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 champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos fails drug test, suspended one year

The California State Athletic Commission has suspended and fined Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos due to a failed drug test.  The fighter tested positive for stanozolol metabolites following a Dec. 17 title defense at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.

Santos has been suspended one year and fined $2,500. Her win over Hiroko Yamanaka has been overturned to a no-contest.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker released the following statement:

“Strikeforce has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos. However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs.  We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies. Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine Weigh-in Results

Friday’s weigh-ins for Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine took place from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  The event will air Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The preliminary card will be shown on Showtime Extreme beginning at 8 p.m. ET / PT.

The event is headlined by the Strikeforce middleweight title fight between Luke Rockhold and Keith Jardine.

  • Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Keith Jardine (185) (for Strikeforce middleweight championship)
  • Robbie Lawler (186) vs. Adlan Amagov (186)
  • Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal (205) vs. Lorenz Larkin (206)
  • Tyron Woodley (171) vs. Jordan Mein (169)
  • Tyler Stinson (170) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (170)
  • Nah-Shon Burrell (171)* vs. James Terry (171)
  • Gian Villante (206) vs. Trevor Smith (205)
  • Ricky Legere (171) vs. Chris Spang (171)
  • Estevan Payan (160) vs. Alonzo Martinez (160.5)

*Burrell initially weighed in at 172 lbs, but made weight after being given an hour to lose the extra pound.

Source: Strikeforce

Lightweight and Welterweight Tournament Fields Nearly Complete for Bellator season six

Bellator Fighting Championships has officially announced the full roster for its season-six welterweight tournament and just one spot remains in its lightweight tilt.  Both tournaments begin Friday, March 2, on MTV2. Season six will feature tournaments in the bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions.

Bellator Season Six Lightweight Tournament
Patricky Pitbull
Thiago Michael
Ricardo Tirloni
Brent Weedman
Rick Hawn
J.J. Ambrose
Lloyd Woodard

Bellator Season Six Welterweight Tournament
Ben Saunders
Brian Foster
Bryan Baker
Karl Amoussou
David Rickels
Raul Amaya
Carlos Pereira
War Machine

K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson slated for Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier

Lightweights K.J. Noons and Josh Thomson have verbally agreed to meet at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier which takes place March 3 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The event will air live on Showtime with prelims broadcast on Showtime Extreme.

The event will be headlined by the completion of the promotion’s heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

Source: MMAJunkie

Paulo Thiago welcomes Siyar Bahadurzada to the UFC at UFC on Fuel TV 2

Welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada will finally make his Octagon debut as he takes on Brazilian Paulo Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 2.

UFC on Fuel TV 2 takes place April 14 from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. The entire card is expected to air on the FOX-owned Fuel TV.

Bahadurzada was expected to make his promotional debut against Erick Silva at UFC 142, however an injury forced him to withdraw from the card.

Thiago was also expected to compete at UFC 142 before an injury forced him out of a planned contest with Mike Pyle.

Source: mmanytt.se

Photo: Cris “Cyborg” Santos (top) pummels Gina Carano (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)