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Bellator 27: Official Fight Recap

Written on September 04, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Bellator 27's fighters each had their moment of fame.

After being smashed on the first round with uppercuts, Joe Warren (6-1 MMA, 4-0 BFC) opened a box full of powerful strikes to former champion Joe Soto (9-1 MMA, 4-1 BFC) which left the latter unconscious on the floor.

Even though both fighters were former wrestlers, Soto’s strikes were dominant in the first round. Warren was simply wobbling in some occasions and simply inferior. But the second round proved everyone wrong. Warren took aim on the opponent and suddenly the wheels are upside down. He was back in the cage.

Warren uncorked a huge knee that dropped Soto. With good punches and Soto was slumped. He tried to regain power but he is destined to fall. In 33 seconds into the second round, Warren claimed the belt.

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Bellator 27 Weigh-ins: Champ Soto vs Joe Warren

Written on September 02, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Two Joe's are fighting on this season of Bellator 27.

The Bellator Fighting Championships hosted the fighter weigh-ins today for Bellator 27 and the 20 competitors all made it to the event. The weigh-ins took place at Sheraton Gunter Hotel, San Antonio.

Bellator Champion for the featherweight division, Joe Soto (144.8 pounds) and season 2 tournament winner Joe Warren (143.6) were making a “No-Issue” fight for their main event which will take place on Thursday at Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.

Soto, chose to strip down before stepping on the scale. Because he is fighting a battle for the title, the champion did not have a one pound allowance and had to return to or lighter than 145 pounds. Luckily, he had two-tenths pound to spare.

Bellator 27’s main card also features a three opening-round bouts from the eight-field bantamweight tournament. All six event competitors were easily within the 136-pound limit.

The full weigh-in results included:

Champ Joe Soto (144.8) vs. Joe Warren (143.6)
Ulysses Gomez (135.2) vs. Travis Reddinger (135)
Zach Makovsky (134.4) vs. Nick Mamalis (135.8)
Bryan Goldsby (135.8) vs. Ed West (135)
Andrew Craig (184) vs. Rodrigo Pinheiro (185)
Aaron Barringer (154.4) vs. Gilbert Jimenez (154.2)
Dale Mitchell (264.2) vs. Richard Odoms (260.4)
Andrew Chappelle (169.6) vs. Joe Christopher (170.6)
Shane Faulkner (204.6) vs. Jon Kirk (205)
Ernest De La Cruz (145.5) vs. Steven Peterson (144.4)

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Bellator 26 Official Weigh-In Results

Written on August 26, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The Bellator 26 fight will take place this Thursday with high expectations.

The Weigh-ins for Bellator 26 was done today and the night’s main card competitors Jose Vega (134 pounds) and Danny Tims (135.5) were successfully weighed. But prelim fighters Jeb Chiles and Demetrius Richards were not present and will make their fight final tonight.

Bellator 26 takes place Thursday at the Kansas City Power & Light District in Kansas City, Mo., and the main card airs on FOX Sports Net.

The weigh-ins took place at downtown Kansas City’s Marriott Hotel with a pre-fight press conference.

The participants hit the scales without any issues. The six competitors made weight on first attempt while non-tourney fighters Carl and Tyler Stinson each made their catchweight contest official.

The full weigh-in results included:


* Jose Vega (134) vs. Danny Tims (135.5) – bantamweight tourney first round
* Mike Hayes (238) vs. Alexey Oleinik (230) – heavyweight tourney first round
* Aisling Daly (115) vs. Lisa Ward (114) – 115-pound female tourney opening round
* Steve Carl (174) vs. Tyler Stinson (173)


* Rudy Bears (182) vs. Zak Cummings (181)
* Kevin Croom (145) vs. Brian Davidson (145)
* Brian Imes (185) vs. John Ott (184.75)
* Jeb Chiles vs. Demetrius Richards

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Bellator 26: Official Main Card Revealed

Written on August 24, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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The official Bellator 26 Main Event Card is unleashed.

Bellator Fighting Championship has announced the final card for Bellator 26 event. The card contains eight total contests. The event will take place on August 26 at Kansas City Power and Light District and airs on FOX Sports Net.

The official list of fights are as follows: Mike Hayes vs. Alexey Oleinik (heavyweight tournament bout), Aisling Daly vs. Lisa Ward (115-pound female tourney bout) on the main card, and Rudy Bears vs. Zak Cummings, Kevin Croom vs. Brian Davidson, Brian Imes vs. John Ott and Jeb Chiles vs. Demetrius Richards for the evening’s untelevised “local feature” fights.

Hayes (12-3-1 MMA, 1-0 BFC) fought 8 times alone in 2009. He has a recent four-win streak with unanimous decision win over Steven Banks at bellator 21. He was expected to fight South Korean fighter Hae Joon Yang (5-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC), but Oleinik (27-5-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) ultimately took the slot.

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