Another former UFC contender has been added to the equation in a one-night light heavyweight tournament at Bellator 142 on September 19. Previously a top middleweight, Francis Carmont will meet Philipe Lins in a tournament alternate bout at the event.

The contest was reported by MMA Junkie on Thursday, August 27.

Following a three-bout losing streak, Carmont was released by the UFC in 2014. He then signed with Bellator MMA and made his debut with the promotion as a 205-pounder in March. It wasn’t an overly memorable performance, but Carmont was able to get back into the win column in a decision against Guilherme Viana.

One of the bigger names under the Bellator MMA banner, Carmont is now in a position where he could have a chance to prove he’s a top light heavyweight. He’ll need some help, but anything could happen in a one-night tournament, so it’s definitely not out of the question that the Frenchman could find a spot in the Bellator 142 tournament finals as long as he beats Lins.

With a 9-1 record, Lins is no slouch, but he’s definitely going to be an underdog against the more experienced Carmont. The Brazilian definitely has more to gain from this matchup, even if an alternate is not needed for the light heavyweight tournament finals.

Former Strikeforce champion Muhammed Lawal, former UFC light heavyweight contender Phil Davis, former Bellator MMA champion Emanuel Newton and Linton Vassell are expected to competed in the light heavyweight tournament. With a number of big names competing in the intriguing, one-night event, it seems likely that the winner would end up challenging the victor of the Bellator 142 main event between Liam McGeary and Tito Ortiz for the light heavyweight championship.

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One of the two GLORY title fights on the Bellator MMA: “Dynamite 1” card is no longer happening.

The GLORY featherweight title bout between current champion Gabriel Varga (26-2) and opponent Serhiy Adamchuk (29-5) has been scrapped from the Sept. 19 card, according to sources close to the promotion. An undisclosed injury is the cause for the fight’s cancellation. MMAmania.com has yet to receive information on whether Varga or Adamchuk is the injured fighter.

The match up was only announced a few weeks ago during this month’s Spike telecast of GLORY 23. As of this writing, no fight has been selected to take its place.

Varga defeated Mosab Amrani at GLORY 20 at Dubai World Trade Centre last April to become the first featherweight champion in GLORY history. The 30-year-old Canadian is on a four-fight winning streak, including the GLORY 17 four-man tournament.

Adamchuk, 25, won his GLORY debut over Marat Grigorian via unanimous decision at GLORY 22 in Lille, France, on June 5, 2015. The Ukraine native is currently ranked No. 4 in GLORY’s featherweight division.

The GLORY portion of the hybrid MMA/kickboxing event will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Zack Mwekassa and Saulo Cavalari. A title fight between Tito Ortiz and Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary will headline the Bellator side. Also featured on the night’s card will be a one-night, four-main light heavyweight tournament featuring Emanuel Newton, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, Phil Davis, and Linton Vassel.

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Former UFC title contender and TUF season one veteran Josh Koscheck now has his official debut date for Bellator MMA.

Bellator president Scott Coker announced this week that the former UFC Welterweight contender will make his debut with the promotion at Bellator 146.

Koscheck (17-10) will make his Bellator debut at the event against an opponent to be named at a later date and time.

Bellator 146 is scheduled to go head-to-head with The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale featuring Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the SaveMart Center in Fresno, California.

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There’s an interesting little subplot brewing around UFC 195.

The primary plot point of the UFC’s first event of 2016, of course, is one of betrayal.

We were originally told the fight card scheduled for Jan. 2 would host Ronda Rousey’s third meeting with Miesha Tate. Last week, however, the fight company decided to go back on that decision and book Rousey against undefeated former boxing champion Holly Holm instead.

It was the right move, but that didn’t soften the blow for Team Tate, which reportedly found out she’d been dropped at the same moment the rest of us did—when Rousey announced it to the world during an appearance on Good Morning America.

But while the dominant story of this event is all about hard feelings, the secondary narrative could be one of great opportunity.

Right now, it is believed UFC 195’s co-main event will feature strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her title in a rematch against Claudia Gadelha.

