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Kayla Harrison

Two-time Olympic judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison is now officially part of the mixed martial arts world.

Harrison signed a contract with the World Series of Fighting, according to a report by MMAjunkie. She will be a commentator, brand ambassador and eventually a fighter for the promotion.

“I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison said. “I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity.”

Harrison will make her on-air debut at the year-ending WSOF 34 card from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. The main card that day features three title fights and airs live on NBC.

The 26-year-old Harrison captured her second Olympic gold in judo earlier this year. She said that at least a year of training will be needed before she makes her MMA debut.

While he awaits his hearing in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission, Jon Jones isn’t remaining silent.

On Twitter late Monday night, Jones unleashed several messages against those who have been critical of him in recent interviews, including current UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony Johnson.

“That’s right light heavyweight division, this means I got in that (expletive) fair and square. I heard your interviews,” Jones wrote. “Steroids didn’t give me the believe that I am the baddest fm on this planet. It didn’t give me the heart to pull off victories in the last minutes of championship fights.

“Steroids will never give you a high IQ of the game. It won’t increase your awareness or your timing. It won’t make you more technical. It didn’t give me the idea to set my mind to a goal, to follow my dreams and bust my (expletive) every day in the gym.”

Earlier this year, Jones tested positive for a banned substance in a test ahead of UFC 200. He was scheduled to headline the card opposite Cormier to unify the belts after winning the interim title vs. Ovince Saint Preux. Jones is scheduled to appear before the NAC next week.

“I know that I’ve earned every inch of my success, every match ever won,” he wrote. “Earning this high place in sports gives me the confidence and courage to know that I can do the same in my life.”

The legal team for Jones has already stated the test was incorrect due to a contaminated substance being found.

bobby lashley

Alexander Shlemenko wasted little time showing fans why he is still a force in the middleweight division Friday night at Bellator 162.

The former champion dominated Kendall Grove, earning a second round TKO victory in his return to the promotion after serving a suspension for a failed drug test. The main card aired live on Spike from the FedEx Forum in Memphis.

While away from Bellator and the U.S., Shlemenko did pick up a pair of wins. He continued his streak with a victory over the former UFC fighter Grove to cap the night.

In the co-main event, Bobby Lashley improved to 5-0 with Bellator by submitting Josh Appelt. The heavyweight, who also wrestles for TNA, has finished all five of his Bellator opponents.

Goiti Yamauchi submitted Ryan Couture in the first round with an armbar, while Hisaki Kato stopped A.J. Matthews, also in the first round.

Results can be found below:

Alexander Shlemenko def. Kendall Grove via TKO (strikes) at 1:43 of Round 2

Bobby Lashley def. Josh Appelt via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:43 of Round 2

Goiti Yamauchi def. Ryan Couture via submission (armbar) at 1:01 of Round 1

Hisaki Kato def. A.J. Matthews via TKO (strikes) at 4:58 of Round 1

Chase Gormley def. Bobby Brents via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Virgil Zwicker def. Dan Charles via TKO (strikes) at 4:31 of Round 2

Julia Budd def. Arlene Blencowe via majority decision (29-29, 30-27, 29-27)

Ricky Rainey def. Gilbert Smith via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Steve Garcia def. Ronnie Lawrence via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Bellator MMA heads to the FedEx Forum this Friday night for Bellator 162 live on Spike.

In the main event, former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko takes on Kendall Grove, while the co-main features heavyweights Bobby Lashley and Josh Appelt.

Rounding out the main card will be middleweights Hisaki Kato and A.J. Matthews, along with lightweights Ryan Couture and Goiti Yamauchi.

Below is the complete lineup:

Event Date: 2016/10/21
Venue: FedEx Forum
Location: Memphis, Tennessee

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Alexander Shlemenko vs. Kendall Grove

Heavyweight: Bobby Lashley vs. Josh Appelt

Middleweight: Hisaki Kato vs. A.J. Matthews

Lightweight: Goiti Yamauchi vs. Ryan Couture


Welterweight: Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson, Jr. vs. Rick Bing

Welterweight: Ricky Rainey vs. Gilbert Smith

Bantamweight: Steve Garcia vs. Ronnie Lawrence

Heavyweight: Chase Gormley vs. Bobby Brents

Female Featherweight: Julia Budd vs. Arlene Blencowe

Heavyweight: Dan Charles vs. Virgil Zwicker

Welterweight: Tyler Hill vs. Wade Johnson

Lightweight: Jonathan Burdine vs. James Wallace

Middleweight: Eryk Anders vs. Brian White

Catchweight: Jaleel Willis vs. Omar Johnson

Light Heavyweight: Chad Cook vs. Grady Hurley

Heavyweight: Mike Wessell vs. Frank Tate

Dana White

UFC president Dana White was the main attraction during a special edition of “UFC Tonight” earlier this week.

White discussed a number of subjects, including Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo and others.

Here’s highlights from the interview:

White on Ronda Rousey’s return

“It’s good to have her back. She’s a megastar. She’s the biggest star we’ve ever had in the history of the sport. With the way she went out and now the way Amanda went in to the title, against Miesha Tate, this is a good fight.”

White on if Rousey will fight Cyborg next if she wins the title

“I said she would fight Cyborg. First, Ronda’s got to win. Then, I don’t know what she’d going to want to do. She’s told me she wants to fight Cyborg. As long as I’ve known her, she’s always wanted to fight Cyborg. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’ll fight her. I don’t know if she’s going to defend the title several times before that.”

White on who will main event UFC 206 (to Daniel Cormier)

“You’re the main event. There shouldn’t be a TBD above you on this.”

White on if Georges St-Pierre will return

“You guys know. When you’re someone who wants to fight, as an example, Cormier called me. Cormier was chomping on the bit while I was working over whether Johnson and Jones would fight. I was trying to build a bigger fight. Cormier said ‘I don’t love it.’ He’s calling me asking me for the fight. That’s the mentality of the fighter. If Ronda says she wants to take the time off, I say take as much as you need. You’ve got to have it here. GSP hasn’t had it here for a long time. I know guys that want to fight. He’s not one of them.”

White on if he’s happy with UFC 205

“Yeah it’s the greatest card ever assembled in UFC history, maybe combat sports history. Then, we’re fighting in New York for the first time and in the incredible Madison Square Garden. It couldn’t be better.”

White on if Conor McGregor will hold two belts

“He’ll fight. If he wins, he’ll hold two belts, and then he’ll decide which one he wants to give back to me. You can’t tie up two divisions.”

White on Jose Aldo’s recent comments

“I can’t make anybody fight anybody. I try the best I can to put together fights. Jose Aldo and I will probably get together next week and talk about it. I’ll get him a fight all day long. Holloway is ready. Pettis is in that division now. I can’t make Conor fight anybody. Everyone wants to fight him. When Aldo was doing it, he never aspired to be those things. I’ve stood in front of everybody in this sport and when fights pull out, nobody asks the way Conor does. Nobody wants to take a risk. He goes all in. It’s part of the appeal and allure of Conor. When he steps up and puts all his chips on the table.”

White on who’s the main event at Sacramento on FOX

“Paige VanZant vs. The Karate Hottie.”

White on Lorenzo Fertitta’s involvement now

“He loves this sport. He’s just sitting around. I don’t know, whatever Ari and I do here, I don’t know if there are bigger contributors to this sport than the Fertitta brothers. All you guys who have good relationships with him, call him. He’s not dead.”

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