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May 2, 2014

Diamond MMA Compression Jock Shorts & Cup System Review

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We here at TheFightNerd.com have done a lot of wild things in the name of science, especially when it comes to protection. The important kind of protection – your junk. We have reviewed a few different groin cups before, including one named The Nutty Buddy where we dropped a kettlebell on it. However, this might be the first time where we have reviewed a groin cup that might inflict damage on the poor sap who makes the mistake of kicking it! Diamond MMA was founded by Craig Diamond, with the idea of offering the best solution to untimely nut kicks in high-impact sports, including baseball and soccer. Their cups are worn by guys like Chael Sonnen, Anthony Pettis, Michael Chandler, and Cain Velasquez to just name a few, so this might be the real deal – only one way to find out for sure!

The Diamond MMA Compression Jock Shorts & Cup System is their lead product, and can be fit to waist sizes as small as 28″ all the way up to a 44″ waist. Made from 82% nylon and 18% elastane, these shorts were designed to last. The elastane material has better tear resistance and durability compared to rubber and other flexible fabrics, and a tension capacity two or three times greater, at a third of the weight. Elastane is typically used in tights and athletic gear (especially swimming), and much like memory foam, it always reverts to its original shape while conforming to the wearer when in use.

The shorts feature a drawstring around the waist, although you will likely not need it since the shorts do fit nicely without even using it. The cup fits into a pouch on the front, along with two leg straps that you can slide into. This compression system negates the need for compression shorts AND a jock strap, since it is both in one convenient pair of pants (which come in three colors if you want to look stylish while wearing this).

The cup itself is made out of a solid and sturdy plastic, with a hard rubber coating on the outside to make it more comfortable to wear. Despite being hard, the cup does not feel brittle, but instead feels thick and strong. The cup is one solid piece, as opposed to a Shock Doctor that is normally a few pieces attached to each other, but features a unique shape that makes this piece of protection stand out from the rest. The cup gets its name from the diamond shape that the plastic is in, although the tip is thankfully flattened.

Most cups are curved anyway, but this one adds some lines to the curve that add to the function as much as the form, meaning that mid-point on the cup adds some stopping power if you get a knee in the groin. People will definitely think twice about intentional fouls, or even just trying to put a leg between you to pass guard when they feel that cup dig into their own body. It’s ultra-comfortable for the wearer, and painful for the poor guy that tries to knee your naughty bits!

Overall, I really liked this groin cup, and it is one of the best cups you can get, especially if you plan on going pro. You can order the Diamond MMA Compression Jock Shorts & Cup System from the Diamond MMA website for $90. It’s comfortable enough that you may not even want to wear shorts over it and just treat it like vale tudo shorts, and it goes above and beyond when it comes to protecting the most valuable treasure you have – your family jewels. When I looked up more info on this product, I came across a ton of very positive and complimentary reviews about not just the product, but the customer service. I dealt with Craig directly for a bit about the product, and he was super helpful. Turns out he treats everyone the same way, polite and ready to answer any and all questions you may have so that you can be fitted to the proper size. Plus, my package came with a coupon for $5 off my next purchase, so Diamond MMA is truly building some brand loyalty on all fronts, and I hope that the company branches off into some other products so we can see what else they are capable of.

April 28, 2014

Team USA takes on the world at “Beat the Streets 2014″ Times Square Wrestling Meet

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In what has become a rite of spring in New York, Beat the Streets Wrestling, Inc. and USA Wrestling today announced details of this year’s international competition, which returns to Times Square on Wednesday, May 7, this time at a new location, between 42nd and 43rd Streets in Manhattan. Competitors for Team USA and a World All-Star team featuring select wrestlers from across the world will be announced shortly.

“We are excited to be back in Times Square, the center of the universe,” said Jim Fallis, Executive Director of Beat the Streets. “We are very excited about the concept of the USA vs. the World. We are pleased that many of the best wrestlers in the world will be coming to face our American team. Where else should it be than in Times Square?”

Top Beat the Streets wrestlers will showcase their skills in exhibition matches beginning at 4 p.m. Then it’s Team USA vs. the World at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Beat the Streets Award Gala at 7:30 p.m. at Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway).

