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Newport Beach, CA. – After nearly five years in the making, Bellator MMA made its long awaited debut on Spike TV in January as Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran opened the night with a dominant win over star Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull, reaching over 1.2 million viewers in the process. On April 4th, Bellator will close out its eighth season from Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, NJ as Curran once again puts his Bellator Featherweight Title on the line against relentless Daniel Straus live on Spike TV. The night will also feature the return of Tiger Schulmann products Lyman Good and Munah Holland, as well as the Bellator debut of New Jersey fan favorite Tom DeBlass.
Widely regarded as one of the top two featherweights in the world, Curran brings a dominating 18-4 record into his latest title defense, including victories over Marlon Sandro, Roger Huerta, Mike Ricci, and Straus himself, as Curran collected a knock out win over Straus early in both of their careers. Even with the victory over Straus in his back pocket, Curran is well aware both fighters have grown tremendously over the last four years.
“This may end up being the most challenging fight I’ve faced up this point,” Curran said. “Daniel is going to make for a very tough challenge, but I know what I’m capable of. I feel like I’m always growing as a fighter, and the sky is really the limit for me. I’ve got the belt, and I’m not letting anyone take it away from me.”
The Maximum Fighting Championship has bolstered its lineup for MFC 36: Reality Check with a pair of key fights in the middleweight division featuring fan favorites.
Newly signed Jay “Da Spyda Killa” Silva (8-6) will meet Jacen Flynn (10-3) in one middleweight matchup, while Jason “The Savage” Zentgraf (6-1) will collide with Luke Harris (9-2) in the other.
Both critical contests in the MFC’s talent-laden 185-pound division will be part of the AXS TV Fights main card broadcast taking place live on Friday, February 15 from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. The AXS TV Fights main card launches at 10 p.m. ET/8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).
One of the most dynamic free-agent talents available is joining the deepening MFC middleweight talent pool.
Jay “Da Spyda Killa” Silva (Twitter: @jaysilvamma) has agreed to a multi-fight contract with the Maximum Fighting Championship and will make his debut at MFC 36: Reality Check to be held on Friday, February 15 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, and live on AXS TV Fights.
“Jay Silva is a huge talent, and can become an absolute wrecking machine in the Maximum Fighting Championship,” touted MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.
TORONTO, Nov 29, 2012 – MMA fans across Canada will have the chance to relive all the action from the biggest night in the history of The Score Fighting Series. Every fight from last week’s event in Hamilton, Ontario is being shown on The Score Television Network in a series of special one-hour shows.
The night saw record Canadian television viewing figures and media coverage for an SFS event, with fans treated to a scintillating night of action, culminating in a stunning finale as rising star Jordan Mein finished UFC veteran Forrest Petz via TKO in the first round.
That bout was just one of a number of highlights, with others including the “fight of the night” between Tristan Johnson and Will Romero, a masterclass in striking from Jesse Ronson in his battle against a seemingly unstoppable Ryan Healy and a rarely seen submission victory via gogoplata/straight armbar from Rory McDonell over Desmond Green.
Nov. 29, 2012 - Jarrod “Wildcard” Card (12-6-1), a four time veteran of the XFC, and former featherweight champion, will return to action onDecember 7 for XFC 21: Night of Champions II. XFC 21 will be the final show of the year for the rising promotion and will feature some of the biggest names under the XFC banner. Card will step in to take on recently signed Keith “The Rockstar” Richardson (8-3) in a Featherweight matchup that will be aired on the AXStv portion of the card, along with the Lightweight Championship Title fight between Nick Newell and Eric Reynolds.
Jarrod Card started off in the XFC a perfect 2-0 and was at one time the promotions Featherweight champion. After a short stint at Bantamweight, Card has returned to a more natural weight of 145 pounds and is ready to return to his winning ways after suffering a knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at XFC 17.
The Maximum Fighting Championship has officially signed one of the biggest heavyweight matchups in organizational history for MFC 36: Reality Check.
Canada’s top two heavyweights will square-off with an MFC title shot at stake when undefeated hotshot Smealinho Rama meets rising star Mike “The Honey Badger” Hackert on Friday, Feb. 15. The bout will be a highlighted matchup on the MFC 36 card airing live on AXS TV Fights emanating from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
The winner of the bout earns a shot at the MFC heavyweight title later in 2013.
One of the most explosive nights in the history of the Maximum Fighting Championship has its broadcast date set with TSN2.
MFC 35: Explosive Encounter will air on Saturday, December 1 at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT/4 p.m. PT (check local listings for channel designation).
An encore presentation will air Thursday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. MT/4:30 p.m. PT.
Two familiar faces from The Score Fighting Series (SFS) are set to renew acquaintances on Friday, November 23rd in Hamilton, Ontario. Top ranked Canadian featherweights Tristan Johnson and Will Romero have agreed to a highly-anticipated rematch which will be aired live as part of the main card on The Score Television Network in Canada and on AXS TV in the U.S.
Meanwhile, undefeated bantamweight prospect Josh Hill has been forced to pull-out of his match-up with WEC veteran Rafael Rebello due to an ankle injury sustained in training. The injury will prevent Hill from working-out for about four weeks with a return to the SFS cage planned for early in the new year.
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 10, 2012) — When Bellator Fighting Championships makes its first trip of the season to Atlantic City, it brings with it a loaded fight card including a Bantamweight Title Fight headlined by Bellator Bantamweight World Champion Zach Makovsky and challenger Eduardo “Dudu” Dantas, as well as a Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semifinal bout and the last two quarterfinal fights in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament. Also, a stacked preliminary card is official and is loaded with the best talent from the East Coast and Midwest.
The night will feature the return of former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good as he takes on the always dangerous LeVon Maynard in a welterweight matchup. Good returns for the first time since dropping a decision to Season 6 Bellator Tournament semifinalist Rick Hawn and is looking to get back to the form that saw him win 10 consecutive fights to start his career. Maynard, a three-time Bellator veteran, is looking to score the biggest win of his career when he meets “Cyborg” on April 13.
The hits keep coming as Philadelphia’s Will Martinez takes on Andy Main in a featherweight contest. Main, a New Jersey hometown favorite, is coming off a huge win over Bellator veteran Bobby Reardanz, while Martinez will be looking to extend his winning streak to three.
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 9, 2012) — The focus of the mixed martial arts world will be on the Bellator cage on Friday, May 18 as the long-awaited battle between No. 1 ranked women’s 115-pound fighter Megumi Fujii takes on No. 2 ranked Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 69 live from L’Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The night will also feature the finals of the $100,000 Bellator Lightweight Tournament, as well as a Heavyweight Tournament qualifier as knockout specialist Ron Sparks takes on rising star Kevin Asplund, who is currently riding a 15-fight win streak.
“Jessica vs. Megumi is a fight between the two best female fighters in the world and we wanted to schedule it for quite some time,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “L’Auberge has been a tremendous host for us in the past, and with a fight of this magnitude on the card, I expect fireworks on May 18.”
Bellator 69 will also host the finals of the Bellator Season 6 Lightweight Tournament. Currently four men still stand in the tournament field as Brent Weedman, Rick Hawn, Lloyd “Cupcake” Woodard and Thiago Michel all look to earn their title shot against reigning Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.