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Douglas Lima out of Bellator Season 8 finale with broken hand

Punch Drunk Radio: Douglas Lima, Mikey Rukus

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Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (Twitter: @PhenomLima) recently found his way back to the Bellator welterweight finals.  At Bellator 90, Lima defeated Bryan Baker via KO and set up a rematch against Ben Saunders in the Bellator Season 8 finals.  Lima will look to be victorious against Saunders again, which will result in a title rematch for the Brazilian against 170-pound champion Ben Askren.

Mikey Rukus (Twitter: @MikeyRukus) will also stop by and talk some music and MMA.   He is the man behind the new PDR intro, yet has an insight to the MMA world.  His aggressive music matches that of combat sports, and he embodies it with his talents.

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Bellator 90 results

Bellator 90 recap: Shamhalaev in title contention, Newton upsets Lawal, ATT teammates meet again, Zayats gets sole submission

Douglas Lima at Bellator 64 press conference. (Photo courtesy of Robert Reynolds/MMADieHards)

Bellator 90 took place at The Maverick Center in West Valley City, Utah, on Thursday, and it decided a Bellator Season 8 featherweight tournament winner, light heavyweight and welterweight finalists, as well as an upset of the year candidate.

The main event featured a featherweight finals match between Shahbulat Shamhalaev and Rad Martinez to resolve which combatant would fight for the title after Daniel Straus challenges Pat Curran for the belt.

Shamhalaev endured problems at the scales the day before the match, but eventually made weight after hitting the sauna again and shaving his head.  It was pondered if the Russian could withstand the athleticism of Martinez after undergoing a troubling weight cut, but that question was answered early.

Shamhalaev quickly took control of the fight and picked Martinez apart with strikes.  Nearing the end of Round 1, Martinez executed a single-leg takedown, which forced Shamhalaev to fight off his back for the remainder of the frame.

Early into the second stanza, Shamhalaev dropped Martinez with a head-kick.  Martinez was quick to get back to his feet, but it was apparent he did not have his wits about him.  Shamhalaev hunted Martinez and landed a pair of knees, followed by a right hand that capped off the American’s night.

Shamhalaev won the Bellator Season 7 featherweight tournament, which puts him in line for a shot at 145-pound title and greases his pockets with a cool $100,000.

Nobody ever knows what will happen in MMA, and that statement proved true when Emanuel Newton met “King Mo” Lawal at Bellator 90.

Newton, an underdog leading into the bout, silenced all critics, and Lawal, with his KO victory.

Lawal was typically flamboyant, boxing with his hands down and looking for another highlight reel finish.  Newton stuck with technique and stayed composed whenever “King Mo” landed something significant.  Lawal continuously left his hands down after attacking Newton, and Bellator color commentator Jimmy Smith pointed out the inevitable.  Following a combination of punches from Lawal, he backed away with his hands down and Newton landed a spinning back-fist on “King Mo’s” chin.  Lawal was out on his feet and Newton caught him as the heavy favorite in the tournament timbered to the canvas.

The victory advanced Newton to the light heavyweight finals in the Bellator Season 8 tournament.

In Bellator Season 8 welterweight action, Douglas Lima made quick work of Bryan Baker at The Maverick Center.

Both combatants possess technical striking, but Lima has the edge in the power department and it showed.  There was a brief feeling out period between the two mixed martial artists, but within a couple of minutes, Lima found his range.  It only took one straight right from Lima and Baker was on his back, “The Phenom” pounced on his opponent to drop another hammer-fist and the referee halted the match.

Lima moved into the welterweight finals with the KO victory.

Mikhail Zayats was sure to add a submission win to the Bellator 90 main card, as he submitted Jacob Noe in Round 1.

The bout was all Zayats.  Zayats put Noe on the canvas after catching a kick and dropping his foe with a single right handed punch.  Zayats followed Noe to the ground and utilized ground and pound to work his way into mount position.  Once in mount, Zayats pummeled his opponent with fists, but Noe did not give up.  However, when Noe tried to escape out the side, Zayats latched on an armbar, forcing his counterpart to tap in the opening frame.

Zayats, with another impressive win in the Bellator cage, moves on to face Newton in the Bellator Season 8 finals.

Ben Saunders met a familiar face, as he squared off against Raul Amaya, an opponent he first fought at Bellator 63 and won a decision.

Things, however, we’re different in this match.

Saunders was relentless with knees from the inside and outside.  Amaya did his best to defend what Saunders threw at him, but the length and height of “Killa B” was simply too much to handle.  After roughing up Amaya a bit, Saunders hit “Smash Mode” with a clean head-kick.  That was the end of Amaya’s tournament run.

Saunders faces fellow American Top Team member and past opponent he suffered a loss to, Douglas Lima in the Bellator Season 8 finals.

Bellator 90 weigh-ins

MMA DieHards Radio: Jimmy Smith, Tara LaRosa, Clarissa Chun

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Jason Kelly (Twitter: @JayMMADieHards) and Joe Rizzo (Twitter: @rearnakedchoke) return with a wide range of guests on Wednesday’s MMA DieHards Radio.

This week we welcome Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith, Invicta FC’s Shayna Baszler and 2012 American Olympic Women’s freestyle wrestling bronze medalist Clarissa Chun.

The live stream is from 8:30-10:00 p.m. ET, 5:30-7:00 PT, and can be heard through the player above. The show is archived upon completion.

Smith (Twitter: @jimmysmithmma) is regarded as one of the best analysts in the business.  His extensive background in martial arts, both training and competing, combined with his vast media experience gives him an edge in the knowledge and delivery departments.

Chun (Twitter: @ClarissaChun), while not a mixed martial artist, has said she is entertaining the idea.  She might still have some goals to conquer in wrestling, but if the sport is stripped from the Olympics, Chun will not have the opportunity to accomplish those objectives.  This prompted to Chun to take a leadership role, with theCommittee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW), which is a unit devoted to keeping wrestling alive in the Olympics.


Punch Drunk Radio: Andreas Spang, Sara McMann

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There is dumb, and then there’s DUMB. Like making a joke to the cashier in Publix about how lame Mickey Mouse is – while the kid bagging your groceries is wearing … wait for it … a Mickey Mouse t-shirt. Because of course he is. That’s dumb. (Not that it happened to us recently or anything.) And then there’s DUMB. Like today’s revelation that in 2020, wrestling will not be a part of the Olympics. It’s an original Olympic sport, for cripe’s sake. But apparently golf will be in there. And badminton. And dressage. And table tennis … freakin’ ping-pong, kids! And sailing. It’s asinine, it’s ludicrous, and we’re going to talk to someone who knows a bunch about it and get some damned answers.

Tonight, Amy (Twitter: @amesbelle) and guest co-host’s John Petit (Twitter: @Scream13) welcome to Punch Drunk Radio brand-spankin’ new UFC bantamweight Sara McMann, plus Bellator’s Andreas Spang. And Bellator favorite Lloyd Woodard (Twitter: @mmacupcake) will check in, too. And it all happens an hour earlier than normal at 8 p.m. ET, so set your alarms!

McMann (Twitter: @Sara_McMann) is the first woman in U.S. history to win silver at the Olympics in wrestling. Her background in the sport will be a huge topic of conversation tonight, and she’ll share her thoughts on today’s news. Plus, she had a pretty big day personally, as well, as the UFC announced she is officially a member of the promotion. We’ll see if she can spill the beans on when we might see her first fight in the octagon, and who it might be against. She’ll bring an unbeaten 6-0 record into her UFC debut.

Spang (Twitter: @AndreasSpang) has a big fight on Thursday at Bellator 89 against WEC veteran Doug Marshall in the opening round of the promotion’s Season 8 middleweight tournament. Spang (8-2) hasn’t fought since last May, when he lost to Maiquel Falcao in the Season 6 middleweight tournament finals. Thursday begins what he hopes is the road back to another shot at the $100,000 tournament prize and a shot at the belt.

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Tom DeBlass: Ready to evolve and entertain in Bellator

Former ROC champ and Bellator middleweight Tom DeBlass

UFC fighter-turned retired mixed martial artist-turned Bellator middleweight Tom DeBlass is excited to put on a show for a hometown crowd and his new employer.

In November 2012, DeBlass (Twitter: @TomDeBlass) announced his retirement from MMA with intentions of devoting more time to his Ocean County BJJ Academy and family.  To fill the void left from not competing in the cage, DeBlass planned to compete in jiu-jitsu tournaments, while also judging MMA in his New Jersey locale.

DeBlass took to Twitter near the end of January to declare his return to MMA, however, not the UFC, but rather Bellator against Carlos Brooks at Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, N.J.  His rise to the UFC was abrupt, which forced DeBlass to reassess his reasons for walking away from mixed martial arts just two months earlier.

