Tito Ortiz Has A Fractured Neck, Bellator 106 Will Now Be on Spike TV

It has been confirmed by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney that Tito Ortiz has suffered a fractured neck and will be out of his Bellator 106 fight next Saturday with Quinton Jackson. Rebney then said the card will switch from pay-per-view to a three hour event on Spike TV and the people who had already ordered the event will get reimbursed.

We had reported earlier today that Ortiz was going to be out of the fight.

Rebney and Spike TV executive Kevin Kay held a conference call earlier today to make the announcement of the switches.

“I’ve got bad news, and I’ve got great news,” began Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. “The bad news is that I can confirm that Tito has fractured his neck and will be unable to fight next Saturday. His doctors confirmed that fighting with Tito right now could have dire consequences, so Tito is off the card and our thoughts and prayers are with him in what we hope will be a great and full recovery.

“The great news that I’ve got, because I’ve got the greatest partners on Earth at Spike and Viacom like Kevin Kay and people like Wade Davis, we’re going to give Chandler-Alvarez II for the lightweight title, (Muhammad)Lawal versus Emanuel Newton II for the light heavyweight interim world title, [Pat] Curran versus [Daniel] Strauss II for the featherweight world title, and a bevy of other really great fights, all to the best MMA fans on Earth, for free on Spike TV, Saturday night at 9 o’clock Eastern time.”

Every main card fight will be moved up now with the rematch of Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. Rebney said that the “Fight Master” finale between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis will now be apart of the main card.

Rebney stated that Ortiz could be sidelined for more than six months before the Bellator can get a better timeframe on an Ortiz return. In terms of when Jackson will make his Bellator debut, Rebney would like to get Jackson ASAP.

“On the Rampage front, literally as quickly as possible,” he said. “Obviously there have been a lot of moving parts with Kevin and I and the team and Spike and Bellator and everybody working together to put this magical show on Spike TV for free, but don’t think that we’re not thinking about Rampage and we’re hopefully going to be in a position in the next week to make some great announcements on that as well.”

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Tito Ortiz Suffers A Neck Injury, Out Of Bellator Pay-Per-View Main Event Against Rampage Jackson

According to MMAFighting.com, Tito Ortiz has suffered a neck injury and is out of his main event fight against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson next Saturday.

The report states that Ortiz suffered the neck injury in training. As of this current time, Bellator is looking for a replacement to face Jackson and it is unknown if Jackson will still be on the card.

The article also states that Bellator is considering moving the entire card over to Spike TV with Jackson.

Ortiz sent out a strange tweet a few hours ago that showed that the fight with Jackson was in question.

BetweenTheRopes.com has reached out to a representative of Ortiz, but have received no comment at this time.

We will keep you updated on the situation as news becomes available.

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Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s Reality Series, “Rampage4Real” Premieres Tonight

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to the cage for the first time in almost ten months coming up on November 2nd against Tito Ortiz. But it is not inside the famed UFC octagon, it is inside the Bellator cage as Bellator makes its debut on pay-per-view.

Before the fight takes a three part reality series will feature Jackson heading into the fight with Ortiz. The first episode airs tonight starting at 11 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Here is what will be on the show in a statement from Spike TV.

Rampage Jackson has the biggest fight of his career coming up when he faces Tito Ortiz on November 2nd. But before training starts, Rampage tries to get in the last of his partying. Watch as he lives the rock star life style with his entourage, before he attempts to start getting back into shape.

Watch the video above of the preview of tonight’s episode.

Will you watch the show?

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Joe Warren Not Allowed To Compete in Co-Feature Of Bellator 98

It was announced a short time ago by Bellator MMA that former featherweight champion Joe Warren wasn’t medically cleared to fight at Bellator 98 tomorrow night. The Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation deemed Warren unable to compete. Warren’s condition wasn’t revealed to us at this time.

The former champion was scheduled to fight Nick Kirk tomorrow night at Bellator 98. Kirk has been pulled from the card as well.

Warren was a coach on Bellator MMA’s reality show, “Fight Master” and no plans were announced by the organization as to if and when this fight will take place. Belltor MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney released a statement regarding Warren not being able to compete.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe’s medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety. It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe’s been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it’s incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage.”

