Amber Leibrock: Welcome to Bellator MMA

The women’s featherweight division at Bellator MMA just got deeper, and a whole lot more deadly, after adding Amber Leibrock to their roster.

Bellator 189, on December 1, 2017, will spotlight the women at 145-pounds when Julia Budd defends her strap in a rematch against Arlene Blencowe (2-1). Well before the belt goes up for grabs, Leibrock is scheduled to debut with the Viacom-back fight company opposite the experienced Alexis ‘Sneaky Zebra’ Dufresne (6-3).

Leibrock demonstrated the density of her bones while contracted by Invicta Fighting Championships, the world’s leading all-female MMA promotion. At 5’11”, Leibrock’s only loss was to the even rangier Megan Anderson, a talented competitor who eventually claimed the organization’s Featherweight Interim Title.

Although Combat Sports Academy’s Leibrock will own the reach advantage over Dufresne at Bellator 189, it will be challenging to expose ‘Sneaky Zebra’ because she owns triple the cage time and has earned her stripes as a viable contender under the UFC’s blinding lights.

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Matt Wagy: Wager on A Demolition Derby as Bellator MMA’s Main Event on November 19

In the final pitstop of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Bellator MMA’s crew will construct their cage at the Ford EcoBoost 400, which will be hosted at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, on Sunday, November 19, 2017, and Matt Wagy (10-4), a member of Team Alpha Male (TAM), will punctuate a phenomenal win-streak with an exclamation point if he can defeat Kester ‘The Question’ Mark (5-4-1) as the evening’s main attraction.

Since mid-2015, Wagy has punched the accelerator of his MMA career, piecing together seven straight victories. More impressive than the numerous times Wagy’s hand was raised in a row: five of these contests forced the referee to wave the checkered flag within the opening frame.

When Wagy isn’t cracking his opposition’s chassis in the first five-minutes, this Florida-native, who moved his training to the elite team in Northern California, engages in wars of attrition, such as his Fight of the Night encounter with Ty Costa at West Coast Fighting Championship 18.

Sandwiched between Wagy’s November return home and last visit to a caged cubicle, Conquer Fighting Championships 4, he enrolled his artistic expression of violence into an eight-man Combat Jiu-Jitsu tournament at XFN Fights. Not only did the Wagy, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, excel in the shark-infested waters of mostly brown and black belts, but he completed the brackets at the top of the food chain.

Next, Wagy will be featured in his highest profile prizefight to date versus Kester Mark. Of course, Mark has ended two of his prior three, with a draw stuffed in the center, but Wagy feels primed to land a photo finish strike with the impact of a head-on collision.

Jeremiah Labiano Will Now Meet Noad Lahat at Bellator 188

When Jeremiah ‘The Kid’ Labiano (11-5) was informed by Bellator MMA’s brass that his bout with James Gallagher (7-0) at Bellator 187 had been cancelled, he didn’t throw a tantrum; instead, he demonstrated the maturity of a seasoned veteran, accepting a slot against Noad Lahat. on Bellator 188’s main card.

Pulling Ireland’s own Gallagher—in Dublin for Bellator 187—was like plucking a bouquet of four-leaf clovers for Labiano. As luck would have it, Gallagher suffered a knee injury, and the contest was yanked from its roots. Although Labiano didn’t stomp and flail about at the unsettling news, ‘The Kid’ questioned the validity of Gallagher’s decision, commenting on his Instagram, “I want your MRI scans, so I know it’s real #thejimmynoshow.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of marring the scar-free, pale skin of the unbeaten Irishman, Labiano approved a tango with a high-caliber dance partner: Noad “Neo” Lahat (11-3). Bellator 188 still pits the product of Crispim BJJ into enemy territory, as the Viacom-backed promotion constructs their cage in Lahat’s backyard: Tel Aviv, Israel. Since leaving the UFC, Lahat has accumulated two victories out of three visits to Bellator’s battlefield, proving to be Labiano’s sternest test to-date.

Of course, staking claim to regional titles, such as Labiano did in his last outing at Conquer Fighting Championships, serves a purpose, but that alone doesn’t quench this featherweight’s thirst to travel abroad, challenge himself against the best athletes in the world, and proudly represent Northern California.

Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7: Results & Recap

A charge of excitement buzzed in the air when MMA and Kickboxing fans alike filed into the SAP Center for Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7.

Nearly two years had past since Bellator’s previous visit to the Bay Area, Dynamite 1, which also paired MMA and Kickboxing, and the Viacom-backed promotion’s faithful fanbase foamed at the mouth, anticipating the carnage that the bell would incite, when Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA, unfurled the dual combat event on September 23, 2017.

