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  • 05-02-2013, 01:33 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    Oh good, we get to see War Machine fight...
    Thanks that reminds me, I need to take a shit.
  • 05-02-2013, 09:10 AM
    Oh good, we get to see War Machine fight...
  • 05-02-2013, 05:17 AM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
  • 05-02-2013, 04:18 AM
    Kind of hard not to fight each other if you are on opposite ends of the same tourney... Unless you lose.

    Rebney geared up for 'Summer Series' kickoff, not hopeful for Alvarez resolution | News

    Rebney on Wednesday told Radio (MMA Radio, UFC Radio - MMAjunkie Radio) that he's basically given up hope that the two sides will come to an agreement.

    "I had hope a month ago there was a door opening," Rebney said. "But that door isn't open at this point. So I don't know. The court system is slow and methodical, and we're just going through the process. I don't have any projections of it getting settled at this point because we're not talking. The essence of it is, the promoter is never going to get everything he wants and the fighter is never going to get everything he wants. We have a position that we did everything right legally, and the court has supported us. I thought we were headed down a road (to resolution), and then everything went real dark."

    But even as that remains a sore spot for the promotion, Rebney is moving forward with positive things. Bellator again this summer will host a three-card "Summer Series," which will kick off June 19.

    Bellator 96 takes place at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., with a main card on Spike TV following prelims on The first "Summer Series" event of 2013 features a lightweight title fight between champion Michael Chandler (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BFC) and recent tournament winner Dave Jansen (19-2 MMA, 6-0 BFC).

    The event also will feature a four-man light heavyweight tournament pitting Muhammed Lawal (9-2 MMA, 1-1 BFC) vs. Seth Petruzelli (14-7 MMA, 1-1 BFC) and Renato Sobral (37-10 MMA, 0-1 BFC) vs. Jacob Noe (11-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC). The winner moves on to a 205-pound title shot.

    "It's a crazy, crazy stacked card coming out of the box," Rebney said. "It's great to look at the lineup and be able to put together shows like this one. I'm excited about this one. It's a great foursome. You know all the guys. Seth has an incredible track record, and he's pulled off some incredible victories. Mo's coming back with a huge amount to prove. And 'Babalu,' if you're a fan of MMA, you've got to love Babalu. Noe put on an incredible battle for us in the first round (of the Season 8 tournament). It's a great 4-man setup and we're going to get from beginning to end of it in a 35-day period."

    The card also will feature War Machine, who will be fighting for the first time in 17 months after not just injury issues, but jail time issues. Rebney has been confident that War Machine's legal troubles are in the past. Now he's confident that his injury issues are in the rearview mirror, as well.

    War Machine (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BFC) fights Blas Avena (8-6 MMA, 1-0 BFC) to open up the main card on Spike TV, and the winner will find his way into the Season 9 welterweight tournament.

    "He looks to be 100 percent, back in training and not holding anything back," Rebney said. "I think he's back, and we had to get a fight together (for him) before Season 9 kicks off. Blas is tough and has big heavy hands, so this should be a spectacular fight. I'm excited to see him. From a fighting pserspective, he's a great and exciting guy to watch fight. If he can get through this test, he's got the tournament coming up in september."

    Rebney said venues are still in the process of being secured for the July and August "Summer Series" events for Bellator, but that the promotion's new California home base could wind up hosting one of the shows.
  • 05-02-2013, 02:32 AM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre
    Pretty sure Babalu and Mo are tight training partners and kiboshed the idea back in SF when Mo was champ and Babalu was adrift.
  • 05-01-2013, 09:18 PM
    I was under the impression Mo and Bab wouldn't fight eachother
  • 05-01-2013, 09:07 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by ckauffman28 View Post
    they are deadset on getting the babalu-mo tourney finals
    No doubt.

    How funny would it be if both Babalu and Mo lost again in the first round... With a 4 man touney, Bellator is almost certian Mo or Babalu will get a title shot.
  • 05-01-2013, 09:03 PM
    they are deadset on getting the babalu-mo tourney finals
  • 05-01-2013, 09:00 PM

    Chandler vs. Dave Jansen title fight, King Mo's return top Bellator's June 19 show

    Michael Chandler vs. Dave Jansen title fight, King Mo's return top Bellator's June 19 show - MMA Fighting

    As reported last week, Bellator will launch its 2013 summer series on June 19, and the main card is now set, with a stacked lineup including a championship match.

    Undefeated lightweight titleholder Michael Chandler attempts to defend the belt against challenger Dave Jansen in the night's headliner.

    Chandler (11-0) won the belt in Nov. 2011, and had his first successful defense in Jan. 2013, when he defeated Rick Hawn via rear naked choke submission. Jansen comes in riding a six-fight win streak, having advanced to a title match after capturing season seven tournament victories over Magomed Saadulaev, Ricardo Tirloni and Marcin Held, respectively.

    The show also features the opening round of a four-man light-heavyweight tournament. The opening round matchups include Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Seth Petruzelli and Renato "Babalu" Sobral vs. Jacob Noe.

    The main card will be rounded out with a welterweight fight pitting Jon "War Machine" Koppenhaver against Blas Avena.

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