Bellator 96 prelims include Berry-Coleman, seven other matchups
The preliminary card is set for Bellator 96, which kicks off the organization's three-event "Summer Series" on June 19. The featured bout includes a couple of big-show vets as former Strikeforce fighters Cortez Coleman (9-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) and Keith Berry (14-10 MMA, 1-0 BFC) meet in a middleweight matchup. Bellator 96 takes place at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla., and Spike TV airs the main card following prelims on Spike.com. Lightweight champion Michael Chandler meets challenger Dave Jansen in the headliner. The rest of Bellator 96's prelims are loaded with prospects. Overall, the 16 fighters competing on the card sport a 102-25 record.
FOX Sports 1 launch hosts nearly eight UFC hours, events set on Aug. 28, Sept. 4
The long-discussed launch of the all-sports network FOX Sports 1 is 100 days away, and the first day of programming will feature nearly eight hours of UFC programming. Additionally, the next two live events on the channel takes place Aug. 28 and Sept. 4.
FOX officials today announced plans for the Aug. 17 launch date of the new channel, and episodes of "UFC Ultimate Insider," "UFC Unleashed" and "UFC Tonight" in addition to both preliminary and main-card bouts from the previously announced UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 event (which the channel is internally labeling "FOX UFC Saturday") will feature during the launch.
Pat Curran on Eddie Alvarez: 'I'm not really sure what's going through his head'
From where Pat Curran is sitting, it's been a little hard to hear a former opponent and, realistically speaking, a coworker give less-than-glowing reviews of his time with the company. Curran wants it known that Eddie Alvarez certainly doesn't speak for him. Of course, it needs to be noted that Curran is Bellator's featherweight champion and coming off two successful defenses of his title in the promotion's first season on Spike TV. Alvarez is an ex-champ who tested free agency, got an offer from the UFC and now has to sit on the sidelines while the courts decide if Bellator properly matched that deal – or if he's free to leave.