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

Pat Healy to meet Kurt Holobaugh at Jan. 12 Strikeforce event

Pat Healy finally has an opponent.

After Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez was forced to pull out due to injury for a second time in the last four months, Healy found himself without an opponent for the promotion’s final event on Jan. 12 in Oklahoma City.

Just a week from the event, it has been revealed that Healy will welcome the undefeated Kurt Holobaugh to the promotion. The fight is expected for the event’s undercard which airs on Showtime Extreme.

Strikeforce: “Marquardt vs. Saffiedine” takes place from the Chesapeake Energy Center and airs live on Showtime.

Source: MMA Junkie

Salas, Silva injured; Martins to face Barboza, Woodley draws Hieron

Injuries have reshaped two upcoming events as lightweight Justin Salas has been forced out of a planned UFC on FX 7 bout with Edson Barboza and Erick Silva has pulled out of a UFC 156 collision with Jay Hieron.

The unbeaten Lucas Martins will make his promotional debut against Barboza, while Strikeforce import Tyron Woodley will step in for Silva.

UFC on FX 7 takes place Jan. 19 from the Geraldo Jose de Almeida Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event will be headlined by a middleweight bout between Brazilian Vitor Belfort and England’s Michael Bisping.

UFC 156 takes place Feb. 2 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. A featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar headlines the card.

Source: Twitter

Bellator counters UFC’s offer to Eddie Alvarez

Following a contract offering from the UFC to lightweight Eddie Alvarez, Bellator Fighting Championships has offered a counter to its former champion.

At this point in time, Alvarez has not committed to either promotion.

Source: MMA Junkie

UFC on Fox 7 expected in San Jose

The UFC is targeting the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. for its April 20 event expected to be UFC on Fox 7. No fights are rumored for the event at this time.

Late last year the promotion revealed its 2013 event schedule for Fox, starting with UFC on Fox 6 on Jan. 26 in Chicago. Other dates include July 27 for UFC on Fox 8 and Dec. 14 for UFC on Fox 9.

Source: MMA Junkie

Inside MMA returns to Friday nights

AXS TV’s Inside MMA is done with Mondays.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 11, the program will return to its original night but will keep the live format that was introduced in 2012. However, the hour-long show will move to the 9 p.m. ET timeslot when it kick off the New Year.

Source: Twitter

Bellator 85 adds Lambert and Ramirez

Debuting light heavyweights Jason Lambert and Hector Ramirez have been added to Bellator’s Season 8 event on Jan. 17.

Bellator 85 takes place from the Bren Center in Irvine, Calif. The event’s main card airs live on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

In the night’s main event, lightweight champion Michael Chandler meets Rick Hawn while featherweight champ Pat Curran defends his belt against Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

Source: MMA Junkie

Photo: Pat Healy (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

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