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Bellator Signs Guillaume DeLorenzi

Written on June 03, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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Guillaume DeLorenzi looks to return from a two-year injury layoff

Canadian lightweight Guillaume DeLorenzi is now a part of Bellator Fighting Championships roster of fighters.

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Bellator Signs Mark Godbeer

Written on May 01, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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British heavyweight prospect Mark Godbeer, to debut in Bellator's upcoming "Summer Series" event.

Bellator imports British light heavyweight Mark Godbeer. Godbeer has sealed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships and is expected to debut in their upcoming “Summer Series” event.

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Phelipe Lins Signs Up with Bellator

Written on April 03, 2012 by Clive Wilson

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Brazilian light heavyweight fighter Phelipe Lins may appear in a season-six non-tournament fight, after signing up with Bellator

Brazilian light heavyweight fighter, Phelipe Lins is now a part of the Bellator roster of fighters. He has recently signed up a contract with Bellator Fighting Championships.

Lins, who has been exclusively fighting in his mother country Brazil, recently became active to competing after almost a five-year break from the sport. He has recently defeated Daniel Alexandre, after earning a first-round knockout.

Lins is expected to appear in a season-six non-tournament fight.

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Bellator Season 5 Debut on MTV2 Garnered 386,000 Viewers

Written on September 14, 2011 by Lulu

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According to sources, the Season 5's debut of Bellator on MTV2 pulled in a total of 386,000 viewers last Tuesday.

Bellator Season 5’s latest offering on MTV 2 garnered a total of 386,000 viewers for the initial and re-broadcast airing of the show from Atlantic City, NJ.

Several sources revealed the ratings on Tuesday. According to the ratings, Bellator’s debut on Saturday night at 9pm ET pulled in 235,000 viewers — which is an 18% increase from the last season’s average. Bellator continues their Season 5 tournaments with this weekend’s show in Hollywood, filled with middleweight fighters stepping in for action.

Bellator Fighting Championships currently airs on Saturday nights on MTV2. This coming weekend’s broadcast will actually air earlier than normal, beginning 7:00 PM ET to coincide with the UFC Fight Night card airing on Spike TV at 9:00 PM ET.

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World Kickboxing Champ Cosmo Alexander Signs with Bellator

Written on September 03, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Cosmo Alexander joins Bellator Fighting Championships' lightweight division.

Following a successful career in kickboxing, Cosmo “Good Boy” Alexander decided to sign a long-term deal under the Bellator Fighting Championships. He is expected to make his promotional debut at Bellator 52 in Lake Charles, Louisiana on October 1. The terms of the promotional agreement were not yet disclosed, and so as his opponent on the upcoming bout.

As stated by Bjorn Rebney, Bellator Chairman and CEO, “The decision to make Cosmo the latest addition to the Bellator lightweight division was an easy one. His striking is simply on another level and will give anyone at 155 pounds serious problems. I can’t wait to see Cosmo’s progression in the sport under the Bellator banner.”

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Bellator 51 Targeted for Canton, Ohio on Sept. 24

Written on August 25, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Sources disclosed that the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Ohio would be the venue for next month's Bellator 51 event.

Officials of Bellator Fighting Championships on Wednesday announced that its upcoming Bellator 51 event is now set to take place at Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio on September 24. The show, which will be aired live on MTV2, will be hosting the first round of an eight-man bantamweight tournament for the promotion’s fifth season.

This would be the second time that Ohio hosted a Bellator event. The first one is the Bellator 5, which took place at Dayton’s Hara Arena last 2009.

There are currently four Bantamweight Quarterfinal bouts that were listed to the evening’s main card. This includes Alexis Vila (9-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs Joe Warren (7-1 MMA, 5-0 BFC), Eduardo Dantas (10-2 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs Joe Soto (9-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC), Luiz Nogueira (11-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) vs Ed West (16-5 MMA, 2-1 BFC), and Chase Beebe (18-7 MMA, 1-0 BFC) vs Marcos Galvao (9-4-1 MMA, 0-1 BFC).

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Giva Santana Signs for Bellator’s Middleweight Division

Written on August 17, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Giva "The Arm Collector" Santana has just been added to Bellator's 185-pound middleweight division.

Bellator’s officials recently announced that Givanildo “The Arm Collector” Santana just signed for the Bellator Fighting Championships’ middleweight division. Giva is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder from California, and the head trainer of Team Oyama. He received the nickname “The Arm Collector” because almost all of his victories came via armbar.

According to the officials, the debut date and opponent for Giva Santana have already been finalized. However, they confirmed that the fighter will not be a part of their next month’s season-five middleweight tournament.

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Alexander Shlemenko, To Fight Zelg Galesic at Bellator 50

Written on July 26, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Zelg Galesic vs Alexander Shlemenko, set for Bellator Fighting Championships 50 in Florida.

Russian MMA fighter, Alexander Shlemenko (39-7 MMA, 4-1 BFC), who just debuted for the promotion last April 2010, has verbally agreed to fight Zelg Galesic (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) at the forthcoming Bellator 50.

Though the officials of Bellator Fighting Championships have not yet finalized the lineup for the said event, Bellator 50 is expected to take place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on September 17. The night’s main card, which features the bout between Galesic and Shlemenko, will be aired on MTV2.

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Ryan Ford Signs for Bellator Fighting Championships

Written on July 20, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Canadian welterweight fighter, Ryan Ford, now ready to battle under a new home.

Professional Canadian MMA fighter, Ryan Ford, will be keeping up his career under a new promotion company. Earlier reports disclosed that he recently signed a contract under the Bellator Fighting Championships.

As of now, Bellator hasn’t announced the official place and date for Ryan Ford’s debut, knowing that the list of fighters for the Season 5 has already been finalized. However, sources said that he is possible to fight in a Bellator event this fall.

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Bellator TV Ratings Rebound

Written on April 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After last Saturday's Bellator 42 took place, the promotion's TV ratings on MTV 2 rebounded for more than 50%.

Albeit enjoying a consistent television presence for the first time, Bellator Fighting Championships is still struggling to find constant audience on MTV2. According to MTV officials, Bellator 42 – which took place last Saturday night – drew an average audience of 199,000. That is more than half of the viewers that Bellator 41 got.

As Bellator Fighting Championships aim to differentiate its organization from UFC, the promotion operates in a tournament format. And although they tend to assemble a pool of talented fighters, they do not have the star power or brand recognition of UFC. However, Bellator’s TV ratings have been a boost to MTV2’s Saturday night ranking. More over, their premier telecast gave the network its highest ratings in the key advertiser demographic of men 18-49 and 25-34 for the past couple of months.

Will Bellator become the next biggest MMA promotion before the year ends? Let your insights be heard by leaving a comment.

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