Bellator 189 winner Chidi Njokuani relieved he no longer has to be dragged to scale

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THACKERVILLE, Okla. – It took a loss – his first after a nine-fight undefeated streak – for Chidi Njokuani to realize he was in the wrong division.

Njokuani (18-5 MMA, 5-1 BMMA), who moved from welterweight to middleweight and defeated Hisaki Kato (8-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) on Friday at Bellator 189, talked about the move after the Spike-televised main-card bout, which aired on WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

It was his first fight since since a TKO loss to former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov. Njokuani missed weight for the fight, which followed an 8-0 run (with no-contest).

Njokuani had success at 170 pounds, but once he fought at middleweight, he knew it was the right move.

“Now, this is how I should be feeling in a fight,” he told MMAjunkie after his unanimous-decision victory over Kato. “I shouldn’t be feeling so dead that my cornermen had to walk me to the scale, and then I had to act like I’m perky and (expletive) on the scale and weigh in. I shouldn’t be feeling like that.

“And the stress of going through the whole training camps and trying to keep my weight down? It was stressful, and it messes with your head – just stressing out about the weight cut. You should be worrying about techniques and getting better. All you’re doing is worrying about making weight. … It took a toll on me. I’m tired of doing that.”

With the Kato victory, which came via unanimous 30-27 scores, the 28-year-old American-Nigerian fighter and former kickboxer is now focused on his new home at 185 pounds. Just don’t expect him to make any specific callouts.

“I don’t even know,” he said. “Like I told everyone else, I don’t even know who’s in the division. … I haven’t put any thought into it. I haven’t done anything. I haven’t done any research.

“Like at 170 pounds, I was looking at everybody – (champ Douglas Lima), Koreshkov, Rory (MacDonald). And now, it’s not that I didn’t think these guys were a threat; I just wasn’t even looking. I wasn’t paying attention. I wouldn’t even know who to call out if I did want to call somebody out.”

Check out the full interview above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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After ending 2017 'perfectly,' Rafael Lovato Jr. 1 'quality victory' away from Bellator title shot

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THACKERVILLE, Okla. –Bellator is offering American jiu-jitsu standout Rafael Lovato Jr. everything he needs.

Lovato Jr. (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who scored a unanimous-decision victory over previously unbeaten middleweight and NCAA Division I All-American wrestler Chris Honeycutt (10-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) on Friday at Bellator 189, has been balancing his promising MMA career with top-level jiu-jitsu competitions.

The 34-year-old Carlos Machado black belt is a world-champion grappler, and he said Bellator is giving him the perfect schedule to balance MMA fights and jiu-jitsu competitions.

“I did six events this year – three (MMA) fights, three jiu-jitsu events – and it really went perfectly,” Lovato Jr., a former Legacy FC champion, told MMAjunkie after his Bellator 189 co-headliner, which aired on Spike from WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. ” … I feel like I ended the year perfectly, and I’ve learned a lot, and I’ve gotten so much better, and I’m going to be so much better for my next fight after the experience I gained tonight.”

Lovato Jr. said there’s “no doubt” he’s now within the top four or five of the Bellator middleweight division, which is currently ruled by champ Rafael Carvalho. Lovato Jr. mentioned John Salter, Ed Ruth and Chidi Njokuani as possible next opponents.

“There are a lot of options,” he said. “I feel like I’m there, and with one more quality victory over a great opponent, I feel like I should be worthy of a title shot very soon.”

Check out the full interview above.

For complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'OG' David Rickels downing pizza and beer before latest win, wants Benson Henderson next

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David Rickels has appeared in 19 Bellator bouts, more than anyone else in company history, and for that he believes he’s due some respect.

“Still around, still whipping ass,” Rickels told MMAjunkie. “Man, I’m the OG. Put some respect on my name. I think I just solidified that I’m no joke. I’ve got skills.”

Or perhaps even more than respect, Rickels believe he might be due former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson (24-8 MMA, 1-3 BMMA).

