Bellator 96 takes place tonight at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and will be headlined by Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal facing Seth Petruzelli in one of the Summer Series light heavyweight tournament semifinal bouts.
TheMMAReport.com writers Jason Floyd, Pete DiLorenzo and Casey Hofhenke have released their predictions for tonight’s card.
With Ricardo Lamas no longer having an opponent for UFC 162 in two weeks, he has been pulled from the card and replacing that bout on the main card will be a middleweight bout as Tim Boetsch meets Mark Munoz.
This news was announced on last night’s edition of UFC Tonight by FUEL TV reporter Ariel Helwani and it’s unclear at this time when Lamas will be booked for another fight.
Boetsch and Munoz were scheduled to be the main event of the preliminary card on FX and replacing that fight as the headliner of the preliminary card will be a middleweight bout as Chris Leben faces Andrew Craig.
The current UFC 162 fight card lineup is below and stay tuned for updates on this upcoming UFC fight card.
Main Card: (PPV – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Anderson Silva (33-4) vs. Chris Weidman (9-0)
Frankie Edgar (15-4-1) vs. Charles Oliveira (16-3, 1 NC)
Tim Kennedy (15-4) vs. Roger Gracie (6-1)
Mark Munoz (12-3) vs. Tim Boetsch (12-3)
Cub Swanson (19-5) vs. Dennis Siver (21-8)
Preliminary Card: (FX – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Chris Leben (22-9) vs. Andrew Craig (8-1)
Norman Parke (17-2) vs. Kazuki Tokudome (12-3-1)
Edson Barboza (11-1) vs. Rafaello Oliveira (15-5)
Gabriel Gonzaga (14-7) vs. Dave Herman (21-5)
Preliminary Card: (Facebook – 6:35 p.m. ET/3:35 p.m. PT)
Seth Baczynski (17-7) vs. Brian Melancon (6-2)
Mike Pierce (16-5) vs. David Mitchell (12-2)
The latest mixed martial arts reality show will debut tonight as Fight Master: Bellator MMA will premiere at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV following the main card broadcast of Bellator 96 from Oklahoma.
Fight Master: Bellator MMA is a different concept than The Ultimate Fighter which is the reality show that is produced by the UFC and is currently filming their 18th season.
Instead of having two coaches, Fight Master has four coaches and the coaches on the show are Randy Couture, Frank Shamrock, Greg Jackson and Joe Warren. Another example of how this show is different than TUF is that the fighters will pick their coaches and the coaches will not pick who they want on their team.
Nearly every fan of MMA likely knows who Couture, Shamrock and Jackson are. However, casual fans of MMA likely do not know who Warren is. During his appearance on The MMA Report Live, Warren understands that casual fans may not know who he is and used this opportunity on the reality show to introduce himself to them.
“I think the fighting world knows who exactly who I am and the wrestling world,” Warren said. “The casual fan has probably not heard of me. I went in as the Bellator spokesman and the opportunity to show the rest of the world that I am a good coach also, not just a good athlete. I guess I was an underdog a little bit but I know the coaches real well and I believe I brought a lot more to the table than all of them did. To being a current fighter and winning belts in Bellator and being apart of the organization.”
When Spike TV announced the concept of this reality show, many people wonder if a fighter would pick Warren as their coach. The former Bellator champion knew that this would be an issue and he had to sell himself to the fighters.
“It was any selling point that I could. I was doing everything I could. I was trying to sell ice to eskimos out there. I am sitting next to three of the best coaches in the world. My little attitude towards it was, I better get some guys on my team. I am not sure if anyone is going to pick me so that is kind of interesting to watch all of the fighters pick the coaches and the reasons.”
Warren has coached fighters in the past including current UFC bantamweight fighter Scott Jorgensen. If you are watching Jorgensen fight and you hear a loud cornerman, well that is Warren. I remember sitting on press row for Jorgensen’s fight against Eddie Wineland at UFC on FX 3 last year and I could hear the instructions that Warren was yelling.
I have had the ability to interview fighters in the past that have been a coach on a reality show and they have all talked about the lessons they learned from being a coach. Just like other fighters I have talked to about this, Warren said there were things he learned about being a coach on the show.
“I learned the level of talent is so different on these shows from one guy to the next. As a coach, you try to learn how to get your point across to these guys in the quickest and most efficient way so they can understand it in their brain and their muscle memory to be able to do these things. I was really able to see who my fighters were going to fight and maybe take a few points that I thought my fighters could maybe be in the offensive or positive position in the cage and try to keep them there and teach them how to do it. I just learned how to be properly the most efficient in coaching because you do not have a lot of time.”
Fight Master: Bellator MMA will run every Wednesday night until the live finale takes place on Saturday, September 7th. The live finale will be apart of the season nine debut of Bellator and Warren will be fighting on that show. An opponent for Warren has not been announced at this time but Warren did say he will be fighting at bantamweight (135 lbs) and his days as a featherweight (145 lbs) are over.
