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  • Rampage vs. King Mo 2 press conference

    Rampage Jackson and King Mo Lawal discuss their upcoming rematch before the Bellator 170 press conference Saturday night.



  • ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. ‘King Mo’ Lawal 2 set to headline Bellator 175

    Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will get a chance to avenge his loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

    Bellator announced on Saturday during the broadcast of Bellator 170 that Jackson and Lawal will fight for a second time on March 31 in the main event of Bellator 175 .

    The location of the event is yet to be determined.

    Unlike their first bout, the rematch will take place in the heavyweight division.

    Jackson and Lawal first fought in the main event of Bellator 120 back in May 2014, with Jackson emerging as the winner in a close decision.

    Since, Jackson has picked up two consecutive wins over Fabio Maldonado and Satoshi Ishii, while Lawal has remained a bit more busy, fighting 10 times and compiling a record of 8-2.



  • Bellator 170 in Tweets: Pros react to Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen, Ortiz's retirement

    Tito Ortiz went out on top.

    The UFC Hall of Famer made short work of Chael Sonnen in the main event of Bellator 170, submitting Sonnen with a rear-naked choke just two minutes into their grudge match on Saturday night. With the win, Ortiz walks away from MMA with his head held high and a legacy cemented as one of the early legends of the game.

    Check out reaction to Ortiz's performance below, plus the best of the rest from a busy night at Bellator 170.

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    And the oscar goes to #Bellator170

    — Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) January 22, 2017

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    Just in case anyone was still wondering how much PEDs really helped fighters...

    Tony Martin (@tmartinmma) January 22, 2017

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    .@arielhelwani choke seems like a strong word... #Bellator170

    — Zachary Makovsky (@ZachFunSize) January 22, 2017

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    Chael tapped to a fucking headlock
    Didn't even try defend neck

    Props to tito

    — TJ Grant (@TJ_Grant) January 22, 2017

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    pic.twitter.com/7Xx24S8map

    — Mick Maynard (@Mickmaynard2) January 22, 2017

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    Hell yeah TITO! Now thats how you retire!! #HuntingtonBeachBadBoy

    Myles Jury (@FuryJury) January 22, 2017

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    That ringworm on Chael's left shoulder might be the most lethal thing Tito has ever fought fighting. #Bellator170

    Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) January 22, 2017

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    Congratulations on the victory and legendary career @titoortiz. Thank you for all the memories #Bellator170 @BellatorMMA

    Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) January 22, 2017

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    Congratulations @titoortiz. You're a champion. What a great way to round out your career. Continued success. God bless @DesWoodruff

    — KEN SHAMROCK (@ShamrockKen) January 22, 2017

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    Ayeee great to see a legend go out on top congrats @titoortiz

    Alex Nicholson (@spartanlife32) January 22, 2017

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    Good for @titoortiz happy retirement champ! #Bellator170

    Douglas Lima (@PhenomLima) January 22, 2017

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    Really happy for @titoortiz right now... What a legend man, thank you for all of your amazing battles!

    David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) January 22, 2017

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    Congrats @titoortiz & thank you for pathing the way!! #TitoOrtiz #Bellator170

    Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) January 22, 2017

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    Thank you champ @titoortiz #Bellator170

    — Dudu Dantas (@DuduDantasMMA) January 22, 2017

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    Good bye @titoortiz great way to go out.

    Linton Vassell (@LDV_TheSwarm) January 22, 2017

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    I remember watching @titoortiz KO slam Evan Tanner on VHS and telling my brother when I was 19 I want to fight in UFC oneday Thank you TiTo!

    — joey beltran (@mexicutioner760) January 22, 2017

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    @titoortiz Congratulations, postfight interview was pure class! Happy Birthday!

