Mikkel Parlo vs Sultan Aliev Completes Bellator’s Middleweight Tournament

Mikkel Parlo

 

Mikkel Parlo

  • 9-0 MMA / 1-0 Bellator Record
  • 9 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Gregor Herb, Jared Combs

Sultan Aliev

 

Sultan Aliev

  • 8-0 MMA / Bellator Debut
  • 8 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins:

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Bellator 89

February 14th, 2013

Charlotte, North Carolina

Bojangles Coliseum

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Danish striker, Mikkel Parlo enters this year’s tournament undefeated at 9-0, with eight of those victories coming by way of stoppages (7 TKO, 1 submission). Parlo made his Bellator debut in October of last year, earning a first round knockout win over Jared Combs.

Sultan Aliev will make his Bellator debut as a participant in season eight’s middleweight tournament. He comes in with a perfect record of 8-0, with six victories by way of knockout.

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Brett Cooper vs Norman Paraisy, Andreas Spang vs Doug Marshall Middleweight Tourney Bouts Set for Bellator 89

Brett Cooper

 

Brett Cooper

  • 17-7 MMA / 4-2 Bellator Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Valdir Araujo, Jared Hess, Joe Doerksen

Norman Paraisy

 

Norman Paraisy

  • 10-2-1 MMA / 0-2 Bellator Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Paulo Filho, Jack Mason

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Andreas Spang

 

Andreas Spang

  • 8-2 MMA / 1-1 Bellator Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Cody Krahn, Willie Parks, Brian Rogers

Doug Marshall

 

Doug Marshall

  • 15-6 MMA / 1-0 Bellator Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Jamie Jara, Keith Berry, Kala Hose

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Bellator 89

February 14th, 2013

Charlotte, North Carolina

Bojangles Coliseum

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Brett Cooper heads into this year’s middleweight tournament on a hot streak, winning his last four contests inside the cage. He’s won his last three for Bellator, including key wins over Valdir Araujo and Jared Hess.

This will be Norman Paraisy’s third attempt in a Bellator tournament, after being eliminated in the opening round in both season one and season six. In Bellator’s inaugural middleweight tournament, Paraisy was submitted in the third round by former UFC champion, Dave Menne. More recently, Maiquel Falcao ended his shot at a world title with a unanimous decision in the quarterfinals of season six.

Andreas Spang was a season six semifinalist, with an opening round victory over Brian Rogers via second round knockout. Unfortunately, his run ended there, losing by unanimous decision to Maiquel Falcao in the following round.

Doug Marshall earned a spot in this year’s tournament with a 22-second knockout of Kale Hose in his Bellator debut last November. The win was his second in three fights, also including a 21-second knockout of Richard Blake at a Twilight Fight Night in September of 2011.

Nick Catone vs James Head, Al Iaquinta vs Joe Proctor Added to UFC 159

Nick Catone

Nick Catone

  • 9-4 MMA / 3-4 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins: John Howard, Jesse Forbes, Constantinos Philipou

James Head

James Head

  • 9-3 MMA / 2-2 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Gerald Harris, Papy Abedi, Brian Ebersole

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Al Iaquinta

 

Al Iaquinta

  • 5-2-1 MMA / 0-1 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Losing Streak
  • Notable Wins:

Joe Proctor

 

Joe Proctor

  • 8-2 MMA / 1-1 UFC Record
  • Won 4 of Last 5 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Jeremy Larsen

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UFC 159

April 27th, 2013

Newark, New Jersey

Prudential Center

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Nick Catone likely finds himself fighting for his job at UFC 159 on the heels of a two-fight win streak. Submission ace, TJ Waldburger choked Catone unconscious in the second round with a triangle choke at the TUF 16 Finale. Previous to that, Catone was clearly two rounds ahead on the scorecards against Chris Camozzi, but the ringside doctor stopped the fight in the third round, due to a nasty cut and Camozzi was awarded the TKO victory.

James Head had two-fight win streak snapped at the TUF 16 Finale by Mike Pyle, who earned a first round TKO victory. Head had previously won back-to-back fights against Papy Abedi and Brian Ebersole following his loss to Nick Ring in his UFC debut.

The Ultimate Fighter 15 runner-up, Al Iaquinta finally returns to the octagon after injuries have kept him out for nearly a year. Iaquinta was stopped by Michael Chiesa in the first round by submission on the show’s finale. It was his second loss in a row professionally, previously losing to former UFC fighter, Pat Audinwood at a Ring of Combat event.

Fellow Ultimate Fighter 15 cast member, Joe Proctor suffered his first lost in the UFC at UFC on FOX 5, dropping a unanimous decision to Ramsey Nijem. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak, including a first round TKO win over Jeremy Larsen in his UFC debut.

Patricky Freire Out; Guillaume DeLorenzi vs Saad Awad Booked as Lightweight Quarterfinal Match-Up

Guillaume DeLorenzi

Guillaume DeLorenzi

  • 10-1 MMA / 1-0 Bellator Record
  • 5 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Ryan Machan, Dale Hartt

Saad Awad

 

Saad Awad

  • 12-4 MMA / 0-1 Bellator Record
  • 4 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins:

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Bellator 87

January 31st, 2013

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort

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Guillaume DeLorenzi is currently on a five-fight win streak, dating back to September of 2009. During the streak, he holds TKO victories over Ryan Machan and UFC-veteran Dale Hartt. Most recently, DeLorenzi earned a spot in this year’s tournament with a first round submission win over Jonny Carson at Bellator 79.

Saad Awad gets the opportunity of a lifetime, replacing Patricky Freire in Bellator’s lightweight tournament. He’s won four fights in a row, all four have come by way of stoppages (2 TKO, 2 submission). Most recently, Awad defeated Daniel McWilliams by first round submission in October of last year.

Michael Bisping vs Alan Belcher, Jim Miller vs Pat Healy Booked for UFC 159

Michael Bisping

 

Michael Bisping

  • 23-5 MMA / 13-5 UFC Record
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, Brian Stann

Alan Belcher

 

Alan Belcher

  • 18-7 MMA / 9-5 UFC Record
  • Won 4 of Last 5 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Ed Herman, Patrick Cote, Rousimar Palhares

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Jim Miller

 

Jim Miller

  • 22-4 MMA / 11-3 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Joe Lauzon, Mark Bocek, Melvin Guillard

Pat Healy

 

Pat Healy

  • 29-16 MMA / UFC Debut
  • 6 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Maximo Blanco, Caros Fodor, Mizuto Hirota

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UFC 159

April 27th, 2013

Newark, New Jersey

Prudential Center

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Michael Bisping lost his chance to face Anderson Silva for the UFC middleweight title, when he was knocked out by Vitor Belfort in the second round at UFC on FX 7. Previous to  that, he had won five of his last six fights, only dropping a razor thin decision to Chael Sonnen in January of last year.

Alan Belcher looks to put his name back in title contention, following his unanimous decision loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 155. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak that included wins over Wilson Gouveia, Patrick Cote, and Rousimar Palhares.

Last time out, Jim Miller defeated Joe Lauzon by unanimous decision in a brawl which was named “Fight of the Year” by Sherdog. Miller has gone 2-2 since August of 2011, with wins over Lauzon and Melvin Guillard, while his losses were to Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz.

Pat Healy will finally get a chance to prove he is among the world’s best after several plans to face Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez were squandered by injuries. Healy is on a six-fight win streak including wins over Maximo Blanco, Caros Fodor, and Kurt Holobaugh.

Phil Davis vs Vinny Magalhaes, Cheick Kongo vs Roy Nelson Set for UFC 159

Phil Davis

 

Phil Davis

  • 10-1 MMA / 6-1 UFC
  • Won 10 of Last 11 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Vinny Magalhaes

Vinny Magalhaes

  • 10-5 MMA / 1-2 UFC Record
  • 6 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Jake Doerr, Mikhail Zayats, Igor Pokrajac

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Cheick Kongo

Cheick Kongo

  • 18-7-2 MMA / 11-5-1 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic, Matt Mitrione, Pat Barry

Roy Nelson

 

Roy Nelson

  • 18-7 MMA / 5-3 UFC Record
  • 2 Fight Win Streak
  • Notable Wins: Brendan Schaub, Stefan Struve, Mirko Cro Cop

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UFC 159

April 27th, 2013

Newark, New Jersey

Prudential Center

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Phil Davis returned to his winning ways at UFC 153 with a second round anaconda choke to defeat Wagner Prado. The win was his first since suffering his first professional loss to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2. Davis also holds key wins over Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Vinny Magalhaes was successful in his return to the UFC with a second round armbar victory over Igor Pokrajac at UFC 152. His win streak was extended to six, with all six victories coming by way of stoppages (4 submission, 2 TKO).

Cheick Kongo got his third win in four fights with a unanimous decision victory over Shawn Jordan at UFC 149. Previous to that, he lost his first match since December of 2009, when Mark Hunt finished him in the second round via TKO in February of last year.

After coaching opposite of Shane Carwin in the sixteenth season of the Ultimate Fighter, Roy Nelson TKO’d late replacement Matt Mitrione early in the first round in this show’s finale. The win was his second in a row, also earning a 50-second knockout win over Dave Herman at UFC 146

Nate Diaz vs Josh Thomson Added to UFC on FOX 7

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz

  • 16-8 MMA / 11-6 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, Jim Miller

Josh Thomson

Josh Thomson

  • 19-5 MMA / UFC Debut
  • Lost 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Gilbert Melendez, Gesias Cavalcante, KJ Noons

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UFC On FOX 7

April 20th, 2013

San Jose, California

HP Pavilion

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Nate Diaz’s bid to become UFC lightweight champion fell short, dropping a unanimous decision to Ben Henderson at UFC on FOX 5. The loss snapped a three-fight win streak, which included submission victories over Takanori Gomi and Jim Miller.

Strikeforce transfer, Josh Thomson hasn’t seen action since May of last year when he lost another decision (this time a split) to champion and rival, Gilbert Melendez. His last win was a unanimous decision victory over KJ Noons at Strikeforce: Tate vs Rousey.