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

Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez set for title bout; date and venue TBD

It took a controversial majority decision win—one that should’ve been ruled a draw, any way one sees it—and a lot of carbs for him to get it, but Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson contended with a very game Ian “Uncle Creepy” McCall for three more rounds in Sunrise, Fla., and this time, the former UFC bantamweight title contender left no doubt that he was the victor in the much-anticipated UFC flyweight title-tourney semifinal rematch.

With his victory over McCall, Johnson now faces fellow flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez, who scored the first win of the tournament by becoming only the second man to finish Yasuhiro Urushitani with his second-round TKO finish of the 35-year-old counter-striker. It is not yet known when or where Johnson vs. Benavidez will take place, and the only other fact known at this time is that UFC president Dana White has said he wants to make this fight “as soon as possible”

Strikeforce releases Paul Daley from promotional roster

Welterweight standout Paul “Semtex” Daley has been released from the Strikeforce roster. The news comes as somewhat no shock to the MMA world, as an enthralling “Fight of the Year” contender with Nick Diaz preceded consecutive Strikeforce losses to Tyron Woodley and Kazuo Misaki.

“I’m happy that Strikeforce has granted my request to be released from their roster as I found it difficult to fight so infrequently,” Daley stated in an official press release. “My whole career, I’ve wanted to fight as often as possible, as it keeps me in the best form and condition.”

Time will tell what the future holds for the heavy-handed knockout artist, as the only known fact in the aftermath of this release is that, regardless of Daley’s next move, it will not register as a move made inside the Strikeforce cage.

UFC formally applies for Mandalay Bay as UFC 151’s official venue

UFC 151 may only have a featherweight fight between Eddie Yagin and Dennis Siver on the undercard to accompany an expected light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Dan Henderson, but UFC officials have confirmed that their venue request to host the Sept. 1 card at the Mandalay Bay Events Center will be on the agenda for this Thursday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting. It is expected that no issues will arise in the NSAC’s approval of Mandalay Bay as UFC 151’s venue, but nothing is certain at the time of this publishing. No word has been given as to a possible co-main event for this fight card.
Source: MMA Junkie

Dos Santos-Velasquez II, Penn vs. MacDonald targeted for UFC 152

For the first time in only two years, the prospect of the UFC heavyweight champion defending his title twice seems all but a certain lock. Champion Junior Dos Santos and challenger Cain Velasquez were confirmed as the next heavyweight title tilt after the reigning champion and his predecessor both earned monumental UFC 146 victories—Dos Santos defeated Frank Mir and Velasquez made short work of a debuting Antonio Silva—but now the two will match up again, and the anticipated date and venue is Sept. 22 at UFC 152 inside Toronto Ontario’s Air Canada Centre. If all goes well, the bout is a lock for headliner status.

In addition, “The Prodigy” B.J. Penn accepted Rory MacDonald’s challenge earlier this week, and after last night’s UFC on FX 3 card, Dana White revealed that the promotion intends on making that fight happen. If made official, the fight would be MacDonald’s second consecutive co-headliner and Penn’s first fight since his loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137. Currently, however, neither of the bouts are official for the card.

Source: MMA Fighting

St-Pierre vs. Condit, Hendricks vs. Kampmann targeted for UFC 154 in Montreal

As a shocker to nobody in the MMA world, Georges St-Pierre’s seventh consecutive welterweight title defense is targeted for UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada’s Bell Centre, where he will look to emerge victorious against interim UFC welterweight titlist Carlos Condit. Additionally, Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks finally collide in a tilt between the top two fighters in line for the next crack at the welterweight gold on the same UFC 154 fight card.
Source: MMA Junkie
Photo: Demetrious Johnson (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.