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 Post subject: Despite Rumors, No Decision Made
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:42 pm 
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Despite Rumors, No Decision Made On Future Of The Score Fighting Series


Contrary to reports, no decision has been made regarding the future of The Score Fighting Series (SFS).

We can confirm personnel changes were made this week in relation to the SFS. The Score will continue to assess the future of the SFS on an ongoing basis.

To clarify, Rogers Media plays no part in the operations of The Score Television Network (The Score). The Score is currently operating in trust until the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approves its acquisition by Rogers Media. All decisions affecting the network and SFS are made by the management and trustee of The Score.

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 Post subject: ‘Rampage’ Jackson On Loss To Glover Teixeira
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‘Rampage’ Jackson On Loss To Glover Teixeira, Not Getting A Post-Fight Interview, Plus More



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 Post subject: Jose Aldo Retains Title
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Jose Aldo Retains Title; Frankie Edgar Same Story, Different Weight Class


A new weight class and a new title fight still resulted in the same thing for Frankie Edgar who came up just short in a very close, contested main event bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 156.

Following two very close, controversial fights that saw Edgar lose the UFC lightweight title and the subsequent rematch with current champ Benson Henderson, the New Jersey fighter opted to move weight classes and drop down to 145lbs.

Following a strange run of injuries, Edgar found himself in a title fight on day one against incumbent champion Jose Aldo in a fight that’s been talked about for years.

It certainly lived up to the billing.

Ring rust is always a concern for a fighter returning after more than a year away from action, but Jose Aldo came out firing early and often. The champion looked crisp as he established his jab, likely breaking Edgar’s nose within the first 10 minutes of the fight.

He also unloaded a barrage of his best weapon – a lead leg kick – that buckled Edgar’s limb a couple of times in the 2nd round. Still, Edgar wasn’t going away and letting him stay around in a fight is an awfully dangerous proposal.

Edgar started to gain momentum in the third round with his non-stop motion that had Aldo gasping for air a bit as the fight wore on. Aldo wasn’t dead in the water by any means, and fired back with power shots while Edgar’s punches were all about accumulation.

The 4th and 5th rounds were where Edgar started to shine, moving in and out, pop shotting the champion with strikes and Aldo slowed ever so slightly, giving new life to the challenger. Edgar did manage one big slam takedown, but overall could not keep the Brazilian on the mat.

As the final horn sounded, both champion and challenger raised their hands in victory believing they had done enough to get the not on the judges’ scorecards.

The judges tallies came back with Jeff Collins giving it 48-48 to Aldo, while judges Adelaide Byrd and Junichir Kamijo scoring it 49-46 for the champion, handing him the 5th round as well. The remarkable part wasn’t the fact that Aldo won because it was a close fight, but the champion more than likely secured the first three rounds.

The issue came with the 5th round, which two judges gave to Aldo. Regardless of the scoring, the champion still won and retains the title in his sixth defense in a row (combining UFC and WEC).

“It was a very difficult fight, Frankie Edgar is a great fighter, I knew I’d have to walk step by step with a lot of patience, round by round to get the victory,” Aldo said after the fight.

Frankie Edgar wasn’t one to make excuses after his third close decision in a row, which also happened to be his third consecutive loss as well. He congratulated the champion, and now lives to fight another day.

“It’s a close fight, I keep finding myself in these situations. Congrats to Jose, he fought a great fight,” said Edgar.

“I did (think I won the third round) but it don’t matter. Jose’s the winner.”

Aldo’s sixth consecutive title defense came with a question after the fight about it also being his last at 145lbs. Over the years it’s been noted that Aldo make a huge sacrifice to make the featherweight division, but it appears he’s not going anywhere for now.

“To cut the weight is always difficult, I get sick, I get fed up, but all my teammates they help me out,” Aldo stated. “At the end of the day, I can make the weight and I’m still here fighting in this weight class.”

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 Post subject: Lil Nog Hands Rashad Evans Second Loss
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:15 am 
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Lil Nog Hands Rashad Evans Second Loss In A Row


Ultimate Fighter season two winner Rashad Evans sought to rebound from a disappointing loss after failing to relinquish the 205-pound title from kingpin Jon Jones back in April. The former UFC light heavyweight champion faced Pride veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira tonight in a co-main event battle to climb back up the division ladder.

