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

Kenny Florian announces retirement

Following the TUF Live Finale weigh ins, Kenny Florian announced his retirement from the UFC on Fuel TV.

Ever since hurting his back working out, Florian said it hasn’t been the same, and this has led him to hang up the gloves.

Florian won nine of his last 12 fights, fought at four different weight classes and nine of his 14 MMA wins came by submission. Florian will continue to call fights with Jon Anik for UFC fight cards on FX and Fuel.

Bellator inks deal with Brazilian Batamweight

Bellator Fighting Championships added Brazilian Rafael “Morcego” Silva to its bantamweight division. Silva has an MMA record of 17-3, and he’s currently riding a nine-fight win streak that includes five knockouts and two submissions.

“Signing with Bellator is by far the best thing that ever happened to me,” Silva said. “It’s a chance of showing the world what I can do inside the cage. My manager always tells me how great of an atmosphere Bellator has and I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Shane Carwin Cleared to Return

Former UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin’s long road back to the Octagon just got shorter. Carwin announced on his live blog that he has been cleared for contact and is ready to “crush opponents.”

From Carwin’s official blog:

[quote]“I informed UFC Matchmaker (Joe Silva) that I would like to fight in Early Fall 2012. I would like to be able to fight every three or four months.”[/quote]

Source: Shane Carwin

Daniel Cormier expected to return in Fall

Heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier underwent surgery for his broken hand  Monday and told Sherdog Radio Network’s Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show that he’ll start punching again in six weeks.

He also told them that he is hoping to get a fight in the fall. Cormier broke his hand in his fight against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva during the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, and after defeating Josh Barnett to win the tournament two weeks ago, he decided to repair his hand.

Source: Sherdog

Patrick Cote steps up to face Cung Le at UFC 148

Cung Le is no longer without a dance partner for UFC 148 after Patrick Cote stepped in to take the fight on short notice.

Le was supposed to fight Rich Franklin at the event, but because Vitor Belfort had to pull out of his fight against Wanderlei Silva, Franklin was moved to face the “Axe Murderer” at UFC 147. Subsequently, Le’s most recent fight in the Octagon came against Silva, where he lost via TKO in the second round.

And now, he’ll face former UFC title contender, Cote, who since leaving the UFC has won four straight fights.

UFC 148 will take place in Las Vegas on July 7.

Source: MMA Fighting

Photo: Kenny Florian (Heavy.com)

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