    Mike Goldberg (@MFG16) January 22, 2017

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    PAUL DALEY DEF. BRENNAN WARD

    Interesting I think someone has been studying my videos

    — Michael Venom Page (@Michaelpage247) January 22, 2017

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    that was tight! #Bellator170

    Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 22, 2017

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    There's usually a build up to a jump knee.. its like he go-go gadget springs from his feet @BellatorMMA

    — David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) January 22, 2017

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    Damnnnnn @BellatorMMA #Bellator170

    Brandon Girtz (@brandongirtzmma) January 22, 2017

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    Oh shit son! What a great knock out!

    James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 22, 2017

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    Sick KO by Daley!! #Bellator170

    — Douglas Lima (@PhenomLima) January 22, 2017

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    Wow perfect flying knee from daily Jesus! Fun to watch!

    — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) January 22, 2017

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    Daley's stand up is Grade A! #whew

    Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) January 22, 2017

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    Fuck

    — Zebrinha MMA (@EricSpicely) January 22, 2017

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    Woww

    Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 22, 2017

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    Damn! Love watching Paul fight.

    — Shannon Knapp (@shanknapp) January 22, 2017

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    Holly shit !!! #Bellator170 #Daley #Knee pic.twitter.com/kQg7yZCdgc

    — patrick cote (@patrick_cote) January 22, 2017

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    #ouch

    — Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) January 22, 2017

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    Ward leaving on a stretcher with his hands raised #fighter

    Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) January 22, 2017

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    Prayers for My Boy @SwaggleBerryFin Never Wanna See Taken Out Like That!! @BellatorMMA #Bellator170

    — Brandon Girtz (@brandongirtzmma) January 22, 2017

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    .@rory_macdonald 's emotional reaction to the call out from Paul Daley... #Bellator170 pic.twitter.com/ZFFh3h1LPe

    — Zachary Makovsky (@ZachFunSize) January 22, 2017

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    when #pauldaley says he will ko rory macdonald inside a @BellatorMMA cage https://t.co/gc5jEaiWx0

    — Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) January 22, 2017

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    HISAKI KATO DEF. RALEK GRACIE

    One of the worst fights ever!!!

    — #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) January 22, 2017

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    This fight is definitely not the most exciting lol

    — James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 22, 2017

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    Yellow card for both these guys. #bringtheyellowcardback

    — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) January 22, 2017

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    I can't

    — Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) January 22, 2017

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    HOOOO MY GOOOOODDD !!!! PLEASE !!!! #Bellator170 #RalekvsKato !!!!

    — patrick cote (@patrick_cote) January 22, 2017

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    This striking is very interesting to watch lol

    — David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) January 22, 2017

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    I mean if this round goes the same way do you think it's the worst fight ever? Like no joke nothing funny is even happening.

    — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) January 22, 2017

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    Just realized if u & ur opponent secretly decide not to fight for 14 mins of the fight you can save a bunch of $$ on training. #Bellator170

    Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) January 22, 2017

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    EMMANUEL SANCHEZ DEF. GEORGI KARAKHANYAN

    Wow terrible ref

    — Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) January 22, 2017

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    Man that's some bitch shit. Don't call a point for illegal up kick, but call a point for that small ass knee. Dude milked that performance.

    — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) January 22, 2017

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    This ref is a bum.

    — Coach (@CMPunk) January 22, 2017

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    Those were not hard knees at all

    — James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 22, 2017

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    I've seen this before

    — David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) January 22, 2017

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    Good. @ElMatador145 got the win! Bullshit call on the knee, but in the end we still got the w. Good work brotha

    — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) January 22, 2017

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    Booom @ElMatador145 we'll take it give this guy his title shot #Bellator170

    — Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) January 22, 2017

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    DEREK CAMPOS DEF. DEREK ANDERSON

    These boys really threw down! What a fight to start this main card! #Bellator170

    — Douglas Lima (@PhenomLima) January 22, 2017

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    What a great way to start the night fellas! @BellatorMMA Legggo!

