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

With “Pitbull” injured, Curran gets first shot at Warren

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is still recovering from a second hand surgery, so fellow featherweight tournament winner Pat Curran will get the next shot at Bellator champion Joe Warren.  Bellator CEO and chairman Bjorn Rebney today confirmed the plans.

The title fight is targeted for a currently unannounced February event.  The event could also feature Bellator lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez vs. Dream champ Shinya Aoki.

Freire was supposed to get the next title shot ahead of “Summer Series” tourney winner Curran. However, a planned Bellator 47 rematch between Warren and Freire was canceled when the Brazilian suffered a broken hand.

Warren recently dropped a weight class and competed in the season-five bantamweight tourney, but Alexis Vila eliminated him in the opening round. He’ll now return to the featherweight division and will look to defend his title for the first time when he meets Curran.

Source: MMAJunkie

Bobby Lashley now meets Mark Martinez at Shark Fights 21

Mark Martinez will now headline Shark Fights 21 against Bobby Lashley for the promotion’s heavyweight title.  Martinez is the fourth proposed opponent for Lashley, who was previously slated to face TUF veteran Darrill Schoonover, and then Tim Hague, and finally Dave Huckaba.

Shark Fights CEO Bud Brutsman today confirmed the news.

Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.

Source: MMAJunkie

Bellator signs agreement for international distribution

Bellator and parent company Viacom have signed a global distribution deal with Fremantle Media Enterprises (FME).  The deal includes the brand’s international TV distribution rights, as well as licensing, digital and ancillary rights for the US and international markets.

Gina Carano out until 2012

Gina Carano will be out of action at least until next year according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.  The fighter was left off the Dec. 17 Strikeforce card and she is not expected back in the cage this year.

Carano has not fought since an August 2009 loss to current Strikeforce 145-pound women’s champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. It was the first loss of Carano’s career.

Source: MMAJunkie

Horodecki-Corey completes Bellator 57

Chris Horodecki will remain on the bill for Bellator Fighting Championships 57 despite the withdrawal of original opponent Ricardo Tirloni.

Bellator officials confirmed that lightweight Mike Corey will step in to face Horodecki at the event, which takes place at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Corey steps in on less than two weeks’ notice after Tirloni suffered dislocated ribs in training.

The fight will stream on Spike.com at 7 p.m. ET as part of the night’s preliminary card.

Source: Sherdog

Photo: Pat Curran delivers a flying knee (Bellator)