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Bellator Makes Iowa Debut to Host the Welterweight Semifinals from U.S. Cellular Center on Friday, October 18th

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Newport Beach, CA. (September 30, 2013) – The Toughest Tournament in Sports will make its way to Iowa for the first time on Friday, October 18th, as Cedar Rapid’s U.S. Cellular Center  plays host to Bellator MMA’s Welterweight Semifinals. The event will be broadcast live on Spike TV at 8 p.m. CT and also showcase a handful of Iowa’s local talent. Tickets for the event can be purchased by visiting Ticketmaster.com or by contacting the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office. 

Iowa’s own Paul Bradley will fight in front of his home state and face former Bellator Welterweight Tournament winner, Karl Amoussou. A two-time all-American wrestler at Iowa, Bradley holds an impressive 20-5 professional record and will make his Bellator debut on October 18th. 

Fellow Iowa native Joe Vedepo will also step into the Bellator cage will and face Kendall Grove in a middleweight battle. Known for developing a modified shin choke called “The Vedepo Choke”, Vedepo has won seven of his 14 victories by submission, six coming in the first round.  Four additional Iowa athletes will fight on the preliminary card and all of the preliminary fights will card will be streamed exclusively on Spike.com.

Headlining the night will be one of the most talented divisions with the Bellator Welterweight Semifinals. Judo Olympian Rick Hawn will face former Bellator Tournament Finalist Brent Weedman and the always exciting War Machine will battle semifinalist Ron Keslar.  

The full fight card is listed below.

 

MAIN CARD:
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: Rick Hawn (16-2) vs. Brent Weedman (22-8-10
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinal: War Machine (14-4) vs. Ron Keslar (10-3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Eric Prindle (8-3) vs. Peter Graham (8-5)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Kendall Grove (18-13) vs. Joe Vedepo (14-6)

PRELIMINARY CARD:

Welterweight Feature Fight: Paul Bradley (20-5) vs. Karl Amoussou (16-5-2)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Rob Emerson (12-10) vs. Jared Downing (9-3)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Rod Montoya (15-15) vs. Paul Sass (13-2)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Derek Loffer (4-1) vs. Cliff Wright Jr. (7-5)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Estus (3-0) vs. Cole Williams (9-2)

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BellatorMMA           

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Bellator 101 Results

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(video via BellatorMMA)

 

Bellator 101 went down at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. Joe Warren put the Bellator Bantamweight division on notice as he finished the scrappy up and comer Nick Kirk. Warren looked very much improved since his tenure at Jackson's MMA. Alexander "Tiger" Sarnavskiy made quick work of veteran Marcus Davis and Saad Awad keeps advancing in the Lightweight tournament as he choked out Martin Stapleton.

 

Check out the video highlights for Bellator 101 and full results below. 

 

Bantamweight
Joe Warren def. Nick Kirk
Submission (armbar) Round 2-3:03

Lightweight
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Marcus Davis
Submission (rear naked choke) Round 1-1:40

Lightweight
Ricardo Tirloni def. Rich Clementi
Unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Lightweight
Will Brooks def. John Alessio
Unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-25)

Lightweight
Saad Awad def. Martin Stapleton
Submission (rear naked choke) Round 1-3:46


Preliminary Card (Spike.com)
Welterweight
Nathan Coy def. Andy Uhrich
Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Lightweight
Marcin Held def. Ryan Healy
KO (punches) Round 1-1:12

Middleweight
Dave Vitkay def. Tyson Jeffries
Submission (rear naked choke) Round 3-3:07

Lightweight
Brent Primus def. Scott Thometz
Submission (rear naked choke) Round 1-3:48

Bantamweight
Austin Springer def. Zack Skinner
Unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-28)

Middleweight
Peter Aspenwal def. Jeremiah Riggs
Split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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UFC 165 Preview: Division Giants

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(Article by Adam LeBarr/ video via UFC)

 

September 21st the UFC heads back to Toronto, Canada for the fourth time. UFC 165 will host one of if not the biggest Light Heavyweight title fights ever, along with a packed and stacked fight card. You thought one title fight was amazing? Well, there's two on this fight card.

 

 Starting off the night, in the Lightweight division, we've got Pat Healy vs. undefeated, Khabib Nurmagomedov. This fight is very interesting in the fact you of course have one fighter (Nurmagomedov), who's currently riding a 20 fight dominant win streak. On the other hand, you've got Healy. Pat Healy in his recent bout came out victorious over Jim Miller, until he tested positive or marijuana, turning his win into a no contest. Now off suspension, he looks to prove a point in the Lightweight division by taking out Nurmagomedov and stopping his dominant streak in the division.

