Bellator MMA Results & Fighter Quotes From Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL (March 28, 2013)The final results are in for Bellator MMA live from the USF Sundome in Tampa, Florida. The night showcased the Lightweight Tournament Final with David Rickels finishing Saad Awad via TKO in the second round. The event also featured the Light Heavyweight Tournament Final as Emanuel Newton defeated Mikhail Zayats in a unanimous decision. Both winners earned a $100,000 tournament prize and a guaranteed title shot. 
Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Emanuel Newton defeats Mikhail Zayats via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Emanuel Newton:

Thank you Bjorn, Spike and all of the Bellator staff for being behind me. He is a tough opponent and I went out there and put on my best performance. I know I can get better and I have to get better and I am looking forward to my next fight.



Mikhail Zayats:

I want to thank everyone who came out today. I want to thank Bjorn and all of my fans in Russia and all over the world. I was a little upset because I had an injury two days ago and I tried to postpone my fight. Newton is a great fighter and I congratulate him on a good fight.

Lightweight Tournament Final: David Rickels defeats Saad Awad via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 5:00
David Rickels
My hat is off to Awad, he is a great fighter. I am very happy and really excited. I think I’ve showcased a lot of my skills and I believe I have a lot of the facets of the game. I am really looking forward to seeing who I will fight in the championship and I want that belt around my waist.
Saad Awad
Thank you to everyone for supporting me. It didn’t go my way tonight. I broke my hand in the first round and sorry I had to wrestle for two rounds. I really didn’t want to do that. He caught me in the second round and there is nothing I can do about it, congrats.
Welterweight Qualifier Fight: Luis Melo defeats Trey Houston via submission (arm-triangle choke) – R3, 1:09
Luis Melo
I would like to thank god for the opportunity and Bellator and Bjorn for believing in my potential and bringing me here. I have been fighting for over 10 years and I am happy to have the opportunity to fight here and represent in my big my debut. I will always come to fight and I will always come to entertain you guys.  
Trey Houston
Thank you for the opportunity. It didn’t go my way tonight. He was a very good opponent and has been doing this longer than I knew what the sport was. I hope I can come back because I am still learning a lot and I am improving quickly.
Bantamweight Qualifier Fight:  Rodrigo Lima defeats Ronnie Mann via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Rodrigo Lima
First of all thank you for the opportunity to fight with Bellator. I took the fight in 22 days and I was really focused on that and I put my heart in it. Congrats to Ronnie and the chance to fight against him.
Ronnie Mann
Thank you to Bellator and Bjorn for having me. All I can say is that I have more to offer if I get the opportunity again.
Welterweight Feature Fight: Julien Williams defeats Kenny Moss via submission (guillotine-choke) – Round 1, 3:19
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Augusto Sakai defeats Rob Horton via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:01
Women’s Feature Fight: Jessica Aguilar defeats Patricia Vidonic via decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Joe Taimanglo defeats Ronnie Rogers via submission (north-south choke) – Round 2, 0:33
Lightweight Feature Fight: Edson Berto defeats Bruno Carvalho via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:27
Catchweight Feature Fight (157 lbs): Tony Fryklund vs. Patrick Cenoble ended in a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)
Women’s Feature Fight: Felice Herrig defeats Heather Clark via decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
For more information, visit, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at    

Bellator MMA Weigh-in Results from USF’s Sundome


Tampa, F.L. (March 27, 2013) –  The Bellator MMA weigh-ins have been completed from the University of South Florida’s Sundome in preparation for Bellator MMA’s March 28th event, which will showcase the Lightweight and Light Heavyweight Tournament Finals.

Bellator MMA will take place at the USF Sundome on Thursday, March 28th with the first fight taking place at 8 p.m. EST and streaming LIVE on The televised portion of the night will begin at 10 p.m. EST and will air LIVE on Spike TV.


