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.

Leben retires after 22 UFC fights

After a 22-fight run in the UFC that has seen battles with Michael Bisping, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and others, Chris Leben called it a career on Monday. Ultimately, the threat of another potential injury and the realization that his body would begin to slow down with age influenced his decision to call it a career. Fans of “The Crippler” will remember the bad boy of The Ultimate Fighter 1 for his toughness, as well as his ability to take multiple shots in order to give multiple shots.

Source: MMA Junkie
“Rampage” returns, draws M’Pumbu at Bellator 110

Fresh off of a successful Bellator MMA debut against Joey Beltran, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson will grace the Bellator cage when the promotion return to Mohegan Sun in Uncassville, Conn. on Feb. 28. The opposition for him will come in the form of the former Bellator light-heavyweight champion Christian M’Pumbu, and the bout will serve as part of a four-man Bellator light-heavyweight tournament. The co-headliner will see Muhammed Lawal face Mikhail Zayats, with both men coming off of losses to interim light-heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton.

Source: Bellator MMA
Nobre-Friday booked for Titan FC 27

Titan FC 27, live on Feb. 28, will feature flyweight action between Pedro Nobre and Bill Friday. Nobre has fought just once since a controversial no-contest against Iuri Alcantara, a victory in the WebFight promotion. Friday runs on a three-fight winning streak and will prepare for a tough fight in the former TUF Brazil standout

Source: MMA Fighting
Pineda-Whiteford added to UFC 171

Daniel Pineda will get to battle on home soil when he meets Robert Whiteford at UFC 171 in Dallas. Pineda, a veteran of Legacy FC, owns a 3-3 UFC record, including a win over Justin Lawrence and a loss to Diego Brandao. Whiteford recently suffered a defeat to Jim Hettes in his UFC debut.

Source: Sherdog
Welterweight tourney, Matyushenko-Beltran set for April 11

When Bellator MMA comes to the state of California on April 11, fans can expect a bevy of familiar names and a plethora of intriguing bouts. Firstly, the promotion’s next welterweight tournament, with Andrey Koreshkov, War Machine, Nah-Shon Burrell,and Mark Scanlon among the names that will take part in the tournament. The winner will face off against the Bellator welterweight champion, either Rick Hawn or Douglas Lima, once the vacant title gets decided later this year. Additionally, Joey Beltran comes off of his loss to Quinton Jackson to face fellow UFC veteran Vladimir Matyushenko.