The USA vs. the World dual requires a ticket for reserved seating in Times Square, but is an outdoor event. Pedestrians and non-ticket holders are encouraged to watch. Admission tickets may be bought in advance at www.btsny.org or 212.245.6570. A ticket is required for the Gala. More details are available at http://www.btsny.org/gala/2014-gala.

The world-class competition has twice before been held in Times Square. Last year the event moved to historic Grand Central Terminal, where it was also a huge success. Dubbed “The Rumble on the Rails,” it featured dual meets between Team USA, Russia and Iran and was an important part of the international Keep Olympic Wrestling effort, which resulted in wrestling retaining its status on the Olympic Games program.

This will be the fifth straight year in which a major international-style wrestling competition will be hosted as part of the Beat the Streets Gala activities. In 2010, an all-star challenge featuring top U.S. wrestlers was held on the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier docked on the west side of Manhattan. In 2011, the United States defeated World champion Russia, 5-2, the first sports event ever held in historic Times Square. In 2012, another U.S. vs. Russia dual meet was held in Times Square, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Wrestle-off for the 60 kg/132 lbs. position on the U.S. Olympic Team in men’s freestyle. All of these events have been great showcases for international wrestling and have received major media coverage.

Tentative Beat The Streets Wrestling Schedule
At New York, May 7, 2014

4:00 p.m. – Beat the Streets Exhibition Matches in Times Square at 43rd Street
5:30 p.m. – World Class Wrestling: Team USA vs. The World in Times Square at 43rd Street
7:30 p.m. – Gala Celebration at Best Buy Theater at 1515 Broadway

April 25, 2014

“The Secrets of Judo” Book Review

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Judo is the gentle art in the world of combat sports, with an emphasis on using your opponent’s momentum to defeat them. An old judo anecdote about Professor Jigoro Kano, the inventor of modern Kodokan Judo, was said that fighting him was like “fighting an empty jacket”, because it felt like he was doing nothing at all in spite of his attacker’s flying all over the mats when they grabbed his gi. Jiichi Watanabe and Lindy Avakian’s book, “The Secrets of Judo” aims to break down those techniques and make the practitioner the best judoka they can be.

Originally written in 1959 and re-released by Tuttle Publishing around five decades later, this book weighs in at just under 200 pages long, and came out during the height of judo’s popularity in the US. Historically, Judo and Karate gyms began appearing more prominently in the US after World War II, when American GI’s brought these techniques back with them, and more Japanese-Americans began opening schools to continue the education many people overseas were yearning for. At the time of publication, martial arts instructionals were much more difficult to find as opposed to today, especially good ones (I have a few from the 1920′s and ’30′s that are simultaneously amusing and somewhat educational). Watanabe and Avakian’s book may have easily been one of the best of it’s time, and makes perfect sense that it would be reprinted this many years later.

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“The Secrets of Judo” goes into great depths to explains the science and mechanics of judo, including discussing reaction times, friction, momentum, leverage, and even explaining how the laws of motion apply to combat. It’s a comprehensive book that shows the most-popular throws of its time, along with a good amount of pins and ground submissions such as chokes (mostly with the gi) and armbars. No shoulder locks or leg locks here, since judo does not typically allow them even though they are part of the curriculum, and definitely no triangle chokes since it was not as commonly used then as it is today (it would also be banned in judo for a few decades, which would happen not long after this book came out if my memory is correct). Oddly enough, there actually are a few guard pass moves in the grappling section, which was surprising to see.

This is a smaller book, so as I mentioned it does not have all of the throws in the judo world, just sixteen of them. Each one gets a two-page spread per technique, one for the text and the other for illustrations. The instructions are quite formal, and feature an explanation of the throw, then a “dynamic explanation” that goes into more of the science and momentum you would use, then “key points” to remember when doing the specific move. While the techniques are applicable to judo combat, they seem more for formal practice and less sport-related.

There are very few photos in this book, and all of them are old black-and-white pictures (for obvious reasons). Illustrations are often employed to help visually show how a throw or hold should be done, and function just as well as a photo would. Modern MMA fans are spoiled with the amount of color photos we often get in instructional books, as opposed to older books where you were often lucky to get three pictures for one move (look at any of Bruce Lee’s Gung Fu books to see that).

