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Bellator 198 Fight Highlights: Fedor KOs Frank Mir in the First Minute |

Fedor Emelianenko blasted Frank Mir in the main event of Bellator 198 in Chicago on Saturday, as the former Pride FC champion knocked out the former UFC titleholder in the opening minute of the first round.

Frankie Edgar Says He Deserves to Fight Winner of Max Holloway-Brian Ortega

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight king Frankie Edgar believes he deserves to be next in line to face whomever emerges victorious at UFC 226 on July 7 when Max Holloway faces off against the man who sensationally knocked out Edgar in Brian Ortega.

Dana White Won't Punish Conor McGregor Until He's Appeared in Court |

There is still little clarity on Conor McGregor's future, but UFC president Dana White on Monday said that the sport's biggest star won't be punished until his legal situation is resolved in New York.

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Fedor Emelianenko def. Frank Mir Bellator 198: Best photos

Check out the best photos from Fedor Emelianenko’s win over Frank Mir Bellator 198 (photos by Dave Mandel, USA TODAY Sports)

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen likely for East Coast, will be 'stacked' card

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The first semifinal in Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix could very well prove the biggest fight in company history, and early indications point to a venue on the East Coast.

Ray Borg Withdraws from UFC Chile to Cope with Son's Brain Surgeries |

Considering the gravity of the situation, it’s understandable that Borg found it necessary to withdraw from the bout with Moreno, which was scheduled for just three weeks from now in Santiago, Chile. The timing should allow UFC officials enough notice to schedule a new opponent for Moreno or at least replace the bout on the UFC Fight Night 129 fight card , which has undergone numerous changes in the past week. 

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New Jersey Commission Denies Merab Dvalishvili’s Appeal of Loss at UFC Fight Night 128

Merab Dvalishvili ’s appeal of a controversial loss at UFC Fight Night 128 has been denied by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board. NJSACB Commissioner Larry Hazzard Sr. explained the decision in a letter on Friday. Dvalishvili lost to Ricky Simon via technical submission at the 5:00 mark of the third round on April 21 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Dvalishvili was on his way to winning a unanimous decision when he was trapped in a mounted guillotine with approximately one minute remaining. “The established written protocol for me to overturn a referee’s call; is, if in my discretion; the referee committed a self-evident and palpable error,” Hazzard wrote. “Many have referred to the apparent submission as a mounted guillotine choke, but to cageside lead ringside physician for the event, Dr. Michael Kelly, and also referee John McCarthy, it was more akin to a neck crank or a one sided choke. This would cause only one side of Dvalishvili’s neck to have limited blood flow to the brain. Further, this one sided choke would result in a slower time to unconsciousness and also a faster recovery when released.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is Back! Books Return Fight Against Tecia Torres - MMA Imports

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has locked down her next octagon performance. Now the fighter is set to take on tough division contender Tecia Torres.

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Michael Chandler blasts Dillon Danis following Bellator 198 |

Submission specialist Dillon Danis picked up a first-round submission victory over Kyle Walker on the main card of last night’s Bellator 198 event in Chicago.

Bellator 198 post-event facts: Fedor Emelianenko adds another former UFC champ to resume

Bellator put on its third event of the month on Saturday when Bellator 198 took place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The main card aired on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Bellator President Scott Coker doesn't sound too hot on signing Ben Askren

MacDonald urged Askren to sign with the Viacom-owned promotion during their spat. But when Bellator executives spoke with Askren and ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Coker said the gap between Askren’s desire and business reality was wide.

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Bellator 198 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Thanks everyone for the love and support!! Another first round finish in the books!! Before we talk about last night, I have to share this picture! It means so much! The top picture was April 28th 2012 it was my second professional fight, I had to ride 9 hours with the current @bellatormma lightweight champion @brentprimus155 from Oregon to damn near Canada to fight on an Indian reservation! I made 300$ for that fight, it only covered the gas money it took to get there(no commission either)(unsanctioned). Fast forward 6 years to last night April 28th 2018 to last nights performance and where I am at today! Last night was amazing! Thank you @rich_chou @bellatormma @paramountnetwork for the opportunity to show case my skills and prove that I am the best #featherweight in the world!!! Now it’s time to go out and get that belt!!! #hardwork #dedication #pain #sacrafice has gotten me to where I’m at today to turn my #dreamsintoreality ! I never let anything, or anyone stop me! YOU SHOULDN’T EITHER!! If you have a #dream in your life, whatever it is, go out there and get it!! Make it happe

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Lovato Jr. Just Smoked Gerald Harris Quick At Bellator 198 - MMA Imports

Mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA is in Rosemont, Illinois on Saturday, April 28, for the latest highly anticipated fight card. This time around, fight fans are flooding into the Allstate Arena for Bellator 198.

