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Kimbo vs. Thompson, Koscheck vs. Daley set for Bellator 158: London

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The main and co-main event for Bellator’s long awaited London debut has been set. On July 16th inside the O2 Arena, two long-awaited rematches will take place when Josh Koscheck (17-10) will face off against Paul Daley (38-13-2) in the cards co-main event, followed by the main event which features Kimbo Slice (6-2) vs. James Thompson (20-16). The card will also feature a pair of English-born fighters in Michael “Venom” Page (9-0) and Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (16-5), their opponents are yet to be determined.

The event will be aired for free in the UK on Channel 5 and SPIKE UK, as well as in the U.S. on SPIKE. Exact details on the broadcast will be released in the coming days.

The co-main event between Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley is a long awaited rematch that’s 6 years in the making after their first bout ended in controversy when Daley struck Koscheck with an uppercut long after the final bell rang in their fight at UFC 113. Koscheck went on to win the fight via Unanimous Decision, and Daley was subsequently let go by the UFC immediately following the events. The two have been at each others throats since the incident, and this rematch will finally settle the 6 year long dispute.

This will be the promotional debut for Koscheck after he signed with Bellator nearly a year ago. He will be looking to get back in the win column with a 2nd victory over Daley, as he has lost his last 5 straight fights. Daley, on the other hand, is on a 5 fight win streak with 3 of them coming within the promotion. His latest win came in electrifying fashioned when he KO’d Andy Uhrich at Bellator 148 in January of this year.

The main event between fan-favorite Kimbo Slice and James Thompson is a rematch of a fight that broke the viewership record at the time for a Mixed Martial Arts event when it reached a total of 6.51 million viewers during the broadcast at EliteXC: Primetime back in May of 2008. Kimbo won the fight via 3rd round TKO, but the two have agreed to duel once again, this time in front of a London crowd at the 02 Arena. Thompson has been calling for this rematch since the fight occurred 8 years ago, and he will have his hometown England crowd supporting him for this go around.

Kimbo is coming off his 2nd straight win since returning to MMA last year for the first time since 2010. His latest victory came against Dada 5000 in a controversial but entertaining bout at Bellator 149 in February. Thompson will be looking to snap his 2-fight losing streak while attempting to avenge his loss vs. Slice.

Bellator 158: London is set to take place in front of an expected sold out O2 Arena of 20,000 spectators. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, April 22nd, with a Bellator Nation presale running this Thursday, April 21st. Tickets starting at £40.00 will be available at TheO2.co.uk or The O2 Box Office.

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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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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.

 

This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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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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