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Bellator Releases Former Light Heavyweight Champion and 12 Others; TJ Dillashaw is Full of Confidence Heading Into UFC 177 Rematch


Bellator and Scott Coker are cleaning house in an emphatic fashion and not even recent tournament participants and former champions can squeak by.

Even losing just one single fight.

Even if the fight was for a title you can be cut.

Just ask Attila Vegh (29-5-2), former Bellator 205 pound champion lost his strap in his last outing coming against Emanuel Newton at Bellator 113 back in March.

He tops the list released from Bellator along with Season 7’s featherweight winner, Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-3).

Here is the list:

Attila Vegh (29-5-2) Bellator record: 5-1, Last 5 Fights: 2-1

Shahbulat Shamhalaev (12-3) Bellator record: 3-2, Last 3 Fights: 1-2

Bryan Baker (18-5) Bellator record: 8-4, Last 3 Fights: 1-2

Mighty Mo (6-3) Bellator record: 3-1, Last 3 Fights: 2-1

Mark Godbeer (8-2) Bellator record: 0-1, Last 3 Fights: 1-2

Justin Torrey (7-1) Bellator record: 2-1, Last 3 Fights: same

Egidijus Valavicius (27-11) Bellator record: 2-1, Last 3 Fights: same

Sergio Junior (29-13) Bellator record: 1-1, Last 3 Fights: 1-2

Rodney Wallace (21-9) Bellator record: 1-1, Last 3 Fights: 2-1

Ron Sparks (8-3) Bellator record: 3-3, Last 3 Fights: 0-3

Desmond Green (12-3) Bellator record: 3-2, Last 3 Fights: 2-1

Patrick Cenoble (9-3) Bellator record: 0-1-1, Last 3 Fights: 0-2-1

One fighter that won’t be released from the UFC anytime soon is TJ Dillashaw who serves as the current UFC Bantamweight Title Holder.

But can Renan Barao win a rematch? TJ says no chance to Fox Sports.

“While the win’s still fresh in his mind and in my mind, I might as well do it again. I feel like I’ve got his number and I’m ready to put it on him and get him scared and he knows I’m going to beat him again.”

TJ feels he pays rent in the head of his opponent.

“I guarantee he’s thinking in the back of his head everyday when he’s training he doesn’t want that ass whooping to happen again. I’m going to put it on him and he’s going to fold,” Dillashaw said.

“It’s a huge psychological advantage for me.  For one, I’ve always gotten better when I’ve competed against someone multiple times in wrestling and in practice and fighting.  The more I practice against you, the more I figure you out.  Two, he took a beating and he took a lot of punishment to the head and I rocked him a bunch of times and I don’t even know if he’s had enough time to recover from that.”

Dillashaw relishes the opportunity to put Barao between his fists and a hard place.

 “It’s a tough situation.  After I beat him on Aug. 30, he’s going to have a long road to try and get back to the title,” Dillashaw said.  “I think I’m going to expose him as a fighter in general and other fighters are going to take advantage of that.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.