The Fight Nerd

March 11, 2014

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson VS King Mo added to “Alvarez VS Chandler 3″ Bellator PPV

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:50 PM

MMA’s greatest trilogy is set for Saturday, May 17th as Bellator Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez will defend his title against Michael Chandler in the most highly anticipated fight of 2014, live on Pay-Per-View. The night also features the Memphis return of MMA superstar Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who will square off against King Mo Lawal in one of MMA’s most heated rivalries. The event will take place from The Landers Center, located just outside Memphis on Saturday, May 17th. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday, March 14th at 10am CST on Ticketmaster.com, Bellator.com and The Landers Center Box Office.

The main event is the third installment in this epic MMA trilogy that has featured a spectacular submission victory for Chandler at Bellator 58 and a dramatic 5-round split decision victory for Alvarez at Bellator 106 this past November. Both of their previous fights were considered for “Fight of The Year” by the MMA media and fans.

A native of South Memphis, Rampage returns to The River City for the first time in fifteen years to battle King Mo in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals. Since joining Bellator in 2013, Rampage has delivered two highlight reel knockouts, and will face his toughest test in Bellator to date when he battles King Mo from The Landers Center on Saturday, May 17th live on Pay-Per-View.

“I’ve been wanting to come back to Memphis for the last decade, and I’m finally getting that chance to fight in one of the biggest fights of my career for Bellator,” Jackson said. “After being part of the Bellator family for a while now, I feel like the old Rampage, and that’s not a good thing for Mo. I’m back, I’m a monster, and I’m looking to put on another entertaining fight for all my fans on May 17th.”

“When it comes down to it, this is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time, and I’m going to be able to beat his ass in his hometown, and everyone is going to respect me,” Lawal said. “Rampage is just a stepping stone in my way to get that title shot again and get that belt. It’s all I want, and after I beat Rampage, I’m going for that belt, simple as that.”

“We now have two fights on this card that are absolute fireworks,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Like I said before, we have Alvarez and Chandler headlining a card that will end the best trilogy ever in MMA, and now we’ve added two more superstars to the mix with Rampage and King Mo. May 17th is going to be an absolutely huge night for Bellator, live on Pay-Per-View.”

January 20, 2014

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

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 6:14 PM

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 Spike.com beginning at 7 p.m. EST/ 6 p.m. CST. Tickets for the event are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com 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.

November 18, 2013

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on first win in Bellator MMA, Tito Ortiz & what’s next

Filed under: Interviews,Lead Story,Videos — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 1:26 PM

After his company debut and first knockout victory in five years at Bellator MMA 108, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson conducted a media scrum where he answered questions about his comeback fight against Joey Beltran, Tito Ortiz, his treatment at Bellator as opposed to the UFC, what is next for his career, and more. It looks like the old Rampage is back with a new pair of knees, so listen to what his plans are for the near-future and why he is enjoying MMA and fighting again.

Bellator MMA 108 Post-fight Press Conference

All main card fighters were in attendance for the Bellator MMA 108 Post-fight Press Conference, along with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. Fighters like Quinton Jackson, Joey Beltran, Patricio Pitbull, and the newly-crowned heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov answered questions from the press about the fights that evening, as well as looked ahead to future challenges. Plus, plenty of Tito Ortiz bashing!

“Rampage” was glad to be back, and discussed his journey from a knee injury that crippled his career to his successful rebirth in Bellator MMA, while Rebney discussed what is next for Jackson, as well as informing us of a pending featherweight tournament and the plans in terms of who fights champion Daniel Straus next – either Magomedrasul Khasbulaev or Patricio Pitbull.

When asked about what some were calling early stoppages that evening, Rebney was happy with Dan Miragliotta’s performance, although the former champion, Alexander Volkov (who was off camera while this was being said), was shifting his body language and clearly disagreed with what happened to him that night.

If there is one key thing to take away from this press conference, it’s that both Joey Beltran and Rampage guffawed a bit at the mention of Tito’s neck injury. Beltran is ready to fight Tito Ortiz immediately, and while he was grateful that Ortiz withdrew from the card, he is ready to jump back in and fight “The People’s Champion” at a moment’s notice.

Pleny more tidbits and info in the video (and tons of laughs since it’s a press conference with a happy Rampage), so sit back and enjoy the show!

November 17, 2013

Bjorn Rebney talks Quinton Jackson’s Bellator debut, Chandler VS Alvarez 3 & Dana White

After one of the most exciting Bellator events that New Jersey has seen, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney sat down with The Fight Nerd to discuss the night and a whole mess of questions.

Rebney talked about what the plans are for Quinton Jackson after his big win over Joey Beltran, as well as what to do with Tito Ortiz after his neck injury, the potential for Chandler VS Alvarez 3 (which will headline their next attempt at a pay-per-view), the pending next season of “Fight Master” on Spike TV, and more.

