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Video: Behind the scenes with Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222
BellatorMMA, YouTube Look behind the scenes of Chael Sonnen [1]’s fight with Lyoto Machida [2] at Bellator 222 [3] and the subsequent retirement of “The American Gangster.” In the above clip, Sonnen gets...
VIDEO: Monday Morning Analyst: What’s wrong with Aaron Pico and how to fix it
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On this edition of the Monday Morning Analyst, I take a look at the somewhat surprising loss by Aaron Pico [1] at Bellator 222 [2]. [1] https://www.mmafighting.com/fighter/4100/...
Derek Brunson reacts to Elias Theodorou being released from the UFC following their fight
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Derek Brunson [1] knows his three-round battle against Elias Theodorou [2] in early May wasn’t the most exciting fight in history, but he got the job done. Dealing with...
Adam Borics: Aaron Pico is ‘very talented’ but ‘maybe the hype was too much for him’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Despite a 12-0 record with three wins inside the Bellator cage, Adam Borics [1] walked into his fight against Aaron Pico [2] as the underdog with all eyes on his opponent. Ever...
Eric Spicely steps in to face Deron Winn at UFC Greensville
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Highly touted middleweight prospect Deron Winn will still make his UFC debut this weekend after Eric Spicely agreed to step up and accept the fight on short notice at UFC Fight...
Jack Shore eyes UFC Copenhagen debut: ‘That would be perfect’ 
Dolly Clew, Cage Warriors Former Cage Warriors champion and newly signed UFC fighter Jack Shore believes that UFC Copenhagen would be a perfect event to open his account in the Octagon. Speaking on the...
Dana White: ‘I’m assuming’ Tony Ferguson is next in line for Khabib vs. Poirier winner 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Tony Ferguson [1] knows better than most that nothing is guaranteed but for now it appears he’s the next contender in line to fight for the UFC lightweight title. Following 12...
Dustin Poirier explains why he will be the one to finally defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Dustin Poirier [1] isn’t fooling himself into believing that his upcoming fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov [2] is going to be easy. After more than 30 professional fights, the...
Watch The MMA Hour now
Bellator MMA 12 p.m.: Show open. After a brief introduction, I’ll take a look at the somewhat surprising loss by Aaron Pico [1] at Bellator 222 [2] on the Monday Morning Analyst. 12:35 p.m.: 5 minutes on...
Morning Report: Daniel Cormier hints that Stipe Miocic rematch may be his final fight
Daniel Cormier Esther Lin Over the weekend, Chael Sonnen [1] retired from MMA after getting stopped by Lyoto Machida [2] at Bellator 222 [3]. It was the latest in a run of high-profile retirements from...
Larkyn Dasch ‘would love’ rematch against Valerie Loureda after coming up short at Bellator 222
MMA Fighting NEW YORK — After her Bellator 222 [1] loss, Larkyn Dasch [2] breaks down what went wrong, what’s next and more at Madison Square Garden on Friday night. [1] https://www.mmafighting.com/fight...
Bellator 222 Photos
Rory MacDonald punches Neiman Gracie Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator 222 [1] photos are from Bellator’s Friday event at Madison Square Garden. [1] https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1041/bellator-...
Bruno Silva out of fight against Deron Winn at UFC Fight Night in Greenville
Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting Top prospect Deron Winn [1] awaits word on a new opponent after Bruno Silva [2] was forced out of their middleweight fight scheduled for this Saturday at UFC Fight Night in...
Alexander Volkanovski says he always knew he was ‘bad matchup’ for Max Holloway
Alexander Volkanovski Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Alexander Volkanovski [1] might not be the next challenger for Max Holloway [2]’s featherweight championship, but he definitely believes his day is coming....
Renato Moicano reflects on lessons learned in loss to Jose Aldo
Renato Moicano (right) lost to Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC Fortaleza in February. Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports Headlining a UFC event for the first time is a dream come true for Brazilian...
