Who can save ‘The Jimmy Show?’: 4 bantamweight stars who could step in to face James Gallagher at Bellator Europe 4

With a little over a week to go before the lights shine down on the Bellator cage in Dublin, the organization faces a major headache ahead of fight night on September 27. The headline star of the Bellator Europe 4 card, James Gallagher, finds himself without an opponent after it was revealed his scheduled dance […]

Cal Ellenor out of Bellator Dublin main event against James Gallagher

James Gallagher (pictured) needs a new opponent for Bellator Dublin | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If James Gallagher is going to make his next home date, he’ll need a new opponent. MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed with officials that Cal Ellenor has been forced out of his Bellator Dublin headlining bantamweight bout opposite Gallagher due […]

Former UFC, Combate Americas fighter Erik Perez signs with Bellator MMA

Erik Perez | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Erik Perez is taking his talents to Bellator MMA. The veteran bantamweight who competed in both the UFC and Combate Americas has officially inked a deal with the Viacom-owned promotion. Perez’s manager Ali Abdelaziz announced the news via Twitter with Bellator officials confirming the news to MMA Fighting […]

With Cal Ellenor injured, James Gallagher needs new opponent for Bellator Europe 4 main event

With just 10 days until Bellator Europe 4, the promotion has been left scrambling for a main event replacement after Cal Ellenor withdrew from his scheduled bout with James Gallagher. Ellenor (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was forced to pull out of the bantamweight matchup with Gallagher (9-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) on Tuesday due to an […]

UFC, Combate Americas Veteran Erik Perez Signs with Bellator MMA

Former UFC and Combate Americas bantamweight competitor Erik Perez has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Keri Melendez to Face Mandy Polk in Catchweight Bout at Bellator 229 on Oct. 4

Keri Melendez, the wife of UFC fighter and ex-Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, will compete in her fourth professional MMA bout when she meets Mandy Polk at Bellator 229. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Lyoto Machida: Gegard Mousasi will have ‘no excuses’ after second loss to me at Bellator 228

Gegard Mousasi has said a lot about Lyoto Machida since their first fight more than five years ago. If he loses again, though, not much more can be said. At least that’s what Machida (26-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) believes. “The Dragon” has been targeted with greasing and performance-enhancing drug accusations from Mousasi (45-7 MMA, 3-1 […]

Scott Coker: Cris Cyborg already one of the biggest stars in Bellator, UFC was never committed to her division

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The moment Scott Coker found out Cris Cyborg was a free agent, he immediately began burning up the phone lines to get a deal done to bring the former UFC champion to Bellator MMA. It was a natural fit considering the current Bellator president had previously promoted Cyborg when he owned […]

Patrick Mix vs. Dominic Mazzotta added to Bellator 232

Patrick Mix (pictured) fights Dominic Mazzotta in a bantamweight bout at Bellator 232 in Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 26 | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Patrick Mix will look to make it an even dozen this fall. The undefeated bantamweight faces the returning Dominic Mazzotta at Bellator 232. MMA Fighting confirmed the bout with officials following […]

Van Roosmalen vs. Lencioni, Mix vs. Mazzotta Booked for Bellator 232 on Oct. 26

The Bellator 232 lineup continues to take shape, as Robin Van Roosmalen will square off against Cris Lencioni at featherweight, and Patrick Mix will meet Dominic Mazzotta at bantamweight on Oct. 26. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Jon Jones training partner Christian Edwards meets Cesar Gutierrez at Bellator 233

After a quick win in his pro debut, one of Jon Jones’ proteges and training partners has his next assignment queued up. Christian Edwards (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on Cesar Gutierrez (1-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 233 in November, a promotion official told MMA Junkie. The light heavyweight bout is expected to […]

Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi Set for Bellator 232 Co-Main Event

An all-action welterweight collision is heading to Bellator 232 in October. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Undefeated Vladimir Tokov Takes on Brandon Hastings at Bellator 229

Bellator MMA has added an interesting prelim to its California card this October. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi booked for Bellator 232 co-main event 

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A welterweight slugfest between Paul Daley and Sabah Homasi has been booked as the co-main event at Bellator 232 on Oct. 26 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Multiple sources confirmed the bout to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report from ESPN. Daley vs. Homasi is expected to […]

Scott Coker hopes to sign Nick Newell to multi-fight deal with Bellator MMA

With a first-round submission victory at Bellator 225, Nick Newell may have just found a new fighting home. The veteran lightweight who came up short in his bid to earn a UFC contract in 2018 was given a one-fight contract to compete for Bellator near his home in Connecticut last month. Newell, who is a […]

Bellator double-champion Patricio ‘Pitbull’ says he would knock out Khabib Nurmagomedov

Patricio Freire believes he has what it takes to dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A highly anticipated bout with Tony Ferguson, a very lucrative rematch with Conor McGregor, and a superfight with Georges St-Pierre are some of the options for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next title defense, but a top lightweight from outside the […]

Featherweight champ Patricio Freire has mixed reaction to Bellator 226 tournament results

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Every fighter in the Bellator featherweight grand prix field represents a potential title defense for the 145-pound champion, Patricio Freire. Each time the champ steps into the cage throughout the tournament, his title will be on the line, which begins with his first-round matchup against Juan Archuleta on Sept. 28 at […]

Bellator 228 Update: Bantamweights Leandro Higo, Shawn Bunch to Clash on Sept. 28

A bantamweight showdown between Leandro Higo and Shawn Bunch has been added to the Bellator 228 lineup. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Bellator 226 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms. Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into […]

Bellator 226 post-event facts: Even without win, Ryan Bader makes history

The first half of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix opening round went down on Saturday with Bellator 226. SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., hosted the event, which streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. A heavyweight championship bout headlined the event, though is ended in anticlimactic fashion when Ryan Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) […]

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