Bellator 98 takes place tomorrow night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn, with the main card airs on Spike TV following the prelims on Spike.com.

Here is the revised card of Bellator 98:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 8 p.m. ET)
•Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper – for middleweight title
•Andreas Spang vs. Justin Torrey – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Perry Filkins vs. Jeremy Kimball – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Mikkel Parlo vs. Brian Rogers – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Jason Butcher vs. Giva Santana – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
•Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Freire

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6 p.m. ET)
•Mike Mucitelli vs. Jeff Nader
•Brennan Ward vs. Dave Vitkay
•Andrew Calandrelli vs. Ryan Quinn
•Matt Bessette vs. Nick Piedmont
•Glenn Allaire vs. Rico DiSciullo
•Josh Diekmann vs. Parker Porter

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Bellator MMA’s Fight Master Finale Postponed

The return of Bellator MMA is this coming Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Unfortunately the card lost a big fight. It was reported by SI.com and confirmed by BetweenTheRopes.com that the Bellator MMA Reality SHow: Fight Mastewr finale is postponed due to an eye injury suffered by Joe Riggs in training about three weeks ago.

Riggs tweeted a photo of his eye earlier today.

The finale was supposed to feature Riggs facing off with Mike Bronzoulis. No date has been announced as to when the fight will take place.

The main event of this Saturday’s card will feature Alexander Shlemenko facing Brett Cooper for the Bellator MMA middleweight title with the co-main event featuring former Bellator MMA featherweight champion Joe Warren battling Nick Kirk. You can catch the main card starting at 8 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

Here is the rest of the card for Bellator 98:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 8 p.m. ET)
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Brett Cooper – for middleweight title
Joe Warren vs. Nick Kirk – bantamweight tournament opening round
Andreas Spang vs. Justin Torrey – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
Perry Filkins vs. Jeremy Kimball – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
Mikkel Parlo vs. Brian Rogers – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round
Jason Butcher vs. Giva Santana – Season 9 middleweight tournament opening round

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6 p.m. ET)
Derek Anderson vs. Patricky Freire
Mike Mucitelli vs. Jeff Nader
Brennan Ward vs. Dave Vitkay
Andrew Calandrelli vs. Ryan Quinn
Matt Bessette vs. Nick Piedmont
Glenn Allaire vs. Rico DiSciullo
Josh Diekmann vs. Parker Porter

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Bellator News: Attila Vegh Says Bellator MMA Is Lying About His Injury To Setup King Mo/Emmaunel Newton Fight

Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh was scheduled to defend his title against Emmanuel Newton later this year. The organization released a press release on August 15th stating that Vegh had suffered a shoulder injury and Newton would be facing Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator’s first pay-per-view for the interim light heavyweight championship.

No one really thought too much of Vegh being injured as it happens in the sport. Until now.

Vegh did an interview with Tomasz Marciniak of MMARocks.pl and told Marciniak that he isn’t injured at all. Here is what Vegh told Marciniak:

“It’s about business on Bellator’s side. People want to see the rematch between King Mo and Newton. That’s why my fight is postponed to January and I’ll face the winner of the November’s fight. I’m not injured, I’m perfectly fine.

“It may be caused by the fact that I’m a foreign fighter, I’m not an American. American people want to see their fighters, but I want give them my belt for free.”

The native of Slovakia hasn’t fought since February when he defeated Christian M’Pumbu at Bellator 91 to win the light heavyweight championship.

The first PPV for Bellator MMA will be Saturday, November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature Tito Ortiz against Quinto “Rampage” Jackson with Michael Chandler defending his lightweight title against Eddie Alvarez, with the aforementioned Lawal vs Newton bout and Pat Curran putting his featherweight title on the line against Daniel Straus.

BetweenTheRopes.com has tried to reach Bellator MMA officials, but have not heard from them at this time of this piece.

