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2 new fights set for Hamburg with one exciting debutant



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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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



UFC 217 just got even more interesting. Earlier this week, Patrick Cummins pulled out of his light heavyweight matchup with Corey Anderson due to a Staph infection. Corey “Overtime” Anderson was not happy with his opponents decision, even calling out his opponent on Instagram asking how Cummins could, “call it quits so far from fight night”.

The UFC left Anderson on the card, and he found an opponent through the magic of Twitter. Ovince Saint Preux tweeted out directly to Anderson stating:

It didn’t take long for Anderson to respond agreeing to the fight, tagging Mick Maynard and Dana White in his response.

Only a few short hours later, the fight announcement came from the official UFC twitter account.


This top 10 Light Heavyweight matchup should add to an already amazing card coming in November at Madison Square Garden. Saint Preux is coming off of back to back wins both due to the very rare von flue choke, he finds himself ranked #7th in the latest edition of the 205-pound rankings. Corey “Overtime” Anderson is 4-2 in his last 6 fights, but is coming off a brutal first round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa in March.

With such a exciting fight added to this card, what do you see happening November 4th?  Will Corey Anderson bounce back and look to jump into the top 5 of the rankings, or will Ovince Saint Preux go for a third straight von flue choke? Let us know.

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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

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The UFC has added Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas 2, and Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry to their UFC Winnipeg card on December 16th.

The two fights were announced as official today on the UFC’s Twitter account.

Aldo (26-3) last fought at UFC 212 in June, where he lost by third round TKO to Max Holloway. After being promoted to the undisputed 145-pound champion last November, he was looking to make the first defence of the title against Holloway.

Lamas first faced Aldo back in 2014 at UFC 169. Aldo, who was again featherweight champion at the time, defeated Lamas with ease winning by unanimous decision (49-46) on all scorecards. Lamas is on a two-fight winning streak after defeating both Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight with impressive finishes.

Since his last UFC loss to Lorenz Larkin back in 2015, Ponzinnibio (25-3) has won five consecutive fights. His most recent victory was a upset win over Gunnar Nelson in July at UFC Glasgow. There was some controversy after the fight, as replays seemed to show a short grab and several eyes pokes from Ponzinnibio before knocking out Nelson in the first round.

Mike Perry has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last August. Picking up four wins all by knockout, the only loss ‘Platinum’ suffered was too Alan Jouban by decision. Ranked at #9 in the welterweight division, a win over Ponzinnibio could definitely propel Perry into the top ten at 170-pounds.

With the additon of these two fantastic fights, the lineup for UFC Winnipeg is as follows:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos – Welterweight bout
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov – Light heavyweight bout
  • Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier – Light heavyweight bout
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins – Flyweight bout
  • Chad Laprise vs. Galore Bafondo – Welterweight bout
  • Alessio Di Chirico vs. Oluwale Bamgbose – Middleweight bout
  • Vitor Miranda vs. Julian Marquez – Middleweight bout
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo – Lightweight bout
  • Nordine Taleb vs. Sultan Aliev – Welterweight bout
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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219



Kickboxing superstar Gokhan Saki will make his return to the octagon just three months after his UFC debut, as he faces Khalil Rountree at UFC 219.

Saki (1-1 ) made a big statement at UFC Japan in September, knocking out Henrique de Silva with a devastating, statement making left hook.

Rountree (6-2) is a TUF-23 alumni. His UFC run started unsuccessfully losing two in a row including his TUF 23 contract fight. However, Rountree is now on a two-fight winning streak after picking up consecutive first round knockout victories against Paul Craig and Daniel Jolly.

After making his MMA debut in 2004, Saki signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC in May and was succesful in his return to the cage. Saki’s first round KO of de Silva earned him a Performance of the Night bonus.

Neither Saki or Rountree are currently ranked in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, so a win at UFC 219 could most certainly push either of the two in the top fifteen at 205-pounds.

With the addition of Saki vs. Rountree, your current line-up for the UFC 219 card on December 30th is as follows:

Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
* Gokhan Saki vs. Khalil Rountree – Light heavyweight bout

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