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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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MFC Announces Release of Drew Fickett

Drew Fickett. Photo courtesy of Maximum Fighting Championship.

The Maximum Fighting Championship announces today that lightweight Drew Fickett has been released from his contract with the company.

Fickett was handed a first-round TKO defeat at the hands of Brian Cobb at MFC 30, and was then given permission to fight in Japan this past weekend. However, Fickett was dealt a second consecutive first-round knockout loss thereby nullifying his contract.

“Drew had the consent of the MFC to fight in Japan, but he and his management were expressly told that if he lost badly again he would be released, and therefore Drew has been released,” explained MFC Owner/President Mark Pavelich.

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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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Rosholt Brothers Added to Titan Fighting 18

Jake Rosholt. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.

Kansas City, KS – Two last-minute, high-profile withdrawals from this Friday’s Titan Fighting Championship 18 event have sent organizers scrambling to re-stock the card. However, the efforts of Titan officials have led to the last-minute additions to a rising brother act in the sport of mixed martial arts in former Oklahoma State wrestling standouts Jake Rosholt and Jared Rosholt.

The decision to add the high-profile Rosholt Brothers to the card was necessitated after Titan officials were recently informed that both Rory Markham and Drew McFedries would be unable to compete this Friday on the HDNet televised card (starting at 10 p.m. ET) as had been previously scheduled.

Titan officials were notified late Monday night that McFedries had been hospitalized due to an infection and that Markham, who is pursuing a full-time career in film, had been offered a high-profile role that would require him to leave the country and report to the set in advance of Friday’s event.

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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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MFC Announces Foray Into Ontario

Mark Pavelich. Photo courtesy of Maximum Fighting Championship.

WINDSOR, ON - S.L. Feldman & Associates (SLFA) is thrilled to announce its first mixed martial arts event in the province of Ontario. MFC 29: Conquer will take place on Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor featuring fighters from the roster of the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC).

MFC 29: Conquer will feature highly skilled and conditioned athletes for an evening of intense match competition. A detailed fight lineup for MFC 29: Conquer will be released in the very near future. 

One fighter who will undoubtedly be scheduled on the card is reigning MFC welterweight champion Douglas “The Phenom” Lima.  The Atlanta, Georgia product will make the first defense of his title on the show, and he is thrilled to have this opportunity.

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Bellator Announces Spanish Language Broadcast Outlets for Season Four

Bjorn Rebney. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

Miami, FL - Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más adds mixed martial arts (MMA) fights to its weekend line-up with the premiere of the 4th season of "Bellator" in Spanish. 

The world class MMA platform will feature the most dynamic fighters in the industry including Latino champs Eddie Alvarez (lightweight) and Hector Lombard (middleweight). "Bellator" in Spanish will premiere every Sunday starting March 6th at 8pm (ET) on Tr3s.

Bellator Fighting Championships is the first MMA promotion to hold a nationally televised tournament format. Unlike other organizations, Bellator's live fights and tournaments are structured so that the fighter's talent and ability determines their rank in the cage.

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Veach to Replace Injured McKee at MFC 28

Matt Veach. Photo courtesy of H.I.T. Squad.

Maximum Fighting Championship lightweight title-holder Antonio McKee will be unable to defend his title at MFC 28: Supremacy due to a knee injury.

Drew Fickett, McKee’s scheduled opponent for the co-main event, will maintain his spot on the card in a showdown against replacement Matt Veach (15-2). The Fickett-Veach encounter will be a three-round bout contested at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

“I’m disappointed not to be facing McKee for the title but it’s only a matter of time until I get my hands on the MFC lightweight belt,” said Fickett.

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