Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA
Yesterday, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin admitted to taking Xanax prior to facing Anderson Silva at UFC 101. Despite testing positive for the anti-anxiety medication in a post-fight drug test, Griffin was able to fight just three months later.
Griffin did however receive a 30 day suspension but the ruling was never announced to fans or the press. As stated before this news is not expected to prevent Griffin from facing Chael Sonnen at UFC 155.
The numbers have been released for last weekend’s Bellator 74 and UFC on Fuel 5 event. The seventh-season welterweight tournament kicked off on MTV 2 and drew an average of 119,000 viewers. The replay of UFC on Fuel 5 outdrew the live broadcast, scoring an average of 140,000 viewers.
UFC on Fuel 5 was headlined by a heavyweight clash between Stefan Struve and Stipe Miocic. Bellator 74 was headlined by the quarterfinals of the new welterweight tournament. Lyman Good, Maruis Zaromskis, Michail Tsarev, and Andrey Koreshkov all advanced in the tournament.
Former WWE star Dave Bautista finally has an opponent set just days before his expected MMA debut. Bautista will face Vince Lucero on Oct. 6 on the “Real Pain” card set to air from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
The search for Bautista’s opponent has taken a number of twists and turns but it appears Lucero will be the man welcoming “The Animal” to the MMA world. Lucero sports a 22-22-1 overall record and was last seen winning a split decision over Mike Martinez back in April.
The finale event for The Ultimate Fighter 16 has added three bouts to the card. Lightweights Rustam Khabilov and Vinc Pichel are set to face off. As well as the lightweight battle, a pair of bantamweight bouts has also been announced as Reuben Duran takes on Hugo Viana Johnny Bedford faces Marcos Vinicius.
The finale will of course (barring injury) feature the climatic showdown between Shane Carwin and Roy Nelson. The TUF 16 finale is slated to take place on Dec. 15.
Photo: Forrest Griffin (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)