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.

Brian Melancon Replaces Paulo Thiago, Faces Kelvin Gastelum

Strikeforce veteran and recent UFC winner Brian Melancon will return to action on Aug. 28 in Indianapolis at UFC Fight Night 27 to face Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.

Gastelum was originally expected to face Brazilian Paulo Thiago, but an injury has forced the welterweight off the card.

Source: UFC Tonight

John Makdessi vs. Renee Forte Added to UFC 165

A lightweight fight between John Makdessi and Renee Forte has been added to the UFC 165 card. Makdessi has won two straight with wins over Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank. Forte entered the UFC as a middleweight on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil but lost his UFC debut against Sergio Moraes at UFC 153. He did pick up a victory over Terry Etim in his first trip to 155 pounds, however.

UFC 165 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title match between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. The event is slated for Sept. 21 and will take place in Toronto.

Source: MMA Weekly

Ian Stephens vs. Ryan Thomas in Welterweight Title Eliminator Bout at XFC 25: Boiling Point

Ian Stephens and Ryan Thomas will face one another at XFC 25: Boiling Point in a bout that undoubtedly will have welterweight title implications. Both fighters are 2-0 under the XFC banner but Thomas will enjoy a great experience advantage as he’s fought some big name fighters throughout his six-year career. Stephens on the other hand is a four-time state finalist and one-time state champion wrestler from high school.

XFC 25: Boiling Point takes place on Sept. 6 from the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Source: The MMA Corner

Photo: Brian Melancon (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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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.