The Fight Nerd

January 19, 2015

VIDEO – Conor McGregor jumps fence to confront Jose Aldo at UFN 59

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The race to the title in the featherweight division just got a lot more interesting this weekend.

After a one-sided fight with Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, Conor McGregor ran across the octagon and leapt over the fence to run into the crowd and confront champion Jose Aldo, who was conveniently sitting cageside. Aldo, who had a sign that made fun of Conor that said “Go Joker, Go… Make me laugh”, got face to face time with Conor after his TKO win over Siver, and nearly had a fight in the audience instead of the in the cage. Aldo was not intimidated, and seemed unimpressed by the win with a smile on his face. Lucky for him, security intervened and made the sure the two did not start brawling on the spot.

“I’m looking into the crowd and I see Jose in the crowd, with my face on a joker poster or something. I don’t know what that was all about. They all think it’s fun and games, and I’m not playing,” McGregor said after his bout to the press, at which point after seeing the sign McGregor sprinted across the canvas towards Aldo. “The only thing that’s stopping me from smacking Jose and whooping him in the crowd was the money. Now it’s time. Now we have a location, and Jose will be the next one to learn that it’s not all talk, it’s not all jokes. Now we only have one man left.”

The featherweight title bout is expected to take place this Summer in Las Vegas, so you have some time to figure out who you are going to bet on and where. Before betting on a match, check out these comprehensive list of reviews this for ideas.

January 18, 2015

“Pitbull” Freire chokes out Straus to retain featherweight title at Bellator 132

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Bellator MMA Featherweight World Champion Patricio Pitbull (23-2) was pushed to the limit by tenacious challenger Daniel Straus (22-6), but in the end, the Brazilian showed a ton of heart and retained his title with a gutsy fourth-round submission win.

The contest headlined Friday’s “Bellator: Pitbull vs. Straus” at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.

Known for his wrestling, Straus showed improved striking skills throughout the bout, as he used his reach and quickness to frustrated Pitbull and open a cut over the champ’s right eye. But Pitbull refused to relent his title and used a late fourth-round takedown to work himself on to his opponent’s back, where he sunk in a rear-naked choke that ended the fight with just 11 second left in the round.

“I knew he’d come out striking,” Pitbull said after the win. “He’s a former world champion and one of the best strikers on the planet. I stuck to my gameplan and showed why I’m the champion. AND STILL!”

Pitbull already knows his next opponent, as Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1) picked up an incredibly impressive win over top featherweight prospect Bubba Jenkins (8-2). The two-time D1 All-American Jenkins went quickly to his preferred attack, looking for the takedown, but Karakhanyan was waiting with the perfect counter: a guillotine choke.

Karakhanyan missed on his first attempt at the hold, but when they returned to the feet, Jenkins again looked for the takedown but left his neck behind. Karakhanyan happily cinched up the hold and put Jenkins to sleep with a spectacular finish at the 1:49 mark of the first.

Karakhanyan said he looks forward to the opportunity to erase the frustration of a 2011 loss to Pitbull. “I’m very excited that I’m getting a title shot,” Karakhanyan said. “I’d love to fight Patricio and get my revenge.”

In additional main-card action, local hero Virgil Zwicker (13-4-1) edged out Houston Alexander (16-11-1) by split decision, while Fernando Gonzalez (23-13) outstruck Marius Zaromskis (20-9) en route to a unanimous decision win.

January 9, 2015

Moraes defends bantamweight title against Hill at WSOF 18

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Reigning World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) world bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. via Nova Friburgo, Brazil will put his coveted Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) title on the line for the first time against undefeated rival Josh Hill (10-0) of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in the main event of a stacked, four-fight, live NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) telecast from the Edmonton Expo Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on Thursday, February 12.

“This is an incredible matchup between two of the world’s top 135 pound fighters that we have been looking to put together for the last several months and, now that it is finally here, we will see who the superior fighter is on February 13,” said WSOF President, six-time world champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo.

In the featherweight (145 pounds) co-main event, a red-hot Chris “Gritz” Gruetzemacher (12-1) of Scottsdale, Ariz. will square off with hard-hitting puncher Antonio “Pato” Carvalho (15-6) of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
World-class striker Shane “Shaolin” Campbell (10-2) of Edmonton will make his debut in the WSOF cage against brutal finisher Brandt Dewsbery (13-3-1) of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada in a welterweight (170 pounds) tilt, and unbeaten prospect Hakeem Dawodu (3-0) of Calgary, Alberta, Canada will battle Tristan Johnson (9-5) of Jordantown, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill

The 26-year-old Moraes, quickly becoming recognized as the top bantamweight fighter in the world, will enter the WSOF cage with eight consecutive victories under his belt, including a split decision over former world champion Miguel Torres, and devastating KO finishes of fellow stars Tyson Nam and Carson Beebe.

