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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Video: Bellator MMA’s “Fight Master” Preview

Bellator begins a new era tonight.

Bellator debuts its new show, “Fight Master” premieres tonight starting at 10 p.m. ET/PT, which follows Bellator 96 on Spike TV.
The reality show will feature 32 fighters with the winner of the show getting a shot in a Bellator tournament.

The coaches on the show are former UFC champions Randy Couture and Frank Shamrock. The other two coaches are famed trainer Greg Jackson and former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren.

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

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Report: Bellator To Air on Fridays This Fall

Bellator-MMA-Onslaught-LogoBellator MMA will have a new weekly home this fall on Spike TV as it will be moving to Friday nights.

Loretta Hunt of SI.com broke the news after speaking with Spike TV President Kevin Kay.

Season 9 of Bellator will actually debut on Saturday, September 7 on Spike TV will will be the finale for the “Fight Master” reality show.  Then on September 13, the promotion will make the permanent move to Friday nights and will air weekly from 9:00-11:00p ET.

Kay admitted that with UFC airing weekly on Wednesday nights in the fall on Fox Sports 1 was part of the decision not to move to that night and instead opted for Fridays.

“I don’t want to see Bellator going head to head with the UFC,” Kay told SI.com. “I don’t think that makes any sense for fans. No matter who would win in that scenario, you don’t want to not give the fans the choice to watch both.”

Staying on Thursday nights was not a viable option either as the promotion did not want to go head-to-head with the NFL.

While “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show did some of its lowest ratings while on Friday nights, Kay told SI.com that he thinks Bellator will be able to hold up on that night.

The Ultimate Fighter on Fridays was doing over a million viewers a week. I’ll take that, and with live fights, I think we’ll do even better,” said Kay.