Rau’shee Warren Seeks Redemption This Weekend

Friday, June 17th 2016Bellator MMA: 156: Galvao vs.

Friday, June 17th 2016

Bellator MMA: 156: Galvao vs. Dantas

Bantamweight action ensues tonight as Marcos Galvao defends his Bantamweight title against Eduardo Dantas.

Galvao is currently on a four-fight win streak, which included his wresting of the bantamweight belt from Joe Warren in March of 2015 via a second round knee bar submission.

The former champion, Dantas lost the title to Warren and defended the belt before that against Galvao, winning by second round knockout at Bellator 89 back in 2013.

Catch all the rematch action live tonight from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA on Spike at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST

Saturday, June 18th 2016

Carlos Payano and Rau'shee Warren

(Photo Credit: Suzanne Teresa/Premier Boxing Champions)

Raushee Warren vs. Carlos Payano

10 months ago, Raushee Warren took his first loss with the heavy consequence of failing to capture his first world title against reigning bantamweight champion Juan Carlos Payano.

Although Warren produced a 12th-round knockdown and pressured the champion for much of the fight, Payano retained the WBA World Super bantamweight and IBO World bantamweight titles in a controversial split decision.

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Two judges gave Payano a 113-111 nudge with the other judge scoring it 115-109 for Warren. What hurt the challenger were the two points he was deducted in the ninth round for an intentional foul.

Andrzej Fonfara and Joe Smith, Jr.

(Andrzej Fonfara and Joe Smith, Jr., Photo Credit: Nabeel Ahmad / Premier Boxing Champions)

Also on the card WBC light heavyweight champion Andrzej Fonfara defends his title against Joe Smith, Jr.

Catch all the action from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago live on NBC at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST

UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson

Rory MacDonald is back from his championship losing fight of the year with Robbie Lawler last July to take on Stephen Wonderboy Thompson.

MacDonald, who has been with the UFC since 2010 and made 12 UFC appearances, looks to get back on the welterweight title track with the bout.

Thompson is currently on a six-fight win streak, with four of the six being knockout finishes. His last fight was a big first round technical knockout victory over former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

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Catch all the action live from the TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario on FS1

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. Having been involved with combat sports since 2005, Rhett began in the Fighter Relations Department of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting. Eventually, he became the Site Coordinator for the now-defunct Strikeforce organization. He then founded Fight Services and handled the event and talent logistics for MMA World Series of Fighting, Titan FC, as well as boxing promoter K2 Promotions. Rhett was also a Stage Manager for Showtime Championship Boxing. Currently, Rhett is the lead combat sports and bodybuilding writer, producer, podcaster, and host for The Shadow League. He has also been published in Money Magazine, reported for TIME Magazine and been a freelance writer for UFC.com, MaximumFighting.com, UFC 360 Magazine, Fight Magazine, MMAPayout.com, and Heavy.com. Rhett has hosted lifestyle TV programming in the Washington, D.C. market on the District of Columbia Network (DCN) and the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and has been a Play-By-Play Announcer for Monumental Sports Network’s PPV streaming service.