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Weekend MMA Preview: Bellator, Cage Warriors Look to Capitalize on Barren Weekend

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There’s not a lot of action going on this weekend for mixed martial arts fans as both the UFC and the New England MMA scene are surprisingly quiet.

However, if you really need to get your cage fighting fix (like me), Bellator and Cage Warriors have got you covered.

Bellator 78 has been mired in controversy with women’s world champ Zoila Gurgel causing a stir after president Bjorn Rebney and co. decided to place her on the untelevised undercard portion of the event.  Gurgel was pretty pissed about the decision, but not as pissed as former Strikeforce champ Meisha Tate who publicly vented her frustrations via Twitter earlier this week:

Pretty harsh words from Tate.  Rebney responded later in the week, citing Gurgel’s recent absence due to injury and the fact that her bout with Casey Noland will be a non-title fight as the reason why she won’t be featured on the main card.

I think Gurgel, being a champ an all, deserves a spot on the main card, especially since she’s fighting in her native Ohio, but that’s life I guess.

Also on the card will be the welterweight-tournament semi-finals as Andrey Koreshkov takes on vet Marius Zaromskis while Lyman Good faces Michail Tsarev in the main event.

Prelims start at 6pm EST on—where you can catch the Gurgel bout— and the main card will be televised on MTV2 starting at 8pm EST.

In other weekend MMA action, Cage Warriors returns Saturday with Cage Warriors 49 live from Cardiff, Wales (not New England MMA, but I guess old England is fine too).

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Bruno Carvalho—not to be confused with the Brazilian soccer player—will take on Boston-born and Dublin-raised Cathal Pendred in a welterweight bout as the show’s main event.

A pretty solid card from top to bottom, you can check out Cage Warriors 49 live online with the prelims airing on Facebook at 2:30pm EST and carrying the main card starting at 4pm EST.

That’s pretty much it, check back on Monday for the full results from these events as well as all the big MMA news from the weekend.


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