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2 new fights set for Hamburg with one exciting debutant

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UFC Hamburg is quickly shaping up to be quite the outstanding card, the card so far is featuring some of Europe’s top talent and today’s announcements only add to that. Norwegian star Emil Meek is set to make his UFC debut at the event, he will meet fellow newcomer Jessin Ayari. Along with that fight is an exciting welterweight matchup between Polish-German fighter Peter Sobotta and Nicholas Dalby.

Holding a record of 8-2, Emil Meek is most well-known for his most recent knockout of UFC veteran and former WSOF Welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares. His 45-second destruction of Palhares at Venator FC 3 is easily one of the biggest upsets the year and was impressive enough to earn him a UFC contract. Meek will now be the second Norwegian to feature on the card as fellow countryman Jack Hermansson is also making his debut following his recent win at Venator FC 3 too. Meek is certainly an exciting fighter and one to keep an eye on in the future, his powerful and dynamic striking are sure to be his most useful and lethal aspects of his game.

His opponent, Jessin Ayari, is entering this fight hoping to add to his 6 fight win streak as well as get the win in front of his home fans. Ayari is also coming off a massive win against a UFC veteran, defeat Mikael Lebout in his last fight. Ayari comes into this with 6 submission victories making this fight a clash of styles when looking at it on paper. Their fight at UFC Hamburg is certainly going to be a good one between both upcoming prospects and not one to miss.

Peter Sobotta has only had success when he has fought in Germany under the UFC, winning in impressive fashion on both occasions. Although in his first UFC bout outside of Germany he had an incredibly tough task in fighting Kyle Noke in Melbourne which didn’t go accordingly for him, losing via TKO in the first round. Now back in Germany he will be eying another win in the country he’d call home to get him back to winning ways at UFC Hamburg.

Across from him then is Nicolas Dalby, who is a former Cage Warriors Welterweight champion. Dalby was undefeated until recently falling short at the decision against Zak Cummings at UFC Zagreb. Similar to his opponent he was undefeated in the UFC until his last fight, making this fight all the more important for both men as they hope to keep their UFC dream alive and go on to push for a spot in the rankings.

The UFC’s debut in Hamburg is set to be a good one if the fights so far are anything to go by. The event is scheduled to take place September 3rd in the Barclaycard Arena and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett.

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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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