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Bellator 200: Aaron Chalmers Profile

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Take a closer look at Aaron Chalmers before he debuts at #Bellator200!

#Bellator200 | FRIDAY, May 25th, 2018 | On Paramount Network at 9/8c

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Bellator 200: Best Walkouts – David Rickels

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We recapped David Rickels' best walkout moments as he prepares to fight at #Bellator200!

#Bellator200 | FRIDAY, May 25th, 2018 | On Paramount Network at 9/8c

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Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi Headlines Bellator 200 Following Mirko Cro Cop Injury

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LOS ANGELES – Due to injury, Mirko Cro Cop can no longer compete in his highly anticipated Bellator debut at Bellator 200 against Roy Nelson. As a result, the Bellator 200 main event now sees reigning middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho(15-1) defend his title against top contender Gegard Mousasi(43-6-2) in a five-round affair, while the co-main event features undefeated British striker Michael “Venom” Page (12-0), better known as “MVP,” against David Rickels (19-4, 2 NC) at welterweight. Bellator 200 takes place Friday, May 25 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London and will air on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

The main card also includes former titleholder Phil Davis(18-4)taking on Linton Vassell (18-6) in a light heavyweight matchup and reality star turned MMA fighter Aaron Chalmers (3-0) making his promotional debut against fellow Brit Ash Griffiths(4-5). The remainder of the main card will be announced later this week.

Prior to the main card on Paramount Network, Bellator 200 will also feature plenty of exciting preliminary matchups showcasing many of the U.K.'s top young talent. The undefeated Anastasia Yankova (5-0) returns against the always-tough Kate Jackson(9-3-1), while a trio of former BAMMA champions are in action when former middleweight champion Mike Shipman (11-1) fights Carl Noon (7-2), former BAMMA featherweight kingpin Daniel Crawford(10-1) challenges Pedro Carvalho (6-3) and former BAMMA lightweight titlist Ryan Scope (11-1) faces Martyn Harris (4-4). Fans will see Bellator veteran Anatoly Tokov (25-3) clash with Vladimir Filipovic (10-2), SBG Ireland-product Charlie Ward (4-3) in action against Louis King (1-1) and Mousasi-trained prospect Costello van Steenis (9-1) meeting Kevin Fryer (6-2).

Tickets for the event are on sale now at The SSE Arena, Wembley box office (0844 815 0815), Ticketmaster.com, ssearena.co.uk and axs.com. Bellator 200 will be broadcast on Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and globally on the Bellator Mobile App beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT.

*Card subject to change. 

About Bellator: 
Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 1 billion people worldwide in over 160 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Paramount Network (formerly Spike), the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations. Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world's premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Paramount Network: 
Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal.

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Fight Night Chile The Scorecard

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Saturday’s UFC Chile event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled in Santiago, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at Movistar Arena.

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The Rock praises doc ‘Notorious’, applauds McGregor

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They say game recognizes game, and for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Conor McGregor, the phrase holds true. After watching McGregor’s ‘Notorious’ documentary the former WWE superstar and movie mega star expressed his thoughts about the film on Instagram.

”Great insight into the DNA of this successful and smart businessman,” The Rock wrote. “Best part of his success, is when you strip it all away—it will always come down to being the hardest worker in the room. Those roots never go away. Solid doc. Well done brother.”

McGregor liked the smell of what The Rock was cookin’ and responded by sharing Johnson’s message on his Instagram and commending the ‘Rampage’ and ‘Jumanji’ star's work ethic:

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“Thank you, Rock! Your work ethic is inspiring to me, and I appreciate these words very much! Big respect my Uce!”

Maybe we will see these two take their friendship to the big screen someday. Crazier things have happened.

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Theodorou building his brand inside and outside the Octagon

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Elias Theodorou garners as much attention for his efforts outside of the Octagon as he does for the work he’s done inside the cage, which is saying something because the Canadian boasts a 5-2 record under the UFC banner since defeating his countryman Sheldon Westcott to win the middleweight competition on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations a little over four years ago.

Then again, when you have an engaging social media presence, the best hair in MMA, a shampoo sponsorship to validate those claims and spend the occasional weekend working as a “Ring Boy” for Invicta FC, you can understand why some people manage to overlook the fact that Theodorou currently sits on the fringes of the Top 15 in the middleweight ranks as he prepares to face off with Trevor Smith this weekend in Liverpool, England.

“Some people are personal trainers on the side and I’m developing my own brand,” said Theodorou, discussing his various side projects. “Even when I go to Invicta, there is training that I can get in – I can get two sessions in per day – and being “Ring Boy Ready” in terms of the physicality is not a bad thing, right?”

He makes a good point.

Theodorou worked his second show for Invicta FC at the start of the month and while he wasn’t necessarily as dialed in as he will be this weekend when he steps into the cage, the Mississauga, Ontario native was already in tremendous shape, which should make his final preparations even easier once he touches down in the town where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea.

And when he steps off the plane, he won’t be alone.

