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 96 Weigh-In Results

On Wednesday, June 19, Bellator MMA will return to action for the first time in two months to hold the first event of its 2013 “Summer Series” dubbed Bellator 96. The event will emanate from the Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.

The night’s main card kicks off at 8 p.m. ET live on Spike TV. A live stream of preliminary card action will stream live on Spike.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET.

Full weigh-in results:
Muhammed Lawal (205.2) vs. Seth Petruzelli (204.8) – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Jacob Noe (206)* vs. Renato Sobral (204.4) – light heavyweight tournament semifinal
Rich Hale (240.1) vs. Ryan Martinez (263.8) – heavyweight tournament semifinal
Vitaly Minakov (246) vs. Ron Sparks (264.6) – heavyweight tournament semifinal
Blas Avena (170) vs. War Machine (170)
Steven Artoff (135.6)# vs. Justin McNally (135.4)
Derek Campos (157.2)** vs. Brandon Girtz (155.7)
Brandon Halsey (205) vs. Joe Yager (205.4)
Raphael Butler (261) vs. Jeremiah O’Neal (260.5)
Damon Jackson (154.8) vs. Keith Miner (155.8)
Chavous Smith (135.9)## vs. Mike Maldonado (135.8)
Keith Berry (186.4)*** vs. Cortez Coleman (185.6)
Jarrod Card (145.7) vs. Chas Skelly (145.9)

* Noe weighed-in at 206.2 on his first attempt
#Artoff weighed-in at 138.8 on his first attempt
** Campos weighed-in at 159.2 on his first attempt, but could not make the lightweight limit and will forfeit a portion of his purse
##Smith weighed-in at 137.7 on his first attempt
***Berry weighed-in at 190 on his first attempt, but could not make the middleweight limit and will forfeit a portion of his purse

Lamas Pulled From UFC 162

Following the injury to Anthony Pettis and Chan Sung Jung’s subsequent promotion to the UFC 163 main event opposite featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo, Jung’s previously scheduled opponent, Ricardo Lamas, has been removed from the UFC 162 card.

It was unclear if the promotion would have time to find a suitable replacement before the July 6 event in Las Vegas and that question has been answered.

As a result, a middleweight bout between Tim Boetsch and Mark Munoz will now slide into the pay-per-view main card slot vacated by Lamas and Jung.

Source: MMA Junkie

UFC 161 Prelims Ratings Falter; WSOF 3 Remain the Same 

The UFC 161 prelims didn’t do much in terms of ratings Saturday night. The show did 968,000 viewers which is well below the 1.27 million average for prelims that were shown on FX. The number represents the third-lowest rating for prelims airing on FX.

The WSOF 3 event maintained its viewership rating as the event scored 201,000 viewers. That’s in relatively the same ballpark as the promotion’s previous two cards which were both headlined by Andrei Arlovski. The third event was headlined by a welterweight rematch between Josh Burkman and Jon Fitch.

Source: MMA Fighting 

UFC 161 Medical Suspensions Headlined by Rashad Evans, Ryan Jimmo, and Pat Barry 

The Manitoba Combative Sports Commission has released the list of medical suspensions handed out following the UFC 161 event. Rashad Evans, Ryan Jimmo, and Pat Barry were among the main card fighters who were “suspended indefinitely, requires doctor’s clearance.” The commission did not specify why indefinite suspensions were handed out.

The full list of suspensions is as follows:
Rashad Evans: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance
Dan Henderson: Suspended 14 days
Stipe Miocic: Suspended 14 days
Roy Nelson: Suspended 14 days
Ryan Jimmo: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance
Igor Pokrajac: Suspended 14 days
Alexis Davis: Suspended 14 days
Rosi Sexton: Suspended 14 days
Pat Barry: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance
Shawn Jordan: Suspended 14 days
Jake Shields: Suspended 14 days
Tyron Woodley: Suspended 14 days
James Krause: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance
Sam Stout: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance
Sean Pierson: Suspended 14 days
Kenny Robertson: Suspended 14 days
Roland Delorme: Suspended 14 days
Edwin Figueroa: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance
Mitch Clarke: Suspended 14 days
John Maguire: Suspended 14 days
Yves Jabouin: Suspended 14 days
Dustin Pague: Suspended indefinitely, requires doctor clearance

Source: MMA Fighting 

Queiroz off Bellator 96 card, Replaced by Ryan Martinez 

Vinicius Queiroz has been forced out of his scheduled contest with Rich Hale due to a knee injury. Ryan Martinez will step in on extreme short notice as today is the day of weigh-ins for Bellator 96.

Martinez 2-1 in Bellator while Hale is 21-5 overall and 6-2 in the Bellator cage. Bellator 96 takes place Wednesday at WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Okla. The three-hour main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on Spike.com.

UFC Debut on Fox Sports 1: Shogun vs. Sonnen Lineup Set

Despite reports of the card being in jeopardy, the UFC has finalized its initial card on UFC on Fox Sports 1. The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight battle between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Chael Sonnen.

The event takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston and will also feature pivotal bouts between Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem along with a 135-pound contest between Urijah Faber and Yuri Alcantara.

The full card:
Mauricio Rua vs. Chael Sonnen
Travis Browne vs. Alistair Overeem
Yuri Alcantara vs. Urijah Faber
Thiago Alves vs. Matt Brown
Uriah Hall vs. Nick Ring
Michael Johnson vs. Joe Lauzon
Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
Conor McGregor vs. Andy Ogle
Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani
Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
Cody Donovan vs. Ovince St. Preux
Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vick

Photo: Seth Petruzelli (L) faces off with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Bellator MMA)

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Kyle Symes
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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.