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

Showtime and Strikeforce strike an agreement

Showtime has been the longtime home for televising Strikeforce, and they will continue to do so in the future as the two sides reached an agreement on new programming for the premium network.  With the new agreement, fighters Gilbert Melendez, Luke Rockhold, Cris “Cyborg” Santos, Miesha Tate and other top Strikeforce talent will continue to fight with the promotion.

Conveniently enough, the new deal starts during Showtime’s free preview weekend, which is the same weekend that will host the Strikeforce middleweight championship fight between Luke Rockhold and Keith Jardine on Jan. 7.  Also set to fight on the card will be Strikeforce cornerstones Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley and Muhammed Lawal.

Also with the announcement of the deal comes the news that effective Jan. 7, all undercard fights for Strikeforce events will air on Showtime Extreme.

More details that came out of today revealed that after the heavyweight grand prix, the heavyweight division will be phased out of the promotion due to a lack of depth at the weight class.  The champion of the tournament will likely get one more top-rated opponent to fight, and then the promotion will move on to focus on lower weight classes.  The women’s divisions are safe for now and will not be eliminated.

“We’re excited about this renewal with Showtime and I expect to put on some big Strikeforce events next year,” said Dana White.  “I never thought I would say this, but I am very much looking forward to building Strikeforce and working very closely with Strikeforce.”

UFC on FX 2 will host Alves vs. Kampmann

Recently, it was announced that Thiago Alves and Martin Kampmann would square off in a welterweight fight.  It was announced today that the fight would take place at UFC on FX 2.  Both fighters are coming off of victories in their previous fights and will look to build momentum in the busy 170-pound division.

UFC on FX 2 will also host the first round of the inaugural flyweight division tournament.  The event will take place at Allphones Arena in Sydney, Australia, on March 3.  The event will take place in the afternoon local time so that it can air live in primetime in North America.

Two bouts added to UFC on Fuel TV 1

A middleweight fight and a featherweight fight have been added to the first UFC card to air on Fuel TV, as Aaron Simpson and Ronny Markes are set to face one another while The Ultimate Fighter season 12 winner Jonathan Bookins is ready to face Rani Yahya.

UFC on Fuel TV 1 is set to take place on Feb. 15 and is likely to be held in Omaha, Neb.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
Successful surgery for GSP

Georges St-Pierre is currently on the shelf due to a torn ACL.  Wednesday, the UFC welterweight champion underwent successful surgery to correct the tear in his knee.  Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache performed the successful operation in Los Angeles.  A full recovery is expected to take between six and nine months.

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Tests come back clean for UFC on Fox 1 fighters

UFC on Fox 1 was a very important fight card for the future of mixed martial arts and because of this, it would have been a shame for any of the fighters to test positive for either a performance-enhancing drug or a drug of abuse.  Fortunately, every fighter that was tested passed.

Junior Dos Santos, Cain Velasquez, Ben Henderson, Clay Harvison, Ricardo Lamas, Clay Guida, Cub Swanson, Mackens Semerzier, DaMarques Johnson and Robert Peralta were the fighters who were tested for performance enhancers.

Dos Santos, Velasquez, Guida, Semerzier, Lamas, Peralta, Johnson, Harvison, Henderson, Aaron Rosa, Pablo Garza, Matt Lucas and Dustin Poirier were the fighters who were tested for drugs of abuse.

New fighters for Bellator season-six announced

Yesterday, Bellator announced four new fighters for the promotion’s bantamweight tournament.  Marcos Galvano, Luis Nogueira, Rodrigo Lima and Ed West will be involved in the hunt for the title that belongs to Zach Makovsky.


Photo: Gilbert Melendez (Dave Mandel)