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The official Bellator MMA rankings were updated following the Bellator 256: “Bader vs. Machida 2” event, which went down last Friday night (April 2, 2021) and saw Ryan Bader defeat Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision in an opening round matchup of the promotion’s Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

There was not a ton of movement after an action-packed night of fights which saw Dan Moret upset the No. 3 ranked Lightweight on the roster Goiti Yamauchi via highly-questionable split decision win. Also, Cat Zingano made quick work of Olivia Parker, submitting her in the very first round.

To find out how fighters are ranked after each Bellator MMA event click here.

MEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Patricio Pitbull (31-4)
2. Vadim Nemkov (12-2)
3. Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2)
4. Ryan Bader (27-6)
5. Juan Archuleta (25-2)
6. Douglas Lima (32-8)
7. AJ McKee (17-0)
8. Phil Davis (22-5)
9. Corey Anderson (14-5)
10. Yaroslav Amosov (25-0)

WOMEN’S POUND-FOR-POUND

1. Cris Cyborg (23-2)
2. Juliana Velasquez (11-0)
3. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-1)
4. Julia Budd (14-3)
5. Arlene Blencowe (13-8)
6. Liz Carmouche (14-7) +1
7. Denise Kielholtz (6-2) -1
8. Cat Zingano (11-4) +1
9. Kana Watanabe -1
10. Leslie Smith (12-8-1)

MEN’S HEAVYWEIGHT (265 Pounds)

C. Ryan Bader (27-6)

1. Timothy Johnson (15-6)
2. Cheick Kongo (30-11-2)
3. Valentin Moldavsky (10-1)
4. Tyrell Fortune (10-1)
5. Fedor Emelianenko (39-6)
6. Linton Vassell (20-8)
7. Steven Mowry (8-0)
8. Matt Mitrione (13-8)
9. Sergei Kharitonov (32-8)
10. Javy Ayala (11-8)

MEN’S LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205 Pounds)

C. Vadim Nemkov (12-2)

1. Ryan Bader (27-6)
2. Phil Davis (22-5)
3. Corey Anderson (14-5)
4. Lyoto Machida (26-10)
5. Julius Anglickas (9-1)
6. Grant Neal (5-0)
7. Christian Edwards (4-0)
8. Tyree Fortune (5-0)
9. Melvin Manhoef (32-15-1)
10. Alex Polizzi (7-1)

MEN’S MIDDLEWEIGHT (185 Pounds)

C. Gegard Mousasi (47-7-2)

1. John Salter (18-4)
2. Anatoly Tokov (29-2)
3. Austin Vanderford (10-0)
4. Fabian Edwards (9-1)
5. Costello van Steenis (13-2)
6. Johnny Eblen (7-0)
7. Charlie Ward (9-4)
8. Mike Shipman (14-3)
9. Romero Cotton (5-0)
10. Ed Ruth (8-3)

MEN’S WELTERWEIGHT (170 Pounds)

C. Douglas Lima (32-8)

1. Yaroslav Amosov (25-0)
2. Michael Page (18-1)
3. Jason Jackson (14-4)
4. Neiman Gracie (10-2)
5. Logan Storley (11-1)
6. Derek Anderson (17-3)
7. Joey Davis (8-0)
8. Sabah Homasi (15-8)
9. Oliver Enkamp (10-2)
10. Jaleel Willis (14-2)

MEN’S LIGHTWEIGHT (155 Pounds)

C. Patricio Pitbull (31-4)

1. Brent Primus (10-1)
2. Patricky Pitbull (23-9)
3. Goiti Yamauchi (25-4)
4. Benson Henderson (28-10)
5. Sidney Outlaw (15-4)
6. Myles Jury (19-5)
7. Adam Piccolotti (12-4)
8. Alfie Davis (14-3)
9. Dan Moret (15-6) NR*
10. Aviv Gozali (5-0) -1

MEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (145 Pounds)