Bellator 198 official results and live stream

ROSEMONT, Ill. – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s Bellator 198 event, and you can join us for live results and a live video stream beginning at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - Legend on the Brink

Jose Aldo has his latest marching orders, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship did him no favors. Holding steady as the No. 3 featherweight in the latest divisional rankings, Aldo will carry a two-fight losing streak -- both defeats were to reigning 145-pound champion Max Holloway -- into his UFC on Fox 30 showdown with the hard-hitting Jeremy Stephens on July 28 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta. Aldo was once the crown jewel of the featherweight division, but the 31-year-old Brazilian has gone 1-3 since beating Chad Mendes in their October 2014 rematch, his UFC 200 win over Frankie Edgar offset by a 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor and the back-to-back setbacks against Holloway. Whether he can recapture some of his past magic at Stephens’ expense remains to be seen. Meanwhile, the next month will provide further clarity in multiple divisions. Amanda Nunes will defend her women’s bantamweight crown against Raquel Pennington in the UFC 224 main event on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro; surging welterweight Kamaru Usman will lock horns with 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist Demian Maia atop UFC Fight Night 129 on May 19 in Santiago, Chile; Rafael Carvalho will put his Bellator MMA middleweight championship on the line against Gegard Mousasi in the Bellator 200 co-headliner on May 25 in London; and the unbeaten Darren Till will take on perennial 170-pound contender Stephen Thompson in the marquee matchup at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 in Liverpool, England.

'TUF 24' rematch between Brandon Moreno, Alexandre Pantoja finalizes UFC's debut in Chile

Pantoja (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) first met as contestants on “The Ultimate Fighter 24: Tournament of Champions.” Pantoja was a No. 1 seed in the tournament and scored a second-round submission win over Moreno. Both have found success in the UFC since that run, with Moreno currently sitting at No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings , and Pantoja checking in at No. 14.

Junior dos Santos to Face Ex-WSOF Champ Blagoy Ivanov in UFC Fight Night Boise Feature

Junior dos Santos will welcome former World Series of Fighting heavyweight king Blagoy Ivanov to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 133 on July 14. confirmed the pairing on Monday evening. UFC Fight Night 133 takes place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho and will air on Fox Sports 1. The card will also include a women’s bantamweight tilt pitting Marion Reneau against Cat Zingano . Dos Santos was recently cleared by USADA in an anti-doping case after it was determined the ex heavyweight champion took a tainted supplement from a Brazilian compounding pharmacy. “Cigano” last competed at UFC 211, where he suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to Stipe Miocic in a title bout. The 34-year-old has alternated wins and losses in eight bouts since 2012. Ivanov, meanwhile, has lost just once in 17 professional outings — a second-round submission defeat to Alexander Volkov at Bellator 120 in May 2014. Since then, he has reeled off a five-fight winning streak, capturing the belt for the now-defunct WSOF promotion in the process.

Conor McGregor's boxing coach sizes up Khabib Nurmagomedov, believes fight will happen

“Khabib, he hasn’t finished many fights lately,” Roddy said. “Now, he always says that he does that on purpose, but I don’t think so. … He says, ‘I like to punish people for five rounds.’ I always say, if you’re going to give Conor McGregor five attempts to land a shot on you – even if he doesn’t land in the first round or the second or the third or the fourth – he has five attempts to land one shot. I’ve seen Conor go in and land in the first 30 seconds of the first round.”

Bellator 198 results: Neiman Gracie stays perfect, submits Javier Torres in second

Torres kicked high 30 seconds in, then slipped to the canvas. Gracie rushed in, but couldn’t had to settle for clinching Torres against the fence on the feet. He worked to trip him back to the canvas and did so after 30 seconds on the cage and like the first round tried to get something done in Torres’ guard.

24 Dillon Danis calls out Bellator 198 'bums,' then – Ben Askren?

The biggest variable in the matchup was how and when Danis would take it to the mat. On that front, he got a taste of that #professional life when Walker took advantage of his aggressive pursuit and slapped him with a pair of hard left hands. But to his credit, Danis took them and kept moving forward. When you’ve eaten a few straight lefts from McGregor, the other lefts probably sting a little less.

Bellator 198 Averages 581,000 Viewers on Paramount Network, 169,000 on CMT

Even the allure of a Fedor Emelianenko - Frank Mir headliner wasn’t enough to give Bellator a major ratings boost for its most recent card. According to ShowBuzz Daily , Bellator 198 drew an average audience of 581,000 viewers to Paramount Network for its event held at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., this past Saturday night. The card also aired on CMT, drawing 169,000 viewers to that network. That is a higher figure than the promotion’s last five offerings of 2018, none of which exceeded 476,000 viewers on Paramount. Bellator 198 is not, however, the highest rated card of the year. That honor goes to Bellator 192, which averaged 770,000 viewers for a bill that featured a heavyweight grand prix bout between Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson and a welterweight title bout between Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima . Bellator 198 was headlined by a heavyweight grand prix clash between Emelianenko and Mir, which Emelianenko won via knockout 48 seconds into the opening stanza. In the co-main event, Emmanuel Sanchez submitted “The Ultimate Fighter” veteran Sam Sicilia with a triangle choke in the first round.

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Dana White on whether the UFC will punish Conor McGregor: “We’ll see. We’ll see what happens. … He’s got to be punished by the law first, but let’s see what happens in New York.” …

Fedor Emelianenko Questioned by FBI at Chicago Hotel Ahead of Bellator 198 Victory

Fedor Emelianenko had an encounter with the FBI prior to his meeting with Frank Mir in the Bellator 198 headliner, according to a report from The Telegraph . The FBI reportedly met with the Russian heavyweight during fight week after he arrived in Chicago from Amsterdam, where he held the majority of his training camp, on Tuesday. Emelianenko has ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin and United States president Donald Trump. “The Last Emperor” twice competed for the now-defunct Affliction from 2008 to 2009, an MMA organization that Trump had a hand in promoting. Michael Cohen, a lawyer for Trump who was the once the Affliction COO, has been the target of a federal investigation . Cohen’s home, hotel room and law offices were raided by the FBI earlier this month as part of a fraud investigation. Details as to the nature of the FBI’s questioning of Emelianenko have been scarce. Emelianenko’s manager, Jerry Millen, confirmed the meeting with the Associated Press . “The FBI came to the hotel looking to talk to Fedor and they were very nice, came in to speak with Fedor for a few minutes, spoke to me, very cool guys, and that’s all I can really say about it.

Gunnar Nelson Announces Withdrawal from UFC Fight Night Liverpool Due to Knee Injury

Gunnar Nelson has been forced to pull out of a proposed welterweight clash with Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 130 due to a knee injury. The Iceland native announced his withdrawal Sunday on Facebook. UFC Fight Night 130 takes place on May 27 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England and is headlined by a 170-pound tilt pitting Stephen Thompson against Darren Till . The promotion has not announced a replacement opponent for Magny. Unfortunately I have to withdraw from my fight against Neil Magny on May 27th in Liverpool. Last weekend I injured my knee. I will undergo an operation right away and I´ll be out for 8-10 weeks. I’m sorry to my family, my opponent, my teammates, the fans and the UFC,” Nelson wrote. “This is a huge blow to me and I’m at a loss for words to describe the disappointment I am feeling,” he continued. "I was really feeling up for this fight, the training camp was going great and everything was just perfect until this happened. When all is said and done this is the fight business and injuries are sometimes an unfortunate part of it given the physical rigors us athletes put our bodies through.

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It now feels like the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix has arrived. Fedor vs. Chael is going to be a huge fight for Bellator. #Bellator198

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Reports: Nate Diaz in talks with UFC for August return

Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) has pushed for a trilogy fight with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was one-half of their blockbuster matchups at UFC 196 and UFC 202. He also demanded bigger paydays from the UFC, which offered him multiple opponents during his layoff after a majority decision loss to McGregor at UFC 202. A proposed fight with now-former interim champ Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) at UFC 213 was scratched when Diaz’s contract offer wasn’t generous enough. An offer to face champ Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) at UFC 219 was reportedly on the table, only to be denied by UFC President Dana White.

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Valentina Shevchenko Backs Helwani, Says Nicco Isn’t Taking The Fight - MMA Imports

This just in…. @arielhelwani is a huge waste of space. Everyone and their grandma knows about my condition. I’m 5days post tonsillectomy and adenoid removal surgery due to a bacterial infection that’s been inhibiting my practice all year. Soonest I can get back on the mats is 16 more days. The UFC not only knows about this but flew me out to Vegas themselves to get this surgery done ASAP so I can jump on getting a fight with Schevchenko lined up. If you’ve been a fan of mine then you know my mind set… no girl is anything I’m not. Who’s scared to fight? It’s what I do, it’s literally why I’m the anomaly here, because I was ranked #14 on the show and came out #1. It’s apparently in douchbag’s best interest to throw my name out to the wolves in order to stay relevant. I literally haven’t spoken a word in 5 days due to my condition and Mr. Poor Excuse of a Man has not only brought it upon himself to be the leader of idiot fans who don’t know the difference between MMA and UFC but also has the balls the size of a baby rat to say I’m scared while key board warrior over here is more than likely to eat a fat man’s ass than get in the octagon with HIS 125lbs Champ… 🎤 drop.

Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis Rescheduled for UFC 226 in Las Vegas

A lightweight clash pitting Michael Chiesa against Anthony Pettis that was originally scheduled for UFC 223 has been rebooked for UFC 226 . was first to report the rescheduled bout. UFC 226 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on July 7 and is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier . Chiesa and Pettis were originally supposed to fight on April 7 in Brooklyn, N.Y., but the bout was scrapped after Chiesa suffered injuries as a result of Conor McGregor ’s attack on a bus that was transporting fighters at the Barclays Center two days before the event. Chiesa had a three-fight winning streak snapped in his last outing, when he was submitted by Kevin Lee in the opening round at UFC Fight Night 112 last June. Pettis split a pair of 2017 bouts, defeating Jim Miller via unanimous decision at UFC 213 before falling to Dustin Poirier by submission at UFC Fight Night 120.

Nate Diaz in Talks for Possible UFC Return |

Diaz has long clamored for a trilogy bout with Conor McGregor or a shot at UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, but White has been adamant that neither of those bouts would be in the offing for his next fight. 

Bellator MMA Re-signs Melvin Manhoef to Exclusive, Multi-Fight Contract

Melvin Manhoef will continue his fighting career under the Bellator MMA banner. confirmed with a Bellator official on Tuesday that Manhoef has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal to remain with the California-based promotion. Manhoef does not currently have a fight booked. The 41-year-old Suriname-born Dutchman last appeared at Bellator 176, where he suffered a fourth-round knockout loss in a rematch with reigning middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho on April 8, 2017. “No Mercy” dropped a split decision to Carvalho in their first meeting at Bellator 155 in May 2016. Manhoef is 2-3 with one no contest since signing with Bellator in 2014. He has been knocked out three times during that span. A former kickboxing champion, Manhoef has compiled a 30-14-1 career mark with two no contests while competing for organizations such as Strikeforce, K-1, Dream, KSW, One Championship and Cage Rage.

UFC Creator and Co-Found Art Davie to be Inducted into 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Class |

UFC recently announced that Art Davie, UFC creator and co-founder, has been named to the UFC Hall of Fame class for 2018 as a Contributor. The 2018 UFC Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 5, at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event will be streamed live and exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS.

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@GamebredFighter also said that there's a "5 to 1 chance" that @NeilMagny declines the bout. Jorge made it clear that the only two guys he would step in on short notice for are Neil and @bisping #TheFightersVoice @bjpenndotcom @FirstRoundMgmt

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I would like to see Aldo get back to his old ways but that Conor loss took something out of him. He is 31, while mileage may be adding up, the guy is a legend and I just don't see him being done yet. He didn't lose for 9 years then lost 1 to Conor and 2 fights to Max.

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We're looking at #TheDanisEffect ! @dillondanis took over #Bellator198 fight week with his signature style. Can't wait to see what he busts out next time! Which outfit was your favorite?

Replay: Watch The Quick And Easy MMA Debut Of Team McGregor's Dillon Danis - MMA Imports

Dillon Danis is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu phenom that has taken on some of the toughest and most talented competitors within the sport. That being said, the grappling ace was untested in the world of mixed martial arts until this weekend. Now a video replay of Danis’ big win has made its way onto the internet.

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Should @ElMatador145 get a title shot next after his huge submission win at #Bellator198 ?

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