Kevin Ferguson Jr headlines Bellator 162 prelims
The preliminary portion of Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs. Grove at FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on October 21st is official and amongst the 12 new additions, there is plenty of action to be consumed during the Bellator.com-streamed card.
Notably, the professional mixed martial arts debut of “Baby Slice” will finally take place, 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. In addition, Steve Garcia will face Ronnie Lawrence, Julia Budd also returns from injury to face Arlene Blencowe, heavyweights Chase Gormley and Bobby Brents collide, and 2009 Alabama Crimson Tide National Champion Eryk Anders takes on Brian White.
The completed preliminary portion joins a stacked main card highlighted by a middleweight main event pitting former middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko against Kendall Grove (23-15). In addition, former WWE competitor Bobby Lashley and Josh Appelt prepare to square off in a heavyweight co-main event, while a middleweight tilt between Hisaki Kato and A.J. Matthews is also set for the SPIKE-televised main card. Lastly, Goiti Yamauchi and Ryan Couture will face-off in a lightweight feature fight.
Tickets for the event are on sale now at Bellator.com, Ticketmaster or FedExForum Box Office. Main card action kicks off LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while prelims streams live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App.
Bellator 162: Shlemenko vs. Grove Main Card:
Alexander Shlemenko (53-9) vs. Kendall Grove (23-15)
Bobby Lashley (14-2) vs. Josh Appelt (12-5)
Hisaki Kato (6-2) vs. A.J. Matthews (8-5)
Goiti Yamauchi (19-3) vs. Ryan Couture (10-4)
Bellator.com-Streamed Preliminary Card:
Baby Slice (Debut) vs. Rick Bing (Debut)
Ricky Rainey (11-4) vs. Gilbert Smith (12-5)
Steve Garcia (6-1) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (1-0)
Chase Gormley (13-5, 1 NC) vs. Bobby Brents (17-5)
Julia Budd (8-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (7-5)
Dan Charles (10-3-1) vs. Virgil Zwicker (14-5-1)
Tyler Hill (6-0) vs. Wade Johnson (10-1)
Jonathan Burdine (4-4) vs. James Wallace (1-0)
Eryk Anders (4-0) vs. Brian White (5-4)
Jaleel Willis (6-0) vs. Omar Johnson (4-0)
Chad Cook (10-10) vs. Grady Hurley (9-1)
Mike Wessell (14-8) vs. Frank Tate (4-1)