Chat Wrap: UFC 170, Melendez, UFC fighter uniforms

Join Luke Thomas at 1 p.m. ET for his weekly MMA Fighting live chat. Topics today include UFC 170, Gilbert Melendez potentially signing with Bellator, the UFC fighter uniform and much more.

Rebney on Melendez deal and how it came about

The announcement of Gilbert Melendez signing a provisional deal with Bellator changes the leverage dynamic for top fighters in the sport when their deals expire. Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney discusses the deal and the prospective plans for Melendez.

How the Melendez offer from Bellator changes MMA

Bellator signing an offer sheet for Gilbert Melendez, a fighter good enough that he could get a UFC title opportunity tomorrow and nobody would complain, was a clear message that Bellator was willing to pay big enough to land a current UFC headliner.

Bellator season 10 promo with Sochi Olympics reference

Bellator has another season 10 promo out, but this time they compare their own tournaments to the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.


Michael Chandler in depth: Alvarez, Aldo & more

In this sit down interview, Chandler speaks candidly about a number of the most important issues in the sport as well as his career, from brain injuries to Eddie Alvarez.

To Bjorn Rebney, tournaments still tell the truth

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was in Manhattan this week, and sat down with MMA Fighting. Among the topics discussed? That the tournament structure is all about the truth, while a $40 billion market cap, as nice as that seems, is not.


MMA Beat on Aldo-Pettis, Faber, Reem, Punk-Ranger

The panel discusses the hurdles in the way of Jose Aldo vs. Anthony Pettis, whether Urijah Faber deserves another title shot, the state of the bantamweight division, Alistair Overeem's standing in the UFC, CM Punk vs. The Green Power Ranger, more.

Bellator releases season 10 video preview

Bellator has released a teaser trailer for their season 10.

Three MMA events going head-to-head Feb. 28

The announcement Thursday that the World Series of Fighting will be broadcasting a show on Feb. 28 on the NBC Sports Network made it three MMA events going head-to-head that night.

Silva out, Leone in against Bellator champ Dantas

A knee injury has forced Rafael Silva to withdraw from his scheduled title challenge against Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 111, promotion officials announced Wednesday.

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