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Bellator 155 Fighter to Watch: Pat Curran

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Less than a week after Bellator 154, the California-based company is back to the grind in Boise, Idaho. The main event is a Middleweight title bout between champion Rafael Carvalho and kickboxing and MMA legend Melvin Manhoef. Fighters like Marloes Coenen, Joey Beltran, and Marcin Held join the star-studded lineup. In the co-main event, former champion Pat Curran takes on Georgi Karakhanyan in the Featherweight division.

Curran has been a long time Bellator competitor making his debut at Bellator 14. He needed just three minutes to knock out Mike Ricci in the first round. After wins against Roger Huerta and Toby Imada, Curran fought then Lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. The fight would go five minutes with Alvarez coming out the victor.

After his unsuccessful Lightweight title run, he moved to Featherweight and fought Louis Palomino in his first fight. He showed off his grappling with a Peruvian Necktie in the first round to start off his Featherweight career right. A win over Ronnie Marin at Bellator 47 earned him the Featherweight tournament final against Marlon Sandro. He found his power in his next two fights with knockout wins over Sandro and Joe Warren to win the title.

As champion, Curran defended at Bellator 85 against Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Freire. The fight was very close with Curran winning by Split-Decision. His next fight was against Shahbulat Shamhalaev at Bellator 95. The main event didn’t get out of the first round with Curran winning by Guillotine choke. His next fight he lost the title to Daniel Straus at Bellator 106 by decision. The rematch was scheduled with Curran winning his belt back with a Rear-Naked choke in the fifth round.

As champion again, they booked him in the rematch with ‘Pitbull’. The fight was one for the ages in a Fight of the Year candidate. The exciting fight did not yield good results as the judges gave the nod to ‘Pitbull’ and Curran lost his title again. Without the title, he was placed in a co-main event slot against Daniel Weichel at Bellator 133. In another close, the judges gave the nod to Weichel earning him a title fight. With his first losing streak of his career, he bounced back with a decision win at Bellator 133 against Emmanuel Sanchez.

Curran has been in some of the best fights Bellator has to offer. In his Bellator time, he has fought in seven title fights and nine main event slots. He is always one of the most exciting fighters on every card and faces Georgi Karakhanyan. Karakhanyan has fought for Bellator, DREAM, WSOF, and the back to Bellator. Watch Curran vs. Karakhanyan LIVE on SPIKE TV on the main card at 9 PM EDT on Friday, May 20.

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Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Complete Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Fight Card:

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)

Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)

Preliminary Card:

Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)

Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)

150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez

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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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