From humble beginnings, Bellator MMA has risen to become the second largest MMA promotion in the world and a true rival to the UFC. Now under the direction and leadership of veteran promoter, Scott Coker, Bellator is primed to further push towards the top spot in the sport.

On Friday, February 13, 2015, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA, Bellator 133: Shlemenko vs. Manhoef takes center stage.

As always, the team at Bellator has put together a spectacular Spike TV main filled with matchups that will surely entertain the fans.

Julia Budd’s Bellator Debut

If you are a fan of women’s MMA, then you should already know Budd’s name, but if you don’t, prepare to be impressed. Budd is one of the best female fighters in the sport today and she will be making her Bellator debut on Friday. Budd will enter the Bellator cage having won four in a row in Invicta FC; with three of those wins coming by way of stoppage.

Featherweight Title Eliminator

Patricio Freire was successful in his first defense of his Bellator featherweight title submitting Daniel Straus in the fourth round. Now the Brazilian champion is in need of a new opponent; likely to be decided by bout between former champion Pat Curran and Bellator Season 10 featherweight tournament champion Daniel Weichel. Weichel and Curran are two of the very best featherweights in the world and this has all of makings of a “Fight of the Year” candidate.

Striking Excellence

For the fans out there hungry for a display of brutal, technical striking then Bellator 133’s main event is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Alexander Shlemenko and Melvin Manhoef are two of the most accomplished strikers in MMA today and they have combined for an astonishing 56 career knockout victories. Don’t blink because this one could be over in a flash.


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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.