The man known as Lil’ Nog has amassed a record of 3-2 since joining the UFC. The former Brazilian boxing champion has endured his fair share of injuries and opponent changes. With a perennial contender before him, Nogueira said he wanted to display his improved wrestling and make a big leap up the light heavyweight rankings

“This is my moment to shine,” said Nogueira prior to the fight. “I’m going to win. I’m going to beat Rashad Evans.”

He was correct.

Nogueira earned a unanimous decision after three rounds. Nogueira pressed forward throughout the fight, utilizing his jab as he tried to close the distance. It was apparent both fighters respected each other’s striking.

Using his athleticism and selective power strikes, Rashad relied on his speed instead of wrestling in what was a fairly uneventful fight. Evans was only able to land one takedowns out of four attempts, a testament to Nogueira’s improved wrestling.

The win was arguably Nogueira’s biggest of his UFC career. For Rashad it is the first time he’s suffered back to back losses.

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 Post subject: Bigfoot Silva Knocks Out Alistair Overeem
PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:17 am 
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Bigfoot Silva Knocks Out Alistair Overeem In Dramatic Fashion


It’s often said that anything can happen in a fight and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva certainly proved that on Saturday night.

Heading into his bout with Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, all the talk was about the Dutch striker’s next fight, which in all likelihood would be a showdown with heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. Overeem walked in a huge favorite, and a lot of people were betting that he’d put Silva out inside of about two minutes.

Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva had other plans.

A slow paced first round resulted with neither fighter gaining much of an upper hand, but in the second Overeem to the fight to the mat and started to unload some heavy shots on Silva. The fighters eventually made it back to the feet, and just before the final horn sounded, Silva tagged Overeem with a couple solid shots, letting him know the fight wasn’t over just yet.

As the third round began, Silva came out aggressive firing big, heavy shots at Overeem, backing him up before firing a quick head kick.

Silva’s power started to show as a series of right hands slipped through tagging Overeem near the eye, followed but a nasty uppercut that cracked the former K-1 Grand Prix champion’s jaw. The big Brazilian launched another right hand followed by another, and another and Overeem soon crumbled to the mat.

Referee Herb Dean literally had to pull Silva away as he towered over top of Overeem, shouting down at the former Strikeforce champion after a heated exchange between the two during a media event on Thursday.

“The fight (is) won inside the cage, not outside,” Silva said after picking up his second win in the Octagon. “He talked a lot of s—t outside. I believe in myself, I believe in my coaches. I’m so happy.”

Overeem played with fire in the fight as he lowered his hands and invited Silva to strike with him, knowing that on paper he was the superior stand-up fighter. Unfortunately playing with fire can get you burned, and Silva lit the match and torched Overeem at UFC 156.

“I told him at the press conference I’m going to make you respect me, brother,” said Silva.

The win will undoubtedly launch Silva into elite status in the UFC’s heavyweight division, while Overeem who sat out the last year and returned with a title shot looming, now tries to pick up the pieces after a devastating loss to kick off 2013.

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 Post subject: Tyron Woodley Blasts His Way Into The UFC Octagon
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 Post subject: Demian Maia Suffocates Jon Fitch
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Demian Maia Suffocates Jon Fitch For Three Rounds


The talent rich UFC welterweight division has produced many formidable title contenders. 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre has long dominated the weight class despite the growing list of worthy challengers.

Tonight’s match-up between Jon Fitch and Demian Maia could have produced a future contender.

Fitch rebounded from a shocking knockout loss to Johny Hendricks with an impressive unanimous decision victory over up-and-comer Erick Silva at UFC 153. The bout earned him Fight of the Night honors and allowed him to regain some momentum.

Since dropping down to welterweight, fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Demian Maia has made his mark with two big wins over established fighters in Dong Hyun Kim and Rick Story. The rejuvenated former title contender has shown great improvement in his striking and wrestling over the years.

Maia acknowledged Fitch as “the hardest guy to submit in the UFC” and that statement couldn’t have been further from the truth. Maia came out aggressive early, taking Fitch down and transitioning to his back immediately. Maia displayed his grappling prowess by playing the role of human backpack for the duration of the opening round.

Throughout the fight Maia took his opponent down multiple times and placed himself in many advantageous positions but was unable to submit Fitch. After three rounds, Maia was declared the winner by unanimous decision and made a huge statement to all of the fighters in the welterweight division.

It was a dominant performance by Maia that left no doubt who the victor was.

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 Post subject: Bobby Green Streaks Into The Octagon
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 Post subject: Joseph Benavidez Back On Track With Win
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Joseph Benavidez Back On Track With Win Over Ian McCall


It was the fight that many pegged as the inaugural UFC flyweight title bout almost 2 years ago, but finally at UFC 156 Joseph Benavidez met Ian McCall at 125lbs.

Prior to his UFC debut, Ian McCall reigned the flyweight division as the Tachi Palace Fights champion, but he was regularly compared to Joseph Benavidez, who was a bantamweight contender but naturally a 125lb fighter.

The two met as the lead off fight at UFC 156 and did not disappoint with their respective performances.

Benavidez set the tone early with pinpoint accuracy and quick punches, but McCall battled back in the 2nd round taking the fight to the ground, while working to take his opponent’s back and control him on the mat.

The third round made the difference with Benavidez regaining the upper hand with faster power shots, keeping ahead of McCall with more effective striking throughout the five minute session.

The judges saw it that way as well giving Benavidez a 29-28 sccorecard across the board, putting the former title contender back on the path to another shot at the belt.

“I think it went great, I think the judges got it right, which is awesome,” Benavidez said. “I’m never satisfied, if I go in for another title shot I’d like to be even better than this one.”

In what is still a fairly shallow talent pool at 125lbs in the UFC, Benavidez may only be another fight away from a potential rematch with champion Demetrious Johnson.

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 Post subject: Rickels Outpoints Woodard To Advance
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Bellator 87 Results: Rickels Outpoints Woodard To Advance In 155 Tourney


The only two losses of Lloyd Woodard's MMA career going into Thursday night were to eventual Bellator tournament winners.

It's yet to be seen if that trend will continue, but David Rickels punched his ticket onward in the Season 8 lightweight tourney, and used the last five minutes of the fight to make a bit of a statement.

Rickels took a unanimous decision from Woodard, winning 29-28 on all three scorecards in the main event of Bellator 87.

Bellator 87 took place at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., with a main card on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

Woodard landed a big slam early in the fight, but Rickels worked for a triangle on the ground and came close to latching it on. That would be the theme of the first two rounds – Woodard needing to defend against an aggressive Rickels working off his back.

Woodard tried to slam his way out of the triangle and managed to eventually have success avoiding it. But Rickels continued to work for a submission off his back and nearly had an armbar secure. Woodard kept him on his back, though, and soon after Rickels worked for a heel hook. Woodard countered with a toe hold.

As the round wound down, Rickels got to his feet and landed a double hammer fist, then grabbed Woodard by both legs and swung him to the center of the cage as the round came to a close.

In the second, Woodard again went to the ground – and Rickels continued to be active from his back going after submissions. But Woodard always stayed just on the right side of safe in a close frame that probably didn't have Woodard doing enough damage to make a difference.

In the third, though, Rickels turned up the heat on the feet. He landed a solid left hand and came behind it with a big right. Woodard waved him forward, and Rickels did so cautiously. But when he landed another right hand, then another, Woodard looked tired and off-kilter. Rickels worked leg kicks as Woodard tried to counterstrike on top of them, but it was clear Rickels was in control in the third, and that was the difference in the fight.

Rickels continued to back Woodard up with pinpoint accuracy in his striking combinations in the third. The win gets him through to the semifinals, where he'll meet Alexander "Tiger" Sarnavskiy, who submitted Thiago Michel earlier in the night.

Rickels (12-1 MMA, 6-1) continued to find success in Bellator, improving to 6-1 in the promotion with his lone loss coming to Karl Amoussou in November by split decision. Woodard (12-3 MMA, 2-3 BFC) now has dropped three of his past four fights. The other two losses came to eventual lightweight champion Michael Chandler and eventual tournament winner Rick Hawn.

Will Brooks dominant in Bellator debut win over Ricardo Tirloni

The quick rise of Will Brooks continued on Thursday with an emotional victory over Ricardo Tirloni.

