Thiago Alves Finds New Division

Thiago Alves challenged Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title in the co-main event of UFC 100 seven years ago. Now, the 21-fight veteran will move to lightweight upon making his next appearance inside the Octagon. Alves (21-10) confirmed the … Continue reading

Michael Page and Linton Vassell have their respective opponents for Bellator 158 in London later this year. Officials announced who they will meet recently ahead of the event, which takes place July 16 on Spike TV. Kimbo Slice-James Thompson will serve as the heaadliner. Page (10-0) meets Fernando Gonzalez (25-13) in a welterweight affair, while Vassell (16-5) takes on Francis Carmont (24-11) at light heavyweight. Below is the complete press release and current lineup: The recently announced international tentpole event, “Bellator 158: London,” now features two additional mouth-watering matchups during the event’s main card, with today’s addition of Michael “Venom” Page (10-0) versus Fernando Gonzalez (25-13) in a welterweight bout at The O2 in London. “MVP” is fresh off a first-round submission during the main card of “Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson” and now sets his sights on impressing in his home country. In addition, the stacked main card now also features a light heavyweight pairing between Linton “The Swarm” Vassell (16-5) and Francis “Limitless” Carmont (24-11). The two new contests join an event that already features Kimbo Slice (6-2) taking on James Thompson (20-16) and Josh Koscheck (17-10) against Paul “Semtex” Daley (38-13-2). Additional contests will be announced shortly. In the United Kingdom, the event will be broadcast free on SPIKE UK and Channel 5, while in America the card will air FREE on SPIKE. Exact broadcast details for “Bellator 158: London” will be revealed in the near future. Tickets for the event are on sale now and start at only £40.00. They are available at or The O2 Box Office. As was showcased at “Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson,” mixed martial arts fans and pundits alike would be hard-pressed to find a striker — or submission specialist — as dynamic as Page. Other than his win against Jeremie Holloway, look no further than his previous outings against Charlie Ontiveros, or his 65-second knockout of Rudy Bears for explosive examples. But, now “Venom” looks to strike against Gonzalez, who is no stranger to being the underdog when he enters the Bellator MMA fray. A proud son of London, England, the 29-year-old Page has only reached the judges’ scorecards once in his nine professional outings. “MVP” will enter the cage at The O2 in London with an unblemished record, hometown support and momentum, all on his side. Gonzalez, a 32-year-old Menifee, Calif. is looking to build upon his split decision victory over Gilbert Smith at “Bellator 151: Warren vs. Caldwell” and add to his impressive five-fight winning streak. A veteran of the Scott Coker-founded Strikeforce promotion, as well as World Extreme Cagefighting, Gonzalez has been competing professionally since 2003 and was originally slated to fight “MVP” in March, but the fight fell through when the Englishman withdrew due to injury. Now, Gonzalez looks to solidify himself as the No. 1 contender to the crown at 170-pounds and prove that he truly is the stiffest test Page has faced in his 10-fight career. Vassell is fresh off of a victory over Bellator’s Emanuel Newton in a bout that went the distance at the record-shattering event that was “Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie.” Vassell has now won 11 of his last 13 fights and will be chomping at the bit to get back in the cage in front of his hometown fans. Vassell joins Thompson, Daley and Page on a card that features a strong contingent of British talent as the card continues to grow. Hailing from Paris, France, the 34-year-old Carmont will enter the cage for the first time in 2016 and fourth under the Bellator MMA umbrella. In his most recent appearance, at the tournament-style “Bellator MMA: Dynamite 1,” Carmont replaced an injured Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who was forced to drop out after suffering a rib injury earlier in the event. After winning his first bout of the evening, “Limitless” surrendered a loss to Phil Davis in the final round of the tournament-style contest. Now, “Limitless” looks to upset the hometown faithful during the main card of “Bellator 158: London.” Heavyweight: Kimbo Slice vs. James Thompson Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Josh Koscheck Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez Light Heavyweight: Linton Vassell vs. Francis Carmont

Matt Mitrione will meet a 10-win heavyweight in his Bellator debut later this year at Bellator 157: Dymamite 2. Mitrione, who signed with the promotion recently after a 14-fight run in the UFC, takes on Carl Seumanautafa at the June … Continue reading

Bellator 158 Fight Card

Michael Page and Linton Vassell have their respective opponents for Bellator 158 in London later this year. Officials announced who they will meet recently ahead of the event, which takes place July 16 on Spike TV. Kimbo Slice-James Thompson will … Continue reading

UFC 200 Card: Tate-Nunes Booked

Miesha Tate has been added to the upcoming UFC 200 card, as the reigning female bantamweight champion defends her title against Amanda Nunes. The bout was announced on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday, which Tate helped host. Tate (18-5) is unbeaten over … Continue reading