UFC’s new heavyweight title fights announced: Bellator vs. BAMMA (7 p.m. ET)
Bellator and BAMAMA are officially looking to make history by making history by holding their first heavyweight title fight in the same division.
The first fight will take place on Dec. 4 in New York City when Bellator champion Jon Jones defends his title against champion Tyron Woodley in the main event of the Spike TV-televised event.
Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement on Friday that “we’re thrilled to have the chance to bring this fight to the biggest pay-per-view in sports history.”UFC President Dana White said in an interview with MMAFighting.com that “this is a huge moment for us.”
“We’ve been working for years to bring something truly historic to the UFC, and I’m extremely excited to have it,” White said.
“This fight is the best thing to happen to the sport in years.”
Jones is looking to reclaim his former title, which he lost to Anthony Pettis at UFC 183 in January.
Woodley, meanwhile, has earned four consecutive victories.
Bellators president Scott “Cowboy” Coker announced in a press conference that “the next big thing” for the promotion will be the return of the heavyweight title, but he declined to name any names.UFC President Scott Cokers is looking for another heavyweight title in his fight with Jon Jones on Dec 2 in New New York.
AP Photo/Mark J. TerrillThe first Bellator heavyweight title bout in the UFC’s welterweight division will take the form of a welterweights-heavyweight fight, according to UFC president Dana White.
White said the promotion has “three big options” for a heavyweight title shot, including a welting heavyweight title eliminator between BAMPA and Glover Teixeira.
“We’re excited to get into the Octagon,” White told ESPN’s Fight Pass.
“There are three big options for a title shot in the division, but we’re not going to name names right now.
We’re not in the business of naming names.”
White said he doesn’t believe that the division is the right place for a bantamweight title fight between Jones and Woodley.
White also said that the UFC is “in the process of putting together a list of potential fights” for UFC 190, which is scheduled for Nov. 20 in Las Vegas.
Jones and Woodleys last fought in January, when Woodley defeated Jones by split decision in their first fight, a bout that ended in a disqualification.
Jones defeated Teixes last August.
Bellas Bellator team announced on Friday the dates and times of the three Bellator 135 bouts for this Saturday’s Bellator 151 pay-penalty fight.
The show will be held at Madison Square Garden in New Jersey.
Bellator 131 will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1, with Bellator 130 airing on Spike TV.
Bell, which will televise the event, will pay the $50,000 per fight minimum.
The Bellator 134 event is scheduled to air on FOX from 9 p.mn. to 11 p.pm ET.
Bell’s MMA debut will be on Saturday when it airs on Spike from 9:30 p.mo. to 10:30 a.m ET.