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Dave Herman, Eddie Sanchez Among Bellator's Heavyweight Additions

Dave_herman001_mediumI just received a press release from the Bellator Fighting Championships people announcing their fourth show (which will be in Colorado Springs, CO, on Friday, April 24th) and I have to say that I didn't expect to see some of the names I'm seeing on it. The show will play host to the semi-finals of Bellator's Lightweight Tournament, but also features the debut of the promotion's only non-tournament weightclass with five heavyweight bouts on the undercard. Check the matchups:

Non-Tournament Bouts:
Heavyweight – Dave Herman (13-1) vs. Josh Barnes (5-1)
Heavyweight – Rauol Romero (3-1) vs. Dave Evensen (10-4)
Heavyweight – Eddie Sanchez (11-3) vs. Jay White (4-5)
Heavyweight – Tyler East (pro debut)) vs. Amedio Viola (0-1)
Heavyweight – Joey Beltran (5-2) vs. Sherman Pendergarst (11-12)
130 lbs. – Molly Helsel (7-7) vs. Angela Hayes (1-5)
 
Special Lightweight World Championship Semi-Final Tournament Match-Up
Based on the outcome of Bellator I, II & III

Things didn't go exactly as expected for Dave Herman - aka "Pee Wee," aka "Blueberry Muffin" - with Sengoku in the wake of the EliteXC fallout (Herman was TKO'd by Choi Mu Bae at WVR's New Years show), but to see him signing on with Bellator when Strikeforce is getting ready to roll is somewhat surprising. Likewise for Eddie Sanchez, a decent fighter who earned a bad rep in the UFC as a boring heavyweight at a time when the division was pretty stagnant. And Sherman Pendergarst... did you know he's had four fights in the year since YAMMA? I sure didn't. But I'm not mad at seeing him here, and all told, I don't think Bellator has done badly at all with selecting their big men. And a little extra dap for bringing in Molly Helsel, whose record doesn't reflect what a fun fighter she is to watch.

Full press release in the extended entry.

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BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS’ TOURNAMENT & HEAVYWEIGHT EXPLOSION COMES TO COLORADO SPRINGS’ WORLD ARENA APRIL 24TH

‘The Night of Heavyweights’ to Feature Thrilling Competition on April 24

Los Angeles, Calif. – March 27, 2009 – Bellator Fighting Championships announced today that Bellator IV, the fourth event of the highly anticipated 12-week tournament series airing on ESPN Deportes, will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado on April 24, 2009.  The event will take place at the World Arena in Colorado Springs, which rests just south of Denver in the shadow of the neighboring Rocky Mountains, a natural metaphor for Bellator’s combined feature events, “A Night of Heavyweights & the Semi-Final Round of the World Championship Lightweight Tournament.”

The commanding roster of heavyweight fighters will anchor an action filled evening of competition featuring some of the best fighters this weight class has to offer. This Bellator special event will also feature a Lightweight semi-final tournament match-up, with the resulting winner advancing as a finalist for Bellator’s $175,000 Lightweight World Championship Fight.

“The fight card is packed with great Heavyweight match-ups and what promises to be a compelling Lightweight World Championship tournament Semi-Final,” said Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney.  “Colorado MMA fans and our worldwide television audience should expect to see a night of powerful strikes, tactical submissions and crowd pleasing knockouts.”
 
Bellator IV will feature a collection of highly-competitive, action-packed Heavyweight bouts, a World Championship Semi-Final as well as a collection of spectacular special feature fights. The evening will also feature a bout between two top form female fighters, Molly Helsel versus Angela Hayes. The non-tournament Heavyweight bouts on show are detailed below:
 
Non-Tournament Bouts:
Heavyweight – Dave Herman (13-1) vs. Josh Barnes (5-1)
Heavyweight – Rauol Romero (3-1) vs. Dave Evensen (10-4)
Heavyweight – Eddie Sanchez (11-3) vs. Jay White (4-5)
Heavyweight – Tyler East (pro debut)) vs. Amedio Viola (0-1)
Heavyweight – Joey Beltran (5-2) vs. Sherman Pendergarst (11-12)
130 lbs. – Molly Helsel (7-7) vs. Angela Hayes (1-5)
 
Special Lightweight World Championship Semi-Final Tournament Match-Up
Based on the outcome of Bellator I, II & III
 
Bellator Fighting Championships’ premiere season consists of 12 two-hour events to be broadcast weekly in primetime on Saturday nights.  The nationally televised events will feature a combination of tournament and non-tournament special feature bouts. There will be four simultaneous tournaments taking place in season #1 over a three month period: one in each of the Featherweight (145 lb.), Lightweight (155 lb.), Welterweight (170 lb.) and Middleweight (185 lb.) divisions.
 
Tickets will go on sale at 12:00 pm MT Friday, March 27, 2009 and can be purchased at the ­­World Arena box office and through TicketsWest.
 
For more information on Bellator Fighting Championships, visit www.Bellator.com.  For the Spanish language version of the website, visit www.Espanol.Bellator.com.

About Bellator Fighting Championships
Bellator Fighting Championships is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company with offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. Bellator’s founders, Bjorn Rebney and Brad Epstein, are experienced fighting sports and entertainment professionals with a deep commitment to the purity and integrity of the sport of MMA and its athletes.  Bellator Fighting Championships’ executive team is comprised of top industry professionals in the areas of live event production (including Rob Beiner, winner of 12 Emmy awards for sports programming), fighter relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.