 

 Moving onto the Middleweight division, we've got Costa Philippou vs. Francis Carmont. Looking back at these two warriors bouts, most of the time, if not all they time, they were labeled 'the underdogs'. In recent fights for both Philippou and Carmont, they've proven a label like that isn't accurate. Philippou riding a 5 fight win streak, which includes impressive victories over Tim Boetsch, Court McGee and more looks to put a stop to his opponents winning streak. Francis Carmont is currently riding a 10 fight win streak, also maintaining impressive victories over his fallen opponents. Both fighters are eying a spree finisher and the Middleweight gold.

 

 The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights was a season of the show to hold both these next combat fighters who will now face each other come Saturday. Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione is years and years in the making. Throughout the season of TUF, Mitrione in a lot of cases was the target for many fighters in the house. Schaub is now looking to get his turn at fighting and putting down Mitrione. Despite what happened on that season, both these fighters have now gained much more experience, adding more technical strikes and grappling to their arsenal. Schaub and Mitrione both coming off impressive victories in the Heavyweight division are looking to keep their fights in the win column. Both former TUF competitors have had more than enough words to say about each other, UFC 165 is where they put their bodies to the test.

 

 Usually, a co-main event consist of a high level bout in a certain division. On the 21st of September, not only is the co-main event high level, it's for the Bantamweight Interim title. Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland will be Barao's second title defense since Dominick Cruz has been injured and out. Barao hasn't lost a fight since April of 2005, and isn't looking to slow down anytime soon, eying a title fight against currently injured Cruz. Wineland, coming off two impressive victories in the division was granted a title shot. With gold nearly in reach for Wineland, taking the title will be no easy task, not for anyone. Barao with such build up momentum, shows no signs of slowing down, not for anyone. Barao was offered a interim title shot after Cruz vs. Faber's TUF season ended and Cruz had announced his injury. Faber was now set to take on Barao, leading to a huge upset, crowing Barao the current interim champion.

 

 And now... IT'S TIME!

 

 The UFC's Light Heavyweight division has yet to present a fight quite this big. Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson will be UFC 165's main event of the evening. Jones, no stranger to the Toronto fans, looks to put on yet another dominant performance at the Air Canada Centre. Jones being as big as he is, has never really been given the opportunity to fight someone quite as big as him, in the Light Heavyweight division. The up and coming Swedish contender is not as big as champion Jon Jones, he's slightly bigger. Both these LHW giants only hold 1 loss in their professional MMA career and looking to keep it that way. Jones and Gustafsson not only have been keeping up in the win column, but they do so by dominant fashion. 'Bones' Jones, being the youngest champion in UFC history, looks to break more records, and maintain the 12lbs of gold around his waist.
 

 No title defense is easy, everyone builds a resume to present to Dana White and Joe Silva. Many have fallen to the hands of Jon Jones, but we're now finally seeing an even match up. Gustafsson looks to upset the current champion, and take the title back to Sweden.

 

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
• Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - for light-heavyweight title
• Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland - for interim bantamweight title
• Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub
• Francis Carmont vs. Constantinos Philippou
• Pat Healy vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
• Myles Jury vs. Mike Ricci
• Ivan Menjivar vs. Wilson Reis
• Chris Clements vs. Stephen Thompson
• Mitch Gagnon vs. Dustin Kimura

 

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 6 p.m. ET)
• Renee Forte vs. John Makdessi
• Michel Prazeres vs. Jesse Ronson
• Alex Caceres vs. Roland Delorme
• Nandor Guelmino vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

 

Follow Adam at: @thefightersblog and check out his FightersBlog

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BJ PENN AND FRANKIE EDGAR SIGN ON AS COACHES OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER®; SET SIGHTS ON TRILOGY MATCH-UP

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Las Vegas, Nevada – Faced with the challenge of outdoing its current historic, adrenaline-charged season of The Ultimate Fighter®, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) today confirmed that the next season of its long-running reality series will feature former champions “The Prodigy” BJ Penn and Frankie “The Answer” Edgar as coaches. The storied foes will coach a cast of middleweight (185 lbs.) and light heavyweight (205 lbs.) fighters in their quest to win the title of Ultimate Fighter and a six-figure contract with the UFC.

