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

Strikeforce Heavyweight Champ Overeem released by Zuffa

According to a report on Inside MMA on HDNet, Zuffa has now released current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.

The Dutchman recently pulled out of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix, citing a variety of injuries which prevented him from training for the Sept. 10 date.

Officials reportedly exercised their right to eliminate the one remaining fight on his contract.

Overeem was recently announced for an October United Glory event in his native Netherlands.


Aoki-McCullough, Kitaoka-‘Chiquerim’ Official for Dream 17

The Dream 17 lineup has two more fights, as officials have announced that lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will face former WEC king “Razor” Rob McCullough and former Sengoku Raiden Championship titleholder Satoru Kitaoka will locks horns with ex-Shooto champ Willamy Freire.

Three fights are now official for the Sept. 24 event, which takes places from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  A featherweight scrap between Caol Uno and “Lion” Takeshi Inoue also is slated for the card.

Dream 17 will mark the promotion’s transition to three five-minute rounds, as opposed to the traditional 10-minute opening stanza followed by a single five-minute period.

SOURCE: Sherdog

Roberts faces Waldburger at Battle on the Bayou

Daniel Roberts and TJ Waldburger will square off in a welterweight bout in New Orleans this September on the “Battle on the Bayou” card.

The event takes place on Sept. 17 from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and will air live on Spike TV.  Both fighters are coming off losses and very well could be fighting for their jobs.


Thompson-De Fries Targeted for UFC 138 in England

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Philip De Fries announced his signing with the UFC on his Facebook page today and now has an opponent for UFC 138, as he will meet fellow Brit Oli Thompson at the Nov. 5 event.

The event is headlined by a middleweight confrontation between Chris Leben and Mark Munoz and will take place from LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The card will air in the United States via same-day tape delay on Spike TV.

SOURCE: Sherdog

Vieira now faces Ford at Strikeforce Challengers 18

Milton Vieira will still fight at Strikeforce Challengers 18.

Strikeforce officials announced that Sterling Ford has agreed to return to action three weeks after his promotional debut in order to take on the grappling specialist.

Vieira had been expected to face Bobby Green, but Green was pulled from the fight in favor of a bout with Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante at this weekend’s “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Henderson” event.

Featuring a lightweight contest between Jorge Gurgel and Joe Duarte, Strikeforce Challengers 18 takes place Aug. 12 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.  The evening’s main card airs on Showtime, but Ford vs. Vieira is expected to take place in the evening’s preliminary lineup.


Photo: Alistair Overeem (Paul Thatcher/Fight! Magazine)