In his last effort, Moraes turned in another dominant performance – a second round (1:35) submission (rear-naked choke) of Cody Bollinger in a 140-pound catchweight contest at WSOF 13 on September 13, 2014. Moraes’ win streak dates back to December 2, 2011, when he earned a unanimous decision over Chris Manuel.

The versatile Moraes will attempt to become the first to solve the puzzle that is the 28-year-old Hill, unbeaten since he made his professional debut with a second round (1:42) TKO (punches) of Vito Attanasi on October 10, 2009.
After a 22-month hiatus, Hill, known for his superior wrestling base, made a thunderous return to action on June 7, 2014 at WSOF Canada 2, scoring a first-round (4:20) KO (punch) on Mike Adams.

Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Antonio Carvalho

The 28-year-old Gruetzemacher is riding a spectacular 11-fight win streak that began with his split decision win over Josh Gaskins on April 11, 2009. A power striker with considerable ground skills, Gruetzemacher has, to date, claimed 6 of his 12 career wins by (T)KO and 3 by way of submission.

On March 29, 2014, Gruetzemacher made his WSOF debut, earning a unanimous decision over renowned submission expert John Gunderson. The bout represented the first time in over four years that Gruetzemacher was taken the distance of a fight.

Carvalho will make his much-anticipated debut in the WSOF cage after an extended layoff from competition that began after the 35-year-old suffered a first round (3:06) TKO (punches) at the hands of Darren Elkins, as a result of what many believe was a controversial stoppage by the referee, on March 16, 2013. To date, 10 of Carvalho’s 15 career wins have come by way of (T)KO or submission.

Prior to the defeat, Carvalho reeled off back-to-back victories in the UFC over Daniel Pineda and Rodrigo Damm on July 21, 2012 and November 17, 2012, respectively.

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Shane Campbell vs. Brandt Dewsbery

Over the course of the last nine years, the 26-year-old Campbell has distinguished himself as a force in both the MMA world and the kickboxing ring while competing all over the world.

In 2013, Campbell did damage amongst the ranks of kickboxers in three of the world’s top promotions, including K-1, winning five consecutive bouts. In both of his MMA starts in 2014, Campbell dominated with his superior striking, scoring a second round (:43) TKO (punches) on Jerrid Burke on May 9 and a second round (:29) TKO (punches) on Marcus Edwards on October 3.

With a proven ability to finish opponents both on his feet and on the ground, the 24-year-old Dewsbery arguably represents Campbell’s toughest challenge in the cage, yet. The 6-year veteran of professional MMA has, thus far, earned 6 of his 13-career wins by way of (T)KO and another 6 wins by way of submission.
Dewsbery will enter the WSOF cage for the second time in his career, in the midst of a three fight win streak that he began on February 21, 2014 with a first round (4:31) submission (rear-naked choke) of Mark Drummond. Dewsbery continued making a statement through the remainder of the year, scoring a fifth round (4:34) KO (flying knee strike) on Chase Maxwell on May 23, and a stunning, 38-second TKO (punches) on Tyler O’Brien on October 18.

Hakeem Dawodu vs. Tristan Johnson

Dawodu made his professional debut at the inaugural WSOF event in Canada on Feb. 21, 2014, scoring a thunderous first round (1:07) KO (punch) on Behrang Yousefi. The protégé of Muay Thai guru Mike Miles has since extended his unbeaten streak with two more dramatic victories, finishing Jake MacDonald by second round (:18) KO (punches) at the second WSOF Canada event on June 7, stopping Mike Malott by way of first round (4:13) TKO (punches and elbow strikes) at WSOF 14 on Oct. 11.

The hard-punching Johnson finished 2014 on a strong note, KO’ing Keven Morin with a punch in the first round (3:59) of their June 7 matchup. The 31-year-old is an eight-year veteran of the professional fight game, who ran to five consecutive victories in his first five starts before suffering his first defeat three years later, in 2010.

