The Fight Nerd

January 21, 2014

Glory 14 Main card announced

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GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing league, today announced the fight card for GLORY 14 ZAGREB, featuring a Lightweight World Title fight and one-night, four-man Middleweight Contender Tournament, to be broadcast from Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia on Saturday, March 8th.

Airing on SPIKE TV at 9 p.m. ET, GLORY 14 ZAGREB is headlined by world-renowned Heavyweight Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic (22-7-0, 12 KOs) making his GLORY debut against fellow living legend Remy Bonjasky (98-12-0, 36 KOs). The bout is a rematch from 2002, which Filipovic won via TKO.

GLORY’s Lightweight World Title is on the line in the co-headline bout as #1 ranked Andy ‘The Machine’ Ristie (41-3-1, 21 KOs) faces rising American contender Ky Hollenbeck (46-3-0, 23 KOs), currently ranked #5. Both fighters last competed at GLORY 12 NEW YORK, where Ristie knocked out Giorgio Petrosyan and Robin van Roosmalen to become GLORY Lightweight Tournament World Champion, and Hollenbeck defeated Warren Stevelmans by unanimous decision.

In a one-night, four-man tournament to establish GLORY’s next Middleweight contender, #5 ranked Sahak Parparyan (40-10-5, 19 KOs) of Armenia battles #6 ranked Jason Wilnis (21-3-1, 6 KOs) of the Netherlands. On the other side of the bracket, American prospect Dustin Jacoby (4-3-0, 3 KOs) meets Brazilian Alex Pereira (11-1-0, 8 KOs). The Contender Tournament winner earns a spot in GLORY’s Middleweight World Championship Tournament later this year.

Headline Bout: Mirko Filipovic vs. Remy Bonjasky
Tournament Final Bout C: Semifinal Bout A Winner vs. Semifinal Bout B Winner
Co-Headline (Lightweight World Title) Bout: Andy Ristie vs. Ky Hollenbeck
Tournament Semifinal Bout B: Dustin Jacoby vs. Alex Pereira
Tournament Semifinal Bout A: Sahak Parparyan vs. Jason Wilnis

January 20, 2014

“Rampage” VS M’Pumbu & “King Mo” VS Zayats in Season 10 Bellator Light Heavyweight Tourney Opening Rounds

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Bellator MMA returns to Spike TV with a bang as the promotion kicks off its tenth season Friday, February 28 at 9pm ET/PT. The star-studded card includes the tournament debut of MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Emanating from Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun, the night features Rampage in a Light Heavyweight opening round battle with former Champion Christian M’Pumbu, while King Mo Lawal returns to face Russian submission ace Mikhail Zayats. The night will also feature the start of the Season 10 Featherweight Tournament. The official sponsors of Spike TV’s Bellator MMA Season 10 are Miller Lite and Dave & Buster’s.

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 beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now at or by visiting the Mohegan Sun Box Office.

After making his mark with his first round knockout victory over Joey Beltran, Rampage is ready to put himself through The Toughest Tournament In Sports and earn a Bellator title shot.

“This is what Bellator is all about,” Rampage said. “I’ve never felt better, and now it’s about getting the belt. Bellator is all about the tournaments, and if that’s what you need to do to get that belt, that’s what I’m going to do. M’Pumbu is up first, and when I finish him, it’s King Mo or Zayats, and then it’s onto the belt, simple as that.”

For Lawal, the former title contender has heard the critics and is looking for vengeance after suffering his second loss to Emanuel Newton. As the tournament moves closer, King Mo only has one thing on his mind. Getting the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I’m changing up my whole game plan, and you are going to see a new fighter,” Mo said. “That’s just not me. I know what I do, I know who I am, and that’s who you are going to see on February 28th, plain and simple. Me. It’s all about getting that belt.”

