Welcome to the Madman Roundtable for BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXIX on Saturday, April 2, 2011, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The main card will air live on MTV2 starting at 9:00 PM EST.
STRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS 15: WILCOX VS DAMM was held Friday, April 1, 2011, at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, California. The main card aired live on Showtime.
In the main event, Justin "The Silverback" Wilcox beat the snot out of Rodrigo Damm in the first round, so much so that the ringside doctor wouldn't allow Damm to continue after the round was over due to multiple facial lacerations. To his credit, Damm wanted to continue, but it was not meant to be. This was The Silverback's night.
In the co-main event, Caros "The Future" Fodor proved why it's unwise to bet against The Future. In the night's biggest gambling upset, Fodor stomped a mudhole in David "Tarzan" Douglas' ass in the first round and then walked it dry in the second round. By the third round, Tarzan was doing nothing more than leaning against the cage taking knees to the head and body until the referee mercifully ended the fight.
King of the Cage: Turning Point was held Sunday, March 27, 2011, at the Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California.
"Rowdy" Ronda Rousey, the first American female to win an Olympic medal in Judo, made a highly impressive MMA debut with a 25-second submission win over a solid opponent in Brazilian Ediane "India" Gomes. Rousey is a fourth-degree black belt in Judo and qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympics at just 17 years old, making her the youngest judo player in the entire 2004 Games. Rousey returned to Olympic competition at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games and won a bronze medal.
BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS XXXVIII was held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Harrah's Tunica Hotel and Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The main card aired live on MTV2 and featured the quarterfinals of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Tournament.
Tim Carpenter remained undefeated with a split decision win over Daniel Gracie. Former heavyweight D.J. "Da Protege" Linderman bullied around Raphael "Noodle" Davis for two and a half rounds before putting him away for good in the third round. Frenchman Christian "Tonton" M'Pumbu scored a come-from-behind TKO victory over former U.S. Marine Chris "The Professional" Davis.
Rich "Rare Breed" Hale threw his hat in the ring for Submission of the Year with a highly impressive inverted triangle choke submission win over Xtreme Couture fighter Nik "The Machete" Fekete. You can watch this amazing feat here. This is the second inverted triangle choke victory in Bellator history. Lightweight Toby Imada won 2009 Submission of the Year honors by choking out Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal with an inverted triangle choke in Bellator's first season.
M1 CHALLENGE 24: DAMKOVSKY VS FIGUEROA was held Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on the Old Dominion University Campus in Norfolk, Virginia. The main card aired live on Showtime and marked the debut of the promotion on the premium channel.
In the main event, American Top Team Orlando fighter Jose Figueroa won the M-1 Lightweight Championship with a second round TKO victory over Belarusian fighter Artiom Damkovsky. In the co-main event, Russian Magomed "White Wolf" Sultanakhmedov seized the vacant M-1 Middleweight Championship by brutalizing Team Quest fighter Tyson "The Anti-Hero" Jeffries with knees to the body, also in the second round.
The Ultimate Fighter 8 runner-up Vinny "Pezao" Magalhaes continued to improve his MMA record with a first round TKO victory over the previously undefeated Jake Doerr. Magalhaes exited the UFC with a paltry 2-4 MMA record but has since won 5 out of 6 fights.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24: NOGUEIRA VS DAVIS was held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. The main card aired live on Spike TV. Five preliminary bouts streamed live on Facebook.com/UFC.
The UFC awarded a total of $220,000 in bonus money to 4 fighters for performances at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 24: NOGUEIRA VS DAVIS, held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.
After every UFC event, Zuffa officials pay out bonuses to fighters based on exceptional performances. These bonuses are paid in addition to the contracted salary or fighter purse of each honored athlete.