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

Brett Rogers signs with Bellator

In a move that has caused quite a bit of controversy in the MMA community, the Chicago-based promotion Bellator has announced the signing of former Strikeforce contender Brett “Da Grimm” Rogers.

Rogers amassed a 9-0 record that included a highlight-reel finish of former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski. Rogers earned a bout with Fedor Emelianenko that would begin a career downward spiral for Rogers.

“Da Grimm” was dismantled against Alistair Overeem and submitted by Josh Barnett; losses that left Rogers without a company to fight for. Legal woes that included a domestic dispute followed and all hope seemed lost for Rogers’ MMA career.

Now he will get the chance to redeem himself and revitalize his career when Rogers debuts at Bellator 71 which takes place in West Virginia on June 22.

Source: The MMA Corner

Martin Kampann opts for surgery

Despite being a considerable roll thus far into 2012, Martin Kampmann will be sitting on the sidelines for an extended period of time. After a come-from-behind victory over Jake Ellenberger, Kampmann announced he will have surgery on a torn meniscus that has been hampering him.

The surgery coincides with Kampmann’s vacation plans to his native Denmark and also an expected addition to the Kampmann family to occur soon.

Source: MMAJunkie

Phil Baroni forced off ONE FC 4 card; Brian Choi replaces teammate

Phil Baroni has been forced out of his scheduled bout with former UFC contender Roger Huerta at ONE FC 4 “Dynasty of Warriors.” Baroni has been removed from the bout following a TKO loss at the Ring of Fire 43 event.

Eddie Ng will also be forced off the card as a shoulder injury is likely to sideline the fighter for approximately six months. Ng’s teammate Brian Choi will step in to face Arnoud Lepont.

ONE FC 4 takes place on June 23 and is headlined between a bout between Renato Sobral and Tatsuay Mizuno.

Source: Sherdog

TUF 15 Finale viewership

The TUF 15 Finale which aired on FX attracted an average of 1 million viewers. The prelims were viewed on Fuel TV for the event drew an average of 165,000 viewers.

The finale was headlined by a pivotal welterweight match up between Martin Kampmann and Jake Ellenberger. Kampmann survived another sluggish start to finish Ellenberger in the second round. Mike Chiesa also topped the highly touted Al Iaquinta to become the TUF 15 champion.

Source: Sherdog

Dennis Siver vs. Eddie Yagin added to UFC 151

A featherweight contest between Dennis Siver and Eddie Yagin has been added to the UFC 151 card. Siver looked fantastic in his featherweight debut against Diego Nunes earlier this year. Yagin also impressed in his last fight, a victory against former title contender Mark Hominick.

UFC 151 is slated for Sept. 1 and is headlined by a UFC light heavyweight title match between champion Jon Jones and challenger Dan Henderson.

Source: MMAJunkie and MMAnytt

UFC’s Michael McDonald ensures he’s not going anywhere

Michael McDonald has signed a four-fight extension with the UFC. McDonald burst onto the national stage with a devastating KO of Alex Soto. He then cemented his place among the bantamweight elite with a viscous stoppage of Miguel Angel Torres.

McDonald was one of three fighters considered to face off against Urijah Faber for the interim bantamweight title. Although he was not selected, he won’t have to worry about his job security any time soon.

Source: MMAJunkie

Photo: Brett Rogers (Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

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Kyle Symes
Staff Writer

Kyle is a recent graduate of Aurora University, where he obtained a Bachelor's in Communications. Kyle resides in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He played baseball and football in both high school and college, but is now focusing on an amateur MMA career.