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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!

View Poll Results: Who wins the 2 tournament finales?

Ben Saunders and Vitor Vianna 1 25.00%
Ben Saunders and Alexander Shlemenko 1 25.00%
Douglas Lima and Vitor Vianna 1 25.00%
Douglas Lima and Alexander Shlemenko 1 25.00%
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bellator FC 57: Saunders vs Lima


Bellator 57
Date: Nov 12, 2011
Location: Rama, Ontario, Canada
Venue: Casino Rama
Broadcast: MTV2 and Spike.com


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Douglas Lima vs. Ben Saunders (welterweight tourney finale)
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Vitor Vianna (middleweight tournament final)
Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra vs. Doug Evans*
John Hawk vs. Roger Hollett


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Carina Damm (17-8 MMA, 0-0 BFC) will not compete at next week's Bellator 57 event.

The Brazilian contender was expected to face Bellator Fighting Championships female champion Zoila Gurgel (11-1 MMA, 5-0 BFC) in a non-title affair, but with Gurgel forced to withdraw in favor of surgery, Damm has been pulled as well.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fighter that Damm will likely be re-booked for an as-yet-undetermined December event.

Bellator 57 takes place Nov. 12 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Gurgel vs. Damm was expected to air on the evening's MTV2-televised main card.

When Damm does compete, it will mark her Bellator debut. The seven-year veteran looks to build on the strength of a pair of submission wins on the Brazilian regional scene earned after battling through a three-fight losing streak in bouts against Tara LaRosa, Cat Zingano and Hitmi Akamo.

Gurgel was originally scheduled to rematch Jessica Aguilar at Bellator 57. The fighters met in the semifinal round of a season-three tournament, where Gurgel won a close split-decision victory. However, Aguilar was forced out of the contest fight with a foot injury.

Gurgel has not fought since March, when she scored a unanimous-decision victory over Karina Hallinan in a 125-pound non-title fight at Bellator 35. She's now won six straight fights, which includes victories over notables Rosi Sexton and Megumi Fujii in earlier Bellator appearances.

A timetable for her return has not yet been established.
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Old 11-07-2011, 09:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hope this is better then the all time low two weeks ago. Something tells me that Bellator may have to head to Spike sooner then possible. If they keep going they'll hit bottom.
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I hope this is better then the all time low two weeks ago. Something tells me that Bellator may have to head to Spike sooner then possible. If they keep going they'll hit bottom.
They need to go back to running multiple tournaments at the same time, things get way to thin with just one weight class once you reach the semis. Stick with one weight class per event for the opening round and then mix them up as you hit the semis and finals.
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I thought that's what they're doing right now. But the question is do they go beyond five tournaments a season. That's a legit question.
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I thought that's what they're doing right now. But the question is do they go beyond five tournaments a season. That's a legit question.
Yeah I didn't think they used to drag it out as much with only 2 semis per event but I had a look and it has always been like that. Maybe the super fights used to be more interesting, M'Pumbu and Askren hasn't exactly done it for me.
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M'Pumbu demonstrated why promotions should never put on non-title fights with their champions. This time Bellator lost the gamble and their champion lost. Askren was actually defending his title.
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