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

King Mo cut from Strikeforce, says UFC president Dana White

The Nevada State Athletic Commission ruled in favor of suspending former Strikeforce light heavyweight world champion Muhammed “King Mo’ Lawal for nine months with a fine of 30 percent of his $80,000 “show” money and surrendering his $15,000 win bonus. They also changed his victory over Lorenz Larkin earlier this year to a no-contest. Mo took to Twitter to ventilate about an issue with NSAC commissioner Pat Lundvall, who asked Mo if he read and understood English in relation to a pre-fight questionnaire requiring the former 205-pound champion to discloses any injuries sustained and medications taken within the two-week period prior to the fight.

The resulting tweets may have ultimately backfired on Mo, as Dana White confirmed that Mo has been cut from the Zuffa-owned Strikeforce promotion, leaving many questions to be answered about what the future holds for Mo.

Source: MMA Junkie

Jake Shields to make the jump to middleweight?

Jake Shields made his UFC debut at UFC 121 in 2010 as a welterweight, but it was announced on UFC Tonight that Shields may be flirting with a jump to the 185-pound middleweight division despite a win over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 144.

Should Shields move to middleweight after spending the past couple of years at welterweight, where he went 2-2, it would be Shields’ first fight at 185 pounds since his unanimous-decision win over Dan Henderson in Strikeforce.

Source: UFC.com

UFC marks China off as next international destination

The Chinese administrative district of Macau got its sweet slice of Las Vegas when the Venetian-Macao-Resort-Hotel opened up on the Cotai Strip in 2007 with a price tag of $2.4 million. Now  it could get its slice of the UFC pie by the end of this year as the world’s largest proving ground is looking to continue their international expansion. The promotion is planning a trip to China for a fight card hosted at Cota iArena, which is on the premises of the Venetian-Macao.

No word has been given on who will fill out the card, but the fight card could hold anywhere up to 15,000 people at capacity if Cotai Arena is confirmed as the location for the UFC’s first venture into China.

Source: MMA Junkie

Bellator 66 to host lightweight semifinals

Last week, Rick Hawn, Lloyd Woodard, Brent Weedman, and Thiago Michel advanced in the Bellator lightweight tournament with $100,000 and a shot at Bellator lightweight world champion Michael Chandler on the line, and speculation arose as to whether Bellator 66 on April 20 would host the event.

This week, confirmation was received, and now Bellator 66, headlined by the rematch between Shinya Aoki and former lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez, will see Hawn vs. Woodard and Michel vs. Weedman olive from Cleveland.

Source: Sherdog

Court McGee to face Nick Ring at UFC 149 in Calgary

Court McGee fought Nick Ring on season eleven of The Ultimate Fighter, with the two fighters going to a controversial majority decision that the judges saw in favor of Ring. At UFC 149, McGee and Ring will come off of recent losses to face each other, as McGee will look to recover from the sting of his UFC on FX 2 loss to Costa Philippou and Ring will come off of his first pro loss which came to Tim Boetsch at UFC 135.

UFC 149 emanates live from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and features UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo making the fourth defense of his title in the headliner against a to-be-determined opponent, though it’s unknown whether McGee vs. Ring will be televised.

Source: MMA Weekly

M-1 Global to take action against “Slava”?

Two weeks ago, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky found himself in the of a contract dispute with former employer M-1 Global, who claimed to still have “Slava” under contract as a light heavyweight.

Now, two weeks after finding himself on the defeated end of the judgment, “Slava” is now being force to pay  €1,000 for each day he breached his contract and €5,000 for each day he competes for another promotion. The Dutch-ordered judgment is a ruling that M-1 Global officials are looking to enforce on US soil, but the big question in all of this concerns what the judgment means for Vasilevsky’s run in Bellator’s current middleweight tourney, in which the young Russian prospect is a semifinalist and preparing to oppose Maiquel Falcao for his place in the finals. The eventual tournament winner will against Hector Lombard for the title or against No.1 contender Alexander Shlemenko for a likely-to-be-vacant belt if Lombard’s then-expired contract should not be renewed in the summer.

Source: Sherdog

Photo: King Mo once wore the crown jewel of the Strikeforce light heavyweight division, but after his suspension and release, what lies ahead for the former champ? (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.