Listen to our Championship Conversation with Bellator MMA standout Lorenz Larkin! He sets the record straight abou his beef with Paul Daley. He explains what sets Scott Coker apart for any other promoters he’s dealt with in the past. He goes into how Bellator invests in all of thier fighters and not just their top stars. What representing the city of Riverside, CA means to him. He also calls out other fighters for creating fake beefs to sell tickets and gives his thoughts on Rory MacDonald’s Bellator Debut!
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Bellator 172 was supposed to be the debut of former PRIDE heavyweight standout Fedor Emelianenko but due to a last-minute illness to his opponent Matt Mitrione an audible had to be called. Without a last minute replacement available Fedor had to be removed from the card and a lightweight bout between Josh Thomson and Patricky “Pitbull” Freire was moved to the main event spot.
Bellator 172 took place live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California and aired live on Spike TV. Below are the full results from Saturday’s event.
Main Card Results:
- Patricky Freire def. Josh Thomson via TKO Round 2 at 0:40
- Cheick Kongo def. Oli Thompson via unanimous decision
- Anatoly Tokov def. Francisco France via TKO in Round 2 at 2:24
- Veta Arteaga def. Brooke Mayo technical knockout (Doctor’s stoppage) in Round 3 at 4:04
- Mauricio Alonso def. Josh Koscheck via TKO in Round 1 at 4:42
Preliminary Card Results:
- James Terry def. JC Llamas via technical decision
- Nikko Jackson def. Cesar Gonzalez via unanimous decision
- J.J. Okanaovich def. Zach Andrews via submission in Round 2 at 2:26
- Martin Sano vs. Diego Herzog ruled majority draw
- Gaston Bolanos def. Abner Perez via TKO in Round 1 at 4:53
The “Red King” will make his Bellator debut in what is shaping up to be a violent match up.
Former UFC welterweight standout and title challenger Rory MacDonald will make his Bellator MMA debut on May 19th against Paul Daley. Officials for Bellator made the fight announcement early Thursday morning. The bout will serve as the main event for Bellator 179 and take place at the SSE Arena in London, England.
The signing of MacDonald (18-4) by Bellator MMA was seen as quite the free agent pick up for the organization. Bellator had been often criticized for signing “older” fighters such as Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, and Chael Sonnen. Yet their signings of the likes of Phil Davis and Benson Henderson go under the radar. Many feel that Davis and Henderson along with MacDonald have plenty more formidable years left. MacDonald did leave the UFC on a two fight losing streak but nobody has ever questioned his skill level or doubt that he is one of the top welterweights in the world.
Daley (39-14-2) is infamous for being fired by the UFC for striking Josh Koscheck after the final bell of their bout. Daley did not appreciate Koscheck’s trash talk during their fight and showed his disdain with a sucker punch after the bell. Soon after his release from the UFC, Daley wound up in Strikeforce and found success but has developed a habit of losing high-profile bouts. He has dropped bouts to Nick Diaz, Tyron Woodley, and Douglas Lima. MacDonald would be Daley’s highest profile bout in quite some time.
MacDonald took part in what many consider one of the best fights in UFC history when he fought Robbie Lawler in 2015 and has developed a reputation of being violent inside the cage. He even promised a “bloody” beginning to his Bellator career.
Daley as well constantly promises fans that his fights will end in knockouts and he regualarly delivers on his promises as five of his last six wins have come by way of KO/TKO.
Bellator 179 will be held on May 19th and air live on Spike TV.
Should the Korean Zombie be placed right back in the top of the
featherweight division? Was it too much too soon for Alexa Grasso? Is it okay for Jon Jones to receive a title shot immediately after his suspension is up? Can the UFC afford to keep losing fighters to Bellator? Plus we preview UFC 208!
This week we have a special interview with cutman extraordinaire and
MMA personality Jacob “Stitch” Duran! He talks about his relationship
with Tito Ortiz, the energy at Bellator events, the words of
encouragement famous fighters have told him backstage, and much more!
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Also, be sure to check out part one and two of his book “From the
Fields to the Garden: The Life of Stitch Duran” available now on
UFC heavyweight and former TUF contestant Matt Mitrione has signed a four-fight deal with Bellator MMA. Mitrione announced the deal himself while appearing as a guest on the “MMA Hour”.
Mitrione (9-5) entered the world of mixed martial arts after a stint in the NFL. He was part of the 10th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” and has spent his entire MMA career under the UFC’s banner. After completion of the TUF season Mitrione won his first five bouts and looked like he could be a legitimate threat in the heavyweight division. He suffered a setback after dropping back-to-back losses to Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson. “Meathead” would then go on to win four of his next five bouts before dropping his last two fights to Ben Rothwell and Travis Browne.
While has proven to be an above average heavyweight, at 37 years old the UFC may have seen it not wise to invest in Mitrione any further. According to Mitrione the UFC declined to match Bellator’s contract offer. Officials for Bellator have yet to announce a debut date and opponent for Mitrione.