David Branch and the World Series of Fighting have parted ways and Jason Floyd gives his take on what this means for the future of the World Series of Fighting on this week’s episode of The MMA Report Podcast.

Speaking of free agency, what’s the latest with Ryan Bader? Has Bader officially signed with Bellator MMA? While UFC President Dana White says Bader is gone, the Ultimate Fighter 8 winner stated on Tuesday that it’s not official and Jason tells you why you should not be surprised that Bader is heading to Bellator.

Also on this episode of the podcast, Jason talks about some of the latest fight bookings in mixed martial arts and has seven fighter interviews. First, Jason speaks with UFC heavyweight Curtis Blaydes about his victory this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 104 against Adam Milstead. Curtis talks about his dominating victory, should a corner stop the fight, changes in his training and what he has planned for his upcoming birthday.

Following the interview with Blaydes, Jason is joined by Bellator lightweight Patricky “Pitbull” Freire to preview his fight next week in the co-main event of Bellator 172 against Josh Thomson. Pitbull talks about his training partners for this fight and what he needs to do to walk away with a victory next week in San Jose.

Then Jason turns his attention to next week’s CFFC 63 as he is joined by Bill Algeo and Tanner Saraceno. Algeo previews his featherweight title fight against champion Jared Gordon and Saraceno talks about his fight against Matt Socholotiuk.

The final three interviews on this episode of the podcast is with fighters who will be part of Saturday’s Valor Fights 40 in Tennessee. Edward Massey and Zac Cooper preview their matchup in the main event of the fight card and Cole Ferrell talks about his matchup against Brandon Grimmett.

The podcast wraps up by Jason giving a quick rundown of Saturday’s UFC 208 and explains why he is interested in seeing the light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Jared Cannonier.

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11 Responses

  1. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Lorenz Larkin is not the first top free agent Bellator has passed on.
    They also passed on: Overeem, Funk Master, Shields, Okami, Fitch, etc.

  2. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Oli Thompson is rumored to rematch Pudianowski at KSW in May according to Tapology. But he has a fight next Saturday vs Kongo. Do you know anything about this?

  3. RODNEY P

    With the news of Rory MacDonald making his Bellator debut against Paul Daley on May 19 in England, I hope that means Michael Venom Page versus Chidi Njokuani on that same card. That is probably wishful thinking because I can see Bellator more likely matching up Michael Venom Page against the Andre Fialho or Brennan Ward or Derek Anderson since all are coming off losses. Or matching MVP up against David Rickels or even Dakota Cochrane since both can move up and fight at welterweight. Jason Floyd and Daniel Galvan, what are your thoughts who Bellator is going to matchup against MVP on that London card?

  4. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Belllator 170 had an attendance of 13k and gate of 1.1 million. According to Wiki.

    • Jason Floyd

      The attendance for Bellator 170 was 9,684 (7,134 tickets sold) and gate was $562,930. That information was released by the California State Athletic Commission on Friday.

      • Hardcore MMA Fan

        I hate Wiki. Most of the time Wiki is wrong. People just mess with everyone on it. I wish the Athletic Commissions would announce every Bellator attendances and gates.

  5. Hardcore MMA Fan

    I saw an interview where Scott Coker said they had close to 16k attendance. I think it was the Ireland card.

    • Jason Floyd

      The Ireland card in December was at the 3Arena and the capacity of that venue is 13,000. I do not know what it was scaled to for the Bellator show.

      • Hardcore MMA Fan

        I remember seeing an interview with Scott Coker where he said there was close to 16k attendance. I think it was for one of their kickboxing events.

  6. Hardcore MMA Fan

    Do you know what the attendance and gate was for their London card at the O2 Arena?