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

Leben suspended following failed drug test at UFC 138

Middleweight fighter Chris Leben tested positive for Oxycodone and Oxymorphone following his Nov. 5  loss to Mark Munoz at UFC 138 in Birmingham, England.

As a result of the positive test, Leben will be suspended from fighting for one year by the promotion.

The remaining 19 fighters on the UFC 138 card all passed their post fight drug tests.

Source: UFC

UFC 144 card takes final shape

The UFC has revealed four additional fights for its Feb. 26 event titled “UFC Japan” or UFC 144.  That brings the total number of fights up to 12.

Filling out the card will be a lightweight bout between former Pride champion Takanori Gomi and Aussie fighter George Sotiropoulos.

Also on deck is a bantamweight clash featuring former WEC title challenger Takeya Mizugaki and Chris Cariaso.

“Kid” Yamamoto will go to battle against British bantamweight Vaughan Lee.

Finally, Chinese featherweight Tiequan Zhang will meet Leonard Garcia.

UFC 144 will take place at the Saitama Super Arena and is headlined by a lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Benson Henderson.

Source: UFC

The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale prelims to stream on Facebook

The preliminary card for The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale will stream live on Facebook, officials confirmed today.

The Spike TV-televised card is headlined by middleweights Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller and takes place at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

Currently, the only fights announced for the Dec. 3 card are the headlining bout and lightweights Tony Ferguson vs. Yves Edwards. The two final bouts from the reality show will round out the main card.

All other fights are expected to be part of the Facebook stream.

Source: MMAJunkie

Dream, One FC announce co-promotion deal

Two of Asia’s biggest promotions have announced that they will be combining forces to increase their visibility and bolster their star power.

Dream and One Fighting Championship have declared an intention to co-promote events and exchange fighters between them, the heads of both promotions announced on Monday.

The change is effective immediately and fighter exchanges are expected to happen soon.  A joint promotional effort has been tentatively scheduled for March 31 at Singapore Stadium with the name “ONE FC/DREAM in Singapore.”

Source: MMAFighting

Pudzianowski-Thompson rematch from KSW 17 declared no-contest

Saturday’s KSW 17 bout between Mariusz Pudzianowski and James Thompson has been declared a no-contest, the Polish promotion announced on Monday.

Pudzianowski was originally awarded a majority decision in the two-round heavyweight bout, which took place at the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. The decision was incorrectly awarded to Pudzianowski when it should have been ruled a draw.

Under KSW rules, a stalemate after two five-minute rounds requires a three-minute overtime frame. Since that didn’t happen, KSW owners and officials agreed to declare the fight a no-contest.

Thompson and Pudzianowski first met at KSW 16 in May, where the Englishman submitted the former World’s Strongest Man with an arm-triangle choke in the second round.

Source: Sherdog

Dustin Ortiz now faces Josh Rave at TPF 11

Dustin Ortiz will meet Josh Rave at a catchweight of 126 pounds at Tachi Palace Fights 11.  Ortiz will replace current flyweight champion Ian McCall, who was forced out due to injury.

Ortiz suffered his only career defeat to McCall earlier this year.

The event takes place this Friday, Dec 2 in Lemoore, Calif.

Source: MMAWeekly