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Press release:

BELLATOR 179: DALEY VS. MacDONALD EMANATES FROM THE SSE ARENA, WEMBLEY ON MAY 19 – TICKETS ON SALE MARCH 3.

LONDON -- (Feb. 9, 2017) – Paul “Semtex” Daley (39-14-2) is getting what he asked for. On May 19, the explosive fighter from Nottingham, England will meet Rory MacDonald (18-4) in the main event of Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

Rising undefeated British sensation, Michael “Venom” Page (12-0), better known to Bellator fans as “MVP,” is also expected to make his in-cage return in front of a hometown crowd.

Bellator 179: Daley vs. MacDonald will be broadcast on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event will be available Friday, March 3 at The SSE Arena, Wembley Box Office (0844 815 0815), ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. A special SSE pre-sale will take place Wednesday, March 1 through Thursday, March 2. A pre-sale for The SSE Arena, Wembley will be available Thursday, March 2.

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Press release:

 

FANS INVITED TO JOIN ROYCE GRACIE, SAKURABA, WANDERLEI SILVA, MATT MITRIONE, ‘KING MO’ & ‘BIG’ JOHN MCCARTHY AT BELLATOR 170 FAN FEST AT DAVE & BUSTER’S IN LOS ANGELES

WHAT: Bellator 170 Fan Fest

WHERE: Dave & Buster’s at The Promenade at Howard Hughes Center

6081 Center Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90045

WHEN: Thursday, January 19

8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

WHO:

Royce Gracie

Kazushi Sakuraba

Wanderlei Silva

King Mo

John McCarthy

Matt Mitrione

Great card being put on by Bellator, an organization that is quickly gaining in popularity by both mainstream fans and hardcores.  Bellator's cards have been trememdous and the action is always intense.  Tonight, they are back in Jersey again, down in Atlantic City and the card is stacked with great local talent. Check out these match ups!

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll STFU and just say 3: Like. A. Boss.

 

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Brian Rogers, aka the Predator, scored what might the knockout of the year last week at Bellator 61.  He wobbled his opponent, Vitor Vianna, with a punch, and then launched a flying knee that put Vianna out cold.  It was a walk away knock out highlight reel moment, and the video, which I have for you after the jump, has already gotten hundreds of thousands of views.

The Predator is definitely on the rise in MMA, something that doesn't surprise long time readers of this site.  We've had our eye on Rogers for a long time, and he is definitely living up to the hype.  Congrats on an amazing KO!

From Bellator.com:

Bossier City, LA. – The Bellator 61 weigh-ins have been completed from Bossier City, Louisiana in preparation for Bellator’s Friday night event at the Horseshoe Riverdome, which features the  quarterfinals of the Bellator Season Six Middleweight Tournament as Maiquel Falcao squares off against Norman Paraisy, Vitor Vianna faces off against Brian Rogers, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky takes on Victor O’Donnell and Giva Santana challenges Bruno Santos.

Bellator 61 will be broadcast LIVE on Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CT on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. The undercard will begin at 7:00 pm ET/ 6:00 pm CT and streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com.

The full results for Bellator 61 are below:

MAIN CARD:

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Maiquel Falcao (186 lbs) vs. Norman Paraisy (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Vitor Vianna (185.6 lbs) vs. Brian Rogers (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (185.6 lbs) vs. Victor O’Donnell (186 lbs)

Middleweight Tournament Quarterfinal Fight: Giva Santana (186 lbs) vs. Bruno Santos (185.2 lbs)

UNDERCARD:

Catchweight Feature Fight(165 lbs):  Josh Quayhagen (164.2 lbs) vs. Brent Taylor (165.2 lbs)

Middleweight Feature Fight:  Trey Houston (185 lbs) vs. Jeremiah Riggs (185.8 lbs)

Welterweight Feature Fight: Eric Scallan (170.4 lbs) vs. Derrick Krantz (170.4 lbs)

Catchweight Feature Fight(140 lbs): Jeremy Myers (141 lbs) vs. Jason Sampson (134 lbs)

For more information, visit Bellator.com; follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.


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Both Fedor Emelianenko and Todd Duffee have made mention of a "big announcement" coming soon, so naturally the speculation is that Fedor will be fighting Duffee in the near future.  Todd Duffee was dubbed my many as the "next big thing" when he entered the UFC after going 5-0 with 5 knockouts in his MMA career.  In his first UFC fight, he needed just 7 seconds to knock out Tim Hague.  However, his second UFC fight, against Mike Russow, derailed the hype train as Duffee was knocked out in the third round.

Shockingly, he was cut from the UFC after this fight, not because of the loss, but because he somehow managed to piss off Dana White.  Dana was never explicit in what prompted him to fire Duffee, saying only that it seemed "he doesn't want to be in the UFC, he doesn't like being in the UFC."

That was news to Duffee, who said he had no idea why he was released.  Anyway, Todd signed with Dream and in his first fight he faced Alistair Overeem.  This fight was another very quick first round KO, but Duffee was on the wrong side of it.  The bout took place on New Year's Eve in 2010, and Duffee has not fought since.

Fedor is riding a two fight win streak, his latest being a KO victory of Japanese judo Gold-medalist Satoshi Ishii back in December.  A fight between him and Duffee would be an explosive contest, as both me like to stand and bang. Nothing is confirmed yet, but we'll be keeping on eye on this story as it develops.

Yesterday I posted an article about Satoshi Ishii suffering a possible career-ending head injury in his fight with Fedor Emelianenko.  This story has been making the rounds on MMA sites, and its point of origin is the Japanese website Cyzo.com.

Now, however, there is a new twist on things, with Ryo Chonan claiming that the reports are false.  Here is a translated version of what Chonan had to say on the matter, from the website searchina.ne.jp.  The translation comes courtesy of nodogoshi of the Team Takeover Forums.

"Satoshi Ishii's health is good" - Reports of imminent retirement angrily denounced

A report circulated on Janurary 30th that Satoshi Ishii, who was briefly in the hospital following a KO loss to Fedor, was facing imminent retirement after having been found suffering from a brain disorder. As appeared in the report, "one theory is 'cerebral endema', it has been said." Ishii was therefore thought to be in a serious condition [i.e. by fans, etc].


However, this rumor was vehemently denounced by DEEP middleweight champ Ryo Chonan. On twitter, he posted that "Satoshi Ishii is just fine;" further, "the people who spread these false rumors about other people's lives and livlihoods should just die," he also tweeted.


This is not in itself a complete debunking of the rumor. However, being that it comes from someone close to Ishii, it clearly may be regarded with an air of credibility. In response to these posts, some relieved fan messages were as follows: "Good news, I'm glad Ishii is not really retiring"; "We have good news for now"; etc.

Hopefully Chonan's version of the story is correct and Ishii is fine.  I'll keep on top of this story as it develops.

 

Bad news for Japansese Olympic gold medal judoka and MMA fighter Satoshi Ishii.  Fight Opinion is reporting that Ishii suffered a head injury in his fight with Fedor at the Dream show on New Year's Eve.  At first it was thought that he'd suffered nothing more than a broken nose, but then doctors found signs of cerebral edema, a condition that could end is MMA career.  Doctors advised Ishii that he faces serious danger if he continues fighting, as more blows to the head could result in serious injury.

This is a big blow to Ishii and MMA fans everywhere, but especially in Japan.  It's always great to see Olympic-level athletes competing in MMA, but obviously health concerns need to take priority.  Here's hoping that Satoshi Ishii makes a complete recovery.

For those who missed the Fedor vs. Ishii fight, here's the video.

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