Light Heavyweight Tournament Final: Mikhail Zayats (205.6) vs. Emanuel Newton (204.4)

Lightweight Tournament Final: Saad Awad (155.7) vs. David “Caveman” Rickels (155.8)

Welterweight Qualifier Fight: Luis Melo (169.8) vs. Trey Houston (170.0)

Bantamweight Qualifier Fight:  Rodrigo Lima (135.8) vs. Ronnie Mann (135.7)



Welterweight Feature Fight: Julien Williams (170.0) vs. Kenny Moss (171)

Heavyweight Feature Fight: Augusto Sakai (261.3) vs. Rob Horton (242.2)

Women’s Feature Fight: Patricia Vidonic (115.0) vs. Jessica Aguilar (114.6)

Featherweight Feature Fight: Ronnie Rogers (146) vs. Joe Taimanglo (145.6)

Lightweight Feature Fight: Bruno Carvalho (155.3) vs. Edson Berto (155.6)

Catchweight Feature Fight(157 lbs.): Tony Fryklund (155.6) vs. Patrick Cenoble (156.2)

Women’s Feature Fight: Heather Clark (115.9) vs. Felice Herrig (115.7)



For more information, visit, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at    


TUF Jones vs Sonnen


Kelvin Gastelum and Dylan Andrews reach the final four


Series continues next Tuesday on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT


Las Vegas, NevadaThe Ultimate Fighter® returned to FX on Tuesday night with the 10th episode of the season – The Quarterfinals Begin. Four fighters entered the Octagon® hoping to secure a spot in the semi-finals but it was Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum and Team Jones’ Dylan Andrews who emerged victorious.


Gastelum, 5-0 in mixed martial arts, wasted no time showing why he deserved to move on in the competition, downing Collin Hart by TKO at 0:33 of the first round. Following a swift exchange, Gastelum landed on Hat, 4-1-1, with a sharp left hand and finished the fight.


Squaring off in the second quarterfinal of the night was Team Sonnen’s top pick – Luke Barnatt, 5-0 – and Team Jones’ last pick – Andrews, 16-4-1. Underestimated early on in the competition, Andrews’ patience and determination paid off as he finally exploded and defeated Barnatt by TKO at 1:58 of the sudden victory round.


Also on the show, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey – who will feature as a coach on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter – and boxing legend Mike Tyson stopped by the TUF gym to surprise the competitors and share some words of wisdom.


A full recap is available at


Results after episode 10:


Team Sonnen – coached by UFC®  light heavyweight Chael Sonnen – (5-5)

Luke Barnatt (1-1, TKO win over Gilbert Smith in episode 2, TKO’d by Dylan Andrews in episode 10)

Uriah Hall (1-0, KO’d Adam Cella in episode 3)

Zak Cummings (0-1, lost a UD to Dylan Andrews in episode 8)

Tor Troeng (0-1, lost to Josh Samman via TKO in episode 6)

Jimmy Quinlan  (1-0, submitted Clint Hester in episode 7)

Kevin Casey (0-2, lost a UD to Collin Hart in episode 4, lost via TKO [failure to answer to bell] to Bubba McDaniel in episode 9)

Kelvin Gastelum (2-0, submitted Bubba McDaniel in episode 5, defeated Collin Hart by KO in episode 10)


Team Jones – coached by UFC®  light heavyweight champion Jon Jones – (5-5)

Clint Hester (0-1, submitted by Jimmy Quinlan in episode 7)

Josh Samman (1-0, defeated Tor Troeng by TKO in episode 6)

Bubba McDaniel  (1-1, submitted by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 5, defeated Kevin Casey by TKO [failure to answer to bell] in episode 9)

Gilbert Smith (0-1, TKO’d by Luke Barnatt in episode 2)

Collin Hart  (1-1, defeated Kevin Casey by UD in episode 4, TKO’d by Kelvin Gastelum in episode 10)

Adam Cella (0-1, KO’d by Uriah Hall in episode 3)

Dylan Andrews (2-0, defeated Zak Cummings by UD in episode 8, defeated Luke Barnatt by TKO in episode 10)


The series resumes next Tuesday, April 2, on FX at 9 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings for Central and Mountain Time). In that episode – Vicious” – Josh Samman (Team Jones) vs. Jimmy Quinlan (Team Sonnen) and Bubba McDaniel (Team Jones) vs. Uriah Hall (Team Sonnen) face-off in the third and fourth quarterfinal fights. Then, Dana reveals the semifinal match-ups.