“A lot happened really fast for me,” DeBlass told Jason Kelly and Mark Hensch on MMA DieHards Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.  “I blew through the ranks of Ring of Combat; the Cyrille (Diabate) fight was short notice and had a big effect on the fight in Sweden.  Then in China, I was against Riki Fukuda.  It was a great fight, a great war, but I think Riki was just a little too much a little too soon for me.  After the fight I walked back in the locker room and told my corner and Mark Henry, ‘I’m done, this is it.’  I’ve been traveling across the world to fight and leaving my family, leaving my school and when I’m not there I feel my school suffers a bit.  I was just fed up.”

Not only was it DeBlass’ desire to compete that brought him back to MMA, but encouragement from surrounding people had influence on his decision as well.

When DeBlass retired from the UFC last November, his students, teammates and family supported his decision.  When the New Jersey native opted to return to MMA, the same people were encouraging him, yet so was a gentleman that works with the greatest talents in the world and understands who can compete at the top of the game.

“(UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva actually called me personally and said, ‘Maybe you should reconsider retirement, you show a lot of promise, you show a lot of upside and your fight with Riki was great, but more experience for you would not hurt’” DeBlass said.

DeBlass took heed to Silva’s advice and found a place to evolve without resorting to a regional circuit.

The former ROC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion was added to the Bellator 185-pound roster though his old manager Danny Liguori, who worked with DeBlass in his Ring of Combat days.  Liguori is well-known to the Bellator family, as he manages many fighters in the promotion, so he was able to assist DeBlass in his wishes to compete for the organization.

“I gave (Liguori) a shout and asked how is the Bellator situation?” DeBlass said.  “I know they’re a world-class promotion and they’re in Atlantic City a lot, Atlantic City is my home turf.  Right now I don’t want to do the tournament, I want to fight in front of my family, because if I do the tournament I’m not going to be in front of my home crowd.  I want to get some more experience, get out there, test the waters and go from there.  (Liguori said) ‘Sure man, I’ll work on it.’  And he got me a pretty awesome deal.”

DeBlass didn’t rule out participating in a Bellator tournament, but is now focusing on Brooks.  After that he might consider throwing his name in a Bellator middleweight tournament, possibly even a light heavyweight tournament.

As for using Bellator for a stepping stone back to the UFC, DeBlass is staying loyal to the promotion he fights for.

“I’m a Bellator fighter right now,” DeBlass said.  “(Bellator VP Talent/Matchmaker) Sam Kaplan is treating me really good.  Danny got me a great deal with Bellator.  I’m focusing on one fight at a time and I expect Bellator to do some really huge things.  They really took an interest in me, they have an event in my backyard and I’m super excited to put on a show for them.”

MMA DieHards Radio: Tom DeBlass, Cung Le, Mark DellaGrotte


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MMA DieHards Radio packed the house tonight with a trio of guests that encompass fighting, acting, training, coaching, gym ownership and even a retired returnee to the sport of MMA.

Jason Kelly and Mark Hensch welcome in Mark DellaGrotte, Cung Le and Tom DeBlass to talk about all their latest endeavors in and outside of MMA.  We will also giveaway three Blue-ray DVDs of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s “Here Comes The Boom” starring Kevin James, Bas Rutten and DellaGrotte.

DeBlass (Twitter:  @TomDeBlass) is a Ocean County BJJ gym owner, who retired from the UFC in November 2012.  DeBlass fell short in his two UFC outing.  First at “UFC on Fuel TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva” on a week’s notice, which included travelling time to Sweden, and then a second UFC bout against Riki Fukuda at “UFC on Fuel TV 6: Franklin vs. Le” in China.  The powers of MMA, however, were too much for DeBlass to resist and he is now making a return in Bellator on April 4 against Carlos Brooks.

Le (Twitter: @CungLe185), a UFC middleweight and actor, is following up last year’s “The Man with The Iron Fists” with another martial arts, action film entitled “Targets.”  On top of his current role in the movie, Le has also been mentioned as a possible opponent for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.  The former Strikeforce champ’s previous outing was an impressive KO victory against Rich Franklin.

DellaGrotte (Twitter: @MarkDellaGrotte) has been one of the elite trainers in mixed martial arts for some years now, but he recently dabbled in acting.  DellaGrotte plays the role of himself in “Here Comes The Boom,” which he has said was a tall order, but still had a blast working alongside James, Rutten and Henry “Fonzie” Winkler.  We’ll get his take on the success of the film and what he’s up to in the world of MMA.

Curran-Straus, Good-Rivera, DeBlass-Brooks, Eye-Holland set for Bellator on April 4

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