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  • Harrod appeared at Bellator 194

    MMA: Lindsey Harrod pleased with Bellator's switch to less revealing ring girl attire

    At Bellator's Feb. 16 event at Mohegan Sun, the promotion unveiled a bold new look for its team of ring card girls, scrapping booty shorts in favor of black leggings. No official reason was given for the move, but there's no doubt it was a welcome change in appearance for the ladies. With pro-MMA...
  • Liam McGeary makes long-awaited return at Bellator 194

    Liam McGeary makes long-awaited return at Bellator 194

    After close to a year on the sidelines, former Bellator light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary (12-2) makes his grand return to the cage at Bellator 194. The show goes down Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. McGeary, 35, is slated to welcome Russian striker Vadim Nemkov (8-2) to the Bellator MMA...
  • MMA: Should Bellator continue to be in the Anastasia Yankova business?

    MMA: Should Bellator continue to be in the Anastasia Yankova business?

    As the calendar turned to 2016, Bellator MMA looked to elevate its profile by ushering in a new women's 125-pound division. The company signed Anastasia Yankova -- a marketable Russian beauty and high-level Muay Thai practitioner -- to be the face of the female flyweights. Then just 24 years old...
  • Shamrock Fighting Championships to celebrate 300th show with star-studded spectacular

    Shamrock Fighting Championships to celebrate 300th show with star-studded spectacular

    Shamrock Fighting Championships is going all-out for its 300th MMA show. The event, scheduled for Dec. 1 at St. Louis' River City Casino, will be a celebration of the promotion's past and a glimpse into the future -- with a smattering of A-list stars expected to be in attendance. "There will be all...
  • Lisa Blaine: Being Bellator's underdog makes winning 'that much sweeter'

    Lisa Blaine: Being Bellator's underdog makes winning 'that much sweeter'

    Lisa "Insane" Blaine (2-0) loves that no media members gave her attention and that barely any fans were talking about her in the lead-up to Bellator 185. All the talk and buzz was about her opponent -- boxing world champion Ana Julaton. For Blaine, the media snubs and fan disinterest was perfectly...
  • Video: Shelly Vincent mocks Heather Hardy from cageside seats at Bellator 185

    Video: Shelly Vincent mocks Heather Hardy from cageside seats at Bellator 185

    After heckling Heather "The Heat" Hardy -- and getting tossed out by security -- at the Bellator 185 weigh-in, Shelly Vincent wasn't expected to show up to Mohegan Sun for the fights the following night. Most folks in the MMA community thought she got her kicks in at the weigh-in, and wouldn't dare...
  • Coker is still down to match Hardy with Julaton

    Bellator MMA: Coker still open to setting up Julaton vs. Hardy

    There's still a chance boxing champions Ana Julaton and Heather "The Heat" Hardy will collide inside the Bellator MMA cage. At the Bellator 185 post-fight press conference, Scott Coker told the media he's still open to setting that fight up -- despite the fact that both women lost badly at Mohegan...
  • Bellator MMA: Mayo wants Yankova or Williams next

    Bellator MMA: Mayo wants Yankova or Williams next

    In an exclusive interview with AXS, California flyweight sensation Brooke "The Bully" Mayo revealed that she wants her next Bellator opponent to be either Anastasia Yankova or Kristina Williams. Mayo, 25, is still looking to get her first pro MMA victory after suffering back-to-back defeats -- a...
  • Bellator 185: Shelly Vincent continues legendary feud with Heather Hardy

    Bellator 185: Shelly Vincent continues legendary feud with Heather Hardy

    Shelito Vincent was the unlikely star of the Bellator 185 weigh-in, as the hard-hitting boxer "ran up" on Heather "The Heat" Hardy and heckled her for the duration of the event. She posted video of the incident on her official Instagram account. With all the Bellator 185 main card fighters making...
  • Bellator 185 weigh-in results: Hardy, Julaton official for main card bouts

    Bellator 185 weigh-in results: Hardy, Julaton official for main card bouts

    Boxing legend Heather "The Heat" Hardy (1-0) and promotional newcomer Ana "The Hurricane" Julaton (2-2) both made weight for their respective Bellator 185 main card bouts, with the former tipping the scales at the women's flyweight limit of 126 pounds and the latter weighing in at 125.5. The 35-year...
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    Photos: Bellator 185's Heather Hardy greets fight fans in New York City