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Bellator MMA Adds Another Title Fight For Their Inaugral PPV

Bellator MMA is really making a splash as the organization gets ready to make their PPV debut. The organization announced today that Bellator MMA featherweight champion Pat Curran will look to make his third straight title defense as he faces off with Daniel Straus for a second time at Bellator 106 on November 2.

Curran has fought two times already in 2013 defeating Patricio Freire and Shahbulat Shamhalaev. The top five featherweight is excited to face Straus again and very excited to fight on pay-per-view.

“I’ve been with Bellator since the beginning, and seen my career grow as Bellator has,” Curran said. “It means the world to me to be able to defend my title on our first Pay-Per-View, especially with such a tough fight ahead of me. I’m not taking Straus lightly. He is an incredibly tough featherweight, and I’m not even thinking about our first fight in 2009, we are two totally different guys right now. This card is stacked, and I want to give Bellator and all our fans a great show.”

Straus won the Season Six tournament to get his shot at Curran. The fight was supposed to take place earlier this year, but Straus broke his hand and then went through some legal troubles.

The challenger is looking forward to finally match up with Curran and knows he is a different than the first time they squared off.

“It’s finally here. I’ve faced so many setbacks over the last year, and my title shot is finally here,” Straus said. “When Pat and I met in 2009, we were two completely different fighters. Both of us have developed so much in that time, but I still want that loss of my record. That fight taught me a lot about where I was as a fighter, especially considering I’ve gone 17-1 since we last met. I’m just excited to be able to get a chance to fight for a title on a huge stage like this. I really don’t know how this fight is going to end, but I envision it going quickly. This won’t be a long, drawn out process. I’m going in for the kill.”

Curran and Straus squared off at the Chicago promotion XFO in 2009, with Curran winning by knockout.

Bellator 106 takes place Saturday, November 2 at the Long Beach Arena in Long beach, California. The card is headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson facing Tito Ortiz, with Michael Chandler versus Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator MMA lightweight championship in the co-feature.

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Bellator MMA Adds King Mo vs. Emmanuel Newton Rematch To PPV Card

Bellator MMA is going all out for their first outing on PPV. The organization added another fight as they announced Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will get his rematch against Emmanuel Newton for the Bellator MMA interim light heavyweight title at Bellator 106.

The California based promotion created an interim title fight due to Bellator MMA light heavyweight champion Attila Vegh suffering a shoulder injury.

Lawal and Newton first met at Bellator 90 when Newton knocked out Lawal with a spinning backfist to advance in the light heavyweight, with Newton winning that season’s tournament.

Lawal came back and won the Summer Series tournament to get the rematch with Newton.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion feels the fight is already over.

“Listen, I’m going to be real honest about this. Emanuel is fake as hell,” Lawal said. “He runs his mouth about being a black skinhead or something, and likes to act real hard. He’s as hard as baby shit. I’m going to destroy this guy. He landed a shot on me in our first fight, nothing more than that. I’m better than him in every facet of the game. I didn’t even shoot on him that first fight. I can take this fight anywhere I want it, and I will. It’s over. I’m taking that belt in Long Beach, bringing it back to Las Vegas, and no one is getting it back. Not Vegh, Not Rampage. Not Tito, not anyone. It’s mine. Payback is bitch, Emanuel.”

Newton feels he knocked out Lawal once and will do it again on a bigger platform.

“I’m not going to spout off and trash Mo, I don’t have to do that,” Newton proclaimed. “I know Mo is going to run his mouth and try to sell his game, but I don’t have anything to prove. I’m the one that knocked him out, and he’s the one that has to deal with that loss on his record, not me. I did it once, and I’m going to do it again, this time on an even bigger stage. History likes to repeat itself, and November 2nd Mo’s going to have to deal with another big loss on his record.”

Bellator 106 takes place on Saturday, November 2nd from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature Rampage Jackson facing Tito Ortiz and the co-feature will be Michael Chandler defending his Bellatot lightweight title against former champion Eddie Alvarez in a long awaited rematch.

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Jessica Aguilar and Jessica Eye Get Their Releases From Bellator MMA

From the way things are looking, it seems like we may not be seeing a women fighting in Bellator MMA anytime soon. The promotion has released top ranked fighters Jessica Aguilar and Jessica Eye.