Brooks, virtually unheard of outside of his home MMA turf in Chicagoland until a win at DREAM.18 this past month, dominated Tirloni in the opening round of the Season 8 lightweight tournament to advance to a semifinal fight against Saad Awad.

After the fight, Brooks dedicated the fight to the memory of his adoptive mother – with his adoptive father sitting cageside.

"I don't even know what to say right now," Brooks said. "I'm just happy to be here and happy for the opportunity. I've been working my butt off for this. Everybody's been sacrificing a lot for me to do what I do. I'm glad I could just come out here and make them proud."

Brooks used a superior wrestling game to take Tirloni down each round, and on the ground he was able to survive and defend against several Tirloni submission attempts. The result was a fairly easy 30-27 sweep of the three judges' scorecards.

While on top on the ground, Brooks worked for a ground-and-pound attack, frequently getting his punches through while in Tirloni's closed guard. He had to fend off a Tirloni guillotine attempt, and then a leg lock before wisely moving back to his feet in that frame.

But those two attempts were about as close as Tirloni was able to get to changing the course of the fight. Tirloni made once last attempt at a triangle choke late in the third, but he could never get it close enough.

Brooks (9-0 MMA, 1-0 BFC) remained unbeaten in his pro career, but went to a decision for just the second time. Tirloni (15-4 MMA, 2-3 BFC) now has dropped back-to-back decisions and has lost three of his past four bouts.

Saad Awad makes quick work of Guillaume DeLorenzi

Saad Awad was given a rare opportunity, and he appears to have every intention of not letting it go to waste.

The lightweight found himself being moved out of a preliminary-card fight against Jason Fischer and into the Season 8 lightweight tournament earlier this week when Patricky "Pitbull" Freire had to pull out with an injury.

He took advantage on Thursday night. Awad stormed forward quickly against Guillaume DeLorenzi, and just 31 seconds into the fight he had the biggest win of his MMA career and a spot in the semifinals.

Awad landed a right hand that stunned DeLorenzi. He followed it with an immediate left as he pushed DeLorenzi up against the fence. Two more lefts on top of that were all Jason Herzog needed to see before stopping the fight.

After Herzog had waved the bout off, DeLorenzi wrapped his arms around the referee, trying to defend himself and look for a takedown – evidence of just how badly Awad had him hurt.

"It was great," Awad said. "I'm excited to be here. I came to do what I do best, and I got the victory. I saw him get on roller skates and I had to capitalize from there. I'm the darkhorse of the tournament, and I'm coming to take it."

Awad (13-4 MMA, 1-1 BFC) won for the fifth straight time – all stoppages with four coming in the first round. His most recent three wins have combined for 2:15 of cage time. DeLorenzi (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) had a five-fight streak snapped with the loss.

'Tiger' Sarnavskiy submits Thiago Michel to advance to semifinals

Alexander "Tiger" Sarnavskiy could probably get used to Michigan. It's treated him nicely so far.

Sarnavskiy fought in Mount Pleasant for the second time in two months and improved to 2-0 there with a second-round rear-naked choke win over Thiago Michel on Thursday.

Sarnavskiy had to work a little bit, but the work paid off. The Russian stayed patient after a solid first round, then worked relentlessly for a takedown in the second.

Once the fight hit the ground, Sarnavskiy was able to maneuver to Michel's back. And once there, it was the beginning of the end for the Brazilian.

Michel defended early, but once Sarnavskiy pushed Michel's left arm out of the way, he was able to finally get underneath for the choke. Michel had to tap at 3:43 of the second round.

In November, Sarnavskiy (22-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) rebounded from the first loss of his career with a unanimous decision win over Tony Hervey at Bellator 82 in Michigan. That was a stay-busy fight. Thursday's was much more important, as it put Sarnavskiy into the lightweight tournament semifinals. His lone loss came to Rich Clementi by split decision this past October in the Season 7 lightweight tournament's opening round.

Michel (10-4 MMA, 1-2 BFC) lost for the second straight time after winning his Bellator debut in March.

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 Post subject: Curran-Straus Featherweight Title Fight
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Curran-Straus Featherweight Title Fight Headlines Bellator 95 In Atlantic City


Just three weeks after his first defense of the Bellator featherweight title, champion Pat Curran has the date for his next assignment.

Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) will meet tournament winner Daniel Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) for the 145-pound belt as the headliner of Bellator 95 in April, which will be the promotion's eighth season finale.

Bellator 95 will take place April 4 at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J. The main card will air on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. In addition. promotion officials announced three other fights for the card. Former welterweight champion Lyman Good (14-3 MMA, 7-3 BFC) returns to meet fellow New Yorker Dante Rivera (15-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC)); Jessica "Evil" Eye (9-1 MMA, 3-0 BFC) takes on Muhah Holland (5-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC); and on the preliminary card, New Jersey native Tom DeBlass (7-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) returns from retirement and will take on Carlos Brooks (4-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC).

Tickets for the event, which will be Bellator's first at Revel, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET at Ticketmaster locations.

Curran is coming off a split decision win over Patricio "Pitbull" Freire at Bellator 85 to open Season 8. He won the featherweight title 11 months ago with a brutal knockout of then-champ Joe Warren. That came after winning the featherweight tournament with wins over Luis Palomino, Ronnie Mann and Marlon Sandro.

Curran's drop to 145 came after a good run through Bellator's lightweight tournament, which he also won to get a shot at then-champ Eddie Alvarez in April 2011. He lost that fight by unanimous decision before deciding to drop.

The fight against Straus will be a rematch. With a 5-1 record early in his career, Curran fought Straus under the banner of XFO – the promotion run by his cousin, former WEC and UFC fighter Jeff Curran – and won by second-round knockout.

"This may end up being the most challenging fight I've faced up this point," Curran stated. "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.

Since that loss to Curran, Straus has lost just once – a unanimous decision setback to Freire in the Season 4 featherweight tournament final. But he rebounded from that loss and went on to win the Season 6 tournament with wins over Jeremy Spoon, Mike Corey and Sandro. With Curran on the shelf with an injury before he could fight Freire, Straus took a stay-busy fight this past October and submitted Alvin Robinson in the second round.

The win over Robinson gave Straus five straight victories and 17 of his past 18 since his loss to Curran in April 2009.

"Fighting for the Bellator featherweight title against Pat just signifies how my career has come full circle," Straus stated. "It was my loss to Pat that motivated me to become a better fighter. Now I get to see how much better I've actually gotten. Getting a chance to show my skills on Spike TV is a huge opportunity for me. The stage keeps getting bigger and the viewers and eyes are growing. I welcome the challenge to perform well in front of millions against one of the world's best featherweights. I feel I have a lot to provide in this fight and I intend on doing so."

Good was Bellator's first welterweight champ, but he lost the title to Ben Askren at Bellator 33. He has gone 4-2 since then with a loss in the Season 7 tournament finals to Andrey Koreshkov and a semifinal loss to Rick Hawn in the Season 4 semifinals. RIvera makes his Bellator debut with a two-fight win streak and four wins in his past five bouts – but will be fighting for the first time since June 2010.

Eye is coming off a dominant 58-second submission of Zoila Gurgel this past December at Bellator 83. The quick win gave her six straight victories. Holland this past September lost to Michelle Ould at Bellator 74 to have a four-fight win streak snapped. She holds notable wins over Carina Damm and Kim Couture.

DeBlass returns after a short retirement following an 0-2 run in the UFC. Before signing with the promotion, he went 7-0 for the New Jersey-based Ring of Combat promotion. But his UFC fights resulted in decision losses to Cyrille Diabate and Riki Fukuda. Brooks, also a Ringo of Combat vet, has won two of his past three and has three of his four wins by knockout.

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 Post subject: Bellator MMA” Nabs Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock
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“Fight Master: Bellator MMA” Nabs Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, And Joe Warren


At a Viacom press conference in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, Bellator MMA announced the details of its upcoming reality show that will air on Spike TV.

The reality show is dubbed “Fight Master: Bellator MMA” and will feature four coaches: Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, and Joe Warren.

The reality show will be similar to “The Ultimate Fighter” that aired on Spike TV through 14 seasons. It will feature 32 aspiring welterweights competing in a tournament format for a six-figure payday and a slot into a future Bellator tournament.

The fighters themselves will select their coach and will decide whom they’ll face in elimination bouts.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for me moving forward and for the sport of mixed martial arts,” said Couture.

