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.

UFC 169 To Include Aldo vs. Lamas, Cruz vs. Barao

The UFC’s Super Bowl weekend event, UFC 169, has added two title bouts.

Featherweight champion Jose Aldo will put his 145-pound title on the line against surging contender Ricardo Lamas in the night’s top-billing, while the promotion’s bantamweight title will be unified as champion Dominick Cruz will return from a two-year layoff to face interim champion Renan Barao.

UFC 169 takes place from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Source: UFC

Donald Cerrone Planning Move to Featherweight

Win or lose it appears as though Donald Cerrone will be heading to the featherweight division. Cerrone is making the call on his own after going 7-3 during his UFC tenure as a lightweight. Cerrone is slated to face Evan Dunham in a lightweight contest at UFC 167.

Source: MMA Junkie

Drysdale’s UFC Debut Delayed Due to Elevated Testosterone Levels

Robert Drysdale will have to wait a little longer to make his UFC debut after failing to be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for UFC 167. Drysdale showed a 19.4-1 T/E ratio, more than three times the allowed limit of 6-1. He did test negative for a number of steroids. NSAC Executive Director Keith Keizer said Drysdale hasn’t been suspended or fined as a result of the test.

It should be noted that prior to his expected debut fight at UFC 163, Drysdale had applied for a therapeutic-use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).

Source: MMA Junkie

Gunnar Nelson Requires Stiches, but Survives Nearly Fatal Car Accident

A car accident involving UFC welterweight prospect Gunnar Nelson nearly became tragic as the car tumbled off an icy road in Iceland, and nearly landed in a river. The river is known to have a strong current and Nelson (along with the other riders in the car) escaped serious injuries by a few meters.

Nelson required 10-11 stitches on his arm and is expected to resume training soon. The top prospect is 2-0 inside the Octagon.

Source: MMA Fighting

World Series of Fighting Announces Partnership with Pancrase

The World Series of Fighting promotion continues to expand and have announced a partnership with the Japanese-based Pancrase promotion. WSOF’s Japan division is expected to hold its first event sometime in early 2014 with Yushin “Thunder” Okami expected to be involved.

Karo Parisyan Injured, Out of Bellator 106 Fight

Karo “The Heat” Parisyan has been injured and as a result will not be able to compete at Bellator 106. Bellator officials have announced that Alejandro Garcia will step in to face Cristano Souza. The bout will still be contested at 170 pounds.

Originally scheduled for pay-per-view, Bellator 106 will now air on Spike TV and feature a rematch between Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler and the man he defeated to take the title, Eddie Alvarez.

Source: Sherdog

Photo: Jose Aldo (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.