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5 biggest takeaways from Bellator 237: What happened to ‘Rampage’ Jackson?, MVP debate, more

What mattered most at Bellator 237 in Saitama, Japan? Here are a few post-fight musings … * * * * * 1. ‘Rampage’ was fun … until he wasn’t Quinton Jackson executed fight week perfectly right up until the moment he got in the cage, and the referee said...

Bellator 237 pre-event facts: ‘Rampage’ Jackson returns from career-long layoff

The final Bellator event of the year takes place Saturday with Bellator 237, which goes down at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, with a main card that airs on Paramount. A heavyweight showdown between fighters who made the majority of their fame in “The Land of the Rising...

Entering Bellator 237 on a loss, Michael Chandler explains the art of handling defeat

Michael Chandler learned an important lesson in 2013 – one he’s carrying with him into Bellator 237. At Bellator 106, Chandler dropped a split decision to Eddie Alvarez. The defeat provided him data to improve inside the cage. But more lessons were learned during its aftermath. “I’ll never make...

Bellator 237 free fight: Relive Michael Chandler’s brutal knockout of Patricky Freire

Michael Chandler’s highlight reel is deep. After all, he is one of the most successful pound-for-pound fighters in Bellator history. Arguably, no finish is more poignant than his 134-second knockout of Patricky Freire at Bellator 157 in June 2016. In a rematch of their May 2011 bout at Bellator...

Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler 2 on tap for Bellator Japan

Bellator’s debut event in Japan now has a co-main event. Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler (19-5 MMA, 16-5 BMMA) will meet former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson(28-8 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) at Bellator Japan, the promotion announced during Friday night’s Bellator 231 broadcast. While both fighters are predominantly known...

Patricio Freire gloats over Bellator 221 win, shuts down Michael Chandler’s response

Let it be known: There is no love lost between Patrico Freire and Michael Chandler. Earlier this month, Freire and Chandler culminated their longstanding feud at Bellator 221, with “Pitbull” needing just 61 seconds to knock out Chandler to win the lightweight title and become a Bellator champ-champ. Ever...

‘Bellator 221 Countdown,’ No. 2: Patricio Freire on how his life changed when he saw a dead body

Bellator is back in the Chicago area next week, and the promotion is producing a special “Countdown” series. Bellator 221 takes place May 11 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The main card streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. In the main event, lightweight champion Michael...

A.J. McKee goes after ‘weenie’ Patricio Freire, heat ensues on Bellator 221 conference call

Considering the lineup for Tuesday’s Bellator 221 conference call, the fact that things got heated wasn’t all surprising. The main source of it, though, probably wasn’t what most people expected. Bellator champions Patricio Freire and Michael Chandler were both on the line to discuss their long-awaited headliner, in which...

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