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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.”

jose aldo

Jose Aldo will meet with UFC officials here soon.

But the interim featherweight champion has no plans to back down from his retirement talk.

“(Dana White) can offer me anything,” Aldo said during a media scrum in Brazil (thanks to MMAFighting for the comments). “I started to get unmotivated back then, when I lost the belt. I was the champion for so long I had the right to get an immediate rematch and they didn’t give it to me, and I wanted to walk in a different direction but (Andre) ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) made me fight again. I went there, fought and won, and again (the rematch) didn’t come. I have no desire to fight again. I don’t have any excitement to fight anymore. I have other projects in my life. I wanted to retire as champion and I’m the champion today. I want to follow another path.”

Aldo, Pederneiras and his lawyer are all expected to meet with the UFC soon. He did say that if the UFC forces him to compete again, he will, but with no desire to actually compete.

“You want me to fight MMA again?” Aldo said. “I’ll get in there and tap right away, and the fight is over. I’d do it quickly. What I really want is other things for my life.”

ufc 204

There will never be a question of the heart of Michael Bisping.

After being knocked down twice by Dan Henderson’s patented “H-bomb,” Bisping rallied, claiming a decision and retaining his middleweight title Saturday night at UFC 204.

Nothing was easy for “The Count,” but it never is. The British fighter was left a bloody mess, but used his effective striking in the middle stages and early part of round No. 2 to walk away with the title still around his waist.

Henderson proved many wrong in the first and second rounds, landing his right-hand on the chin of “The Count” and dropping him both times. The offensive onslaught left Bisping bloody and likely with damage to his eye region after suffering a broken orbital bone a few years back.

Bisping rallied back in the third and the fourth, igniting the pro-British crowd. Late in the fifth and final round, though, Henderson resorted to his wrestling and earned a takedown.

In the co-main event, it was Gegard Mousasi getting the better of fellow veteran Vitor Belfort. After delivering a head-kick, Mousasi pounced, finishing Belfort in the second round and calling for a fight with Anderson Silva.

Jimi Manuwa delighted the pro-England crowd when he kncoked out Ovince Saint Preux in the second round after submission wins by Stefan Struve and Mirsad Bektic kicked off the main card.

Struve locked up a D’arce choke on Daniel Omielanczuk, while Bektic scored a rear-naked choke victory over Russell Doane.

On the prelims, Iuri Alcantara submitted Brad Pickett, Damian Stasiak did the same to Davey Grant, Leon Edwards choked out Albert Tumenov and Marc Diakiese claimed a TKO over Lukasz Sajewski.

The card opened with a split decision win by Leonardo Santos over Adriano Martins, while Mike Perry kept his finish streak intact with a third round knockout of Danny Roberts.

Complete results can be found below:

Michael Bisping def. Dan Henderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to remain UFC middleweight champion

Gegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 2

Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux via KO (strike) at 2:38 of Round 2

Stefan Struve def. Daniel Omielanczuk via submission (D’arce choke) at 1:21 of Round 2

Mirsad Bektic def. Russell Doane via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:22 of Round 1

Iuri Alcantara def. Brad Pickett via submission (triangle choke) at 1:59 of Round 1

Damian Stasiak def. Davey Grant via submission (armbar) at 3:56 of Round 3

Leon Edwards def. Albert Tumenov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:01 of Round 3

Marc Diakiese def. Lukasz Sajewski via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 2

Mike Perry def. Danny Roberts via KO (knee) at 4:40 of Round 3

Leonardo Santos def. Adriano Martins via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

nate diaz

The USADA released a statement regarding Nate Diaz and his use of a vaping pen after UFC 202 earlier this year.

Diaz will not be suspended for his actions, the statement read.

USADA announced today that UFC athlete Nate Diaz, of Stockton, Calif., has admitted using a prohibited substance during the in-competition period and has accepted a public warning for his policy violation.

Diaz, 31, admitted using the prohibited substance, Cannabidiol, following his bout at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016. Diaz’s use of the Cannabidiol occurred during the in-competition period, which is defined in the UFC Anti-Doping Policy as “the period starting six hours prior to the commencement of the scheduled weigh-in and ending six hours after the conclusion of the Bout.” Cannabidiol is a specified substance in the class of Cannabinoids and prohibited only in-competition under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

As part of its results management process, USADA gathered information and communicated with the athlete about the circumstances of his use of Cannabidiol on August 20, 2016. USADA concluded that Diaz mistakenly believed that the in-competition period ended after he provided a post-bout sample to USADA. In addition, the in-competition urine and blood samples provided by Diaz before his admitted use were analyzed and reported as negative for all prohibited substances, including Cannabinoids. Based on these circumstances, USADA determined that a public warning was an appropriate response to Diaz’s use of a specified substance during the in-competition period.

USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at

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