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

Tim Kennedy to fight Robbie Lawler at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson”

Strikeforce today announced via Twitter that middleweight contenders Tim Kennedy and Robbie Lawler will square off at the July 30 Strikeforce show in Chicago.  Lawler is looking to rebound from a title fight loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, the only person to beat Kennedy in the military hero’s last six outings.  Meanwhile, Kennedy is looking to follow-up on his March win over Melvin Manhoef.  There’s no word yet on the fight’s placement on the card, though a battle of top middleweights such as these two is likely to land on the main Showtime-televised card.

SOURCE: Twitter
Marius Zaromskis to rematch Hayato Sakurai at July 16 Dream event

The last time these two met, Sakurai struggled to make weight and lost via first-round TKO stoppage to Zaromskis, who was in the midst of a run through the Dream welterweight grand prix.  Now, Zaromskis, the reigning Dream 170-pound champ, is in a five-fight stretch where he has picked up just one win, while losing three bouts and having another declared a no-contest.  Meanwhile, Sakurai has continued his own skid, dropping three straight bouts after his loss to Zaromskis.  The two will look to reverse their fortunes when they meet in a non-title bout at “Fight for Japan: Dream 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament Final.”

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
Jeff Hougland to fight Donny Walker at UFC 132

The two bantamweights will make their Octagon debuts at the July 2 UFC 132 event.  Hougland sports a 9-4 record, while Walker brings a 15-6 mark to the cage. While their records might not look overly impressive, Hougland has strung together eight straight wins, while Walker has posted victories in his last seven outings.  The two meet on the preliminary card portion of the show.

“Colosseo Championship Fighting 6: Bushido” to air on The Fight Network

The Toronto-based network will air the upcoming July 23 “international rules” event in its entirety.  The fights bring back a rule set similar to that used in the Japanese Pride organization.  The event, which takes place in Sangudo, Alberta, Canada, features UFC and Pride veteran Gilbert Yvel in the headliner against former multi-division King of the Cage champion Tony Lopez.  Also slated for the card are notables Antonio McKee, Shane Nelson, Ross Ebanez, Fabio Nascimento and CCF lightweight champion Jorge Brito.

Neer vs. Avena, Alessio vs. Spiritwolf set as co-headliners for Superior Cage Combat 2

Tachi Palace Fights, a promotion in which John Alessio holds the welterweight title, nixed a planned headliner between Alessio and Josh Neer from the Superior Cage Combat 2 event, so the two men will instead fight in separate bouts on the Aug. 20 card in Las Vegas.  Neer draws Blas Avena, while Alessio will take on Waachiim Spiritwolf.

Rosi Sexton forced out of Cage Warriors 43 title bout

Sexton was set to battle Sheila Gaff for the CWFC women’s super flyweight championship, but has been forced to withdraw from the July 9 bout due to a concussion suffered in training.  With Sexton’s withdrawal, the fight has been scratched from the event altogether, and Gaff is seeking a fight outside of the organization.


Photo: Tim Kennedy (Strikeforce)