Both ladies confirmed their releases on Twitter earlier today.

Aguilar went 5-1 under Bellator and defeated quite arguable the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time in Megumi Fuji at Bellator 69 last May. “Jag” last competed in the organization at Bellator 94 when she defeated Patricia Vidonic.

Eye went undefeated in three fights for Bellator defeating former Bellator champion Zoila Gurgel at Bellator 83 last December.

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Eddie Alvarez Resigns With Bellator, Faces Michael Chander At Bellator PPV

The contract squabble with Eddie Alvarez and Bellator MMA is finally over. Alvarez and Bellator MMA have agreed to a new contract and Alvarez will get a chance to avenge his only loss in the organization, as he will face lightweight champion Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator MMA’s first PPV at Bellator 106 on November 2.

Alvarez and Chandler met in November of 2011 in what a lot of people thought was the best of 2011, with Chandler stopping Alvarez in the fourth round to become the Bellator MMA lightweight champion. Since then Chandler has remained undefeated and defended his title on two occasions. Chandler feels very confident heading into the rematch.

“Without sounding too disrespectful, when I fought Eddie the first time in 2011, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an MMA fighter,” Chandler said. “Two years later, I’ve grown so much as a mixed martial artist, and there isn’t a doubt in my mind on November 2nd, my hand will be raised and the belt will be around my waist. I have full confidence that I can take this fight wherever I want, whenever I want because I didn’t even show much of my wrestling in that last fight and I was able to beat him just with my standup. My ground game has always been there, and I’ve taken my striking to a whole new level since the last time we met. I feel like I have more experience under my belt, I’m wiser, stronger, and have had so much time in the gym trying to become the best fighter I can be.”

Eddie Alvarez and Bellator had been in a contract dispute since October of 2012 with Bellator MMA allegedly matching the offer the UFC made to Alvarez. But Alvarez had disputed that Bellator MMA had matched every term of the deal, especially in regards to Bellator MMA being able to put on a PPV since the organization had never done a PPV show.

The former lightweight champion says he is ready to regain his title on November 2.

“I still lose sleep over my loss to Chandler, and I want it off my record,” Alvarez remarked. “This was a long process, but at the end of the day I’m back with Bellator and I’m happy to get back in the cage. I really believe everything happens for a reason, and at the end of the day my family and I are happy, and I’m ready to get my belt back on November 2nd.”

Bellator 106 takes place on November 2 from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event of the event is Rampage Jackson facing off with Tito Ortiz.

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Bellator 97 Video Highlights: Chandler and Askren Continue Their Dominance

Bellator 97 took place last night at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M.

The main card opened with Patricio Freire knocked out Jared Downing in the second round.

Then two Summer Series tournament finals took place as Ryan Martinez won the heavyweight tournament as he defeated Vitaly Minakov by a third round TKO. King Mo came out to show why he was a big time signing to Bellator as he defeated Jacob Noe to win the light heavyweight tournament when he won by verbal submission in the third round.

Bellator then closed the show with two title fights as welterweight champion Ben Askren continues to show why he’s growing as the one of the best welterweights in the world as he defeated Andrey Koreshkov by fourth round TKO. In the main event, lightweight champion Michael Chandler continued his path of destruction as he knocked out David Rickels 44 seconds into the fight.

Check out the video above of the highlights of Bellator 97.

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Tito Ortiz Returns to MMA, Fighting Rampage Jackson on Bellator PPV

The whole “Rampage Jackson vs. Roy Jones Jr.” boxing match looks to have been a smoke screen.

Instead, Jackson’s first fight for Bellator will be against former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz who is coming out of retirement.  Ortiz last fought on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148, losing a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin.

The two will square off at Bellator 107 on November 2 in Long Beach, California in what will be the promotion’s first pay-per-view event.