“Benson Henderson, what’s good?” Rickels asked. “Let’s go. That’s who I want to fight, actually. I’ve been talking about that fight for a minute. Benson Henderson, let’s get it.”

Rickels (19-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA), whose 19 Bellator appearances include a pair of no contests, was riding high when he spoke to MMAjunkie, and for good reason. Fresh off a Bellator 189 win over prospect Adam Piccolotti (9-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) at this past Friday’s event in Oklahoma, Rickels knew he was in for a tough fight.

And that was even before he stepped in the cage.

“It really didn’t affect me, but I was worried when they called,” Rickels said. “I was 185 (pounds), and I was eating pizza and drinking some beer, and yeah, man. The weight cut, it wasn’t terrible. It came off a lot easier than I expected, but it was cool. It worked out.”

Stepping in on short notice, Rickels was granted a 160-pound catchweight contest rather than going all the way down to the lightweight division. “The Caveman” said he’d be more than happy to take more of those matchups should future opponents be interested.

It would seem Rickels might be in line for a top-tier opponent. After all, in addition to his lengthy tenure with the company, Rickels also now boasts an official three-fight winning streak. But to be honest, with more than six years under the Bellator umbrella, Rickels isn’t too worried about challenging for a title. Instead, he’s only worried about challenging himself.

“My performance is what’s important to me,” Rickels said. “Tonight, I had a great performance. I felt smooth. I felt sharp. I landed good shots, and yeah, I think it showed.

“The performances. I just want to put my paws on people.”

And if Henderson is willing, then Rickels would like to go ahead and get a bout agreement drawn up. It’s no disrespect, he insists, but Rickels believes the two could combine for an entertaining scrap.

“I’ve just always respected him through his career, and I just think it would be a great fight,” Rickels said.

For more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 189 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Friday’s and Bellator 189 event at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

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The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Despite 'flaky' 145-pound peers, Bellator champ Julia Budd isn't worried about lack of contenders

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THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Bellator champion Julia Budd is confident there will be suitable competition for her 145-pound throne, but she’s not entirely happy with the state of her “flaky” division.

Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) defended her title for the first time on Friday, when she took a controversial split decision over Arlene Blencowe (10-7 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) in Bellator 189’s headliner. It was a close call – certainly closer than she’d like – but ultimately it was enough to ensure Budd got to keep the belt she’d earned with a knockout of Marloes Coenen back in March.

“I was nervous for this one,” Budd told MMAjunkie after the bout, which aired on Spike from World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. “Because I see so many people become champion and lose their belt right away.

“And there was sort of this feeling of, ‘I really want to bring this belt home and finish off the year as champion, as I started the year.’”

With that one out of the way, Budd is now looking for a relatively quick turnaround. The champ has one fight left on her Bellator contract, which she’s hoping to do in March or April. After kicking off the year “with a great win,” Budd said, the plan is to re-sign.

Whom she’ll get to meet then, though, is a bit of a mystery. And it could be a tough one to crack given a division that doesn’t offer that many possibilities. But Budd, who’d already met (and beat) Blencowe before, isn’t particularly worried about that.

“I know there there are a couple – if (Talita Nogueira) gets her knee fixed up and figures that out, then she’s definitely up there,” Budd said. “There’s also some new 145-ers that are coming up. I was kind of hoping for a new person to study and fight, but I’m glad I got that out of the way.”

But she does have her concerns as to how invested her peers are in their own Bellator careers.

“It’s kind of embarrassing for the division when people miss weight by 10 pounds,” Budd said. “This is my profession, and this is what I treat as my job. It’s what I come to do. I take it very seriously, and I just feel like so many girls in this division are just kind of flaky. Missing weight by 10 pounds, and then some people went off on not having or having kids.

“It’s fine. But maybe wait until after – don’t get signed with Bellator and then take a maternity leave. This division is kind of – it’s flaky, but there are definitely some good contenders coming up and I’ll keep my eye out.”

