10 Reasons To Watch Bellator 207 & 208 This Weekend

Bellator MMA has back-to-back events this weekend on Friday and Saturday night. Both events will be headlined by the Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal match-ups. Just in case you need some extra incentive to watch Bellator 207 & 208 this weekend, LowkickMMA has you covered. Whether you want to tune in for Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday night […]

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Bellator MMA has back-to-back events this weekend on Friday and Saturday night. Both events will be headlined by the Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal match-ups.

Just in case you need some extra incentive to watch Bellator 207 & 208 this weekend, LowkickMMA has you covered.

Whether you want to tune in for Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday night (Oct. 13, 2018) or you want to see if Bellator’s light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader can become a double champ, this weekend has something to offer every fight fan.

Check out our list of 10 reasons to watch Bellator 207 & 208:

Lorenz Larkin Needs A Win

Lorenz Larkin will kick off the main card action on Friday night (Oct 12, 2018) when he meets Germany’s Ion Pascu.

Since signing with the Viacom-owned promotion, Larkin has been less than stellar. He has lost two of his three fights inside the Bellator cage. His lone win came against Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 193 back in January.

Larkin left the UFC as a top 10 talent, however, its unlikely “The Monsoon” will be fighting for gold of anytime soon.

A win against Pascu is not a gimme by any means. But Larkin most definitely needs to string a couple of wins together in a big way.

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Bellator 208: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Predictions

Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix will have its finalists after the organization completes its two cards on Friday and Saturday. And on Saturday, Bellator 208 comes to your television screens with a solid five-fight main card…

Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix will have its finalists after the organization completes its two cards on Friday and Saturday. And on Saturday, Bellator 208 comes to your television screens with a solid five-fight main card…

Benson Henderson Plans To Sign One Last Deal Before Retiring

Benson Henderson plans to ride off into the sunset once he fulfills the terms of one last contract. Henderson is set to do battle with Saad Awad this Saturday night (Oct. 13) at Bellator 208. The action will take place inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uni…

Benson Henderson plans to ride off into the sunset once he fulfills the terms of one last contract. Henderson is set to do battle with Saad Awad this Saturday night (Oct. 13) at Bellator 208. The action will take place inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Headlining the card will be a semifinal bout in […]

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Gilbert Melendez Reportedly In Talks For Possible Retirement Fight

Gilbert Melendez’s decorated MMA career could be coming to an end. News broke today that Melendez is reportedly in talks to end his lengthy layoff to face Arnold Allen at December’s UFC 232 according to an anonymous source who confirmed the talks to MMAjunkie.com. The fight was first reported by FloCombat. Melendez recently confirmed that he […]

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Gilbert Melendez’s decorated MMA career could be coming to an end.

News broke today that Melendez is reportedly in talks to end his lengthy layoff to face Arnold Allen at December’s UFC 232 according to an anonymous source who confirmed the talks to MMAjunkie.com. The fight was first reported by FloCombat.

Melendez recently confirmed that he was ending a yearlong hiatus since a brutal beating at the hands of feared knockout artist Jeremy Stephens. The bout was contested at featherweight, Melendez’ first bout at 145 pounds since 2003.

The former Strikeforce lightweight champion and UFC title challenger was once one of the top 155-pound fighters in the world. He won the Strikeforce lightweight title twice and defended it five times in total to storm into the UFC in 2013. He met then-champ Benson Henderson for the title and lost a close split decision. ‘El Nino’ then won a brutal, bloody war with Diego Sanchez at UFC 166 to earn a second UFC title shot at UFC 181 in December 2014.

Melendez was submitted by former champ Anthony Pettis and went on to lose three straight fights to Stephens, Edson Barboza, and Eddie Alvarez to put his overall UFC record at a disappointing 1-5.

He was also suspended for a positive drug test and has been dealing with a significant leg injury where bruises calcified and resulted in nerve damage. But in an interview with MMAjunkie this week, he said he’s doing better:

“As a fighter, recovery takes a bit longer, and mileage is a little bit more, so with all that added up, I took some time,” Melendez said on Wednesday. “But I’m feeling great. My leg is better. I’m checking kicks right now, and I feel good about it.”

With the losses mounting to the best fighters in the world, ‘El Nino’ admitted he needs to win his next fight and win big.

If he did, he claimed his career may continue, but a loss or poor performance would result in him re-examining his path:

“I think it’s important for me to succeed in my next fight,” Melendez said. “It will be hard to go on if I don’t succeed. I really have to deliver. Even if I did come out with a victory, and I’m not happy with my performance, I’d probably have to consider everything.

“I need to succeed in this fight. If I do, that journey may continue. But if I don’t succeed, I can’t say forever-ever, but it’s definitely going to be time to step back for a long time.”

If he does battle Allen, he’ll have no easy task. The 24-year-old featherweight was last seen submitting Mads Burnell at May’s UFC Liverpool. He boasts four wins in a row in the UFC and an overall MMA record of 13-1.

Will Melendez continue his storied career past UFC 232?

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Benson Henderson’s Bellator Return Set For This Fall

Benson Henderson is ready to get back into the cage.

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Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson’s Bellator return is officially set.

Henderson has been with Bellator MMA since 2016. Since signing with the promotion, he has gone 2-3 inside the cage. He picked up his first win since 2016 this past April when he submitted Roger Huerta in the second round of their Bellator 196 meeting.

Now, Henderson is set for a fight that could have major implications on the Bellator lightweight title picture. MMA Fighting reports that “Bendo” will return to face Saad Awad at Bellator 208.

Bellator 208 will go down live from the Nassau Coliseum from Uniondale, New York on October 13, 2018. Henderson will have his hands full when he steps into the cage to face Awad.

The 35-year-old “Assassin” is riding a four-fight win streak in Bellator. His last outing saw him finish Ryan Couture in the first round via TKO. Awad is a longtime Bellator MMA veteran who has been with the promotion since 2013.

The closest he has come to lightweight gold came back in that very year. He was involved in the Bellator Season Nine Lightweight Tournament Semifinal. Awad was bested by Will Brooks, the eventual tournament winner.

With a big win over a fighter the caliber of Henderson, Awad will have a claim to the next shot at the Bellator lightweight title.

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Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad Booked For Bellator 208

Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad is a lock for Bellator 208. MMAJunkie.com reports that a Bellator official has informed them that Henderson and Awad will clash inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Oct. 13. This is the same card headlined by a B…

Benson Henderson vs Saad Awad is a lock for Bellator 208. MMAJunkie.com reports that a Bellator official has informed them that Henderson and Awad will clash inside the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on Oct. 13. This is the same card headlined by a Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinal bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen. […]

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