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Bellator 222 Weigh-in Results

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA Bellator 222 had their official weigh-ins this morning for all 18 bouts. Though a few fighters needed the aid of towel, all the fighters made weight. The card is to be headlined by a welterweight championship match and Grand Prix semi-final between champion Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie. In the co-main event, Chael Sonnen takes on the Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida” in a light heavyweight clash. The opening fight on the main card will be the second encounter between Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell and RIZIN FF bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi. Caldwell’s belt is on the line....

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Bellator 222 Open Workouts and Pre-fight Interviews

Just outside the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden, Bellator held open workouts for Friday’s Bellator 222 show. Chael Sonnen, Darrion Caldwell, Lyoto Machida, Kyoji Horiguchi, and Neiman Gracie all took part in workouts. Rory MacDonald appeared but did not do a workout. He only did a short interview with Big John McCarthy. Darrion Caldwell Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell put his title on the line in a second meeting Kyoji Horiguchi. Darrion Caldwell is defending his bantamweight championship against RIZIN FF Bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi. The two previously met at RIZIN 14 where Horiguchi submitted Caldwell with a guillotine choke in the fifth round to retain his championship. The two figthers showed off some...

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Darrion Caldwell Calls Title Defense Against Kyoji Horiguchi “biggest fight of [his] career”

Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA Bellator MMA bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell is extremely confident going into his rematch with RIZIN bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi. Though the first fight did not go in his favor, he appears not to have let it affect him mentally. He is promising a different outcome in this fight. This time, Caldwell’s belt is on the line. The rematch goes down Friday, June 14 at Bellator 222 in Madison Square Garden. Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi 1 The first match between the two happened on New Year’s Eve, 2018 at RIZIN 14, with the inaugural RIZIN bantamweight championship up for...

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Saiga Out of Kickboxing Bout at RIZIN 16; Replaced by Ryuji Horio

Another last minute fight change at RIZIN 16 as Kunitaka now takes on Ryuji Horio. (Photo courtesy of RIZIN FF) .One more fight at RIZIN 16 has been changed four days before the show goes on in Kobe. this time due to medical reasons. A 59 kg/130 pound kickboxing match between Kunitaka and Kizaemon Saiga will now be Kunitaka vs. Ryuji Horio (19-11-3). Saiga was not cleared to fight by the ophthalmologist, an eye doctor, during his pre-fight medical exams. This stems from a previous orbital fracture that he suffered. A press release from RIZIN stated the doctor’s “diagnosis was that Saiga may be suffering...

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Tim Eschtruth Looks “to show the World What [he’s] got” at RIZIN 16

Tim Eschtruth makes his international MMA debut when he takes on Erson “Badman” Yamamoto at RIZIN 16 June 2. Photo courtesy of RIZIN FF. Michigan native Tim Eschtruth (4-1) has never fought outside his home state. Eschtruth, who trains at the Scorpion Fighting System, has not had to travel very far for his five pro fights. On June 2 at RIZIN 16, he will get his wish to travel far away from home when he has his first fight not only outside Michigan but the United States. He will be taking on decorated Greco-Roman wrestler Erson “Badman” Yamamoto (2-4). Erson is the...

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Kana Hyatt Looks to go to “War” with Mamoru “Fullswing” Uoi at RIZIN 16

Kana “The One Man Riot” Hyatt takes on Shooto’s Mamoru “Fullswing” Uoi at RIZIN 16 June 2. (Photo courtesy of RIZIN FF) RIZIN 16 has a lot of great fights on the card. If there is one fight that is going to be a guaranteed brawl, it’s going to be Japan’s Mamoru “Fullswing” Uoi (21-6-5) vs. Hawaii’s Kana “The One Man Riot” Hyatt (16-19). The two clash Sunday, June 2 in Kobe at the Kobe Memorial World Hall. How Hyatt got into MMA Hyatt, 38, joins a long list of fighters who come from the 50th state, including UFC featherweight champion Max...

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VIDEO: PFL 2’s Rashid Magomedov After Loik Radzhabov Win

Photo courtesy of the Professional Fighters League Dagestan’s Rashid Magomedov (23-3-1) didn’t have an easy win at PFL Season 2 Week 2. The UFC veteran took on Tajikistan’s Loik Radzhabov (11-1) in a lightweight bout to see who would advance in the stacked bracket. The judges gave all three rounds to Magomedov, 30-27. The win nets him 3 points in the lightweight bracket. Rashid Magomedov vs. Loik Radzhabov Throughout the three rounds, Magomedov utilized wrestling and judo takedowns to get Radzhabov to the ground. The takedowns were numerous enough that Radzhabov grabbed the cage at one point and received no warning. When standing, Magomedov...

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Natan Schulte Talks First Round Win after PFL Season 2, Week 2

Photo courtesy of PFL. Brazil’s Natan Schulte (15-3-1) got an easy win over China’s Bao Yincang (13-7) when he submitted the Sanda fighter with a rear naked choke in the first round at PFL Season 2 Week 2. The win earns Schulte six points, three for the win and three for the first round stoppage. As of this writing, he is currently leading the pack in the lightweight bracket. In the fight, Schulte took down Yincang and got full mount on him. Yincang gave his back to Schulte who locked in the choke and got the submission in 3:03. Schulte was last year’s...

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