Here is the official press release from Bellator:

Newport Beach, CA. (Wednesday, July 31st) – It was announced live inside the Bellator cage tonight that two of the biggest names in MMA  Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Tito “The People’s Champion” Ortiz will meet in a light heavyweight battle live on PPV Saturday, November 2nd.  The announcement was made with both Rampage and Tito inside the Bellator cage to a nationally televised audience on Spike TV at Bellator 97 inside The Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Rampage vs. Tito” will be held at Southern California’s Long Beach Arena, with tickets on sale at 10 AM PST this Saturday, August 3rd. Tickets can be purchased on Bellator.com, Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Long Beach Arena Box Office.

“To have two of the biggest names in MMA headline our first PPV is awesome,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Rampage vs. Tito is a fight I’ve wanted to see for years and to have it as our Main Event on our first Pay-Per-View is a spectacular next step in Bellator’s evolution. They’re both re-energized, excited and ready for a war. This will be a great fight.”

“Honestly, I feel like I’ve been re-born.,” Jackson said. “My excitement, energy and aggression, it’s all back and bigger than ever. I feel like a kid again. The Rampage you’ll see Nov. 2nd will be better than any Rampage you’ve ever seen.  Everybody knows Tito and I have a very long history. He’s a former teammate and friend, and it’s one of the reasons I stayed away from the UFC as long as I did.  But, I want to be very clear; any sort of friendship we once had doesn’t exist when that cage door shuts. I’ve got a ton to prove on November 2nd, and unfortunately for Tito he’s the guy I have to make an example of. He’s in my house now and Saturday, November 2nd on PPV, it’s going to be a horrible night for Tito Ortiz.”

“I’m back,” Ortiz stated. “Over the last few years, my passion for MMA was completely killed, dealing with UFC politics and with Dana. I didn’t have that drive to compete, my heart wasn’t in it. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I’m free. Bjorn and Bellator put together an opportunity that made me part of the promotion, part of the family.  I feel like I can breathe again and my old friend is going to be on the receiving end of all that happiness turned into an old school Tito Ortiz ground and pound beating. I’ve fought and beaten the very best in MMA history and on Nov. 2nd, Rampage will be the next huge win on my record. This is a new era for the People’s Champion.”

Jackson arrived in Bellator in June as a former Pride and UFC champion, having last fought on Spike TV in September 2007, in a fight vs. Dan Henderson that drew nearly 6 million viewers, making it one of the most watched fights in the sport’s history. In 2009, Jackson served as a coach on Spike’s “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights,” the highest-rated season by far in franchise history, delivering over 3 million viewers per week. Rampage joins a Bellator Light Heavyweight division that features “King Mo”, Emanuel Newton, Vladimir Matyushenko, Attila Vegh and now, Tito Ortiz.

Ortiz joins Bellator as a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and throughout his career has been one of the most recognizable and polarizing figures during his sixteen year career, fighting the likes of Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Ken Shamrock. A true MMA icon, Ortiz will now start a new chapter of his career fighting under the Bellator banner beginning on November 2nd.

Between The Ropes Podcast: Bellator 97 Preview

On today’s podcast we preview Bellator MMA 97 as the event takes place tonight from Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The card features two title fights as Michael Chandler defends his Bellator lightweight title against David Rickels and Ben Askren defends his welterweight title against Andrey Koreshkov.

Also two tournament finals take place as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal squares off with Jacob Noe in the light heavyweight finals and Ryan Martinez faces off with Vitaly Minakov in the heavyweight finals.

We talk to MMAMania.com writer Brian Hemminger as we break down tonight’s card.

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Video: Bellator 97 Preview

Bellator MMA returns tonight with the final Summer Series event as Bellator 97 takes place tonight at the Santa Ana Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the main card airs on Spike TV at 7 p.m. ET following the preliminary card on Spike.com at 6 p.m. ET.

The card features two title fights as Michael Chandler defends his Bellator lightweight title against David Rickels and Ben Askren defends his welterweight title against Andrey Koreshkov.

Also two tournament finals take place as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal squares off with Jacob Noe in the light heavyweight finals and Ryan Martinez faces off with Vitaly Minakov in the heavyweight finals.

Watch the video above for a preview of tonight’s card.

