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Bellator MMA will bring out the proverbial big guns next week ahead of Bellator 134 for several fan and media events, the promotion announced recently.

Bellator 134 takes place February 27 from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Fedor Emelianenko, who previously worked with Bellator president Scott Coker under the Strikeforce banner, will be part of a special fanfest on Thursday, February 26 that includes Royce Gracie, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.

Despite the inclusion of “The Last Emperor,” he isn’t looking to return to the cage, Coker said.

“I know some people will look into it more than what they should,” Coker said. “We have a good relationship with Fedor. He’s happy to come. How great for the fans?”

Along with the events, a special press conference will be held for Kimbo Slice on Friday, February 27 ahead of the event beginning online and Spike TV.

Below is the complete list of events planned for the week:

Wednesday, February 25

3 p.m. ET: “Past, Present & Future of MMA” Q&A session with Gracie, Ortiz and Aaron Pico for area high school wrestlers (closed to public)
4 p.m. ET: Official Bellator 134 press conference with main-card fighters at Boys & Girls Club and Family Center of Bristol

Thursday, February 26

5 p.m. ET: Official Bellator 134 fighter weigh-ins at Mohegan Sun (open to public)
7 p.m. ET: Bellator fanfest with Emelianenko, Gracie, Ortiz and Shamrock signing autographs and taking photos for fans; Bellator ring girls meet-and-greet; ticket and merchandise sales at Dave & Buster in Manchester, Conn. (open to public)

Friday, February 27

4 p.m. ET: Emelianenko, Gracie, Ortiz and Shamrock autograph signing at Mohegan Sun (open to Bellator 134 ticketholders)
5 p.m. ET: Kimbo Slice press conference
6:45 p.m. ET: Bellator 134

UFC

The UFC announced plans to implement random drug testing beginning July 1 during a special press conference Wednesday in Las Vegas.

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White made statements regarding the recent series of failed drug tests by fighters such as UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, former champion Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz and Hector Lombard from the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa.

Beginning July 1, all 585 UFC fighters will be subject to random drug testing for performance-enhancers. While they did not disclose what kind of punishment would come from failing such tests, they mentioned the current WADA four-year bans as a possible guideline, as Fertitta said they will “advocate for” two-year bans.

“Give the recent spate of high profile cases, we felt like we needed to do this sooner rather than later,” Fertitta said. “For the good of the sport, the integrity; what we’re trying to do here we needed to address the issue.

“You may not be training, but someone may show up to take a random sample.”

Fertitta added that they are still working to determine what third-party agency will administer the testing.

“Fighters are going to look at risk vs. reward,” White said. “If I can make a couple million dollars, I’ll take the risk. Two-or-four years (for a failed drug test and subsequent suspension) could be career-threatening. (That’s makes) it a lot more dangerous.”

ufc 184

The extended video preview for UFC 184 has been released, and you can see it in the player below.

Set for February 28, the card will feature Ronda Rousey defending her bantamweight title against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano. It takes place inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Check out the extended preview and fight card below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Female Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Cat Zingano

Female Bantamweight: Raquel Pennington vs. Holly Holm

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck vs. Jake Ellenberger

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Alan Jouban

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson vs. Gleison Tibau

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Mark Munoz vs. Roan Carneiro

Bantamweight: Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Roman Salazar

Welterweight: Tim Means vs. Dhiego Lima

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Ruan Potts

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: James Krause vs. Valmir Lazaro

Featherweight: Masio Fullen vs. Alexander Torres

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Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz and Hector Lombard have all been penciled in for today’s Nevada Athletic Commission hearing, which will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

The agenda is set to start 1 p.m. PT from Las Vegas.

Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, failed his pre-fight drug test for two banned substances leading up to a recent fight with Diaz. The former Strikeforce titleholder also failed his test, as marijuana metabolites were found in his system.

Lombard’s failed test was from early in January 3, as a steroid was found.

Along with those three, Ashlee Evans-Smith is also on the agenda for a failed drug test.

The complete list of agenda items can be found on the NAC’s official site.

Item No. 35 on the agenda states “discussion on forming expert panel to discuss drug testing policies and procedures in an opening meeting,” followed by Francisco Rivera’s request for a loss to Urijah Faber to be changed to a no-contest.

Diaz, Silva, Lombard all follow as items No. 37, 38 and 39, with requests for temporary suspensions attached.

ufc 186

As the only person to ever wear the UFC flyweight title, Demetrious Johnson has no plans to surrender it anytime soon.

“Mighty Mouse,” who was a special guest on a recent episode of “UFC Tonight,” returns to the Octagon later this year vs. Kyoji Horiguchi at UFC 186.

Johnson (21-2-1) has won seven in a row, including five successful defenses of the 125-pound title. Last September, he submitted Chris Cariaso after also earning a 2014 victory over Ali Bagautinov.

Horiguchi, meanwhile, is 15-1 and on a nine-fight win streak that includes Octagon wins over Louis Gaudinot, Jon Delos Reyes, Darrell Montague and Dustin Pague.

“The guy’s on a hot streak,” Johnson said. “He’s 4-0 in the UFC and I’m ready to go to work.

“I just have to go in there and put pressure on my opponents. I have to mix up my wrestling, my muay Thai clinch and striking.”

Johnson came under some heat recently when he was asked about a potential champion vs. champion match with bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, who defends his belt the same night vs. Renan Barao. He didn’t back down from his previous comments, reiterating the price tag for such a fight.

“Absolutely (I’ll fight Dillashaw),” he said. “The price tag is $2 million. Let’s make it happen.”

While some have failed to recognize the skills and victories of Johnson, he is only concerned with remaining on top.

“All have to do as a champion is go out and win fights impressively,” he said. “The attention will come.”

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