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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Sept. 10: Does UFC 242’s big fights mean big change?

We tend to overstate the implications of a big fight in the MMA space, but Khabib Nurmagomedov’s victory over Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 was felt worldwide. It was big in the Middle East, which Nurmagomedov proved himself an icon. it was big in Nurmagomedov’s Russian homeland, where reportedly...

Bellator signs teenage prospect Lucas Brennan to multi-fight deal

The son of UFC and PRIDE veteran Chris Brennan has inked an exclusive deal with Bellator MMA. Bellator MMA officials today told MMA Junkie that 19-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Lucas Brennan (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has signed a multi-fight contract with the promotion. Brennan made his professional debut...

Bellator 226 post-event facts: Even without win, Ryan Bader makes history

nt" The first half of Bellator’s featherweight grand prix opening round went down on Saturday with Bellator 226. SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., hosted the event, which streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. A heavyweight championship bout headlined the event, though is ended in anticlimactic fashion...

Bellator 226 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms. Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps...

Pedro Carvalho happy to earn respect, and BJJ purple belt, after Bellator 226 victory

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Portuguese featherweight contender Pedro Carvalho kicked off his Bellator featherweight grand prix campaign with an impressive submission finish of respected veteran Sam Sicilia, but admitted he took away a lot more from the contest than just a win. Carvalho (11-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) forced the...

Adam Borics says he ignored corner advice to secure first-round finish at Bellator 226

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Unbeaten Hungarian ace Adam Borics delivered the goods once again as he handed former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran his first stoppage loss and moved on to the quarterfinals of the Bellator featherweight grand prix tournament. Borics (14-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) finished Curran (23-9 MMA,...

Emmanuel Sanchez taps Tywan Claxton to advance in featherweight grand prix

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Emmanuel Sanchez is the first to advance in the Bellator featherweight grand prix. Sanchez (19-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) moved forward in the 145-pound tourney and also handed Tywan Claxton (5-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) his first professional defeat with a second-round triangle choke. The featherweight tournament...

Daniel Carey puts Gaston Bolanos to sleep, calls out…Chael Sonnen?

Bellator 226’s main card got off to an interesting start with a featherweight upset. It looked like striking phenom Gaston Bolanos was setting up another highlight-reel knockout against underdog Daniel Carey. But a brief lapse cost him the fight – and his consciousness. Carey (7-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) slapped on...

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