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Michael Chandler and Bellator MMA Agree To Long Term Contract

Michael Chandler wanted to stay in Bellator MMA and Bellator MMA wanted Michael Chandler to stay in Bellator MMA. Both sides got what they wanted.

Bellator MMA announced in a press release that Chandler has signed an eight fight extension to remain with the organization.

Chandler had around one year left on his deal, but wanted to remain with Bellator.

“Since I signed with Bellator back in 2010, Bjorn laid out a plan for me of how he saw my career progressing and what type of levels we could reach together, and everything has come true,” Chandler said. “I couldn’t be happier with the situation I’m in right now. Bellator is my home, it’s where I want to be, and it’s where I’m going to continue to defend my belt. Over the last few months you’ve continued to see Bellator go out and sign some of the best talent in the world, and the tournaments continue to be loaded with talent that I’m ready to take on. I believe in this format and what Bellator is doing, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. My focus right now is solely on David Rickels, and making sure we put on a show July 31st.”

Chandler defeated the likes of Marcin Held, Lloyd Woodard and Patricky Pitbull before winning the Bellator MMA lightweight champion by defeating top ten lightweight Eddie Alvarez in November of 2011.

Bellator MMA CEO Bjorn Rebney was very happy to be able to keep one of the top lightweights in MMA in his organization.

“In all my years in combat sports, I’ve never seen the growth and development in a fighter like we’ve all witnessed with Michael Chandler,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “I believe Michael is the best lightweight in MMA. And, given that, I felt it was paramount to keep Michael at Bellator for the long term. Both inside and outside the cage, Michael is a tremendous representative for our Bellator. And, now as one of the highest paid lightweights in MMA, he’s without question earned that distinction.”

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Bellator MMA Cuts Paul Daley and Maiquel Falcao

When you get in trouble, sometimes you have to pay the price.

Bellator MMA announced today that middleweight Maiquel Falcao and welterweight Paul Daley have been released from the organization. BetweenTheRopes.com was able to confirm the releases from Bellator MMA.

Falcao was 3-1 in Bellator MMA winning the season six middleweight tournament, but lost to Alexander Shlemenko in a fight for the vacant title. The Brazilian was released due to when him and Kaue Mena when a surveillance video allegedly showed Falcao slapping a woman at a gas station, which then led Mena getting attacked by several men and ended up being in a coma.

Falcao was also released from his fight team, Renovacao Fight Team in Brazil.

Daley appeared only one time in Bellator MMA when he defeated Rudy Bears by knockout in the first round during season eight. Bellator stated the reason Daley was released due to his conviction of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in December while he was in the United Kingdom.

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Video: Preview of Tonight’s “Bellator MMA Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion”

One thing people about watching Bellator MMA is a great crop Russian fighters.

Tonight on Spike TV, you will learn a little bit more about the fighters as the promotion debuts, “Bellator MMA Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion”. The half-hour premieres at 11.p.m. ET/PT.

The show will feature Russian fighters like: (including Alexander Volkov, Alexander Shlemenko, Andrey Koreshkov and Shahbulat Shamhalaev). There will also be commentary from the likes of Bellator MMA President Bjorn Rebney, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson, Duke Roufus and Anthony Pettis.

Watch the preview above.

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Kurt Pellegrino Returns From Retirement to Fight at November Bellator Event

In the world of combat sports it is hard for fighters to stay retired. For Kurt Pellegrino, that is the case as well.

Bellator announced today in a press release that they will be going to Revel Casino Atlantic City in New Jersey on November 15 with Pellegrino on the card facing Saul Almeida.

Pellegrino hasn’t fought since Bellator 59 in November of 2011 when he lost Patricky “Pitbull” Friere in the first round by TKO.

“I’ve been in retirement for the last two years, but I’ve been in the gym every day since and the competitive fire has still been burning inside of me,” Pellegrino said in the press release. “Every morning I wake up I realize I had the same dream as the night before, and it’s to go out the way I want. With Bellator back in Atlantic City, this is my opportunity to end my nightmare and go out the way I want, the way I deserve.”

Bellator also put out in the release that Tom DeBlass will be fighting on the card with the welterweight and featherweight tournament finals taking place.

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