Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of results, event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.
Invicta Fighting Championships has revealed the plans for its fourth event, which takes place on Saturday, Jan. 5 from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
In the main event, the promotion will crown its inaugural strawweight champion as Carla Esparza meets the undefeated Claudia Gadelha for the 115-pound strap.
The 12-fight card will also include Shayna Baszler meeting Alexis Davis, Amanda Nunes facing Sarah D’Alelio, Japanese star Hiroko Yamanaka battling Ediane Gomes, Joanne Calderwood locking horns with Bec Hyatt, Katalina Malungahu fighting Veronica Rothenhausler, and the return of Leslie Smith against a yet to be named opponent.
The preliminary card features Stephanie Frausto vs. Cassie Rodish, Tamikka Brents vs. Amanda Bell, Jodie Esquibel vs. Liz McCarthy, Emily Kagan vs. Rose Namajunas, and Paige Van Zant vs. Tecia Torres.
Former lightweight title challenger Diego Sanchez has revealed that the UFC is targeting a matchup with former Pride champion Takanori Gomi for the promotion’s March 3 trip to Japan.
Sanchez has been out of action for more than a year, following shoulder surgery and transitioning back down to the 155-pound division after a run at welterweight. The New Mexico-based fighter stated on his Twitter account that he is waiting for Gomi to accept the fight.
UFC on Fuel TV 8 will take place March 3 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Light heavyweight Mike Kyle took to YouTube to reveal a bout with former Strikeforce and Dream champion Gegard Mousasi is in the works for the Jan. 12 Strikeforce: Champions event in Oklahoma City.
The pair have been slated to clash on three prior occasions, but due to variety of injuries, none of the meetings came to fruition.
Strikeforce: Champions will take place Jan. 12 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. The night’s main card will air on Showtime, while the prelims will be shown on Showtime Extreme.
Lightweight John Cholish has suffered a groin injury and will not face Yves Edwards at UFC on Fox 5 on Dec. 8.
The promotion is currently searching for a replacement.
UFC on Fox 5 will take place at Seattle’s KeyArena. The main card airs on Fox, with the preliminary card being split between FX and YouTube. Edwards and Cholish were expected to air on the night’s FX broadcast.
The Dec. 29 UFC 155 event has added a flyweight clash between rising contenders John Moraga and Chris Cariaso. The fight is expected to take place on the event’s preliminary card.
UFC 155 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and features a heavyweight title rematch between current champion Junior dos Santos and the man he defeated for the belt, Cain Velasquez.
Following an injury to hard-hitting Melvin Manhoef, UFC veteran Kendall Grove will now headline the Dec. 1 KSW 21 card against Mamed Khalidov.
KSW co-founder Martin Lewandowski revealed the news earlier today. Manhoef sustained a left leg injury and was forced out of the top billing.
KSW 21 takes place at the Torwar Arena in Warsaw, Poland, and features a trio of championship bouts in addition to the evening’s middleweight headliner.
All fighters made weight for the Nov. 23 Score Fighting Series 7 event, including headliners Forrest Petz and Jordan Mein.
The event takes place from the Hamilton Place Theatre in Ontario, Canada. The main card airs live on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET.
Jordan Mein (170.4) vs. Forrest Petz (170.6)
Ryan Healy (155.2) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.8)
Tristan Johnson (145.8) vs. Will Romero (145)
Kevin Morin (155.4) vs. Alex Ricci (155.2)
Iraj Hadin (156) vs. Jason Saggo (155.4)
Brandt Dewsbery (168.4) vs. Ryan Dickson (170.6)
Ali Mokdad (184.2) vs. Elias Theodorou (185.2)
Desmond Green (155.4) vs. Roy McDonell (154.6)
Adam Assenza (154.8) vs. Tommy Cote (154)
Paul Jalbert (154.2) vs. Oliver Vadnais (155.6)
A highly-anticipated kickboxing duel between heavyweights Remy Bonjasky and Tyrone Spong has been pushed back to March 23 to allow Bonjasky as full training camp.
The fight, which will take place from the Excel Arena in London, England, was originally announced for Feb. 16, but with Bonjasky’s participation in the promotion’s end of year Grand Slam event in Tokyo, the Dutchman requested more time to prepare.
Canada’s Maximum Fighting Championship has revealed a heavyweight match-up for MFC 36: Reality Check.
An MFC title shot will be at stake as undefeated Smealinho Rama takes on Mike “The Honey Badger” Hackert on Friday, Feb. 15.
The fight will air as part of the main card which airs live on AXS TV Fights from the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
At just 29 years old, Canadian bantamweight Nick Denis has called it quits on his fight career. The UFC, Sengoku and King of the Cage veteran pointed at concerns over potential brain injuries.
Following a knockout loss to Marlon Sandro in Japan, Denis researched concussions and found that athletes who don’t suffer concussions are still doing damage from the sub-concussive trauma.
Denis intended to retire only if he suffered another concussion, but found that he was being affected by blows absorbed during training.
“While sparring I would notice that when I got hit, it would affect me more and more,” he wrote. “I have made the decision to retire. I am a human being, and I was born with only one brain, and I want to take care of it so that I will recognize the ones I love when I get older.”
Former UFC title challenger Dennis Hallman has lost his home to fire. The blaze happened the night before Thanksgiving. Hallman revealed the news on Twitter, stating that although no one was injured, all of the family’s belongings were destroyed.
Hallman missed weight for his UFC on FX 5 fight with Thiago Tavares on Oct. 5 and was immediately released from the promotion
Photo: Carla Esparza (pink singlet) chokes out her opponent (Jeff Vulgamore/The MMA Corner)