MMA Odds and Ends for Friday: Bellator 160 undergoes changes, Francisco Rivera flagged by USADA

480 Bellator 160 undergoes several changes  Bellator announced in a press release Thursday that Henry Corrales is injured and Cody Walker will replace him against A.J. McKee. In addition Bellator mentioned that Lena Ovchynnikova is also off the card due to an undisclosed injury and Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Bubba Jenkins has been elevated to the main card. Walker (8-4) earned a victory two weeks ago against Conrad Padilla and has won three of his last four fights. McKee (4-0) earned his fourth straight win with a TKO victory over Danilo Belluardo at Bellator 15. Bellator 160 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, California on August 26. Here’s an updated look at the card. Main Card Benson Henderson (23-6) vs. Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (25-3) Saad Awad (19-7) vs. Derek Anderson (13-2, 1NC) A.J. McKee (4-0) vs. Cody Walker (8-4) Bubba Jenkins (11-2) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-6-1) Preliminary Card Chinzo Machida (3-2) vs. Mario Navarro (4-4) Joey Davis (0-0) vs. Keith Cutrone (1-0) Kevin Ferguson Jr. (0-0) vs. Jon Tomasian (0-0) Gabriel Green (2-0) vs. Alex Trinidad (1-0) Steve Ramirez (4-1) vs. Ron Henderson (4-2) Kyle Estrada (3-2) vs. David Duran (3-4) Mike Segura (4-3) vs. Jacob Rosales (3-2) Jonny Cisneros (9-4) vs. Andy Murad (12-2) Jake Roberts (6-0) vs. Stephen Martinez (11-4)   Francisco Rivera flagged for potential USADA anti-doping violation following out-of-competition test UFC bantamweight  Francisco Rivera has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation following the results of a test back on July 23rd. UFC officials released the following statement. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the statement read. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.” Rivera (11-7) who recently lost by unanimous decision to Erik Perez at UFC 201, spoke to MMAFighting to give his side of the story and released a statement through his management group Iridium Sports. Rivera, 34, said he was vacationing in Mexico just before the drug test, which is significant in this case. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued a warning in 2011 that said China and Mexico have a “serious problem” with meat contaminated with clenbuterol, which is clinically used in some countries to treat breathing disorders in humans. Rivera said he ate meat on multiple occasions when he was in Mexico. If USADA determines that Rivera take the drug on purpose, he could face a two-year suspension.   UFC 202 Embedded: Episode 5  

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