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.

Renan Barao Officially Out of UFC 161; Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson Bumped to Main Event

Following reports earlier this week, Renan Barao has officially been taken off the UFC 161 card. The interim UFC bantamweight champ was expected to face Eddie Wineland in the main event. Now a light heavyweight tilt between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson will be moved up to the main event.

A rematch from their Pride classic between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been moved to the evening’s co-main event.

Source: MMA Fighting

Legacy FC 20 Lineup Set with Prater-Ferreira as Headliner

Legacy FC officials have finalized the lineup for their Legacy FC 20 event. The event will be headlined by a bout between Carlo Prater and Carlos Diego Ferreira. Prater was a one-time WEC title challenger but endured just a 1-2 stint in the UFC. After another loss to end 2012, Prater picked up a victory in his native Brazil.

The card also feature familiar names like Damacio Page and Antonio Banuelos. Legacy FC 20 is set to go down on May 31 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the main card will air on AXS TV.

Source: MMA Junkie

Bellator Welterweight Champ Ben Askren set to Defend Title Against Andrey Koreshkov

Bellator’s welterweight kingpin Ben Askren will defend his 170-pound title at the promotion’s July 31 event. The 11-0 former University of Missouri wrestling standout will face the undefeated Russian, Andrey Koreshkov.

Koreshkov earned the title shot by taking out Lyman Good last Nov. to win the welterweight tournament. The Russian enjoyed a successful 2012 by going 5-0. Askren’s last title defense came against Karl Amoussou on Jan. 24.

International MMA Federation plans to Meet WADA Standards in One Year

The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation announced it has established an anti-doping committee that is focused on meeting World Anti-Doping Agency compliance in one year’s time. The committee, which will be filled by nominated individuals from IMMAF members, has determined it has a number of responsibilities such as:

  • Development and maintenance of IMMAF anti-doping policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with the WADA code
  • Education of member federations and assistance in implementation of anti-doping policies and procedures
  • Development of IMMAF anti-doping education and information programs for all stakeholders
  • Development and maintenance of the IMMAF doping control program including pre- and post-competition testing, result based testing, random testing and targeted testing
  • Establishment of criteria for and maintenance of the IMMAF Registered Testing Pool (RTP), identifying those who need provide their whereabouts
  • WADA and national anti-doping organization communication
  • Annual report on IMMAF anti-doping activities
The IMMAF has seen its member count grow and recently saw the addition of France and Brazil’s athletic commissions.

Source: MMA Junkie

Photo: Renan Barao  (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.