“The cornerstone of this show is really about the people behind it,” said Bellator president Bjorn Rebney. ”The Amazing Race” creators Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri are the executive producers of the show.

The reality show’s filming is “immediately imminent” and is scheduled to debut this summer on Spike.

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Bryan Baker Replaces Injured Brent Weedman In Bellator Tourney Semifinals


Bellator MMA Season 6 welterweight tournament finalist Bryan Baker (18-4 MMA, 8-3 BFC) will get another shot at tournament glory, as he is replacing an injured Brent Weedman in the promotion's Season 8 welterweight bracket.

Bellator officials today announced the change, and Baker now meets Douglas Lima (23-5 MMA, 5-1 BFC) at this month's "Bellator 90: Martinez vs. Shamhalaev" event.

"You never like to see anyone suffer an injury, especially a quarterfinal winner, but when we learned of Brent's injury, Bryan was the first guy we had in mind, and like a true professional he jumped at the opportunity," Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney stated.

Bellator 90 takes place at Maverik Center in Salt Lake City. The main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com. The card will be headlined by the featherweight tournament final between Rad Martinez (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BFC) and Shahbulat Shamhalaev (11-1-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC), a fight that was delayed from Season 7.

Baker hasn't fought since July, when he was submitted by Karl Amoussou in the finals of Bellator's Season 6 tourney. He suffered a similar fate in the final's of Bellator's Season 2 middleweight bracket when he suffered a TKO loss to Alexander Shlemenko.

"When I got the call, I was ready to rock and roll,” Baker stated. "I look at this opportunity as an absolute blessing. With our new child in the picture, this is an opportunity to make my family proud, show everyone what I've been working on and let 'The Beast' go at it like he always does.

"Douglas is a strong, powerful guy, but I'm going to use my reach advantage and show my strength. This is my destiny."

Bellator 90 also sees Ben Saunders (15-5-2 MMA, 6-2 BFC) face Raul Amaya (11-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) in the other Season 8 welterweight semifinal matchup.

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Bjorn Rebney Says Bellator Pay-Per-View On 'Fast Track' If Alvarez Dispute Ended


Bellator's first pay-per-view event will happen sooner rather than later if Eddie Alvarez returns to the promotion's fold.

"If we can figure that out, I think we'd be on a fast track to being able to put [a pay-per-view card] in motion," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com).

After suing each other in court, the two parties apparently are at a standstill. To Rebney's knowledge, there haven't been any new developments since a federal judge blocked an injunction to allow Alvarez to sign with the UFC, which intended to promote him at UFC 159 in April.

A rep for Alvarez recently declined comment on the dueling lawsuits' status.

Rebney said he hasn't kept close track of the cases since he's been focused on Bellator's crossover to Spike TV and the recent announcement of a new reality show featuring UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture.

"I put it into the hands of the attorneys and said, 'Let me know when and if we can reopen the door and try to get it fixed and work it out,'" he said.

In matching an offer from UFC parent Zuffa at the expiration of Alvarez's previous contract, Bellator signaled its intention to promote him in a spring pay-per-view fight against the man who took his belt, current champ Michael Chandler (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BFC).

Alvarez (24-3 MMA, 8-1 BFC), though, declined to sign the offer, arguing that the deals weren't equivalent and questioning whether Bellator could deliver on pay-per-view.

Bellator lawyers argued the promotion's relationship with Viacom positioned it for success in the pay TV market. The media giant, which owns Spike TV, purchased a controlling interest in the promotion two years ago.

In court late this past month, the federal judge determined that Alvarez hadn't sufficiently proven that he would be irreparably harmed if he didn't sign with the UFC.

Now, Alvarez will ultimately decide whether to return to Bellator or fight further to free himself. Rebney remains optimistic he'll do the former. The promoter wants to see Chandler vs. Alvarez II.

"It's the best fight I've ever seen live, pay-per-view or free," Rebney said. "I think the rematch of that fight would be epic."

http://www.mmajunkie.com/news/2013/02/bjorn-rebney-says-bellator-pay-per-view-on-fast-track-if-alvarez-dispute-ended


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Bellator 88 Results: Alexander Shlemenko Claims Middleweight Title


Alexander Shlemenko Claims Middleweight Title
Alexander Shlemenko is the new Bellator middleweight champion with a second round knockout over Maiquel Falcao at Bellator 88 from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Falcao walked down Shlemenko in the early stages of round one, trying to get his clinch going and working for the takedown, but it was Shlemenko who secured the outside trip and ended up in top position. After being inactive, the referee stood the fighters up. They clinched for position against the cage with Shlemenko’s strength showing.

