Makaha native Jon Barnard will be making his MMA pro debut here in Hawaii after not having fought in the Islands for three years. “Everyone always wanted to see me back in action here, and now they can,” he says.
“It’s pretty cool, but you just take them one at a time like it’s a whole new one,” Maynard said. “The key is to win two out of those three. Then, it’s fun.”
“I’m blown away that Georges St-Pierre won that fight,” White said. “And listen, I’m a promoter. He’s the biggest pay-per-view star on the (expletive) planet for me, and I still don’t think he won that fight. I want what’s fair, and that wasn’t fair.
“It’s a feeling,” Hendricks said earlier this week on a conference call to promote the event. “There’s desire and want. There’s something inside of me that you can’t explain. When I was winning my national titles in wrestling, I didn’t know I was going to win, but I had that desire and I had that drive, and that’s what drove me to win. You never know when you’re going to win. You never know when you’re going to lose. That’s the beauty of our sport. I believe this is my time. I’ve done everything I can.”
“If somebody had come to me and said, ‘I’ll give you 1,000-to-1 odds that Alvarez-Chandler Two is as good — if not better — than Alvarez-Chandler One,’ that’s the bet you take,” Rebney said. “Those kind of fights don’t duplicate themselves. This fight duplicated itself.”
With the main event no longer available, Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney and Spike TV president Kevin Kay decided to move the card to 3 p.m. HST on Spike, Bellator’s regular outlet.
Burkman compiled a 13-3 record en route to an appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter’s” second season. There, he overcame a broken arm to defeat Melvin Guillard in the first round of the tournament, but the injury forced him to leave the competition.
Now, Jones is out to silence his doubters. Jones requested a fight with Glover Teixeira, the UFC’s top-ranked challenger in the division. A rematch with Gustafsson is next on Jones’ wish list.
War Machine is a free spirit who shuns the shackles of society and the traditional roles it offers
Bellator MMA’s heavyweight division has been largely inactive since Cole Konrad defeated Neil Grove for the inaugural title in October 2010.