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.

Bellator “Summer Series” Heavyweight Tournament Announced

Bellator’s “Summer Series” just got more interesting as the promotion has added a heavyweight tournament to their summer lineup.

The four-man tournament has been announced to begin on June 19 at Bellator 96. The tournament consists of some familiar names from heavyweight tournaments in the past. Vinicius Queiroz will take on fellow tournament veteran, Rich Hale in one of the two main card tournament fights. The other fight will consist of Ron Sparks who will take on tournament newcomer, Vitaly Minakov.

The Bellator 96 card is heavily stacked for the first card of the “Summer Series” consisting of two light heavyweight tournament fights that house names like Renato Sobral, Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal and Seth Petruzelli.

Also on the card is the return of War Machine, who will finally make his Bellator debut after a year-and-a-half layoff.

The card is topped off with a lightweight championship fight between current champion, Michael Chandler, and Dave Jansen.

Bellator 96 goes to Thackerville, Oklahoma at the Winstar World Casino on June 19. The main card airs live at 7 p.m. ET for an expanded three hour broadcast on Spike TV, with the preliminary card airing at 6 p.m. ET on on Spike.com.

Pat Healy Loses Bonus Money After Positive Test/Suspension

Pat Healy’s wallet just got a little smaller after today. After failing a post-fight drug test, Healy has not only had his fight turned to a no-contest and been suspended for the next 90 days, but he will also lose the $130,000 he made in bonuses post-fight.

Healy won “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” after beating Jim Miller in his UFC debut with a third-round submission. The fight marked the seventh straight victory for Healy after his impressive run in Strikeforce before the merger.

It was just bad timing for Healy as the UFC just recently changed the policy to award the bonuses until after the results of the drug tests have been made available.

Bryan Caraway will now get the “Submission of the Night” honors at UFC 159 where he submitted Johnny Bedford with a guillotine choke in the third round.

Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Signs Two New Heavyweights from Europe

The UFC added some new blood to it’s heavyweight division signing two top European prospects.

Daniel Omielanczuk (15-3) is signed to the UFC and will make his debut at the age of 30-years-old. The Polish fighter will enter the UFC riding an impressive 11-fight win streak that contains eight victories by submission.

The other fighter now signed to the promotion is young gun, Nikita Krylov (14-0). At age 20, Krylov has had a perfect start to his mixed martial arts career and the Ukrainian fighter has earned all of his victories by stoppage with nine submissions and five coming by way of knockout. All of these fights have taken place in the last nine months. More impressively, all of Krylov’s wins have come in the first round.

No potential debut dates have been made yet for the two fighters.

Source: MMA Junkie

WSOF Adds Two fights to Preliminary Card for June 14 Event

In a press release obtained by The MMA Corner, World Series of Fighting has announced the addition of two fights to the preliminary card of their June 14 event.

The first fight added will be a featherweight fight consisting of knockout artist Chris Gruetzemacher (11-1) who will face off against fellow prospect, Jerrod Sanders (11-1). Gruetzemacher is currently on a ten-fight win streak heading into the WSOF 3 fight with eight finishes. Sanders’ win streak is just a little shorter than Gruetzemacher, owning a nine-fight win streak with six stoppages of his own.

The other fight added to the preliminary card is a bantamweight fight between Carson Beebe (13-2) and Joe Murphy (6-0). Beebe is coming back after a loss last year at Tachi Palace 15. Beebe previously was on a seven-fight win streak before the loss. Murphy’s perfect start to his career consists of five submission victories and this fight will be his first fight in just a little over a year.

WSOF 3 goes down in Las Vegas on June 14. The main card action begins at 11 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network with the preliminary card action starting at 8 p.m. ET and is not televised.

Photo: Pat Healy (Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com)

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