Rampage Jackson Says Pro Wrestling Isn’t Fake, It’s Entertainment

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The last time we saw Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the cage, he had made his Bellator debut and scored a first round knockout over Joey Beltran in November. The former UFC light heavyweight champion returns to the cage at the end of the month as he is competing in the Bellator light heavyweight tournament and will face Christian M’Pumbu in the first round.

Jackson is also apart of TNA Impact Wrestling, but we haven’t seen him on the show since last year. “Rampage” sat down with MMAMania.com and was discussing injuries that occur in wrestling, how tough it really is and how much he respects the industry.

“People don’t understand how tough it is,” Jackson said. “It hurts, it hurts hitting the ropes. Getting slammed, all that stuff hurts. It’s like being a live stunt man.”

“You have to keep going. I saw a guy get hurt. I saw it with my own two eyes. The guy got hurt and he still had to keep going. He got hurt for real and then later they put him back stage and took him to the hospital. You have to trust the other guy not to hurt you. I’m second-guessing, what if that shit happened to me and then I have to go fight?”

After expressing some of his injury concerns, the pro wrestling novice said there are definitely moves he “wouldn’t mind doing,” like getting hit with a chair. However, he’s not getting much crazier than that saying flying through tables from the top turnbuckle is “crazy.”

“I really respect those guys,” Jackson said. “A lot of people hate on pro wrestling. They say ‘that’s fake.’ It’s not really fake. It’s entertainment. It’s not really fake, but if they want to hate on pro wrestlers and call it fake then they shouldn’t watch any action movies at all. Action movies are the fakest things.”

It is unknown when Jackson will return to TNA.

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UFC, Bellator And Boxing Join Together For Cleveland Clinic for Fighters Brain Health Study (Video)

Who would have ever thought that we would ever see fighters and executives from MMA and boxing in the same room? We got that today as we seen the personalities took part today in the Support Professional Fighters Study at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health that took place in Washington D.C.

The notables that attended were UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, number one contender to the light heavyweight title Glover Teixeira, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler, Spike TV president Kevin Kay, world champion boxer Bernard Hopkins, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and John McCain.

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Rampage Jackson To Participate In Bellator Tournament Starting Febraury 28

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In 2013 former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson left the company after his contract and agreed to a contract with Bellator during the summer. Jackson was supposed to face former UFC star Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator’s first pay-per-view, but Ortiz suffered a neck injury that postponed the fight. Jackson went onto debut two weeks later and knocked out Joey Beltran. A question always arose though when Jackson signed with Bellator, was if he would compete in their tournament to get a title shot. We now have that answer.

It was announced today on a conference call that Jackson will compete in the light heavyweight tournament that starts on the premiere episode of the new Bellator season. The fight will take place at Bellator 110 and Jackson will battle former Bellator light heavyweight kingpin Christian M’Pumbu. The other two participants in the tournament will fight that night as well as Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal faces Russian submission ace Mikhail Zayats.

Jackson is excited for the opportunity to compete for the chance to be the light heavyweight champion.

“This is what Bellator is all about,” Rampage said. “I’ve never felt better, and now it’s about getting the belt. Bellator is all about the tournaments, and if that’s what you need to do to get that belt, that’s what I’m going to do. M’Pumbu is up first, and when I finish him, it’s King Mo or Zayats, and then it’s onto the belt, simple as that.”

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Pat Curran vs Daniel Straus III Headlines Bellator 112

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Bellator last week announced they will be returning on March 7. They now have released their second event and it features one of their stars.

In a rematch for the Bellator featherweight title, champion Daniel Straus will Pat Curran for a third time at Bellator 112. The two battled the first in the XFO regional promotion in 2009 with Curran winning by second round knockout. In the rematch, which took place in November, Straus won by unanimous decision to win the title. The champion feels the fight will be different than the rematch.

“Whenever you fight, each win means something different and I know this one is incredibly important,” Straus said. “I want to continue to be a top notch fighter, and earn that respect I think I deserve. I know this is going to be a different fight than the last time. Each time we have fought, Pat and myself have been different fighters, and this will fight will be no different.”

Curran respects Straus and is looking to regain the title.

“I’m just ready to get back into the cage and get another shot at Daniel,” Curran said. “He’s an unbelievable fighter, and I know I have to be better on March 14th. I had a few things going on in my life when we fought in November, but those things are behind me and I don’t like to make excuses. Daniel is going to be a different fighter when we fight again, and so am I. Hammond has been a great fight city for me, it’s where I won the belt for the first time, and it’s where I’m going to reclaim it.”

Bellator 112 takes place on Friday, March 14 from the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana.

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Tito Ortiz Arrested On Suspicion Of DUI

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Early this morning, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was arrested on suspicion of DUI. KTLA News in Los Angeles first reported the news from the California Highway Patrol that Ortiz was arrested at approximately 4:00 a.m. after crashing his 2012 Porsche Panamera into a median on a California’s I-405 expressway near Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards going northbound.

