Each day, The MMA Corner will provide a recap of event announcements, fight matchups, and injuries/cancellations from throughout the world of MMA.

Brad Tavares replaces Mayhem Miller against Aaron Simpson at UFC 132

Aaron Simpson has received a new opponent for his UFC 132 bout, Dana White announced today. Ultimate Fighter Season 11 semi-finalist Brad Tavares has verbally agreed to the middleweight matchup. Tavares’ last fight was at UFC 125 on New Year’s Day, where he defeats veteran Phil Baroni by TKO.

Simpson’s original opponent, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, has been tapped to coach season fourteen of The Ultimate Fighter, which begins filming in June.


Jake Rosholt appeals disqualification loss at Titan Fighting 18

Ex-UFC middleweight Jake Rosholt believes officials made the wrong call this past Friday when he battled John Ott at Titan Fighting Championships 18.  Rosholt was disqualified after he threw an illegal knee in the third and final round.

Officials made the ruling after determining Ott was unable to continue the fight, which took place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and aired live on HDNet. Rosholt was clearly winning the bout before the illegal blow landed.

Rosholt and his management team appealed the ruling and have been told the Kansas Athletic Commission, which oversaw the bout, is reviewing the fight.


Kurt Pellegrino stepping away from MMA…for now

UFC lightweight Kurt Pellegrino has decided to step away from the sport as a fighter.  Pellegrino had managed a 4-fight winning streak prior to last year’s UFC 116, but has since dropped two straight to George Sotiropoulos and Gleison Tibau.

When the time to renew his contract with the promotion came around, the New Jersey fighter made the decision to spend more time with his family and his academy.  Additionally, Pellegrino mentioned a desire to compete in grappling tournaments and perhaps professional boxing.  He did, however, stop short of calling it quits for good.

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