    — David Rickels (@TheCaveman316) January 22, 2017

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    Jimmy Smith is being so bias I have Derek Campos winning every rd of this fight so don't know what he's talking about lol

    — James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) January 22, 2017

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    @DC3Stallion Good work Bro!!! Way to take @DerekBarbaric Out!!! @BellatorMMA #bellator170

    — Brandon Girtz (@brandongirtzmma) January 22, 2017

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    Didn't make it home in time but heard @DC3Stallion and @DerekBarbaric had a war. Congratulations to you guys, specially Campos for the win.

    Patricky Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) January 22, 2017

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    Great guy, but finished him in under 2min. RT @JESnowden: Having a hard time imagining Campos having anything for @MikeChandlerMMA #Bellator

    Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) January 22, 2017



  • Bellator 170 results: Tito Ortiz retires with first-round finish of Chael Sonnen

    INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- This time, Tito Ortiz went out the way he wanted.

    Fighting two days shy of his 42nd birthday, the legendary former UFC light heavyweight champion submitted Chael Sonnen to a raucous reception from a partisan Southern California crowd at the Forum.

    Ortiz, who first retired in 2012 after a loss to Forrest Griffin, won via submission at 2:03 of the opening round Saturday in the main event of Bellator 170.

    “I’m happy I was able to do this, and I’m so happy I was able to do this in my hometown,” Ortiz said.

    Ortiz (19-12-1) shot for a single leg takedown early, and while he landed it, Sonnen managed to work Ortiz into a guillotine choke. Ortiz escaped, eventually got Sonnen’s back, and finished him with a rear-naked choke.

    After the fight was waved off, Ortiz made his signature grave-digging motion and then scaled the top of the cage, reminiscent of his post-fight celebrations during his 2000-03 run as UFC light heavyweight champion.

    Ortiz, of Huntington Beach, Calif., finished 3-1 in his Bellator run, which came after a retirement of a year.

    Sonnen (29-15-1), who looked a full weight class lighter that Ortiz, was fighting for the first time since a Nov. 2013 loss to Rashad Evans. He’s lost four of his past five fights.

    After the bout, Ortiz had his son, Jacob, place his gloves on the mat to symbolize his retirement.

    In the co-main event, Paul Daley provided a highlight-reel finish which will no doubt rank high on the Knockout of the Year list when 2017 is said and done in the opening round of his welterweight bout with Brennan Ward.

    Ward spent the early part of the fight recklessly rushing at the veteran Daley. Daley seized an opening by connecting with a wicked spinning back elbow, then followed with a picture-perfect flying knee for the knockout.

    Ward (14-5) was on the canvas on the mat for close to 10 minutes before being taken out on a stretcher. He gave the crowd a thumb’s up to indicate he was conscious.

    After winning for the sixth time in his past seven fights. Daley expressed concern for Ward before laying down the gauntlet to new Bellator signee Rory MacDonald.

    “I want to wish Ward well, I hope he’s OK,” said Daley (39-14-2). “I respect him. I hope he’s okay after this fight. I’m looking at everyone, marquee names and everyone. Rory MacDonald is in Bellator, he thinks he can do his bulls**t over here, isn’t going to happen.”

    The less said about the middleweight snoozefest between Hisaki Kato and Ralek Gracie, the better. But since we have to talk about it, Gracie, the Metamoris founder who had not competed in MMA since 2010, and Kato, who is best known for knocking out Joe Schilling in both MMA and kickboxing, spent the better part of 15 minutes doing everything but fighting.

    The lack of action was so bad that referee Jason Herzog paused the bout and admonished both in the middle of the second round for not engaging.

    Kato (8-2), though, indisputably initiated the fight’s few exchanges, and that was enough to earn him a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were a pair of 29-28s and a 30-27 in favor of Kato, who won his third straight bout.

