Lashley Wants Big Name Over Title Fight, Michael Bisping Buries Lesnar, Becky Lynch Returns

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- Bobby Lashley, who extended his winning streak to eight fights against Josh Appelt at Bellator 162 on Friday night had a good conversation with Dave Meltzer that was published prior to his fight here on MMAFighting.com. In the discussion, Lashley spoke about a number of topics, including how hard it is to do mixed martial arts and professional wrestling at the same time, other wrestlers as fighters and his next fight. As for fighting for the Bellator heavyweight championship, Lashley said if he was offered a shot at fighting for the title or a fight against Fedor Emelianenko, he’d take Emelianenko. Lashley explained it’s about the money and if winning the title means making more money, he’d got for the title. Lashley is looking to fight two more years but will continue to wrestle for as long as his body will let him. As for Fedor, there is no indication he’s anywhere close to a deal with Bellator but Lashley wants to fight a bigger name more than he wants to fight for a championship.

- Three of Michael Bisping’s seven losses came to men who either tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs or were admitted users of testosterone replacement therapy so he didn’t hold back when asked about Brock Lesnar. First, he laid into him while on The Ric Flair Show and later on The MMA Hour: "Brock Lesnar tested positive for steroids, it's as simple as that," Bisping said on The MMA Hour. "I have a very strong opinion, so if you're going to come over here and fight and take steroids, you're a p*ssy. Simple as that. You come in here and act tough, but then you've got to take steroids? So which is it? Are you are tough guy or are you not a tough guy? And if you're taking steroids, then you're not a tough guy, because you're mentally weak and you're a coward.”

- WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch returned to the ring at last night’s Smackdown live event in Sioux City, Iowa. Lynch beat Alexa Bliss to retain her title; here’s a photo. Lynch was pulled from the blue brand’s No Mercy pay-per-view earlier this month due to an undisclosed ailment. She’s scheduled to work tonight in Des Moines, Iowa.

- Finn Balor, who is currently out with a torn labrum, will appear at ICW’s “Fear of Loathing IX” show in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2016 (the same day as WWE Survivor Series). Balor will replace Mick Foley, who was scheduled to appear but had to pull out due to his WWE commitments. The appearance has been pre-approved by WWE. You can read Balor’s promotional post from Twitter at this link.

- WWE Fastlane 2017 will take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from the BMOP Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

- WME-IMG continues to make cuts in UFC as they mold the promotion to their liking after acquiring it for four billion dollars. A total of thirteen fighters have been released in recent weeks, including the following: Shane Campbell, Kevin Casey, Cody East, Glaico Franca, Leonardo Augusto ‘Leleco' Guimaraes, Cory Hendricks, Caio Magalhaes, Enrique Marin, Tamdan McCrory, Kenny Robertson, Antonio ‘Bigfoot' Silva, Sean Spencer and Alberto Uda.

- The Nashville Chancery Court has unsealed multiple documents from Billy Corgan’s lawsuit against TNA Wrestling, Dixie Carter, Serg Salinas and Dean Broadhead. The biggest note to come from it is that Corgan alleges TNA is insolvent (unable to pay its bills). TNA has denied the claim.

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