“BJ Penn is moving down to 145 lbs. to coach The Ultimate Fighter against Frankie Edgar,” said UFC President Dana White. “BJ really hates the fact that he lost to Frankie Edgar. It’s something that’s been burning deep inside of him for three years now. So he’s moving down to 145 lbs. to not only avenge those defeats, but to try and become the first fighter in UFC history to win titles in three different weight classes.”

Widely considered one of the greatest fighters in UFC history, Penn (16-9-2 in MMA) is one of only two men to win UFC world titles in two separate divisions. The former welterweight and lightweight champion has defeated a Who’s Who of MMA, including UFC champions Matt Hughes, Matt Serra and Sean Sherk. His reign over the UFC’s 155lbs. division was ended in 2010’s Upset of the Year, when he was outpointed by Frankie Edgar. “The Prodigy” not only returns to the UFC but also The Ultimate Fighter, after coaching season five back in 2007.

After defeating Penn in two fights, Edgar (15-4-1) established a reputation for lightweight excellence. “The Answer” defended the lightweight championship in a pair of all-time classic battles with Gray Maynard before losing the title on a controversial decision to Benson Henderson. Edgar then dropped to featherweight, where many believe he will join Penn as a two-division world champion.

The series begins filming in mid-October in Las Vegas.

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Fighter Spotlight: Jeremy Kimball

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Jeremy Kimball (top) delivers some ground and pound to Keith Barry en route to a KO victory/photo via Bellator.com

 

There's lots of MMA action lately, with UFC putting on 3 shows in 7 days we can't overlook Bellator as they kick off the opening round of their middleweight tournament at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Our good friends at Condom Depot gave us the heads up that one of their sponsored fighters Jeremy Kimball was fighting in the tournament on Saturday September 7th. He opens up his bracket by taking on Perry Filkins. Kimball is is currently 10-3 and coming off a 6 fight win streak so he's no joke. Both fighters are known for the explosiveness so this one is sure to bring fireworks. We had a chance to talk to Mr Kimball as he was prepping for his fight this week and he was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions. We wish him all the best this weekend. Be sure to follow him on his Twitter and Facebook pages and don't forget to visit CondomDepot.com

 

 Join us after the jump for the interview

 

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The Ultimate Fighter kicks off it's new season!

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(Can't we all just get along?)

 

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® kicked off the 18th season of its famed reality television show, The Ultimate Fighter®, on Wednesday night with the inaugural episode on FOX Sports 1. In the historic two-hour season premiere, 16 male, and for the first time ever, 16 female bantamweight fighters (135 pounds) squared-off, vying for a coveted spot on the series and their chance to win a six-figure contract with the UFC® and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

A full recap is available at ufc.com.

Premiere episode fight match-ups and results:

 

WINNER

LOSER

RESULT

Jessamyn Duke

Richmond, Ky

Laura Howarth

Hove, East Essex, England

Submission via triangle choke

3:50 of the 1st round

Cody Bollinger

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Rafael Freitas

Albuquerque, N.M.

TKO

1:54 of the 2nd round

Jessica Rakoczy

Las Vegas, Nev.

Revelina Berto

Winter Haven, Fla.

Submission via arm bar

2:32 of the 2nd round

Chris Beal

Somis, Calif.

Sirwan Kakai

Coconut Creek, Fla.

Unanimous Decision

Sudden Victory round

Julianna Pena

Spokane, Wash.

Gina Mazany

Seattle, Ak

Unanimous Decision

Michael Wootten

Liverpool, Merceyside, England

Emil Hartsner

Luberod, Skane, Sweden

Unanimous Decision

Sudden Victory round

Peggy Morgan

Nashua, N.H.

Bethany Marshall

Newport News, Va

TKO

2:58 of the 1st round

Joshua Hill

Binbrook, Ontario, Canada

Patrick Holohan

Tagllaht, Dublin, Ireland

Majority Decision

Colleen Schneider

Las Vegas, Nev.

Shayna Baszler

Sioux Fall, S.D.

Submission via arm bar

4:24 of the 1st round

Louis Fisette

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Chris Holdsworth

Woodland Hills, Calif.

Submission via triangle choke

4:09 of the 1st round

Raquel Pennington

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tonya Evinger

Lake St. Louis, Mo.

Submission via guillotine choke

3:56 of the 2nd round

Tim Gorman

West Des Moines, Iowa

Lee Sandmeier

Knoxville, Iowa

TKO

4:46 of the 1st round

Roxanne Modafferi

Yokohama, JPN

Valerie Letourneau

La Prairie, Quebec, Canada

Submission via rear naked choke

3:36 of the 1st round

Anthony Gutierrez

Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Matthew Munsey

Hollywood, Fla.