Main Event: Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire

The rough road for ‘Smooth’ Benson Henderson continues after Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire outworked the former UFC Lightweight Champion and earned a split-decision victory in his favor.

Although Henderson sprinted to the cage from backstage, his engine never appeared to fire on all cylinders. Every combination from Freire was thrown with a rabid rage, impressing the judges to side on his behalf.

Proving his bite and bark are of equivalent ferocity, Freire screamed into the microphone during the post-fight interview about, once again, challenging for Bellator’s Lightweight Title.

Co-Main Event: Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin

Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley forecasted—then proved: the way to end the storm Lorenz ‘Da Monsoon’ Larkin can bring into any bout is with an explosive left hand.

Roy Nelson vs. Javy Ayala

Javy ‘Eye Candy’ Ayala may have been in his own backyard, fighting out of Porterville, but the SAP Center erupted at the introduction of Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson into the Bellator cage.

Those familiar with Nelson’s resume in the UFC are accustomed to leather being thrown with the ability to level heavyweight bodies the size of small land masses. Initially, Nelson seemed content to launch an assault with his right and left bombs; except, Ayala returned fire, even finding success in several exchanges.

When Nelson transitioned to a grappling game, Ayala could only counter for so long; thereby, the judges’ scorecards prompted Nelson’s first ‘belly rub’ with Bellator.

Aaron Pico vs. Justin Linn

Actions speak louder than any words, especially in the case of Aaron Pico’s knockout of Justin Linn:

Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Goiti Yamauchi, a savvy veteran with almost three times as many MMA matches as Adam ‘The Bomb’ Piccolotti, demonstrated the effectiveness of experience by earning the rear naked choke in the first third of the opening frame.

Mike Ortega vs. Tony Johnson

Mike Ortega versus Tony Johnson told a tale of two rounds: In the first, Ortega bloodied Johnson’s face, but in the second, Johnson claimed a KO by crushing Ortega’s cranium.

Brooke Mayo vs. Kaytlin Neil

When Kaytlin ‘Katniss’ Neil received the nod from the cage side officials, the myth of hometown favoritism was debunked.

Brooke ‘The Bully’ Mayo may not have suffocated Neil with enough pressure to levy all the scorecards for the fight’s entirety; additionally, Neil’s increased output in the third may have even divided certainty amongst the decision-makers, but the announcement of Neil by unanimous decision was perplexing.

Gaston Bolanos vs. Brandon Laroco

Once Gaston ‘The Dream Killer’ Bolanos and Brandon ‘Little Beast’ Laroco exited their corners, the audience inched toward the edge of their seats. Both Bolanos and Laroco tested the granite in one another’s jawlines, yet Laroco seized control in the second round, lassoing his legs around Bolanos’ neck for a triangle.

Jaimelene Nievera vs. Corina Herrera

All hail the Bay Area’s queen after Jaimelene ‘Quee Nie’ Nievera, a product of Dragon House MMA in San Francisco, defeated Corina Herrera, a formidable foe in the women’s flyweight division, by way of unanimous decision.

Alex Lopez vs. Fernando Gonzalez

Alex Lopez executed a clinic on leg kicks, but the judges scored a split-decision on the side of Fernando Gonzalez for implementing a more well-rounded attack.

Ricardo Vasquez vs. Justin Tenedora

Playing the role of spoiler, Ricardo Vasquez, representing Team Ochoa in Lemoore, silenced the stands after submitting American Kickboxing Academy’s Justin Tenedora with an artery closing guillotine.

JJ Okanovich vs. Luis Jauregui

Along with earning his fifth straight win, ‘The Bosnian Bomber’ JJ Okanovich also attempted to add one of Luis ‘Jara’ Jauregui’s limbs to his trophy case, securing an inescapable arm bar in only forty-two seconds.

Daniel Gonzalez vs. Anthony Castrejon

Prior to Bellator 183, Daniel ‘Prodigy’ Gonzalez discussed with norcalmixedmartialarts.com, on Episode 76 of the @norcalfightmma Podcast (link here), his desire to become the wrinkle and scar-free face of Bellator’s flyweight division.

After a brief feeling out process with Anthony ‘Pretty Boy’ Castrejon, Gonzalez, in a game of inches, measured the necessary distance to land a memorable knockout.

Official Bellator 183 results:

Patricky Freire defeated Benson Henderson by way of split-decision.

Paul Daley defeated Lorenz Larkin by way of KO in round 2 (2:40).

Roy Nelson defeated Javy Ayala by way of unanimous decision.

Goiti Yamauchi defeated Adam Piccolotti by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (3:19).

Aaron Pico defeated Justin Linn by way of KO in round 1 (3:45).

