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

GSP vs Diaz set for UFC 137 in October

UFC President Dana White surprised MMA fans on Wednesday afternoon with a tweet announcing the news that UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz would collide at UFC 137 on October 29 from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Unbeaten since 2007, St-Pierre has barely losing a round since regaining his title from Matt Serra in 2008.  He has defeated the likes of Jon Fitch, BJ Penn, Thiago Alves, Dan Hardy, Josh Koscheck, and Jake Shields.

Diaz, like GSP, has not lost since 2007. Along the way, the veteran has defeated Frank Shamrock, Scott Smith, Mach Sakurai, KJ Noons, and Paul Daley.


TUF 13 Finale Card Complete

The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale takes place at at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night’s main card, including a Clay Guida vs. Anthony Pettis lightweight bout, airs on Spike TV.

Following the season finale of “The Ultimate Fighter 13,” four additional fights are set for the event.

In the “TUF 13″ championship bout, welterweight finalists Ramsey Nijem (4-1) and Tony Ferguson (10-2) square off. Additionally, semifinalists Chris Cope (4-1) and Chuck O’Neil (8-3) meet in a televised bout.  On the night’s unaired preliminary card, Justin Edwards (6-0) faces Clay Harvison (8-3) and Shamar Bailey (11-3) battles Ryan McGillivray (11-4-1).


Amanda Nunes out of June 18 bout with Julie Kedzie due to foot fracture

A hairline fracture of the foot has forced out Amanda Nunes from her June 18 bout against Julie Kedzie at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event in Dallas.  Nunes (6-1) also has a serious contusion on the foot.  In the best case scenario, Nunes could begin light training by next week, but no determination will be made until that time.

The fight between Nunes and Kedzie (16-8) was slated for 135 pounds.  Nunes made her Strikeforce debut Jan. 7 and knocked out Julia Budd in 14 seconds in a 145-pound match.  Nunes has finished each of her opponents since losing her MMA debut.

Kedzie, a 30-year-old veteran of EliteXC and Bodog, has run off four straight wins to work her way back into the big show.  It is not known if there is a replacement for Nunes to compete against Kedzie, who is a mainstay at Greg Jackson’s MMA.


After brain-hemorrhage scare, UFC’s Brian Foster cleared to fight

UFC welterweight Brian Foster has been cleared to resume his MMA career.

A second MRI has determined that no permanent damage is present six weeks after doctors discovered a brain hemorrhage that forced Foster to withdraw from a fight with Sean Pierson at UFC 129 this past month. With the doctor’s clearance, Foster awaits his next fight booking.

Foster (15-5) currently is on a two-fight win streak inside the octagon. He most recently dispatched Matt Brown by submission this past November at UFC 123.


Blanco-Thomson Targeted for September Strikeforce Event

Former Sengoku fighter Maximo Blanco (8-2-1) will make his Strikeforce debut against former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson (18-4) in his first bout with the promotion.

Bout agreements have been signed for the fight and the fight is expected to take place on an as yet unannounced Sept. 10 Strikeforce event.

This is the first fight confirmed for the next major Strikeforce show, but no location has been confirmed for the card.

Blanco recently signed with Strikeforce after a successful career in the Japanese promotion where he won his last six fights in a row, five of them by KO or TKO.

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