This book is definitely meant for a more traditional practitioner of judo and not intended for a sport judoka who has been training for years. However, for a newer student or even intermediate one, I can still suggest this book for its information. Beyond that, it is an interesting window into the past of martial arts, and I enjoyed the book immensely for that. It’s amazing how times have changed so much, and “The Secrets of Judo” is a glimpse into the martial arts world of the late 1950′s. Reading it made me feel like I jumped into a time machine, and for anyone remotely interested in this book, I suggest you treat it that way as well

You can order The Secrets of Judo: A Text for Instructors and Students for $12, and is a good value for a nice older book. There is still plenty to learn from it, but if you are looking for a book on how to be the best judo competitor, this is probably not what you will want. If you enjoy the formal training aspect and judo techniques, then you will love this. It all comes down to perspective with this book, and I can not necessarily recommend it to everyone, but I can say I had many reasons to enjoy this book and if you are like this Fight Nerd, I think you will too.

April 23, 2014

Paul “Semtex” Daley signs with K-1 to return to kickboxing

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There is life after Bellator, as international MMA and Kickboxing superstar Paul “Semtex” Daley has signed with K-1. Paul Daley has fought all over the world against some of the best in both Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing. Starting with his first fight for K-1 in July, will be calling K-1 his new home.

Paul Daley will be making his K-1 debut this July in Thailand at the K-1 World MAX Finals event, fighting in a special 80kg feature bout. K-1 Global’s Nenad “Ned” Kuruc spoke of the historic signing; “We are very excited to have Paul Daley joining K-1. Over the past year we’ve been searching for the greatest talents in the world and signing an explosive talent like Paul Daley shows our commitment to that. Paul Daley is quite possibly the most explosive fighter in the world, period!”

Paul Daley spoke about his recent signing with K-1, after weeks of dropping hints on social media; “K-1, ‘THE’ K-1. What an honour it is for me to be part of such a great legacy and I hope that I can be part of the journey to re-establish the powerhouse brand that K-1 is capable of being. I’m going to fight hard, always look for the knockouts, entertain and aspire to be the champion, I ask for all my supporters from MMA to join me on my kickboxing journey.”

April 16, 2014

Glory announces first PPV event, “Last Man Standing”

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GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced its inaugural Pay-Per-View (PPV) event, GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING, to be broadcast live from the Forum, Presented by Chase, in Inglewood, California on Saturday, June 21st at 10:00 pm ET.

GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING features eight of the word’s best middleweights colliding in a one-night, winner-take-all tournament to determine who will be crowned GLORY Middleweight World Champion. “The GLORY fans tell us they have been waiting for the return of live combative tournaments on a scale they know GLORY understands. We are experienced with these multi-fighter formats overseas and now with the eight man tournament on Pay-Per-View, we will finally bring it to them,” said Andrew Whitaker, GLORY Sports International CEO. “This is a thrill-packed event where the winner will have to fight three times in one adrenalin-fueled night.”

Seven top-ranked middleweight tournament contenders — Joe Schilling (USA), Wayne Barrett (USA), Alex Pereira (BRA), Filip Verlinden (BEL), Bogdan Stoica (ROM), Simon Marcus (CAN), and Melvin Manhoef (NED) — have been confirmed so far, with the final competitor to be announced at a later date.

GLORY has partnered with iN DEMAND, cable’s leading PPV sports and event distributor, to deliver GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING to providers across the U.S. and Caribbean. “We are thrilled to welcome GLORY Kickboxing into our stable of top notch event providers for the cable PPV audience,” said Mark Boccardi, SVP Programming & Business Development, iN DEMAND. “The league has established itself as a world-championship-level events producer, featuring some of the most skilled ring combat athletes in the world. These great fighters, combined with the unique format of ‘GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING’ are sure to deliver a powerful action-packed night on PPV.”

Additional partnerships are pending with other PPV providers throughout North America and will be announced shortly.

GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING (SRP $34.95) will immediately follow GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES, which airs at 8:00 pm ET on SPIKE TV.

For those who wish to attend GLORY 17 LOS ANGELES & GLORY: LAST MAN STANDING in person, tickets will be available for purchase at ticketmaster.com and fabulousforum.com, starting on Wednesday, April 16th at 1:00 pm ET. Prices start at $30 and VIP packages, including Forum Club access, are available.