C. Patricio Pitbull (31-4)

1. AJ McKee (17-0)
2. Emmanuel Sanchez (20-4)
3. Adam Borics (16-1)
4. Pedro Carvalho (11-4)
5. Daniel Weichel (40-12)
6. Aaron Pico (7-3)
7. Jay Jay Wilson (7-0)
8. Jeremy Kennedy (16-2)
9. Tywan Claxton (6-2)
10. Mads Burnell (14-3)

MEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT (135 Pounds)

C. Juan Archuleta (25-2)

1. Sergio Pettis (20-5)
2. Patchy Mix (13-1)
3. Magomed Magomedov (17-1) +1
4. Raufeon Stots (15-1) -1
5. James Gallagher (11-1)
6. Leandro Higo (20-5)
7. Josh Hill (20-3)
8. Jornel Lugo (5-0) +2
9. Cass Bell (5-2) -1
10. Brian Moore (13-7) NR*

WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT (145 Pounds)

C. Cris Cyborg (23-2)

1. Julia Budd (14-3)
2. Arlene Blencowe (13-8)
3. Cat Zingano (11-4)
4. Leslie Smith (12-8-1)
5. Sinead Kavanagh (7-4)
6. Janay Harding (6-4)
7. Leah McCourt (4-1)
8. Amanda Bell (7-7)
9. Olga Rubin (6-2)
10. Jessy Miele (9-5)

WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT (125 Pounds)

C. Juliana Velasquez (11-0)

1. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (11-1)
2. Liz Carmouche (14-7)
3. Denise Kielholtz (6-2)
4. Kana Watanabe (10-0-1)
5. Alejandra Lara (9-4)
6. Kate Jackson (11-5-1)
7. Veta Arteaga (5-4)
8. Mandy Bohm (7-0)
9. Valerie Loureda (3-0)
10. Bruna Ellen (5-3)

Expect some changes after the dust settles from Bellator 257 this Friday night (April 16, 2021), which features two opening round matchups of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix between Vadim Nemkov and Phil Davis, as well as Corey Anderson facing off against Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov.

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.

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BELLATOR MMA Confirms Full Fight Card for BELLATOR 259 on SHOWTIME Next Friday, May 21 at 9 pm ET – My MMA News.com

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BELLATOR MMA has confirmed the full fight card for BELLATOR MMA 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2 this Friday, May 21 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The event caps off an exciting month of action for BELLATOR, and airs LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

With plans to continue her dominance over the women’s featherweight division, Cris Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC) will put her world championship on the line against No. 4 ranked featherweight Leslie Smith (12-8-1) in a rematch to crown the world’s top 145-pound female athlete.

The BELLATOR MMA 259 main card on SHOWTIME is loaded from top to bottom, including former bantamweight champion Darion Caldwell (15-4) rematching No. 6 ranked bantamweight Leandro Higo (20-5) in a 135-pound contest, a top-five middleweight clash between the undefeated No. 3 ranked Austin Vanderford (10-0) and No. 4 ranked Fabian Edwards (9-1), and a welterweight matchup that will see the streaking Jaleel Willis (14-2) face off against former LFA champion Maycon Mendonca (11-4), who’ll be making his promotional debut. Capping off the main card action will be the undefeated Jackson Wink-product and No. 9 ranked light heavyweight Christian Edwards (4-0) challenging Mississippi’s Ben Parrish (4-1).

As part of the launch of BELLATOR MMA on SHOWTIME, the network is offering viewers who are new to the SHOWTIME streaming service a 30-day free trial, followed by a discounted monthly subscription fee of $4.99/month for the next six months. Viewers can sign up at SHO.com/BellatorMMA. Subscribers will be delivered two premier BELLATOR MMA events per month throughout 2021 and beyond, with all events scheduled to air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT anywhere the SHOWTIME service is available.

