) faces Derek Anderson (14-3) at Bellator 179 on May 19th from the SSE Arena in London.

Despite social media campaign to get the Daley fight, MVP finds himself on the outside looking in

Despite social media campaign to get the Daley fight, MVP finds himself on the outside looking in

We announced the news earlier today that Rory MacDonald would be making his Bellator debut in the main event of Bellator 179 against Paul Daley in London on May 19th. While the announcement has been an exciting one for fight fans, one person in particular can be none too happy – Michael “Venom” Page. Page has … Read moreDespite social media campaign to get the Daley fight, MVP finds himself on the outside looking in