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Video: Curran’s Head Kick KO of Sandro

Courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships, here's Pat Curran's highlight-reel finish of former King of Pancrase title holder Marlon Sandro, which netted Currran the Bellator Summer Series featherweight tournament crown and a shot at reigning champion Joe Warren in the near future.

Curran KO’s Sandro, Wins FW Tourney

Pat Curran knocked out Marlon Sandro with a devastating high kick, handing the Brazilian his first ever stoppage loss and winning Bellator's Summer Series featherweight tournament on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Uncasville, Conn. — In front of a raucous crowd inside the Mohegan Sun Arena, Pat Curran (fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.) delivered a crushing knockout to Marlon Sandro to claim the Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Championship live on MTV2.

This is the second tournament win for Curran, who previously won the Bellator Season 2 Lightweight Tournament. Bellator Heavyweight Champion Cole Konrad was also victorious, earning a victory over Paul Buentello in a non-title super fight.

In the night’s main event, Bellator veteran Pat Curran was up against imposing Brazilian Marlon Sandro. Both fighters were hungry for victory, as the winner would earn a guaranteed title shot for the Bellator Featherweight World Championship. Sandro came out looking to push the pace, and seemed to control Round 1.

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Rock the Vote: Curran or Sandro?

Who do you have in tonight's Bellator Summer Series featherweight tournament final? Former lightweight title challenger Pat Curran or one-time King of Pancrase and Sengoku standout Marlon Sandro?

Cisneros to Replace Hawn in Bellator Season Five Welterweight Tourney

Chris Cisneros. Photo courtesy of Koast Kombat.

CHICAGO, Ill.  — Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed today that Chris “The Maverick” Cisneros will replace an injured Rick Hawn in Bellator’s upcoming Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. Hawn suffered a knee injury during a training session, and will be unable to compete in the September 10th Welterweight Quarterfinals airing live on MTV2. Cisneros will replace Hawn, and face UFC veteran Ben Saunders in opening round action.

Cisneros joins Bellator with an impressive 11-3 record, including a current five fight win streak. A former kickboxer and skilled striker, “The Maverick” has had a tremendous amount of success within the Hawaiian MMA circuit and is looking forward to showing off his skills under the Bellator banner.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for me, and I’m looking to make some noise in this tournament,” Cisneros said. “It’s always a tough thing to see another fighter go down because of injury, but it happened, and now I have a chance to fight for an unbelievable promotion like Bellator.”

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Bellator Inks Canadian Welterweight Ford

Ryan Ford. Photo courtesy of the Maximum Fighting Championship.

Canadian welterweight prospect Ryan Ford announced via Facebook on Wednesday that he has signed with Bellator Fighting Championships.

The 29-year-old expects to make his promotional debut at the organization's planned Canadian debut at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario in October. Bellator officials have yet to announce the event nor confirm Ford's signing or participation.

A longtime staple of Mark Pavelich's Maximum Fighting Championship brand, Ford has registered a 16-3 mark as a professional. Nicknamed "The Real Deal", Ford holds notable career wins over a handful of UFC veterans, including LaVerne Clark, Tommy Speer, former welterweight contender Karo Parisyan and Pete Spratt on two separate occasions.

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Talent Filled Feature Fights Complete Bellator 48 Fight Card

Seth Petruzelli. Photo by Tom Casino, EliteXC/CBS.

CHICAGO, Ill. (July 19, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships’ highly successful Summer Series will come to a close on August 20th from Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut live on MTV2.

While the main card includes the Finals of Bellator’s Featherweight Summer Series Tournament, two heavyweight special feature fights that include Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez vs. Seth “Silverback” Petruzelli and Bellator Heavyweight World Champion Cole Konrad taking on MMA veteran Paul Buentello, and a lightweight battle between the undefeated Rene Nazare and Costa Rican native Juan Barrantes, the night will host a slew of feature fights loaded with talent.

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Bellator Announces Winners of Open Tryout

Bjorn Rebney. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHERRY HILL, NJ. (July 18, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships has become synonymous with excellent scouting and signing some of the best undiscovered talent the sport has to offer, and that reputation was on display Saturday as Bellator crowned two winners at their latest open tryout, which took place at Daddis Fight Camps in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

Former All-American Kyle Cerminara and Mtume Goodrum were selected and will fight for the promotion at an upcoming area event.

This year has been a whirlwind for Cerminara, who began his professional MMA journey in January. Having wrestled for nearly his entire life, the former University of Pennsylvania coach knew he still had the drive and desire to compete. MMA was the perfect fit, and Cerminara hasn’t looked back.

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Bellator to Hold Open Tryouts June 18 in Florida

Bjorn Rebney. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, ILL. — Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that it will host an open tryout from Hollywood, Florida on June 18th that will provide a once-in-a-lifetime chance for an undiscovered professional fighter to earn a spot in one of the organization's upcoming area events.

The tryout will take place at The Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on Saturday, June 18th with registration starting at 1 p.m. EST and tryouts beginning at 2 p.m. EST. All fighters from the state of Florida will be eligible to win a spot on the undercard of Bellator 50, which take place on September 17th from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Non-Florida fighters are encouraged to tryout and will be scouted for other potential future roster openings. In addition to eligible aspiring fighters, the tryouts are open to media.

“The Seminole Hard Rock has been like a second home to Bellator,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “We’ve had tremendous success with our open tryouts in the past, actually leading to a fighter securing a spot in a nationally televised Bellator Tournament. I expect another group of great fighters will be at the tryout June 18th in Hollywood.”

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The Daily Recap: Warren-Pitbull II Booked for July, Mendes to Meet Yahya in Philly & More

Joe Warren. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Bellator season four featherweight tourney winner Patricio "Pitbull" Friere will reportedly challenge Joe Warren for Bellator's featherweight title in rematch on July 23 at Bellator 47. Friere knocked off Georgi Karakhanyan, Wilson Reis and Daniel Straus to earn another shot at Warren, who earned a tight split decision over Friere in their originial meeting in June of last year. [MMA Weekly]

— Chad Mendes has agreed to put his top contender status on the line and face slick submission specialist Rani Yahya in a featherweight bout at UFC 133 on August 6. Mendes, who has started a perfect 10-0 as a pro, has won five straight fights under the WEC and UFC banner. Meanwhile his opponent, Yahya, is coming off of an unanimous decision win over former WEC featherweight champion Mike Thomas Brown in January. []

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Bellator Announces Details for Summer Series Featherweight Tourney

Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.

CHICAGO, ILL — Bellator Fighting Championship’s highly anticipated Summer Series Featherweight Tournament will kick off on June 25th live on MTV2 from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Bellator 46 will feature four featherweight quarterfinal fights, as well as a talent-filled undercard.

The night will see Brazilian knockout artist Marlon Sandro taking on fellow Brazilian Genair da Silva in an incredibly intriguing featherweight fight. With both fighters known for their knockout ability, fans should expect fireworks.

“I am coming to the United States to become a world champion,” said Sandro. “I see Bellator as the place to really make a name for myself here in the U.S. I'm here to put on great fights, entertain the fans, and fight my way to the Bellator Featherweight World Championship.”

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