The Weekly Grind: Israel Adesanya feeds tiger, Conor McGregor shaves beard
The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour. As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness...
Khabib Nurmagomedov still holding out hope for legacy fight against Georges St-Pierre 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting When lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov [1] and his management team began talking to the UFC about a new contract there were several concessions they had in mind regarding...
Hot Tweets: Welcoming the new world of MMA co-promotion, plus who is the best fighter in Hollywood
Bellator president Scott Coker, Kyoji Horiguchi, and Rizin Fighting Federation president Nobuyuki Sakakibara Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator and Rizin are co-promoting, Weili Zhang got a title shot, and...
Paulie Malignaggi is coming for blood, money and an apology
Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images The analyst in Paulie Malignaggi came out during his early years, shortly after the angry young teenager joined a boxing gym with the intent of learning how to win...
After Bellator 222 win, Valerie Loureda proclaims she will have ‘belt’ one day
NEW YORK — Valerie Loureda [1] discusses being proud of putting on winning performance on short notice, whether she’d be willing to rematch Larkyn Dasch [2], why she feels Tae Kwon Do is great for MMA, and...
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov 2 announced for Aug. 24 Bellator show
Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov Bellator MMA Their first encounter lasted just 15 seconds, so Matt Mitrione [1] and Sergei Kharitonov [2] are getting another 15 minutes to make things right. Mitrione...
Rory MacDonald reveals timeline to return for Douglas Lima rematch
Rory MacDonald and Douglas Lima Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald [1] needs some time off. Following back-to-back training camps and 10 rounds spent in the cage with...
Adam Borics says everyone bet he’d KO Aaron Pico with flying knee at Bellator 222
MMA Fighting NEW YORK — Adam Borics [1] discusses predicting flying knee KO of Aaron Pico [2], being overlooked heading into Bellator 222 [3], wanting to be in the Featherweight [4] World Grand Prix, and...
With his second retirement from MMA, Chael Sonnen leaves behind a legacy of success despite failure
Chael Sonnen Esther Lin, MMA Fighting On Friday night, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the illustrious career of Chael Sonnen [1] came to an end, when Lyoto Machida [2] finished him with a...
Sergio Pettis forced to withdraw from Ricardo Ramos bout in Minneapolis
Sergio Pettis Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Sergio Pettis [1]’s upcoming bout with Ricardo Ramos [2] is off. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Pettis has been forced to withdraw from his bantamweight...
Pros react to Chael Sonnen’s retirement at Bellator 222
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting After a lengthy career, Chael Sonnen [1] decided to call it quits Friday night at Bellator 222 [2]. Sonnen was one of the most outspoken and toughest fighters in the game. The...
ONE Championship results: Yoshihiro Akiyama suffers debut defeat to Agilan Thani after four-year layoff
Yoshihiro Akiyama Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Japanese UFC veteran Yoshihiro Akiyama [1] returned to action for the first time in four-and-a-half years in the middleweight co-main event of ONE Championship:...
Chael Sonnen talks retirement after Bellator 222: ‘I fired my last bullet’
Chael Sonnen Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The MMA world saw one of its most exuberant and enduring personalities walk away on Friday night. Moments after a second-round TKO loss to Lyoto Machida [1] in the co...
Fedor Emelianenko inks multi-fight deal with Bellator for ‘retirement tour’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko [1] has inked an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year contract to finish his career with Bellator MMA. Bellator MMA president Scott Coker [2]...
Bellator 222 Post-Fight Show
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting NEW YORK - With Bellator 222 [1] in the books, MMA Fighting’s Danny Segura and Phoenix Carnevale break down the top storylines, including Rory MacDonald [2]’s successful defense of...
Bellator 222 highlights
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With Bellator 222 [1] in the books, check out the highlights from the main card Friday at Madison Square Garden. [1] https://www.mmafighting.com/fight-card/1041/bellator-222-...
