Bellator 109 weigh-in results: Champ Shlemenko, challenger Marshall cleared for title fight
Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (184.7) and hard-hitting challenger Doug Marshall (184.3) made their championship fight official at today’s Bellator 109 weigh-ins.
MAIN CARD (9 p.m. ET)
Champ Alexander Shlemenko (184.7) vs. Doug Marshall (184.3) – for middleweight title
Will Brooks (156.1)+ vs. Alexander Sarnavskiy (155.4) – Season 9 lightweight tourney final
Rick Hawn (170.5) vs. Ron Keslar (170.7) – Season 9 welterweight tournament final
Patrick Cenoble (155.5) vs. Terry Etim (155.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (6:30 p.m. ET)
Keith Bell (256.5) vs. Blagoi Ivanov (252.5)
Saul Almeida (145.9) vs. Goiti Yamauchi (152.3)*
Ahsan Abdulla (153) vs. Mike Bannon (155)
Bubba Jenkins (155.6) vs. Ian Rammel (155.8)
Brett Glass (155.7) vs. Brent Primus (155.5)
Lester Caslow (145.3) vs. Jay Haas (145.2)
+ – Has been given two hours to lose the additional one-tenth of a pound
* – Has been given two hours to lose the remaining 6.3 pounds
Georges St-Pierre recovers stolen Range Rover, gets new one
Rumors aside, it’s clear UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre needs a break from fighting and deserves the vacation he’s on right now.
A lot may be on his mind after beating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167. But when he returns to Montreal, at least he won’t have to worry about his wheels.
Prior to his ninth title defense, St-Pierre told MMAjunkie that city cops found the Range Rover stolen from him in June...
WSOF Inks 'Bear' Barett, 'BBMonster' Araujo
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Rashad Evans: Daniel Cormier could be my next opponent
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Evans (19-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1 UFC) on Wednesday told “UFC Tonight” that he’s heard Cormier (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) could be his next opponent, though the fight had yet to be confirmed by the promotion.
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And why shouldn't he be? Bisping, who has been sidelined due to a detached retina, got some good news from the doctor earlier in the day.
"I was at the doctors this morning, they've given me the green light to start proper training again," said Bisping. "I've been running and lifting weights for awhile. Now I can get back in the gym and start working on a few things."
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ollowing a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 over the weekend, Johny Hendricks not only ended up on the wrong end of a split decision, he also wound up on the Nevada State Athletic Commission medically suspended list.
Hendricks mentioned an issue with his right knee in his post-fight medical examination at the arena, so Nevada officials determined that he needed to go get it cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he would have to sit on the sidelines until May 17, 2014.
It’s a common practice for any medical issue a fighter might have that is difficult to fully assess with the limited resources on site after a fight.
Hendricks on Wednesday, however, told UFC Tonight, “I played golf today. My knee is fine.”
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