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Tito Ortiz’ injury scraps Bellator’s first ever PPV event

Written on October 26, 2013 by Hector

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Tito Ortiz' neck injury forced Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to cancel their first ever PPV event

Bellator MMA encountered a major roadblock leading up to their first ever PPV event when Tito Ortiz injured his neck while preparing for his showdown with fellow UFC legend Quinton Jackson in Bellator 106. As a result, Bellator scrapped the headlining bout and they turned the PPV into a regular event on Spike TV. The lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler will now serve as the main event in the four-fight main card that includes the featherweight title fight between Pat Curran and Daniel Strauss and an interim light heavyweight title fight with Muhammed Lawal and Emanuel Newton. The card will also feature the “Fight Master” finals between Joe Riggs and Mike Bronzoulis.

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Dana White on Bjorn Rebney and Ben Askren: “They don’t matter and I don’t care”

Written on October 18, 2013 by Hector

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Dana White is not sold on Bjorn Rebney's proposal regarding Ben Askren

Dana White shows that he learned a lesson from the Eddie Alvarez incident when he shut down Bjorn Rebney’s offer regarding their welterweight champion Ben Askren. Rebney, the CEO of Bellator MMA has stated a week ago that he is willing to let Askren walk if White grants him a title shot for his UFC debut. Apparently, White is not that interested in the former two time NCAA division 1 wrestling champion.

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Bellator willing to release Ben Askren if he gets immediate title shot for his UFC debut

Written on October 11, 2013 by Hector

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Bellator CEO wants a title shot for Ben Askren's UFC debut

Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren will get his boss’ approval to fight in UFC only if they will give him an immediate title shot with Georges St-Pierre. Askren initially said in his Twitter account that he has no plans to leave the sport unless he fights GSP. It seems that his boss, Bjorn Rebney has noticed the tweets and decided to join the fray.

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Ben Askren vs Jay Hieron Title Fight, Taking Place at Mizzou?

Written on September 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Bellator officials are still having hurdles on to where and when to kick off the welterweight title match between Ben Askren and Jay Hieron.

Bellator officials are close to naming a date and venue for the welterweight title match between Ben Askren and Jay Hieron. The said tournament could possibly take place at the University of Missouri. However, Bellator CEO – Bjorn Rebney – recently said that there could be hurdles.

“It really just boils down to whether or not Mizzou has the availability and the venue. I think it’s the kind of show in that market with its attachment to wrestling, it could do spectacular. Obviously, there would be tremendous, over-the-top support for Ben. But it’s just finding a date there.”

Bjorn Rebney also added that an October 8 date for Bellator 53 isn’t happening. Moreover, the CEO added that the event might be needed to take place elsewhere.

“We’re just trying to find the right location for that. Mizzou would be great, but I don’t know if we can pull it off given the availability.”

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Bellator 53 Adds Saunders-Santos, Lozano-Lima Bouts

Written on September 12, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Bellator booked two bouts for the upcoming welterweight-tourney semifinals.

Four veteran MMA fighters have just been added to Bellator 53 — the event which will host the second round of the promotion’s Season 5 Welterweight Tournament. Following the Bellator 49 show that took place in New Jersey last Saturday, Bellator CEO – Bjorn Rebney – confirmed that there would be two bouts slated for the upcoming welterweight-tourney semifinals.

Ben Saunders (11-3-2 MMA, 2-0 BFC) will be meeting Luis Santos (50-6-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) on the said event, and so as Chris Lozano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 BFC) and Douglas Lima (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BFC). Bellator 53 will be held on October 8, 2011. However, both the location and venue haven’t been finalized yet.

The winners of the two bouts will be scheduled to meet on a future match-up, which will determine who among them is this season’s welterweight tournament champion. The declared champ will then face either current welterweight champion, Ben Askren or Jay Hieron.

Stay tuned to Fighting Insider for the official venue of Bellator 53.

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Bellator To Host Open Fighter Tryout on July 16

Written on July 02, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Bellator is going to host an open fighter tryout event in New Jersey this coming July 16.

Bellator Fighting Championships is inviting MMA fighters to participate on the open fighter tryout, which will take place at the Daddis Fight Camps in New Jersey on July 16. The registration will begin at exactly 1 p.m. ET, while the tryout will start at 2 p.m. ET. The fighter who will top the audition will be entitled to have a spot on a not-yet-announced fight card.

The said event is open for all MMA fighters across the U.S. However, only those who came from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware are capable of being a part of the upcoming Bellator event. Meanwhile, outstanding participants coming from other states will then be listed for other future events. The open fighter tryout also encourages fighters from all weight classes to attend the event.

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Bellator Announces the First Lightweight Tournament on March

Written on December 22, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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"We've wanted to add a light heavyweight world championship tournament since season one but wanted to ensure that when we did it, we had a great group fighting for the title." ---Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney

Bellator Fighting Championships will soon came up a light heavyweight champion. The tournament promotion announced this week that its upcoming fourth season will host a 205-pound division. The fighter to get through this division will receive the first light heavyweight title and $100,000.

The tournament is expected to happen on March and six of the eight participants have already been selected.

“We’ve wanted to add a light heavyweight world championship tournament since season one but wanted to ensure that when we did it, we had a great group fighting for the title,” said Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney.

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Shark Fights Drops Dave Herman

Written on August 31, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Heavyweight Dave Herman was supposed to appear on the undercard event of Shark Fights 13. But due to his pending litigation against rival promotion Bellator Fighting Championships, he was taken out of the event. Will this a forever sad story for Herman?

Due to his pending litigation against Bellator Fighting Championships, Dave Herman was scratched off from the September 11 event of Shark Fights 13. Herman sued Bellator for allegedly breaching a six-fight 30-month contract he signed last October 28, 2008. He is also claiming a torturous interference for a numerous fight assignments on the part of the promotion.

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Blackburn Gets Another Bellator Fight

Written on August 27, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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"It was a very close fight. I got right hand happy and I went away from our gameplan. Rookie mistake and I won't make it next time. I stopped boxing because I wanted to get my knockout." - Brad Blackburn

Bellator CEO, Bjorn Rebney, has retained Brad “Bad” Blackburn’s services even after falling short in his debut against Dan Hornbuckle. The CEO made him stay because of his performance last Thursday at Bellator 25 in Chicago. For Blackburn, it was a very close fight if only he did not go right hand happy and lost in the game plan — rookie mistake. However, Bad was able to close his distance toward Hornbuckle giving his opponent a supposed to be knockout. His unanimous decision against Hornbuckle was his third loss, and he doesn’t want his four straight defeats in 2005 to occur again.

“I wanted to get [in Bellator] and get the win,” He said. “It was a good fight, but you know what? A win is a win and I didn’t get one tonight … I expect to stay busy. I want to fight within two weeks. I don’t have any injuries so I got to keep training, come back here and get me a win.”

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