Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.
— Popular heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman are reportedly in talks to face each other at Sengoku’s “Eleventh Battle” event, which would take place on November 7 in Japan. Lawal’s manager, Ryan Parsons, has confirmed that he has received a bout agreement from World Victory Road and is “currently looking it over”. [Sherdog.com]
— Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who has fought for DREAM on three separate occasions, could reportedly be headed back to the organization for a bout against Katsunori Kikuno at DREAM.12 on October 25 in Japan. Alvarez’s participation overseas seemingly depends on the level of fighter DREAM would be willing to send over to Bellator in a talent exchange for Bellator’s upcoming second season this winter. [MMA Weekly]
Bjorn Rebney. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
”[The TV deal] is finished, it’s done. We’ll be announcing it very, very shortly—in all likelihood, within the next 12 days. We have a situation set up now where we’ll be able to give over 150 million people each week the opportunity to tune in and watch what we’re doing, and that’s a very exciting thing… You’ll be able to watch Bellator season two live. There were a lot of issues at play that were reasons for the delay last season, but we’re not constrained by that moving forward.”
In a new interview with Sherdog.com‘s Jake Rossen, Bellator Fighting Championships figurehead Bjorn Rebney discusses his promotion’s new television deal and what fans can expect during Bellator’s upcoming second season, which is scheduled to begin in January 2010.
Bellator Fighting Championships closed-out its groundbreaking premiere tournament season by crowning two new world champions, however, the one of the biggest highlights of night came from a special feature bout.
Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Philadelphia native Eddie Alvarez and American Top Team product Hector Lombard were both awarded title belts from the upstart Bellator Fighting Championships promotion following clinching wins in their respective tournament finals on Friday night.
Those in attendance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida saw Alvarez score a second-round submission of Toby Imada in the Bellator welterweight final while Lombard bloodied and battered previously unbeaten prospect Jared Hess until the ringside doctor halted their middleweight title bout in the fourth round.
Other notable fights saw Jorge Masvidal submit Eric Reynolds with a rear-naked choke in the third round of their bout and Rosi Sexton defeat Valerie Coolbaugh via submission as well.
Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s Bellator Fighting Championships XII event, which takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, are below.
The show will be headlined by the conclusion of Bellator’s first-ever middleweight and lightweight tournaments. American Top Team standout Hector Lombard will meet rising prospect Jared Hess in the middleweight final while Philadelphia native Eddie Alvarez will face upstart submission stylist Toby Imada in the lightweight final.
Other notable fights include Strikeforce and BodogFight veteran Jorge Masvidal taking on Eric Reynolds and a women’s bout between EliteXC veteran Rosi Sexton and Valerie Coolbaugh.
The headlining win by newly minted Bellator Welterweight World Champion Lyman Good had some intense competition for best knockout of the night at Bellator XI in Uncasville, CT. This was due in part to a brutal knee by Nick Pace that sent opponent Collin Tebo tumbling backwards to the mat less than two minutes after the special feature bout began.
The powerful knee dropped Tebo instantly and sent this mouth guard flying forward as Pace finished him with a strike to the head. With the win, Pace advanced to 2-0 and was just one of the members from Team Tiger Schulmann to earn a victory at Bellator XI. The fight which only lasted 1:37 was Tebo’s professional debut.
Uncasville, Conn. – At the climax of the first ever Bellator Fighting Championships Welterweight World title bout, the New York phenom Lyman Good grounded and pounded his way to victory, defeating the Dominican legend killer Omar De La Cruz in an aggressive demonstration of Good’s constantly evolving ground game. Lasting just over one minute, Good charged at the Tae Kwon Do Jiu Jitsu technician and did exactly what no one expected him to do, by shooting in on the BJJ Black specialist and using his electrifying ground skills to pound out the victory. Good trapped De La Cruz against the cage and delivered a barrage of strikes inside Omar’s guard until the referee stopped the fight in front of thousands of Good supporters. Good thanked his family and coaches profusely as he adorned the Bellator Welterweight Title Belt and raised the $175,000 check for his three fight effort. The Welterweight championship bout can be seen on Saturday, June 13, 2009 exclusively on ESPN Deportes and on Bellator.com on Wednesday, June 17th in English.
“This is for my family and always has been,” commented an ecstatic Good after the match. “I would also like to tell the people at Team Tiger Schulman’s (TTS) how grateful I am for everything they’ve done. Growing up without a father, my coach stepped into that role and for that I am extremely thankful for getting that direction in my life and to Bellator for giving me this opportunity.” Lyman Good, who spent the last four months living and sleeping in his training facility, said that he would keep his championship belt there to inspire his team and other TTS fighters.
Hector Lombard. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
The official weigh-in results for tonight’s Bellator Fighting Championships IX event, which takes place at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana, are below. Not all of the fighters successfully made weight.
Isidro Gonzalez weighed-in one pound over the 185 lb limit for his middleweight bout against Nick Ring, and fellow middleweight Christian Fulgram was listed as a no-show for the weigh-in for his bout against longtime veteran Alex Andrade. No announcement has been made regarding Fulgram’s status or a replacement opponent for Andrade.
Tonight’s show will feature semifinals of Bellator’s inaugural middleweight tournament. Yosmany Cabezas will square off against Jared Hess in one bout while tournament favorite Hector Lombard will clash with Damien Stelly in the other. Former IFL lightweight contender Shad Lierley will also be in action on the card as well.
Yahir Reyes. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.
Los Angeles, Calif. – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that the promotion will hold its Featherweight world championship bout at its tenth event in the 12-event series airing exclusively on ESPN Deportes. Bellator X, featuring the headlining title fight at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on June 5, 2009, is the promotions first world title fight as part of its highly rated series.
Fresh from his win over Estevan Payan at Bellator VI, “knockout of the year” candidate Yahir Reyes will take on Joe “The Hammer” Soto in the first ever Bellator Featherweight world championship bout. At Bellator VI, Soto handed Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace and world number nine ranked Wilson Reis his first-ever loss and earned the right to face Reyes for the title and the $100,000 purse.
The Soto vs. Reyes fight will be the first Bellator world championship title match for what has been a very eventful start for the organization. Over the last month of competition, the tournament has produced some of the most memorable and explosive moments in recent MMA history.
From Bellator’s latest event on Friday night, here’s one of the best fights of this past weekend as Kerry Vera, the wife of UFC light heavyweight Brandon Vera, makes her professional MMA debut against fellow rookie Leslie Smith. The first round of the fight is above and the remainder is after the jump.