Bellator MMA, which features The Toughest Tournament in Sports, will showcase five tournaments this season in different weight classes including featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight. The 12-week season, airing on Fridays at 9pm on Spike TV, will showcase many of the greatest mixed martial arts fighters from around the world in venues spanning across North America.

“Since we first partnered with Quinton, I’ve been working with him to get everything set for his inclusion in a Bellator tournament,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Working together, we’ve now made that a reality. This is without question the deepest Light Heavyweight Tournament we’ve ever done. Rampage, M’Pumbu, Zayats and Mo are all monsters and I can’t think of a better way to kick off our tenth season on Spike.”

Additional fight card information for Bellator 110 will be made available in the coming weeks.

January 19, 2014

WSOF 8 Results – Gaethje and Aguilar victorious in title fights, Johnson crushes Kyle


Undefeated Justin Gaethje (11-0) claimed World Series of Fighting’s inaugural lightweight belt with an impressive first-round stoppage of a very tough Richard Patishnock (6-2).

The two tangled in the headlining contest of Saturday’s NBCSN-broadcast “World Series of Fighting 8: Gathje vs. Patishnock” event, which took place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

The 25-year-old Gaethje swarmed from the opening bell, rushing forward with a flying knee and bringing the fight to Patishnock right away. With non-stop offense flowing, Gaethje landed a crushing right hand that stunned his opponent. Patishnock refused to back down, instead standing against the cage and trying to return fire. But Gaethje would not be stopped, and he unloaded punches and elbows that battered Patishnock and forced referee Troy Waugh to step in and halt the fight in just 69 seconds.

In the night’s co-feature, light heavyweight slugger Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (16-4) scored a brutal first-round knockout of fellow heavy hitter Mike “MAK” Kyle (20-11-1).

The engaged immediately at the opening bell, and after Kyle came up short on a takedown, they went toe-to-toe in the pocket. It was Johnson who landed first, scoring a right hand over the top and putting Kyle face-first on the canvas.

The end came at the 2:03 mark, and Johnson now owns a six-fight winning streak, including a perfect 3-0 mark under the World Series of Fighting banner.


American Top Team’s Jessica “Jag” Aguilar (17-4) is World Series of Fighting’s first-ever women’s strawweight champion after submitting Alida Gray (4-1) in under three minutes.

Aguilar was dominant from the start, working inside and taking the fight to the ground. From there, she moved effortlessly into position for an arm-triangle choke, cranking on the hold until she earned the tap at the 2:45 mark of the first round. The new champ now boasts an eight-fight winning streak.

In a key bantamweight fight with serious title implications, Cody Bollinger (15-2) edged out Tyson Nam (12-6) in a hotly contested decision.

Bollinger was the busier fighter throughout, attacking with punches to all levels and mixing in acrobatic spinning kicks. Meanwhile, Nam stayed more compact as he looked to counter, and while the attacks weren’t nearly as flashy, they were often effective. Bollinger hit the ground on more than one occasion, once through a clear knockdown and a few more times on slips.

The crowd grew a bit restless in the third round as both fighters struggled to find an effective rhythm. Still, both looked for opportunities until the final bell. However, it was Bollinger who was given the unanimous nod, 29-28 on all three cards.


The night’s NBCSN-broadcast kicked off with a thrilling lightweight matchup, as Luis “Baboon” Palomino (22-9) earned a second-round win over Jorge “Macaco” Patino (35-15-2).

Palomino was sharp early, firing off heavy leather on the feet and stunning Patino with a few crisp blows. The 40-year-old “Macaco,” a veteran of a few legendary MMA brawls, stood firm in the pocket and returned fire, but Palomino’s non-stop attack finally wore his opponent down in the second round. A right hand and knee to the gut sent Patino to the canvas, and Palomino swarmed until he earned the finish at the 4:20 mark of the frame.

The night’s featured prelim saw Tyler Stinson (27-9) earn an impressive come-from-behind win over Valdir Araujo (14-5).

