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

“TUF 17″ confirmed for Tuesday night move

UFC officials and FX executives can call it official right now: The Ultimate Fighter will move to Tuesdays next year.

The series’ 17th season, featuring UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and number-one challenger Chael Sonnen, premieres on Jan. 22, serves as a lead-in for FX hit dramas Justified and Sons of Anarchy, and features a cast of  fighters that the UFC will announce as the premiere draws closer. Jones and Sonnen will also battle for the belt later in 2013.

Source: MMA Weekly

Week Eleven ratings for TUF 16 show 25-percent increase from Week Ten

Roy Nelson may no longer look forward to facing Shane Carwin at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale next weekend, but it won’t stop Team Nelson from preserving a spot in the finale against a Team Carwin welterweight, as last Friday’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter 16 proved.

Nelson faces Matt Mitrione in next Saturday’s headlining affair, but after a win over teammate Joey Rivera last week, Jon Manley set the stage for a semifinal showdown with Colton Smith, thus causing Nelson to sit out from coaching his fighters for one more fight. Carwin will enjoy the same luxury, as his ace technician and third overall fighter pick Mike Ricci faces fellow Team Carwin standout Neil Magny in the second semifinal bout.

This week’s episode, the eleventh of the season, pulled in 804,000 viewers, which demonstrates a 25-percent increase from Week Ten, which only pulled in 643,000 viewers. Again, the winners of next week’s two semifinals will compete for a six-figure contract and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, but Dana White suggested that only the welterweight finale would feature any of the cast from the show due to lackluster performances during the season

Source: MMA Junkie

King Mo to debut in Bellator light-heavyweight tourney quarterfinals on Jan. 17

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal finally can promote a date and venue for his Bellator debut. The long-awaited debut of the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion will come inside the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine, Calif. on Jan. 17. Though Bellator officials will not announce an opponent for Lawal just yet, they did confirm that Lawal will take place in one of Bellator’s four light-heavyweight tournament quarterfinals in season eight.

Source: MMA Fighting

Bellator 83 card set with seven-fight preliminary card

Bellator 83 comes live this week Caesar’s in Atlantic City, NJ with a three fight main card featuring reigning Bellator women’s flyweight champion Zoila Gurgel vs. Jessica Eye, former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky vs. Anthony Leone, and Bellator featherweight finalists Rad Martinez and Shahbulat Shamhalaev in the night’s featured contest.

The preliminary card will feature seven fights featuring the likes of Jesse Brock, Mike Wessel, Alexei Kudin, Kelvin Tiller, Bryant Van Artsdalen, and Matthew Lozano, among others.

Faber-Menjivar 2 at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Verbal agreements in place for Benavidez-McCall at UFC 156

Seven years after losing to Urijah Faber by disqualification under the TKO banner, Ivan Menjivar comes off of his submission win over Azamat Gashimov to accept a rematch with Faber, who aims to rebound from his UFC 149 loss in an UFC interim bantamweight title bout with Renan Barao. The rematch will take place close to Faber’s stomping grounds of Sacramento when the UFC returns to Anaheim on Feb. 23 for UFC 157. This bout announcement comes in contrast to earlier reports indicating that Faber-Menjivar would take place three weeks prior at UFC 156 in Las Vegas.

The bout also quells rumors of Faber fighting Vaughan Lee, the latter of whom recently lost to Faber’s teammate TJ Dillashaw.

Speaking of UFC 156, Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall finally aim to battle on Feb. 2 after respective losses to UFC flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson. Benavidez suffered a loss to Johnson in the promotion’s inaugural flyweight tournament final at UFC 152, while McCall suffered a three-round decision loss to Johnson at UFC on FX 3. The loss at UFC on FX 3 came after McCall’s draw with Johnson, who initially took a controversial split (and later, majority) decision victory over the former Tachi Palace flyweight champion.

Invicta FC 4 adds Smith-Pennington

Leslie Smith finally returns to the Invicta cage on Jan. 5, when she walks into the Memorial Hall in Kansas City to face Raquel Pennington, “The Peacemaker” remains in the memory banks of MMA fans worldwide for a split draw with Kaitlin Young at Invicta’s inaugural outing this past April. The two did business once more at Invicta FC 3, with Smith besting Young in the second round by TKO.

Pennington, meanwhile, looks to reverse the sting of her loss to undefeated Cat Zingano at Invicta FC 3. The loss halted a two-fight win streak after a 1-1 start in the sport.

Photo: UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (Wilson Fox/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.