Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
Today all 18 fighters competing on tomorrow night’s Strikeforce: Grand Prix Finale weighed in today at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. and all 18 fighters made weight. Strikeforce: Grand Prix Finale will take place tomorrow night from the same venue and will be aired live on Showtime Extreme and Showtime.
- Josh Barnett (248) vs. Daniel Cormier (238)
- Champ Gilbert Melendez (153) vs. Josh Thomson (153)
- Rafael ”Feijao” Cavalcante (206) vs. Mike Kyle (203)
- Nah-Shon Burrell (170) vs. Chris Spang (169)
- Gesias ”JZ” Cavalcante (156) vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156)
- Virgil Zwicker (204) vs. Guto Inocente (205)
- Derrick Mehmen (205) vs. Gian Villante (205)
- Quinn Mulhern (170) vs. Yuri Villefort (170)
- Bobby Green (155) vs. James Terry (156)
Federo Emelianenko announced in an interview with Russian Television that he will retire after his upcoming fight on June 21, against Pedro Rizzo. Fedor was widely considered the best pound for pound fighter until a recent skid that saw him lose three straight fights.
Nine fighters in total received medical suspensions after UFC on Fuel 3 Tuesday night. Most of the suspensions ranged from 20 to 60 days but two fighters, Jeremy Stevens and Johnny Eduardo were suspended indefinitely.
The full list of suspensions is as follows:
- Johnny Eduardo: Suspended indefinitely due to a possible eye injury, can be cleared early by a physician
- Jeremy Stephens: Suspended indefinitely due to a possible eye injury, can be cleared early by a physician
- Jorge Lopez: Suspended 60 days
- Dustin Poirier: Suspended 60 days
- Jeff Hougland: Suspended 60 days
- Kamal Shalorus: Suspended 30 days
- Jason MacDonald: Suspended 30 days
- Igor Pokrajac: Suspended 30 days
- Fabio Maldonado: Suspended 30 days
Coming off of his victory over Marcus LeVesseur, Cody Mckenzie wanted to continue to test his skill and he will get his chance to do exactly that at UFC 148. UFC officials announced today that McKenzie will drop to featherweight and take on Chad Mendes. It is unclear where this fight will land on the card.
The Missouri based promotion “ShoFIGHT” has produced 19 amateur events but on June 16 they will break into the professional side of things. UFC vets will be in action as Karo Parisyan faces Shamar Bailey in the main event and Kendal Grove takes on Terry Martin in the co-main event.
Photo: Werdum submits Fedor (Esther Lin/AOL)