New episodes of UFC Tonight and UFC Ultimate Insider debuted last night on FUEL TV and several clips from last night’s shows have been released online including Kenny Florian giving his opinion on referee Steve Mazzagatti.
A trio of fights have been added to UFC 164 on August 31st in Milwaukee with the new bouts being Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero, Jared Hamman vs. Magnus Cedenblad and Pascal Krauss vs. Hyun Gyu Lim.
UFC officials announced the fight booking on Tuesday evening and all of those fights are expected to take place on the preliminary card.
UFC 164 takes place on August 31st from the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee and will be headlined by Benson Henderson defending the UFC lightweight title against TJ Grant.
Brunson (10-2) won his UFC debut at the end of 2012 with a decision win over Chris Leben and was scheduled to face Ronny Markes at UFC on FUEL TV 10 earlier this month. The fight was canceled on the day of the weigh-ins due to Markes being in a car accident and Brunson was pulled from the card. Romero (5-1) is a Strikeforce vet and won his UFC debut earlier this year when he defeated Clifford Starks by TKO in the first round. All of his wins have come by TKO/KO and three of his wins have come in the first round.
Hamman (13-5) has lost back to back fights in the UFC and has a UFC record of 2-4. During his two fight losing streak, both defeats have come by TKO with his most recent defeat coming against Michael Kuiper. Cedenblad (10-4) lost his UFC debut at UFC on FUEL TV 2 and this will be his first fight since that defeat. Nine of his ten career wins are by stoppage with six of those wins coming by TKO/KO.
Krauss (11-1) has won two of his three fights in the UFC and his win over Mark Scanlon in his debut at UFC 122 was awarded the fight of the night bonus. He is coming off a decision win over Mike Stumpf and all of his fights in the UFC have gone to the decision. Lim (11-3-1) won his UFC debut earlier this year against Marcelo Guimaraes and won the fight by knockout. Four of his last five victories are by knockout and he has eight career knockout victories.
The current UFC 164: Henderson vs. Grant card is below:
Benson Henderson (19-2) vs. TJ Grant (21-5) – Lightweight Title bout
Josh Barnett (32-6) vs. Frank Mir (16-7)
Chad Mendes (14-1) vs. Clay Guida (30-13)
Erik Koch (13-2) vs. Dustin Poirier (13-3)
Brandon Vera (12-6, 1NC) vs. Ben Rothwell (32-9)
Soa Palelei (18-3) vs. Nikita Krylov (14-0)
Louis Gaudinot (6-2) vs. Tim Elliot (9-3-1)
Chico Camus (12-4) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (11-7)
Derek Brunson (10-2) vs. Yoel Romero (5-1)
Jared Hamman (13-5) vs. Magnus Cedenblad (10-4)
Pascal Krauss (11-1) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (11-3-1)
The medical suspensions for this past Friday night’s World Series of Fighting 3 event in Las Vegas have been released and nine of the fighters on the card received a suspension including headlining fighter Josh Burkman and Jon Fitch.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission released the medical suspension on Tuesday afternoon.
World Series of Fighting 3 took place at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and the main card was broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network.
Burkman received a 90 day suspension from the commission and he must have his middle finger on his right hand x-rayed and clear by a doctor. Fitch received a 45 day suspension with no contact for 30 days due to a right eyebrow laceration.
The complete WSOF 3 medical suspensions are below:
Josh Burkman: Suspended 90 days and must have middle finger on right hand x-rayed and cleared by doctor
Jon Fitch: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days (right eyebrow laceration)
Tyson Steele: Suspended 21 days with no contact for 14 days
Brian Cobb: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days; additionally, must have left knee cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
Jeff Smith: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days. Also, must have right ribs and nose cleared by doctors or no contest for 180 days
Lyle Beerbohm: Must have right foot x-rayed and cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
Joe Murphy: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days (right knee pain)
Kendrick Miree: Must have left foot x-rayed and cleared by doctor or no contest for 180 days
Richard Montalvo: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days (left cheek laceration)
The UFC announced recently that they would be returning to Boston for the first time since 2010 on August 17th for UFC on FS1 #1, but a report today in the Boston Herald raised questions about the event.
According to the report by the newspaper, there is a state law in Massachusetts that requires mixed martial artists and boxers to have social security numbers to participate in the state.
The UFC has released a statement over the requirements in the state of Massachusetts and the promotion is working on this situation to ensure that all of the athletes on the card will be able to compete.
“For the first time since 2010, the UFC is very excited to return to TD Garden in Boston on Saturday, Aug. 17 with a live event card to coincide with the launch of the FOX Sports 1 network,” the UFC said in a statement. “Tickets went on pre-sale today for the event and are already off to a tremendous start.”
“There were some questions that surfaced regarding licensing requirements for mixed martial artists and boxers to have social security numbers in order to compete in the state of Massachusetts. Last week, these requirements were brought to UFC’s attention and we immediately began working to ensure that all athletes affected by this are in full compliance. We are continuing to work on this and anticipate a positive outcome.”
“We look forward to bringing another successful event to Boston during an incredible week for sports fans in the city.”