Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.

Bellator 88 weigh-in results

Alexander Shlemenko and Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves both came in under the 185-pound weight limit and are cleared for their fight. The two will be competing for Bellator’s middleweight belt that the former holder, Hector Lombard, vacated to join the UFC.

The remainder of the main card with see season 8 featherweight quarterfinalists looking to advance. Preliminary card fighter Joe Elmore weighed over the limit.

Full results:
Maiquel Falcao (184.8) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (184.8)
Marlon Sandro (145.6) vs. Akop Stepanyan (145.8)
Fabricio Guerreiro (145.6) vs. Magomedrasul Khasbulaev (145.5)
Mitch Jackson (145.2) vs. Mike Richman (145)
Alexandre Bezerra (144.6) vs. Genair da Silva (145.6)
George Hickman (145.8) vs. Stephen Upchurch (145)
Clay Harvison (159.2) vs. Ururahy Rodrigues (155.8)
Shane Crenshaw (152) vs. Ronnie Rogers (145.6)
Jerrid Burke (155.4) vs. Joe Elmore (158.8)

UFC on FX 7 fighter fails drug test

The UFC announced that a single fighter had failed their UFC on FX 7 post-fight drug test and many assumed that medical TRT user Vitor Belfort was to blame. However, it was not, and it is Thiago Tavares that has tested positive for banned substances.

Tavares tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone and received a nine-month suspension. He must be able to produce a clean test at the end of that time period to be allowed back into UFC competition.

Source: MMA Junkie

Josh Barnett declines UFC contract

Former UFC heavyweight champion and Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finalist Josh Barnett will not be signing with the UFC at this point in time.

Both sides could not come to an agreement for a contract and Barnett’s camp officially declined the offer this week.

Pat Curran to defend Bellator featherweight title against Daniel Straus
Pat Curran will defend his belt for the second time against Daniel Straus, winner of the season six featherweight tournament on April 4.

The card will also see former Bellator welterweight champion Lyman Good facing Renzo Gracie product Dante Rivera. Top-ranked, 125-pound female fighter Jessica Eye, who is coming off a win over Zoila Gurgel, is set to face Munah Holland on the card.

The main card will broadcast live starting at 10 p.m. ET on Spike. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com, starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Bellator 90 injury replacement

Bellator season 8 welterweight semifinalist Brent Weedman has withdrawn from the tournament due to injury. Bryan Baker will take his spot at Bellator 90 against Douglas Lima.

The main card includes welterweight semifinalists Ben Saunders facing Raul Amaya and season 7 featherweight finalists Rad Martinez and Shabulat Shamhalaev facing off to determine the featherweight tournament winner in the main event. Also, Muhammed Lawal returns to action in a light heavyweight tournament semifinal against Emanuel Newton.

Source: Sherdog

TUF 17 ratings stay above 1 million

Tuesday’s episode of TUF averaged 1.2 million viewers on FX, a slight drop from the first and second episodes.

The episode saw Uriah Hall deliver one of the most brutal knockouts in the show’s history to Adam Cella.

Source: Sherdog

Glory Sports International names new CEO

On Tuesday, GSI announced that former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Andrew Whitaker will be its new CEO.

GSI co-founder Marcus Luer will step down as acting interim CEO.

Photo: Alexander Shlemenko (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

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David Massey
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David Massey studied Humanities and Art History at the University of Central Oklahoma. He first found interest in MMA from the first TUF show and has been hooked ever since. He began posting on mmajunkie then submitting Sunday Junkie entries and that began his interest in writing about MMA. Through twitter David found other MMA enthusiasts and began contributing articles to marqueemma.com. He looks forward to growing as a writer and being a part of the sport he loves.