Scott Coker: UFC Had No Plan To Build Featherweight Division For Cris Cyborg

Bellator president Scott Coker believes the UFC never had any real plans for a featherweight division for Cris Cyborg. Cyborg departed the UFC late last year after a public spat with Dana White led to her release. She has since signed with Bellator, who unlike the UFC, have a flourishing featherweight division. With Cyborg set […]

The post Scott Coker: UFC Had No Plan To Build Featherweight Division For Cris Cyborg appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Bellator president Scott Coker believes the UFC never had any real plans for a featherweight division for Cris Cyborg.

Cyborg departed the UFC late last year after a public spat with Dana White led to her release. She has since signed with Bellator, who unlike the UFC, have a flourishing featherweight division.

With Cyborg set to challenge Julia Budd for the women’s featherweight title at Bellator 238 this weekend, Coker spoke about what he thought was the UFC being more interested in Cyborg rather than the 145-pound division:

“I don’t think the UFC ever had an intention to start a 145-pound weight class,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “I think they wanted to be in the Cyborg business. That’s what it was.

“To build a division around her takes time and effort. You’ve got to go out and sign the people and nurture the fights. I think that was really one of the things that happened. They tied her up. Now, she’s free. Now, she’s here.”

The UFC featherweight division never really had any fighters in it during Cyborg’s tenure with most of her opponents being bantamweights who moved up.

At Bellator, meanwhile, she will have a wide range of opponents at featherweight — starting with Budd:

“We have a lot of girls she can fight and it starts with Julia Budd, who by the way looks like she’s in amazing shape,” Coker added. “She’s going to come and bring it. I tell everyone, ‘Don’t underestimate her. This girl can throw down and she’s dangerous.’ I’m expecting a great fight on Saturday night.”

Do you agree with Coker?

The post Scott Coker: UFC Had No Plan To Build Featherweight Division For Cris Cyborg appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Dillon Danis Pulls From Bellator 238

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will have to wait a bit longer for Dillon Danis to return to the cage. Initially, Danis was scheduled to face Kegan Gennrich at Bellator 238 on January 25. However, according to a report from MMA Fighting, confirming an initial report from the Orange County Register, Danis has been forced […]

The post Dillon Danis Pulls From Bellator 238 appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will have to wait a bit longer for Dillon Danis to return to the cage.

Initially, Danis was scheduled to face Kegan Gennrich at Bellator 238 on January 25. However, according to a report from MMA Fighting, confirming an initial report from the Orange County Register, Danis has been forced from the contest with an injury. Danis is a training partner of UFC star Conor McGregor and has gone 3-0 in his MMA career thus far.

He has looked very impressive with his grappling inside the cage. However, his highly-anticipated return will have to wait. The Orange County Register’s report lists another injury for the January 25 card. Khonry Gracie has also been removed from his scheduled fight with Hector Saldana at welterweight.

The event is headlined by the promotional debut of former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, who challenges Julia Budd for the promotion’s women’s 145-pound title. You can find the updated card below.

  • Julia Budd vs. Cris Cyborg
  • Darrion Caldwell vs. Adam Borics
  • Sergio Pettis vs. Alfred Khashakyan
  • Aaron Pico vs. Daniel Carey
  • Jay Jay Wilson vs. Mario Navarro
  • David Pacheco vs. Craig Plaskett
  • Brandon Bender vs. Gabriel Green
  • Ricardo Filho vs. Dominic Clark
  • Tyler Beneke vs. Jarrett Connor
  • AJ Agazarm vs. Adel Altamimi
  • Curtis Millender vs. Moses Murrietta

What do you think about Danis pulling from his fight with Gennrich at Bellator 238?

The post Dillon Danis Pulls From Bellator 238 appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Paul Daley Reveals He Was Fired From Bellator Analyst Role

Bellator welterweight Paul Daley will no longer be enjoying a role as an analyst. Daley was performing his new role recently for Bellator’s European series events. He was notably critical of the matchmaking for Michael “Venom” Page following the latter’s knockout victory over Giovanni Melillo at Bellator London in November. It’s not a surprise to […]

The post Paul Daley Reveals He Was Fired From Bellator Analyst Role appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Bellator welterweight Paul Daley will no longer be enjoying a role as an analyst.

Daley was performing his new role recently for Bellator’s European series events. He was notably critical of the matchmaking for Michael “Venom” Page following the latter’s knockout victory over Giovanni Melillo at Bellator London in November.

It’s not a surprise to hear that honesty from Daley who has long been a fighter who always spoke his mind. But it appears that may have cost him as he revealed he was recently fired from the position for certain opinions.

“YOUR FIRED” ?….., Been told I gotta step away from the Mic, Guess one of my opinions was a little off script…..and I thought I was just finding my groove. ?

