CHICAGO, Ill. (January 29, 2010) – In the latest addition to its growing
Season 2 fighter roster, Bellator Fighting Championships announced today the
acquisition of middleweight and former WEC standout Eric Schambari.
Schambari, who boasts an 11-1 professional record, is in the midst of an
unlikely comeback from a career-threatening injury that forced him to sit
out all of 2008. He is a perfect 4-0 since his return.
“I watched Bellator last season and I just think it’s a great organization
with some really, really talented and exciting fighters,” the 31-year-old
Schambari said. “In this business, it’s all about finding the best possible
competition and Bellator has some of the best in the world.”
CHICAGO, Ill. (January 21, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships put yet
another piece in place for its second season today with the announcement
that Judo master and former Olympian Ferrid “Hurricane” Kheder will compete
in the promotion’s upcoming lightweight tournament.
Kheder, who placed seventh in the Judo competition at the 2000 Summer
Olympics in Sydney, has quickly compiled a solid 16-5 MMA record since
giving up Judo to fight full-time in the cage just three years ago. His
transition to MMA was put into overdrive in 2008 when he began training
under the famed Shawn Tompkins. Since the two teamed up, Kheder has won 11
of his 12 fights.
Undefeated Canadian Featherweight William Romero
signs exclusive agreement with Bellator Fighting Championships
CHICAGO, Ill. (January 7, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships announced
yet another major offseason addition on Thursday with the signing of
undefeated featherweight William Romero.
Romero, 27, one of Canada’s most talked-about young mixed martial artists,
boasts an unblemished pro MMA record of 5-0. He was recently touted by
MMAcanada.net – one of that country’s top MMA news sources – as “the real
deal.” His most recent fight ended by KO after just 17 seconds.
ROBBIE LAWLER VS. MELVIN MANHOEF, JOE RIGGS VS. JAY HIERON SET FOR
STRIKEFORCE: MIAMI JAN. 30
NEW YORK (January 6, 2009)– Knockout artists “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (16-5) and Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (24-6-1) will square off with each other in a middleweight (185 pounds) contest at the STRIKEFORCE: Miami mixed martial arts (MMA) event at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, January 30. Wrestling powerhouses Joe “Diesel” Riggs (32-10) and Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron (18-4) will face off at welterweight (170 pounds).
The 27-year-old Lawler, one of MMA’s most explosive punchers, will attempt to rebound from the first round (2:02) submission (guillotine choke) he suffered at the hands of Jake Shields in the main event the first-ever STRIKEFORCE fight card in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, June 6, 2009.
One fight prior to the meeting with Shields, Lawler, who hails from Granite City, Illinois, thrilled millions of fans when he unleashed his wrath on Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith in the main event of the live, CBS primetime televised event held in Stockton, California on July 26, 2008.
CHICAGO’S ARAGON BALLROOM HOSTS BELLATOR MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS