Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
Fomer UFC Heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will be competing a mere six weeks after earning a TKO victory on the first card of the World Series of Fighting promotion. Arlovski will meet Mike “300” Hayes in the main event of the Battle of Moscow 9 event on Dec. 16.
Hayes is a former Bellator vet who was last seen dropping an unanimous decision to D.J. Linderman at Cage Warriors 47 in June. The loss snapped a six-fight winning streak for Hayes.
Although many of UFC 154’s contests went to a decision, there were a few finishes and medical suspensions have been handed out. Both Martin Kampmann and Patrick Cote were knocked out and received 60 day suspensions as a result.
The full list of suspensions from the main card is as follows:
Georges St-Pierre suspended for 28 days (rest period)
Carlos Condit suspended 30 days
Martin Kampmann suspended 60 days (knockout)
Johny Hendricks suspended 7 days (rest period)
Francis Carmont suspended 14 days (rest period)
Tom Lawlor suspended 14 days (rest period)
Rafael Dos Anjos suspended 14 days (rest period)
Mark Bocek suspended 45 days
Pablo Garza suspended 14 days (rest period)
Mark Hominick suspended 45 days
UFC featherweight Eddie Yagin has been released from a local San Diego hospital last week. The injury did not occur as the result of a single strike or movement but doctors were able to find swelling on Yagin’s brain.
Yagin is expected to make a full recovery but will be on the mend until another fight comes together. Nam Pham has replaced Yagin on the UFC on Fox 5 event to face Dennis Siver.
Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve have agreed to fight one another and are hoping to be put on the UFC 156 card. The heavyweights agreed via Twitter today as fans voiced their opinions about the potential match up. The pairing comes just days after UFC President Dana White ripped Kongo for refusing to take fights.
Kongo sports a 4-1-1 record in past five fights while Struve has won four-straight and appears to finally realizing the potential he has as a MMA fighter. UFC 156, slated for Feb. 2, 2013 is the UFC’s Super Bowl card and always an exciting event.
Match ups for the opening round of GLORY 4’s heavyweight tournament have been announced. Kickboxing star Semmy Schilt, who will be the number one overall seed, drew Brice Guidon in the first round.
Gokahn Saki will be the number two seed and will face Raomorou of Japan. The number three seed will be Daniel Ghita and he will fight Fabiano Aoki in the opening round. The rest of the top seeds are Remy Bojansky, Filip Verlinden, Peter Aerts, Errol Zimmerman, Anderson “Braddock” Silva, and Sergei Kharitonov in that respective order.
Cage Warriors, one of Europe’s top MMA promotions has renewed their TV deal with ESPN International. The original deal began earlier this year with ESPN International set to broadcast all of the CW events in 2012.
The next event for the promotion will be Cage Warriors: 50 on Dec. 8 in Glasgow, Scotland. The main event features Chris Fishgold vs. Graham Turner as well as Ultimate Fighter alum Aaron Wilkinson.
Photo: Arlovski (Martin Hooson/Sherdog)