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

Nick Diaz injunction request denied, May 21 hearing in place

Nevada District Court today denied a request to drop Nick Diaz’s suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.  Diaz was suspended by the NSAC in February after his post-fight drug testing from UFC 143 turned up positive for marijuana metabolites, which was the second time in his career that he had tested positive for marijuana by the NSAC.

Diaz and his camp had filed for an injunction, stating that the NSAC violated state statutes by not conducting the hearing within 45 days of the initial suspension and therefore violated the fighters due-process rights by holding him under a suspension without having a hearing scheduled.  Judge Rob Bare ruled that the NSAC technically violated the statues, however he ruled that Diaz still needs to appear before the commission before any further intervention from a judge.  As a result, the NSAC will now hear Diaz’s case during a hearing on May 21 in Las Vegas.

While the best-case scenario for the former Strikeforce welterweight champion would have been for the injunction to have gone through, according to his manager Cesar Gracie, this decision from Judge Bare is a win because the commission was previously refusing to allow a hearing.

Jorge Patino captures second title at Legacy FC 11

When Jorge Patino entered the cage on Friday night, he already held the Legacy Fighting Championship welterweight championship.  His fight at LFC 11 against Clay Hantz was not only at lightweight, but was for the promotion’s lightweight championship.  It took just 1:04 for Patino to drop Hantz and become a two-division champion for the promotion.

Also at the event, UFC veteran Gerald Harris won his fourth straight fight as he took a split decision victory from Mike Bronzoulis.  Harris was dropped from the UFC after losing a decision to Maiquel Falcao despite it being his only loss with the promotion after winning three straight.

Full Results:

  • Jorge Patino def. Clay Hantz via KO (punches) – R1, 1:04 (Lightweight championship)
  • Chad Robichaux def. Joseph Sandoval via submission (north-south choke) – R1, 0:50
  • Gerald Harris def. Mike Bronzoulis via split decision
  • Evan Cutts def. Lee King via submission (triangle choke) – R2, 1:35
  • William Bush vs. Artenas Young declared no contest (Illegal strikes to back of head by Bush)
  • Nelson Salas def. Angel Huerta via TKO (strikes) – R1, 4:45
  • Ryan Benoit def. Cody Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) – R1, 2:53
  • Ray Blodget def. Cris Rucker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Lester Batres def. Justin Murray via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jesus Mendez def. Andy Sandoval via TKO (punches) – R1
  • Marcus Dupar def. Bobby Powers via submission (guillotine choke) – R2
Pudzianowski defeats Sapp at KSW 19

Former World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski improved his record to 4-2(1) after it took him less than one minute to TKO Bob Sapp over the weekend.  The victory for “Pudzian” gets the Polish fighter back on track after having a previously announced victory against James Thompson overturned into a no-contest after a scoring error was revealed after the fight was over.  The loss for “The Beast” marks his sixth straight defeat, all of which have come in the first round.

Full Results:

  • Mariusz Pudzianowski def. Bob Sapp via TKO (punches) – R1, 0:39
  • Mamed Khalidov def. Rodney Wallace via KO (punch) – R1, 1:55
  • Michal Materla def. Jay Silva via majority decision – R3
  • Matt Horwich def. Antoni Chmielewski via TKO (punches) – R3, 2:19
  • Aslambek Saidov def. Grigor Aschugbabjan via submission (kimura) – R1, 4:51
  • Marta Chojnoska def. Paulina Suska via submission (scarf hold armlock) – R1, 0:42
  • Borys Mankowski def. Marcin Naruszczka via majority decision – R2
SOURCE: Sherdog
James Wilks retires from MMA

UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter alum James Wilks has officially retired from mixed martial arts.  The retirement came for the 34-year-old after doctors advised him of the fact that he would have a high risk of paralysis if he continued to fight.  When Wilks started his MMA career, he unknowingly did so with a fractured vertebrae in his neck, which had occurred while playing rugby as a teenager.  The neck injury started to irritate the Brit while he was recovering from a recent knee injury.  Rather than risk paralysis, Wilks has stepped away from the sport.

Wilks finished his career with a 7-4 record.  He went 2-2 in the UFC and captured the TUF 9 championship in the welterweight division with a first-round rear-naked choke victory over DaMarques Johnson.

Episode 10 of TUF: Live draws 948,000 viewers

Despite the fact that there were two fights last Friday night on The Ultimate Fighter: Live, the show failed to draw a million viewers for the third straight week.  Episode 10 drew slightly less viewers than the previous week, as week nine had 954,000 viewers.

Last Friday night’s episode featured Dana White talking about Dominick Cruz’s situation with his knee, along with two fights.  The first bout had James Vick take a two-round unanimous decision victory from Joe Proctor while the second fight went to the third round as Michael Chiesa TKO’ed the first pick from the show, Justin Lawrence.

SOURCE: Sherdog
Davis vs. Griggs at UFC on Fox 4

After losing for the first time in his career against Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox 2, Phil Davis is set to make his return at UFC on Fox 4 when he welcomes Chad Griggs to the light heavyweight division.  Griggs went 3-0 while fighting as a heavyweight with Strikeforce, including two victories which came as reserve bouts for the current Grand Prix, but lost to Travis Browne by first-round arm-triangle choke at UFC 145.

UFC on Fox 4 will take place on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.


Photo: Nick Diaz (MMA Weekly)

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Brian McKenna
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Brian McKenna was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. A sports nut from as long as he can remember, he came to be a fan of Mixed Martial Arts from a roommate watching The Ultimate Fighter while attending Westfield State College. Brian came to writing by starting his own blog, Four Down Territory, which focuses on Boston based sports, life, and of course MMA.