It’s not the first time “Semtex” has had a conflict with the Santa Monica-based promotion. He previously pushed for a release from Bellator citing unhappiness at the way president Scott Coker was treating him.

The duo eventually worked things out with Daley signing a new contract. But for now, it looks like the Briton will only be working for the promotion on a fighting basis.

What do you make of Daley getting fired as an analyst?

The post Paul Daley Reveals He Was Fired From Bellator Analyst Role appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Julia Budd Planning On Making Statement Against Cris Cyborg

Don’t expect Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd to be a pushover for Cris Cyborg. Budd defends her title against Cyborg at Bellator 238 which takes place January 25 in Inglewood, California. For Cyborg, it will be her first Bellator fight with many expecting her to come away with the gold. But Budd plans on […]

The post Julia Budd Planning On Making Statement Against Cris Cyborg appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Don’t expect Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd to be a pushover for Cris Cyborg.

Budd defends her title against Cyborg at Bellator 238 which takes place January 25 in Inglewood, California. For Cyborg, it will be her first Bellator fight with many expecting her to come away with the gold.

But Budd plans on ruining her debut as she is even more motivated to make a statement and remind everyone that this is her division:

“It does feel different,” Budd told MMA Junkie. “It feels different because of who she is, who she’s been in the 145-pound division, which I feel like is my division and I feel like I’ve got to go out there and make a statement.

“It’s been extra motivation this whole camp and I’m just excited to go out there and defend my belt.”

Budd is not taking Cyborg lightly either. The former UFC star suffered a knockout defeat to Amanda Nunes in December 2018 — her first loss in more than 13 years.

She followed it up with a unanimous decision win over Felicia Spencer, but it wasn’t the most comfortable victory especially as Cyborg was cut during the fight. Budd, however, is preparing for the best Cyborg and believes it was a matter of fate that they’d end up fighting each other:

“I prepare for every opponent like they’re going to be the toughest opponent I’m getting into the cage with,” Budd added. “I’m preparing for the very best Cris Cyborg. I’ve watched all her fights, all the good ones, I watched the Amanda Nunes fight.

“I’ve watched everything her whole career because I’ve known about her my whole career. I’ve always known we’d face each other, but this is just the perfect time.”

Do you think Budd can pull off the upset and defeat Cyborg?

The post Julia Budd Planning On Making Statement Against Cris Cyborg appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Bellator 241 Will Host Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals

The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament will continue into Bellator 241. The promotion announced that, at the event, current 145-pound champion Patricio Freire will take on Pedro Carvalho. Also, Emmanuel Sanchez goes head-to-head with Daniel Weichel. The event goes down from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday, March 13. Freire took out […]

The post Bellator 241 Will Host Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

The Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Tournament will continue into Bellator 241.

The promotion announced that, at the event, current 145-pound champion Patricio Freire will take on Pedro Carvalho. Also, Emmanuel Sanchez goes head-to-head with Daniel Weichel. The event goes down from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday, March 13.

Freire took out Juan Archuleta in the first round after winning a unanimous decision at Bellator 228 in California. The victory marked Freire’s fifth in a row, a streak that included a lightweight title win by knocking out Michael Chandler in the first round. As for Carvalho, he is undefeated in the Bellator cage after winning six-straight. His most recent victory was a submission win over Sam Sicilia in the opening round of the tournament this past September at Bellator 226.

We’ll keep you updated as more fights are announced for Bellator 226.

What do you make of the Bellator 241 Featherweight Grand Prix quarterfinal matchups?

The post Bellator 241 Will Host Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Valerie Loureda Out Of Bellator 238 With Injury

Valerie Loureda will not be competing at Bellator 238 as expected. Loureda was initially expected to face off against Tara Graff at the show. However, MMA Fighting has confirmed that Loureda has been forced to pull from the event with an injury. The nature of the injury is not yet confirmed. The news comes just […]

The post Valerie Loureda Out Of Bellator 238 With Injury appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.

Valerie Loureda will not be competing at Bellator 238 as expected. Loureda was initially expected to face off against Tara Graff at the show.

However, MMA Fighting has confirmed that Loureda has been forced to pull from the event with an injury. The nature of the injury is not yet confirmed. The news comes just 24 hours after it was announced that Loureda would be competing on the card. Loureda was looking forward to returning to mixed martial arts (MMA) action after her stint on the Exathlon reality show in August.

The 21-year-old is currently 2-0 in her professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, fighting each of those bouts under the Bellator MMA banner. It remains to be seen if Graff will remain on the card or if the fight will be re-booked for another date. Bellator 238 goes down from The Forum in Inglewood, California on January 25. 

What do you think about Loureda being pulled from Bellator 238?

The post Valerie Loureda Out Of Bellator 238 With Injury appeared first on LowKickMMA.com.