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Askren Keeps Title, Sandro First to Featherweight Finals at Bellator 64

Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships made its first ever trip to Winsor, Ontario and they brought with them a stacked card that included Ben Askren’s dominant victory over Douglas Lima as well as a Featherweight Tournament Semifinal victory for Marlon Sandro.

Additionally, Travis Marx and Hiroshi Nakamura became the first two to advance to the semifinal round of the Bellator Bantamweight Tournament Friday night at Bellator 64 from Caesars Windsor in Windsor, Ontario live on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX.

In the main event of the evening, the Bellator Welterweight Title was on the line as defending champion Ben Askren faced off against Season 5 Welterweight Tournament Winner Douglas Lima. Quickly becoming a staple of Askren fights, the five rounds were dominated by the two-time National wrestling champion. Frustrated, Lima attempted submissions off his back but failed to overcome the grinding style of the U.S. Olympian. With “Funky” holding steady in the dominant position throughout the duration of the fight, the outcome was clear as the champion won every round on the judges’ scorecards.

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Michael Chandler Defends Lightweight Title, Ben Saunders vs. Bryan Baker at Bellator 67

Michael Chandler. Photo by Jeff Cain/MMA Weekly.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 6, 2012) — With an already stellar main event featuring Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler taking on 32-win MMA veteran Akihiro Gono, Bellator 67 from Casino Rama on May 4 will feature a welterweight semifinal showdown between Ben “Killa B” Saunders and Bryan “The Beast” Baker, as well as a host of stacked feature fights sure to get the Canadian faithful on their feet.

On the heels of his title-winning fight of the year performance against the world’s top lightweight Eddie Alvarez, Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler returns to face one of his greatest tests to date as the Las Vegas-trained fighter takes on former UFC lightweight Akihiro Gono.

After Chandler’s amazing fourth-round submission victory against then champion Eddie Alvarez at Bellator 58, the undefeated champion knows that he’s now the one with the target on his back.

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Edwin Dewees Inks MFC Deal, Debuts Against Luke Harris in Edmonton on May 4

A new bout featuring a pair of high-profile names has slid into position on the main card of the Maximum Fighting Championship’s MFC 33: Collision Course lineup.

Meeting at a catchweight of 195 pounds, veteran Edwin “Bam Bam” Dewees (37-15) will clash with submission specialist Luke Harris (8-1) in a featured matchup that will be part of the HDNet Fights live broadcast on Friday, May 4 from the Mayfield Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.

The televised card, topped by the MFC welterweight title fight between Ryan “The Kid” McGillivray and Nathan “Soul Force” Coy, kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

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K-1 Announces 2012 Schedule, World GP Final Scheduled for New York City

K-1 - THE WORLD’S MOST EXCITING AND PRESTIGIOUS MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTING SPORT IS RISING - WITH MORE THAN TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN PRIZE MONEY IN 2012.

Today, the new "K-1 Production team" announces the rise of K-1, offering millions of devoted fans and new audiences, an established world-class brand of combat.

A wide array of the world’s best stand up fighters, square off face to face, bringing together their own techniques born from Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo, San Shou, and other martial arts. Few other sports share the global interest, elaborate the showmanship and the popularity of K-1, along with the deep spirituality and ritualism practiced over centuries by millions of martial artists.

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Bellator Teams With Spike TV for New Reality Show Premiering in 2013

SPIKE TV TEAMS UP WITH BERTRAM VAN MUNSTER, CO-CREATOR OF “THE AMAZING RACE,” FOR A NEW BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS REALITY SHOW

New York, NY, April 3, 2012 -  Spike TV and Bellator Fighting Championships are partnering with one of television’s most acclaimed producers, eight-time Emmy Award winner Bertram van Munster, the visionary behind “The Amazing Race,” to create a cutting-edge new unscripted reality show.  The one-hour original Spike series will premiere in 2013 and will showcase the fighters from the emerging mixed martial arts league, Bellator Fighting Championships. Details of the show will be kept closely under wraps until later this year.

“Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” noted van Munster.

“We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike,” said Bjorn Rebney, CEO and Founder of Bellator.

