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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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 Medical Suspensions: Eddie Alvarez And Michael Chandler Each Suspended For 60 Days

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Bellator 106 took place on Saturday night in Long Beach, California with Eddie Alvarez defeating Michael Chandler in the rematch to regain the Bellator lightweight title in the main event.

BetweenTheRopes.com requested and was able to receive the post-fight medical suspensions from the California State Athletic Commission.

Alvarez after briefly attending the post-fight press conference went to the hospital, complaining of nausea. Chandler received an undisclosed amount of stitches backstage after the fight.

Here are the medical suspensions from Bellator 106:

- Eddie Alvarez: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to left eyelid and paid in orbital bone
- Michael Chandler: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to left eye
- Emanuel Newton: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to left cheek
- Muhammed Lawal: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Daniel Straus: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Pat Curran: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to scalp
- Joe Riggs: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible fractured right orbital and right thumb, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact for laceration to left eyebrow
- Mike Bronzoulis: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Mike Richman: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Akop Stepanyan: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to left eyelid, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
- Cristiano Souza: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Alejandro Garcia: suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible fractured right forearm
- Brandon Halsey: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Hector Ramirez: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
- Jesse Juarez: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Joe Williams: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
- Mike Guymon: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Aaron Miller: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Cleber Luciano: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right temple
- Joe Camacho: suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to left upper eyelid
- Josh Smith: mandatory seven-day suspension
- Darren Smith: mandatory seven-day suspension

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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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Watch Bellator 106 Weigh-Ins On BetweenTheRopes.com At 8 PM ET

Bellator 106 takes place tomorrow night from the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach, California. The main event features the rematch between Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez for the Bellator lightweight title. The co-feature is another rematch between Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal battling Emmanuel Newton for the interim Bellator light heavyweight title.

Before the fights take place, the fighters have to weigh-in to make the fights official.

Weigh-ins take today starting at 8 p.m. ET and you can watch them on BetweenTheRopes.com at the video stream above.

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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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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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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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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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