Ex-UFC welterweight Yoshiyuki Yoshida (11-5) has signed a three-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships and will debut for the promotion in Chicago on August 19th against last season's 170-pound runner-up Dan Hornbuckle (21-3), according to manager Shu Hirata. HT: Shiroobi Photo by Sherdog.com
Toby Imada and Jorge Masvidal will rematch in the first round of Bellator's second lightweight tournament in April. HT: MMA Junkie
Despite rumors that the four-time All-American wrestler would sign with Strikeforce, Ben "Funky" Askren will compete in Bellator Fighting Championships' next season, which begins April 8th, 2010. The AKA-trained welterweight will fight in Bellator's second 170-pound tournament, the winner of which will challenge last year's champion, Lyman Good. Dan Hornbuckle will also reportedly participate. Full press release here.
All fighters except one weighed in without incident for tomorrow's Bellator FC debut in Hollywood, Florida, according to The MMA Fiend. The post does not mention which fighter failed to make weight and results have not been made available on Bellator's official site or blog. The main event is a lightweight tournament bout between Ireland's Greg Loughran (right) and presumptive #1 seed Eddie Alvarez. Bellator has also shuffled its undercard just one day before its first show: Brazilian middleweight Daniel Sarafian will now face Gary Padilla, while Sarafian's original opponent, Moses Gavin, fights the debuting Chris Decaro. Neither are tournament bouts. UPDATE via MMA Mania 155 lbs.: Eddie Alvarez (154.25) vs. Greg Loughran (153.5)* 155 lbs.: Jorge Masvidal (156.5) vs. Nick Agallar (155)* 145 lbs.: Nick Gonzalez (156.75) vs. Yahir Reyes (144.5)** 145 lbs.: Estavan Payan (145.75) vs. Luis Palomino (145)** 145 lbs.: Joe Soto (145) vs. Ben Greer (145.5)** 155 lbs.: Toby Imada (155.25) vs. Alonzo Martinez (157.5)* 145 lbs.: Jonathan Brookins (144.75) vs. Steven Ledbetter (144.5) 155 lbs.: Daniel Morales (154.75) vs. Lorenzo Borgomeo (155.5) 185 lbs.: James Brasco (184.5) vs. Kevin Abrante (185.5) 185 lbs.: Moses Gabon (184.5) vs. Chris Decaro (185.5) 185 lbs.: Daniel Sarafien (185) vs. Gary Padila (186.25) *Lightweight tournament bout **Featherweight tournament bout