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

2011 Bill to legalize MMA in New York not likely to happen

“There does not appear to be widespread support in the Assembly for this legislation,” NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the most powerful man in the state’s capital, stated on Tuesday. Silver’s words run contrary to what appears to be growing support for the bill, which passed through the state senate by a 42-18 vote, the Assembly’s Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports and Parks Development committee by a 16-3 vote, and is expected to win approval from the Assembly Codes committee next week.  However, the recently re-elected Democrat has the influence to prevent a bill from ever being introduced for a full vote, so his statements likely spell the end of hope for legalization of the sport in New York this year.

Diego Sanchez confirms fight with Matt Hughes at UFC 135 in September

Diego “The Dream” Sanchez posted on his personal Twitter account that he will be facing former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes on the Sept. 24 UFC 135 card in Denver, Colo.  The fight is the first bout to be confirmed for the event.

Three fights added to Bellator 46 Preliminary Card

Bellator has added three fights to its preliminary card lineup for Bellator 46.  Heavyweights Tony Johnson and Derrick Lewis will square off, Dan Cramer will battle Josh Samman in a middleweight contest and Moyses Gabin fights David Baggett in another middleweight contest.  The June 25 event marks the first of three Summer Series cards for the organization and will feature the opening-round matchups of the promotion’s summer featherweight tournament.

Bellator 48 headed to Mohegan Sun

The final card of Bellator’s three-event Summer Series is likely headed to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn.  Bellator chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated that final preparations are underway for the Aug. 20 show, which will feature the finals of the eight-man Summer Series featherweight tournament.  There is also a possibility a title fight could find its way into the lineup, according to Rebney.

New Mexico Commission to review scoring error in Shark Fights 15 Villasenor vs. Camozzi bout

The split draw between Joey Villasenor and Chris Camozzi apparently wasn’t a split draw after all.  The New Mexico Commission has informed both fighters that an error occurred in the addition of the scorecards of the Shark Fights 15 bout.  The governing body has added the item to its agenda for the June 14 commission meeting.  The commission will issue a final ruling on the matter at that time.

M-1 Challenge 26 venue set

M-1 Challenge 26, which takes place July 8, now has a venue.  The event will be hosted at The Hangar at the O.C. Fair and Events Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.  The event features two title bouts as Guram Gugenishvili puts his heavyweight belt on the line against Pat Bennett and lightweight champ Jose Figueroa makes his first title defense against Daniel Weichel.  The event is expected to air live on Showtime.

SOURCE: Sherdog
Sarah Kaufman vs. Liz Carmouche targeted for July 22 Strikeforce Challengers 17 event

Former Strikeforce women’s welterweight champion Kaufman would like to climb back up the ladder and reclaim her crown.  The journey will begin with a tough fight against Carmouche.  Carmouche is coming off of an unsuccessful title shot against current champ Marloes Coenen.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
UFC 131 Prelims to stream on YouTube in addition to Facebook

As if it wasn’t enough for the UFC to make preliminary card fights available to fans for free, the organization is now providing multiple outlets where viewers can tune in.  The move is an effort to expand the availability of the broadcast to non-Facebook users.  YouTube has opened an event page for UFC 131 and will air the same five bout lineup as Facebook.  The broadcast begins at 5:50 p.m. ET, preceding the Spike TV Prelims broadcast that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

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