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

Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen II moved to UFC 148 in Las Vegas

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will now defend his belt on July 7 at the MGM Grand, rather than in his native Brazil.

UFC President Dana White, as well as current No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen, were on hand in Rio de Janeiro for the announcement.

The pair had been expected to headline UFC 147 in June, but a number of uncertainties relating to the venue and date led the promotion to move the bout to the US.

Silva famously submitted Sonnen by fifth-round triangle choke at UFC 117 and remains undefeated in his UFC career.

Alistair Overeem denied license by NSAC

Appearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission in response to a March 27 pre-fight drug test where he was found to have an testosterone to epitestosterone ratio of 14:1, former Strikeforce and K-1 champion Alistair Overeem had his license denied by the commission.

Overeem claimed he took an injection for a rib injury and his doctor had added testosterone without the fighter’s knowledge.

The commission praised the fighter for appearing in person and presenting his case, and as a result, reduced his suspension from 12 months to nine. He can re-apply for a license on Dec. 27.

A full recap of the hearing can be found here.

UFC 146 main card gets shakeup

UFC President Dana White announced that Frank Mir would replace Alistair Overeem in the heavyweight title fight against Junior dos Santos last week, and now the shuffle continues.

White revealed that former Strikeforce competitor Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva would meet Cain Velasquez in Mir’s place, while Gabriel Gonzaga would replace Silva against Roy Nelson, and Stipe Miocic would step in for Gonzaga in a match-up with Shane Del Rosario.

Despite the significant changes, the promotion was able to maintain the all-heavyweight pay-per-view card. UFC 146 takes place on May 26 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Source: UFC

Bellator middleweight champion Hector Lombard signs with the UFC

The UFC has signed Bellator’s middleweight champion Hector Lombard.

The Cuban is 24-0-1 in his past 25 fights and until now was in a matching period with Bellator for his services. However, his contract with the UFC will include pay-per-view bonuses, something Bellator could not offer.

Bellator’s Bjorn Rebney has revealed that, with Lombard’s departure, current No. 1 contender Alexander Shlemenko will face the season-six tournament winner for the vacated belt.

Source: Twitter

Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson title fight possible for UFC 149 in Calgary

The summer shuffle continues as it appears that UFC’s stop in Calgary on July 21 may have a new headliner.

Originally, the promotion targeted featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the event, but with UFC 147 losing the Anderson Silva-Chael Sonnen title bout, Aldo may be bound for his native Brazil.

In Aldo’s place may be a light heavyweight title tilt between champion Jon Jones and the ageless No.1 contender, Dan Henderson—at least according to UFC President Dana White.

UFC 149 takes place July 21 at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view.

Source: MMA Junkie

Riley out, LeVesseur in against McKenzie at UFC on Fuel 3

Veteran lightweight Aaron Riley has been forced out of a planned match-up with Cody McKenzie at UFC on Fuel 3. In his place will be promotional newcomer Marcus LeVesseur.

UFC on Fuel TV 3 takes place May 15 from the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Fuel TV will air the night’s main card, while the undercard—including LeVesseur and McKenzie— is likely to stream via Facebook.

Source: Twitter

Jay Hieron signs with Legacy Fighting Championships

Recent Bellator title challenger Jay Hieron has signed a three-fight contract with Legacy Fighting Championships and is expected to debut on July 13.

Hieron has competed with the UFC, Strikeforce, WEC and IFL over his lengthy career. The 35-year-old is expected to make his debut at Legacy Fighting Championships 12, which airs live on HDNet.

The event takes place at Houston’s Arena Theater. Hieron’s opponent is expected to be finalized in the coming weeks.

Source: MMA Junkie

UFC 145 Medical Suspensions

All 24 fighters on the UFC 145 received at least a seven-day precautionary medical suspension from the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Division.

Jon Jones: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Rashad Evans: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Rory MacDonald: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Che Mills: Suspended 45 days
Ben Rothwell: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Brendan Schaub: Suspended 45 days
Michael McDonald: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Miguel Torres: Suspended 60 days (must have head CT scan)
Eddie Yagin: Suspended 30 days, no training for 21 days (must have head CT scan)
Mark Hominick: Suspended 30 days, no training for 21 days (must have head CT scan)
Mark Bocek: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
John Alessio: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Travis Browne: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Chad Griggs: Suspended 30 days, no training for 21 days
Matt Brown: Suspended 45 days (must have head CT scan)
Stephen Thompson: Suspended 14 days (must have head CT scan)
Anthony Njokuani: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
John Makdessi: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Mac Danzig: Suspended indefinitely (must have right ankle x-rayed and cleared by a doctor)
Efrain Escudero: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Chris Clements: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Keith Wisniewski: Suspended 14 days (precautionary)
Marcus Brimage: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)
Maximo Blanco: Suspended 7 days (precautionary)

Source: MMA Weekly

UFC 145 Prelim Ratings

The preliminary-card portion of UFC 145 was witnessed by 1.6 million viewers on FX.

With that rating, the broadcast exceeded all previous installments on the cable network. The two-hour, four-fight segment preceded the April 21 pay-per-view event which took place from the Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Travis Browne, Matt Brown, Mac Danzig and Anthony Njokuani all were victorious on the broadcast.

Source: MMA Junkie

Bellator 66 Ratings

Bellator’s April 20 broadcast of its 66th event was viewed by just 109,000 viewers. The total is just above the promotion’s season-six low of 108,000 at Bellator 61.

The event featured a headlining bout of former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in a rematch with Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki.

Alvarez scored a TKO win just two minutes into the first round.

Source: MMA Weekly

The Ultimate Fighter: Live Episode Seven Ratings

The seventh episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live reeled in one million viewers to FX on Friday night.

In the episode, Vinc Pichel needed a sudden-victory round to dispatch of John Cofer.

The season’s top rating pulled in 1.3 million viewers for the season premiere.

Source: Sherdog

Photo: Anderson Silva submits Chael Sonnen at UFC 117 (Esther Lin/AOL)