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

Early UFC on FX 3 lineup includes McCall-Johnson rematch

The UFC on FX 3 card won’t have an official venue until the end of the UFC Hometown Throwdown, but the June 8 card already has three action-packed fights, including a highly-anticipated rematch.

Recent scratches have delayed the UFC debuts of both Caio “Hellboy” Magalhaes and Buddy Roberts, but the 5-0 Brazilian prospect’s Octagon jump-off will come against the 11-2 Roberts after an injury to Fabio Maldonado scratched Magalhaes from the UFC 142 card altogether, while an injury to Sean Loeffler scratched Roberts from the UFC on Fuel TV 1 card.

Also, Jared Papazian returns to action and looks to regain momentum after a majority-decision loss to Mike “The Hulk” Easton at UFC on FX 1, but in his return to the FX stage, “The Jackhammer” gets TUF 14 contestant Dustin Pague—who is also looking to erase a loss to John Albert from last season’s Ultimate Fighter Finale.

Finally, the rematch of the UFC flyweight semifinal bout between Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and “Uncle Creepy” Ian McCall has been shifted from the night of The Ultimate Fighter: Live Finale to the night of the UFC on FX 3 card.

Fans will remember the UFC on FX 2 semifinal not only for the high-octane action that earned the fight the “Fight of The Night” bonus, but also by the tabulation error that resulted in Johnson winning a split-decision that was later seen as a majority-decision win for Johnson before it was revealed that the score was actually to be a majority draw.

For the rematch, the “sudden death” round–implemented in the event of a draw—will be a reality if the rematch should produce a similar result to the majority draw of the first fight after three rounds of action.

CSAC Suspension can’t (and won’t) stop Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Kelly at April 7’s SFL 2 event

After his knockout loss to Scott Caitlin at this past weekend’s“BAMMA USA: Badbeat 5” Gabe Ruediger has a 45-day medical suspension with 30 days of “no contact” according to the California State Athletic Commission, but according to CSAC representative Sarah Waklee, that will not stop Ruediger’s newly-signed bout with one Paul Kelly at Super Fight League 2, as the CSAC has no jurisdiction over bouts that occur outside of the US.

The commission could ask Ruediger to undergo an additional examination or they may influence who the next opponent for the UFC castaway will be, but the actions which they can take are limited.

Featuring a heavyweight bout between Neil Grove and Todd Duffee, as well as a clash between Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko, Super Fight League 2 happens live on April 7 from Chandigarh, India with online streaming via the SFL’s official Youtube channel.

Source: MMA Junkie
Tito Ortiz announces trilogy with Forrest Griffin for UFC 148

Tito Ortiz will finally get the fight he’s wanted for a long time now, and he’ll get it at UFC 148.

For months, Ortiz has campaigned for his rubber match with Forrest Griffin, stating that he wanted to settle the score before he finally called it a career. On the heels of two straight losses to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Rashad Evans, he will indeed get his fight with Griffin, who is 1-1 since winning a split-decision over Ortiz at UFC 106.

Source: MMA Fighting
Giorgio Petrosyan and Peter Aerts sign with GLORY; Petrosyan to fight in May

Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan and kickboxing legend Peter Aerts have both signed under Team Golden Glory’s “Glory” banner, with Petrosyan likely to be fighting sometime in May.

The curiosity surrounds whether or not Glory will be able to acquire 21-year-long kickboxing veteran Buakaw, who recently left the Por. Pramuk gym and relocated to the Yokkao Boxing gym in Thailand, which could do well enough to set up a rematch of Petrosyan’s 2007 bout with Buakaw, which ended in a draw.

Meanwhile, Aerts’ signing comes as something of a surprise to some, as the legend has been closely associated with the K-1 promotion for many years, but unquestionably the acquisition is a major move by the Glory promotion and it leaves a lot of questions open for the future of K-1 moving forward.

Photo: Ian McCall (Sherdog)

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Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.