Bellator has added some popular Chicago-area fighters for it’s season 2 debut. Jeff Curran will take on Joe Doherty, and Felice Herrig’s match with Catia Vitoria has been added to the card. That fight was initially to take place in the Reality Combat Challenge, but now Herrig will have her home crowd behind her.
Bellator’s four first-round fights will take place as part of Bellator XIV on April 15th and Bellator XV on April 22nd. Bellator XIV will be broadcast live from the Chicago Theatre.
Here are the welterweight (170 lbs.) matchups:
- Dan Hornbuckle (19-2) vs. Sean Pierson (9-4)
- Jacob McClintock (6-0) vs. “Judo” Jim Wallhead (18-5)
- Steve Carl (12-1) vs. Brett Cooper (12-5)
Bellator will also conduct tournaments at 145, 155 and 185 lbs. during Season 2 with the winners in each division being declared No. 1 contenders to the current roster of Bellator champions. Fighter pairings for the 145 lbs. tournament were announced last week. Matchups for the remaining two tournaments will be announced in March.
Each of the fights will be broadcast live in prime time on FOX Sports Net. Highlights will be shown the following Saturday night in special action-packed shows on NBC and Telemundo.
“I can’t wait for our welterweight tournament to start,” said Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “It’s turned out exactly as I had hoped it would: world-class talent and well-known names coupled with some tremendous prospects in a tournament that anyone could win. This is what a tournament should be about.”
Some of you might not remember that Clay Guida wasn’t always a UFC fighter. Guida cut his MMA teeth fighting locally in the XFO, Combat Do and Ironheart Crown. He fought in the first-ever events for both the XFO and Combat Do. He also fought in the first Strikeforce event and was the very first Strikeforce lightweight champion.
Guida defeated Josh “The Punk” Thomson to win the belt. Check out Thomson’s face and the special guest who presents the belt. Here is the entire fight.
Josh Thomson Vs Clay Guida Pt 1
It’s easy to see why Guida is so tough. Chuck Norris presented him the championship belt!
One of the biggest names in sports entertainment has partnered with Bellator Fighting Championships to bring four nationally televised MMA events to Chicago and Boston later this year.
Under the terms of this historic co-promotional agreement with Madison Square Garden, Bellator will stage at least two events at the historic Chicago Theatre and at least one event at the famed Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston.
Check out this clip from the former local MMA show “Combatwire”. Miguel Torres shows Felice Herrig the submission flow that allowed him to beat Chase Beebe for the WEC title. Playing the part of Beebe is UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino.
Miguel needs to get back to more of this when he fights Joseph Benavidez at WEC 47 on March 6th. Felice Herrig will fight next on April 17th. Pellegrino will battle Fabricio Camoes at UFC 111.
After some quiet time, local heavyweight Andrei Arlovski sneaks back into the fight world’s consciousness. He took time off from the cage/ring to act in the direct to DVD film “Universal Soldier: Regeneration” and tape an appearance on MTV’s “Bully Beatdown.” Now Andrei is looking for some “regeneration” in the fight game.
Felice “L’il Bulldog” Herrig will fight next at “Reality Combat Championship III”, on April 17th. Herrig scored her first pro MMA win by defeating Michelle Gutierrez at “Unconquered 1: November Reign” by armbar.
Her next opponent is Catia Vitoria. Vitoria holds a 2-0 pro MMA record and has beaten one of the bigger names in women’s MMA, Micghelle Waterson. Waterson might be better known by her nickname, “The Karate Hottie”. Along with Felice, Waterson was named as one of the hottest MMA fighters by Channa Loves MMA.
Here is Vitoria talking about her training regimen after her defeat of Waterson.
Looks as if the L’il Bulldog will have a bit more experienced, and possibly tougher opponent when she faces Vitoria in April.
Big Nog vs. Cain Velasquez. The Axe Murderer vs. Michael Bisping. Jardine vs. Bader. Cro Cop vs. Rothwell. No shortage of great bouts on this card, and even the undercard rocks with Elvis Sinosic, Stephan Bonnar and Chris Lytle all fighting. Here is the quick promo for UFC 110.
Silver Star Antonio Rodrigo Minotauro Nogueira UFC 102 Walkout Tee
Interview with Felice Herrig from 2009.
Gilbert Grappling’s first G2 Fight Night in November was quite a success. The next event is already scheduled and it will take place on Saturday, April 3 at the Tinley Park Convention Center. For more information contact 630.479.6304 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for G2 Fight Night Tickets
XFO 33 continued its local tradition of MMA action by producing exciting and shocking finishes. Check out some highlights provided by top MMA photographer Thomas M. Rozdzynski.