I also poked the bear a bit with Bjorn about his relationship with UFC President Dana White. Way back when Bellator first started, I interviewed Bjorn at one of their earliest shows where he claimed that he was not in competition with the UFC. Fast forward to a few years later where Rebney is now tweeting with Dana White, it only makes sense to see what has changed. Perhaps it was in my sleep-deprivated state that I was not able to clearly ask what I wanted to ask, but Rebney gave me a response that answers some of the question and opens up some others.

Bellator MMA 108 Quick Results – Rampage victorious in Bellator debut

The final results are in for Bellator MMA’s event live from Atlantic City’s Revel. The event featured the Bellator debut of Rampage Jackson, a Bellator Heavyweight World Title fight with Vitaly Minakov defeating Alexander Volkov to claim the heavyweight world title and Patricio Pitbull finishing Justin Wilcox in the Bellator Featherweight Final.

Catchweight Feature Fight (210lbs): Rampage Jackson defeats Joey Beltran via KO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:59

Bellator Heavyweight World Title Fight: Vitaly Minakov defeats Alexander Volkov via TKO (punches) –Round 1, 2:57

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Marcos Galvao defeats Tom McKenna via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:29

Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final: Patricio Freire defeats Justin Wilcox via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:23

Bantamweight Feature Fight: Robert Sullivan defeats Sergio da Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – Round 3, 5:00

Featherweight Feature Fight: Dan Matala defeats Ryan Cafaro via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:52

Featherweight Feature Fight: Will Martinez defeated Kevin Roddy via submission (rear-naked choke)– Round 1, 3:50

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Liam McGeary defeats Najim Wali via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:31

Catchweight Feature Fight (150lb): Anthony Morrison defeats Kenny Foster by majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 30-26)

Catchweight Feature Fight (180lb): Nah’Shon Burrell defeats Jesus Martinez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Tom DeBlass defeats Jason Lambert via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:45

Catchweight Feature Fight (174lbs): Sam Oropeza defeats Chip Moraza-Pollard via KO (punches) – Round 1, 0:37

November 15, 2013

All fighters make weight for Bellator 108, Rampage and Beltran share words and smash heads

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The Bellator MMA weigh-ins have been completed from The Social bar inside the Revel casino in preparation for Bellator MMA’s November 15th event, which will showcase MMA icon, Rampage Jackson’s Bellator debut, the Bellator Heavyweight World Title fight and the Bellator Featherweight Finals.

Bellator MMA will take place from Revel on Thursday, November 15th with the first fight taking place at 6:30 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on Spike.com. The televised portion of the night will begin at 9:00 p.m. EST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.

MAIN CARD:
Catchweight Feature Fight (210 lbs): Joey Beltran (208.5) vs. Rampage Jackson (210)
Bellator Heavyweight World Title Fight: Vitaly Minakov (249) vs. Alexander Volkov (235)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Tom McKenna (135.3) vs. Marcos Galvao (135.9)
Bellator Featherweight Tournament Final: Justin Wilcox (145.5) vs. Patricio Pitbull (145.8)

PRELIMINARY CARD:
Catchweight Feature Fight (174lbs): Chip Moraza-Pollard (169.8) vs. Sam Oropeza (173.8)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jason Lambert (203.5) vs. Tom DeBlass (204.5)
Catchweight Feature Fight (180 lbs): Nah’Shon Burrell (179.3) vs. Jesus Martinez (179.5)
Catchweight Feature Fight (150lbs): Anthony Marrison (147.8) vs. Kenny Foster (149.7)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Najim Wali (205) vs. Liam McGeary (204.5)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Kevin Roddy (145.8) vs. Will Martinez (145.1)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Dan Matala (145.5) vs. Ryan Cafaro (146)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Sergio de Silva (136) vs. Rob Sullivan (135.6)

November 1, 2013

VIDEO – All fighters make weight for Bellator MMA 106: Chandler VS Alvarez 2

At the Bellator 106 weigh-ins in Long Beach, California, all 20 fighters taking part in Saturday night’s Bellator 106 fights stepped on the scales to make sure they were good to go for Saturday night.

All fighters made weight at the Bellator 106 weigh-ins, including the new main eventers, Michael Chandler and Eddie Alvarez. “I’m focused, I’m prepared and I’ll be your new lightweight Bellator champion of the world,” said Alvarez, who is returning after a lengthy contract battle that played out in the courts with the promotion.

“We’ve got two great competitors stepping in,” Chandler said. “This is the rematch everyone’s been waiting for, and this is what we do.”

