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Bellator returns to St. Louis this Friday night with Bellator 145: Vengeance.

Set for the Scottrade Center, the main card airs live on Spike TV with a pair of title fights.

In the main event, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire defends his featherweight belt against Daniel Straus, while Will Brooks puts his lightweight gold on the line against Marcin Held.

The remaining main card bouts include Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Justin Lawrence, Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels and Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson.

Check out the current lineup, along with a video promo, below:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Featherweight Championship
Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (c) vs. Daniel Straus

Bellator Lightweight Championship
Will Brooks (c) vs. Marcin Held

Featherweight: Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Justin Lawrence

Lightweight: Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels

Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson


Heavyweight: Alex Huddleston vs. Augusto Sakai

Welterweight: Adam Cella vs. Chel Erwin-Davis

Lightweight: Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson

Lightweight: Steve Mann vs. Hugh Pulley

Lightweight: Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly

Welterweight: Kevin Engel vs. Kyle Kurtz

Heavyweight: Kain Royer vs. Clay Mitchell

Middleweight: Adam Meredith vs. Jordan Dowdy

Bantamweight: Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller

Lightweight: Brandon Lowe vs. Rashard Lovelace

ronda rousey

For UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, after destroying her opponent, she only wants to enjoy a shower and eat some hot wings.

During a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” the former Olympian discussed exactly what fighters must do after competing inside the Octagon.

“There are a couple of stops. First is the medical tent. That’s the first place where there’s not a bunch of people watching me,” she said. “Then the drug testing, press conference, and then you get to leave and take a shower to get ready to go out, and that’s my first moment alone.

“That’s like the time you look in the mirror and you go, ‘What did I do today?’ and I take my giggly shower and I can’t stop laughing. Then it’s out for the hot wings.”

Rousey will meet Holly Holm in November in Australia, and the unbeaten fighter knows that she’ll need to be on top of her game vs. a former world boxing champion. Holm also sports an undefeated MMA record, much like previous Rousey foes Sara McMann, Cat Zingano and Bethe Correia.

“They’re counting on me trying to rush it. With Holly, I’ll really have to be patient. They’re going to try to stay away and try to run and be safe so much that I’ll get frustrated. That’s what I intend not to do. I’m going to have to set up for something and not come in right away,” she said. “Well, you have to strike first in order to do any grappling or clinching at all. There’s no skipping that. Of course, I’m going to have to out-strike her in some way or form in order to get any grappling at all.

“Thinking about only the end and skipping the stuff in between is a big mistake that people make and I don’t intend to do that.”

As for respecting Holm, Rousey doesn’t see it as an issue. She previously had beef with Miesha Tate, Bethe Correia and other opponents, but doesn’t see the need for anger – which she doesn’t have towards Holm – as a problem.

“I don’t need it. It’s nice not having someone who you have a problem with. It’s tiring not liking the person,” she said. “With Bethe, I dragged out the fight. I wanted to finish her in a particular way. I wanted to knock her out. With Holly, my mind is much more open to take advantage of the first opportunity with what’s there. I feel like I’m going to show much more of what I’m capable of instead of being one thing.”

Jon Jones

Daniel Cormier wears the UFC light heavyweight title around his waist at the moment.

And despite critics claiming Jon Jones as the uncrowned champion after “Bones” was stripped, “DC” is ignoring it all.

During a recent appearance as host on “UFC Tonight,” Cormier discussed facing Jones in 2016. Earlier this year, Jones handed Cormier his lone MMA loss via decision to retain his title, but was stripped and suspended – which has since been lifted – after a legal matter in New Mexico.

“If Jones beat me in January, and he said, Daniel you have to earn your way back, I would have fought the two best guys in the division, Anthony Rumble Johnson and Alexander Gustafsson, to get back there,” he said. “And if Jones was still the champion, I would have earned that rematch. The thing is, I’m the champion now and I want fight him. I’m willing to give him a chance at the belt. It’s great for the fans and great for the organization because he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

“We should be fighting. He beat me, too. I said from the moment we walked out of the Octagon on January 3, I’d like a rematch. Now I’m the champ and he’s the challenger. Once they lock us in the Octagon, we’ll make for some good business and good fireworks. I can’t wait to fight him again.”

Cormier confirmed during the show that he was given time off after defeating Alexander Gustafsson earlier this month, but was headed to Las Vegas to meet with UFC officials and discuss a timetable for the Jones rematch.

As for rumors of the two locking horns in New York next year, Cormier again shot them down.

“I’m not going to fight him in New York. I’m not going to give him that comfort. I want to make him face the people who are disappointed with his actions,” he said. “Obviously, fighting in Madison Square Garden would be a tremendous opportunity for everyone. But I’m the champ and I want to dictate where I want to fight. It would be huge. I’ve wrestled in Madison Square Garden. I’ve done it before. I don’t need Madison Square Garden anymore.”

ufc 193

Check out the extended video preview for November’s UFC 193 pay-per-view, which takes place inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

The card features a main event pitting UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey against former boxing world champion Holly Holm.

Also, Joanna Jedrzejczyk defends her strawweight belt against Valerie Letourneau.

Both the complete lineup, and extended video preview, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Holly Holm

UFC Strawweight Championship
Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Valerie Letourneau

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Middleweight: Uriah Hall vs. Robert Whittaker

Heavyweight: Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt


Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh

Flyweight: Richie Vaculik vs. Danny Martinez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:15 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Brendan O’Reilly vs. James Moontasri

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy

Middleweight: Daniel Kelly vs. Ricardo Abreu

Flyweight: Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen

ufc 194

Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold believes there is one key aspect to the fight game that separates him from UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.


Rockhold will challenge Weidman for the title in December at UFC 194. He has won four in a row since a loss to Vitor Belfort, including three straight submission wins.

“People wanna say this is a close fight. I don’t see it as (a close fight), though,” said Rockhold, during a recent appearance on Submission Radio. “I think Chris is gonna be tough for a round, maybe two. I’m gonna run away with this fight and I’m gonna take the belt home. Another belt coming back to AKA.

“Chris is just too slow, he’s too slow, he’s too slow. That’s all I gotta say. He’s slow, slow, and he’s slow.”

Along with his array of submission skills that caught the likes of Lyoto Machida, Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch, Rockhold (14-2) has also shown power in putting away Costas Philippou and Keith Jardine.

“I’m gonna hit him harder, and I’m gonna challenge him in ways he hasn’t (been challenged before),” Rockhold said. “I’m gonna put on a pace that he hasn’t felt before, and I’m not running from the man. Trust me. I’m gonna be hunting this guy down like I hunt every fighter down. You know, I hunt ‘em and then I bait them in. I hunt them and I bait them in. This is going to be no different, come 12th of December.”

His teammates at AKA, which include Cain Velasquez and UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, have also prepared Rockhold for Weidman’s wrestling power.

“He’s not going to bring anything that I’m not used to. I’m a much higher level in the wrestling,” he said. “I know he’s good on the feet, I know he’s good on the ground, but same thing as with Machida on the ground. I have a different level of speed and athleticism and funk, and he’s not going to keep up with me. If he wants to take it to the ground, he’s not going to be able to keep up.”

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