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

Phan replaces Grispi, faces Grice at UFC 136

Featherweight Josh Grispi was been forced out of planned fight with Matt Grice.  In his place will be former Ultimate Fighter competitor Nam Phan.  Phan recently dropped a decision to Mike Brown at UFC 133 and looks to get back on track.

UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 from the Toyota Center in Houston.  The event is headlined by two title bouts, as lightweights Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard meet for a third time and featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo takes on Kenny Florian.


Jorge Lopez Signs with the UFC; meets Justin Edwards at UFC Fight Night 25

Welterweight Jorge Lopez has signed with the UFC and is slated to fight Justin Edwards at UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou.

Lopez has fought for Tachi Palace Fights and carries an 11-1 record into the fight.

Edwards enters the bout following the first loss of his career, a split decision loss to Clay Harvison in June.

UFN 25 takes place Sept. 17 from New Orleans.

SOURCE: Twitter

Royler Gracie meets Masakatsu Ueda in final MMA bout

Royler Gracie, nearly five years since his last appearance, has decided to return to the cage one final time against one of Japan’s premier fighters.

Gracie will face former Shooto titleholder Masakatsu Ueda under the Amazon Forest Combat banner on Sept. 14 in his native Brazil. The bout, according to Ueda’s blog, will be contested at 154 pounds, notable in that he was Shooto champion at 132 pounds.

SOURCE: Sherdog

Brian Melancon vs. Felipe Portela targeted for Strikeforce Challengers 19

A welterweight bout between Brian Melancon (5-2) and promotional newcomer Felipe Portela (7-0) is in the works for Strikeforce Challengers 19.

Strikeforce Challengers 19 takes place Sept. 23 at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.


Larkin-Zwicker Set for Strikeforce Challengers 19

Strikeforce Challengers 19 now has a headlining attraction, as Lorenz Larkin will square off with Virgil Zwicker in a light heavyweight affair at the Sept. 23 event.

The event takes place from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

SOURCE: Sherdog

Harris vs. Nakamura targeted for Dream 17.

The newly signed Gerald Harris did not have to wait long for his first assignment in Dream.  The former UFC vet is being targeted to face Kazuhiro Nakamura at Dream 17.

Dream 17 is scheduled for September 24 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.  The promotion is currently negotiating with US media partner HDNet to possibly air the event.


Neer vs. da Silva, Karakhanyan vs. Downing among Shark Fights additions

Three bouts have been added to upcoming Shark Fights cards.

The fights include welterweights Josh Neer (30-10-1) vs. Romario Manoel da Silva (17-9-1) and middleweights Rob Kimmons (23-8) vs. Chuck Parmelee (33-12-1) at Shark Fights 19, as well as featherweights Jared Downing (7-0) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (16-3-1) at Shark Fights 20.

Shark Fights 19 takes place at Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo., near Kansas City. The event, which airs via delay on Fuel TV, marks the Texas-based organization’s Missouri debut.

Shark Fights 20 is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 15 in Laughlin, Nev.


Photo: Nam Phan (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)