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

Bellator lightweight championship fight scheduled

Bellator 54 was supposed to host the Bellator lightweight championship fight between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, but today it became official that the fight instead will take place on Nov. 19 at Bellator 58.

This is looking like it could be the best Bellator card of the season, as middleweight champion Hector Lombard is scheduled to fight at the event in a non-title catchweight fight against former UFC fighter Trevor Prangley.  The card is also expected to host the final round in the season five middleweight tournament.

Bellator 55 main card gets a new fight among other new fights

Steve Gable and Ricardo Tirloni will square off at Bellator 55.  This fight will take place on the evening’s main card which will beef things up for the card.  The two lightweights have a combined record of 18-2 and will both be making their promotional debuts.

The card will also host the season five bantamweight semi-finals along with a non-title light heavyweight bout between Christian M’Pumbu and Travis Wiuff.

Richard Hale and Carloes Flores will clash in a light heavyweight tournament qualifier, middleweights Jacob Ortiz and Edgar Garcia will face off, Nick Piedmont will go up against Jade Porter in a featherweight battle, another middleweight fight will take place between Steve Steinbeiss and Dano Moore, and a lightweight scrap between Erin Beach and Roscoe Jackson will take place.

SOURCE: Sherdog
Shooto champion signs with Bellator

Bellator continues to acquire top talent, as Shooto 183-pound South American champ Carlos Alexandre Pereira verbally agreed to join the promotion today.   At age 32, “Indo” holds a professional record of 33-9-1 and has won by knockout 22 times.

Franklin looking at late summer return to the Octagon

Former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin is aiming to return to competition sometime in the late summer of 2012.  J.T. Stewart, Franklin’s manager, confirmed today that “Ace” is feeling great and will be ready to get back to training whenever the doctor gives him the go-ahead.

Franklin is recovering from shoulder surgery after tearing his labrum while grappling last month.


Top Photo: Eddie Alvarez (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)