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

Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez will face Pat Healy for next title defense

The fight will take place Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. The main card will air live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET/PT but delayed on the West Coast.

This will be Melndez’s 10th title fight for the promotion. Healy has earned five straight wins in Strikeforce and now gets his shot for the title.

Yushin Okami receives new opponent for UFC 150

Yushin Okami has a new opponent as Rousimar Palhares is off the card due to injury.

His replacement will be Buddy Roberts, who is 2-0 in the UFC, most recently defeating Caio Magalhaes at UFC on FX: Johnson vs McCall. Roberts was originally slated to face Chris Camozzi on the card, but like Palhares, Camozzi has been forced out due to injury.

Source: UFC

Vitor Belfort to meet Alan Belcher at UFC 153

Belfort and Belcher are looking to stake their claim as a top UFC middleweight and potential title challenger with a win at UFC 153.

They will meet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the HSBC Arena on Oct. 13. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will headline the event against Erik Koch.

Source: MMAJunkie

Former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez agrees to fight Oct. 12

Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino in Windsor, Ontario, Canada will host the fight.

This will be Alvarez’s final fight to fulfill his Bellator contract. At this time, it is unknown if he will stay with the promotion or sign elsewhere.

No opponent has been announced for Alvarez.

Source: MMA Fighting

Ben Rothwell injured, out of UFC on Fox 4

Rothwell was expected to face the undefeated Travis Browne on Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

His replacement for Browne will be Devin Cole, whose last three fights were in Strikeforce.

The UFC on Fox 4 main card airs 8 p.m. ET. The Facebook preliminary card starts at 4 p.m. and the televised prelims start at 5 p.m. on Fuel TV.

Source: MMAJunkie

Photo: Gilbert Melendez (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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David Massey studied Humanities and Art History at the University of Central Oklahoma. He first found interest in MMA from the first TUF show and has been hooked ever since. He began posting on mmajunkie then submitting Sunday Junkie entries and that began his interest in writing about MMA. Through twitter David found other MMA enthusiasts and began contributing articles to marqueemma.com. He looks forward to growing as a writer and being a part of the sport he loves.