Bellator has re-signed Keri Taylor-Melendez to a new, multi-fight contract, officials told ESPN on Monday. The California native had been a free agent. Taylor-Melendez, 37, is 5-0 in MMA with three finishes, having last fought in November 2020. She is the wife of longtime MMA lightweight great Gilbert Melendez.
Combate Global's Copa Combate -- an eight-man, one-night tournament -- will return Dec. 12 in Miami, it will be announced today. The winner earns $100,000 and the eight participants come from eight different countries. The fighters are Combate champ David Martinez of Mexico, Spain's Kevin Cordero, Leo Muniz of the United States, Ireland's Frans Mlambo, Peru's Jose Zarauz, Chile's Cristian Barraza, Argentina's Luciano Ramos and Pierre Daguzan of France.
Patricky Freire won the Bellator lightweight title -- which was vacated earlier this year by his brother, Patricio -- by knocking out Peter Queally in Round 2 at Bellator 270 on Friday, in Queally’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland.