Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
Phil Davis now has an opponent to replace the injured Chad Griggs and it’ll be UFC newcomer, Wagner Prado, who enters the UFC with a perfect 7-0 record.
Davis last fought in January and dropped a five-round decision to former UFC light heavyweight champ, Rashad Evans.
Prado earned his wins in Brazilian regional promotions and is a part of Team Nogueira.
UFC on Fox 4 takes place on August 4th in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
More injury replacements in the news as Wanderlei Silva’s new opponent is finally known to the public. Rich Franklin will be traveling to Brazil next to month to face Silva after Vitor Belfort underwent surgery for his broken hand.
Silva and Franklin will be fighting at a catchweight of 190 pounds.
Silva is coming off a big knockout victory over Cung Le last October that saw him make a huge statement that he still has fight left in him.
Franklin hasn’t fought since he lost to Forrest Griffin at UFC 126 and holds a win over Silva from when the two met at UFC 99.
Dustin Jenson, 26, died a few days after his fight at Ring Wars 74 on May 18 in South Dakota.
Jenson lost the fight via triangle choke and was reportedly fine after the fight, but when he returned to the locker room he moaned and suffered a seizure. An EMT was summoned to the scene and he was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Jenson was placed in a medically induced coma and underwent surgery to release the pressure on his brain. Jenson eventually was pronounced brain dead and died on May 24.
The fight was Jenson’s fifth of the year and South Dakota does not have an athletic commission to regulate the events. Jenson is the third MMA fighter to die in the United States directly after competition.
After his original opponent, Rich Attonito fell out due to injury, Rick Story was expected to face Papy Abedi.
Well that fight was wrecked by injury too.
Now Story is set to welcome UFC newcomer, Brock Jardine at UFC on FX 4 to try and break his two-fight losing streak.
Jardine is 9-1 in his MMA career with his lone loss coming to TUF 13 winner, Tony Ferguson.
Story will look to put losses to Charlie Brenneman and Martin Kampmann behind him at the June 22 event in Atlantic City.
Bellator 70 marked the end for season six and the event pulled in a mere 119,000 viewers. That amount is the lowest since Bellator 66 that pulled in 109,000 viewers.
Bellator was on a good run since Bellator 66, pulling in no less than 165,00 viewers and Bellator 69 pulled in 209,000.
Apparently a title fight between Cole Konrad and Eric Prindle couldn’t keep the streak alive and end the season on a high note.
Bellator 61 pulled in 108,000 viewers which is the lowest of the season.
Strikeforce has added three fights to its July 14 card that features a middleweight title fight between Luke Rockhold and Tim Kennedy.
Pat Healy will face DEEP lightweight champ Mizuto Hirota in a lightweight tussle, while Canadian prospect, Jordan Mein, will face Bellator vet, Tyler Stinson, in a welterweight bout.
Also added to the card is another welterweight battle between Jason High and Nate Moore.
The event is set to take place in Portland, Ore., and features a co-main event welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and UFC veteran, Nate Marquardt.
UFC 146′s prelims on FX brought in the second lowest viewers in the FX era with 1.3 million viewers. That amount ties UFC on FX 1 and beats the 880,000 that UFC 142 obtained.
The UFC 146 prelims saw many upsets like Jamie Varner knocking out Edson Barboza, Darren Elkins winning a decision over Diego Brandao and C.B. Dollaway grinding away Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the unanimous decision victory.
The UFC returns to FX on June 8 with UFC on FX 3.
Photo: Phil Davis (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)