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    Bellator MMA 2018: Grand Expansion

    Bellator MMA
    Bellator MMA was founded in 2008 by Bjorn Rebney and is today one of the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotions. Bellator has a vision to enhance the fight business and offer the most exciting sporting events for fans and viewers across the globe, while featuring some of the top-athletes in the world. Bellator will uphold the value of the sport and its fighters, while uniting them like no other organization can with the goal of expanding and showcasing the personality and showmanship that makes MMA the most exciting sport in the world. Headquartered in Newport Beach California, Bellator is owned by American global mass media company Viacom, with Scott Coker at the helm of Bellator serving as the company president. Bellator currently airs in over 140 countries around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, The United Kingdom, France, Russia, and several African nations. The company right now is the biggest it's ever been, currently in the midst of a Heavyweight Grand Prix, having just gotten the Quarter-Finals finished up, and some of the biggest names in MMA like Fedor Emelianenko, Chael Sonnen, Lyoto Machida, Mirko Cro Cop, Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi and many more, there's no telling how far Scott Coker can take Bellator.



    1 Jay Jay Wilson (1-0) defeated David Conte (0-1) (Submission. Round 1. Rear Naked Choke. 0.59)
    2 Ed Ruth
    (6-0) defeated Andy Murad (15-3) (TKO. Round 2. Punches against cage. 4.59)
    3 Joey Davis
    (4-0) defeated Craig Plaskett (2-3) (Unaminous Decision)
    4 Tyrell Fortune
    (5-0) defeated Giovanni Sarran (5-3) (TKO. Round 2. Mounted Punches. 4.35)
    5 Kari-Anne Taylor-Melendez
    (2-0) defeated Tiani Valle (1-1) (Submission. Round 1. Rear Naked Choke. 2.46)
    6 Jordan Young
    (9-0) defeated Jamal Pogues (4-2) (Submission. Round 3. Triangle Choke. 3.15)
    7 Jacob Rosales
    (8-4) defeated Joshua Jones (7-3) (Unaminous Decision)
    8 Ricky Furar
    (2-1) defeated Victor Rosas (3-2) (Unaminous Decision)

    Main Card:

    1 Juan Archuleta (19-1) defeated Robbie Peralta (19-9) (Knockout. Round 3. Overhand Right Hand. 0.14)
    2 Valerie Letourneau (10-6) defeated Kristina Williams (2-1) (Unaminous Decision)
    3 Saad Awad (23-9) defeated Ryan Couture (11-6) (TKO. 1st Round. Right Uppercut. 3.56)
    4 Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (C) (8-0) defeated Alejandra Lara (7-2) (Submission. 1st Round. Flying Armbar. 1.18)


    Heavyweight (206-265):


    Fedor Emelianenko (C) (39-5)
    Mirko Filipovic (27-11-2)
    Ryan Bader (C-LHW) (26-6)
    Josh Barnett (38-5)
    Matt Mitrione (13-6)

    Cheick Kongo (28-10-2)
    Mark Hunt (14-12-1-1NC)

    Quinton Jackson (38-13)
    Everett Cummings (16-0)
    Chael Sonnen (30-17-1)
    Antonio Silva (19-12)

    Sergei Kharitonov (27-7-1NC)
    Roy Nelson (23-16)
    Wanderlei Silva (35-14-1)
    Justin Wren (13-2)
    Valentin Moldavsky (8-1)
    Javy Ayala (10-8)
    Tyrell Fortune (6-0)
    Steve Mowry (4-0)
    Ernest James (1-1)
    Jake Hager (0-0)
    Hesdy Gerges (0-0)

    Light Heavyweight (186-205):


    Ryan Bader (C)(26-6)
    Phil Davis (19-4)
    Lyoto Machida (24-8)
    Vadim Nemkov (9-2)
    Jordan Young (9-0)
    Liam McGeary (12-3)
    Linton Vassell (18-7)
    Alessio Sakara (19-12)
    Leo Leite (10-1)
    Wanderlei Silva (35-14-1)
    Rafael Cavalcante (13-7)
    Tyrell Fortune (5-0)
    Jarod Trice (3-0)