To hear from Budd, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Gaston Bolanos breaks down nasty spinning back elbow that stole the show at Bellator 189

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THACKERVILLE, Okla. – In an action-packed MMA weekend, Gaston Bolanos made sure to add his name to the highlight reel thanks to his signature elbow of doom.

After returning to the win column in a major way with his first-round starching of Rick Gutierrez (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) at Friday’s Bellator 189 event, Bolanos (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) broke down the lead-up to the nasty spinning back elbow that, counting muay Thai fights, he believes has now knocked out seven opponents.

“I assumed he was going to either try to take me down right away from the start, or he was going to try to bum-rush me like he did,” Bolanos told MMAjunkie after the preliminary-card bout at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. “As soon as the first clinch ended and I kind of composed myself, I felt like I got control of it. Then after that, I started finding my rhythm, I started being myself again. And that’s when – after that head kick, boom, he threw the jab. I saw the jab coming, I kind of slipped. … That spinning back elbow happened, and that’s all she wrote.”

Here’s the finish (via Twitter):

Friday’s catchweight meeting involved a shorter camp for Bolanos, who’s now recovered from a submission loss to Brandon Laroco at Bellator 183 in September. But, clearly, it was quite a productive one.

“There are a lot of things that I was trying to do, that I was trying to change that weren’t really working out for me,” Bolanos said. “We just went back to being myself again. And that’s something we did a lot in this camp.”

Considering that Bolanos is fighting for a world title in muay Thai in two weeks, coming out unscathed after less than 80 seconds of cage time is certainly a welcome outcome.

But what if things hadn’t gone so smoothly?

“Big risk, big reward,” Bolanos said. “Here we go. Let’s go for the second one.”

To hear more from Bolanos, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 189 post-event facts: David Rickels trails only 'Pitbull' on all-time wins list

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Bellator 189 wasn’t the most memorable night for the promotion. All four main-card fights went the distance at Friday’s event, which took place at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and aired on Spike.

The card concluded with women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) making her first successful title defense when she picked up a narrow, and somewhat controversial, split-decision victory over Arlene Blencowe (10-7 MMA, 3-3 BMMA).

Budd’s title fight concluded the first of three Bellator events in the final month of the year. For more on the numbers behind the show, check out 20 post-event facts about Bellator 189.

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General

Betting favorites went 2-1 on the main card. One fight had even odds.

Betting favorites improved to to 15-4 (with one even odds) in Bellator main events this year.

Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 1:10:00.

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Main card

Julia Budd

Budd extended her winning streak to nine fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2011.

Budd’s five-fight Bellator winning streak in women’s featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Budd’s five victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are most in divisional history.

Budd has earned four of her five Bellator victories by decision.

Blencowe has suffered two of her three Bellator losses by decision. Both of those came against Budd.

Rafael Lovato

Rafael Lovato (7-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) earned the first decision victory of his career. His previous six wins came by stoppage.

Chris Honeycutt (10-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) fell to 2-1 since he moved up to the Bellator middleweight division in June 2016.

Honeycutt suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Chidi Njokuani (18-5 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) was successful in his Bellator middleweight debut.

Hisaki Kato (8-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

David Rickels

David Rickels’ (19-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) 13 victories in Bellator competition are tied with Michael Chandler and Joe Warren for second most in company history behind Patricio Freire (14).

Adam Piccolotti (9-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) has suffered back-to-back losses after starting his career on a nine-fight winning streak.

Piccolotti suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Sam Sicilia

Sam Sicilia (16-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was successful in his Bellator debut following a 12-fight UFC stint.

Sicilia snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since July 2015.

Marcos Galvao (18-9-1 MMA, 8-6 BMMA) fell to 0-2 since he moved up to the Bellator featherweight division in March 2017.

Galvao has suffered five of his six Bellator losses by decision.

Mandel Nallo’s (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) 18-second knockout victory marked the fastest stoppage in Bellator lightweight history.

For complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 189 highlights: Did champ Julia Budd deserve this win over Arlene Blencowe?

