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

Kenny Florian may be facing retirement

A finalist during the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Kenny Florian may be forced into retirement due to a back injury.  In November, Florian injured his back while weightlifting and did not really see it as much of an issue due to the fact that he had a planned extended time off since his loss to Jose Aldo.  But after two months with no improvement, “KenFlo” has met with both an orthopedic doctor and a neurologist and both instructed him to retire.

Florian has not made any decisions just yet and has been quoted saying:

“As of right now, obviously I can’t compete and train like I was at all. I’m just kind of doing what I can and hoping that things heal up and get better. I’m just kind of in a holding pattern. That’s why I decided to do this commentary for the time being and take this next six months to really heal up and try to make some money on the side. It sucks. The last couple of months I’ve just been figuring out what’s going on and what I’m going to do.”

UFC 145 gets two new fights

The UFC has announced that two new fights for UFC 145 have been verbally agreed upon.  Anthony Njokuani and John Makdessi will meet in a lightweight fight and Canadian Chris Clements will welcome Keith Wisniewski to his home country in a welterweight bout.

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

United Kingdom could host two shows in 2012

The UFC has focused on holding events internationally for quite some time now.  While the United Kingdom is expected to host one show in 2012, there is speculation that it may get another event before the year’s end.  Currently, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has an expiring international TV deal with ESPN which ends in August.  Depending on which company agrees to terms with the promotion, a second event could be hosted overseas.

Middleweights and featherweights to be featured in TUF: Brazil

At the UFC 142 pre-fight press conference, it was confirmed that the two weight classes in the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil will feature 145- and 185-pounders.  The finals of the show will take place on a pay-per-view card expected to be held in Brazil as well.  The fight card will also feature a fight between Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva, the two coaches for the show.  It is also being speculated that Anderson Silva’s next title fight between the winner of Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz may take place at this event.

“The Arm Collector” to participate in season-six tournament

Giva “The Arm Collector” Santana is reportedly the second confirmed participant in Bellator’s season-six middleweight tournament.  Santana earned the nickname “The Arm Collector” when he won ten consecutive fights by armbar from 2005 to 2008.  He made his promotional debut at Bellator 53, where Darryl Cobb fell victim by first-round armbar.


Photo: Kenny Florian (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)