Falcao came out busy in round two, but Shlemenko quickly poured on the heat, landing knees from the clinch of a tiring Falcao. Shlemenko landed a big body shot on Falcao, who was clearly hurt and after being stunned with a short right hand, he fell to the mat. Shlemenko landed more shots to the body and as Falcao went to cover up the body, Shlemenko knocked him out with strikes to the head.

“I am the champion of Bellator. I am face of Bellator now,” Shlemenko said post-fight. “Who wants belt? Come in cage. I am beat you.”

The victory improved Shlemenko’s record to 47-7 and increased the Russian’s unbeaten streak to 10 fights.

Marlon Sandro Wins Controversial Decision

In the co-main event, Brazilian Marlon Sandro progressed to the final four of the featherweight tournament with a controversial majority decision win over Akop Stepanyan, with the judges scoring it 29-27, 29-27, and 28-28.

In a tight first round, both fighters started off patiently with Stepanyan getting the better of Sandro with the stand-up. The Brazilian was able to secure a late takedown, but ran out of time to do any damage.

Sandro scrambled for a takedown straight off the bell in round two, but was caught with a spinning back kick and was on the ropes before being clipped with another kick. Sandro again worked for a takedown, remaining active from his back, but referee George Allen stood Sandro back up after Stepanyan returned to his feet. Sandro secured another late takedown and looked for a leglock, but again ran out of time.

Before the start of round three, referee George Allen announced that Stepanyan had been deducted a point for holding the cage in the second round after being previously warned.

Sandro secured an early double-leg takedown, but the referee stood the fighters back up. Stepanyan went for another spinning back kick, but was taken back down with Sandro controlling the fight from the top position until the final bell.

With most people expecting the fight to go into a fourth and deciding round, they were left shocked when two of the judges awarded the decision to Sandro, who will take on Magomedrasul Khasbulaev for a place in the featherweight tournament final.

Mike Richman Destroys Mitch Jackson

Mike Richman was super impressive in his first round demolition of Mitch Jackson. Richman recorded three knockdowns early in the round before landing with a head kick, dropping Jackson in the closing seconds of the opening round. After reigning down with hammerfists, Dan Mirgliotta called an end to the fight with just three seconds left in round one.

“I was setting it up with my nice hands, and then I saw the head opportunity,” Richman said. “I just want to show everyone if you get too close to me, I’ll put you to sleep.”

Richman will now take on Alexandre Bezerra in the semifinal of the featherweight tournament.

Alexandre Bezerra Submits Genair da Silva

In the opening main card fight, Alexandre Bezerra submitted Genair da Silva in just 100 seconds. Bezerra dropped da Silva in the opening stages of the fight and took the Brazilian’s back. Da Silva stood up and Bezerra rode on his back before taking him down and softening da Silva up with ground strikes before he gave up his arm and Bezerra locked in the armbar.

The win was Bezerra’s seventh in eight fights in the Bellator cage.

Bellator 88-Full Results:
-Alexander Shlemenko def. Maiquel Falcao via KO (Punches), Round 2 at 2:18.
-Marlon Sandro def. Akop Stepanyan via Majority Decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27).
-Mike Richman def. Mitch Jackson via TKO (Strikes), Round 1 at 4:57.
-Alexandre Bezerra def. Genair Da Silva via Submission (Armbar), Round 1 at 1:40.
-Magomedrasul Khasbulaev def. Fabricio Guerreiro via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 2 at 1:15.
-Joe Elmore def. Jerrid Burke via KO (Punch), Round 2 at 4:11.
-Ronnie Rogers def. Shane Crenshaw via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
-Clay Harvison def. Ururahy Rodrigues via TKO (Knee), Round 3 at 3:34.
-George Hickman def. Stephen Upchurch via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Round 1 at 2:19

http://www.mmaweekly.com/bellator-88-results-alexander-shlemenko-claims-middleweight-title


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