The Highway Patrol also stated in a press release that Ortiz had two passengers in the vehicle and no one was injured. The vehicle suffered minor damage. Ortiz was taken to the LAPD-77th Division and booked on $15,000 bail until his release at approximately 8:13 a.m. Monday.

Ortiz signed with Bellator last summer and was supposed to make his debut in November of last year against Rampage Jackson. Ortiz though had to bow out of the fight with a neck injury.

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Rampage Jackson Knocks Out Joey Beltran (Video)

The question going into Bellator 108 was whether Quinton “Rampage” Jackson still had something left to offer the MMA world. Jackson had lost his last three fights in the UFC before becoming a free agent and signing with Bellator.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion was supposed to face Tito Ortiz on November 2, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight due to injury. Stepping in for Ortiz was UFC veteran Joey Beltran with the fight taking place last night.

Jackson looked solid in the fight mixing in leg kicks, controlling the cage and landing jabs and hooks. With about 20 seconds Jackson landed a knee, got Beltran against the cage and then landed a left hook/right hook combination with the referee stopping the fight with one second left in the first round.

Watch the video highlights of the fight at the video stream.

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Ben Askren Gets His Release From Bellator

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All Ben Askren wanted to do after he completed his contract with Bellator was to go to the UFC. Now he will get that chance as Bellator has released the now former welterweight champion.

It was a weird road to get to this point for Askren. “Funky” completed the last fight on his Bellator in July when he stopped Andrey Koreshkov by TKO. The UFC was reluctant to offer Askren a deal under the matching period, that lasted one year due to the Eddie Alvarez. Bellator officials went as far as offering to release Askren if he was guaranteed an immediate bout with the UFC welterweight champion.

After the UFC rebuffed that notion, it seemed like Askren was going to have to sit out an entire year before he can negotiate with another organization. That was until today and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney wishes the best for Askren in the future.

“I’ve said it many times, Ben’s a completely one-dimensional fighter who is utterly dominant in that dimension,” Rebney said. “I had a number of discussions with Ben and it became clear it was time for both parties to move in different directions. We’ve relinquished any right to match here and Ben can sign with whoever he chooses to sign with. Ben’s been at Bellator since the start of his career, I respect him and what he’s accomplished and wish him the best wherever he goes.”

Bellator stated that the welterweight title is now vacant until Douglas Lima faces the winner of the Season 9 Welterweight Tournament later this winter when the new Bellator Welterweight Champion will be crowned.

Askren released a statement on Twitter about his release and says he is ready to test his skills in the UFC.

If Askren does indeed sign with the UFC, how do you think he will fair?

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MMA Podcast: UFC Fight Night 31, Bellator, Hendo vs. Belfort

Brian and Steve discuss Bellator 106 featuring Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, UFC Fight Night 31 and Tim Kennedy getting a win despite a torn quad, this weekend’s UFC show featuring Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort, Georges St. Pierre drug testing and more.

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Bellator 106 Sets A Ratings Record, Will Re-Air Chandler vs Alvarez II Friday Night

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When Tito Ortiz had to pull out of his main event fight against “Rampage” Jackson, Bellator decided to move the Bellator 106 to Spike TV. The question was, could it deliver with its headlining fight gone? The answer was a resounding yes. It was announced per a press release from Spike TV that Bellator 106: Eddie Alvarez versus Michael Chandler II delivered 1.1 million viewers (9:00pm-12:45am), the most-watched in Bellator event history and the most watched mixed martial arts show on television this fall.

The “Chandler-Alvarez II” fight card peaked at 1.4 million viewers at 11:17pm and reached its high mark with Men 18-49 with a 1.1 rating for the Alvarez-Chandler bout. The telecast also ranked #2 in cable in its timeslot with Men 18-49.

The main event had Alvarez defeating Chandler to regain the Bellator lightweight title. A lot of fans complained that due to the event being so long and DVR’s cut off after a certain point, Bellator is going to re-air the entire Chandler vs Alvarez fight on Spike TV starting at 8 p.m. ET. That will be an hour before Bellator 107, which will feature the main event of Cheick Kongo battling Peter Graham.

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Bellator 106 Weigh-In Results

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Bellator 106 takes place tonight from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event will feature the rematch between Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler defending against Eddie Alvarez. The co-feature will Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in rematch against Emmaunel Newton for the interim Bellator light heavyweight title. Weigh-ins took place last night and here are the results.

