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Chad Dundas Joins Press Row
By: Jordan Breen
Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by ESPN.com contributor Chad Dundas.Read more
After a week rough of publicity for Bellator MMA, Breen and Dundas discuss the ongoing issues facing the promotion as it heads into the 2013 Summer Series. The two outline the nasty legal situation with former champion Eddie Alvarez, current welterweight titlist Ben Askren's comments about the promotion's drug testing policies, Leonard Garcia's “phantom” offer and what the company can do to combat these particular situations.
Breen and Dundas also discuss Bellator's free agent strategies, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Motley Crue as entrance music and much more.
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Bellator v. Alvarez: Rebney Goes On The Offensive
By: Greg Savage
For months now MMA fans and pundits alike have wondered how the Eddie Alvarez contract situation with Bellator was going to play out. Last week we all got a better idea of just how acrimonious things have gotten between the Spike TV-based fight promotion and their former lightweight champion. Read more
Eddie Alvarez Doesn’t See Contract Negotiations Getting Ugly
Free agent Eddie Alvarez, on “Beatdown,” discussing his relationship with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and whether upcoming contract negotiations could turn ugly:
“I have a different relationship with Bjorn Rebney than the fighter-promoter relationship. He’s always been pretty straight up with me and I’ve always been pretty straight up with him. Everything I’ve said -- besides losing to Mike Chandler -- everything I’ve said that I was going to do, I’ve done for him and he did the same for me. I don’t see it getting ugly.”
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Podcast: Eddie Alvarez, Martin Kampmann, Chance Farrar
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann and WEC fighter turned MMA promoter Chance Farrar joined Wednesday’s episode of “Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network.Read more
Fresh off his head-kick knockout of Patricky Freire, Alvarez discussed his newfound status of free agent, what the next few months will bring, and whether loyalty will make him take any sort of pay cut.
Kampmann faces Johny Hendricks next month in Montreal at UFC 154. The Xtreme Couture product joined the show to talk about his upcoming match, his durability in a fight, and whether a win could put Kampmann in title contention.
Farrar thinks 2-on-1 MMA is something worth promoting. The Arizona-based promoter talked with TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood about how this style of competition involves more strategy than one might thing.
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Podcast: Bjorn Rebney Joins 'Beatdown'
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Internet issues kept the SRN from going live Thursday. However, TJ De Santis was back for a taped edition of "Beatdown."Read more
Bellator puts on it's 67th show tomorrow night in Rama, Ontario. Bjorn Rebney joined TJ De Santis to chat about the current season of Bellator, its show Friday night, and the departure of middleweight champion Hector Lombard.
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Podcast: McDonald, Alvarez, Browne
By: Jared Koll
Jeff Sherwood and Greg Savage were back Wednesday for another edition of 'The Savage Dog Show' on The SRN.Read more
The two were joined by UFC bantamweight Michael McDonald, following his UFC 145 victory over Miguel Torresand heavyweight Travis Browne, who also fought Saturday, following his arm-triangle victory over Chad Griggs.
TJ De Santis and Jared Koll were back Wednesday for another edition of 'Beatdown' on The Sherdog Radio Network.
Bellator lightweight Eddie Alvarez stopped by to discuss his victory over the weekend against Shinya Aoki.
Also on tap, the fallout from Alistair Overeem's NSAC hearing, the UFC's signing of Hector Lombard, and the rest of the fights from UFC 145.
Check out "The Savage Dog Show here.
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Giving Thanks for Last Weekend's Action
By: Jeff Sherwood
This weekend past was definitely a weekend that MMA fans should have been thankful for. We got to watch some MMA fights that weren’t just good, they were great -- true classics.Read more
The UFC 139 card in San Jose ended with some bombs between “Shogun” and “Hendo.” You can easily argue that it could be the “Fight of the Year” for 2011. In a bloody fight that went back and forth, Henderson and Rua gave us a fight that showed why the UFC wanted five-round non-title fights in main events. I’m not even going to get into the Le-Silva fight, either, a fight that could’ve been “Fight of the Night” on just about any other night.
