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

Maximo Blanco dropping to 145, headed to UFC

After a failed Strikeforce debut against former welterweight Pat Healy, Maximo Blanco has decided to leave the lightweight division in favor of the featherweight ranks.  Along with the divisional move, he’ll also shift from Strikeforce, which does not feature the lighter weight classes, to the UFC. A debut date and opponent have not yet been set for the Sengoku veteran.

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TUF 11 alum Norman Paraisy signs with Bellator

Bellator has signed middleweight Norman Paraisy.  Paraisy competed on The Ultimate Fighter 11, losing his opening round bout to James Hammortree.  Paraisy was unable to answer the bell for the second round of his fight with Hammortree.  The 10-1-1 Frenchman is no stranger to the Bellator cage, having lost to UFC veteran Dave Menne under the Bellator banner in 2009.

Brian Foster receives permission to fight outside UFC, meets Jack Mason at Cage Warriors 44

Seeking a tuneup fight after more than 10 months of sitting on the sidelines with injuries, UFC welterweight Brian Foster has received permission to fight outside of MMA’s top organization.  He is slated to face Jack Mason in a 181-pound catchweight contest on Oct. 1 at Cage Warriors 44 in London.

Chris Sprang replaces Jerron Peoples, fights Joe Ray at Strikeforce Challengers 19

Two fighters were forced to withdraw from their Sept. 23 Challengers bouts yesterday.  Now one of those fighters has been replaced.  Strikeforce today announced that undefeated welterweight Chris Spang will step in for the injured Jerron Peoples to face Joe Ray in a bout slated for the unaired preliminary portion of the event.

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Fabio Maldonado withdraws from UFC Live 6 fight with Aaron Rosa

UFC president Dana White today announced that Fabio Maldonado is injured and is out of a scheduled Oct. 1 fight with Aaron Rosa at UFC Live 6.  The Maldonado-Rosa fight was to be part of the Washington, D.C., event’s preliminary card.  The UFC is expected to find a replacement opponent to fight Rosa at the event.


Photo: Maximo Blanco (Taro Irei/Sherdog)