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Lawal-Newton, Martinez-Shamhalaev to headline Bellator 90 on February 21

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Former Strikeforce champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will collide with fellow wrestler Emanuel Newton in a light heavyweight tourmament semifinal bout and upstart Rad Martinez will face Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the finals of the season 7 featherweight tourney at Bellator 90 on February 21.

Bellator announced the pairings in a press release to the media on Tuesday afternoon. 

The event emanates from the Maverik Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Like other Bellator events, the show's main card will air starting at 10 PM ET on Spike while the preliminary portion of bouts will stream live on Spike.com starting at 8 PM ET.

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Ben Askren bloodies and batters Karl Amoussou to retain title, King Mo scores win in Bellator debut

Ben Askren. Photo courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Ben Askren is evolving.

On a night that many expected Askren's smothering top position and submissions to do Karl Amoussou in, it was Askren's new ground-and-pound that put away the Frenchman in his latest Bellator welterweight title defense in the main event of Bellator 86 on Thursday night at the Winstar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Prior to the bout, Askren predicted a finish and he delivered. It was his second stoppage under the Bellator banner and his first since he submitted Ryan Thomas in his promotional debut back in April 2010.

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Five things to watch for: Bellator 86

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Image courtesy of Bellator MMA.

Bellator's coming out party on Spike's airwaves resumes tonight with Bellator 86, emanating from the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and headlined by a welterweight world title tilt between champion Ben Askren and challenger Karl Amoussou.

The return of Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal tops the undercard which will complete the light heavyweight tournament quarterfinals and kick off the welterweight pairings as well. The main card festivities begin at 10 PM ET on Spike. You can also watch all of the preliminary bouts starting at 8 PM ET right here on MMA on Tap.

After the jump, check out five things that you should watch for during tonight's telecast.

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The Daily Recap: TUF Tuesdays, Faber-Menjivar & More

Urijah Faber. Photo courtesy of UrijahFaber.com.

Despite reports of The Ultimate Fighter moving Wednesdays, it is now being reported that TUF will air on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET. The news comes from an advertisement in UFC 360 that indicates The Ultimate Fighter 17: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen will debut on Tues, January 22 at 9 PM on FX.

Speaking of TUF 17, Dana White threw up a picture of himself with Mike Tyson on Twitter while watching fights for the upcoming season.

Ivan Menjivar and Urijah Faber will settle some unfinished business at UFC 157 in Anahiem. The two bantamweights originally battled at TKO 24: Eruption and Menjivar was disqualified for kicking a downed opponent. [MMAWeekly]

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NSAC Commissioner Regrets Hurting King Mo’s Feelings, Stands By Line of Questioning

Nevada State Athletic Commissoner Pat Lundvall has finally spoken out about her controversial exchange with former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal prior to the NSAC reducing his suspension to nine months and his following release from the Zuffa banner.

While Lundvall says that she is sorry that Lawal took offense to her line of questioning, she strongly believes that it is an effective method of determining whether or not applicants are fully aware of the paperwork they are signing.

"I've employed it in the past, I will employ it in the future because I think it's a necessary foundational line of inquiry," she told MMAjunkie.com.

Lundvall said the line of questioning was designed to establish that Lawal understood and was therefore responsible for the information contained on the form, chiefly because he admitted to treating an injury before the fight. Yet that information wasn't disclosed on the questionnaire. Lawal disclosed a previous knee surgery but not the supplements and medication he took in the weeks leading up to the fight, a fact he admitted prior to the hearing.

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The Daily Recap: King Mo’s Health Scare, Coenen Returns to Action at All-Female Event & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal reportedly suffered a health scare in the last month courtesy of another injury to his recently repaired ACL as well as a very bad case of staph. According to Lawal and his manager, the fighter is currently feeling well and the infection is under control. He will be on pain medication and antibiotics through a PICC line to his heart for another six weeks but is expected to make a full recovery. [MMA Mania]

Marloes Coenen will return to action on April 28 at Invicta Fighting Championships' first-ever all-female fight card against Romy Ruyssen, who Coenen defeated via second-round submission back in August 2008. Other advertised bouts for the card include Jessica Penne vs. Lisa Ellis-Ward, Liz Carmouche vs. Ashleigh Curry, Sarah D’Alelio vs. Shana Nelson and Leslie Smith vs. Kaitlin Young. [Sherdog]

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The Daily Recap: King Mo Inks New Deal With Strikeforce, Noons-Thompson in Works for March & More

Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal has signed a new four-fight deal with Strikeforce, one day before his promotional contract was to expire following his bout against Lorenz Larkin tomorrow night. Lawal has posted a 3-1 record under the Strikeforce banner. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [MMA Fighting]

— A lightweight clash between one-time EliteXC star K.J. Noons and former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson is in the works for Strikeforce's planned event on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio. Both Noons and Thomson are said to have verbally agreed to the bout. [MMA Junkie]

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Video: Highlights from Strikeforce’s “Rockhold vs Jardine” Pre-Fight Press Conference

Here are some highlights from today's pre-fight press conference for this weekend's Strikeforce "Rockhold vs. Jardine" event, which airs live on Showtime at 10 PM ET from Las Vegas, Nevada. Among those in attendance were Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, top contender Keith Jardine, one-time Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and his opponent Lorenz Larkin among others.

Previewing Strikeforce “Rockhold vs Jardine”

Keith Jardine. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

Less than a month since their last venture, Strikeforce kicks off the New Year with another event on Showtime. Saturday night’s main event features upstart Luke Rockhold making the first defense of his Strikeforce middleweight crown against seasoned UFC veteran Keith Jardine.

Other televised bouts include former Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal going up against dangerous striker Lorenz Larkin and slugger Robbie Lawler battling Adlan Amagov.

Here’s a preview of the show’s main card, which takes place at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and airs on Showtime starting at 10 PM ET.

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Mein-Cyborg, Three Other Bouts Confirmed for Strikeforce on September 10

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

Streaking welterweight prospect Jordan Mein will make his Strikeforce debut at the organization's September 10 event against seasoned veteran Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, of which a date and venue have yet to be announced.

Strikeforce officially announced the event and matchup this afternoon on Twitter, also confirming a trio of previously rumored bouts for the card, including Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza's next title defense against American Kickboxing Academy product Luke Rockhold.

In addition, former Strikeforce lightweight title holder Josh Thomson will welcome newcomer Maximo Blanco and former light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal will return to action for the first time in over a year to take on Roger Gracie.

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