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The Hit List: Bellator MMA Champions

Based in Santa Monica, California, Bellator MMA was founded by former chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney in 2008 and has since grown into the second largest mixed martial arts promotion in the world. Rebney gave birth to “the toughest tournament in sports” -- a single-elimination competition that crowned champions in various weight classes and awarded subsequent winners an opportunity to challenge for those titles. The tournament format was discontinued when Scott Coker replaced Rebney in 2014, as the promotion followed a more traditional format under Viacom’s ownership. However, it has returned to its roots in 2018, with a heavyweight grand prix featuring Frank Mir , Fedor Emelianenko , Ryan Bader , Muhammed Lawal and others. The winner of the grand prix will lay claim to the vacant Bellator MMA heavyweight title and join this group of current and former champions who have helped move the company forward: Cole Konrad Division(s): Heavyweight Reign(s): 699 days Title Defenses: 1 *** Alexander Volkov

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Bellator Champ Brent Primus Apologizes for Bailing on Michael Chandler Fight | MMAWeekly.com

This sport is full of ups and downs. This past week has been a real low. I’ve trained and faught through injuries multiple times but this time was different. I tried moving around and shadow boxing after taking a week off and it just wasn’t possible. I would really like to apologize to Bellator MMA, all my coaches that put so much work in with me, all my sponsors, all my family and friends that bought airfare and tickets. There’s not a man in this world that I would rather fight than Michael Chandler. It’s going to happen sooner than later!

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Invicta FC 28 - Mizuki vs. Jandiroba

By: Tristen Critchfield Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on...

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Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Alexander the Great

Alexander Volkov arrived in the Ultimate Fighting Championship as an intriguing face in a not-so-intriguing crowd in November 2016 and did so to little fanfare. Four consecutive victories later, he has transformed himself into an unlikely contender for the heavyweight title. “Drago” overcame an inauspicious start to frustrate, fatigue and finish Fabricio Werdum , as he knocked out the two-time Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist in the fourth round of their UFC Fight Night 127 headliner on March 17 in London. Volkov brought it to a close 1:38 into Round 4, burying the Brazilian with a series of right uppercuts and a brutal standing-to-ground dagger. The win pushes the former Bellator MMA champion to No. 4 in our latest heavyweight rankings and at the very least puts him on a short list of possible suitors for whoever emerges from the champion-versus-champion superfight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier . In a resulting move, Werdum falls to fifth on the divisional list, his immediate future clouded by increasing age and undeniable mileage.

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Augusto Mendes Pulled from UFC Fight Night 128 Due to Potential Anti-Doping Violation

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Augusto Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 7, 2018.  Due to the proximity of Mendes’ upcoming scheduled bout at UFC Fight Night “Barboza vs. Lee” in Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 21, 2018 against Merab Dvalishvili, Mendes has been removed from the card and the UFC is currently seeking a replacement. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Mendes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.  Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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'Shogun' Rua vs. Volkan Oezdemir set for UFC Fight Night 129 in Chile

For No. 7-ranked Oezdemir, a matchup with Rua represents an opportunity to get a win over a former UFC champion. “No Time” came up short of the 205-pound belt, himself, in his most recent octagon outing, succumbing to a second-round TKO against Daniel Cormier at UFC 220 in January.

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Chamatkar Sandhu on Twitter

Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington targeted for an interim 170lbs title fight at #UFC224 in Rio de Janeiro. Wild that Covington would be going back to Brazil. No doubt the UFC security team will need to be on high alert at all times to keep him safe. http://mmajunkie.com/2018/03/colby-covington-rafael-dos-anjos-interim-welterweight-title-tyron-woodley-ufc-224-brazil/amp?__twitter_impression=true …

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Christian Aguilera Believes His Striking 'Will Pay Dividends' at LFA 36 | MMAWeekly.com

On Friday in Cabazon, Calif., Aguilera (10-4) will look for his third win in three months when he takes on Ricardo Seixas (4-0) in an LFA 36 main card 170-pound bout.

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Dave Doyle on Twitter

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Dana White: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Demetrious Johnson 'Is Not Happening' | MMAWeekly.com

As much as White states that Johnson’s injury might be playing a part in the fight no longer happening, the longest reigning champion in UFC history has said that he would be ready for a summer showdown with Dillashaw if he could reach an agreement with the promotion on a deal that made financial sense for a bout of that magnitude.

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Ana Julaton, Bellator Fighter and World Champion Boxer, Abruptly Retires from Fighting | MMAWeekly.com

Earlier today, I spoke to my long time promoter/advisor Mr. Allan Tremblay who has been a father, a friend and mentor throughout my entire professional sports journey. I told him it was time for me to move on from fighting. After that very deep and emotional conversation, I spoke to Mr. Scott Coker next and thanked him for allowing me to be a part of @BellatorMMA. I'd like to thank Mr. @LouDibella and his Team @DibellaEnt for all their efforts to putting together a boxing match for me. I'd like to thank @HeatherTheHeat for sharing the cage with me and I wish her all the very best in her combat sports career both boxing and MMA. As a competitor inside the ring and cage, I'm confident in leaving combat sports fully knowing there are so many wonderful, passionate and hardworking women continuing to carry the torch as a guiding light for the bright future of our arena. For all who have been positive and continue to create a stage for all my sisters in the arts, all the organizations I have fought for…Thank you. I consider myself fortunate to have had my Orion Sports Management family giving me the global stage and opportunities I received to compete at the highest level of Boxing and MMA.