But, it wasn’t just UFC 139 on Saturday night. We also had the pleasure of watching Bellator coming to us live from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. The main event was Eddie Alvarez defending his lightweight strap against Michael Chandler. Chandler battled his way through the lightweight tourney to get the chance to fight Alvarez, while Alvarez was being mentioned by many as the best fighter not fighting in the UFC.
I will admit I expected Chandler to come out and look to wrestle Alvarez, but wrestling did not seem to be in the former Mizzou Tiger’s game plan as he started the fight with a bang and dropped Alvarez. Referee Troy Waugh seemed like he was about to stop the fight just as Alvarez was getting his bearings back and able to get back to his feet. As comes with lightweights, these fighters did not tire the entire fight and both had plenty of “Wow!” moments in the fight, trading dominant rounds back and forth.
Radio: Escovedo, Buentello, Chandler
By: TJ De Santis
Live radio was rocking Friday on The Sherdog Radio Network with new episodes of "Beatdown" and "The Savage Dog Show."Read more
On "Beatdown" Jack Encarnacao chatted with Bellator fighter Michael Chandler. The season four lightweight tournament winner talked about his road through tournament and his upcoming title shot against Eddie Alvarez.
"The Savage Dog Show" was hosted by Jeff Sherwood with myself filling in for a traveling Greg Savage. On "The SDS" today we chatted with MMA fighters Paul Buentello and new UFC signee Cole Escovedo.
Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.
SRN: Coker & Alvarez
By: TJ De Santis
"The Savage Dog Show" and "Beatdown" radio shows returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Wednesday. Guests included Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and Bellator Lightweight king Eddie Alvarez.Read more
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker joined myself and Jason Probst today on "Beatdown" for nearly 25 minutes to discuss the sale of Strikeforce to Zuffa. Coker addresses the events leading up to the sale, what the purchase means for Strikeforce, and how his roster of fighters feels the decision. Also, Coker touches on the relationships with Paul Daley, Showtime, and others going forward.
Greg and Jeff spent their broadcast day chatting with Eddie Alvarez. The Fight Factory produce looks to defend his Bellator Lightweight title against tournament champion Pat Curran on April 2nd. Alvarez talks about his place in Bellator, mixed martial arts, and what he has been doing with his off time.
Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.
Strikeforce vs. Bellator
By: Jake Rossen
Bjorn Rebney file photo: D. Mandel | Sherdog.com
“Sleep on it” is some of the best advice you could ever give or get. Something that seems like a good idea early in the day will often become suspect with the benefit of a little hindsight. (If you happen to be Tito Ortiz, take a week.)
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney could’ve used some perspective before releasing photos of his cell phone displaying texts to Strikeforce’s Scott Coker over the weekend. The photos, intended to contradict Coker’s assertion that he was never contacted about a potential Eddie Alvarez/Gilbert Melendez co-promotional bout, are a bizarre overreaction: this is MMA, not a federal investigation. Submitting evidence for the court of public opinion rarely ends in a resolution.
Let’s say Coker got the requests for a meeting. He clearly ignored them. What does that tell you? He’s not interested in a dialogue about unifying belts. Or his television partners -- which absolutely dwarf Rebney’s deal with Fox Sports and their hide-the-show programming strategy -- have no interest in devaluing talent by seeing their opposition return to a rival promotion. Let’s say Alvarez, Bellator’s champion, beats Melendez into paste. What was the upside for Showtime again?
Maybe Rebney is more self-aware than I give him credit for, and the melodrama is a way for a promoter to promote. I get it. But part of what makes the UFC the dominant brand is the idea, whether it’s true or not, that they’re the ones being pursued. You will never see Dana White issuing a press release about unanswered text messages to HBO. Rebney is a presence with some good ideas and solid talent, but he needs a delay button. Too bad he’d probably prefer a wiretap.Read more