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

Aldo injured, Faber vs. Barao moved to UFC 149

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has suffered an injury and as a result, his title defense against Erik Koch at UFC 149 has been postponed.  With the injury, the interim bantamweight title fight between Urijah Faber and Renan Barao that was originally scheduled for UFC 148 will now headline UFC 149.

UFC 149 will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 21.

UFC on Fuel TV 5 to take place in England

The UFC will skip across the pond and return to England this September as Nottingham, England plays host to UFC on Fuel TV 5.

Already announced for the card will be the UFC debut of recent The Ultimate Fighter: Live alumni Andy Ogle, who did not fight at the finale due to an injury.  “The Little Axe” will take on another TUF alumni in Akira Corassani in a featherweight contest.  Another fight announced for the event will be Brad Pickett taking on Yves Jabouin in a bantamweight contest.

UFC: Nottingham is scheduled to take place on Sept. 29.

Beltran returning to the UFC at light heavyweight

Joey Beltran was released from his contract with the UFC after going 3-4 with the promotion.  Looking to work his way back, “The Mexicutioner” took a fight with a smaller promotion after dropping to light heavyweight and took down Anton Talamante by unanimous decision.

The UFC decided to bring Beltran back to the promotion to take on James Te Huna after his original opponent at UFC on Fuel TV 4, Brandon Vera, was moved from the fight to take on Mauricio Rua at UFC on Fox 4.  The fight will be Beltran’s second fight at light heavyweight and first promotional fight at the weight class.

UFC on Fuel TV 4 is scheduled to take place on July 11 in San Jose, Calif.

Wilcox vs. Masvidal added to Strikeforce card

Strikeforce’s upcoming card is starting to round out as another fight has been added to the mix.  Former lightweight title contender Jorge Masvidal will look to work his way back up the ranks when he takes on Joe Duarte at the event.  Masvidal is 3-1 with the promotion, while Duarte is 2-0.

Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy is scheduled to take place on July 14 in Portland, Ore.

SOURCE: Strikeforce
Curran vs. Freire, bantamweight tournament final set for Bellator 73

While Bellator has yet to officially announce the card, sources revealed to day that Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran will put his title on the line as he takes on Patricio Freire at Bellator 73.  “Pitbull” earned his shot at the title after he won the season four featherweight tournament.  The winner of the fight will then be scheduled to take on Daniel Straus after he recently won the season six featherweight tournament.

Also set for the card will be the season six bantamweight tournament final between Marcos Galvao and Luis Nogueira.  The winner of the fight will automatically become the No. 1 contender for Eduardo Dantas’ championship belt.

Bellator 73 will take place on Aug. 24 at a location yet to be announced.

Dana White’s meeting with Brock Lesnar didn’t go well

In an interview, UFC president Dana White revealed that his meeting with former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar after UFC 146 did not go very well.

White did not reveal any details about it when asked, however the general consensus is that it appears as though he will not be returning to the promotion anytime soon.

SOURCE: MMA Fighting
UFC on FX 3 lands 1.1 million viewers

Last Friday night, UFC on FX 3 aired live on FX as fans got to see Eddie Wineland and Mike Pyle land big knockouts, Erick Silva sink in a rear-naked choke, and Demetrious Johnson earn his way to take on Joseph Benavidez for the UFC flyweight championship.  It was revealed today that the broadcast averaged 1.1 million viewers.  The numbers were down 300,000 viewers from UFC on FX 3, which saw 1.4 million viewers.

The undercard for the event aired live on Fuel TV, which averaged 84,000 viewers.


Photo: Jose Aldo and his team (Sherdog)

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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.