January 8, 2015

Glory 19 to feature welterweight tournament, Verhoeven VS Zimmerman

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GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the co-headline bout and finalized the Welterweight Contender Tournament participants for GLORY 19, completing the card set to air live on SPIKE TV at 9/8c from Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia on Friday, February 6.

The co-headline bout for GLORY 19 features an explosive clash between two top-10 kickboxers, as knockout artist and #1 ranked middleweight Joe “Stitch ‘Em Up” Schilling (18-6-0, 11 KOs) takes on 21-year-old Canadian prodigy Robert “White Dragon” Thomas (7-2-0, 5 KOs), ranked #9.

Announced last week on gloryworldseries.com, Nieky “The Natural” Holzken (84-11-0, 44 KOs) returns to GLORY as a participant in the one-night, four-man Welterweight Contender Tournament at GLORY 19. Initially slated to face Murthel Groenhart, Holzen now meets relentless Russian striker Aleksandr Stetcurenko (49-8-0, 24 KOs) in the tournament’s first semifinal match-up.

Due to a shoulder injury that kept him out of action for the first half of 2014, Holzken’s most recent appearance for the organization came while conquering the Welterweight World Championship Tournament field at GLORY 13: TOKYO in December of 2013.

Also announced last week, the second tournament semifinal match-up pits American karate world champion and human highlight reel Raymond “The Real Deal” Daniels (25-1-0, 15 KOs), currently #7 in the division, up against Brazilian prospect, #6 ranked Jonatan Oliveira (20-3-0, 11 KOs).

The winners of each semifinal bout will then face off, fighting for the second and final time that evening, to earn the right to compete against reigning GLORY Welterweight World Champion “Bazooka” Joe Valtellini at a later date.

GLORY 19 is headlined by Rico Verhoeven (44-9-0, 10 KOs), defending the GLORY Heavyweight World Title against bitter rival and hard hitting veteran Errol “The Bonecrusher” Zimmerman (103-11-1, 44 KOs) in the rubber match of a trilogy that dates back to January of 2012.

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In association Veteran Operation Wellness (VOW), GLORY will host its first armed forces exhibition featuring one member of the US Navy competing against one member of the US Air Force under GLORY Rules.

VOW is a Spike campaign created to inspire veterans to make the same commitment to their health and wellness that they made to their country.

December 16, 2014

MMA Fighters File Class-Action Lawsuit Against UFC, Alleging Illegal Market Monopolization