It was Araujo who racked up points early, chopping the leg and drilling heavy kicks to the body. And while Stinson appeared a bit flat in the opening two rounds, he came alive in the third and turned the tide with a few brutal bodyshots. A stunned Araujo never really recovered, and Stinson pressed with punches until he earned the finish at the 2:23 mark of the final frame.

Heavyweight sluggers Derrick Mehmen (17-5) and Scott Barrett (14-4) brought the crowd to their feet with a standup brawl that surprisingly went all three rounds.

An aggressive Mehmen dropped Barrett twice in the opening round, but “The Bear” showed incredible heart by battling through until the final round. A few big punches threatened to ruin Mehman’s impressive performance, but he survived the big shots and cruised to a decision win.

In a flyweight matchup, Cuban Olympic wrestling medalist Alexis Vila (14-4) kept a high pace throughout his three-round contest with Sidemar Honorio (8-5), and it was enough to earn him a unanimous decision, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27. While the striking was relatively even on the feet, Vila’s wrestling proved the difference, and he improved to 3-1 in his past four fights.

Featherweight prospects Freddy Assuncao (8-1) and Brenson Hansen (5-2) combined for a back-and-forth affair throughout their 15 minute contest. In the end, the toe-to-toe action left judges unable to agree on a winner, and Assuncao was awarded a split decision victory.

In the night’s first bout, welterweight Anderson Melo (11-7) scored a quick submission win over Jose Caceres (5-5), needing just 70 seconds to get the win via heel hook.

January 17, 2014

“Damage Control” Mouthguards Review

Filed under: Product Reviews — The Fight Nerd @ 7:38 PM

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If you want to know what life is like as a senior citizen who can only enjoy food when it is ground up to a mushy paste, get into a fight and don’t wear a mouthpiece. If you enjoy the use of your teeth, you should be invest in a good mouthpiece. I have reviewed a few mouthpieces before, but the fine folks at Damage Control Mouthguards offered a pretty unique twist, being a cost-effective mouth piece that has much of the functionality of a custom guard. Let’s take a look at this product and see if it’s worth your money!

Minakov and Kongo Clash at Bellator MMA 115 for Heavyweight title

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At 13-0 and the undefeated Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, Russian knockout connoisseur Vitaly Minakov is ready to extend his reign as “The New Emperor” and defend his world title against Cheick Kongo live on Spike TV Friday, April 4th from Nevada’s Reno Events Center. The fight will headline Bellator 115.

The event will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CT on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free exclusively on starting at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting, and the Reno Events Center Box Office.

Only 28, Minakov took the MMA world by storm in 2013, winning the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament, then capturing gold with a devastating finish over former Bellator Champion Alexander Volkov. The four-time Sambo World Champion is currently riding a seven fight knockout streak, and will look to continue that trend on April 4th when he meets Cheick Kongo inside the Bellator cage.

“I am now the Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, and that isn’t going to change,” Minakov said. “It doesn’t matter who is in my way, they are getting finished. Kongo has been around for a long time and is a great challenger, but the belt is staying with me. I’m not giving my belt to anybody. This is my belt.”

For Kongo, hype has never been something to faze the French born heavyweight. Over his impressive 13 year career, Kongo has fought, and defeated some of the biggest names in MMA and won’t get caught up in records or pedigree. But as Kongo prepares for a battle tested Minakov, the thought of having a belt wrapped around his waist has certainly entered his mind.

“Being a Champion is something I’ve wanted for a while,” Kongo said. “It’s not about having it now, or fighting for right now. It’s about when I’m old and retired from the sport, I can always look at that belt on my wall, and know that is why I put in all the hours and made the sacrifices I did. It means a lot to me, and it’s something I want to collect on April 4th.”

“For as long as this lasts, it will be awesome,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney “I’ve been a huge Minakov fan since the day we signed him and a huge Kongo fan for almost ten years. This is a title fight I’ve had circled on my calendar since Minakov won the belt in November. This will be an electrifying night on Spike and an explosive way for us to kick off our first event ever in Reno.”

