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Ryan Bader, Bellator 226
Ryan Bader

Ryan Bader reveals that Viacom wouldn't pay replacement opponent for Bellator 300: "They are out"

Josh Evanoff - October 3, 2023

Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader has explained why he’s not fighting on Saturday. ‘Darth’ was originally scheduled to face Linton Vassell at Bellator 300 this weekend. The bout was going to be a rematch of their prior clash in 2017, at Bellator 186. That night, Ryan Bader won by second-round knockout, and he was hoping to score the same result up at heavyweight this time around.

Cain Velasquez
Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez gets court order to allow him to corner teammate Usman Nurmagomedov at Bellator 300

Cole Shelton - October 2, 2023

Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will be in the corner of his teammate Usman Nurmagomedov this weekend at Bellator 300. Velasquez has been out on bail for nearly a year after spending months in jail following charges that included attempted murder. Part of the bail was Velasquez would have to wear GPS tracking. He must also comply with a protective order 300 yards away from the victims in the case and have travel restrictions.

Ryan Bader
Ryan Bader

Linton Vassell vs. Ryan Bader title fight scratched from Bellator 300

Susan Cox - October 2, 2023

The Linton Vassell vs. Ryan Bader heavyweight title fight has been scratched from Bellator 300. Bellator 300 is taking place this coming Saturday, October 7th at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California.

Johnny Eblen
Johnny Eblen

Johnny Eblen denies spitting after Bellator 299 main event, apologizes to Leon Edwards: "We both hate Colby"

Josh Evanoff - September 28, 2023

Bellator champion Johnny Eblen has apologized to Leon Edwards and responded to the recent backlash. ‘The Human Cheat Code’ returned to the cage opposite Fabian Edwards in the main event of Bellator 299. Last Saturday night in Ireland, the two middleweights went head-to-head. The challenger’s brother, Leon Edwards, was also in the corner on fight night, as he watched Johnny Eblen pick up a knockout win.

Logan Paul and Dillon Danis
Dillon Danis

Logan Paul vows to "slaughter" Dillon Danis in the boxing ring or the courtroom

Cole Shelton - September 27, 2023

Logan Paul is ready to beat Dillon Danis, whether it’s in the boxing ring or the courtroom. Paul and Danis are set to box on Oct. 14 in Manchester, England on the Misfits boxing card. Logan was worried that Danis wouldn’t show up so there was a pullout clause put in the contract, so if ‘El Jefe’ backed out he would have to pay Paul $100,000.

Johnny Eblen, Leon Edwards, Fabian Edwards, Bellator 299, Results
Johnny Eblen

Coach Dave Lovell slams Johnny Eblen for spitting on Fabian Edwards following Bellator 299 win: “Be prepared to take the consequences”

Susan Cox - September 25, 2023

Coach Dave Lovell is slamming Johnny Eblen for spitting on Fabian Edwards following Bellator 299 win. Bellator 299 took place this past Saturday night, September 23rd at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

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Johnny Eblen

Johnny Eblen squashes beef with UFC champion Leon Edwards, still wants to fight him

Fernando Quiles - September 24, 2023

Bellator middleweight champion Johnny Eblen had a heated moment with UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards, but the beef has quickly subsided. In the main event of Bellator 299, Eblen put his gold on the line against “Rocky’s” brother Fabian Edwards. Eblen scored a third-round KO win, and things got heated afterwards. At one point, Eblen and Leon Edwards exchanged some words.

Johnny Eblen, Leon Edwards, Fabian Edwards, Bellator 299, Results
Fabian Edwards

Video | Chaos ensues after Johnny Eblen KO's Fabian Edwards at Bellator 299

Chris Taylor - September 23, 2023

All hell broke loose after Johnny Eblen knocked out Fabian Edwards in the headliner of tonight’s Bellator 299 event in Dublin, Ireland. Eblen (14-0 MMA) put his Bellator middleweight title on the line against Edwards (12-3 MMA) this afternoon at 3Arena.

Dillon Danis, Khabib Nurmagomedov
Dillon Danis

Dillon Danis gets restraining order after no-showing Nina Agdal hearing

Cole Shelton - September 20, 2023

Dillon Danis did not show up for his hearing on Tuesday for the restraining order filed by Logan Paul’s fiancee Nina Agdal. According to MMAFighting, Danis didn’t show up which forced the judge to enforce its conditions. Also, Danis “and all persons in active concert or participation with him” are forbidden from posting “sexually explicit photographs” of Agdal without her permission, New Jersey federal judge Madeline Cox Arleo ordered.

Jake Hager
Jake Hager

AEW's Jake Hager announces retirement from MMA: "Bellator was jerking me off, so I retired"

Josh Evanoff - September 20, 2023

Bellator heavyweight contender Jake Hager has announced his retirement from MMA. The former WWE champion famously signed with Bellator in November 2017. Now, a star for AEW, Jake Hager was previously a pretty great collegiate wrestler. He was an All-American at the University of Oklahoma and felt confident enough in his wrestling skills that he could step into the cage.

Patricio Freire, Bellator, Josh Thomson
Patricio "Pitbull" Freire

Patricio Pitbull interested in UFC signing as Bellator-PFL deal looms: "My career deserves it"

Josh Evanoff - September 20, 2023

Former Bellator two-weight champion Patricio Pitbull is interested in heading to the UFC. The Brazilian has been out of action since a short-notice clash with Chihiro Suzuki in July. Stepping up on just a few days’ notice at Bellator X RIZIN 2, Patricio Pitbull suffered a first-round knockout loss. The defeat was the second in a row for the champion, previously losing to Sergio Pettis in June.

AJ McKee

AJ McKee books Bellator return for November, next opponent revealed

Josh Evanoff - September 15, 2023

Former Bellator featherweight champion AJ McKee has booked his return to the cage. ‘Mercenary’ has been out of the cage since a unanimous decision victory over Roberto de Souza last December. AJ McKee’s victory came in the main event of Bellator X RIZIN, and it was his second in a row. That October, he scored a unanimous decision victory over UFC veteran Spike Carlyle.