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

Noons to fight Evangelista at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal”

K.J. Noons and Billy Evangelista have verbally agreed to a fight at the Dec. 17 “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” event. Bout contracts have yet to be signed and it is not yet known whether the fight will be part of the Showtime-televised main card.  Both men will look to rebound from recent losses to No. 1 lightweight contender Jorge Masvidal when they meet at the San Diego-based event.

Shark Fights 21 to feature two title fights, Lashley and Schoonover to vie for belt

Shark Fights 20 hasn’t even happened yet, but the organization is already gearing up for its next event, Shark Fights 21.  The Texas-based promotion today announced a pair of title tilts for the Nov. 11 event, set to take place in Lubbock, Texas.  Former WWE performer and Strikeforce veteran Bobby Lashley will lock horns with TUF 10 alum Darrill Schoonover in a heavyweight championship bout, while Tony Bonello will take on UFC veteran David Roberts for the vacant light heavyweight crown.  The event is slated to air tape delayed on Dec. 23 on Fuel TV.

UFC returning to 10 p.m. pay-per-view start time in December

After a short stint, beginning with UFC 129, in which the promotion bumped its pay-per-view start time up to 9 p.m. ET, the organization is switching back to its previous standard of 10 p.m. ET.  The return to 10 p.m. ppv start times begins with the year-end UFC 141 event.  The decision comes following a sizable ppv revenue decline in recent months.

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Cage Warriors implements mandatory blood testing

The British Cage Warriors Fighting Championship promotion today announced that they will follow in the footsteps of the UFC and the British Boxing Board of Control in introducing a policy of mandatory blood testing for all fighters.  The organization has set up its own in-house commission and will require all fighters to submit blood-work prior to being allowed to fight under the Cage Warriors banner. The current testing will consist solely to identify infections such as HIV and hepatitis B and C, though there is also the possibility of the addition of tests for performance-enhancing drugs at some point in the future.

Cage Warriors confirms ambitious international schedule

Cage Warriors not only instituted mandatory blood testing today, the organization also confirmed plans for a 2012 schedule that includes seven events outside of England.  The British promotion will host two shows in London, while traveling abroad for events in Hungary, Ireland, Jordan and Turkey, as well as two additional shows expected to take place somewhere in the Middle East.

Joe Son suspected in California inmate’s murder

Former UFC fighter Joe Son, recently sentenced to life in prison for his part in the 1990 gang rape of a woman on Christmas Eve, couldn’t even make it through processing before finding more trouble.  The former fighter and actor is suspected in the death of a fellow inmate at California’s Wasco State Prison-Reception Center, a facility with the primary function of serving as short-term housing for new inmates while they are being processed. The inmate, admitted on a two-year sentence for failing to register as a sex offender, was found dead in his cell on Monday evening.

SOURCE: Sherdog
Aguilar and Ellis-Ward rematch set for Bellator 58

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today confirmed that Jessica Aguilar and Lisa Ellis-Ward will meet at the Nov. 19 Bellator 58 event.  The two first fought in 2006, when Aguilar made her pro debut in a submission loss to Ellis-Ward.  Both ladies competed in Bellator’s 115-pound women’s tournament, advancing to the semi-final round, where Aguilar lost to eventual tourney winner Zoila Gurgel and Ellis-Ward was submitted by Megumi Fujii. Their rematch at the Hollywood, Fla., event is expected to be contested at 115 pounds and may take place on the televised portion of the card.