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

TUF: Live finale main event announced

While The Ultimate Fighter: Live is only two-episodes young, it has been announced that welterweights Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger will collide in the main event of the show’s finale.  Both fighters are coming off of big victories in their last fight as “The Juggernaut” took down Diego Sanchez by decision and “The Hitman” secured a fight-winning guillotine choke on Thiago Alves in the waning moments of their fight.

Considering how mixed up the 170-pound division has been in the last year, the winner of this fight could see themselves on the brink of a title shot.

Welterweight and middleweight action added to UFC 148

Demian Maia recently made the announcement that he was moving out of the middleweight division and down to welterweight.  His first fight at the new weight class will be against Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 148.  “Stun Gun” was on his way up the welterweight ranks until he was knocked out last summer by Carlos Condit.  Kim returned from that fight to take a decision victory over Sean Pierson at UFC 141.

Also, middleweights Costa Philippou and Riki Fukuda will square off with one another at the event.  Philippou recently took a three-round decision from Court McGee at UFC on FX 2,  while Fukuda outpointed Steve Cantwell at UFC 144.

UFC 148 is set to take place at on July 7 in Las Vegas.

Silva vs. Sonnen II tentatively set

One of the biggest rematches in the history of mixed martial arts is finally starting to come together as today it was revealed when and where Anderson Silva would defend his title against Chael Sonnen for a second time.  It had been speculated by Dana White for quite some time that the fight would take place in a soccer stadium somewhere in Brazil.  Today, news has come out which reveals that the fight will aim to take place in Rio de Janeiro in an 80,000-seat stadium on either June 16 or June 23.

The fight is anticipated to take place at UFC 147, which is also expected to host the fight between The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil coaches Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort, along with the two tournament finals of the show.

Canada gets three UFC events

The UFC is bringing three pay-per-view events to Canada this year as UFC 149, UFC 152, and UFC 154 will all take place there.

Calgary will host UFC 149 on July 21 and will feature a featherweight championship bout between champion Jose Aldo and a currently unnamed opponent.  On Sept. 22, the promotion will roll into Toronto and on Nov. 17, they will call Montreal their home.

Currently there have been no fights announced for UFC 152 or UFC 154, however it is speculated that Canadian fighters Mark Hominick and Georges St-Pierre will fight at either event.

Tachi Palace Fights to return on May 10

Tachi Palace Fights will return with TPF 13: “Unfinished Business” in May with a main event fight between Casey Olson and UFC veteran Francisco Rivera for the bantamweight title.  Former champion Ulysses Gomez officially vacated the title on Wednesday to return to the flyweight division, leaving the title available for the winner.  Both Olson and Rivera were recently victorious at TPF 12 earlier this month.

Also taking place at the event will be a middleweight fight between Steve Ramirez and Andrew Martinez.

SOURCE: Sherdog

Photo: Martin Kampmann (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.