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The Daily Recap: Two Fights Added to UFC on FOX 3, UFC on FUEL Ratings & More

Nick Denis. Photo courtesy of Top MMA News.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Sengoku veteran Nick Denis will take on "TUF 14" cast member Johnny Bedford in a bantamweight bout inked for UFC on FOX 3 on May 5. Denis made a spectacular UFC debut last month, KO'ing Joseph Sandoval with standing elbows in just 22 seconds at UFC on FX 1. Bedford was also victorious in his first UFC appearance, handing a one-sided beatdown to Louis Gaudinot before finishing him with strikes in the third round at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in December. [UFC.com]

The inaugural UFC on FUEL TV event garnered an average of 217,000 for this past Wednesday night's broadcast. It was the highest take-in for a live event in the channel's history. FUEL TV previously averaged 148,000 for the UFC on FX 1 prelims and 144,000 for the UFC on FOX 2 undercard. [Sherdog]

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The Daily Recap: Simpson Considering Move to Welterweight, Corassani Injured in Training & More

Aaron Simpson. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

Aaron Simpson is considering a drop down to the middleweight division following his split decision loss to Ronny Markes at last night's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event. “I just don’t cut for this weight class. I look at a guy like Frankie Edgar, thinking I can do the same thing, but I’m dealing with a lot of size. Maybe it means a move down to 170, I don’t know.  Right now it hurts to lose,” Simpson said after the fight. [MMA Weekly]

"TUF" 14 product Akira Corassani has been forced to bow out of his scheduled UFC on FUEL TV 2 featherweight bout against Jason Young after suffering an undisclosed injury during a recent training session. The UFC announced the news earlier this week. A replacement opponent for Young is expected to be revealed within the coming days. [UFC.com]

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Ellenberger Outlasts Sanchez at First-Ever UFC on FUEL TV Show

Jake Ellenberger. Photo property of IFL.

Jake Ellenberger took all he could handle from tenacious veteran Diego Sanchez but ended up earning a unanimous decision in front of his hometown crowd in the main event of the first-ever UFC on FUEL TV event in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Nebraska on Wednesday night.

The fight capped off an action-packed card at what looked to be a sold-out Omaha Civic Auditorium. The partisan crowd saw Ellenberger take one step closer to a UFC welterweight title shot with his six straight win in the division.

Ellenberger, who currently trains alongside Mark Munoz at Reign MMA, controlled the fight early on, frustrated Sanchez with good footwork and a steady diet of jabs and strong right hands. An always game Sanchez remained in the pocket and tried to keep up with his foe, landing occasional shots.

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Video: Aldo Brings Maynard in to Prepare for Mendes’ Wrestling

In preparation for his UFC 142 featherweight title defense against undefeated Team Alpha Male member and former All-American wrestler Chad Mendes, Jose Aldo has brought in former two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard to work on his wrestling.

MMA on Tap January Fighter Rankings

Gilbert Melendez. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Here are the latest MMA on Tap fighter rankings. We will be updating these every month or whenever an adjustment is needed, like after a major event for example. The rankings break down into seven different lists of ten, each of them by division.

If you ever want to compare these with your own or just take a look at the latest update, you can find them under the "Top 10" category in our features section. The organization a fighter is currently under contract to is listed next to the fighter’s name.

The rankings were tabulated by the MMA on Tap staff. Feel free to chime in with your own lists, thoughts, or suggestions.

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Cris Cyborg Releases Statement Regarding Steroids Suspension

Cris "Cyborg" Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/Showtime Sports.

Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion and top female fighter Cris "Cyborg" Santos has released an official statement regarding her recent suspension, fine and loss of her belt stemming from a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs following her December 17th Strikeforce bout against Hiroko Yamanaka.

Santos tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and has been fined and sidelined for one year according to the California State Athletic Commission. Santos recorded a 16-second TKO of Yamanaka at the event. That result has now been changed to a no-contest.

Her full, unedited statement can be found after the jump.

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Strikeforce Champ Cris “Cyborg” Santos Tests Positive for Steroids, Stripped of Title

Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

Strikeforce women's featherweight champion and top female pound-for-pound fighter Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos has tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and has been fined and suspended for one year according to the California State Athletic Commission.

The CSAC released a press release earlier today regarding the matter. Santos' positive test comes just weeks after she picked up her 11th straight win, a 16-second TKO of Hiroko Yamanaka at Strikeforce's latest event last month. That result has now been changed to a no-contest.

“Our primary concern is for the health and safety of fighters,” CSAC Executive Officer George Dodd stated in the release. “Anabolic agents and other banned substances put not only the users of those agents at risk, but their opponents as well. The commission simply will not tolerate their use.”

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The Daily Recap: UFC 141 PPV Buys Estimated at 750,000, Two UFC Vets to Bellator & More

Brock Lesnar. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer Newsletter has released an estimate of pay-per-view buys for last weekend's UFC 141 event, which was headlined by Alistair Overeem sending Brock Lesnar into retirement with a first-round TKO win. According to Meltzer, the official number of buys hovers somewhere in between the 750,000 and 810,000 mark, which is good news for the UFC since it has been a down year in sales. Meltzer also added that if the event took place on New Year's Eve, buys could have exceeded one million. [Bloody Elbow via F4W]

— UFC veterans Brian Foster and Jon Madsen have both reportedly been booked to participate in Bellator's upcoming respective welterweight and heavyweight tournaments later this year. Foster will participate in an eight-man 170 lb tourney starting in March while Madsen is expected to be a contender in a field of heavyweights in the second half of 2012. [Sherdog & MMA Junkie]

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The Daily Recap: UFC Confirms First Trip to Sweden, CM Punk to Escort Sonnen at UFC on Fox II & More

CM Punk. Photo courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC has officially announced that it will be heading to Sweden for the first in the promotion's history on April 14 for UFC on FUEL TV 2, which will likely take place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The UFC's foray into Sweden was long rumored and was also scheduled to happen last November before conflicts arose. The event will be the second live show televised on FUEL TV under the new FOX deal. [UFC.com]

— WWE champion CM Punk will reportedly escort UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen to the cage prior to his pivotal showdown against Mark Munoz in the co-main event of UFC on Fox II on January 28 in Chicago, Illinois. CM Punk is well-known as an avid fan of MMA as well as a native of the Chicago area. He and Sonnen have reportedly developed a friendship in recent months. [MMA Fighting]

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The Daily Recap: Two Bouts Set for UFC 145, Ken Stone Catches Injury Bug & More

Mark Hominick. Photo by Al Iaquinta/Sherdog.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The UFC today announced a pair of bouts for UFC 145, which is slated for the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 24. Mark Hominick will attempt to bounce back from a devastating knockout loss to Chan Sung Jung in a featherweight bout against California fight scene veteran Eddie Yagin. In addition, skilled grappler Mark Bocek will lock horns in a pivotal lightweight affair against "Ultimate Fighter" alumnus Matt Wiman. [UFC.com]

— Just one day after it was announced that Ken Stone would face Mike Easton on the undercard of UFC on FX 1, the Massachusetts native has been forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury suffered during a recent training session. A replacement opponent for Easton has not yet been named. [MMA Weekly]

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