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

UFC on FX 4 ratings

On Friday night, fight fans were able to tune into FX to enjoy four free fights put on by the UFC.  The main event featured a five round fight between Clay Guida and Gray Maynard which resulted in a split decision victory in favor of Maynard.  Fans were also shown Sam Stout and Brian Ebersole win by decision, along with Cub Swanson earning a TKO victory.

The event was the fourth main card to air on FX, and turned out to be the second best show as far as the ratings are concerned as 1.3 million viewers tuned into the cable network.  In the all-time ratings of the UFC cards broadcasted on FX, whether main card or preliminary card, the event tied the prelims for UFC 146 as the fifth best ratings.

Aurelio signs with Bellator

Recently, it appears as though Bellator Fighting Championships is on a quest to capture the top prospects in the world, and today was no different as they inked Marcus Aurelio to a contract.  “Lelo”, a welterweight, currently holds a professional record of 6-1 with five of the victories coming by T/KO and the only loss coming in his professional debut.  Aurelio excels at Capoeira, which is a direct reason as to why he has so many knockouts.

The Brazilian is set to make his debut at Bellator 73 on Aug. 24.

Bellator 73 venue announced

The third stop in the Bellator Summer Series was officially announced today as Tunica, Miss. will host the event.  Harrah’s Tunica Hotel and Casino will be the venue for the event taking place on Aug. 24.

Headlining the action will be a featherweight title fight between champion Pat Curran and season-four tournament winner Patricio Freire.  The winner of the fight will then take on Eduardo Dantas at a future event, as Dantas won the season-six tournament.  Also expected to take place at the event will be the finale fight for the Summer Series’ light heavyweight tournament.  The winner of the tournament will get an automatic title shot against champion Christian M’Pumbu at a future event.

UFC 147 Bonuses

On Saturday night, the UFC gave out their standard “of the Night” bonus checks at UFC 147.  Fight of the Night went to the fighters in the main event, as both Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva received the bonus.  Knockout of the night went to Marcos Vinicius for his effort against Wagner Campos.  Rodrigo Damm took home Submission of the Night with his rear naked choke victory over Anistavio Medeiros.

Each fighter who received a bonus took home a check for $65,000.

UFC 152 to take place in Toronto

UFC 152 will officially take place in Toronto, Canada on September 22.  This had all been speculated upon, however today it was officially announced.  Tickets will go on sale on July 27 with pre-sale offers expected to take place in the days prior.

It was originally expected that the card would hold the heavyweight title fight between champion Junior dos Santos and challenger Cain Velasquez at the event, however that fight is currently not likely to take place at the event.  What is expected to take place is the welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and former champion B.J. Penn.


Photo: Gray Maynard (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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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.