Blagoi Ivanov vs Richard Hale, Peter Graham vs Siala-Mou Siliga Tourney Bouts Added to Bellator 111
- Updated: January 9, 2014
- 9-0 MMA / 4-0 Bellator Record
- 9 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Kazuyuki Fujiya, Zak Jensen, Ricco Rodriguez
- 21-6-1 MMA / 6-3 Bellator Record
- 2 Fight Losing Streak
- Notable Wins: Thiago Santos, DJ Linderman, Mike Wessel
- 9-6 MMA / 1-1 Bellator Record
- Won 8 of Last 9 Fights
- Notable Wins: Aleksander Emelianenko, Eric Prindle
- 5-2 MMA / 2-0 Bellator Record
- 2 Fight Win Streak
- Notable Wins: Dan Charles, Ron Sparks
March 7th, 2014
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Blagoi Ivanov amazingly returned to MMA following a near fatal stab wound in September of last year, stopping Manny Lara in the first round via submission at Bellator 99. He made a quick return to the cage at Bellator 109, earning another first round submission win over Keith Bell. Ivanov now takes his perfect 9-0 record into his first Bellator tournament.
Richard Hale will be making his fourth Bellator tournament appearance, previously making two finals appearances in three tries. Hale originally competed as a light heavyweight, making it to the finals in 2011, before losing to Christian M’Pumbu for the vacant world title. In 2012, he competed in the heavyweight tournament, once again making it to the finals, but fell short against Alexander Volkov for another vacant title. Hale returned in last year’s Summer Series tournament, but was eliminated in the semifinal against Ryan Martinez, suffering a first round knockout loss.
Peter Graham had a eight-fight win streak come to an end, when he filled in for injured Vincius Queiroz in the Summer Series heavyweight tournament finale against UFC veteran, Cheick Kongo, losing a one-sided unanimous decision. During the streak, Graham earned a second round TKO victory over Aleksander Emelianenko in December of 2010, and a unanimous decision win over Eric Prindle in his Bellator debut last October.
43-year old K-1 veteran, “Mighty Mo” Siala-Mou Siliga signed with Bellator in September of 2013 after a three-year hiatus from mixed martial arts. Surprisingly, he’s gone 2-0 in Bellator with two stoppage victories over Dan Charles and Ron Sparks, earning him a shot in this year’s tournament.
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