April 15, 2014

“Beyond the Lion’s Den” Book Review

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There were very few names in the early days of no-holds-barred combat that were universal, and Ken Shamrock was one of them. The first King of Pancrase in Japan and inaugural UFC Super Fight Champion, early UFC events were often headlined with Ken, and his name and star power grew when he jumped ship to join the WWF. However, Ken’s story has not been one of pure success, but one marred with all sorts of obstacles, and this is where the story begins in Tuttle Publishing’s “Beyond the Lion’s Den” book.

Co-written by Erich Krauss, who also worked on various instructional books and DVD’s with Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Anderson Silva, and Lyoto Machida to name a few, Shamrock’s book is the direct sequel to Ken’s first book, Inside the Lion’s Den. Shamrock gives us a succinct recap of the events leading up to where the first book ended, which includes some new stories about fighting in Japan and his incident with the Nasty Boys, and brings us up to speed with his fight at the Ultimate Ultimate 2 and explains why he initially left the UFC, what happened during his time off from MMA and entered the WWF, and how the time on the road led to the birth of many of those problems.

Ultimately, it was the traveling around to pro-wrestle that fed the feud between Ken and Frank, his break-up with his dad, the fall of the Lion’s Den, and Ken’s problems with alcoholism. The book also covers his time in Pride and his fights against Kazuyuki Fujita and Don Frye, and his return to the UFC with his first fight with Tito Ortiz and rematch with Kimo Leopoldo. Since this particular book came out in 2005, we will have to wait for a third book to give us the rest of the story after this, but it was great to read the continuing story of Ken after his first book ended.

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As opposed to Ken’s first book, which was 80% autobiography and maybe 20% techniques, this book is quote the opposite, with over 200 pages of techniques. It’s a very diverse book that covers striking, submissions, takedowns, guard passes, clinch fighting, using the cage fence or wall in a fight, and combination tecniques that many fans will recognize as moves that Ken had done in his own fights. My favorite has to be the sunset flip into the hammer lock (AKA the Northern Lights Suplex into Kimura that Ken did to Matt Hume during the first King of Pancrase tournament). There are also a ton of moves that we have never seen Ken do (dude, he does an omoplata in this book!), but it was refreshing to see this variety of techniques in a book, especially when you do consider that this book is nine years old now.

The techniques are well-written and easy to understand, and surprised me with how detailed they were, as well as with the selection of maneuvers. Krauss was surely a big part of that, and his efforts paid off as he went on to do some amazing books that would come out in the next few years. The team of Shamrock and Krauss was an excellent pairing, and gave us a very complete book about Ken Shamrock and building a complete MMA arsenal.

Overall, I really liked this book, and that is without wearing nostalgia glasses. Sure, the Ken Shamrock we know and love today is a very different one, who has seen better days, but at least is on the mend and working on himself. The Ken from this book is one in progress, working to achieve what he has done today, which to me, was peace of mind. That might be one of the best things about this book, is seeing where he is today and where his journey has taken him. The book itself stands out, and if you are a fan of old school MMA, this is the book for you. Newer fans to the sport might not be as interested, but the techniques will certainly catch your interest.

You can order Beyond the Lion’s Den: The Life, The Fights, The Techniques from Amazon.com for around $22, and is a good value for a good book that is filled with info. I suggest getting the first book as well, since it is only $7 these days, to complete the set. Ken has always been a polarizing part of MMA, and as a fan of the early days of MMA/ NHB fighting, I am happy that I finally got this book in my own library and can add more great stories to my knowledge of the game.

April 11, 2014

GSP has successful knee surgery, unsure about return to Octagon

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Georges St. Pierre had a successful surgery on his left knee earlier this week in LA, and he does not seem downbeat at all about the upcoming road to rehab to get himself back to normalcy.

According to a report from Canada’s “The Globe and Mail”, the former UFC welterweight champ will not let this operation affect his overall training, but is still not positive about stepping back into the cage.

“I climbed Everest once before and I’m going to climb it again — if I want to,” St-Pierre told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “It’s not a problem for me. . . . Anyway I didn’t plan to come back to competition before 2015.

“And if I want to come back, when I want to come back, I’ll do it again. I’ll have all the tools to do it again. I’m not going to be less strong or less athletic — I’m going to be just better.”

“I’ll have two bionic knees,” he added.

