Bellator 263

Video, poll: Should Patricio Freire be A.J. McKee’s first Bellator title defense?

This year could be the most important one of the Hall of Fame-worthy career of Patricio Freire. For a good share of the past more than seven years, “Pitbull” Freire has had a Bellator title around his waist. And for part of that time, he had two. But these...

MMA Junkie’s ‘Submission of the Month’ for July: A choke worth $1 million

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMA Junkie looks at the best submissions from July 2021: Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMA Junkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for July. At the bottom of the post, let us know...

Brian Moore eyes November return in Dublin: ‘I’m not missing that show’

" If Bellator does, indeed, return to Dublin, there’s no way Irish bantamweight Brian Moore is going to miss out. Moore (14-7 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), who defeated Jordan Winski via unanimous decision at Bellator 263 on Saturday, wants to ensure that he’s part of the rumored Nov. 5 Bellator...

‘I wasn’t expecting a striking fight’: Goiti Yamauchi surprised himself with first-round TKO at Bellator 263

" Goiti Yamauchi isn’t known for his hands, but they got the job done on Saturday. At Bellator 263, Yamauchi (26-5 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) faced Chris Gonzalez in the first bout on the main card at The Forum in Los Angeles. To the surprise of many, including Yamauchi himself,...

Usman Nurmagomedov wanted longer fight at Bellator 263, says coach Khabib Nurmagomedov was critical of performance

" Usman Nurmagomedov continues to turn heads in the Bellator lightweight division, but wishes he had the opportunity to show more of his game on Saturday. At Bellator 263, Nurmagomedov (13-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) made quick work of Manny Muro, ending the fight in the first round with a...

Victorious at Bellator 263, Mads Burnell anticipates future showdown against A.J. McKee

" Former Cage Warriors featherweight champion Mads Burnell maintained his undefeated run in Bellator and has his sights set on the top of the division. At Bellator 263, Burnell (16-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) defeated Emmanuel Sanchez by unanimous decision in a back-and-forth battle, earning scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27...

Coach Eric Albarracin calls for Patricio ‘Pitbull’ vs. A.J. McKee rematch in Brazil: ‘Let’s switch it up one time’

" Patricio Freire dropped his featherweight title toA.J. McKee at Bellator 263, but his coach Eric Albarracin wants to run it back in a different atmosphere. Saturday’s event took place at The Forum in Los Angeles in McKee’s backyard. The arena was filled with fans cheering his name as...

5 biggest takeaways from UFC on ESPN 28/Bellator 263: Cheyanne Buys’ sad spotlight on fighter pay

What mattered most at UFC on ESPN 28 in Las Vegas and Bellator 263 in Los Angeles? Here are a few post-fight musings from Saturday’s head-to-head events …

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