MAIN CARD:
Bellator Lightweight World Title Fight: Michael Chandler (154.8) vs. Eddie Alvarez (154.5)
Bellator Interim Light Heavyweight World Title Fight: King Mo (204.1) vs. Emanuel Newton (203.4)
Bellator Featherweight World Title Fight: Daniel Straus (144.2) vs. Pat Curran (144.8)
Bellator Fight Master Final: Mike Bronzoulis (171) vs. Joe Riggs (170.7)
Bellator Featherweight Feature Fight: Mike Richman (145.5) vs. Akop Stepanyan (145.9)

PRELIMIARY CARD:
Welterweight Feature Fight: Alejandro Garcia (170.3) vs. Cristiano Souza (171)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Hector Ramirez (203.8) vs. Brandon Halsey (205)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Jesse Juarez (170) vs. Joe Williams (170.6)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Aaron Miller (156) vs. Mike Guymon (155.8)
Catchweight Feature Fight (150lbs): Cleber Luciano (149) vs. Joe Camacho (150)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Josh Smith (155.5) vs. Darren Smith (155)

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“Rampage” Jackson To Headline Bellator 108 Against Joey Beltran

It didn’t take long for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to have a new opponent. Bellator announced today that Jackson will headline Bellator 108 against UFC veteran Joey Beltran.

Jackson was scheduled to headline this Saturday’s Bellator 106 event against Tito Ortiz in the company’s first pay-per-view outing, but Ortiz had to bow out of the fight on Friday with a fractured neck. “Rampage” was thankful that Beltran stepped up to the plate on short notice.

“I want to thank Joey Beltran for stepping up for the fight so I can get my first Bellator victory out of the way,” Rampage said. “He’ll have the unfortunate honor of taking the ass whooping I was going to give Tito. My body is in incredible shape right now. I feel like I did in PRIDE, and Joey Beltran is the right guy to put on an exciting fight and showcase what I’ve been working on.”

Beltran will be making his Bellator debut last competed three weeks ago at UFC Fight Night 29, where he lost to Fabio Maldonando by unanimous decision. “Mexicutioner” was released from the UFC shortly after that.

Bellator 108 takes place on Friday, November 15 from the Ovation Hall at Revel Atlantic City. The main card airs on Spike TV. Here is the full lineup for the show.

MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
-,Joey Beltran vs. Quinton Jackson
- Alexander Shlemenko vs. Doug Marshall – for Bellator middleweight title
- Patricio Freire vs. Justin Wilcox – Season 9 featherweight tournament final
- Marcos Galvao vs. Tom McKenna
- Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Dante Rivera
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Chip Moraza-Pollard vs. Sam Oropeza
- Tom DeBlass vs. Jason Lambert
- Will Martinez vs. Kevin Roddy
- Liam McGeary vs. Najim Wali
- Kenny Foster vs. Anthony Morrison
- Ryan Cafaro vs. Dan Matala
- Sergio da Silva vs. Rob Sullivan

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“Rampage” Jackson Feels Bad For Tito Ortiz, Will Fight Anyone Including Tyrone Spong

We reported yesterday Tito Ortiz is out of his main event fight next Saturday at Bellator 106 against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson due to a fractured neck. Bellator did a conference call announcing the card would shift from pay-per-view to Spike TV. Jackson made a statement last night on Twitter feeling bad for Ortiz.

“Rampage” then went on Inside MMA on AXS TV and said he talked to Ortiz and felt bad about the injury.

“I hope Tito has a speedy recovery,” Jackson said. “I know how it is when you’re a warrior and you’ve been injured. Hell, I’ve been injured my last two fights. It’s not a pretty sight. It’s really hard.”

Jackson he was ready to fight anybody at anytime and was wished Bellator would have kept the PPV event.

“If I’m going to keep it real, I would have said, ‘Look, throw another opponent at me and still keep the PPV because I trained really hard for this and had my knees fixed,’” he said. “I wanted to show the world and the fans that still support me that I’m back. Everybody thought I was done after I lost my fight to ‘Shogun’(Rua).

“Throw somebody else in there like ‘Kimbo Slice,’ Houston Alexander, anyone in Bellator. People talking about Tyrone Spong – I don’t know his name. Throw anybody in there. I’m ready. I’ll fight anybody. Pull Chuck Liddell out of retirement.”

Fans have been bringing up on social media that Jackson maybe could fight Spong if it was under the GLORY kickboxing banner since Spong has an MMA contract with World Series Of Fighting. Jackson liked the idea of fighting, but said it wasn’t up to him and said he hopes to find out today who he is fighting.

We will keep you updated on who will be facing Jackson.

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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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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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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – August 2, 2013

Brian and Steve talk about Tito Ortiz signing with Bellator MMA and coming out of retirement to face Rampage Jackson on Bellator’s first pay-per-view on November 2, the interest in the fight, both fighters also going into wrestling with TNA, cross-promotion between the two companies, the UFC world tour, Chael Sonnen and Victor Belfort talking fight, UFC 163 on Saturday night and more.

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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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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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