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MMA Fight Radio Special Guest Thursday April 4 Urijah Faber, Fighting in the Main Event – The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale


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MMA Fight Radio special guest Thursday April 4 Urijah Faber, fighting in the main event @ The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 Finale at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada, on April 13, 2013


Fight Card for the TUF 17 Finale

Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen

TUF 17 Middleweight Final

Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano

Travis Browne vs. Gabriel Gonzaga

Cole Miller vs. Bart Palaszewski

Justin Lawrence vs. Daniel Pineda

Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia



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Tuff-N-Uff “Mayhem In Mesquite” Results & Video‏

Marina Shafir vs Danielle Mack video 
Spectacular Head-Kick Knockout video

Kari Lichtenwalner Record: 3-5-0 Team: Xtreme Couture FACEBOOK Kristi Lopez Record: 3-1-0 Team: 10th Planet Hollywood FACEBOOK
Winner: Kristi Lopez
155lb/165lb Title Defense
Lenon Ford Record: 3-1-0 Team: 10th Plannet Corona/ Dominant Breed Boxing FACEBOOK Shane Johnson Record: 6-2-1 Team: The Nomin8ed Crew FACEBOOK
Winner: Shane Johnson
Danielle Mack Record: 0-3-0 Team: Sweet Science FACEBOOK Marina Shafir Record: 3-0-0 Team: GFC/Gracie Barra FACEBOOK
Winner: Marina Shafir
Ghoststar Original Record: 0-1-0 Team: Ghoststar Original Pirate David Sands Record: 1-2-0 Team: Sweet Science Boxing & MMA FACEBOOK
Winner: David Sands
Andrew Yeverino  Record: 0-1-0 Team: KO MMA Ryan Renaud Record: 1-0-0 Team: Drysdale
Winner: Ryan Renaud
Fred Bulletts Record: 3-2-0 Team: IMA Richie Martinez Record: 3-0-1 Team: 10th Planet Vista/ Dominant Breed Boxing
Winner: Richie Martinez
Sam Edwards Record: 0-1-0 Team: Team Fusion AJ Williams Record: 2-0-0 Team: Syndicate MMA
Winner: AJ Williams
Adam Aquaviva Record: 2-1-0 Team: Syndicate MMA FACEBOOK George Perez Record: 0-1-0 Team: KO MMA
Winner: Adam Aquaviva
Javier Guzman Record: 1-4-0 Team: Xtreme Couture William Schroeder  Record: 0-1-0 Team: KO MMA
Winner: Javier Guzman
Brandon Scheider Record: 1-1-0 Team: Mix It Jermaine McDermott Record: 1-0-0 Team:
Winner: Jermaine McDermot

Bellator MMA Results and Fighter Quotes From Lewiston, Maine



Lewiston, ME (March 22, 2013)The final results are in for the Bellator MMA event live from The Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.  The night was headlined with Dave Jansen defeating Marcin Held to win the Lightweight Tournament Finals, a tournament prize of $100,000 and a guaranteed title shot against current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.

Lightweight Tournament Final Fight: Dave Jansen defeats Marcin Held via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Dave Jansen:

“Thanks Bjorn and the entire Bellator staff. I have nothing but gratitude for Marcin. He’s phenomenal and getting to train to fight against him was a tough puzzle to put together, but it really improved my game.”


I want to keep the momentum going and I’m looking forward to fighting Michael Chandler and what a unique puzzle he is as a fighter.”


Marcin Held:

“Thank you to Dave. It was a really good fight. In the second round I tried to submit Dave and I lost all my power. I almost couldn’t move and I had no power left, which wasn’t good for me.”


“Dave is really good and it was pleasure for me to fight against him. I would like to say good luck in your next fight with Michael Chandler.”


Heavyweight Feature Fight: Ryan Martinez defeats Travis Wiuff via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 18 seconds


Ryan Martinez:

“Thanks Bjorn and Bellator for having me back. I was anxious to get back in the cage. Taking this fight, many people thought it was stupid, but I saw it as a window of opportunity. At this level you don’t get to cherry pick your fights and who you go against. We are fighters and that’s how we live.”


Welterweight Feature Fight: Marcus Davis vs. Waachiim Spiritwolf was declared a no-contest (illegal groin shot)


Marcus Davis:

“I want to thank everyone and I absolutely love this state and the people from here. To get the welcoming that I got when I came in the cage was overwhelming and I was swept away. I’ve never heard a crowd like that in this state- ever.”


“It was upsetting that I was unable to showcase my skills to the people of Maine and Bellator and I will continue to represent this company and MMA the best I can.”