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Three current and former high-profile Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters filed a multi-million-dollar class-action lawsuit today against the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) organization, accusing the $2-billion outfit of illegally maintaining monopoly and monoposony power by systematically eliminating competition from rival promoters, artificially suppressing fighters’ earnings from bouts and merchandising and marketing activities through restrictive contracting and other exclusionary practices.
The civil action – Cung Le, et al. v. Zuffa, LLC, d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship and UFC– filed todayin the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose,seeks treble damages and injunctive relief under the Sherman Antitrust Act stemming from the UFC’s alleged “over-arching, anti-competitive scheme to enhance its monopoly power” in the market for promotion of live Elite Professional MMA bouts, and monopsony powerin the market for live Elite Professional MMA Fighter services in the U.S. Monopsony refers to when there are many “sellers” and few “buyers” in the marketplace.
The lawsuit filed by fighters Cung Le, Nathan Quarry and Jon Fitch,who seek to represent a class of similarly situated current and former UFC professional combatants,allegesthat the plaintiffs are victims of the UFC’s illegal scheme to eliminate its competition in the sport of MMA and suppress compensation for UFC Fighters from bouts and fighteridentities and likenesses.
According to plaintiffs’ counsel Benjamin Brown, of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC,“The UFC was built on the battered bodies of MMA fighters who have left their blood and sweat in the Octagon.  Those fighters are entitled to the benefits of a competitive market for their talents.”
The lawsuit targets defendants Zuffa LLC, the Las Vegas-based company that conducts business as the UFC. Zuffa isprimarily owned by billionaires Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, along with the UFC’s front-man, President Dana White.  White has publicly boasted about the success of the UFC’s alleged illegal scheme, allegedly claiming that “there is no competition” because “I am the grim reaper[.]”
The lawsuit claims that the UFC’s alleged anti-competitive acts, in particular its actions over a period of years, have made and maintained the UFC asthe onlyoption for MMA fighters who want to earn a viable living in the profession.
“All UFC Fighters are paid a mere fraction of what they would make in a competitive market,” said Brown.“Rather than earning paydays comparable to boxers – a sport with many natural parallels –MMA fighters go substantially under-compensated despite the punishing nature of their profession.”
Above all, the lawsuit alleges thatthe UFC prevents fighters from working with other MMA promoters, mounting self-promotional efforts of their ownor signing with outside sponsors – monopolistic practices that suppressfighters’ incomes.
According to named plaintiff Cung Le, of San Jose, Calif., an internationally acclaimed MMA combatant, “Because  of the UFC’s coercive practices, competitive market forces have been strangled, future earnings power of the athletes is stripped away, and purses to the fighters are artificially depressed.”
Plaintiffs’ co-counsel and sports law specialist Robert Maysey, of Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek PLC, added, “As a result of the UFC’s illegal conduct, they have become the only game in town and locked down the entire sport.  It is ironic that the fiercest combat athletes in the world have, until now, been powerless to take on the UFC.”
The lawsuit alleges that the UFC has pursued an aggressive strategy of depriving key inputs to potential rival promoters or merging with them to maintain its monopoly position.  The complaint alleges “exclusionary scheme” to impair and foreclose competition, whereby the UFC deprives potential competitors in the fight promotion market access to elite MMA fighters, premium live event venues and sponsors.
According to plaintiffs’ co-counsel Michael Dell’Angelo, of Berger & Montague, P.C., “the lawsuit alleges that the UFC has engaged in an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from rival MMA promoters by systematically preventing rivals from gaining access to ingredients critical to successful MMA promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.  The UFC also takes the rights to fighters’ names and likenesses in perpetuity.  As a result of the UFC’s scheme, we allege that UFC Fighters are paid fraction of what they would earn in a competitive marketplace.”
The lawsuit alleges that as a result of these and other anti-competitive acts, including the UFC’s acquisition of rival Strikeforce, the UFC has maintained control of more than 90 percent of the revenue derived from live MMA bouts nationwide.
The lawsuit also alleges that the UFC has retaliated against fighters who have worked with or who have announced intentions to work with rival promoters or sponsors by refusing to book their bouts and/or eliminating them from key UFC promotional activities such as advertising campaigns and video games.
“UFC’s threats are taken seriously by fighters because they know that a UFC ban will substantially diminish, if not end, their ability to earn a living at their chosen profession,” said plaintiffs’ co-counsel Joseph Saveri of Saveri Law Firm, Inc. “These MMA professionals deserve the right to take back their careers.”
The plaintiffs are represented by nationally respected antitrust litigation firmsCohen Milstein Sellers and Toll PLLC, Berger & Montague, P.C.,Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc. and Warner Angle Hallam Jackson &Formanek PLC.
For more information about Cung Le, et al v. Zuffa, LLC, d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship and UFC,visit http://www.cohenmilstein.com/news.php?NewsID=742
- Info Via Press Release, Photo courtesy of Sherdog Twitter

November 29, 2014

Ronda Rousey comments on being rapped about by Eminem

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As we reported earlier, Rousey got name-dropped into the title track of Slim Shady’s newest album, “Shady XV”, which is a two-disc set that is one-half new songs, and one-half greatest hits. To promote Rousey’s next fight against Cat Zingano, which is still some time away at UFC 184, she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show, where the host asked her about being rapped about (see video below):

“He’s an artist and art isn’t meant to be nice; it’s meant to make you feel something,” Rousey told Kimmel during the interview. “I like being called a slaughterhouse in a blouse. I think that’s cool. I’m not perfect, but parts of me are pretty awesome and I think if Eminem took the ass Pepsi Challenge, he would totally pick me as his favorite.” Eminem has made no comments yet as to whether this was a diss or a compliment, but Rousey seems cool with it, although she did later add that it was an honor to be part of the song, much like he would be honored to be armbarred by her.

November 19, 2014

Bellator 131 ranks as most-watched MMA event of 2014 & Bellator MMA show ever

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Bellator 131 knocked out the competition on Saturday, November 15 with record ratings for the emerging MMA franchise under new president Scott Coker. The Bellator 131 main event between Tito Ortiz and Stephan Bonnar (11:50pm-12:16am) drew 1.8 million viewers, peaking at 2 million, making it the most-watched and highest­rated MMA fight on cable in 2014.

The Ortiz-Bonnar fight ranks as 2nd highest-rated MMA fight telecast in all of television with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49, including broadcast, in 2014. Also, Ortiz-Bonnar ranked #2 in its timeslot in all of cable with Men 18-34 and Men 18-49.

