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Bellator 36 Set for Louisana on March 12


Rob McCullough. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

CHICAGO, ILL. —  Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the venue location for Bellator 36 which will take place at the historic Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, LA on March 12, 2011.  The event will be broadcast live on MTV2.

The Season 4 event will feature the soon-to-be announced Bellator Lightweight Tournament quarterfinal pairings as well as a host of exciting Local Feature Fights.  The event will feature former WEC Champion Razor Rob McCullough, 2009 Submission of the Year winner, Toby Imada, Olympian Ferrid Kheder and many others.  Bellator 36 marks Bellator’s fifth appearance in The Bayou State.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Louisianna with our world-class mixed martial arts events live on MTV2,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The historic Municipal Auditorium will provide a spectacular place to watch this live nationally televised MMA showcase.  I’m looking forward to March 12.”

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Strikeforce Announces Full Card for “Challengers 14” on Feb 18


Lyle Beerbohm. Photo courtesy of Fight of Your Life Communications.

NEW YORK – Bryan Travers (14-2), of Bakersfield, Calif., takes on Carlo "Neo’’ Prater (25-10-1) of Bryan, Texas, at a catch weight of 160 pounds, Erik "Bad’’ Apple (10-2), of Laguna Niguel, Calif., will be opposed by local favorite Ryan Larson (5-2), of Austin, Texas, in a welterweight (170 pounds) skirmish.

David "Tarzan’’ Douglas (5-2) of Antioch, Calif., takes on Austin fan favorite Nick "The Ghost’’ Gonzalez (16-8, 1 NC) at 150 pounds in featured bouts of a Strikeforce Challengers fight card presented by Rockstar Energy Drink at Cedar Park Center in the Austin suburb of Cedar Park, Texas, this Friday, Feb. 18, live on Showtime at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

In the main event, unbeaten rising star Lyle "Fancy Pants" Beerbohm (15-0) of Spokane, Wash., takes on dangerous veteran Pat "Bam Bam’’ Healy (25-17) of St. Louis. Unbeaten lightweights Ryan Couture (1-0), of Las Vegas, the son of MMA legend Randy Couture and Houston’s Lee Higgins (2-0) will clash in another televised fight.

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Baroni Gets Nolte for Titan Debut in March


Phil Baroni. Photo by Jon Swenson.

Kansas City, KS -- The Titan Fighting Championship announced today that UFC, PRIDE, and Strikeforce veteran Phil "The New York Bad Ass" Baroni will make his debut for the promotion on Friday, March 25 in Kansas City.

Baroni, 13-13, will face Bellator Fighting Championships and Strikeforce Challengers veteran Nick Nolte, 3-2, in a bout to be contested at 185 lbs. that will emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas and televised live nationally on HDNet.

"The first leg of Phil's comeback tour will begin March 25 live on HDNet vs. a very game competitor in Nick Nolte. Phil is going to get an opportunity to work his way back to where he wants to be and Nick is going to get an opportunity to make himself a nationally known commodity overnight live on HDNet," said Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly.

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Bellator Confirms Pairings for Welterweight Tourney


Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.

CHICAGO, ILL.Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the promotion's Season 4 Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal Pairings for Bellator 35, the premiere event at the Tachi Palace Casino & Resort in Lemoore, California on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

With all four of the highly anticipated Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal fights on the schedule,Bellator 35 will serve as the launching point for talent-stacked welterweight tournament which will air live on MTV2.

"This Welterweight tournament is stacked.  Every fight should be hyper-competitive" said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. "Any one of these 8 fighters could win it, make $100,000 and earn the right to fight Askren for our world title."

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Chandler Official for Bellator Lightweight Tourney Field


Michael Chandler. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, ILL.Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed the addition of undefeated Bellator veteran Michael Chandler to its upcoming Season 4 Lightweight Tournament, airing live on MTV2 starting March 5th.

With a pair of impressive wins under the Bellator banner in 2010, Chandler’s opponents have never made past the second round, as the Missouri native is a perfect 5-0 in his professional career with all of his victories coming by way of (T)KO or submission.