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Herman was such a great prospect, until he was very exposed at Sengoku. Rumors are that he has major issues with trainign properly.

The guy has a lot of natural talent. He needs to take the sport seriously if he wants to move up.

by AlwaysRelaxing on Mar 27, 2009 4:05 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

How is it that Molly Helsel (7-7) and someone I haven’t heard of with a 1-5 record are getting featured, when fighters like Sarah Kauffman – who demolished Helsel in her last fight – hasn’t fought in over a year, and isn’t signed to fight anyone at the moment?

"I'm AJB and I endorse this nut-puncher."

by AJB on Mar 27, 2009 4:09 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

Sarah Kaufman is fighting for the PFC in April, but in general I think the demise of EXC has a lot to do with the lack of top-level female MMA we’re seeing in the States. Valkyrie has a really nice card coming up in Japan but it’s basically impossible to see over here, even if you know the shady back alleys.

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by Chris Nelson on Mar 27, 2009 4:13 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

She refuses to admit that she’s fighting for PFC until she’s got a signed contract with an opponent, which hasn’t happened yet. She’s also been picked up by Strikeforce, if I recall correctly, but they haven’t even offered her an opponent yet.

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by AJB on Mar 27, 2009 4:15 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

This interview makes it sound like it’s a pretty sure bet for April Cautino at 135 pounds, but I know these things can change. Either way, I can’t wait to see her back in there.

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by Chris Nelson on Mar 27, 2009 4:24 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I hope so. I haven’t seen her for about a month, but last time I talked to her, it was still up in the air.

"I'm AJB and I endorse this nut-puncher."

by AJB on Mar 27, 2009 4:45 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I figured you might have an inside line, but I didn’t want to Canadian profile you.

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by Chris Nelson on Mar 27, 2009 4:48 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

Ha! Thanks, but the truth is that she is the manager and #2 coach at the gym where I train. We’re not buddies who hang around on weekends, but she’s nice enough to talk to me when I show up early for class. She’s also an absolute gym rat, with a work ethic like no other, and one of the most terrifying fighters around when she’s in a zone, and yet an incredibly kind, nice, giving person off the mat. Anyway, even after I’m not there anymore, I’ll always be a big fan of hers and I just really, really want her to have more opportunities to fight.

"I'm AJB and I endorse this nut-puncher."

by AJB on Mar 27, 2009 5:07 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I like Pee Wee, but damn is he raw. Sanchez may go down as the only guy Cro Cop ever beats in the UFC.

by subo on Mar 27, 2009 4:19 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

When Choi Mu Bae takes you out, you need to go back to the drawing board.

"I see him beating Anderson Silva. I see him picking him apart. Him at a 131 years old...(trails off)." - Tito on Belfort at Affliction:DOR

by Rundownloser on Mar 27, 2009 4:23 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

And he did!

He’s relocating to Nashville, got a new camp, has gotten serious about cardio (allegedly), started training with a gi, etc.

We shall see…

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by Chris Nelson on Mar 27, 2009 4:26 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I’m curious who is giving you the info about Nashville and how he has been training.

by Simco on Mar 27, 2009 11:07 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

Wow. Looks like Bealltor is really doing it big. Wonder what kind of success they’ll have…

by AnonymousA on Mar 27, 2009 4:21 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

They can only hope for ‘muy’

by subo on Mar 27, 2009 5:58 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

Not bad. Not bad at all.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. -Samuel Beckett

by themachiavellian on Mar 27, 2009 4:39 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I'm actually excited about everything Bellator is doing...

and putting together a heavyweight division from scratch is really difficult right now. So props to them for getting some guys that should make for some interesting matches if nothing else. Herman is one of those guys who was never as good as the hype had gotten before the loss to Choi Mu Bae and isn’t as bad as everyone seems to think he is following the loss. He could have a bit of a nice run in a promotion like this while he grows as a fighter.

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by Brent Brookhouse on Mar 27, 2009 4:41 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I didn’t really have an opinion on Bellator much until I read some of their contract information. Stuff that makes the UFC merchandise agreement look like freedom.

A man should never waste an opportunity to keep his mouth shut.

by iiowyn on Mar 27, 2009 8:02 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

By the way, I believe “Dave Evensen” on their press release = Dan Evensen, former UFC heavy bag for Kongo and Pat Barry. I never heard about him being released by the UFC, and I know he was injured in the Barry loss, but it may have just flown under the radar. Trying to confirm with Bellator now.

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by Chris Nelson on Mar 27, 2009 4:44 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I heard he was released after The Real Techno-Viking smoked him. But I could be wrong.

"I'm AJB and I endorse this nut-puncher."

by AJB on Mar 27, 2009 4:46 PM EDT to parent up reply reply actions actions   0 recs

Bellator

Is that Spanish for thorn in Strikeforce’s side?

by bignerd on Mar 27, 2009 4:55 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

Sengoku is looking to work toward some kind of HW tournament in the 2nd half of 2009. With Herman getting crowned by Mu Bae Choi, I doubt he is being considered at the moment. Besides, they only own his Asia rights, he can take opportunities elsewhere

by smoogy on Mar 27, 2009 6:57 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs

I have always felt that unless you’re one of the major players in MMA, it’s usually best to pretend the HW division doesn’t exist.

by ilostmydog on Mar 27, 2009 8:40 PM EDT reply reply actions actions   0 recs


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