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Should the Bellator women’s featherweight title have changed hands on Friday in Bellator 189’s headliner?

In the Spike-televised headliner of the event, which took place at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., Julia Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) edged challenger Arlene Blencowe (10-7 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) via majority decision to defend her title.

The close bout, which ended with little action in the later rounds, resulted in 46-49, 48-47 and 49-46 scores – and more than a few boo birds who thought Blencowe deserved the victory.

While Bellator 189’s prelims ended with some spectacular finishes, the rest of the main card all went to decisions.

In the middleweight co-headliner, Rafael Lovato (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) neutralized the wrestling of Chris Honeycutt (10-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) and claimed a decision victory via 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 scores.

Also on card, Chidi Njokuani (18-5 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) moved up to middleweight for a fight with fellow striker Hisaki Kato and earned a decision victory. Njokuani finished strong for a trio of 30-27 scores from the judges.

In a 160-pound catchweight but, David Rickels (19-4 MMA, 13-4 BMMA), who made a record-setting 19th Bellator appearance at the event, outworked Adam Piccolotti (9-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) for a unanimous-decision victory with 30-27 scores across the board. In 19 career Bellator appearances, Rickels is 13-4 with two no-contests.

Check out all of the highlights above.

And for complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 189 results: Julia Budd defends title in underwhelming split decision

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Julia Budd defended the women’s featherweight title against Arlene Blencowe in tonight’s Bellator 189 main event, but it was a fight many may hope to forget.

The 145-pound title fight, which headlined the card at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., had essentially no memorable moments over the course of five rounds. In the end, Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) picked up a somewhat debatable split decision to defend against Blencowe (10-7 MMA, 3-3 BMMA) in a rematch of an October 2016 bout, which Budd won by majority decision.

The first and second rounds were classic Budd. She used her size and strength to pressure Blencowe against the cage and work short strikes. The Canadian was never able to secure a takedown or inflict serious damage, but she did do enough to neutralize her opponent.

Blencowe made some adjustments going into the third frame, though. She kept better spacing with her striking and forced Budd to her back foot during the stand-up exchanges. More importantly, she avoided the clinch work and grappling of Budd.

As the fight went into the championship rounds, the corners of both fighters were encouraging their athletes to pick up the pace. The fight was essentially waiting for someone to do something big, but it was another slow-paced round in the fourth with little meaningful exchanges.

Going into the fifth and final round, both the corners as well as commentators Mauro Ranallo and Jimmy Smith were pleading for Budd and Blencowe to do something – anything. Sadly, however, they didn’t get their wish.

Blencowe controlled the center of the cage, and despite barely throwing strikes, she was able to keep a higher pace than Budd, who did essentially nothing.

Despite that, two of three judges saw the fight in Budd’s favor. Each judge saw it different, but Budd got the split decision by scores of 46-49, 48-47 and 49-46.

“I wanted to just get in there but she was staying back from my strikes so it was hard to land with my hands,” Budd said in her post-fight interview. “I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I didn’t expect an easy fight. But I knew I won.”

For complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 189 results: Rafael Lovato Jr. stays unbeaten vs. Chris Honeycutt

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – Rafael Lovato Jr. was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career at Bellator 189. Fortunately that didn’t hinder him much. He left the cage with a unanimous decision win.

Lovato Jr. (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) got the better of Chris Honeycutt (10-2 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) over three rounds in their middleweight bout tonight at Bellator 189, which took place at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla., remaining unbeaten with a solid performance.

Although he couldn’t put Honeycutt away inside the distance like he did his previous six opponents, it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying.

Lovato Jr. threw the kitchen sink at Honeycutt in terms of submission attempts, but he couldn’t stop the hard-nosed wrestler. Honeycutt consistently moved forward and attempted to implement his wrestling game, but his overall offense wasn’t very effective.

After 15-minutes of hard-fought action, Lovato Jr. got the decision by scorecards of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27, setting him up in prime position in the relatively thin Bellator middleweight division.

For complete coverage of Bellator 189, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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