Kaytlin Neil defeated Brooke Mayo by way of unanimous decision.

Fernando Gonzalez defeated Alex Lopez by way of split-decision.

Brandon Laroco defeated Gaston Bolanos by way of triangle choke in round 2 (2:16).

Tony Johnson defeated Mike Ortega by way of KO in round 2 (1:49).

Ricardo Vasquez defeated Justin Tenedora by way of guillotine in round 1 (2:39).

Jaimelene Nievera defeated Corina Herrera by way of unanimous decision.

JJ Okanovich defeated Luis Jauregui by way of arm bar in round 1 (:42).

Daniel Gonzalez defeated Anthony Castrejon by way of KO in round 1 (4:03).

Official Bellator Kickboxing 7 results:

Raymond Daniels defeated Karim Ghajji by way of doctor’s stoppage.

Kevin Ross defeated Domenico Lomur by way of split-decision.

Joe Schilling defeated Najib Idali by way of doctor’s stoppage in round 2.

Jorina Bars defeated Anke Van Gestel by way of unanimous decision.

Malaipet defeated Joe Palacios by way of unanimous decison.

Aaron Pico: The Second Time Is the Charm at Bellator 183

September 23, 2017After Aaron Pico fell short in his highly-anticipated debut, he earned redemption, and then some, at Bellator 183.

Not many, mixed martial artists or otherwise, are granted a second chance, but Pico hit the reset switch on his professional career after locating the off-switch to Justin Linn’s consciousness, answering any of his doubters with a violent exclamation point.

Following Pico’s punishing punch, an eerie silence filled San Jose’s SAP Center because Linn remained immobile on the canvas. Eventually, Linn would return to his feet of his own accord, but it was a frightening moment amid all the excitement of such a devastating finish.

Bellator 183 *Live Results*

Although no titles hang in the balance at Bellator 183, the shine of the star-studded card doesn’t lose any luster. In conjunction with Bellator 183’s mixing of the martial arts, the Viacom-owned promotion will also unfurl the seventh installment of Bellator Kickboxing, which features two championship slugfests.

Keep up with the play-by-play and other live updates of Bellator 183 and Bellator Kickboxing 7 by following along on Twitter or Facebook: @norcalfightmma.

Bellator 183’s results include:

Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire in the lightweight division

  • Results: Freire def. Henderson by way of split-decision

Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin in the welterweight division

  • Results: Daley def. Larkin by way of KO in round 2 (2:40)

Roy Nelson vs. Javy Ayala in the heavyweight division

  • Results: Nelson def. Ayala by way of unanimous decision

Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi in the lightweight division

  • Results: Yamauchi def. Piccolotti by way of rear naked choke in round 1 (3:19)

Aaron Pico vs. Jusin Linn in the featherweight division

  • Results: Pico def. Linn by way of KO in round 1 (3:45)

Brooke Mayo vs. Kaytlin Neil in the women’s flyweight division

  • Results: Neil def. Mayo by way of unanimous decision

Fernando Gonzalez vs. Alex Lopez in the welterweight division

  • Results: Gonzalez def. Lopez by way of split-decision

Gaston Bolanos vs. Brandon Laroco in the featherweight division

  • Results: Laroco def. Bolanos by way of triangle in round 2 (2:16)

Tony Johnson vs. Mike Ortega in the light heavyweight division

  • Results: Johnson def. Ortega by way of KO in round 2 (1:49)

Justin Tenedora vs. Ricardo Vasquez in the bantamweight division

  • Results: Vasquez def. Tenedora by way of guillotine choke (2:39)

Jaimelene Nievera vs. Corina Herrera in the women’s flyweight division

  • Results: Nievera def. Herrera by way of unanimous decision

JJ Okanovich vs. Luis Jauregui in the lightweight division

  • Results: Okanovich def. Jauregui by way of arm bar in round 1 (:42)

Daniel Gonzalez vs. Anthony Castrejon in the flyweight division

  • Results: Gonzalez def. Castrejon by way of KO in round 1 (4:03)

Bellator Kickboxing 7’s results include:

Karim Ghajji vs. Raymond Daniels for the Welterweight World Title

  • Results: Daniels def. Ghajji

Kevin Ross vs. Domenico Lomurno in the Featherweight World Title

  • Results: Ross def. Lomurno by way of split-decision

Joe Schilling vs. Najib Idali in the middleweight division

  • Results: Schilling def. Idali by way of doctor’s stoppage in round 2

Jorina Bars vs. Anke Van Gestel in the women’s featherweight division

  • Results: Bars def. Van Gestel by way of unanimous decision

Joe Palacios vs. Malaipet in the featherweight division

  • Results: Malaipet def. Palacios by way of unanimous decision