Houston Alexander vs Vladdy Set for Bellator 99


A hand injury has forced former Bellator light heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu off of the Sept. 13 Bellator 99 fight card. He was originally scheduled to face Vladimir Matyushenko.

“The Janitor” will now meet fellow UFC veteran Houston Alexander live on Spike TV. The night will be headlined by a Featherweight Tournament Opening Round fight between Patricio Pitbull Freire and Diego “The Gun” Nunes.

The event will broadcast live starting at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and feature three hours of action on Spike TV, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com with an early start time at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

Both Matyushenko and Alexander hold impressive victories in their respective careers, including wins over Antonio Nogueira, Tim Boetsch and Keith Jardine. For Alexander, the opportunity to fight inside the Bellator cage was one he couldn’t pass up.

“It’s an honor to be able to fight for an organization like Bellator,” Alexander said. “I always want to take big fights, and Matyushenko is a guy that’s been around this sport since the beginning, and it will be a huge test. I just want to go out there and smash, do what I do best.”

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The full fight card for Bellator 99 from Pechanga’s Resort and Casino has been finalized and after a near-death experience only eight months ago, Blagoi Ivanov will make a remarkable return to the Bellator cage. Ivanov spent nearly three months in a coma after being involved in an altercation that resulted in a critical injury that severely threatened his life. While nearly losing his battle, Ivanov’s dream has always been to return to the cage and his dream will become reality on Sept. 13 when he faces California’s Manny Lara in a heavyweight battle.

Brazilian prodigy Goiti Yamauchi is bringing his talents to the United States for the first time and will make his Bellator debut against Musa Toliver. At only 20-years old, he holds an impressive 14-1 professional record. Yamauchi is known for his submission tactics and has won 12 of his victories by submission, 10 coming in the first round.

Bellator 99 Fight Card

Main Card:
-Patricio Pitbull (17-2) vs. Diego Nunes (18-4)
-Vladimir Matyushenko (26-7) vs. Houston Alexander (15-9)
-Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-2) vs. Akop Stepanyan (13-5)
-Joe Taimanglo (18-4) vs. Andrew Fisher (12-4)
-Desmond Green (8-1) vs. Fabricio Guerreiro (17-1)

Preliminary Card:
-Savio Kosic (4-1) vs. Hector Ramirez (9-5)
-Derek Loffer (4-1) vs. Mario Navarro (4-3)
-Andy Murad (6-0) vs. Gavin Sterritt (4-1)
-Musa Toliver (9-8) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (14-1)
-Manny Lara (4-3) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (7-0)
-Nick Moghaddam (6-6) vs. Virgil Zwicker (10-3)

Good for Houston. I always liked him.
Glad he's still fighting. I didn't even know he was with Bellator

Glad to see Bellator cultivating young prospects.

These guys are doing it different! Phone Post


Vladdy by GNP demolition. Phone Post 3.0

Diego Nunes was cut? I did not know that. He's awesome.

When? Phone Post 3.0

9/13 Phone Post

smth416 - Glad to see Bellator cultivating young prospects.

These guys are doing it different! Phone Post
VU Phone Post 3.0

Awesome !!! Phone Post

Patricio/Nunes will be a badass fight! Phone Post 3.0

It's good that Bellator didn't sign any UFC rejects Phone Post 3.0

I heard that guy was "for real!"

signing kendall grove and houston alexander in the same week


I hate what viacom is doing to bellator

Jaybrone - 

I heard that guy was "for real!"


good card, even though I can't stand even the sight of Patricky.

Excited for Blagoi ivanov vs. Manny "cheap shot" lara Phone Post

Good to see Blagoi Ivanov back

And now there is a rumor SS could be dropping out of this tournament due to his trainer getting murdered.  Someone on Sherdog is saying its possible but who knows.


Bjorn Rebney doing it big. lol....