If it happens, it’ll be the first major pay-per-view event in the organization’s history to feature two women’s fights as headliners. It also could turn out to be the perfect showcase for Jedrzejczyk, who has quietly been making her name among hardcore fans—even if we still can’t pronounce it exactly right yet:

Don’t worry, not even the pros know how to handle that unwieldy string of eight consonants, two vowels and one “Y.” In March, Jedrzejczyk suggested a quick fix, telling MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi, “Soon, they’re gonna call me Joanna Champion.”

Good enough for us, though sticklers for the details should note that her real name is actually not that hard to say, so long as our uneducated American tongues don’t try to sound like native Polish speakers. Just aim for some variation of “Yed-jay-chick” or “Yend-dray-trick” and call it good.

Remember, anybody who corrects you is just being a jerk.

Regardless, the 28-year-old Jedrzejczyk is the surprise breakout star of the UFC’s fledgling 115-pound class so far.

Since debuting as a complete unknown in July 2014, she’s seized the spotlight we once thought might be reserved for Rose Namajunas. She has jetted to 4-0 in the Octagon and upset Carla Esparza at UFC 185 five months ago to become the promotion’s second strawweight champion.

Jedrzejczyk’s strike-first attack has been a pleasing revelation for this newest weight class. You might not imagine the 115-pound women’s division being a place of great physical power, but she’s notched stoppages in back-to-back Octagon appearances and in five of her 10 career wins.

Her drubbing of Esparza was truly something to behold. Though 5Dimes (h/t Odds Shark) listed her as a slight underdog, Jedrzejczyk easily shucked off Esparza’s takedown attempts and brutalized her en route to a second-round TKO finish.

It was a shocking performance. It would’ve been tempting to also call it a star-making turn for the new champion, if this latest opportunity hadn’t just come along to dwarf it.

All eyes will be on the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the first Saturday night of the new year to watch Rousey take on Holm. It could turn out to be a situation where fans tune in to watch MMA’s biggest star do her thing and end up falling in love with Jedrzejczyk’s skills along the way.

Because let’s face it, the strawweight champ doesn’t exactly fit the mold the UFC has seemed to want to promote in its female stars to date. She doesn’t look like a movie star, she doesn’t show up on the red carpet decked out in designer evening gowns, she hasn’t posed for Maxim magazine.

But Jedrzejczyk has a different, arguably cooler kind of charisma.

She’s an unabashed sneakerhead and her Instagram selfies are likelier to be of the ball cap-and-shades variety than stills from her latest fashion shoot—though there are starting to be more of those, too. She rides around her Eastern European hometown on a custom cruiser bicycle, and the best day of her UFC title reign so far seemed to be the one when Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta sent her a box of free shoes.

Jedrzejczyk possesses an infectious, borderline kitschy charm. If Rousey is MMA’s Hollywood fashion plate, Jedrzejczyk seems more like the UFC women’s champion you’d want to go to Disneyland with.

Then she shows up at official pre-fight weigh-ins looking like a tiny demon who wants to crawl inside your eyeballs and eat your soul:

So, yeah, that works.

So far, the only thing she’s lacked is exposure—and maybe a quality foil who might become her nemesis.

This Gadelha fight should fit the bill on both counts.

When the two fought in December 2014, the result was a split-decision win for Jedrzejczyk. The fight was close enough, though, to have some observers wondering if Gadelha should’ve gotten the nod.

In the aftermath, the 26-year-old Brazilian doubled down on her top-contender status by defeating former World Series of Fighting champ Jessica Aguilar at UFC 190. At the moment, she stands at 13-1 and is eager to get back at Jedrzejczyk for putting the only blemish on her professional record.

“Dana White make my title shot,” Gadelha said in the cage after her win over Aguilar (h/t Fox Sports Arizona’s Damon Martin). “I am the best strawweight in the world and I’m going to prove that.”

It is not a reach to say this will be the most anticipated 115-pound title fight in UFC history—after all, there have only been four of them. It’ll also be a chance for Jedrzejczyk to make her case in front of a vastly bigger audience than she’s ever enjoyed before.

So long as she can keep Gadelha at bay—and maybe with a handy pronunciation guide front and center—there’s no telling how high she might fly.

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It’s hard to argue against the notion that Saad Awad is one of the best lightweights in the sport, not just in Bellator MMA.

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