Former WEC Lightweight Champ Rob McCullough Signs With Bellator

(Press Release)
CHICAGO, Ill. (October 14, 2010) – Huntington Beach-based knockout artist “Razor” Rob McCullough has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships and will compete in the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament. The former WEC Lightweight Champion enters the promotion riding a two-fight win streak and boasts a professional record of 19-6, […]

rob mccullough(Press Release)

CHICAGO, Ill. (October 14, 2010) – Huntington Beach-based knockout artist “Razor” Rob McCullough has signed an exclusive contract with Bellator Fighting Championships and will compete in the upcoming Bellator Season 4 Lightweight Tournament. The former WEC Lightweight Champion enters the promotion riding a two-fight win streak and boasts a professional record of 19-6, with 10 of those wins coming via KO or TKO. The fan favorite, due to his consistently entertaining performances, holds impressive victories over Rich Crunkilton, Nam Pham, Marcus Hicks, and most recently, UFC veteran Corey Hill.

“Razor Rob is a dangerous lightweight with championship experience who has consistently displayed an ability to end fights throughout his career,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “If you are a fan of the Lightweight division in MMA, you’ve got to be a fan of Razor’s. I’m looking forward to watching him compete in our Season 4 Lightweight Tournament.”

There is no question that it was McCullough’s life outside of the cage that made him the fighter he is today. Leaving home at age 14, he spent a large part of his adolescence on the streets of Huntington Beach, bouncing from friend’s couches and getting involved with gangs.

“I grew up with a pretty crazy family life as a kid. I separated from my family at a fairly young age,” said McCullough. “I ended up telling my Mom that I was going to the beach, and I packed my bags, knowing that I wasn’t coming back. I ended up getting mixed up in a lot of gang stuff after I left home.”

However, “Razor” eventually found security and guidance in a local kickboxing gym where he started training in 1995.

“I started thinking to myself, ‘Dude, this is not the road I pictured my life going down.’ I was packing knives and fighting all the time, and I was just like, ‘Man, this sucks.’ That’s when I started training kickboxing. Shortly after that I hooked up with Tito Ortiz, who was fighting for the UFC in its early stages, and just totally dedicated myself to training,” said McCullough. “I absolutely feel like martial arts saved my life.”

McCullough went 35-2 in his amateur kickboxing career, eventually transitioning to training MMA fulltime and going pro in 2001. McCullough rose quickly in the sport. By 2007 he amassed an eight fight win streak, eventually capturing the WEC Lightweight title. However, after winning the belt the dangerous striker admittedly lost focus and motivation, going 2-3 in his next five fights.

“I never grew up with a silver spoon in my mouth, and then all of a sudden I started making some money after becoming successful in my fighting career,” said McCullough. “I was going to clubs all the time…flying to Tokyo…hanging out at the Playboy Mansion and next thing I knew, I was completely and totally distracted from my career as a professional mixed martial artist.”

A year and a half ago McCullough felt himself losing grip on his life again and decided it was time to make a change, he has been clean and sober since that time. Getting married and having a little boy all within the last year, McCullough has found himself with a new dedication and drive for the sport.

“Before I was fighting just because I loved to do it and I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to do what I love, but now it’s a lot more serious,” said McCullough. “The guy that I’m fighting is trying to take food off my kid’s table. It’s entirely different now. I’ve found a new focus and a new motivation, so I’m ready to get in there and get buck wild in Bellator.”

“I’m really glad to be part of a promotion as great as Bellator. I’m ready to get back to work, and finish fights. Getting in the cage and being able to mix it up with the best of the best is what I’m in this sport for. I’ve been doing this for 15 years for a reason, and it’s to test myself against the best competition in the world. I’ll be able to do that at Bellator,” said McCullough.

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Bellator.

About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company headquartered in Chicago. Bellator’s founder/CEO, Bjorn Rebney, is an experienced fighting sports and entertainment professional with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes. Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production, television production, fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

UFC 120 Results: Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy and Five Future Scenarios

What a difference a fight makes.  After Carlos Condit’s first-round knockout of Dan Hardy at UFC 120, both fighters are suddenly on much different trajectories than they were 24 hours prior.
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What a difference a fight makes.  After Carlos Condit’s first-round knockout of Dan Hardy at UFC 120, both fighters are suddenly on much different trajectories than they were 24 hours prior.
Did Condit make his case for top contender status in the welterweight division?
And is Hardy still a contender himself, or is he now, after two straight losses, farther down the ladder?   Does he go for another […]

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UFC 120 Results: Carlos Condit, Dan Hardy and Five Future Scenarios

Greg Jackson Fighter Carlos Condit Willing To Face Teammate GSP

With his win over Dan Hardy in last nights co-main event of UFC 120, UFC welterweight and former WEC champ, Carlos Condit showed the world that he’s one of the top contenders in the division.
Condit is a member of Greg Jackson’s camp along with current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. And even though […]

carlos conditWith his win over Dan Hardy in last nights co-main event of UFC 120, UFC welterweight and former WEC champ, Carlos Condit showed the world that he’s one of the top contenders in the division.

Condit is a member of Greg Jackson’s camp along with current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. And even though both mean are teammates, Condit would be willing to take a shot at the title if the opportunity presented itself.

Speaking of GSP, the soft-spoken Condit surprised a few people by reiterating a point that went ignored earlier this week; that he would fight his teammate if the UFC approached him with a title opportunity.

“We haven’t discussed it very much,” he said, “but I think it would be foolish of me to turn down an opportunity like that.”

To that, UFC president Dana White broke into applause.

Of course, that’s probably in the future, and Condit himself admitted it was really too early to worry about the possibility, targeting the winner of next week’s Martin Kampmann-Jake Shields fight as a possible next opponent.

With Saturday’s win, Condit has shown that he possesses the ability to take on the best in the division and win, so another win could certainly earn him that title shot.

HT: MMAFighting.com

Mike Pyle Says John Hathaway Never Had a Chance

While some fans on this side “of the pond” bemoaned last night’s UFC 120 card saying it was weak, for British fans, who, let’s not forget were the ones, you know, actually paying to attend the London event, it featured several of their beloved stars. Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy are already two of the […]

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While some fans on this side “of the pond” bemoaned last night’s UFC 120 card saying it was weak, for British fans, who, let’s not forget were the ones, you know, actually paying to attend the London event, it featured several of their beloved stars. Michael Bisping and Dan Hardy are already two of the country’s biggest names, love em or hate em, while  John Hathaway has been in hot pursuit (walking through Diego Sanchez certainly didn’t hurt).

Of course, while Bisping outscored Yoshihiro Akiyama for the UD win, the other two British studs didn’t fair too well. Hardy got KTFO by Carlos Condit, and Hathaway, well, the formerly undefeated welterweight ended up getting schooled by the veteran Mike Pyle big time. Hathaway was a heavy favorite to take out Pyle, and after hearing some of the Xtreme Couture fighter’s post fight comments, we’re thinking maybe that was bothering him just a wee little bit (comment via the official UFC site).

“Everything Hathaway’s good at I’m better and tonight I was able to prove that. I knew that coming into this fight my wrestling was better; I knew that my hands were better. I hurt him a few times in the fight; I had him hooked up in some things that nobody’s been hooked up in the UFC, beaten on in the UFC. From my shorts at the weigh-ins, to “Born in the USA” coming out, I just rubbed it in their face and on top of that I smashed their number one boy that they thought was unstoppable. He never had a chance tonight, not for one second.”

Wow. If you threw some money down on Pyle last night, enjoy.