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

Takanori Gomi welcomes Nate Diaz back to lightweight at UFC 135

Diaz tried his hand at welterweight, but two straight defeats have brought the younger of the Diaz brothers back to the 155-pound division.  The UFC today announced that former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will welcome Diaz back to the division, as the two will meet at UFC 135 in Denver.  Gomi faced Nick Diaz at Pride 33, suffering a submission loss that was later changed to a no-contest when Nick tested positive for marijuana.

Two prelim bouts added to Strikeforce Challengers 16

One part of Strikeforce’s procedure remains “business as usual” even after the company was purchased by Zuffa: The promotion still waits until fight week to finalize the preliminary portion of its cards.  With Challengers 16 just days away, Strikeforce put together two bouts to replace losses the card suffered due to injuries.  The new additions include a welterweight clash between Eduardo Pamplona and Jerron Peoples and a lightweight showdown between Sterling Ford and Charon Spain.

Strikeforce inks Marcos “Pezao”

Strikeforce has signed light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio “Pezao” de Lima to a multi-fight deal.  The undefeated Brazilian does not have a confirmed opponent or debut date, but could fight under the Strikeforce banner beginning in September.  “Pezao” is 8-0 and is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Pride and WEC veteran Paulo Filho.

SOURCE: Sherdog
Ailton Barbosa wins Bellator open tryouts, earns spot on Sept. 17 event

Barbosa bested a 60-man field at this past weekend’s Bellator open tryouts.  As the winner of the tryouts, Barbosa has earned a spot on Bellator 50, a season-five event to be held in Hollywood, Fla., on Sept. 17.  Barbosa will likely compete on the event’s preliminary card, and his opponent has yet to be determined.

CSAC overturns Tachi Palace Fights 9 DeJesus vs. Miura to no-decision

The California State Athletic Commission on Monday overturned Isaac DeJesus’ TKO victory over Russ Miura, changing the result of the contest to a no-decision. DeJesus scored a first-round TKO of Miura, but tested positive for marijuana in the post-fight drug screening. DeJesus was originally schedule to defend his featherweight title against Miura at the May 6 bout, but the fight was changed into a non-title contest when DeJesus failed to make weight.  DeJesus is currently serving a suspension that runs through Nov. 6.

Jake Rosholt’s DQ loss changed to no-contest by Kansas Athletic Commission

After reviewing the fight, the KAC has changed Rosholt’s May 27 Titan Fighting Championship 18 DQ loss to John Ott to a no-contest.  The decision to change the fight’s outcome was made a few weeks ago, according to the KAC boxing commissioner. Rosholt was disqualified for throwing an illegal knee, but he maintains that the knee strike was unintentional.

“Mega Megu” rematches Mika Nagano at Jewels 15th Ring, two additional bouts announced

One of the world’s top female fighters, Megumi Fujii, is set to return to action on July 9 at Jewels 15th Ring.  She will face Mika Nagano, who she defeated in 2007 via submission in just 80 seconds.  The bout will be contested under “Jewels Rules,” which forbids ground-and-pound striking.  Also announced for the event was a 114-pound Special Rules fight Kyoko Takabayashi and Celine Haga, and a 116-pound “Jewels Rules” clash between Kikuyo Ishikawa and Sachiko Yamamoto.

SOURCE: Sherdog

Photo: Takanori Gomi (R) battles Clay Guida (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)