Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXVII on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Oklahoma. The main card will air live on MTV2 starting at 7:00 PM EST.
FIGHT FESTIVAL 30 was held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Helsinki Sports Center in Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland.
In the main event, Bellator Middleweight Tournament winner Alexander "Storm" Shlemenko was in action for the first time since his October 2010 Bellator Middleweight Championship loss to Hector Lombard. The Russian Shlemenko took out American Nick Wagner with a first round knockout.
In the co-main event, top Finnish fighter Marcus Vanttinen scored a first round TKO victory over former UFC fighter Edwin "Babyface" Dewees. Vanttinen has currently won 11 straight fights, including wins over other former UFC fighters Ron Faircloth and Ivan Serati; top middleweight prospect Victor O'Donnell; and top international fighters Martin "King Kong" Zawada and Krzysztof "Model" Kulak. It's likely we'll soon be seeing Vanttinen himself fighting in the UFC.
X1: CHAMPIONS III was held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. Every single fight on the card was for a title, with the top 4 fights for world championships and the remainder of the card for Hawaii state titles.
In the main event, Falaniko "Niko" Vitale successfully defended his X-1 Middleweight Championship against X-1 Welterweight Champion Dylan Clay, who moved up in weight in an attempt to become a dual X-1 title holder.
In the co-main event, Max "Lil Evil" Holloway, at 19 years old and in only his second pro MMA bout, became the new X-1 Lightweight Champion with a split decision victory over Harris "The Hitman" Sarmiento, who has a staggering 50 more fights under his belt than Holloway.
X-1 Featherweight Champion Ricky "Hoku" Wallace successfully retained his 145-pound title against Eben Kaneshiro, and Van Oscar Penovaroff won the vacant X-1 Bantamweight Championship to round out the world title fights.
On March 12, 2011, UFC President Dana White officially announced that the UFC has purchased Strikeforce, the number two MMA organization in the world. I have no words. I'll let the video above and the picture below speak for themselves. Story to be continued...
BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXVI was held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. The main card aired live on MTV2.
In the main event, Patricky "Pitbull" Freire, older brother of Bellator featherweight Patricio Freire, finished former WEC lightweight champion "Razor" Rob McCullough for only the second time in McCullough's career. After getting completely dominated in the first round, McCullough came back strong to win the second round. The third round, however, resulted in a TKO loss for McCullough.
In the co-main event, Toby Imada quickly disposed of late replacement Josh Shockley. Imada's original opponent, Ferrid Kheder, bolted from the weigh-ins before taking the scale because he was going to be unable to make weight. Shockley stepped up as at the very last minute, but was completely overmatched against the former Bellator tournament finalist Imada.