GSP has reconstructive surgery on his left knee back in 2011, which sidelined him for some time, and with this current operation behind him, the former champ expects to resume training in five months, with full sparring in six to seven months.

GSP also told the writer of the original post that if he does ever come back to the UFC, drug-testing better be the best possible format availabe: “It’s not personal to one fighter,” he said. “It’s personal to me. It’s something that has to be done, I believe.”

Quick Betting Guide to “Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale – Bisping VS Kennedy”

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All eyes will be on the Middleweight division of UFC on Wednesday 16th when Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping makes his long-awaited return to the ‘Octagon’ to face Tim Kennedy, with the fight set to headline The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.

The UFC event is hosted in Quebec City, Canada and there is more than a few places to visit in the run-up to, and even after the big fight. For those of you fight fanatics that decide to make the journey to see the fight live and enjoy a gamble, then there is more than a few casinos to visit during your stay, such as the Casino de Montreal and Charlevoix.

Alternatively, for those of you who are watching the fight at home or simply wish to stay close to the fight venue, you can still have a flutter from the comfort of your own home. At the 32Red website for example, you’ll find the biggest range of sports bets available making it easy to have a punt on the game. Many people find it all adds to the excitement of watching. Once the game is over, betting fans will also find a variety of casino and slot games available on 32Red which can be played both on tablet and mobile phone.

Casino de Montreal is conveniently linked to Quebec City’s Info and Tourist Centre by shuttle bus, which makes for easy access if you fancy a quick punt just a few hours before the big fight. Charlevoix however, is a 90-minute drive from Quebec City and while that may seem a long way to go when you are only in Quebec City for a short period of time, the stunning visually attractive backdrop and relaxing atmosphere will surely tip the trip in your favour. What better way to round of a weekend full of excitement and suspense than to enjoy a leisurely day away from the hustle and bustle of the city? The fighters would surely welcome such a rest, with both coming into the bout from lengthy spells away from the April as Octagon.

Bisping has been out of action since his remarkable defeat of Adam Belcher last April after it was revealed he had a detached retina in the build up to his home-coming fight against Mark Munoz in Manchester, for the UFC Fight Night 30 event. After the revelation, it was further discovered that the eye injury was sustained long before the build up to the Munoz fight and he had in fact soldiered on through fights with Vitor Belfort and the aforementioned Belcher. The fact the injury almost forced Bisping into premature retirement is a testament not just to the severity of the injury, but the determination of ‘The Count’ to recover and return to the mat.

Kennedy, who has a 17-4 record in mixed martial arts, is also returning to the ring, although his break was due to a recovery period after the defeat of Rafael Natal in late 2013 and not injury related. The victory over Natal saw Kennedy go 2-0 in UFC since his debut last summer and the confidence of winning in those two bouts could prove crucial, as Kennedy looks to upset the odds against a returning Bisping.

Unbeaten Ronaldo Souza, who is currently recovering from an elbow injury that required surgery, will be watching on in anticipation as he recently declared his intentions to challenge the winner of this bout. With the chance to battle the war-hardened Souza, who is 20-3 thus far in his career, now in the offing, it only adds more reason for both fighters to give their all and walk away with the victory next Wednesday.

Also on the main card it will be the welterweight final between Olivier Aubin-Mercier VS Chad Laprise and the middleweight final between Elias Theodorou and Sheldon Westcott. Other matches include Sam Stout VS KJ Noons, Sarah Kaufman VS Leslie Smith, Ryan Jimmo VS Sean O’Connell, George Roop VS Dustin Kimura and Tim Gorman VS Mitch Gagnon.

April 9, 2014

WSOF signs Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard

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World Series of Fighting is happy to announce the addition of exciting striker Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard to the company’s lightweight roster.

The UFC veteran signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion and is expected to debut in the World Series of Fighting decagon in July.

“I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career,” said Guillard. “I feel like a brand new fighter with a great opportunity here with World Series of Fighting. I’m looking to prove I’m one of, if not the best lightweight in the world.”

“Melvin is an amazing fighter with an energetic style that has earned him a massive, loyal fan base, ” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “He’s a guy that comes to fight every time he enters the cage, and I’m excited to see how he fares in our lightweight division.”

