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Alexander Shlemenko KOs Maiquel Falcao to claim Bellator middleweight belt

Alexander Shlemenko. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Alexander Shlemenko used a mix of punishing shots to the head and body to finish off Maiquel Falcao and claim the Bellator middleweight title in the featured attraction at Bellator 88 on Thursday night.

The event, which emanated from The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, also saw the completion of the quarterfinals of Bellator's season eight featherweight tournament. Marlon Sandro, Mike Richman, Alexandre Bezerra and Magomedrasul Khasbulaev all moved on to the semifinals with victories.

Complete results from the event are after the jump.

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Four bouts added to UFC on FOX 7; Two matchups official for UFC on Fuel TV 9

Jorge Masvidal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The UFC continues to finalize fights in preparation for their April shows.

A quartet of fights has been added to the list of UFC on FOX 7 preliminary bouts, all in the lightweight division. Recent Strikeforce signees Jorge Masvidal and Roger Bowling will make their UFC debuts against Tim Means and Anthony Njokuani respectively. TUF Smashes lightweight winner Norman Parke will face Jon Tuck in his first real UFC test. Undefeated prospect Myles Jury will also meet Ramsey Nijem.

In addition, a pivotal featherweight matchup between Brad Pickett and Mike Easton has been signed as well as a 145 pound meeting between Marcus Brimage, who remains undefeated in the UFC, and newcomer Conor McGregor, who currently holds titles in the featherweight and lightweight division in the Cage Warriors promotion.

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Shlemenko, Falcao on weight for Bellator middleweight title fight

Marlon Sandro. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

All 18 fighters made weight for tomorrow night's Bellator 88 event, which takes place at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.

Maiquel Falcao and Alexander Shlemenko, the last two fighters to win a middleweight tournament, will clash for the vacant Bellator middleweight title, left behind by Hector Lombard after signing with the UFC. In addition, Marlon Sandro and Mike Richman will headline an eight-man field vying for a shot at the belt at 145 pounds.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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Thiago Tavares tests positive for steroids; UFC announces Vitor Belfort medically approved for TRT

Thiago Tavares. Photo property of the UFC.

UFC lightweight Thiago Tavares has tested positive for the anabolic steroid Drostanolone following his first-round TKO loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FX 7 on January 19 in Brazil.

The UFC announced the result this afternoon. Tatame was the first to report the news. Tavares will receive a nine-month suspension and will also have to pass a drug test following the suspension in order to be cleared to fight again.

An official statement from the UFC regarding the matter is after the jump. The most interesting tidbit includes clarification about rumors circulating that Vitor Belfort had tested positive for a banned substance. It also mentions that Belfort has been approved for testosterone replacement therapy.

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Video: Anthony Pettis thinks Jose Aldo is a tougher challenge than Ben Henderson

UFC lightweight and now featherweight contender Anthony Pettis discusses his decision to drop down to 145 pounds and challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title this summer with Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian on last night's episode of "UFC Tonight". 

Anthony Pettis to drop down to 145 pounds, challenge Jose Aldo on August 3

Anthony Pettis. Photo by Scott Peterson/MMA Weekly.

Anthony Pettis will indeed make the drop down to 145 pounds in order to challenge Jose Aldo for the UFC featherweight title on August 3.

The news was first reported by USA Today, which confirmed the matchup with UFC president Dana White. A venue for the bout has not yet been selected. UFC officials are reportedly looking at Texas, Chicago, Las Vegas and Rio de Janeiro as options.

Pettis had stated over the weekend following Aldo's title defense over Frankie Edgar that he would be interested in shedding weight to challenge the Brazilian, even though he is currently on the cusp of a shot at the UFC lightweight belt following Ben Henderson's defense against Gilbert Melendez this spring.

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UFC 156 predictions

Alistair Overeem. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

My predictions are after the jump.

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Rickels grinds out decision win over Woodard, Brooks impressive again at Bellator 87

David Rickels. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

In a meeting between two of Bellator's more exciting fighters, it was David Rickels that got the better of Lloyd Woodard to the tune of an unanimous decision win in the main event of Bellator 87 on Thursday night.

The bout was one of four lightweight quarterfinal matches that crowd at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan witnessed.

Woodard did not go down without a fight, however. The Montana native took control early on with an early slam and a mix of ground and pound and submission attempts from top position. Woodard also hurt Rickels late in the final round and landed a pair of timely takedowns that ended up not being enough to sway the scorecards.

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Five things to watch for: UFC 156

Frankie Edgar. Photo courtesy of Gaspari Nutrition.

The UFC returns for its third event in consecutive weeks and it's a big one - the promotion's annual Super Bowl weekend event in Las Vegas.

This year's edition features a "superfight" of sorts as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his title, welcoming former UFC lightweight king Frankie Edgar to the division. Alistair Overeem will also return to action for the first time after a year-long layoff due to suspension. He will face fellow Strikeforce import Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva for a shot at Cain Velasquez and the UFC heavyweight belt.

After the jump, check out five things that you should watch for during Saturday night's festivities.

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All fighters on weight for Bellator 87

David Rickels and Lloyd Woodard. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

All 20 fighters, including the eight-man lightweight tournament field successfully made weight for tomorrow night's Bellator 87 event, which is slated for the Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

The show features a new main event of David Rickels vs. Lloyd Woodard after Patricky Friere suffered a knee injury during a final sparring session yesterday and was forced out of his meeting with Guillaume DeLorenzi. Friere is replaced by Saad Awad, who moves up from the show's preliminary card.

Complete weigh-in results are after the jump.

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