Bellator MMA returns this Friday for Bellator 162 which will take place at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn.
The main event features a middleweight bout between former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (53-9 MMA) and Kendall Grove (23-15 MMA).
In July, Shlemenko had a three-year suspension from the CSAC reduced after filing an appeal. A court ruled his suspension should have ended when his California fight license expired.
Shlemenko signed with M-1 Global earlier this year and has since beaten Vyacheslav Vasilevsky twice, first via majority decision and most recently via third round submission. He fought for M-1 despite still being under contract with Bellator.
Grove has won three of his past four fights including two back-to-back. Grove earned a third-round TKO of Joey Beltran and a knockout of Francisco France at Bellator 150 in February.
In addition, during the card’s co-main event, the always-exciting former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley (14-2) meets Josh Appelt (12-5) in heavyweight action.
Also on the preliminary portion of the card, Kimbo Slice’s son ‘Baby Slice’ will make his professional mixed martial arts debut, when the 24-year-old returns from injury to meet Rick Bing, who also will be lacing up the gloves for the first time as a pro.
Check out the full fight card below:
Middleweight Main Event: Alexander Shlemenko (53-9) vs. Kendall Grove (23-15)
Heavyweight Co-Main Event: Bobby Lashley (14-2) vs. Josh Appelt (12-5)
Middleweight Feature Bout: Hisaki Kato (6-2) vs. A.J. Matthews (8-5)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Goiti Yamauchi (19-3) vs. Ryan Couture (10-4)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Baby Slice (Debut) vs. Rick Bing (Debut)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Ricky Rainey (11-4) vs. Gilbert Smith (12-5)
Bantamweight Preliminary Bout: Steve Garcia (6-1) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (1-0)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Chase Gormley (13-5, 1 NC) vs. Bobby Brents (17-5)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Julia Budd (8-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (7-5)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Dan Charles (10-3-1) vs. Virgil Zwicker (14-5-1)
Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Tyler Hill (6-0) vs. Wade Johnson (10-1)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jonathan Burdine (4-4) vs. James Wallace (1-0)
Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Eryk Anders (4-0) vs. Brian White (5-4)
Catchweight (160 lb.) Preliminary Bout: Jaleel Willis (6-0) vs. Omar Johnson (4-0)
Light Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Chad Cook (10-10) vs. Grady Hurley (9-1)
Heavyweight Preliminary Bout: Mike Wessell (14-8) vs. Frank Tate (4-1)Check out our latest podcast episode featuring a conversation with Cortney Casey.