• Ron Sparks

    April 10, 2012 12:11:07 PM


    Megumi Fujii vs. Jessica Aguilar Confirmed for Bellator 69

    A previously rumored match-up between top-ranked 115-pound women's fighters Jessica Aguilar and Megumi Fujii has been officially added to the fight card of Bellator 69, slated to take place May 18, 2012 at the L'Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

    Both women have tasted defeated just once in recent years, with each emerging on the wrong side of a split decision against reigning Bellator Women's Champion Zoila Gurgel.

    Since that loss, Aguilar (13-4) has rebounded to win four straight contests, including a pair of decision victories over Lisa Ellis-Ward and Carla Esparza under the Bellator banner.

    Likewise, Fujii (25-1) has rolled through a trio of victories, capped by a 75-second armbar win over Karla Benitez at DREAM's year-end mega-event. The 37-year-old "Mega Megu" now carries 19 submission finishes to her credit.

    In addition, Bellator 69 will host the Bellator Season 6 lightweight tournament finals, as the two winners of Rick Hawn (12-1) vs. Lloyd Woodard (12-1) and Brent Weedman (19-7-1) vs. Thiago Michel Pireira Silva (10-2) will vie for the right to fight lightweight champion Michael Chandler.

    A lightweight match-up between Josh Quayhagen (3-0) and Cliff Wright, Jr. (6-2), and a heavyweight tournament qualifier slotting Ron Sparks (8-1) against Kevin Asplund (15-1) has also been confirmed for the card.

  • Ron Sparks

    October 29, 2011 10:08:03 PM


    Bellator 56 Results

    Results for Bellator 56, held Saturday at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.:

    MAIN CARD (MTV2, EPIX)

    • Ben Askren def. Jay Hieron via dec. (48-47 x 2, 47-48) (retains welterweight title)
    • Thiago Santos def. Neil Grove via submission (rear naked choke), Rd. 1, 038 (heavyweight tournament semis)
    • Jeremy Spoon def. Adam Schindler (30-27, 29-28 x 2)
    • Eric Prindle def. Ron Sparks via KO (punch), Rd. 1, 0:40   (heavyweight tournament semis)

    PRELIMS (Spike.com)

    • Marcio Navarro def. Rudy Bears via split dec. (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
    • Dan Spohn def. Kelvin Tiller via split dec. (29-28 x 2, 27-30)
    • Emanuel Brooks def. Willian de Souza via unanimous dec. (30-26 x 2, 29-27)
    • Jacob Aiken def. Jemeison Saudino via submission (rear naked choke), Rd. 1, 3:26
    • Aaron Ely  def. Owen Evinger via submission (rear naked choke), Rd. 1, 3:45
    • Daniel Gallemore def. Derrick Ruffin via TKO (retired), Rd. 2, 5:00
    Source:  mmadiehards.com
  • Ron Sparks

    October 28, 2011 5:58:55 PM


    Bellator 56 Weigh-in Results

    Weigh-in results for Bellator 56, to be held Saturday at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.:

    MAIN CARD (MTV2, EPIX)

    • Ben Askren (169.6 lbs.) vs. Jay Hieron (169.8) (for Askren's welterweight title)
    • Neil Grove (264.6) vs. Thiago Santos (264.6) (heavyweight tournament semis)
    • Eric Prindle (264.2) vs. Ron Sparks (264.4) (heavyweight tournament semis)

    PRELIMS (Spike.com)

    • Jeremy Spoon (145.4) vs. Adam Schindler (145.8)
    • Rudy Bears (169.6) vs. Marcio Navarro (169.8)
    • Kelvin Tiller (206.4) vs. Dan Spohn (205.6)
    • Willian de Souza (155.8) vs. Emanuel Brooks (157)
    • Jeimeson Saudino (136.8) vs. Jacob Aiken (131.4)
    • Aaron Ely (140.4) vs. Owen Evinger (135)
    • Daniel Gallemore (247) vs. Derrick Ruffin (242.6)
    Source:  mmadiehards.com
  • Ron Sparks

    October 25, 2011 9:42:10 PM


    Bellator 56 card complete with 10 fights as Askren defends title against Hieron

    The card for Bellator 56, which takes place Saturday at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., has been completed with a total of 10 fights.

    In the headliner, Ben Askren puts his welterweight title on the line against Season 4 welterweight tournament winner Jay Hieron.  Askren won the belt from Lyman Good, and this marks the former Missouri and US Olympic wrestler's first title defense.

    The heavyweight semifinals of the Season 5 tournament will be conducted as Neil Grove meets Thiago Santos in a matchup of replacements.  Santos won a reserve match and was plugged in when first-round winner Mike Hayes was suspended for 60 days due to a broken hand.  Grove, who lost by split decision to Hayes, gained re-entry when Blagoi Ivanov could not make his match due to a hand injury suffered in a win over Zak Jensen in the first round.

    The other semifinal features Eric Prindle and Ron Sparks, each of whom won their first-round matches and escaped without disabling injuries.

    The three-fight main card will be broadcast on regular definition on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX2 at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.  The undercard begins streaming live on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET and contains seven fights.

    Daniel Gallemore takes on Derrick Ruffin in a heavyweight match, Marcio Navarro meets Rudy Bears at welterweight, Adam Schindler goes against Jeremy Spoon in a featherweight contest, Kelvin Tiller battles Dan Spohn at light heavyweight, Willian De Souza is matched with Emanuel "E.J." Brooks at lightweight, Jeimeson Saudino faces Jacob Aiken at featherweight, and Aaron Ely takes on Owen Evinger at bantamweight.

    Source:  mmadiehards.com
  • Ron Sparks

    October 1, 2011 11:04:04 PM


    Bellator 52 Results

    Results from Bellator 52, held Saturday at L’Auberge du Lac Casino Resort in Lake Charles, La.:

    • MAIN CARD - SEASON 5 HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNEY (MTV2, Epix)
    • Mike Hayes def. Neil Grove via split dec. (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
    • Blagoi Ivanov def. Zak Jensen via technical submission (guillotine), Rd. 2, 2:35
    • Eric Prindle def. Abe Wagner via unanimous dec. (29-28 x 3)
    • Ron Sparks def. Mark Holata via KO (punches), Rd. 1, 1:24
    • PRELIMS (Spike.com)
    • Genair da Silva def. Bryan Goldsby via submission (D'arce choke), Rd. 1, 3:54
    • Josh Quayhagen def. Cosmo Alexander via unanimous dec. (30-27 x 3)
    • Justin Frazier def. Liron Wilson via TKO (ground strikes), Rd. 1, 1:50
    • Matt Van Buren def. Nick Nichols via TKO (ground strikes), Rd. 2, 2:29
    Source:  mmadiehards.com