    Middleweight (171-185):


    Gegard Mousasi (C) (44-6-2)
    Rafael Carvalho (15-2)
    Alexander Shlemenko (56-11)
    Chris Honeycutt (10-2)
    Muhammed Lawal (21-7)
    Anatoly Tokov (26-2)
    Rafael Lovato Jr (8-0)
    Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1)
    Chidi Njokuani (18-5)
    John Salter (15-3)
    Mike Shipman (12-1)
    Costello Van Steenis (10-1)
    Hracho Darpinyan (17-8-1)
    Hisaki Kato (8-3)
    Alen Amedovski (5-0)
    Will Fleury (4-0)
    Gregory Babene (18-11)
    AJ Matthews (9-7)
    Romero Cotton (2-0)

    Welterweight (156-170):


    Rory MacDonald (C) (20-4)
    Michael Page (13-0)
    Andrey Koreshkov (20-2)
    Douglas Lima (29-7)
    Yaroslav Amosov (19-0)
    Brennan Ward (14-6)
    Jon Fitch (37-7-1-1NC)
    Paul Daley (40-16-2)
    Neiman Gracie (8-0)
    Logan Storley (8-0)
    Guilherme Vasconcelos (10-4)
    Lorenz Larkin (19-7)
    Joaquin Buckley (8-2)
    Vaso Bakocevic (34-16-1)
    Haim Gozali (8-5)
    Zak Bucia (18-10)
    Josh Koscheck (17-11)
    Gerald Harris (25-6)
    Ed Ruth (6-0)
    Danasabe Mohammed (5-1)
    Mohammad Yahya (5-1)
    Aaron Chalmers (4-0)
    Joey Davis (4-0)
    Javier Torres (10-4)
    Kevin Ferguson Jr (3-1)
    Dillon Danis (1-0)
    Khonry Gracie (0-1)

    Lightweight (146-155):


    Brent Primus (C) (8-0)
    Michael Chandler (18-4)
    Benson Henderson (25-8)
    Patricky Freire (19-8)
    Goiti Yamauchi (22-3)
    Derek Campos (19-7)
    Brandon Girtz (15-8)
    Saad Awad (23-9)
    Derek Anderson (15-3-1NC)
    Adam Piccolotti (10-2)
    Josh Thomson (22-9-1NC)
    Roger Huerta (24-10-1-1NC)
    JJ Ambrose (28-8-2NC)
    Ryan Couture (11-6)
    Ryan Scope (11-1)
    Andre Fialho (9-1)
    Carrington Banks (7-1)
    Mandel Nallo (6-0)
    Mihail Nica (6-1)
    Joshua Jones (7-2)
    Jake Smith (7-2)

    Featherweight (136-145):


    Patricio Freire (C) (26-4)
    Pat Curran (23-7)
    Juan Archuleta (19-1)
    Emmanuel Sanchez (17-3)
    AJ McKee (11-0)
    Daniel Straus (25-8)
    Daniel Weichel (39-9)
    John Teixeira (21-3-2)
    Henry Corrales (15-3)
    Justin Lawrence (11-5)
    Noad Lahat (12-3)
    Robbie Peralta (19-8)
    Sam Sicilia (16-9)
    Daniel Crawford (10-2)
    Saul Rogers (12-2)
    Adam Borics (7-0)
    Aridane Romero (7-1)
    Chinzo Machida (5-3)
    Cris Williams (3-1)
    Aaron Pico (3-1)
    Gaston Bolanos (3-1)
    Tywan Claxton (2-0)
    Lance Lee (1-0)
    Jay-Jay Wilson (1-0)
    Daniel Pineda (22-13)

    Women's Featherweight (136-145):


    Julia Budd (C) (11-2)
    Talita Nogueira (7-0)
    Pam Sorenson (7-2)
    Sinead Kavanagh (5-2)
    Olga Rubin (4-0)
    Felicia Spencer (4-0)
    Arlene Blencowe (10-7)
    Martyna Czech (3-0-1)
    Amanda Bell (5-5)
    Roberta Rovel (4-1)
    Amber Leibrock (3-1)
    Janay Harding (3-3)

    Bantamweight (126-135):


    Darrion Caldwell (C) (12-1)
    Michael McDonald (18-4)
    Eduardo Dantas (20-5)
    Joe Warren (15-7)
    Joe Taimanglo (24-8-1)
    Leandro Higo (18-4)
    Dominic Mazzotta (14-2)
    Jeremiah Labiano (11-6)
    Jordan Howard (10-4)
    James Gallagher (7-0)
    Ricky Bandejas (10-1)
    Mike Kimbel (1-0)
    Gabe Carassco (0-0)

    Women's Flyweight (116-125):


    Ilima-Lei MacFarlane (C) (8-0)
    Juliana Velasquez (7-0)
    Valerie Letourneau (10-6)
    Lena Ovchynnikova (12-5)
    Ariane Lipski (11-3)
    Anastasia Yankova (5-1)
    Gillian Robertson (5-2)
    Sabina Mazo (5-0)
    Bruna Ellen (4-1)
    Alejandra Lara (7-2)
    Colleen Schneider (11-8)
    Rebecca Ruth (6-3)
    Kristi Lopez (3-0-1)
    Keri Anne Melendez (2-0)
    Emily Ducote (6-4)
    Kristina Williams (2-1)
    Heather Hardy (2-1)
    Denise Kielholtz (2-1)
    Sabriye Sengul (0-0)
    Veta Arteaga (3-2)
    Jessica Middleton (3-4)
    Brooke Mayo (0-2)


    Heavyweight Champion: Fedor Emelianenko

    Light Heavyweight Champion: Ryan Bader
    (24/06/2017-Present) (1 Defence)

    Middleweight Champion: Gegard Mousasi

    Welterweight Champion: Rory MacDonald

    Lightweight Champion: Brent Primus

    Featherweight Champion: Patricio Freire (2x)

    Women's Featherweight Champion: Julia Budd
    (03/03/2017-Present) (1 Defence)

    Bantamweight Champion: Darrion Caldwell
    (06/10/2017-Present) (1 Defence)

    Women's Flyweight Champion: Ilima-Lei MacFarlane
    (03/11/2017-Present) (1 Defence)

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    New Bellator Signings and Match Announcements!

    ​It's just been announced via Twitter from Bellator CEO Scott Coker, that former UFC Flyweight Championship contender and RIZIN Bantamweight star Kyoji Horiguchi (24-2) has signed a 4-Fight contract with Bellator MMA. After swift negotiations with RIZIN, who Bellator have a working relationship with, Kyoji will be allowed to fight for both promotions, as his next fight will be at RIZIN 11 against Hiromasa Ogikubo (17-3-2). Horiguchi is currently on a 9-Fight winning streak, having defeated the likes of Hideo Tokoro (34-30-2), Shintaro Ishiwatari (25-7-4), Louis Gaudinot (8-4-1NC), Chico Camus (17-8-1NC) & Ali Bagautinov (17-6).

    Horiguchi isn't the only RIZIN star to sign this kind of deal, as rising Women's Featherweight "King" Reina Miura (9-1) and veteran Flyweight Rin Nakai (20-2-1) have signed the same 4-Fight deals with Bellator. Rin is on a 4-Fight winning streak, coming off a win over Young Ji Kim (1-3) and has beaten the likes of Sarah D'Alelio (11-7), Brenda G0nzales (8-3) & Tara LaRosa (22-5), with her only two losses coming in 2014 & 2016 in the UFC, when she lost by decision to Leslie Smith (10-7) & Miesha Tate (18-7). Reina is on a 2-Fight win streak and her only loss coming at the chands of Cindy Dubois by Spilt Decision. Both women also have upcoming RIZIN fights, with Rin taking on Shizuka Sugiyama (16-5-1) at RIZIN 11 and Miura going head to head with Kaitlin Young (7-9-1) at RIZIN 12.

    Also announced, was at Bellator 204, We'll have the next round in the Heavyweight Grand Prix as Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader (25-5) takes on Matt Mitrione (13-5) as the new main event. Another announcement was for Bellator 203, as Kickboxing and MMA legend Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1-2NC) takes on Chidi Njokauni (18-5) in what's sure to be an incredible striking battle.

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    Bellator: 2018 Recap (July-December) Heavyweights

    The Heavyweight division heading into 2018 was about one thing: The Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix. With the Quarter-Finals all done and dusted, we started to move into the Semi-Final fights. At Bellator 204, the first Semi was held, as the Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader (25-5) did battle with Matt "Meathead" Mitrione (12-5). Bader was heading into this fight with a incredible performance against Muhammed Lawal (21-7), TKOing him in the 1st round, while Mitrione is coming off a Majority Draw win over Roy Nelson (23-15). The fight was an war, as Mitrione came out all guns blazing, catching Ryan early and looked like he was going to get the TKO win early. Bader however managed to survive and nail a big double-leg slam to Matt, transitioning to Full-Mount and landed heavy elbows and punches to the right eye of Mitrione, referee Frank Trigg jumping in at 1.39. Bader in the post-fight interview credited Matt for his big strikes and issued a warning to Fedor Emelianenko (37-5) and Chael Sonnen (30-15-1), that nothing is gonna stop him from lifting up two Bellator titles in the finals.

    Ryan Bader (26-5) defeated Matt Mitrione (12-6)

    Speaking of Fedor & Sonnen, the dream match surprisingly wasn't put on a card as a headline, it was put on the co-main event of Bellator 205. During the build-up to the fight, Chael would verbally castrate Fedor, calling him one of the most overrated fighters in the history of MMA. Sonnen would call out the former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion for being fake and that Fedor only has one way of winning this fight, while Sonnen has twenty. Fedor brushed off a lot of the insults, saying that Chael is as predictable as he is talented, and that he's looking forward to this fight more than any other fight in the tournament, because he gets to shut up the biggest loudmouth in Mixed Martial Arts. The fight in the 1st round was complete domination by Chael Sonnen, the American Gangsta taking Emelianenko down with a vicious Double-Leg Takedown and some hard hammerfists, but The Last Emperor managed to take them and transition to his feet. Chael kept him up against the fence, getting a trip takedown and landing some big shots, but Emelianenko sprawled out and backed away. We end Round 1 with Fedor attempting a huge right hand but Sonnen grabbing him and getting a single-leg takedown as we enter Round 2. Fedor's right eye started to swell and Sonnen looked loose and confident. Chael smiles as Round 2 begins and charges at Fedor for a huge takedown, but Fedor out of nowhere nails a huge overhead right hand to the jaw! "The Last Emperor" lands some huge shots and Jason Herzog leaps in to stop the fight! at 0.40 in Round 2, Sonnen got KO'ed by the PRIDE Legend. Sonnen was gracious in defeat, shaking hands with Fedor and letting him have his moment, and in the post-fight press conference, was emotional about how he got way too confident in Round 2, and if he just held back and not rushed in, he would've got the win. Fedor thanked Sonnen for the fight and agreed that Chael dominated the 1st round, but simply said that it doesn't matter how much posession you have, it only matters if you get the win and that's what happened.

    Fedor Emelianenko (38-5) defeated Chael Sonnen (30-16-1)

    Fedor vs Sonnen wasn't the only big heavyweight fight at Bellator 205 however, as Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (37-13) took on his longtime rival, "The Axe Murderer" Wanderlei Silva (35-13-1-1NC) in a fight that didn't deliver on the hype. During the build-up the two traded verbal and physical blows both at the Bellator 205 Press Conference and at the weigh-ins, Wanderlei shoving Jackson twice with extra security needing to be brought in. Silva has beaten Jackson twice, with 2 huge knockout wins, and "Rampage" winning their last fight with a huge knockout, so fans were expecting a knockdown, drag-out war. The two started off hot, with both fighters landing HUGE bombs on each other in the 1st Round, with Wanderlei clipping Jackson early on in the fight and tried to go for the knockout, but Quinton manages to fight out with a right hand of his own, clinches Silva up and nail a hard slam. Jackson gets in half guard and lands some big elbows, but Silva survives the blows till the buzzer goes off. Unfortunately that was the highlight of the fight, as both men were incredibly gassed going into the 2nd, where the only real strikes being thrown that had at least some impact was a nice left-left-right uppercut combo by Quinton that rocked Silva, but not enough to knock him down. By the time the 3rd Round came around, both men never really threw anything on significance, to the point where Dan Miragliotta had to issue a warning. To make matters worse, when the two did start trading, Silva kneed Jackson in the groin, meaning he got 30 seconds to recover. The fans hated this fight, as evident by the mass booing and chants of "Boring!" "Rampage" won the fight by Unaminous Decision, winning with scores of 30-26, 30-26 and 30-25. The fight was widely criticised by fans and news outlets, but Scott Coker hasn't ruled out having one last fight between the two to end the rivalry, that fight is expected to come around mid-2019.

    Quinton Jackson (38-13) defeated Wanderlei Silva (35-14-1-1NC)

    The next event, Bellator 206, saw the legendary Sergei Kharitonov (27-6-1NC) take on an up and coming undefeated fighter in Everett Cummings (15-0) in undoubtably his biggest test to date. Kharitonov was coming off a 5 fight unbeaten streak and looked to make it 6, while Everett was looking to add his most high profile scalp to his 15 fight win streak. The fight saw Sergei and Cummings start off slow, feeling each other out until Kharitonov got taken down by Cummings. Everett worked the top game for a few seconds before grabbing the arm and, in on of the most surprising moments in Bellator history, got Sergei in the Keylock for the submission victory at 3.35! After referee Yves Levigne raised Cummings hand, Everett thanked his family for coming out to support him and his team for the intense training. Everett was quick to call out his next opponent, none other than Cheick Kongo (28-10-2) where he intends to make an even bigger name for himself.

    Everett Cummings (16-0) defeated Sergei Kharitonov (27-7-1NC)

    The next two Bellator shows, 207 & 208 would have a bit of a break from the heavyweights, but they'd return in the Main Event of Bellator 209, as the original main event for Bellator 200 got rescheduled to this event. The debuting PRIDE, K-1 and UFC Legend, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (26-11-2-1NC), going head to head with Roy "Big Country" Nelson (23-15). These two have traded words for the past year, with Roy Nelson constantly bringing up Cro Cop's alleged drug use, with Cro Cop firing back that he's going to headkick Roy's "fat ass" across the cage, so there's a lot of bad blood heading into this fight and it didn't disappoint. After two minutes of feeling each other out with jabs and leg kicks, Roy landed a big left hook that staggered "Cro Cop," leading to "Big Country" getting Mirko against the cage and wailing on him. Filipovic however ducked out the way of the flurry and spent the rest of the round dodging Nelson, with Roy landing one last big right hand as the round ended. Round 2 saw Filipovic pick up the pace in his attacking, working over the ribs of Nelson with body shots and kicks,while Roy has cut Cro Cop's left eyebrow and starts bloodying it up with quick jabs and strikes to the cut. Mirko dodges a huge overhand right by Nelson and gets a Thai Clinch with him, landing some hug knees to the body against the cage and landing a big right hand that busts Roy's nose as we end Round 2 with both Roy and Mirko just wailing on each other. Roy accidentally nails Cro Cop after the bell, with referee Mike Beltran telling Nelson "if that sh*t happens again, a point's getting taken off." Roy touches gloves with Mirko to show that it was accidental and as we go to Round 3, Roy fakes a huge left hand and gets a nice takedown on Mirko. "Big Country" is in full-guard, attempting to transition to side control but "Cro Cop" sprawls and gets to his feet. OH! Filipovic lands a massive right high kick to Nelson, knocking him down! Mirko immiediately senses blood in the water, getting full mount and starts raining down elbows to the face and Mike Beltran drags Filipovic off at 2.15! After the fight, both men shake hands and when Cro Cop is asked who he wants next, he simply looks into the camera, smiles and says "Fedor." To a HUGE reaction from the crowd and the commentary team.

    Mirko Filipovic (27-11-2-1NC) defeated Roy Nelson (23-16)

    At Bellator 210, before we saw the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, the two Semi-Finalists would do battle as Chael Sonnen took on Matt Mitrione. Sonnen stated multiple times in interviews that he views this match as his opportunity to get a shot at the Heavyweight title, calling Matt a nice guy, but that won't stop him from tapping him out and showing everyone why you never mess with a Gangster. Mitrione simply said that he's gonna punch his fist through Chael's head. The fight however never lasted long, as as soon as the bell rang, Mitrione landed a MASSIVE uppercut to the jaw, knocking out Chael at just 0.09! "Meathead" ran around the ring, ecstatic at his quickest knockout in his career, while referee Mike Beltran is busy checking on Sonnen. Mitrione stated after his win, he wants one more win before challenging for the Heavyweight title,before calling out new Bellator signing Josh Barnett! "The Warmaster" entered the Bellator cage and the two beasts staredown and trade words, before Matt shoves Barnett! Josh attempts to go for Mitrione but the commission and referees keep the two monsters apart from each other. At the post-fight press conference, Chael is beaten down and clearly upset, as this is his second KO loss in a row. Sonnen talks about his career and how people call him "The Greatest Runner-Up in MMA History," and how that deeply upsets him. He talks about his father and how he promised him on his deathbed he'd win a world title, but everytime he gets close he just falls short. A reporter asks Chael about retiring, but Sonnen says he's gonna sign one more 4-Fight deal with Bellator, then after that who knows, but right now he just wants to go home and be with his family.

    Matt Mitrione (13-6) defeated Chael Sonnen (30-17-1)

    We get to the main event of Bellator 210, the final to the biggest tournament in Bellator history, as "The Last Emperor," The 8-year reigning PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, Fedor Emelianenko takes on the reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion, Ryan "Darth" Bader. Both men are looking to make history, as Bader is looking to hold both the Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight Championships at the same time, while Emelianenko is looking to win his first title in the United States and show everyone that he's not dead yet. The odds are quite close, but the general consensus heading into this historic bout is that Bader will have the advantage due to his form being overall better, heading into this fight with a 6-Fight win streak, including crushing wins over Antonio "Little Nog" Nogueira, King Mo & Matt Mitrione. Marc Goddard was the referee for this legendary fight. The 1st Round saw Ryan storm towards Fedor, looking to keep the pressure and try catch the legend with some big shots, but Emelianenko showed his defence skills as he parried and dodged several fight ending blows, even landing one or two hard shots to the Light Heavyweight Champ. Bader fakes a right hand and picks up Fedor, landing a huge double-leg takedown slam! Ryan gets side control and attempts a Keylock, but Fedor fights out of it and sprawls, getting to his back, but Bader gets on top of the Russian in Back Mount, trying to get a Rear-Naked Choke, flattening out Fedor, but the buzzer goes off just at the end of Round 1. Both men still look fresh, but the round has to go to Ryan. Round 2 saw both men go for each other with an amazing back and forth striking exchange, sending the crowd to their feet, ending when Ryan getting behind Fedor and getting a beautiful waistlock takedown. Ryan lands some big shots to Fedor on the ground, but Fedor gets Bader in the full guard position. Bader attempts a big elbow to the head but Fedor just shifts his head out the way and as Bader tries to transition to mount, scrambles to get back onto his feet. Bader locks Emelianenko in the clinch and pushes him against the cage, landing huge knees to the ribs as we end Round 2. Round 3 saw Bader once again land a huge slam to Fedor and attempting to lock in an Armbar early, but "The Last Emperor" isn't done fighting yet and escapes the Armbar attempt, transitioning to being on top of Ryan in the guard. Fedor lands some Hammerfists before managing to escape the guard and stand up with Bader, daring him to come at him. Ryan obliges and the two once again are trading huge bombs in the centre of the cage. OH! Fedor rocks Ryan! Ryan tries to back away but Fedor again with a massive leaping right hand to the jaw knocking Bader down and now Emelianenko is standing over Ryan, landing some huge blows! Is it over?! IT'S OVER! Fedor Emelianenko is the winner of the Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament! At 1.45 Fedor Emelianenko has won his first MMA World Title in the United States! Fedor raises his arms in victory as Scott Coker puts the Bellator Heavyweight Title around his waist andhe & Bader hug after the announcement, Bader being heard saying "Thank you" to Fedor, then to his translator in case he never heard. Fedor bows to Ryan as John McCarthy asks Emelianenko how he feels. The new champ replies that he feels great and that it's been a long, hard road, but now he's back on top of the mountain. McCarthy brings up Mirko Filipovic calling him out at Bellator 209, Fedor states that he's goingto be a fighting champion, and if Cro Cop wants a rematch, then he's going to get it! Cro Cop enters the cage, applauding Fedor and the two shake hands, before staring down to close 210.

    Fedor Emelianenko (39-5) defeated Ryan Bader (26-6) for the Bellator Heavyweight Championship

    New Heavyweight Signings:

    The Heavyweight division may have only got three new signings, but boy are they big! The first signing being one of the most controversial, as Heavyweight favourite, Mark Hunt (14-12-1-1NC) joined the roster! After Mark knocked out Oleksiy Oliynyk at UFC Fight Night 136, he posted on Twitter that he had left the UFC, claiming that he's sick of being constantly mistreated and getting "S**t all over" by Dana White, calling him a "p***k" and a liar. Dana of course responded calling Mark a liar and a egomaniac. A month after the Oliynyk fight, Bellator and Scott Coker held a Press Conference announcing the signing of "The Super Samoan" to a 4-Fight deal. Hunt has been glowing in his endorsement of Bellator and Coker, telling any outlet that "If you're in the UFC and want to actually be treated like a real person, get outta there and join Bellator." It's unknown when Hunt will fight in Bellator, but we do have a guess who it might be against...

    Another big signing was the signing of Brazilian Heavyweight, Antonio "Big Foot" Silva (19-12-1NC). "Big Foot" has been on a downslide in his career, currently on a 5-Fight losing streak, his last win coming back in August 2015 against Soa Palelei. When asked who he'd like to fight when joining Bellator, Silva said he'd like to fight Mark Hunt in a trilogy fight and go from there. Antonio said that he's only signed a 2-Fight deal for Bellator, and if he ends his losing streak he'll resign and maybe go for a title, but if not it'd just be for the best if he retired.

    Last but not least, none other than Josh "The Warhammer" Barnett (38-5) joined the Bellator MMA Roster in November of 2018! Josh is just off a long legal battle with USADA, saying that he is still on good terms with Dana and the UFC, however USADA really screwed him over and he just can't fight under those conditions. Josh at Bellator 210 got in Matt Mitrione's face, getting shoved by "Meathead." Barnett stated after the event he's gonna get Mitrione inside the cage and he's gonna beat the "everloving p**s out the big bastard."
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