Middleweight Feature Fight: Dave Vitkay defeats Dan Miragliotta via technical submission (guillotine-choke) – Round 1, 18 seconds


Welterweight Feature Fight:  Michael Page defeats Ryan Sanders via TKO – Round 1, 11 seconds


Middleweight Feature Fight: Jason Butcher defeats Jack Hermansson via submission (triangle-choke) – Round 1, 2:24


Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Mike Mucitelli defeats Brent Dillingham via submission (armbar) Round 1, 2:48


Middleweight Feature Fight: Joe Pacheco defeats Pierre Pierry vis submission (keylock) – Round 1, 1:54


Featherweight Feature Fight: Vince Murdock defeats Jon Raio via TKO (strikes) –Round 3, 4:01


Lightweight Feature Fight: Jon Lemke defeats Jesse Erickson with a TKO (punches and knees) – Round 1, 2:50


For more information, visit, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, follow Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney @BjornRebney and check out Bellator on Facebook at    

MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg Generates Publicity for Amateur Martial Artists

MMA Generates Publicity for Amateur Martial Artists through Shows like ‘MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg’ 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 21, 2013) – Urijah Faber and Phil Davis recently announce the official launch of, a promotional platform specifically designed to generate opportunities for up-and-coming amateur martial artists. In addition to providing a high-profile platform for amateurs to market themselves, the MMA Draft team actively generates publicity for their athletes through shows like ‘MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg’ and ‘The Great Debate’ Radio Show, hosted by Damon Martin. Registered MMA Draft athletes of all ages have the opportunity to earn their place in the spotlight.





Every week MMA Draft features a stand out amateur athlete on their show ‘MMA Draft Spotlight’, hosted by Frank Trigg. The video interviews are featured on, YouTube, and on Frank Trigg’s iPhone and Android phone App ‘Trigg MMA’. Only MMA Draft gives up-and-coming amateurs the chance to be interviewed by one of MMA’s most recognized personalities, and according to Trigg, he is very happy to do it.





“I’m very excited to be a part of MMA Draft,” stated Trigg. “It allows me to draw attention to talented amateur MMA athletes that deserve to get noticed. The show is a great way for amateurs to set themselves apart from the competition. The more interviews they do as they prepare to go pro, the better. It is a great way to get their name out there.”





Urijah Faber had this to say about Trigg’s involvement with MMA Draft, “I’ve always been a fan of Frank Trigg as a fighter, and over the years I have become a fan of his journalism and commentary as well. We are very happy to have him on the MMA Draft team.  He shares our passion for the sport and genuinely cares about the future of MMA.”





MMA Draft also has the support of well-known and respected MMA journalist and radio show host, Damon Martin. Martin has agreed to showcase standout amateur MMA Draft fighters on his radio show ‘The Great Debate’.  Martin, who interviews some of MMA’s biggest stars on the show, will include one lucky MMA Draft amateur fighter in the line-up each week. (amateur must be 18yrs or older to be chosen)





Phil Davis had this to add, “Frank Trigg and Damon Martin are well-known and respected in the industry, Frank as a fighter and commentator and Damon as a journalist and radio host. They both have the ability to pierce the periphery and grab a hold of the essence that makes each competitor special.  For amateurs, media opportunities like this are priceless.”





The MMA Draft team utilizes their many resources in the professional world of MMA to give back to their athletes. ‘Spotlight with Trigg’ and ‘The Great Debate’ are just two examples. How do MMA Draft amateurs get chosen for opportunities like this? The more photos, videos and activity that they have on their MMA Draft profile, the more likely they are to get chosen.





Amateur martial artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on  The site is FREE to join and participating amateur athletes can upload photos and videos, document notable career achievements and more! The MMA Draft database also stores event results from Pankration, Submission Grappling, Wrestling and other sports that may lead to a career in martial arts.


The MMA Draft website also offers a variety of resourcesto parents, prospects and amateur MMA fans, from educational content to amateur event information.  For more information, please visit





About MMA Draft:


MMA Draft ( was created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level.  It is the most comprehensive “Amateur” promotional platform of its kind and was formed by Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, accomplished MMA pros that know exactly what it takes to make it in the competitive world of mixed martial arts. provides amateur fighters with a high-profile platform to showcase their skills, interactive forums to build a fan following, tips from industry pros and other valuable career resources. is also a go-to source for managers, sponsors and promoters looking for talent.











Additionally, offers a variety of resources to parents, prospects, and fans of amateur combat sports. Resources include educational information, event info and more! MMA Draft executives are also working closely with key promotions, organizations and websites to become a central database for amateur events, seminars and results. Amateur martial arts athletes of ALL ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on It is FREE to join and THE place to be if you’re a skilled amateur martial artist.





About FrankTrigg:


UFC veteran Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance. As a Color Commentator, Trigg has called the fight action for many notable MMA promotions, including the Sungoku Raiden Championships (SRC), Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), Legacy Fighting Championships, Dream Fighting Championships in Japan, and many others.