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

Bahadurzada out, Riddle in at UFC 149

The wave of injuries continues to crash down as Siyar Bahadurzada has been force out of his UFC 149 fight against Chris Clements.

Despite the injury, “The Menace” will have an opponent at the event as Matthew Riddle will step in for the fight.

UFC 149 takes place on July 21 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

South vs. Hill to main event XFC 19

TUF veteran Corey Hill is set to take on Jason South in the main event at XFC 19.  The winner of the welterweight contest will be established as one of the top welterweights in the promotion, while a loss could prove detrimental.

Hill holds a professional record of 5-4 and won his promotional debut back in December at XFC 15, while “The Mover” will be making his promotional debut with a record of 8-0.

XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown takes place in Charlotte, N.C. on Aug. 3, and will air live on HDNet.

Diaz’s fine totaled $79,500

It was known that Nick Diaz was fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after his positive test for marijuana from his UFC 143 drug test, but the total amount was not known until today.

It was first figured that Diaz was fined $60,000, 30 percent of his $200,000 purse, but it turns out that when other money paid to Diaz was factored in, his total fine was $79,500.

Spencer signs with AFC

Canadian promotion Aggression Fighting Championship has inked a deal with Graham Spencer, one of Canada’s top prospects.  Fighting at featherweight, Spencer holds a professional record of 8-1(1).  Four of his victories have come by way of submission.

Caldwell signs with Legacy FC

Darrion Caldwell, a NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, has officially signed a four-fight deal with Legacy Fighting Championship.  While wrestling at North Carolina State, he captured the 2009 national championship wrestling at 149 pounds.  When Caldwell makes his MMA debut, it is expected for him compete as a featherweight.

While it is unofficial, it is expected that Caldwell makes his debut at Legacy Fighting Championship 15 in Houston on Nov. 16.

Charges against Celeste dropped

Today, the Las Vegas District Attorney’s office dropped the domestic violence charges against UFC ring card girl Arianny Celeste as a result of “insufficient evidence”.  Celeste and her boyfriend, Praveen Chandra, were arrested and booked by the Clark County Detention Center on the morning of May 26.

Reports said that Chandra accused Celeste of throwing two vases at him along with kicking him in the nose, while Celeste accused Chandra of choking her several times throughout the course of the night.

In the end, the charges against Chandra were also dropped, also for “insufficient evidence”.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting

Photo: Matt Riddle (R) (Sherdog)

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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.