Bellator welterweight GP begins Sept. 29
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker's newest tournament will be a welterweight grand prix, drawing from Bellator's deepest division. There will be a 10 man field, with four fighters fighting to make the final 8. Nien of the ten were named: Yaroslav Amosov, Jon Fitch, Neiman Gracie, Andrey Koreshkov, Lorenz Larkin, Douglas Lima, Rory MacDonald, Michael Page, Ed Ruth. The tournament will begin on September 29 with a trilogy fight between former champions Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov; it will be the first MMA to stream on the $9.99 per month over the top streaming service DAZN.
DAZN to launch on Sept. 10 at $9.99
The over the top streaming service DAZN will begin September 10 with a one-month free trial, and will cost $9.99 monthly thereafter, announced CEO James Rushton at a press conference today in Manhattan. 22 Bellator events will stream on DAZN, although 15 of those will also stream on Paramount. 50 boxing events will also stream. The service will debut 9/10 with boxing heavyweight Anthony Joshua vs. Alexander Povetkin. Bellator will debut on September 29th with a card headlined by Gegard Mousasi vs. Rory MacDonald.
Whittaker out until 2019 due to hands injuries
“It’s still only several weeks from surgery,” said Whittaker to Ariel Helwani, as transcribed by MMA Fighting. “I can’t even start a rehab process yet, it’s more of just letting it heal and letting it set properly first. "They put a plate and some screws. People don’t know this but also I did ligament damage in my left hand ... I definitely won’t be ready before next year. ... The healing process has to be done before I can even start a rehab program and then I need to strengthen my hand up to 100 percent. Then, when I’m a 100 percent, I’d like to get a little bit of training done. Realistically, I’m looking at like February of next year.”
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UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw appeared recently on The MMA Hour, and argued that a win in the Garbrandt rematch on August 4, 2018 at UFC 227, makes him the division G.O.A.T. despite a Split Decision loss to former champion Dominick Cruz. "I know I’m the best bantamweight ever,” said Dillashaw. “I’ve got a split decision loss to Dominick Cruz and that changed everything, a fight that I thought I won. That changed everything, but I am the best bantamweight in the world. I get to continue to grow my legacy. Then I’ll move onto the next challenge and continue to be the best pound-for-pound fighter that I possibly can be.” T.J. was asked if he needs to win a rematch vs. Cruz. “I don’t think so,” he said. “My performances speak for themselves. We’ve got to see if Dominick Cruz can even fight. The guy can’t even get in there anymore, so we’ll see if it comes up, but right now I’ve just got to worry about knocking Cody out in three weeks.”
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