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

“Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” Weigh-in Results

Strikeforce today held weigh-ins for Saturday evening’s “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” event.  The show is set to take place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, which also hosted today’s weigh-ins.  All main card fighters successfully made weight for their scheduled bouts, while preliminary card fighter Jerron Peoples missed weigh on his first attempt.  After opponent Roger Bowling agreed to a 179-pound catchweight contest, Peoples still came in heavy at 180.5 pounds.  He has additional time to cut the remaining weight.

Main Card (Showtime)

  • Champ Gilbert Melendez (155) vs. Jorge Masvidal (155) – for lightweight title
  • Champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (145) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145) – for women’s featherweight title
  • Gegard Mousasi (206) vs. Ovince St. Preux (206)
  • Billy Evangelista (156) vs. K.J. Noons (156)

Preliminary Card

  • Caros Fodor (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (156)
  • Roger Bowling (170) vs. Jerron Peoples (180.5)
  • Devin Cole (248) vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones (265)
  • Fernando Gonzalez (186) vs. Eddie Mendez (186)
  • Chris Brown (170) vs. Herman Terrado (170.5)
UFC releases Cole Escovedo

Following three straight losses under the UFC banner, Cole Escovedo has been released by the promotion.  The bantamweight fighter has dropped decisions to Renan Barao and Alex Caceres, as well as losing via TKO to Takeya Mizugaki, during his time with the UFC.  The three defeats in three UFC appearances adds to a recent stretch in which Escovedo has gone 1-5 over his last six outings.  Escovedo announced his release today via Twitter.

SOURCE: Twitter
Bellator adds Alexis Vila to season six bantamweight tourney lineup

Bellator continued to add to its season six bantamweight tournament today with the addition of season five tournament participant Alexis Vila.  Vila made it to the finals of the past season’s bracket before coming up on the losing end of the judges’ scorecards against Eduardo Dantas.  Vila picked up wins over Marcos Galvao and Bellator featherweight champion Joe Warren over the course of the tournament.  He joins a field that already includes Galvao, Luis Nogueira, Rodrigo Lima and Ed West.

Paulo Thiago and Stanislav Nedkov withdraw from UFC 142

Paulo Thiago and Stanislav Nedkov have both been forced out of their scheduled UFC 142 bouts.  Thiago has withdrawn from his scheduled welterweight bout with Mike Pyle due to an injured elbow, while Nedkov was unable to obtain a Visa for the UFC’s second venture to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Nedkov was to face Fabio Maldonado at the Jan. 14 event.

SOURCE: Tatame
UFC 142 loses Bahadurzada and Broughton

The injury bug didn’t end there for the UFC’s second “UFC Rio” card.  Siyar Bahadurzada, who was set to fight Erick Silva, and Rob Broughton, who was slated to meet Ednaldo Oliveira, have both been forced off the Jan. 14 card.  According to the UFC, their withdrawals, as well as Nedkov’s, are injury-related.

SOURCE: Twitter
Gabriel Gonzaga returns to the Octagon at UFC 142

As quick as the UFC lost fighters from its upcoming UFC 142 card, the promotion replaced one.  Gabriel Gonzaga will return to the Octagon at the Rio de Janeiro based card on Jan. 14 in place of Rob Broughton.  The heavyweight will now meet Ednaldo Oliveira on the preliminary portion of the card.  The fight will air on FX.

UFC secures Carlo Prater as Bahadurzada’s replacement at UFC 142

The UFC sure has not wasted any time in replacing the fighters forced off of the upcoming UFC 142 card.  The promotion today revealed both Bahadurzada’s withdrawal and his replacement.  WEC veteranb Carlo Prater will step in at the Jan. 14 card to meet Erick Silva.  The bout is currently slated for the event’s main card.

SOURCE: Twitter
Barnett vs. Cormier likely Columbus bound

Strikeforce’s heavyweight grand prix will likely end with the finals bout between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier taking place March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.  The event would be held in conjunction with the annual Arnold Sports Festival.  However, no events are officially scheduled for the date in Columbus as of this time.  Per Strikeforce’s new agreement with Showtime, the March event’s main card will air on Showtime with the prelims airing on Showtime Extreme.

Masakatsu Ueda and Hiroshi Nakamura confirmed for Bellator season six bantamweight tourney

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today confirmed two more participants for Bellator’s season six 135-pound tournament.  Japanese veterans Hiroshi Nakamura and Masakatsu Ueda join the bantamweight bracket, bringing the number of confirmed participants to seven and leaving just one more slot to fill.  The sixth season for the promotion begins in March.

Bellator signs Wagnney Fabiano

Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney today announced the addition of Wagnney Fabiano to the promotion’s featherweight roster.  Fabiano sits at 14-3, including a 4-2 run in the WEC.  His last appearance came at WEC 52, where he lost to Joseph Benavidez.  Fabiano has not competed in 2011.

SOURCE: Twitter
Aggression MMA announces Feb. 11 event

Aggression MMA today announced plans for its first fight card of 2012.  The event will feature MFC veteran Ryan Ford taking on Tyson Steele and UFC veteran Victor Valimaki battling Tim Chemelli.  The event takes place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Cage Warriors sets 125-pound women’s tourney schedule

After recently announcing its intent to crown a 125-pound women’s champion, Cage Warriors has now set a schedule for its tournament to determine the champ.  Rosi Sexton, Aisling Daly, Sheila Gaff and one additional fighter will compete in the tournament’s opening round, with Gaff meeting the unannounced fighter on April 15, 2012 when the English-based promotion heads to Amman, Jordan.  Sexton and Daly will square off at CWFC’s May 5 event in Dublin, Ireland, and the two advancing fighters will meet in the tournament finals, set for Sept. 1 in Istanbul, Turkey.


Photo: Gilbert Melendez (L) and Jorge Masvidal stare each other down at the Strikeforce weigh-ins (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)