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

Alistair Overeem to fight in October, but not with Strikeforce

After getting booted from Strikeforce’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix for refusing to compete on the promotion’s September event, “The Demolition Man” is now set for his next fight.  Just one thing: It’s not with Strikeforce…or any Zuffa-owned organization, for that matter.

Overeem will now fight on the Glory World Series card, planned for late October in Moscow, against an undetermined opponent.  Overeem’s trainer, who also happens to be the Glory World Series promoter, stated that the fight will likely be a mixed martial arts contest.

Another Strikeforce fighter, Sergei Kharitonov, also appears on the Glory World Series poster for the event.  Kharitonov is still in the Strikeforce heavyweight tourney and is headlining the same September show in which Overeem declined to participate.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
Yoel Romero Palacio inks contract with Strikeforce

With his promotional debut already set, the Olympic silver medalist has signed a five-fight deal with Strikeforce.  The 4-0 light heavyweight is set to fight former Strikeforce 205-pound champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante on Sept. 10 on the preliminary card of “Strikeforce Heavyweight World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov.”

Vaughan Lee signs with UFC, debuts at UFC 138

The British bantamweight fighter will get his opportunity inside the Octagon in front of a home crowd in Birmingham, England, on Nov. 5 at UFC 138.  Lee is 11-6-1 and has gone 4-0-1 over his last five outings.  Lee’s opponent has not yet been revealed.

SOURCE: Twitter
Ricardo Tirloni headed to Bellator

The Brazilian lightweight has verbally agreed to a multi-fight contract with Bellator and is expected to make his promotional debut in a non-tournament bout during the organization’s fifth season.  The 13-1 Tirloni is currently riding a 10-fight winning streak and suffered his only career loss versus former WEC lightweight kingpin Benson Henderson.  While Tirloni holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he has also showcased an impressive striking arsenal in his MMA fights, scoring five of his wins via some form of knockout.

Andrei Arlovski to fight Ray Lopez in ProElite debut

It’s been almost three years since Arlovski has found his hand raised at the end of a fight.  His best chance to reverse that trend might come in his ProElite debut, where he’ll take on the 5-2 Lopez.  Lopez does have a professional boxing background, with a 3-4 record, but his MMA resume only features two wins via some form of knockout.

The fight joins a card which already features a middleweight clash between UFC veterans Kendall Grove and Joe Riggs, as well as the MMA debut of BJ Penn’s younger brother, Reagan.  ProElite’s show is scheduled for Aug. 27 in Hawaii.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
Dream.17 official for September with new rules and Takeshi Inoue facing Caol Uno

Dream officials held a press conference to officially announce Dream.17 for Sept. 24 in Saitama, Japan.  The event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena, will be the first Dream event to feature three five-minute rounds, rather than the former Dream standard of a 10-minute opening round and a five-minute second round.

Additionally, the organization announced a featherweight bout for the card, as Takeshi Inoue (20-5) squares off with UFC veteran Caol Uno (26-14-5).

Rashad Evans to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Set your DVR’s, Rashad Evans is the latest mixed martial artist to appear as a guest on the late night talk show circuit.  He’ll chat with Jimmy Fallon on Fallon’s late night talk show on NBC this Friday, July 29, in order to promote his upcoming UFC 133 bout with Tito Ortiz.


Photo: Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce)