Bobby Green vs. Jorge Masvidal added to UFC 178

Following victories this past Saturday night at UFC on FOX 12, Bobby Green and Jorge Masvidal will meet each other at September’s UFC 178 in Las Vegas.

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The fight booking was announced by the UFC on Tuesday.

UFC 178 will come from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 27th and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending the UFC light heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier.

Green (23-5) is currently on an eight fight winning streak and four of those wins have come in the UFC. He defeated Josh Thomson by split decision in the opening bout of the UFC on FOX 12 main card on Saturday and his last two wins have come by decision.

Masvidal (27-8) has won back to back fights by unanimous decision and has won five of his last six. This past Saturday night, he defeated Daron Cruickshank on the preliminary card after being dropped by a punch in the first round.

The current UFC 178: Jones vs. Cormier fight card is below.

Jon Jones (20-1) vs. Daniel Cormier (15-0)
Tim Kennedy (18-4) vs. Yoel Romero (8-1)
Dominick Cruz (19-1) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2)
Cat Zingano (8-0) vs. Amanda Nunes (9-3)
Brian Ebersole (50-16, 1NC) vs. John Howard (22-9)
Patrick Cote (20-8) vs. Stephen Thompson (9-1)
Conor McGregor (15-2) vs. Dustin Poirier (16-3)
Bobby Green (23-5) vs. Jorge Masvidal (27-8)

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Bellator 122 Preliminary TV viewership down 12 percent from last month’s Bellator 121

Bellator 122 took place on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California and the card was headlined by Andrey Koreshkov winning the season ten welterweight tournament with a decision victory over Adam McDonough. Bellator 122

According to Nielsen sources, Bellator 122′s preliminary live viewership landed at 582,000 total viewers and this is down 12 percent from last month’s Bellator 122.

The peak of the broadcast was 807,000 and this came during the co-main event as Brandon Halsey won the season ten middleweight tournament by submitting Brett Cooper.

When it came to the competition on cable, the top competition Bellator went against was American Dad (2.081 million) on Adult Swim, WWE Friday Night Smackdown (2.720 million) on SyFy, and Family Guy (1.259 million) on TBS.

The preliminary television ratings for Bellator in 2014 is below.

Bellator 110: 880,000
Bellator 111: 653,000
Bellator 112: 699,000
Bellator 113: 507,000
Bellator 114: 711,000
Bellator 115: 828,000
Bellator 116: 572,000
Bellator 117: 617,000
Bellator 118: 701,000
Bellator 119: 667,000
Bellator 120: 712,000 (PPV Prelims)
Bellator 121: 668,000
Bellator 122: 572,000

Stay with TheMMAReport.com for ongoing coverage of the Nielsen ratings battle between Bellator MMA and the UFC.

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Listen to the WSOF 12 Media Call at 2 p.m. ET

The World Series of Fighting 12 Media Call will take place today and the call will be streamed live on TheMMAReport.com.wsof-flat-color-outline

The call will begin at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT and scheduled to be on the call is World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo, Luis Palomino, Lewis Gonzalez, Ronny Markes, Cully Butterfield, Elvis Mutapcic, and Kelvin Tiller.

TheMMAReport.com lead reporter Jason Floyd will be on the call and will ask questions to the fighters. If you have a question you want him to ask, leave your question in the comment section below.

Following the conclusion of today’s conference call, the complete call will be available on TheMMAReport.com and Soundcloud.

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Japanese bantamweight Hideo Tokoro signs with Bellator

The Bellator bantamweight division has a new fighter as the promotion has signed Japanese fighter Hideo Tokoro. BMMA_Logo

The signing was reported by MMA-In-Asia.com late Monday evening and the story included quote from Tokoro and Bellator President Scott Coker.

Tokoro (32-27-2) has been competing since 2000 and has notable victories over Royler Gracie, Brad Pickett, and Darren Uyenoyama. Since late 2010, he has gone 6-4 and four of those victories have come by stoppage. Currently, he has lost back to back fights and his most recent defeat came in July against Victory Henry.

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The MMA Report Live today at 3 p.m. ET: Recap last weekend’s fights and your phone calls

The MMA Report Live take place today at 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT on RadioInfluence.com and the show is hosted by Jason Floyd of TheMMAReport.com.MMAReportLive

On today’s show,  Jason will recap last weekend’s UFC on FOX 12 and Bellator 122.

Also, the latest news in the world of mixed martial arts including what was said during today’s World Series of Fighting 12 media call.

Along with topics about, Jason will take your phone calls at (813) 434-1037, tweets, and questions can be left in the comment section below.

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TJ Dillashaw excited to be fighting in Sacramento and says Duane Ludwig is currently living with him

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will make his first title defense at the end of next month against former champion Renan Barao and during a recent media scrum, Dillashaw talked about fighting in Sacramento and how Duane Ludwig is currently living with him.

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Dennis Siver vs. Robert Whiteford announced for UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm

A featherweight bout has been announced to the UFC Fight Night 53 card on October 4th in Sweden as Dennis Siver will return from suspension and meet Robert Whiteford.UFC-Fight-Night-Logo

The fight booking was announced by UFC officials on Tuesday morning.

UFC Fight Night 53 will come from the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden on October 4th and the event will air on Fight Pass.

Siver (21-9, 1NC) was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his decision win against Manny Gamburyan at UFC 168. He tested positive for hCg and received a suspension of nine months, along with the result of the fight being overturned to a no-contest.

Whiteford (11-2) made his UFC debut last year and lost his debut to Jimy Hettes at UFC Fight Night 30 by technical submission. He returned at UFC 171 in March and scored a decision victory against Daniel Pineda.

The current UFC Fight Night 53 fight card is below.

Nico Musoke (12-3, 1NC) vs. Amir Sadollah (6-4)
Niklas Backstrom (8-0, 1NC) vs. Mike Wilkinson (8-1)
Dennis Siver (21-9, 1NC) vs. Robert Whiteford (11-2)

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With Bellator 122 in the books, the organization can move forward under Scott Coker

Now only did Bellator wrap up the 2014 Summer Series this past Friday night in Southern California, the organization also finished up the final fight card put together by the previous leadership of Bjorn Rebney.

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Jason Floyd – The MMA Report

The Bellator 122 fight card was a card that was put together by Rebney and his talent development team, not Coker.

I noted this on Twitter last week as the Bellator 122 card was announced on June 16th and Coker was named President of Bellator on the following day.

This past Friday night’s card was headline by two tournament finals, along with the semifinals of the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament. It’s likely that the winner of the light heavyweight tournament final between Liam McGeary and Kelly Anundson will be the last tournament final to take place in the new Bellator under the leadership of Coker. He has already gone on record that the promotion is heading to a more traditional format of putting on fights, instead of the tournament based format that the promotion has been producing since the first Bellator show in 2009.

In the introduction of Coker as Bellator President on June 17th, Coker made the statement that this will be Bellator 2.0. However, I feel that it’s more like Bellator 3.0. From my perspective, Bellator 1.0 was the start of the promotion until Viacom bought a majority interest, Bellator 2.0 was from when Viacom purchased a majority interest in the company until the day that the media company decided to part ways with Rebney and the promotion President Tim Danaher.

Tomorrow will mark the sixth week that Coker has been on the job at Bellator and there is definitely more interest in the promotion now then when Rebney was the leader. As someone that probably covers Bellator more than any other reporter, I can tell you that I get more questions about Bellator now than I ever did when Rebney was running the company.

One of the most popular questions I received from the fans is what will the new Bellator look like? At this time, Coker is not doing interviews so it’s hard to give a good answer on how the promotion will look six months from now. They made two signings last week as they brought back Paul Daley and signed Melvin Manhoef. If Daley can get a visa to enter the United States, it should be a good signing and the Manhoef signing will likely lead to what some people may consider “fun” fights. It would not surprise me if Manhoef’s first fight in Bellator is against Doug Marshall and I think most people would consider that a “fun” fight and would likely end up in someone walking away with a knockout victory.

In the past, Bellator had to use the tournament format to make the fights they wanted. For instance, they had to use the tournament format to make Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. In the new Bellator, they will just make the fight instead of making the fighters go through a four or eight man tournament.

I believe that by the end of the year, we will have a good feeling for the direction of Bellator under Coker. Maybe we end up seeing more former UFC fighters enter the promotion. They could get back to their roots and sign unknown prospects and hope they turn into the next Pat Curran or Michael Chandler. It’s likely it will be a combination of those two things and as I had said repeatedly over the last couple of weeks, interesting times lay ahead for the promotion.

The first true Coker fight card in Bellator will take place on September 5th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The complete fight card was announced last week and I will be attending this show in person. From a media point of view, I am interested to see if the Bellator 123 card on September 5th has the feeling of every other Bellator show I have attended or if it will have a different feel, like Bellator 120 did in May.

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UFC Ultimate Insider: An in-depth look back at UFC 175 and TUF 19 Finale

A new episode of UFC Ultimate Insider debuted last night on Fox Sports 1 and took an in-depth look back at UFC 175 and The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale.

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Henry Cejudo signs with the UFC, meets Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177

Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo has been signed by the UFC to a multi-fight deal and he will make his UFC debut next month against Scott Jorgensen at UFC 177.UFC 177 Poster

The signing and fight booking was announced by the UFC on Friday evening.

UFC 177 will come from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California and will be headlined by TJ Dillashaw defending the UFC bantamweight title against former champion Renan Barao.

Cejudo (6-0) was scheduled to headline Legacy 34 next month, but was recently pulled from the event. He opened his career with fourth straight first round stoppage wins and his last two wins have come by decision.

Jorgensen (15-9) snapped a three fight losing streak last month as he defeated Danny Martinez by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 42. It was his first victory since the end of 2012 and he has gone 1-2 in the UFC 125 pound division.

The current UFC 177: Dillashaw vs. Barao II fight card is below.

TJ Dillashaw (10-2) vs. Renan Barao (32-2, 1NC)
Demetrious Johnson (20-2-1) vs. Chris Cariaso (17-5)
Tony Ferguson (15-3) vs. Danny Castillo (17-6)
Lorenz Larkin (14-3, 1NC) vs. Derek Brunson (11-3)
Bethe Correia (8-0) vs. Shayna Baszler (15-8)
Anthony Hamilton (12-3) vs. Ruan Potts (8-2)
Justin Edwards (8-4) vs. Yancy Medeiros (9-2, 1NC)
Carlos Diego Ferreira (10-0) vs. Ramsey Nijem (9-4)
Ruslan Magomedov (12-1) vs. Richard Odoms (8-1)
Henry Cejudo (6-0) vs. Scott Jorgensen (15-9)

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