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Robert Whittaker Warns Romero: 'Make weight or the fight is off!' - MMA Imports

“I don’t understand anyone who takes fights when their opponent doesn’t make weight. It’s like, if you rock up at 87 kilos, which is what Romero did – It was like 86 kilos or something like that – then why don’t I rock up at 95 (kgs)? What’s the difference? We’re both not making weight, we’re both not professional enough to do it, you know? And the weight cut is directly influential to the fight itself. I think not making weight is the most unprofessional thing you can do. It’s as bad as just not showing up for the fight itself. So, if you don’t make weight, I’m not fighting you. I’ll give the shot to someone else who can make the weight, who can do their freaking job.”

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Ariel Helwani on Twitter

Watch #themmabeat live today at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT / 4 p.m. GMT -- https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/3/22/17149984/watch-the-mma-beat-live-today?utm_campaign=arielhelwani&utm_content=chorus&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter … pic.twitter.com/xccHDlUBlU

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'Me And Frankie Edgar Still Have Unfinished Business' - MMA Imports

“Me and Frankie still got unfinished business. Everyone is talking about Frankie and Aldo like they’re two dead guys. They say, ‘Too washed up.’ They’re still animals. They’ve been at the top of the heap. They’ve been top-five, top-three in any division they were in, forever. People keep talking about how these guys are old; we’ll see. You can’t speak on it yet. It’s a couple losses. It’s MMA. You get caught.”

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Anthony Pettis: I Need to Prepare Better Mentally to be Successful Again

In 2011, the Ultimate Fighting Championship claimed a young prodigy by the name of Anthony Pettis from the World Extreme Cagefighting roster following a merger. At the time, Pettis was a feared striker with an enviable highlight reel including his memorable flying cage kick against Benson Henderson for the WEC lightweight title. In his UFC debut in June 2011, he was matched up against the very durable and ultra-aggressive Clay Guida . “The Carpenter” edged out the victory on the night using his patented pressure to smother Pettis. After that fight, fight fans got to see the real “Showtime.” He recorded three straight wins over Jeremy Stephens , Joe Lauzon , Donald Cerrone before earning a title shot against Benson Henderson for the lightweight belt. Pettis submitted Henderson and went on to defend his newly acquired lightweight title against Gilbert Melendez . Then there was a turning point in his career after he lost the lightweight title to Rafael dos Anjos in March 2015. It’s literally been a roller coaster ride after suffering four losses in his last six fights.

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Sean O’Malley to Undergo Surgery on Injured Foot Sustained at UFC 222

Undefeated prospect Sean O'Malley , who was first noticed on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, is scheduled for surgery to repair the injury he suffered to his foot in his last fight against Andre Soukhamthath earlier this month at UFC 222 . O’Malley won the fight by unanimous decision after dominating his opponent in the opening two rounds. He capped off the performance by conducting his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan while lying on his back. According to MMA Fighting, O’Malley is set to have surgery on his right foot this Friday. O’Malley (10-0 MMA & 2-0 UFC) recently told SevereMMA.com that the Ultimate Fighting Championship had asked if the 23 year old would consider fighting on the upcoming “The Ultimate Fighter” Finale card on July 6. This was before O’Malley required surgery, although no potential opponent was proposed at the time. The prospect is expected to return to the Octagon in the fall.

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Chamatkar Sandhu on Twitter

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Sherdog.com on Twitter

The bottom line: Though the idea might be far-fetched to some, Sherdog columnist @ToddMartinMMA believes “Money” will compete in the Octagon someday soon. http://bit.ly/2FPHb08  pic.twitter.com/3USI800pJC

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For Francis Ngannou, calling out Brock Lesnar is about proving critics wrong

“If they tell me, you have to take Derrick, I’m going to take Derrick,” Ngannou said. “I’m not just going to take everyone and say, ‘OK, let’s fight this one for nothing.’ I want a plan. It doesn’t matter who it is. If the UFC says that Derrick will be that one (that gets me a title shot), I’ll fight Derrick. I don’t have a problem to fight anyone else. I just want to keep looking forward.”

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Cub Swanson vs. Frankie Edgar rematch headed to UFC-Atlantic City

Cub Swanson isn’t going anywhere, and in his next test after re-signing with the UFC, he’ll take on a former champion once again.

