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

Undefeated Newcomer Lance Benoist Signs Multi-Fight Deal With The UFC

UFC sources reported MMA Junkie today that they have signed Lance Benoist to a multi-fight deal.  Benoist has been a standout on the Midwest Regional Circuit for over a year and is 5-0 as a professional.  Even though Benoist is still very young in his mixed martial arts career he is very well rounded fighter.  As an amatuer most of his victories came via tko bus a professional four of his five vicotries have come via submission.  A date for Benoist’s debut has not been scheduled.

Jon Jones, Georges St, Pierre, Fabricio Werdum Nominated for 2011 ESPY Awards

The ESPY nominations were released today and MMA has three nominations this year.  Both Jon Jones and Georges St. Pierre were nominated for “best fighter” while Fabricio Werdum was nominated in the “biggest upset” category.  Jones and St. Pierre will be joined by three boxers Bernard Hopkins, Manny Paquiao and Sergio Martinez.  The three nominations recieved by mixed martial arts atheletes is one moere then they received last year.

SOURCE: MMAJunki.com
John Howard Lets Dana White Know He Can Go Ahead and Write Out theFight of the Night Checks

In a video posted on MMAWeekly.com John Howard let Dana White know that he can already write the fight of the night bonos check.  A very confident Howard explained that he told his opponent that he is not only ready for but he is expected a war and anything less is unacceptable.

Hector Lombard Versus Jesse Taylor Targeted for AFC Event in August in Australia

Sources close to the negotiations informed MMAJunkie.com today that Lombard has recieved permission from Bellator to fight former Ultimate Fighter contestant Jesse Tayor.  The bout is expected to be Australia Fighting Championship and is rumored to be scheduled for August 27.  Lombard most recently fought at Bellator 44 where he knocked out Falaniko Vitale in a nontile fight.  Taylor is currently on a five fight win streak and has previous competed for the AFC.

Photo: Hector Lombard (Bellator)

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.