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

UFC on FX 2 weigh-in results

The UFC invades Australia for the third time in hits history tomorrow night.  The fights will take place on Saturday morning local time,; however, due to the time difference, the fights will air live in North America on Friday evening.  The televised action will start at 6 p.m. ET on Fuel TV where fans will be able to enjoy six preliminary fights.  Then, at 9 p.m. ET, the action will jump over to FX where a four-fight main card will take place.  It will feature the first two flyweight fights in the history of the promotion. Four competitors will take part the first leg of a tournament to determine the promotion’s inaugural 125-pound champion.

The fighters were on hand in Australia to weigh-in today for their fights and every fighter made weight.  Main event fighter Thiago Alves has had a long history of coming in overweight, but ever since teaming up with Mike Dolce, his diet appears to be working out, as he made weight.  All four flyweights weighed-in at 125.5 pounds which caused a potential sticky situation from happening.  It was unknown what would happen if any of the four fighters weighed-in overweight, but fortunately, the MMA community will never have to find out.

Main Card:

  • Thiago Alves (170.5) vs. Martin Kampmann (170.5)
  • Joseph Benavidez (125.5) vs. Yasuhiro Urishitani (125.5)
  • Demetrious Johnson (125.5) vs. Ian McCall (125.5)
  • Court McGee (184.5) vs. Constantinos Philippou (185.5)

Fuel TV Card:

  • James Te Huna (206) vs. Aaron Rosa (205.5)
  • Anthony Perosh (205) vs. Nick Penner (203.5)
  • Cole Miller (146) vs. Steven Siler (146)
  • Kyle Noke (185) vs. Andrew Craig (185)
  • T.J. Waldberger (170) vs. Jake Hecht (171)
  • Mackens Semerzier (146) vs. Daniel Pineda (146)

Preliminary Card:

  • Oli Thompson (235) vs. Shawn Jordan (245.5)
Aoki vs. Alvarez rematch is official

After weeks of speculation, the rematch between Shinya Aoki and Eddie Alvarez is official.  The bout will be the headlining fight at Bellator 66.  The two fighters first met at “Dynamite!! 2008,” where the Japanese fighter made short work of Alvarez by a heel hook in the second minute of the fight.  The fight announcement was made by the CEO of Bellator, Bjorn Rebney.

Since the loss, “The Silent Assassin” went on to win seven-straight fights including winning and defending the inaugural Bellator lightweight championship.  In his last fight, Alvarez lost his title to Michael Chandler in what turned out to be one of the best fights of the year.  Aoki has only lost twice and has been victorious nine times since their first meeting. He continues to be one of the top talents to have ever came out of Japan.

Bellator 66 will take place on April 20 at the I-X Center in Cleveland and will air live on MTV2 and in HD on Epix.  The evenings preliminary action will stream live to Spike.com.

White says Edgar would get immediate featherweight title shot

UFC president Dana White has been no stranger in suggesting that former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar should drop down a weight class to compete at featherweight.  However, Edgar wants to remain at lightweight and even feels as though he deserves an immediate rematch against champion Benson Henderson.  The problem with the rematch, should he get it, is that it would prolong a log jam at the top of the division as Edgar had to defend his title in an immediate rematch to B.J. Penn and then had to defend the title twice against Gray Maynard.

In an effort to dangle a carrot in front of “The Answer”, White said that if he were to drop to featherweight that he would receive an immediate title shot against champion Jose Aldo.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
UFC 144 medical suspensions announced

Normally the medical suspensions that are handed down to the fighters after each fight card are determined by the sanctioning body commission, however at UFC 144 there was no formal sanctioning commission as the fights were held in Japan.  Due to this, the UFC acted as their own commission under the direction of Marc Ratner, the former head of the Nevada State Athletic Comission and current UFC executive.  The suspensions are as follows:

  • 180 days (with no contact for 30 days): Ben Henderson, for a possible hand and foot fracture, Quinton Jackson, due to a right-knee injury, and Elji Mitsuoka, from a nose injury.
  • 45 days (with no contact for 30 days): Frankie Edgar, Joe Lauzon, Yushin Okami, Cheick Kongo, and Tiequan Zhang, for precautionary reasons.
  • 30 days (wit no contact for 21 days): Tim Boetsch, for precautionary reasons.

All fighters are allowed to consult a doctor for early clearance.

Mike Corey to replace Wagnney Fabiano

The injury bug has bitten Bellator as an undisclosed injury has forced Wagnney Fabiano out of the promotions season-six featherweight tournament.  Mike Corey will replace the Brazilian in the tournament.  This will mark Corey’s second fight inside the Bellator cage after he fought to a majority draw against Chris Horodecki at Bellator 57.

The featherweight tournament along with the sixth season of the promotion will take place on March 9 in Hammond, Ind.  The evening’s main card will air live on MTV2 and in HD on Epix while preliminary action will stream live to Spike.com.


Photo: Shinya Aoki (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

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Brian McKenna
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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.