Rich Franklin can not retire on MMA earnings, will have to work again to “live comfortably for the rest of my life”

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Former UFC middleweight Champion Rich “Ace” Franklin spoke with Fight Hub recently to discuss fighter pay, and the topic inevitably came to how life after fighting has been for Franklin. What might surprise some fans is that, while Franklin was one of the top dogs in the octagon for a long time, he is not rolling in the dough that one would hope a champ would make.

Franklin had this to say during the interview:

I leave comfortable, but. Here’s the thing…the reality of my situation is I’m not…and you can tell this based on my career, my persona, I’m not the guy that’s rolling around in $250,000 sports cars. I’ve never spent money on stuff like that. I live a very modest lifestyle and I will probably the rest of my life.

I find value in experiences rather than material things. I’m the kind of person who would spend money to like, go observe lions in their natural habitat before I would buy a brand new sports car or something like that.

So, with that being said, I’ve made enough money that I could live my modest lifestyle comfortably for a little while, but I couldn’t retire for the rest of my life. If I could just retire for the rest of my life and never work, I don’t know that I would have opened up ZeLin as a business venture. Instead I would have just taken my passion for teaching people and would have done lifestyle lectures and motivational speeches for fun. I would do a bunch of charity work. I’ve done tons of things in the past for disabled veterans, for children’s hospital here in Cincinnati, I’ve been involved in a lot of different things.

So, I’m not going to put it on cruise control the rest of my life. I’m going to need another financial source to make money to live comfortably for the rest of my life.

My funds would definitely run out before my heartbeat did, that’s for sure.

Franklin was grateful for the way the UFC had consistently treated him and always followed through with him when they said they would do things. Unfortunately, Franklin was champ in the odd transition time when the UFC was just beginning to get more mainstream recognition, and fighter pay was still generally awful (Nate Quarry was paid 10K to fight Franklin for his belt way back at UFC 56 in 2005). Thankfully, the fighters of this era are doing much better in terms of finances, but the question begs to be seen how well the fighters will be once they hang up the gloves.

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Vegh defends Light-Heavyweight title against Newton at Bellator MMA 113

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The Bellator Light Heavyweight Title will be settled on Friday, March 21st from the Kansas Star Arena, live on Spike TV. The event will be headlined by the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship as Attila Vegh defends his belt against “The Hardcore Kid” Emmanuel Newton as well as the opening rounds of the Bellator Lightweight Tournament, including Kansas’s own David “The Caveman” Rickels facing Brazilian Knockout artist Patricy Pitbull.

The event will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. EST/ 8 p.m. CT on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free exclusively on starting at 6 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event are on sale Friday, January 10th and can be purchased at or by visiting the Kanas Star Arena Box Office.

After suffering an injury, reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Attila Vegh is now ready to defend his title and face Bellator Interim Light Heavyweight Champion Emanuel Newton. After a razor close decision and ruthless battle in their previous meeting in 2012, Newton experienced his sole defeat since 2009 after falling to Vegh. Newton is confident that with the adjustment he’s made in his game, this fight will lend a different outcome.

“I’m ready for redemption,” Newton said. “I really wasn’t ready at the time in my career to be a champion. It wasn’t something physically, mentally, and spiritually I was prepared for. I’m a totally different fighter now, and this is my time. I’m training hard, continuing to grow, and this is it. Now is the time. I’ve got a new contract with Bellator, Bjorn and I are happy, I’m going to be here for a long time and I couldn’t be happier. This is my home, and I’m going to be Champion.”

Putting his title on the line for the first time, Vegh holds an impressive 29-4 professional record and enters the fight with a nine-fight win streak and remains undefeated in the Bellator cage. Vegh plans on ending this fight with Newton as quickly as possible and won’t let anyone get their hands on his championship belt.

“I’m ready to get back into the cage, and defend my belt,” Vegh said. “Even though I won my last fight with Emanuel, I wasn’t happy with my performance in my last fight against Emanuel Newton. I was ready but things just didn’t go the way I planned. We are both different fighters since then, and it’s going to be a great fight.”

Kansas’s own David Rickels will fight in front of his home town faithful and face Brazilian knockout artist Patricky Pitbull in the Bellator Lightweight Tournament opening round. After defeating J.J. Ambrose with a brutal knockout from Kansas Star Arena last season, Rickels plans on giving his fans another explosive fight, but will have to get past the heavy hands of Pitbull who has recorded seven victories via knockout.

“I am extremely excited to get back in the cage,” Rickels said. “I like to stay busy in the fight game and Bellator has done that for me. Pitbull is a great opponent for a war, and I am going to teach the Pitbull how to lay down.”

Stepping into the Bellator cage for the first time Rodrigo Cavalheiro will face one of the top submission artists in MMA in the polish phenom Marcin Held. Only 21 years-old and a former Bellator Lightweight Tournament Finalist, Held will look to his previous experiences to take down Cavalheiro on March 21st.

“My biggest advantages over Rodrigo inside the cage will be my ground game and overall professional experience,” Held said. “I am going to make a big statement in this fight. I want to show that I can be dangerous standing and when I submit my opponent.”

After making his Bellator debut against Patrick Cenoble in November, UK native Terry Etim will face Derek Anderson. Etim has his sights set on getting back in the top-five rankings where he was less than two years ago, he will need to hold off Anderson, who maintains an undefeated 10-0 professional record with seven first round finishes.

“I am extremely confident and excited to have the opportunity to be in a tournament,” Anderson said. “I saw Terry’s previous fight and I was unimpressed.”

Rounding out the tournament bracket, Brandon Girtz and Derek Campos will meet for the second time after Campos won via decision at Bellator 96 in June. Coming off of two first round submission wins, Girtz will count on his submission tactics to defeat Campos and advance in the Toughest Tournament in Sports.

Light Heavyweight World Title: Attila Vegh (29-4) vs. Emanuel Newton (22-7)
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: David Rickels (15-2) vs. Patricky Pitbull (11-5)
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Marcin Held (16-3) vs. Rodrigo Cavalheiro (14-2)
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Terry Etim (16-5) vs. Derek Anderson (10-0)
Bellator Lightweight Tournament Opening Round: Brandon Girtz (10-3) vs. Derek Campos (13-3)

Leone and Kojima to meet at ‘ONE FC: War of Nations’

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ONE FC has added another three exciting fights to the blockbuster card set to take place on 14 March at the iconic Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Top Flyweight contenders meet when Andrew Leone faces Shinichi Kojima. A pair of exciting bouts has also been added as Lightweights Kotetsu Boku and Arnaud Lepont do battle in a bout expected to result in a knockout, while Harris Sarmiento clashes with Herbert Burns in Featherweight action.

Priority sales of tickets for ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS, presented by Tune Talk, will begin from 13 January. Fans can enjoy 20% off tickets during priority sales which end on 1 February. Pre-sale packages such as the “Ann Osman Fan Package”, which includes a limited edition T-shirt for only MYR78, are also available now. Log on to for further details. Tickets are priced at RM348 for the complete VIP experience that includes exclusive red carpet entrance, access to the VIP lounge and premium cage-side seating. The categories that follow are priced at RM248, RM148, RM98 and RM48 respectively. Booking fees and service charges apply.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship Victor Cui stated, “ONE FC: WAR OF NATIONS is shaping up to be the most exciting event in the history of the organization. The inaugural ONE FC Welterweight World Champion will be crowned and we have also added three exciting bouts that are sure to provide adrenaline-pumping action for the Malaysian fans in attendance and the fans watching all across the world. Shinichi Kojima against Andrew Leone is a highly-anticipated bout between two of the best Flyweights in the world. The event will also feature Kotetsu Boku against Arnaud Lepont in what is expected to be a slugfest, and it will be MMA experience versus Jiu-Jitsu expertise when Harris Sarmiento meets Herbert Burns. All three bouts are guaranteed to be exciting fights and fans will be treated to a night of world-class MMA action!”

