Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
It was learned today that all of the fighters at last weekends UFC 148 revealed negative tests for prohibited substances. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer revealed the news today in an e-mail. The main event on the card featured Chael Sonnen against Anderson Silva. Going into the fight, it was known that Sonnen had applied for and was awarded usage of a therapeutic exemption for TRT.
In a matchup between former teammates, Donald Cerrone will take on Melvin Guillard at UFC 150 in the evenings co-main event. The fight marks a quick turn around for “The Young Assassin”, as he was victorious last weekend at UFC 148, defeating Fabricio Caomes by unanimous decision.
“Cowboy” Cerrone recently handled Jeremy Stephens by unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 3. That victory came after he dropped a decision to Nate Diaz which was his first loss with the promotion after winning his first four promotional fights.
UFC 150 takes place on Aug. 11 in Denver.
It was revealed today that prior to UFC 148, former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin was granted permission by the NSAC to use testosterone replacement therapy for his rubber match against Tito Ortiz.
Post-fight tests revealed that Griffin tested within the allowed limits.
Cage Warriors Fighting Championship featherweight champion Connor McGregor has officially received a dance partner as he will defend his title against Jim Alers at CWFC Fight Night 7 on Sept. 1. McGregor will be looking to make his first title defense after taking the strap from Dave Hill after a second-round rear-naked choke.
The title fight will be one of two on the night, as the middleweight tournament fight between Victor Cheng and Pavel Kusch will determine who will receive the currently vacant championship belt.
It had been speculated for quite some time now, but former WWE superstar and champion David Bautista will officially transition over to MMA. Bautista will fight in Classic Entertainment & Sports’ card on Oct. 6. CES is based out of Rhode Island, which is where the fight will take place.
Fighter suspensions for Wednesday night’s UFC on Fuel TV card were announced today by the California State Athletic Commission. As a result of the action, 10 fighters were given a medical suspension.
- Mark Munoz – Suspended for 45 days, no contact for 30 days for TKO loss. Also suspended 180 days for left scalp laceration, right eyebrow laceration and potential mandible fracture, or pending physician clearance.
- James Te Huna – Suspended for 180 days for potential left elbow fracture and left foot fracture, or pending physician clearance. Also suspended indefinitely pending mandatory MRI prior to Sept. 11, 2012.
- Joey Beltran – Suspended for 60 days for pair of right orbital lacerations and upper right lip laceration, or pending physician clearance.
- Aaron Simpson – Suspended for 60 days for right eye laceration, or pending physician clearance.
- Kenny Robertson – Suspended for 60 days for right scalp laceration, or pending physician clearance.
- Anthony Njokuani – Suspended for 180 days for potential right hand fracture, or pending physician clearance.
- Josh Ferguson – Suspended for 60 days for right orbital laceration, or pending physician clearance.
- Andrew Craig – Suspended for 60 days for left eyebrow laceration, or pending physician clearance.
- Rafael Natal – Suspended for 45 days, no contact for 30 days.
- Issei Tamura – Suspended for 45 days, no contact for 30 days.
Along with the fighter suspensions, the California State Athletic Commission released the fighter salaries for Wednesday’s UFC on Fuel TV 4 event.
- Chris Weidman ($44,000) def. Mark Munoz ($42,000)
- James Te Huna ($28,000) def. Joey Beltran ($15,000)
- Aaron Simpson ($46,000) def. Kenny Robertson ($8,000)
- Francis Carmont ($20,000) def. Karlos Vemola ($14,000)
- T.J. Dillashaw ($20,000) def. Vaughan Lee ($8,000)
- Rafael dos Anjos ($40,000) def. Anthony Njokuani ($14,000)
- Alex Caceres ($20,000) def. Damacio Page ($11,000)
- Chris Cariaso ($20,000) def. Josh Ferguson ($8,000)
- Andrew Craig ($16,000) def. Rafael Natal ($12,000)
- Marcelo Guimaraes ($12,000) def. Dan Stittgen ($6,000)
- Raphael Assuncao ($34,000) def. Issei Tamura ($8,000)
These figures do not include the $40,000 performance bonus that Weidman, Te Huna, Beltran, and Caceres were awarded.
Photo: Forrest Griffin (R) taking on Tito Ortiz at UFC 148 (Brian McKenna/The MMA Corner)