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Bellator 111 fight card: LI's Leone goes for title

Bellator bantamweight Anthony Leone grew up in Center

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A loss and an injury later, Anthony Leone gets a shot at the Bellator bantamweight title this Friday.

The loss was his, the injury was his opponent's. Rafael Silva beat Leone, who grew up in Center Moriches, last October in the Bellator 2013 Summer Series tournament finale to earn the title shot against Eduardo Dantas. But Silva injured his knee last month and had to pull out of the fight,...

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Upcoming bouts for Long Island's MMA fighters

Dennis Bermudez is seen against Pablo Garza during

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Long Island may not be Brazil when it comes to producing the volume of mixed martial arts fighters, but this little spot has come quite far in the seven years since East Meadow's Matt Serra knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007.

There are seven Long Islanders in the UFC at the moment, plus others in Bellator, ONE FC and elsewhere.

The followng list is by no means exhaustive, but have...

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Bellator 110 fight card: 'Rampage' returns

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has signed to fight for

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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson returns to the Bellator cage Friday night, and he'll do so as a participant in the MMA promotion's light heavyweight tournament.

Here's the fight card for Bellator 110, scheduled for Feb. 28 at Mohegan Sun:

Main card, 9 p.m. ET on Spike

Light heavyweight semifinals

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Christian M’Pumbu

King Mo Lawal vs. Mikhail Zayats


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Rampage to fight in Atlantic City Nov. 15

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has signed to fight for

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Remember when it was supposed to be Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Tito Ortiz on Bellator's pay-per-view debut?

Well, now it's Rampage vs. Joey Beltran on Spike TV in Atlantic City on Nov. 15.

Ortiz pulled out of the Nov. 2 bout late last week with a neck injury, forcing the pay-per-view card to shift to Spike TV with Michael Chandler's rematch against Eddie Alvarez elevated...

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Bellator title shot at stake for Long Island's Anthony Leone

Bellator bantamweight Anthony Leone grew up in Center

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There was a time when Anthony Leone lost four straight fights and was dropped from WEC, Strikeforce and Bellator, three of the four biggest mixed martial arts promotions out there.

That time was a 12-month span from June 2010 to May 2011.

Fast forward to October 2013, and here's Leone, the Center Moriches native, on the cusp of a Bellator title shot. Leone, winner of four straight bouts,...

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Fox Sports Latin America to broadcast Bellator

Bellator MMA chairman and chief executive Bjorn Rebney

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Fox Sports Latin America and Bellator agreed to a muti-year partnership that gives the network exclusive broadcast rights to the MMA promotion's content, both parties announced Tuesday.

The deal begins in October with Bellator's library of fights and other programming and will be shown in all Latin American countries, including Brazil.

“Fox Sports Latin America has been looking for the...

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Bellator's Joe Warren medically ineligible to fight at Mohegan Sun

Joe Warren discusses winning the Bellator featherweight championship.

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Joe Warren, the former Bellator featherweight champion, was declared ineligible to fight for the promotion this Saturday at Mohegan Sun.

Bellator announced the decision by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation on Friday morning. No specific reason was given.

“I’ve been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully...

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How will Bellator price its debut PPV?

Tito Ortiz was the longest reigning light heavyweight

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This much we know: Tito Ortiz will emerge from retirement to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson inside the Bellator cage on Nov. 2 on pay-per-view. In the nook of the Internet reserved for mixed martial arts, such information caused quite a stir — much of it negative in nature.

Here’s what we don’t yet know, and thus can’t light up the Internet complaining about or championing its cause: how...

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Watch the Michael Chandler KO of David Rickels

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler arrives at Spike

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Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler landed a big right hand to drop David Rickels in the first minute of the fight at Bellator 97.

Watch the knockout video below.


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Michael Chandler, Bellator agree on contract extension

Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

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Lightweight champion Michael Chandler signed an eight-fight contract extension with Bellator, the promotion announced Thursday.

The undefeated Chandler (11-0, 8-0 Bellator) defends his title at Bellator 97 against David Rickels on July 31 on Spike.

“I believe Michael is the best lightweight in MMA," Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said in a statement. "And, given that, I felt it...

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