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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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Bellator 88 predictions

Mike Richman. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Bellator will crown a new middleweight champion and kick off the start of its season eight featherweight tournament during Bellator 88 this evening from Duluth, Georgia.

Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao meet for the vacant Bellator 185 pound title and Marlon Sandro and Mike Richman will headline an eight-man field vying for a shot at the belt at 145 pounds. The show's main card will air live on Spike starting at 10 PM. You can also catch the preliminary bouts right here on MMA on Tap starting at 8 PM ET.

My predictions are after the jump.

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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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Pat Curran vs. Daniel Straus title fight headlines Bellator 95 on April 4

Pat Curran and Daniel Straus. Image courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Newport Beach, CA. – After nearly five years in the making, Bellator MMA made its long awaited debut on Spike TV in January as  Bellator Featherweight Champion Pat Curran opened the night with a dominant win over star Brazilian striker Patricio Pitbull, reaching over 1.2 million viewers in the process. On April 4th, Bellator will close out its eighth season from Ovation Hall at Revel in Atlantic City, NJ as Curran once again puts his Bellator Featherweight Title on the line against relentless Daniel Straus live on Spike TV. The night will also feature the return of Tiger Schulmann products Lyman Good and Munah Holland, as well as the Bellator debut of New Jersey fan favorite Tom DeBlass.

Widely regarded as one of the top two  featherweights in the world, Curran brings a dominating 18-4 record into his latest title defense, including victories over Marlon Sandro, Roger Huerta, Mike Ricci, and Straus himself, as Curran collected a knock out win over Straus early in both of their careers. Even with the victory over Straus in his back pocket, Curran is well aware both fighters have grown tremendously over the last four years.

“This may end up being the most challenging fight I’ve faced up this point,” Curran said. “Daniel is going to make for a very tough challenge, but I know what I’m capable of. I feel like I’m always growing as a fighter, and the sky is really the limit for me. I’ve got the belt, and I’m not letting anyone take it away from me.”

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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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Three things to watch for: Bellator 88

Maiquel Falcao. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Another week gone by and another offering from Bellator is on the docket for this Thursday night as the promotion will feature a middleweight championship bout as well as the start of the season eight featherweight tournament.

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.

After the jump, check out three things that you should watch for during tomorrow night's telecast.

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Video: Uriah Hall’s epic TUF 17 KO of Adam Cella

If you didn't see it yet, be sure to check out Uriah Hall's ridiculous KO of Adam Cella from last night's TUF 17 episode on FX. The above video has multiple replays of the finishing blow as well as Hall's comments on his performance.

It also raises an interesting question: Can a fight from TUF be nominated for KO of the year?

Bellator 89 to feature Dantas-Galvao for bantamweight title, start of middleweight tourney

Eduardo Dantas and team. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Bellator announced on Thursday that it would feature Eduardo Dantas' first defense of his bantamweight title against season six tournament winner Marcos Galvao on February 14 at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The show will also bring the start of the season eight middleweight tournament, which will have eight fighters compete for the chance to face the winner of Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Falcao's fight for the vacant Bellator middleweight title.

Quarterfinal matchups include tournament veteran Brian Rogers going up against UFC veteran Dan Cramer and season six runner-up Andreas Spang meeting former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall.

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Rashad Evans still unsure about move to middleweight division

Rashad Evans. Photo by Jerico Angeles/Authentic Sports Management.

Following Rashad Evans’ one-sided decision loss to Jon Jones last spring, speculation began to arise that he may be interested in dropping down to the UFC’s middleweight division for a fresh start. A new weight class with new opponents and of course, a shot to test himself against Anderson Silva.

Evans has said that the idea certainly interests him, and that he would want nothing more than to be able to compete against and defeat Silva, whom he considers to be the greatest fighter of all-time.

On the eve of Evans’ meeting with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 this Saturday night, the 33-year-old is still unsure if a change to 185 lbs. suits him well.

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Bisping-Belcher, Miller-Healy inked for UFC 159 on April 27

Michael Bisping. Photo by Jeff Cain/MMA Weekly.

Another pair of bouts have been booked for UFC 159, which takes place  on April 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

A pivotal middleweight matchup between recently defeated contenders Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher will serve as the show's co-main event. In addition, durable lightweight Jim Miller will welcome Strikeforce contender Pat Healy back to the UFC. 

The UFC confirmed the bouts as official this afternoon.

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