Bellator 106 was supposed to be the promotion’s first pay-per-view event with a main event between former UFC champions Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. However, Ortiz was forced to pull out due to a fractured neck, causing the PPV to be canceled and the event to be moved onto free TV on Spike. Quinton Jackson will be fighting Joey Beltran on November 15 in New Jersey.

Main Card (Spike TV, 9 PM ET)

Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez
Muhammed Lawal vs. Emanuel Newton
Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus
Joe Riggs vs. Mike Bronzoulis – Fight Master Finale
Mike Richman vs. Akop Stepanyan

Preliminary Card (Spike.com, 7 PM ET)

Alejandro Garcia vs. Cristiano Souza
Jesse Juarez vs. Joe Williams
Joe Camacho vs. Cleber Luciano
Brandon Halsey vs. Hector Ramirez
Mike Guymon vs. Aaron Miller
Darren Smith vs. Josh Smith

October 30, 2013

Quinton Jackson to make Bellator debut against Joey Beltran on Nov. 15

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 8:44 PM

After months of anticipation, MMA icon Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will make his long awaited Bellator debut Friday, November 15th from Atlantic City’s Revel against Joey Beltran live on Spike TV.

The event will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. EST on Spike TV. The preliminary card will be streamed exclusively live and free on Spike.com starting at 6:30 p.m. EST. Tickets for the event can be purchased at Ticketmaster or by visiting Bellator.com with tickets starting at just $35.

Originally scheduled to face Tito Ortiz on November 2nd, “The People’s Champion” suffered a fractured neck that forced him to withdraw from the fight. Jackson now turns his sights to Beltran, who holds 12 finishes in his 14 professional victories, including 11 knockout wins. Always wanting to entertain the fans and put on a show, Rampage has his sights set on collecting his first victory on November 15th.

“I want to thank Joey Beltran for stepping up for the fight so I can get my first Bellator victory out of the way,” Rampage said. “He’ll have the unfortunate honor of taking the ass whooping I was going to give Tito. My body is in incredible shape right now. I feel like I did in PRIDE, and Joey Beltran is the right guy to put on an exciting fight and showcase what I’ve been working on.”

“This last month has been an absolute roller coaster of emotion,” Beltran said. “I’ve always been a warrior and thank god for my family and my teammates at Alliance MMA for keeping me focused and dedicated. I’ve always known that good things will happen to me if you put in the hard work and keep grinding, and that’s exactly what has happened with this opportunity. I fought for Bellator in 2009 when they were just starting out on ESPN, and I was fairly new on the scene as well. I loved my time there, and I couldn’t be happier to be back.”

“Getting the chance to fight Rampage is just a tremendous opportunity. This is my Rocky Balboa moment. A win against one of the best and well known fighters in the world would be an incredible accomplishment, and I’m not taking it lightly. Rampage better be prepared and ready for this fight. I’m prepared to go through hell during this fight. There will be blood. Someone is going to get hurt. This is my home now, and I don’t want to go anywhere. It’s Rampage first, then a Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament, and then onto the title.”

“It’s been a long time coming to get Rampage into the Bellator cage, and on November 15th from Revel, we are going to see fireworks between Rampage and Joey Beltran,” Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “Joey showed his warrior spirit by taking this fight on just over 2 weeks notice, and having seen Joey fight many times, and seeing what type of shape Rampage is in, this is a fight I can’t wait to see.”

October 25, 2013

Tito Ortiz Suffers Fractured Neck: Bellator Moves Entire Show to Live & Free on Spike TV

Filed under: Lead Story,News — Tags: , , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 11:41 AM

After months of training preparing for his November 2nd showdown with Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz has suffered a fractured neck injury forcing the cancellation of the main event for Bellator’s November 2nd fight card.

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Spike President Kevin Kay have jointly decided to provide the November 2nd fight card to MMA fans on Spike TV, airing LIVE and FREE around the country. The biggest card in Bellator history will air at 9:00pm EST LIVE on SPIKE TV and features an unprecedented three title fights featuring the promotion’s biggest stars.

The night will now be headlined by the long-awaited rematch between Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler and former Bellator Champion Eddie Alvarez, along with an Interim Light Heavyweight Title fight between King Mo and Emanuel Newton, as well as a Bellator Featherweight Title fight between Pat Curran and Daniel Straus.

“I’ve said it since the day we announced the fight that Rampage vs. Tito was a fight I had wanted to see for years, and it’s unfortunately something I’m going to have to continue to wait to see,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “After sitting down with our team and partners, the decision was obvious: Give the greatest MMA fans on earth this amazing show live and free on Spike. Our fans have been incredible to us and I’m thrilled to be able to give them this great card on the greatest network in MMA, Spike! Chandler vs. Alvarez II, Mo vs. Newton II and Curran vs. Strauss II are all unbelievable fights. This is going to be a great, great night.”

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