Kojima is one of the best Flyweights in the world. He had a three-year undefeated streak while he was Shooto Bantamweight Champion and has been ranked as the best in the world in his weight class. He submitted Rey Docyogen in Kuala Lumpur last year, and cannot wait to get back into action and make his case for the ONE FC Flyweight World Championship.

Andrew Leone is a former wrestler originally from New York, United States of America. He has since relocated to Asia and is currently training in Phuket, Thailand. Leone has used his wrestling to devastating effect in wins over standouts Geje Eustaquio, Kyung Ho Kang and Soo Chul Kim. He will face his most experienced opponent yet in Shinichi Kojima. He was originally scheduled to meet Kojima in the main event of ONE FC: CHAMPIONS & WARRIORS last September but had to pull out due to an injury. Now fully recovered, they will finally clash in one of the year’s most highly-anticipated match-ups.

Kotetsu Boku is a Japanese slugger with vicious knockout power. He used it to secure his place in history by knocking out Zorobabel Moreira and becoming the inaugural ONE FC Lightweight World Champion in 2012. He has since lost his title and suffered back-to-back losses, and will look to bounce back in 2014 against highly talented French star Arnaud Lepont. With both fighters preferring to strike, this is likely to be an explosive affair.

Arnaud Lepont is a French mixed martial arts champion who has recently called Malaysia home. A Jiu-Jitsu purple belt who prefers to trade punches and kicks, Lepont has travelled extensively across the world to train and compete. He has faced some of the best Lightweights in the world like Shinya Aoki and Eddie Ng, but he may face his toughest test yet in the heavy-handed Japanese striker.

Newly-acquired veteran Harris Sarmiento will be making his long-awaited return to world-class competition. Sarmiento brings extensive experience into the ONE FC cage, having competed in over sixty professional mixed martial arts bout since 2002. He gave up his Lightweight championship with Guam-based promotion PXC when he was given the opportunity to sign with Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization, ONE FC. The current Hawaii resident will be hoping to use his experience to turn the tide in his favor in his return to world-class competition as he takes on undefeated Herbert Burns.

Herbert Burns is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt who represents Evolve MMA in Singapore. Originally from Brazil, he made a successful ONE FC debut by submitting Edward Kelly last December. Burns has demonstrated in both his wins that he does not need long to submit his opponent, as both of his professional bouts have been won via submission in less than a minute. He will look to keep that streak going and make quick work of Sarmiento.

January 15, 2014

Shlemenko defends middleweight title against Ward at Bellator 114

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A “Storm” is coming to Salt Lake as the always dangerous Alexander Shlemenko will put his Middleweight World Title and twelve fight win streak on the line against Tournament winner Brennan Ward live on Spike TV Friday, March 28th from Utah’s Maverik Center at Bellator 114. The night will also feature the Bellator return of fan favorite and Utah’s own Rad Martinez, who fights Edson Berto in a featherweight battle.

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 beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event will be on sale on Friday, January 17th and can be purchased by visiting, and the Maverik Center Box Office.

Entering the fight riding a 12-fight win streak including victories over Doug Marshall, Brett Cooper, Maiquel Falcao and Brian Rogers, Shlemenko is looking to move his record to an incredible 50-7 while defending his Bellator crown yet again, this time against the promising Ward.

“I saw Brennan Ward in the last tournament, he was impressive,” Shlemenko said. “But he is a young fighter, while I have experience on my side. My experience will be my strongest weapon in this fight.”

Ward punched his ticket to a title shot with three second round finishes during Bellator’s last Middleweight Tournament, including knockout victories over Justin Torrey and Mikkel Parlo. Known for his brash personality and outspoken nature, “The Irish Bad Boy” is ready to make a statement on March 28th.