Bellator 222 in Tweets: Pros react to Rory MacDonald’s title defense, Lyoto Machida’s win over Chael Sonnen
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Rory MacDonald [1] silenced the critics while retaining his Bellator welterweight title on Friday night. The Canadian fighter outpointed jiu-jitsu phenom Neiman Gracie [2] in the...
Bellator 222 post-fight press conference video
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting At Bellator 222 [1] post-fight press conference, the top Bellator fighters, along with Scott Coker [2], will speak to the media Saturday night. [1] https://www.mmafighting.com/...
Bellator 222 Results: MacDonald vs. Gracie
Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie will battle in the Bellator 222 main event Friday night. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMA Fighting has Bellator 222 [1] results for the MacDonald vs. Gracie fight card Friday...
Bellator 222 results: Rory MacDonald retains title with strong showing against Neiman Gracie
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Any questions about Rory MacDonald [1]’s future were answered on Friday night as he retained his Bellator welterweight title with a strong five round performance to hand Neiman...
Bellator 222 live blog: Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie
Rory MacDonald and Neiman Gracie will clash in the Bellator 222 main event Friday. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the Bellator 222 [1] live blog for Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie [2], a Bellator...
Bellator 222 results: Lyoto Machida sends Chael Sonnen into retirement
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Lyoto Machida [1] needed a pair of flying knees to finally finish Chael Sonnen [2] by TKO in the second round at Bellator 222 [3] and following the fight, the 42-year old veteran...
Bellator 222 live blog: Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen
Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen will clash in Friday’s co-main event at Madison Square Garden. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the Bellator 222 [1] live blog for Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen [2], a...
Bellator 222 results: Dillon Danis mauls Max Humphrey, finishes with first round armbar   
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Two fights into his fight career and Dillon Danis [1] is living up to the hype so far. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and grappling champion, who came into the spotlight while...
Bellator 222 live blog: Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey
Dillon Danis and Max Humphrey will clash at Bellator 222 on Friday night. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the Bellator 222 [1] live blog for Dillon Danis vs. Max Humphrey [2], a Bellator catchweight fight...
Bellator 222 video: Juan Archuleta lands crushing counter KO punch on Eduardo Dantas
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Juan Archuleta [1] might have punched his way to a Bellator title shot. “The Spaniard” landed a powerful right hand square on Eduardo Dantas [2]’s chin in the closing seconds of...
Kyoji Horiguchi claims Bellator gold with second win over Darrion Caldwell
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Kyoji Horiguchi [1] has now staked his claim as possibly the best bantamweight in all of mixed martial arts after becoming Bellator champion on Friday night. While it wasn’t the...
Bellator 222 live blog: Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi will compete for the Bellator bantamweight title Friday night. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting This is the Bellator 222 live blog for Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi, a...
Bellator 222 video: Adam Borics crushes Aaron Pico with spectacular flying knee knockout 
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Adam Borics [1] remained undefeated at Bellator 222 [2] on Friday night at the expense of super prospect Aaron Pico [3], who suffered his second straight knockout loss. The end...
Robson Gracie Jr. swears he’s a ‘calm guy’—just don’t disrespect him
Robson Gracie Jr. (pictured) fights Oscar Vera in a welterweight bout at Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden on Friday Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The last time Robson Gracie Jr. [1] was in a street fight...
Adam Borics on Aaron Pico: ‘I want to show the world who really deserves hype’
Adam Borics Bellator MMA Adam Borics [1] may be a 12-0 undefeated prospect, but he doesn’t feel he has been hyped as much as some of the other up-and-comers on Bellator’s books, namely Aaron Pico [2], the...
Lyoto Machida: Ryan Bader is ‘a completely different fighter’ since they fought in UFC
Lyoto Machida bows by a fallen Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 4 on Aug. 4, 2012 Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Lyoto Machida [1] could be crossing paths with Ryan Bader [2] again soon, and the ending of their last...
Bellator 222 live stream online
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Watch the Bellator 222 [1] live stream online on MMA Fighting for the preliminary card at 6:30 p.m. ET. The fight card for this portion of the event is as follows and can be...