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UFC on Twitter

Isn't Michael Johnson an All American wrestler? Is Conor? Could Johnson stop even one takedown? Didn't Johnson still spend 11 of the 13 minutes on his back? Conor has roughly 60 seconds on the feet to KO Khabib before he gets mauled

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Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jason Knight in the works for UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool

A featherweight matchup between “Mr. Finland” and “The Kid” is in the works for the UFC’s first event in Liverpool, England.

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Bellator MMA on Twitter

Love crazy knockouts? What about watching them on a brand new 65” TV! Sign up for #BeyondBellator for your chance to win http://www.beyondbellatorsweeps.com  pic.twitter.com/YmtvolmnbP

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Tyron Woodley convinced CM Punk can win at UFC 225 | The Hollywood Beatdown

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Volkan Oezdemir will face Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a light heavyweight showdown at UFC Fight Night in Chile #UFC #UFCChile http://bit.ly/2IGOlSj 

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Rousimar Palhares willing to fight to the death but promising 'beautiful fight'

“My opponent is strong, as I said,” Palhares said “He has a powerful punch, but I am ready to implement all my plans in this battle. We will show such a beautiful fight that it will be watched again and again.

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How UFC 223's Khabib Nurmagomedov can join Royce Gracie and Anderson Silva in UFC lore

Gracie’s streak, which was ultimately halted at 11, came in a different era of UFC competition. From UFC 1 in November 1993 to UFC 4 in December 1994, Gracie rolled through the competition to rack up his record. His run was finally brought to an end at UFC 5 in April 1995, when the Brazilian went to a 36-minute draw with fellow MMA pioneer Ken Shamrock.

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Prospect Hakeem Dawodu breaks silence following stunning UFC debut loss

Hakeem Dawodu has no excuses for his shocking 39-second loss in his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 127 this past weekend.

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MMAWeekly MMA Top 10 Rankings Update, March 21: Alexander Volkov Makes a Big Leap | MMAWeekly.com

The MMAWeekly.com rankings list the Top 10 MMA fighters from around the world in each of the most widely accepted weight classes, as well as a Top 10 mixed pound-for-pound list ranking the best male and female fighters. Fighters from any mixed martial arts promotion are eligible.

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Invicta FC on Twitter

Christina Marks is set to make her Invicta debut when she takes on Milana Dudieva at #InvictaFC28 ! pic.twitter.com/GtEuLpSY57

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Sherdog.com on Twitter

Systematic malpractice: There is plenty of blame to go around for allowing former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar to fight so soon after a knockout loss, writes @AntWalkerMMA . http://bit.ly/2HVlGrj  pic.twitter.com/Bn0qOWw5ha

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Injury Derails Bellator 197 Title Fight, but Michael Chandler to Remain in New Main Event | MMAWeekly.com

Chandler (17-4) lost the belt to Primus (8-0) at Bellator NYC in June of 2017. The bout was halted almost as soon as it got started when, little more than two minutes into the fight, the referee called time to check on Chandler, who was visibly suffering from a serious ankle injury. After it was deemed that it wasn’t medically safe for Chandler to continue, Primus was awarded the victory along with the Bellator lightweight title.

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JRE MMA Show #19 with Vinny Shoreman & Liam Harrison

JRE MMA Show #19 with Vinny Shoreman & Liam Harrison

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Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson 2 In the Works for UFC Fight Night in Atlantic City | MMAWeekly.com

A surprising rematch at featherweight is in the works with Frankie Edgar expected to take on Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night in Atlantic City on April 21.

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Diego Sanchez on Instagram: “‪@GilbertMelendez let’s work together and get our fight voted to the top‬!! Keep your eyes open and everybody vote”

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MMAFighting.com on Twitter

I reckon this will be a great friggin' event, man. Glover is so smart, strong & durable everywhere. He's definitely in Top 20 PVP (non researched lol). And Volkan is one of the most exciting dudes to watch in rounds1 & 2 but my money is on Glover and his hands. Vaminos Amigos!

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Anik and Florian by FOX Sports on Apple Podcasts

On Ep. 134, Anik and Florian recap UFC 218, which produced one of the best fight cards of 2017. Full analysis on all the big winners, including Max Holloway, Francis Ngannou, and Eddie Alvarez. The guys are joined by UFC 218 winner and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo. Plus, Flo’s pick for this weekend’s main event between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega. And a new Ray Longo Minute.

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Joe Rogan Experience #1094 - Brian Redban - YouTube

Joe Rogan Experience #1094 - Brian Redban

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Bellator's Tywan Claxton, Devon Brock

Claxton is coming off a decision win over Jose Perez at Bellator 194 in February in Connecticut. That fight was his follow-up from one of the most spectacular debuts in MMA history – a flying-knee knockout of Jonny Bonilla-Bowman at Bellator 186. Claxton will talk to us about his two fights so far and what he wants next.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2645 with Jessica-Rose Clark and Artem Lobov

UFC women’s flyweight Clark co-hosted the entire episode in-studio, updating everyone on the status of her burglary case and what’s next for her. UFC featherweight Lobov, who is set to face Alex Caceres on April 7 at UFC 223, called into the show to talk about his upcoming fight in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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