    "It was a striker against a jiu-jitsu specialist, so I knew what I had to do tonight,” Kato said. “That last round was a bit dangerous for me, because you never want to be on the bottom against a Gracie fighter. I knew I had won the first two rounds, so I just had to keep it tight and hold for the last two minutes."

    An odd sequence in the second round of the featherweight fight between Emmanuel Sanchez and Georgi Karakhanyan led to an odd scorecard.

    Moments after the bout was briefly stopped for an illegal upkick by Karakhanyan, which was not penalized, Sanchez (14-7) landed a pair of big knees to a clearly downed Karakhanyan (26-7-1), for which he was docked a point.

    But it also came during a totally dominant round by Sanchez, as two of three judges scored the round 9-8. So even with the deduction, Sanchez managed to take home the win over the former WSOF champion, with a pair of 29-27s overcoming a 28-28 for the majority decision.

    Sanchez, a Roufusport competitor from Milwaukee, has won four of his past five fights.

    Derek Campos (18-6) keeps working his way up the Bellator lightweight ranks. The Lubbock, Texas native kicked off the main card with a unanimous decision win over Derek Anderson (14-3) in a bout held at a catchweight 161 pounds after Anderson missed weight. The judges’ scores were 29-28 across the board.

    The story of this fight is pretty straightforward: The duo mostly stood in the pocket and thumped each other in the head. Campos got the best of the action in the first two rounds, including a knockdown in the second, as he earned his third consecutive victory.

    “Really happy with my performance. I knew that I needed to have a big second round and I went out and did just that,” Campos said. “Kept pushing and kept grinding. Get the takedowns and control the scrambles. It was a fun scrap and I knew I did enough to win.”

    “King” Kevin Casey’s Bellator debut had a familiar frustrating tone. Casey (9-5-2, 2 NC) got 10-8’s across the board in the opening round of his middleweight fight with Keith Berry (15-3-1, 1 NC), but Berry rallied in the last two rounds. The judges’ scores were a pair of 28-28s and a 29-27 for Casey in a majority draw.

    That gives Casey a win, two draws, and two no-contests in his past five fights. Both draws occurred at the Forum.

    "I don't have anything more to say than I feel like I got robbed,” Casey said.

    It took awhile to get there, but Chinzo Machida gave the crowd what they hope to see when a fighter with his last name competes. The older brother of Lyoto Machida dropped Jamar Ocampo with a wicked right to the jaw, then followed with a kick to the ribs for a TKO at the 3:48 of the third round.

    With the win, Machida (5-2) won his fourth straight fight and improved to 2-0 in Bellator.

    "I wasn't pleased with my performance, I have plenty to work on, but I'm glad I got the finish," Machida said. "I want to return to action shortly, I believe staying active is important to my success."

    Former UFC heavyweight Jack May (9-3) made his Bellator debut a success with a 41-second TKO of Dave Cryer (11-3). May, of Chino Hills, Calif. rained down punches until referee Frank Trigg waved it off. May scored his seventh career finish and won his second straight fight.

    "This win has been a long time coming," said May. "After tonight's win, I'm looking to get signed to a full-time Bellator MMA contract and make waves in 2017."



  • Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen full fight video highlights

    Watch Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen full fight video highlights from Bellator 170's main event above, courtesy of Twitter.

    Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen took place Jan. 21 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Longtime MMA veterans Tito Ortiz (19-12-1) and Chael Sonnen (29-15-1) collided in the night's main event, which aired live on Spike TV. Catch the video highlights above.

    For more on Ortiz vs. Sonnen, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMAFighting.com's Chuck Mindenhall.

    Round 1: Referee for Tito's final fight is John McCarthy. Tito heard the instructions with his fists ready to fly. No touch of gloves. And we're off. They trade up top, and now Ortiz gets a single-leg, takes down Sonnen. Sonnen quickly sweeps, and now he...

    Tito Ortiz def Chael Sonnen via RNC #Bellator170 pic.twitter.com/eo96s90MnK

    — Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) January 22, 2017






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