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

Forrest Griffin admits to taking Xanax prior to UFC 101 bout with Anderson Silva

Forrest Griffin can’t claim fault for too many things, but today he did admit to failing a drug test after losing to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 101. Citing nerves and an inability to sleep, Griffin took the anti-anxiety medication Xanax the night before UFC 101 took place. Griffin did not face any serious repercussions from keeping this quiet for so long, though Keith Kizer did state that taking such a medication so close to fight time can put a fighter in danger as the fight approaches.

Griffin is still expected to combat Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 in Las Vegas on Dec. 29 in a bout that likely holds major title implications for the winner.

Source: MMA Fighting

Bronzoulis-Machado added to Legacy 15 in Houston; Skelly vs. Trujillo showdown slated for Legacy 16 in Allen

After a second-round knockout of Danny Salinas at a recent UWF show in Laredo, TX, former Strikeforce veteran Mike Bronzoulis will look for a second consecutive “W”  at Houston’s Arena Theater, which will host Legacy Fighting Championship 15 on Nov. 16. To earn that “W”, however, “The Greek” must go through 2-2 prospect Shawn Machado, who looks to snap a two-fight skid. Additionally, undefeated Chas Skelly and Reynaldo Trujillo will do battle in December at Legacy FC 16 in Allen.

Source: MMA Junkie

Hacran Dias vs. Chad Mendes set for UFC on FX 6

Chad Mendes will return on the heels of a 31-second KO win over Cody McKenzie at UFC 148, and his next foe will come in the form of touted Nova Uniao prospect Hacran Dias at UFC on FX 6 live on Friday, Dec. 14 (in the U.S.) from Gold Coast Convention and Exhibit Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. Dias will come off of an impressive display against Yuri Alcantara at UFC 147, in which Dias earned a unanimous-decision victory in his UFC debut. UFC officials have not announced if the fight will air on FX or as part of the Fuel TV prelims

Source: MMA Weekly

TUF Brazil 2 tryouts open to lightweights and welterweights

Last season, The Ultimate Fighter Brazil showcased Brazil’s top featherweights and middleweights, culminating in an action-packed finale at UFC 147, which saw Rony Jason and Cezar Ferreira earn their six-figure contracts as the first winners of the all-Brazil season.

Now, the UFC will hold open tryouts for Brazil’s top lightweights and top welterweights. The open tryouts will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Windsor Barra Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, with the most impressive of the bunch moving on to compete on the second season of TUF Brazil. At this time, no coaches have been announced for the season.

Siler vs. Elkins on tap for UFC 154

“Super” Steven Siler and Darren Elkins currently ride three-fight winning streaks, but when the two collide at UFC 154 in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Nov. 17, one of their streaks must go. Siler’s streak contains recent wins over Joey Gambino and Cole Miller, while Elkin’s streak extended to 3-0 with a UFC 146 win over Diego Brandao. UFC officials have yet to announce whether the fight will air as part of the preliminary card or the main card.

Source: MMA Weekly

TUF 16 ratings continue to reach series low

This past Friday’s installment of The Ultimate Fighter featured Team Carwin’s Sam Alvey dropping a majority decision to Team Nelson’s Joey Rivera. Unfortunately, the episode only drew 775,000 viewers, which marks an 11% decrease from the 872,000 viewers who tuned in to episode two of The Ultimate Fighter. Nevertheless, the series still aims to deliver an entertaining finale on Dec. 15, complete with a heavyweight showdown between coaches Carwin and Nelson.

Source: Sherdog

Photo: Forrest Griffin (right), who admitted to taking Xanax the night before his now-infamous UFC 101 TKO defeat to Anderson Silva (Sherdog)

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Dale De Souza
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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.