“Bellator 131 was an incredible event that had something for everybody, and I’m thrilled to see our efforts were so well-received by our fans,² said Coker. ³I’m very proud of our entire Bellator and Spike family for all of the hard work they put resulting in these record-breaking ratings. The most exciting thing for me is the knowledge that that we are just getting started, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have in store for the future.”

Bellator 131 ratings breakdown:

Bellator 131 ­ Ortiz vs. Bonnar ­ 11:50p – 1.8 million viewers

Bellator 131 ­ 10:11p – 1.3 million viewers

Bellator 131 ­ 9p – 994,000 viewers

Overall, the entire fight card delivered (9:00-12:16) delivered 1,241,299 viewers, a record for Bellator MMA on Spike TV. Bellator 131 was a knockout with social media as well ­ as it was the most tweeted Bellator event in Spike history.

November 16, 2014

Bellator Announces First-Quarter 2015 Fight Schedule

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Bellator is primed to kick off 2015 with a bang as the promotion has announced the first three events of 2015. Bellator 132 will take place on January 16 from Southern California’s Pechanga Resort and Casino and will be headlined by Patricio Pitbull, who defends his Bellator Featherweight World Title against Daniel Straus.

Bellator 133 will take place on February 27 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut as the night will feature a full “British Invasion” as Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima puts his title on the line against Paul Daley, while Emanuel Newton will defend his strap against rising light heavyweight star Liam McGeary. Bobby Lashley will face his toughest test to date in the Bellator cage when he meets “The Colossus” James Thompson, while Sokoudjou will battle England’s own Linton Vassell in a light heavyweight affair.

Bellator 134 will emanate from Oklahoma’s Winstar World Casino and Resort and feature the return of “The Baddest Man On The Planet” as Joe Warren battles Marcos Galvao for the Bellator Bantamweight Title.

Tickets for all three events are on sale now and can be purchased on Bellator.com. More information on each fight card will be made available in the coming weeks.

Bellator 132: Friday, January 16, Pechanga Resort and Casino, Temecula, California

Bellator Featherweight Title Fight: Patricio Pitbull (22-2) vs. Daniel Straus (23-5)

Bellator 133: Friday, February 27, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut

Bellator Welterweight Title Fight: Douglas Lima (26-5) vs. Paul Daley (35-13)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Title Fight: Emanuel Newton (25-7) vs. Liam McGeary (9-0)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Sokoudjou (16-12) vs. Linton Vassell (14-4)

Bellator Heavyweight Feature Fight: Bobby Lashley (12-2) vs. James Thompson (20-14)

Bellator 134: Friday, March 27, Winstar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, Oklahoma

Bellator Bantamweight Title Fight: Joe Warren (12-3) vs. Marcos Galvao (16-6)

November 11, 2014

Wanderlei Silva Set To Appear At Dave & Buster’s for Bellator 131 Pre-Party

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The festivities surrounding Saturday’s #Bellator131 continue to grow as Bellator will host a pre-party kickoff event from San Diego’s Dave & Buster’s on Friday, November 14. After weigh-ins, fans are invited to take pictures and have autographs signed with MMA legends Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, and now MMA icon Wanderlei Silva beginning at 6pm PST. Silva will join the other MMA legends in attendance for #Bellator 131 on Saturday, November 15.

“After we saw just an overwhelming response to our Bellator Fan Fest a few weeks ago, we wanted to once again give our fans a chance to be a part of something special and give everyone the opportunity to spend time with a group of fighters that built the sport we all love,” Bellator President Scott Coker said. “We have events taking place all week around the San Diego area as we prepare for the biggest night of fights in company history, and we want everyone to be a part of it.”

#Bellator131 takes place on Saturday, November 15th from Valley View Casino Center. The night will feature one of the biggest grudge matches in the sport as MMA icons Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz and “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar battle at light heavyweight, while San Diego’s own Michael Chandler faces Will Brooks for the Bellator Lightweight Title.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on Bellator.com, AXS.com, as well as the Valley View Casino Center.

The full list of fight week activities can be found below:

Wednesday, November 12th

Bellator 131 Open Workouts: Workouts begin at 1pm PST and will take place from Dave & Buster’s San Diego, located at 2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108.

Fighters Scheduled To Attend: Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, King Mo and Melvin Manhoef.

