Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
The uncertainty surrounding UFC middleweight Chris Weidman’s next opponent is no more. Weidman released a statement today saying he would be facing fellow contender Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 on Dec. 29.
The undefeated New Yorker had recently been lobbying for a title shot after a dominating victory over Mark Munoz and his bout with Boetsch – himself on a four-fight win streak – will likely serve as a title eliminator.
This announcement is the latest for a year-end card that will also likely feature a heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velazquez.
UFC President Dana White announced via Twitter today that the UFC on FX 6 card will feature a middleweight contest between Rousimar Palhares and Hector Lombard.
Both Palhares and Lombard are looking to get back on the winning track after dropping recent fights to Alan Belcher and Tim Boetsch, respectively.
White said UFC on FX 6 will take place in Australia on Dec. 14.
The undercard for Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir has added another fight as women’s bantamweight fighters Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche have agreed to square off on Nov. 3.
McMann, a former Olympic medalist, is undefeated in her MMA career, most recently notching a win at Invicta FC 2. In Carmouche, she’ll meet a fighter who is in the midst of a two-fight win streak.
The winner of this fight could find herself across the cage from Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey in her next outing.
Contrary to what was announced during a press conference yesterday, the broadcast partnership between the recently created World Series of Fighting and the NBC Sports Network will only be in place for the promotion’s inaugural event on Nov. 3. WSOF officials said Thursday that the deal was for one year of events.
The network formerly known as Versus will evaluate the WSOF card upon its completion and have not ruled out a longer-term agreement.
Photo: Chris Weidman weighs in before his fight with Mark Munoz. (John Morgan/MMA Junkie)