“Mike was very impressive at Bellator 31 and 32, finishing both  opponents in the first round.  He’s got extreme strength and power for a Lightweight and  I’m excited to see how far he can go in this tournament,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

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Bellator Semifinalist Carey Vanier Returns


Carey Vanier. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, ILL.Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed the addition of Bellator Season 2 Semifinalist Carey Vanier to its upcoming Season 4 Lightweight Tournament, airing live on MTV2 starting March 5th.

Vanier will be looking to carry the momentum from an impressive victory over dangerous UFC veteran Rich “No Love” Clementi at Bellator 28 into the Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament for a chance at a check for $100,000 and a shot at Bellator World Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez.

“Carey’s been really impressive during his time with Bellator and constantly shows drastic improvements in his game.  His victory over Rich in Season #3 was a strong showing over a great fighter.  Carey’s a significant addition to our Lightweight Tournament,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

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Bellator Inks UFC Vet Ben Saunders


Ben Saunders. Photo courtesy by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

CHICAGO, ILL.Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the singing of seven-time UFC veteran Ben “Killa B” Saunders to its already stacked welterweight roster. 

Although Saunders will not participate in the upcoming Welterweight Tournament, “Killa B” will make his Bellator debut during Season 4.  Bellator Season 4 airs live on MTV2 beginning Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 9 pm.

“Ben Saunders is an exciting, powerful welterweight with explosive knockout power.  Ben’s dangerous and always shows up to fight.  I’m excited to see his first fight under the Bellator banner on MTV2 in April.” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney.

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McCullough Confirmed for Bellator Lightweights


Rob McCullough. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

CHICAGO, ILLFollowing confirmations of talent filled Welterweight, Featherweight and Light Heavyweight Tournaments for the promotion's highly anticipated fourth season,Bellator Fighting Championships has officially announced that the promotion will hold a Lightweight Tournament this March, live on MTV2.

Eight world class 155 lb. fighters will face off for a chance at claiming the Season 4 Lightweight Tournament Championship, a check for $100,000, and a shot at Bellator World Lightweight Champion and top ranked lightweight Eddie Alvarez.

While announcements regarding all eight participants will follow, former WEC Lightweight Champion “Razor” Rob McCullough has been confirmed for the upcoming tournament. The Huntington Beach-based knockout artist enters the Bellator cage with momentum on his side, going undefeated in 2010 and moving his record to an impressive 19-6.

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Reis Confirmed for Bellator’s Fourth Season


Wilson Reis. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, ILL.Six-time Bellator veteran Wilson Reis will have a chance to become a nine-time vet in early 2011. Bellator Fighting Championships today confirmed Reis as the sixth competitor in the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament which airs live on MTV2 beginning in March 2011. Reis made it to the semifinal round of both the Season 1 and Season 2 Featherweight Tournaments and currently boasts a Bellator record of 4-2 with an overall record of 11-2.

Returning to the Bellator cage fresh off of an impressive victory over dangerous WEC veteran Deividas Taurosevicius at Bellator 33, the decorated submission specialist says that his time is now.

“I came up short in the first two tournaments and this is my chance to make things right,” said Reis. “I absolutely believe that I can win it, and that's why I decided to get involved this time around. I'm going to give it all I have, take it one fight at a time, and in every fight, do my best.”

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Strauss Added to Bellator Featherweight Tourney


Daniel Strauss. Photo courtesy of Bellator Fighting Championships.

CHICAGO, ILL. Following an impressive decision victory over Chad Hinton at Bellator 23, Daniel Straus brings a long string of victories to the Bellator Season 4 Featherweight Tournament this March, live on MTV2. Straus is the fifth confirmed participant in the tournament, joining Eric Larkin, Kenny Foster, Georgi Karakhanyan, and Zac George.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Straus (14-3) enters the tournament on an impressive 10-fight win-streak, including victories over WEC veterans Karen Darabedyan and Joe Pearson, and UFC veteran Gideon Ray. Even more impressive is the amount of fights Straus has taken on in such a short time, as the former lightweight has competed in 17 fights over the past two years. With 11 fights alone in 2009, Straus knows the unique Bellator tournament format will be a perfect fit.

“I like to fight at least once a month so this tournament format is perfect for me,” said Straus. “If I'm not banged up or hurt, I like to keep training and turn around and get my next fight in. I like to stay as active as possible. I never like to slow down.”

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