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Benson Henderson wants Bellator tourney alternate spot; Scott Coker open to it

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NEW YORK - Benson Henderson wants to be an alternate for the Bellator welterweight grand prix. Company president Scott Coker is open to allowing it happen.
Henderson , who fights Saad Awad in Saturday's Bellator 208 lightweight co-headliner, has fought several times at welterweight in the past, but has had mixed results. Still, though, he would like nothing more than to return to the weight class as part of the 170-pound tournament.
The eight-man field is already set up - with an alternate bout between Lorenz Larkin and Ion Pascu also booked for Friday's Bellator 208 - but if another...
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Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson 2 possible as Bellator heavyweight grand prix final alternate

Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson 2 possible as Bellator heavyweight grand prix final alternate

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NEW YORK - Heavyweights Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson could wind up meeting a second time to determine the final alternate in the heavyweight grand prix.
Bellator President Scott Coker said Nelson currently stands as the No. 1 alternate in the eight-man competition. If he and Kongo win their upcoming fights, they could get one last shot to make it into the bracket.
“Cheick wins, and if there's a hiccup , we should probably have those two alternates fight, and then the winner can fight in the finals,” Coker said today during a press conference.
On Friday, Nelson is scheduled to co-headline...
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Bellator champ Rory MacDonald targeted for February return after another broken nose

Bellator champ Rory MacDonald targeted for February return after another broken nose

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Gegard Mousasi def. Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206: Best photos view 23 images
NEW YORK - Bellator President Scott Coker has confirmed that Rory MacDonald suffered another broken nose in his Bellator 206 loss to Gegard Mousasi.
MacDonald , the current Bellator welterweight champion, is coming off a second-round TKO loss to middleweight champ Mousasi this past month. It was a one-sided affair, with MacDonald taking lots of punishment before he was finally stopped with strikes.
Unfortunately, MacDonald, 29, has dealt with nose injuries throughout his career, suffering multiple breaks...
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Toddlers get a hold of crack cocaine at New York day care

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Police in New York are trying to figure out how a group of toddlers got a hold of crack cocaine at a day care center last week.
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5 reasons to watch Bellator 207: Who's headed for a title shot, Mitrione or Bader?

5 reasons to watch Bellator 207: Who's headed for a title shot, Mitrione or Bader?

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Bellator holds events on back-to-back nights this week and the primary reason for that particular setup is to determine the two finalists in the promotion's heavyweight grand prix. Things get started Friday with Bellator 207, which features a main event bout between Matt Mitrione and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader. Both men are unbeaten during their tenure with Bellator.
The co-main event features a matchup between heavyweight veterans Roy Nelson and Sergei Kharitonov .
The card also features the return of Kevin Ferguson Jr. , who looks to keep his streak of three straight...
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Bellator 208 face-offs: Getting closer to the Fedor-Sonnen throwdown in New York

Bellator 208 face-offs: Getting closer to the Fedor-Sonnen throwdown in New York

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NEW YORK - We're two days away from the return of Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko - with a lot on the line.
Emelianenko headlines Bellator 208 against Chael Sonnen. Their fight is the second semifinal in Bellator's heavyweight grand prix, and the winner will advance to the final - and heavyweight title fight - against the winner of Friday's Matt Mitrione vs. Ryan Bader first semifinal.
Today, the fighters on the Bellator 208 main card were in downtown New York at Paramount's headquarters for...
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