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

Two fights in place for Sweden

While it had been highly speculated, the UFC will officially make its inaugural trip to Sweden.  As of now, two fights have been agreed upon for the event.  The first fight is a middleweight clash between Brian Stann and Alessio Sakara, while the second fight will take place at welterweight between Papy Abedi and James Head.

The event will be the second UFC on Fuel TV event and it will take place on April 14 in Stockholm.

Two additional fights for Sweden announced

Two more fights appear to be ready for the UFC’s first trip to Sweden, as Jorgen Kruth will make his UFC debut in a light heavyweight clash against Cyrille Diabate and two welterweights will also be making their UFC debuts.  The 170-pounders will be Besam Yousef and Simeon Thoresen.

Quick turnaround for Escudero

Last Friday at UFC 141, Efrain Escudero was brought back to the UFC and fought Jacob Volkmann on short notice.  Less than a week later, the Latin-American fighter already has another fight scheduled, this time against Mac Danzig.  Both of these fighters have won The Ultimate Fighter competition.  Danzig won the sixth season, while Escudero won the eighth season.

The fight will take place at UFC 145 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 24.

Bellator signs UFC veteran Jon Madsen

Despite compiling a record of 4-1 during his time in the UFC, Jon Madsen was released after his most recent fight, a loss to Mike Russow.  It was revealed today that the heavyweight has signed with Bellator and will likely take part in the promotion’s next heavyweight tournament despite the fact that there are currently no plans for a heavyweight tournament during the promotion’s sixth season.

Bellator’s sixth season starts on March 2.

New welterweight for season-six tournament

Brian Foster will join Bellator and take part in the season-six tournament.  Foster holds a professional record of 18-5 and will make his promotional debut his next time out.  He is a UFC veteran, holding a record of 3-2 with the promotion, and was released from the UFC last year as a result of a pre-fight physical revealed a brain hemorrhage.  After having successful surgery, he had to take even more time off from the sport after an accidental groin strike caused one of his testicles to burst.  He has recovered well and as a result won two fights in October.

Foster is currently the fourth fighter announced for the tournament, along with Karl Amoussou, Carlos Alexandre Pereira and War Machine.

New fights announced for UFC on FX 2

UFC on FX 2 received a boatload of new fights today.  Some of these fights had already been announced, but the UFC has made them official as of today.  The fights are as follows:

  • Nick Penner vs. Anthony Perosh
  • Jared Hamman vs. Kyle Noke
  • Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
  • Jake Hecht vs. T.J. Waldburger
  • Shawn Jordan vs. Oli Thompson
  • Robbie Peralta vs. Mackens Semerzier

UFC on FX 2 will take place on March 3 in Sydney, Australia.  However, due to the time difference, the show will air live in the United States on March 2.  The event will host the opening round of a four-man flyweight tournament, with the winners advancing to the finals where they will fight for the inaugural flyweight championship at a future date.

Two fights added to UFC on Fuel TV 1

Along with all of the other fights that have been announced today, UFC on Fuel TV 1 also got a pair of fights added to its card.

Bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw will meet Walel Watson and featherweight Jonathan Brookins will take on Vagner Rocha.  Rocha will make his featherweight debut against The Ultimate Fighter season 12 champion.

UFC on Fuel TV 1 is scheduled to take place on Feb. 15 in Omaha, Neb.

Additional fight added to UFC 143

It has been a game of musical chairs in regards to who Dustin Poirer would be facing in his next fight at UFC 143, and it looks like Max Holloway will take him on.  Holloway will be the third person scheduled to take on Poirer and will be making his UFC debut at the event.  “Lil Evil” holds a professional record of 4-0.

UFC 143 will take place on Feb. 4 in Las Vegas.

Strikeforce’s vacant championships to be filled by mid-year

When former Strikeforce champions Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson and Nick Diaz left the promotion for the UFC, it left three titles without owners.  Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said today that he hopes for the championships to be filled by the middle of the year.

While those three fighters left the promotion, only the welterweight and light heavyweight championships will need to be filled due to Strikeforce phasing out their heavyweight promotion in the near future.