    Heather "The Heat" Hardy's meet-and-greet on Oct. 4 in New York City had plenty of comic relief, including one MMA fan who showed up with a skateboard-riding dog in a New York Yankees cap. That fan had his pup join in for a pic with Hardy, and she was absolutely loving it. Clearly amused by the zany...
  • Bellator 183: Brooke Mayo 'has sights set' on flyweight title

    Bellator 183: Brooke Mayo 'has sights set' on flyweight title

    Brooke "The Bully" Mayo (0-1) isn't looking past her Bellator 183 opponent, but she has made it no secret that she's eyeing a world title shot sometime in the not so distant future. She wants a championship opportunity against the winner of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote, a fight set for...
  • Bellator is giving away a Fedor Emelianenko bobblehead

    Bellator's upcoming bobblehead giveaway is an industry game-changer

    Bellator is giving away limited edition Fedor Emelianenko bobbleheads to the first 5,000 fans to show up to San Jose's SAP Center for Bellator 183, marking one of the first times in MMA history that a major promotion has turned to a fan giveaway gimmick to drive ticket sales. Promotional giveaways...
  • Can Zach Freeman become Bellator's prospect killer?

    Can Zach Freeman become Bellator's prospect killer?

    Zach Freeman (9-2) already derailed the hype train of Aaron Pico, the most talked-about prospect in MMA history. "The Altar Boy," heading into "Bellator NYC" as a 10-to-1 underdog, shocked the world by smoking the surging 20-year-old in just 24 seconds. Freeman stole Pico's thunder -- and the media...
  • Heather 'The Heat' Hardy in no rush for Bellator title shot

    Heather 'The Heat' Hardy in no rush for Bellator title shot

    Heather "The Heat" Hardy (1-0) made a huge statement at "Bellator NYC," introducing herself to MMA fans with a third-round TKO finish of Alice "The Soccer Mom" Yauger. The 35-year-old used her elite boxing skills -- fancy footwork, high-level head movement and a crisp jab -- to earn the biggest win...
  • Coker plans to crown new Bellator heavyweight champ by end of 2017

    Coker plans to crown new Bellator heavyweight champ by end of 2017

    A new Bellator heavyweight champion will be crowned by the end of 2017, according to Scott Coker. The Bellator boss man, appearing on June 26 episode of the "The MMA Hour" podcast, told host Ariel Helwani that he's going to put a belt around the waist of one of the big men on his roster sometime in...
  • Reporter got 'nervous' after Sonnen called her a 'sweet potato' during Bellator NYC press conference

    Reporter got 'nervous' after Sonnen called her a 'sweet potato' during Bellator NYC press conference

    The biggest moment of the "Bellator NYC" pre-fight press conference was Chael "The American Gangster" Sonnen's bizarre interaction with Spanish reporter Agripina Carretero de la Hoz. Sonnen playfully flirted with her, calling her a "sweet potato" and saying he was "excited" and "distracted." How did...
  • Video: Dave Navarro delivers incredible rendition of National Anthem during Bellator NYC

    Video: Dave Navarro delivers incredible rendition of National Anthem during Bellator NYC

    Legendary musician Dave Navarro had an amazing moment June 24 at Madison Square Garden, delivering a breathtaking, guitar-driven performance of the National Anthem. An AXS contributor, sitting in the upper level of "The World's Most Famous Arena," captured live footage of Navarro's majestic riffage...
  • Bellator NYC: New York fans take aim at Tito Ortiz with expletive-filled chant

    Bellator NYC: New York fans take aim at Tito Ortiz with expletive-filled chant

    New York fight fans got a bit restless during the "Bellator NYC" main event between Chael "The American Gangster" Sonnen and Wanderlei "The Axe-Murderer" Silva. The crowd opened an expletive-filled chant aimed at recently retired MMA legend Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz -- who was...
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    Photos: Gallagher and Hardy steal the show at Bellator NYC

    After years of scouring the globe for free agents and rising prospects, Bellator MMA finally has the young, marketable, up-and-coming talent it has been searching for since Scott Coker took over for Bjorn Rebney in 2014. Bellator's roster is robust, oozing with grizzled veterans and rising stars...
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