Fans and media are welcome to attend beginning at 1pm PST on Wednesday, November 12th.

Thursday, November 13th

Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference: The Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference will begin at 2pm PST on Thursday, November 13th from Dave & Buster’s San Diego, inside the Show Room.

Fighters Scheduled To Attend: Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Michael Chandler, Will Brooks, King Mo, Joe Vedepo, Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling.

The Bellator 131 Pre-Fight Press Conference will only be open for media members.

Friday, November 14th

Cheick Kongo/Everlast Meet & Greet at Mission Valley Sports Chalet.

The Meet & Greet will take place from 3pm PST. Sports Chalet is located at 1640 Camino Del Rio N San Diego, CA 92108.

Bellator 131 Weigh-Ins from San Diego’s Valley View Casino Center, located at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110.

Weigh-Ins begin at 5pm PST and will be streamed on Bellator.com as well as Spike.com.Fans and media are welcome to attend.

Dave & Busters Official Pre-Party Kick Off with Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock and Wanderlei Silva.

Join MMA legends and the Bellator MMA Ring Girls Mercedes and Jade beginning at 6pm PST at Dave & Buster’s San Diego, 2931 Camino Del Rio N, San Diego, CA 92108.

A live raffle for Bellator 131 tickets will also take place.

Saturday, November 15th

Bellator 131 will take place from the Valley View Casino Center. Doors will open at 3pm PST with first fight beginning at 3:45pm PST on Saturday, November 15th. The Main Card will begin at 6pm PST (9pm EST) live on Spike TV.

November 9, 2014

Kenny Garner to fight Sergei Kharitonov in M-1 Challenge 53

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Former M-1 Global interim heavyweight champion Kenny “Deuce” Garner(14-7-0, 8 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) has stepped up to fight Russian heavyweight Sergei “The Paratrooper” Kharitonov (21-5-0, 11 KO/TKO, 9 SUB) November 25 in a Heavyweight Super Fight, replacing injured Satoshi Ishii (12-3-1, 1 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), in M-1 Challenge 53: Battle in the Celestial Empire, airing on www.M1Global.TV, live from Wukesong Arena in Beijing, China.

M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura (11-0-0, 4 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), of Poland, defends his title against Estonia’s undefeated challenger Denis Smoldarev (8-0-0, 3 KO/TKO, 3 SUB) in the main event.

Veteran knockout specialist Konstantin Gluhov (28-14-0, 21 KO/TKO, 4 SUB), of Latvia, takes on former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Damian “Polish Pitbull” Grabowski (19-2-0, 6 KO/TKO, 6 SUB), of Poland, in a Special Heavyweight Attraction.

Garner is an experienced American fighting out of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He won the M-1 Challenge interim heavyweight championship Oct. 14, 2011 at M-1 Challenge: 27, by way of a fifth-round submission (strikes) over Maxim Grishin. Garner successfully defended his title June 21, 2012 at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rizzo, when Guram Gugenishvili was unable to continue fighting in the third round after suffering an injury. Six months later, Gugenishvili won the rematch by fourth-round knockout (strikes). In 2013, Garner lost by second-round submission (choke) to then new champion Grabowski at M-1 Challenge 44.

After suffering his fourth consecutive loss in M-1 Challenge competition, Garner received permission to rehabilitate his career and get back on the winning track in America, where he won his last two fights against Matt Kovacs (arm-bar submission) and Scott Barrett by decision.

Fighting on the main-card is unbeaten Ukrainian featherweight Pavel Vitruk (11-0-0. 2 KO/TKO, 2 SUB) against Jungle Fight champion Rafael Miranda (9-4-0, 2 KO/TKO, 5 SUB), of Brazil, while Chinese fan favorite and 4-times Wushu Sanda champion Muslim “King of Wushi Sanda” Salikhov (5-1-0) has been matched against Brazilian striker Victor Kratos Sckoteski (5-1-0).

In a recently added fight on a loaded card, Russian featherweight Nikita “Piranha” Chistyakov (4-1-0) faces Honggang “The Master” Yao (10-4-0). A winner of a several tournaments, Chistyakov represents the famed Alexander Nevsky club, using his outstanding wrestling techniques to his advantage.

Yao is an experienced fighter who will be a huge favorite fighting at home in China. He has been a multiple champion in Chinese wrestling tournaments (47-8 career record), specializing in traditional Chinese wrestling, Shuaijiao.

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