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.
The 28 person cast of the new season of The Ultimate Fighter with coaches, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and Chael Sonnen has been announced. The show will be moving to Tue. at 8 p.m. ET on FX.
14 elimination fights will pare the cast down to the 14 fighters that will be entering the house in the two-hour premiere episode on Tue., Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET on FX.
The 28 fighters fighting for a spot in the house include:
Dylan Andrews (16-4-1), 32, Gold Coast, Australia
Kito Andrews (9-2), 34, Sacramento, Calif.
Luke Barnatt (5-0), 24, Cambridge, England
Leo Bercier (7-2), 31, Great Falls, Mont.
Ryan Bigler (9-3), 28, Yona, Guam
Kevin Casey (5-2), Hawthorne, Calif.
Adam Cella (4-0), 27, Fenton, Mo.
Zak Cummings (15-3), 28, Kansas City, Mo.
Andy Enz (6-1), 21, Anchorage, Alaska
Nik Fekete (5-1), 32, Las Vegas
Kelvin Gastelum (5-0), 20, Yuma, Ariz.
Uriah Hall (7-2), 28, New York City
Collin Hart (4-1-1), 23, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Clint Hester (7-3), 25, Atlanta
Jake Heun (3-2), 25, Salt Lake City
Mike Jasper (6-0), 29, Camarillo, Calif.
Nicholas Kohring (3-0), 22, Valley Springs, Calif.
Robert “Bubba” McDaniel (20-6), 29, Albuquerque, N.M.
Fraser Opie (10-5), 29, Milton Keynes, England
Mike Persons (3-0), 28, Manteca, Calif.
Jimmy Quinlan (3-0), 26, Metheun, Mass.
Scott Rosa (4-1), 26, Sparks, Nev.
Joshua Samman (9-2), 24, Tallahassee, Fla.
Gilbert Smith Jr. (5-1), Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eldon Sproat (3-1), 27, Molokai, Hawaii
Tor Troeng (15-4-1), 29, Umea, Sweden
Eric Wahlin (5-1), 29, Taylorsville, Utah
Timothy Williams (7-1), 26, Millville, N.J.
The Bellator welterweight tournament quarterfinals kick off Jan. 24 from Oklahoma’s Winstar World Casino. It will be aired on Bellator’s new television home, Spike TV, live at 10 p.m. ET. The preliminary card beginning at 8 p.m. and streams live on Spike.com.
Undefeated welterweight champion Ben Askren defends his belt against Karl Amoussou and light heavyweight “King Mo” Lawal makes his Bellator debut on the card.
The welterweight tournament fights include: Ben Saunders facing Koffi Adzitso. Former Bellator tournament finalist Brent Weedman meets Marius Zaromskis. Michail Tsarev meets Bellator stand-out Douglas Lima. And the tournament will be rounded out with Jose Gomes vs. Raul Amaya.
Following their duties on season 17 of TUF, Jones and Sonnen will meet in a clash for the light heavyweight title on pay-per-view.
UFC 159 takes places April 27 from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Welterweight Paul Daley was unable to secure a visa for his place on the Bellator season eight tournament. Unable to fight in the U.S., Daley reportedly has a fight scheduled with Patrick Vallee for the Irish promotion Cage Contenders.
The two are expected to meet at Cage Contenders 16 on Feb. 23.
UFC’s Feb. 2 UFC 156 event for Super Bowl weekend has the main card set with a newly announced flyweight fight between Joseph Benavidez and Ian McCall.
The fight card currently stands as follows:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Alistair Overeem vs. Antonio Silva
Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ian McCall
PRELIMINARY CARD (FX and Facebook, 7 p.m. ET)
Evan Dunham vs. Gleison Tibau
Bobby Green vs. Jacob Volkmann
Edwin Figueroa vs. Francisco Rivera
Jay Hieron vs. Tyron Woodley
Yves Edwards vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Chico Camus vs. Dustin Kimura