Unanimous Decision

Sudden Victory round

Sarah Moras

Kelowna, B.C., Canada

Tara LaRosa

Albuquerque, N.M.

Unanimous Decision

David Grant

Bishop Auckland, Durham, England

Daniel Martinez

San Diego, Calif.

Submission via arm bar

2:02 of the 2nd round

 

Fighters will once again be vying for season bonus’. Bonus’ of $5,000 will be given to fighters victorious by stoppage or submission. Another $25,000 will be given for best fight of the season, best submission of the season and best knockout of the season.

 

Join us after the jump for full team roster and a recap of episode one with Rousey, Tate and UFC President Dana White.

 

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Fight Night Recap: Glover is coming for that belt!

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(Article by Adam Lebarr/photo via Jason Silva/USA Today) 

 

We don't mind the carpal tunnel and living off doritos for the past week. The UFC gave us plenty of reasons to stay home and watch TV these past few days. Capping off a spree of fight cards (3 events in 7 days), we were in for yet another exciting night of fights. Fight Night 28 held in Belo Horizonte, Brazil would come stacked with some great fights and set up some interesting potential matchups for the title picture. It was Brazil vs the world and a dominant night for the Brazilians fighters.

 

Brazillian Middleweight, Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza was able to deliver a great performance for his home crowd delivering a TKO to Yushin Okami. Early in round #1, Jacare came out with blood in his eyes looking for the knockout. Within the first minute, he was able to rock and land multiple shots eventually putting Okami to the floor where he would soon be finished.
 

Dominating such a high ranked Middleweight like Okami is no easy task. Jacare made a statement and put himself on the danger list for his fellow 185lbs division contenders.

 

Glover Teixeira a warrior on a Light Heavyweight tear was looking for another victim to add to his resume. That being said, it would be no easy victory for Teixeira as his opponent was All American, Ryan 'Darth' Bader. As the fight began, Bader came out strong, taking control of the fight against Teixeira using his wrestling and letting his hands go. Teixeira was backed against the octagon and was rocked by Bader's power shots. He looked to be in trouble when he suddenly threw and landed a combination of strikes on Bader landing on his chin dropping him to the ground where Teixeira would ultimately finish him via TKO victory.

 

The hype is real, folks! With Glover Teixeira being victorious over Ryan Bader in stunning fashion, Teixeira has been granted a title shot against winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustaffson. Not particularly impressed with his performance against Bader, he feels there is room for improvement. When asked about his chances against Jones, Teixeira stated "If my hand lands, he will go down."

 

For his part Jones can't look past Gustafsson at UFC 165 later this month, but if he wins it looks like he will have his toughest test to date against Teixeira, a very scary Brazilian who is coming for his belt. Should be a great fight!

 

 Join us after the jump for full fight card results and video.

 

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Preview: UFC Fight Night 28

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(We're not sure but we're pretty sure the poster is telling you to WATCH THIS DAMN FIGHT!)

 

UFC Fight Night 28 on September 4th will be the UFC's 3rd event with in 7 days. Don't let the number of events fool you, all these cards are stacked and packed with potential to deliver true entertainment.
 
 Fight Night 28's co-main event holds two very talented, high ranked Middleweight contenders. Yushin Okami vs. Ronaldo Souza. Okami ranked #3 in the Middleweight divison and Souza #5, a win for one of these men puts them with in inches of a title shot. Both these 185lbs warriors are on a multiple fight win streak and aren't looking to slow down anytime soon. This bout is your classic, striker vs. submission/wrestling specialist. With Okami once having a shot at the Middleweight gold, Souza is now looking for his turn, unwilling to take another loss from anyone.

 The co-main event and the rest of the card being as good as it is, that's not all. Your main event of the evening will hold dominant striker, Glover Teixeira vs. wrestling expert, Ryan Bader. Once again, we've been granted a classic match up. Bader in the last couple of years having his up and downs with his wins and loses will certainly have his hands full this Wednesday with Teixeira. Fans of Teixeria believe after his now 6 fight winning streak deserves a title shot. A victory over Bader on the 4th could grant him that opportunity everyone has been asking for. These Light Heavyweight contenders are looking to solidify a place in line to fight winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson, that to be determined September the 21st.

 

Article by Adam LeBarr. Follow Adam at: @thefightersblog and check out his FightersBlog