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Chris Horodecki Headlines Bellator 64 Undercard This Weekend

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 2, 2012) — As Bellator Fighting Championships makes its long awaited return to Canada, it brings with it a stacked fight card headlined by a Bellator Welterweight Title Fight between World Champion Ben Askren and Season 5 Tournament Winner Douglas Lima, a Season 6 Featherweight Tournament semifinal featuring dangerous Brazilian Marlon Sandro and Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra and the first two fights in the Season 6 Bantamweight Tournament.

The night will also feature a loaded preliminary card filled with some of the best talent across Canada. The event will broadcast live starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. 

The night will feature the return of Bellator veteran and London, Ontario native Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki as he battles Minnesota’s Mike “The Marine” Richman in a lightweight fight. Horodecki brings with him an impressive 18-3-1 record while the 11-1 Richman is looking to impress the Bellator brass in his debut with the promotion.

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“Pitbull” Injured, Curran to Face Warren for Bellator Featherweight Belt

Joe Warren. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

CHICAGO, Ill.  — After a tournament run that included dominating victories over a trio of top competitors, Bellator Summer Series Featherweight Tournament Winner Pat Curran rightly earned his title shot and will take on reigning Featherweight Champion and self-proclaimed “Baddest Man on The Planet” Joe Warren early in 2012..

Originally, Patricio Pitbull was scheduled to face Joe Warren, as the explosive Brazilian secured his title shot with a Season 4 Featherweight Tournament win. But Pitbull suffered a hand injury, and just recently elected for surgery that will keep him out of the gym for 3 months. With the delay, Curran’s title shot has been moved up. Once healed, Pitbull will face the winner of the Curran-Warren Championship fight.

“The timing worked out here,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “To be able to temporarily lose a fighter such as Patricio Pitbull and then to be able to plug in another deserving title contender, Tournament winner and top five Featherweight in Pat Curran is a testament to the depth of our featherweight division.”

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Alvarez Injured, Chandler Title Bout Postponed

Eddie Alvarez. Photo courtesy of AlvarezFight.com.

CHICAGO, Ill. (September 20, 2011) — Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that reigning Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez has suffered an injury that will force the title holder off of the October 15th card at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

The Philadelphia fighter was scheduled to square off against Season 4 Lightweight Tournament winner Michael Chandler in a Bellator Lightweight title fight. The fight has yet to be rescheduled, but the possibility remains for a title fight later this season.

“Eddie suffered an injury that will keep him out of our October 15th show at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Eddie Alvarez has a huge heart and if there was any way for him to fight on the 15th, I know he would.  Ed’s in spectacular condition, so both of us are hopeful that this fight can potentially still occur later this fall.”

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HDNet to Televise Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal Prelims

Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Strikeforce announced today that HDNet will broadcast live preliminary bouts and official weigh-ins for the World Grand Prix Semifinals on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati, as well as for the World Grand Prix Finals scheduled to take place in the coming months.

In addition, HDNet’s Inside MMA, hosted by Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice, will broadcast live from the weigh-in locations for each event with exclusive pre-fight coverage, including on-set interviews and analysis of the upcoming bouts. HDNet last carried the live prelims and weigh-ins for the World Grand Prix event held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 18.

“As we continue to showcase some of the sport’s up-and-coming talent on our prelims, we’re excited to be able to air them live on HDNet,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “We’re excited to give Strikeforce fans even more access to great fights.”

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Round 5 Announces “UFC Titans” Line

Snapshot courtesy of Round 5 - The Official MMA Collectible.

Markham, ON  – Round 5 President Damon Lau announces an all-new line of collectible figures, UFC Titans, the latest brand extension of Round 5’s incredibly popular UFC license.

“For the last 3 years, we have had a great time working on our Ultimate Collector Series and the complementary UFC Live and UFC Versus collections. We are incredibly excited to announce our latest project: UFC Titans, says Lau. “As the UFC has grown into a mainstream sport, we wanted to produce a new line that appeals to our current fans as well as the new audiences who are finally recognizing mixed martial arts as the greatest sport on earth.”

The 5-inch UFC Titans figures are one inch shorter than the Ultimate Collector Series but share the same points of articulation at the neck, waist, arms and fists. Fans both new and old will see familiar faces in UFC Titans Series 1, as Round 5 will release figures of Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, Chuck Liddell, BJ Penn, and Georges St-Pierre.

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