“Simply put, I’m looking forward to bringing the heat and taking the belt away, Cold War style,” Ward said.

The night will also feature a featherweight showdown between Utah native Rad Martinez, who returns to the Bellator cage after suffering defeat in the Featherweight Tournament finals. Now 35, Martinez is aware the time isn’t on his side, and has decided this fight will be the last in his impressive career. After being introduced to the world on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” for his incredibly moving story of being the primary caretaker for his seriously injured father was told, Martinez made his mark in Bellator, compiling a 4-1 record including victories of Nazareno Malegarie and Wagnney Fabiano. On March 28th, Martinez will walk away from MMA, but for all the right reasons.

“I like to think I’ve had a pretty good career and as I’m getting older, I’ve got a beautiful wife and a daughter on the way, the time is right to walk away and focus on being a husband and a father,” Martinez said. “The time was right to walk away while I still have my health, and to be a fantastic father and husband. It means so much to me that Bellator would give me my last fight in Utah so I can have a sendoff in front of all my friends and family. Bellator has treated me so well through my career, and I’m incredibly proud to have my last fight in the Bellator cage.”

January 14, 2014

Curran vs. Straus III headline Bellator MMA 112 with Featherweight title fight

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The Bellator Featherweight Title will once again be on the line in one of the biggest rematches of 2014 as reigning Bellator Featherweight Champion Daniel Straus defends his crown against former Bellator Champion and Crystal Lake, Illinois native Pat Curran on Friday, March 14th from Chicago’s Horseshoe Casino live on Spike TV at Bellator 112.

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 beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event will be on sale Friday, January 17th and can be purchased at or by visiting the Horseshoe Hammond Gift Shop.

Boasting a 22-4 record including a dominate 8-1 record inside the Bellator cage, Straus enters this trilogy looking to make his mark in the featherweight division and cement his place as one of the best fighters in MMA.

“Whenever you fight, each win means something different and I know this one is incredibly important,” Straus said. “I want to continue to be a top notch fighter, and earn that respect I think I deserve. I know this is going to be a different fight than the last time. Each time we have fought, Pat and myself have been different fighters, and this will fight will be no different.”

After holding the Featherweight belt for two successful title defenses and being ranked as one of the top two Featherweights in MMA for nearly 2 years. Curran is ready to reclaim his title and end the Curran-Straus Trilogy with a victory and the Bellator Featherweight title wrapped around his waist.

“I’m just ready to get back into the cage and get another shot at Daniel,” Curran said. “He’s an unbelievable fighter, and I know I have to be better on March 14th. I had a few things going on in my life when we fought in November, but those things are behind me and I don’t like to make excuses. Daniel is going to be a different fighter when we fight again, and so am I. Hammond has been a great fight city for me, it’s where I won the belt for the first time, and it’s where I’m going to reclaim it.”

“Daniel Straus and Pat Curran are two of the best featherweights on the planet and deserve every ounce and praise and recognition they receive,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Our Featherweight division continues to be the deepest and strongest featherweight division in MMA, and I’m very excited to have this title fight headline a huge night of fights on March 14th from The Horseshoe Hammond.

The night will also feature the start of the Bellator Welterweight Tournament as the always exciting War Machine will battle Nah-Shon Burrell. Only 23-years old and holding an impressive 11-3 record, Burrell is anxious to enter his first Bellator tournament and show the world he’s ready to win his first Bellator Tournament.

After earning his way into the Bellator tournament by being named the Bellator Fight Master, Joe “Diesel” Riggs will fight Sam Oropeza in the opening round. With 54 professional fights under his belt, Riggs will look to his veteran experience, but will need to hold off Oropeza’s powerful punching abilities as he has won his previous two victories via first round knockout.

More information regarding the March 14th fight card at Bellator 112 will be made available in the coming weeks, including the full welterweight tournament.

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