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

The already heavy UFC 146 finds a way to get even heavier

Originally, UFC 146 had four heavyweight fights taking place on the main card.  Now, the UFC has announced that Stefan Struve will battle Mark Hunt on the main card as well, making it the first time in the history of the promotion where all five main card fights take place in the heavyweight division.

With the announcement of the fight between “Skyscraper” and the “Super Samoan,” five of The MMA Corner’s top ten ranked heavyweights will be making an appearance on the evening’s main card.

It was also announced that former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown will take on Daniel Pineda at the event.

UFC 146 will take place on May 26 in Las Vegas.

TUF: Live cast member medically suspended

After a full five minutes, Jeremy Larsen did enough to earn the unanimous decision victory over Jeff Smith last Friday night in the season premiere of The Ultimate Fighter: Live.  With the victory, Larsen earned his spot on the reality show.  However, during the fight, Larsen suffered a cut on his head and was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as a result.  The suspension leaves him out of action until April 9; however, he can be cleared by doctors after this Friday, March 16.

The best thing that the UFC hopeful has going in his corner is the new live format of the show.  Previously, the show took place over a six-week period and due to the live nature of this season, the events of the show take place over a longer period.  This creates more time for fighters to heal from any injury that they may suffer throughout the course of the season.  Should Larsen not be medically cleared, he may be able to avoid fighting for the first several weeks of the show and continue on his way to become the next Ultimate Fighter.

Nothing regarding his spot on the show has been officially confirmed or denied by the promotion.

Demian Maia to drop to welterweight

The welterweight division will get a new addition as Demian Maia has announced that he is going to shed the extra weight and move out of the middleweight division.  At one time the No. 1 contender for Anderson Silva’s middleweight championship, Maia will bring his strong jiu-jitsu ability along with him.  The move comes after going 1-2 in his last three fights, and after losing a unanimous decision to Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 2.

Lawal’s hearing set for March 27

At the conclusion of his victory over Lorenz Larkin in his most recent fight, Muhammed Lawal tested positive for drostanolone, a steroid.  From there, the Nevada State Athletic Commission suspended Lawal indefinitely with a hearing pending.  Today it was announced that March 27 would be the day that “King Mo” is scheduled to appear at a commission meeting in Las Vegas.

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion is facing a fine, a possible one-year suspension, and the victory over Larkin being changed from a victory to a no-contest.

Sean McCorkle to headline WMMA 1

Fresh off his victory at Bellator 60 last Friday night, UFC veteran Sean McCorkle will square off against Brian Heden in a super heavyweight fight at the first ever event put on by the promotion Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts.

Currently, there are six scheduled fights on the main card, which will air on pay-per-view.  Also on the main card will be UFC veterans Karo Parisyan and Drew Pickett, along with Strikeforce veteran Lyle Beerbohm.

WMMA 1 will take place on March 31 in El Paso, Texas

M-1 champion declares self as a free agent

A runner up to Ryan Bader on season eight of The Ultimate Fighter, Vinny Magalhaes has had enough of M-1.  The promotion’s light heavyweight champion has cut ties with M-1 and has declared himself as a free agent.  The decision to split from the promotion came while he was defending his title in his most recent fight, only to hear M-1’s director of operations openly rooting for and instructing his opponent.  Magalhaes claims that he has lived out the terms of his contract and is ready to hit the market as a free agent.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting

Photo: UFC 146 fighter Stefan Struve throws a kick (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.