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‘Crazy Pride Lady’ to Announce at Dynamite 1

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Most of you probably don’t know her as Lenne Hardt; you most likely refer to her as “Crazy Pride Lady”. It was announced today via Bellator President Scott Coker’s Twitter account that one of the most prolific voices in MMA history will be a part of Bellator and Glory kickboxing’s duel event that is taking place on September 19th in San Jose, California.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Excited to welcome the most unmistakable voice in MMA to <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/DYNAMITE1?src=hash”>#DYNAMITE1</a>, <a href=”https://twitter.com/lennehardt”>@lennehardt</a> LISTEN: <a href=”http://t.co/CTzHzsnShT”>http://t.co/CTzHzsnShT</a> <a href=”http://t.co/JRFigwgTXg”>pic.twitter.com/JRFigwgTXg</a></p>&mdash; Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ScottCoker/status/642001747846688772″>September 10, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

 

If you are unaware of why Lenne Hardt got the nickname of “Crazy Pride Lady” then allow me to explain. Hardt signed on to the now defunct Pride organization as the ring announcer in the year 2000 for the first Pride Grand Prix. Pride needed somebody who was fluent in both English and Japanese. When Pride dissolved and created Glory, they in turn brought Hardt over to their promotion to continue her announcing career. When Hardt initially signed with Pride, she did it simply because it had fit into her acting career schedule.  The earned her nickname due to her energetic style while ring announcing; her announcing typically consists of high pitch screeching and yelling.

Dynamite 1 takes place September 19th 2015, it is a hybrid event between MMA and kickboxing, airing for free on Spike TV. The night of fights is headlined by a Light Heavyweight Championship fight between now champ Liam McGeary, and former UFC Light Heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz. The second tier of the three tier show will be the Glory kickboxing card. there will be a bout for the vacant Light Heavyweight title, and this portion of the card will also include current Bellator star Paul Daley. The third event of the evening will feature a one night, four man Light Heavyweight tournament  to secure the next title shot. The tournament features a number of Bellator stars including; Phil Davis, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Emmanuel Newton, and Linton Vassell. Dynamite 1 will also be featuring fights in the cage and in the ring simultaneously!

Make sure not to miss this free event as it will prove to provide a very exciting night of fights, and some nostalgia for all of the Pride fans who miss “Crazy Pride Lady’s” unforgettable intros.

 

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Watch: Bellator 185 Prelims

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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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