The nine-fight preliminary card has no shortage of action-packed bouts, featuring a top-10 light heavyweight matchup between No. 7 ranked Grant Neal (5-0) and No. 8 ranked Tyree Fortune (5-0) and the return of Israeli lightweight superstar Aviv Gozali (5-0), as he looks to add to his five first round finishes and record breaking 11-second submission win. Plus, the charismatic No. 8 ranked women’s flyweight Valerie Loureda (3-0), the always-exciting Saad Awad (23-13, 1 NC), and No. 6 ranked Australian featherweight Janay Harding (6-4), who takes on No. 7 ranked Irish sensation Leah McCourt (4-1). Finally, No. 9 ranked lightweight Alfie Davis (14-3) makes his sixth promotional appearance against BELLATOR newcomer Alexander Shabliy (19-3).

All prelims will stream live at 5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Pluto TV. Full bout listings are below:

BELLATOR MMA 259: Cyborg vs. Smith 2 Main Card:

SHOWTIME

9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT

 

Featherweight World Title Main Event: c-Cris Cyborg (23-2, 1 NC) vs. #4-Leslie Smith (12-8-1)

Bantamweight Co-Main Event: Darrion Caldwell (15-4) vs. #6-Leandro Higo (20-5)

Middleweight Bout: #3-Austin Vanderford (10-0) vs. #4-Fabian Edwards (9-1)

Welterweight Bout: Jaleel Willis (14-2) vs. Maycon Mendonca (11-4)

Light Heavyweight Bout: #9-Christian Edwards (4-0) vs. Ben Parrish (4-1)

 Preliminary Card: 

BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel | Pluto TV

5:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. PT

Lightweight Bout: Saad Awad (23-13, 1 NC) vs. Nate Andrews (16-3)

Light Heavyweight Bout: #7-Grant Neal (5-0) vs. #8-Tyree Fortune (5-0)

Flyweight Bout: Sumiko Inaba (1-0) vs. Kristina Katsikis (1-1)

Lightweight Bout: Aviv Gozali (5-0) vs. Sean Felton (5-2-1)

Flyweight Bout: #8-Valerie Loureda (3-0) vs. Hannah Guy (2-1)

Heavyweight Bout: Davion Franklin (2-0) vs. Tyler King (12-9)

Featherweight Bout: #6-Janay Harding (6-4) vs. #7-Leah McCourt (4-1)

Lightweight Bout: #9-Alfie Davis (14-3) vs. Alexander Shabliy (19-3)

*Card subject to change.

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Paul Daley vs. Jason Jackson set for Bellator 260 co-main event – MMA Fighting

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Paul Daley isn’t done with the sport of mixed martial arts just yet.

Promotional officials announced on Wednesday that Daley will face Jason Jackson in the co-main event of Bellator 260 at a catchweight at 175 pounds. The fight card takes place June 11 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and will air on Showtime.

“Semtex” will make the walk less than two months after his thrilling Fight of the Year contender against Sabah Homasi at Bellator 257, where Daley earned a second-round finish. After dropping three of four to Michael Page, Jon Fitch and Rory MacDonald, the 62-fight veteran has won three straight, which includes a decision win over Erick Silva and a second-round TKO of Saad Awad.

Jackson has won his last four fights after dropping a controversial split decision to Ed Ruth in the start of his current run with Bellator. “The Ass-Kicking Machine” bounced back with wins over Klichi Kunimoto, Jordan Mein, Benson Henderson and Neiman Gracie to land him at No. 3 in the current promotional rankings at 170 pounds.

Bellator 260 will be headlined by a welterweight title fight between Douglas Lima and Yaroslav Amosov.

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Is the LW division in Bellator the only

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I didn’t say anyone from this list can beat all 10 ranked guys

If they make 10 fights head to head and choose the matches carefully, I can see the unranked fighters beating them 10-0. For example the two weakest fighters from my list against Moret or Queally (I think they can beat them), then put Khabilov against Piccolotti, there you go another win :D Usman can beat Jury, Mamedov can beat Outlaw etc etc

Shabliy will prove it against the ranked Alfie :D

If they did the opposite and choose the good matchups for the ranked guys against the unranked, I really can’t see it going 10-0 for them. The unranked guys are better, imo.

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