A 31-year-old New Orleans native, Guillard has competed for the UFC for the past six years, picking up 13 wins during that time, including eight victories by knockout. One of the most physically gifted and feared knockout artists in all of the sport, Guillard has been competing professionally since 2002 and boasts nearly 50 professional bouts to his name.

April 7, 2014

Oropeza vs. Koreshkov and Warren VS Dantas for Bantamweight title Finalizes Bellator 118

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Bellator MMA returns to Atlantic City’s Revel on Friday, May 2nd live on Spike TV as “The Baddest Man On The Planet” Joe Warren will look to reclaim a Bellator Title when he battles reigning Bellator Bantamweight Champion Eduardo Dantas. The night will also feature the New Jersey return of Sam Oropeza, as he meets Russian phenom Andrey Koreshkov in the Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals.

Originally scheduled to face Koreshkov in Reno on April 4th, Oropeza was given the news that Koreshkov was dealing with flu-like symptoms and his fight would be rescheduled. It was a true blessing in disguise for the Philadelphia native, as “Sammy O” will now face Koreshkov from Atlantic City’s Revel on May 2nd.

“I always say things happen for a reason, and this is one of those moments where everything is coming together,” Oropeza said. “It was frustrating to hear the fight got pushed back after training so hard for this semifinal fight, but when we heard I’d be fighting back in Revel so close to friends and family, things really couldn’t have worked out better. Bellator has taken great care of me, and I can’t wait to put on a show on May 2nd and move onto the finals of this tournament.”

The event will broadcast live at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.

New Jersey native Kevin Roddy will kick off the Spike.com portion of the night against Amran Aliyev. With11 submission victories, Roddy is going to look to his ground game to get the victory, but will have to hold off Aliyev who has recorded all finish victories.

After defeating Kenny Foster in his Bellator debut at Bellator 108, Anthony Morrison returns to the cage to fight Julian Lane. Morrison enters the fight riding a two-fight win streak and has won 13 of his 14 professional victories by KO or submission.

At only 21-years-old, Sidney Outlaw steps into the Bellator cage and will face Mike Bannon in a lightweight battle. Looking to maintain his undefeated professional record, Bannon is looking for the finish and is ready to put on an exciting fight for the Revel fans.

After grabbing a submission victory in his professional debut, John Fain will put his skills to the test against Pat Bennett on May 2nd. Both stepping under the bright lights of Bellator for the first time, Bennett is has grabbed two of his four professional victories by first round KO and plans on recording another knockout against Fain.

New Jersey native Lester Caslow returns to the Bellator cage to fight Jay Haas in a featherweight bout. Caslow has on three of his previous four victories, but will have to hold off Hass who has won 10 of his 11 victories by knockout or submission.

At 4-0 Darrion Caldwell is looking to maintain his undefeated career in a battle against Joe Pingitore. After grabbing a submission victory in less than 50 seconds against Lance Surma at Bellator 112, Caldwell is looking to finish his fight with Pingitore just as quick.

Making his Bellator debut, Tim Woods will fight Dante Rivera. Woods has won all of his victories by KO or submission, but will need to stop Rivera who enters the cage on a two-fight win streak.

No stranger to the Bellator card, Jesus Martinez will round of the preliminary card. Known for his quick finishes, Martinez has won four victories by first round finish.

MAIN CARD:
Bellator Bantamweight World Title Fight: Eduardo Dantas (16-3) vs. Joe Warren (10-3)
Bellator Welterweight Tournament Semifinals: Andrey Koreshkov (15-1) vs. Sam Oropeza (11-2)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marcos Galvao (15-6-1) vs. Thomas Vasquez (7-0)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Liam McGeary (6-0) vs. Mike Mucitelli (6-0)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Welterweight Feature Fight: Tim Woods (6-4) vs. Dante Rivera (15-7)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Jesus Martinez (8-5) vs. Ryan Contaldi (7-7)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Pingitore (4-1-1) vs. Darrion Caldwell (4-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Jay Haas (11-13) vs. Lester Caslow (11-9)
Catchweight Feature Fight (151lbs): Julian Lane (6-3-1) vs. Anthony Morrison (18-10)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Pat Bennett (4-3) vs. John Fain (1-0)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Mike Bannon (5-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (2-0)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Amran Aliyev (3-2) vs. Kevin Roddy (13-15-1

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