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Bellator FC Bellator MMA (Bellator) is the 2nd largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion in the USA and the largest tournament-based MMA organization in the world. Headquartered in Newport Beach, California, the company was formed in 2008 by Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. Bellator’s events are primarily structured around tournaments. The tournament winner is declared the number one contender in their respective weight class, and is awarded a check for $100,000 and a shot at the reigning Bellator champion. Bellator uses the motto “The Toughest Tournament In Sports” Bellator FC now airs on Spike TV Thursday nights!

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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-07-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Bellator FC 36

Bellator 36
Date: Mar 12, 2011
Location: Shreveport, Louisiana
Venue: Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Broadcast: MTV2

* Patricky Freire vs. Rob McCullough
* Toby Imada vs. Ferrid Kheder (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)
* Carey Vanier vs. Lloyd Woodward (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)
* Mike Chandler vs. Marcin Held (lightweight tourney quarterfinal)

Bellator Fighting Championships' fourth season is underway, and the promotion recently released the pairings for this season's lightweight tournament.

Bellator's 155-pound bracket will feature Patricky Freire vs. Rob McCullough, Toby Imada vs. Ferrid Kheder, Carey Vanier vs. Lloyd Woodward and Mike Chandler vs. Marcin Held.

All four quarterfinal matchups take place at Bellator 36, which takes place March 12 at Louisiana's Shreveport Municipal Auditorium and airs live on MTV2.

Freire (7-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) made his professional debut in 2005 and opened his career at 4-1. His lone loss in that span, and still his only career loss to date, came in September 2007 to former UFC fighter Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire. Following the loss, Freire took a two-and-a-half year break from the sport. He returned to action in April 2010 and quickly earned three victories in a three-month span. Freire's most recent win came in a unanimous-decision victory over Yure Machado in July 2010.

McCullough (19-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC), a nine-year pro from Huntington Beach, Calif., posted an 8-4 record with the WEC, which included a 13-month run as the organization's lightweight champ from 2007-2008. Recently, the former kickboxer has competed for the popular Tachi Palace Fights organization, and with wins over Isaac DeJesus and UFC vet Corey Hill, now has won three of his past four fights.

Imada (28-15 MMA, 4-2 BFC) twice has made it to the top of the mountain as a participant in Bellator's season-one and -two tournaments. Both times he has been stopped just short of the finish line with losses to Eddie Alvarez (season one) and Pat Curran (season two). Along the way, Imada has picked up one of the most spectacular pieces of highlight footage yet: an inverted-triangle choke of veteran Jorge Masvidal in the semifinals of season one. The move netted him a World MMA Awards "Best Submission" trophy.

For Kheder (18-6 MMA, 0-0 BFC), it's his first professional appearance since a highly controversial fight with UFC veteran Hermes Franca. The two met in Costa Rica for the upstart Xtreme Vale Tudo promotion and fought three rounds to a decision. But despite the fact that all three judges scored the fight in favor of Franca – not to mention that fact that Franca was initially announced as the winner – it was Kheder who was ultimately declared the victor. After a massive uproar that began online with Franca's pleas and later heated up with video of the controversial bout, the fight was changed to a no contest.

Vanier (10-3 MMA, 2-1 BFC) debuted for Bellator during the promotion's season-two tournament, when he earned a quarterfinal match over "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member Joe Duarte. A Guyana native who was raised in Minnesota, Vanier was then submitted by two-time tournament finalist Toby Imada. Vanier then returned in season three for a non-tournament win over longtime veteran Rich Clementi.

A Montana native, the undefeated Woodward (10-0 MMA, 0-0 BFC) makes his Bellator debut, but he already has his sights set on the promotion's 155-pound champion, Eddie Alvarez.

"I'm ready to go out there and do what I love to do, which is fight hard and fight the best guys that are out there," Woodward stated in an official release. "I'm a really big fan of Eddie Alvarez and I would love to fight him. That would be a real step up. It would be like fighting my idol, so I plan on winning this tournament so I can fight him."

Chandler (5-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC), who turned pro in 2009 after a decorated wrestling career at the University of Missouri, has finished all five of his opponents, four in the first round and the past three within two minutes. That included a TKO of Scott Stapp at Bellator 31 and a submission victory over Chris Page at Bellator 32.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, Held (10-1 MMA, 0-0 BFC) owns five of his 10 victories by way of submission. recently profiled him in our popular "Fight Path" series, in which he talked about turning pro at 16, dominating his native country Poland's competition, and wanting to get an opportunity on one of MMA's big stages.

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I wonder what Imada has in store this time. He never disappoints when he fights. Personally I still think one of the best submissions ever in MMA was his inverted triangle choke.

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I hope Imada chokes out Kheder after the shit he tried to pull on Hermes Franca - If anyone in MMA deserves a beating its that cheating prick.

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I hope Imada chokes out Kheder after the shit he tried to pull on Hermes Franca - If anyone in MMA deserves a beating its that cheating prick.
Huge agree. That crap was disgusting. I hope Hermes told that promotion to stick it when they offered a 5 round rematch. I'll be pulling huge for Imada here.

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I'm looking forward to seeing these fights too, even though I liked it better when they were on Thursday nights. There are some threads in vbookie for the main card fights on this card if anybody wants to bet. I really liked the Pitbull odds and couldn't resist putting some on Imada as you guys were saying...

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Yeah, I liked it when they were on Thursday nights as well. Now they are having to compete against both the UFC and Strikeforce. Originally they only had to face the UFC on occasions.

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