Theodorou is one of four fighters representing Montreal’s Tristar Gym scheduled to make the trans-Atlantic trek to compete this weekend in Liverpool, joining Eric Spicely, Nordine Taleb and Arnold Allen, and he admits that having that many teammates pushing towards the same goal has ratcheted up his intensity and excitement through this camp.

“Obviously we’re all on the same wavelength,” he said of his teammates and training partners that he will compete alongside on Saturday night at the Echo Arena. “There are four of us from Tristar and there are even more people from the gym that are going to come out and, beyond us all being motivated, we’re all on the same clock.

“I’m training with someone that beat him (Smith) in Andrew Sanchez and also Eric Spicely, Nordine Taleb and many other great people at Tristar and they’re pushing me every day. I’m giving it my all and that’s what I plan on doing on May 27.”

From the time he arrived in the UFC, Theodorou has been quick to remind people that while many of his contemporaries made the shift to mixed martial arts from another discipline, he got a relatively late start when it comes to pursuing his craft and came in with zero previous experience to fall back on.

In recent years, he’s opted to ditch the time-consuming commute that comes with training in Toronto for living in the dorms at Tristar and making the short walk down the hall and into the gym.

It’s an immersive experience and one that the talented Canadian credits with helping him continue to make headway in his personal journey as a fighter.

“People from all over the world come and train and I get to train with some of the best that stop in – people that no one has ever heard of with all these different styles – and it allows me to absorb, learn and grow in my own right,” explained Theodorou, who picked up a unanimous decision win over Daniel Kelly back in November.

“With a mastermind like Firas and how he’s been able to really work with me on my own unique style – same thing with Kru Ash out of Titans Academy – it has allowed me not only to avoid the wasted time commuting, but also to detach myself from any distractions.

“I love my girlfriend back in Toronto, but I get to bury my head in what I do and become a mixed martial artist for my fight camps and focus on my journey as a fighter.”

Coming off his victory over Kelly and having earned wins in three of his last four appearances, a showdown with Smith, a seasoned vet, might not seem like the obvious next step for Theodorou.

But after being out of action since November, the soon-to-be 30-year-old is happy to get the chance to step into the Octgaon again and views this weekend’s UFC FIGHT PASS Featured Prelim as a chance to take another big step forward in his career by making a statement in Liverpool.

RELATED: The full UFC Fight Night Liverpool card

“He’s coming off a win over Chris Camozzi, he’s a tough individual in his own right and he has 10 fights in the UFC,” he said of Smith. “But it’s not just who you want to fight, either; it’s who is available, too.

“There are 500 fighters on the roster and a lot of this is musical chairs. (The fact that this isn’t a fight people necessarily expected for me) adds a little more pressure in regards to expectations because anything other than a finish, I won’t be as happy with.

“I want to push the pace, I want to break my opponent and I feel confident because I believe in the hard work I’ve been doing, but also because I’ve been becoming the fighter that I truly believe I can become,” he added. “I can’t rest on my laurels – I need to get a finish and that’s what I’m going to do with Trevor Smith.”

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UFC Connected – Episode 5

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In this episode we follow the fight week of Khabib Nurmagomedov on his way to becoming the undisputed lightweight champion at UFC 223.

With the Octagon set to make its first visit to Liverpool we go behind the scenes with Darren Till at the event's official announcement.

In ‘Battlegrounds’ we go inside Liverpool's famed Team Kaobon and get a history of the iconic gym.

And Leon ‘Rocky' Edwards recalls the 8 second knockout of Seth Baczynski in ‘My Moment’.

UFC Connected is a monthly magazine show that profiles the fighters and events from the world’s leading MMA promotion.

With a heavy emphasis on fighters from the Europe, Middle East and Asia regions, UFC Connected gives fans a unique look inside the UFC with exclusive access to fighters, teams and events from around the globe.

Fronted by widely respected sports presenter Layla Anna-Lee, each episode includes regular segments and features that cover a diverse range of all aspects within the UFC.

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Fight Night Liverpool: Darren Till – “His Quest For Greatness is Bulletproof”

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UFC commentator John Gooden heads to Liverpool to chat with UFC welterweight Darren Till before the biggest fight of his career in his home town.

Watch the hour-long interview on UFC FIGHT PASS: bit.ly/2LhiHw9

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Bellator 200: Best Of – Phil Davis

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Phil Davis faces Linton Vassell in London! Take a look at Phil's best moments inside the cage and don't miss his fight, this Friday, at #Bellator200!

#Bellator200 | FRIDAY, May 25th, 2018 | On Paramount Network at 9/8c

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UFC Rising Stars: Darren Till

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Since his 2015 debut, UFC welterweight Darren Till has dazzled the division with his captivating style, both inside and outside the Octagon. See the journey that brought him from his perilous beginnings in Liverpool to his thrilling ascent to prominence in the UFC. Then hear the sport’s top fighters and analysts reveal why they believe Till has all the makings of a future champion.

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