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Anderson Silva returns to action against Derek Brunson at UFC 208

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The UFC’s Pay Per View event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on February 11, 2017, adds an exciting middleweight matchup to the card.

Former UFC Middleweight Champion and current seventh-ranked middleweight Anderson “Spider” Silva will share the Octagon with the eighth-ranked Derek Brunson at UFC 208.

Anderson Silva was last seen in action at UFC 200, where he stepped in for Jon Jones to face Daniel Cormier on incredibly short notice in an attempt to save Pay-Per-View interest for the card. Despite a strong effort in the third and final round that would see Silva hurt Cormier, he ultimately came up short on the judges’ scorecards. Even though Silva did not get his hand raised, the crowd in attendance gave him a standing ovation for his showing.

Silva was last victorious against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 over two years ago, however, the bout has since been ruled a no contest due to a Silva’s failed drug test. As a result, the last official victory on Silva’s record was over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153 in November of 2012. He has since amassed a record of 0-4 and will look to find the win column against the dangerously powerful Derek Brunson.

Before suffering a loss in his last outing to Robert Whittaker, Derek Brunson was tearing through the 185-pound division with a five-fight win streak. Four of those wins came by way of first round KO/TKO, wasting very little time getting the job done against his competition. Lorenz Larkin, Ed Herman, Sam Alvey, Roan Carneiro, and Uriah Hall all fell to Brunson during his run to the top of the division, which put him in number one contender conversations.

Looking to rebound on the loss against Whittaker, a win over the legendary Silva could propel him back into foray at the top of the middleweight division.

Possessing fight-ending power and relentless aggression, Brunson brings an always-interesting clash of styles to the Octagon against the precision counter-striking of Silva.

UFC 208 features the inaugural Women’s Featherweight Championship bout between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie. The event takes place on February 11, 2017, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with the main card airing on Pay-Per-View.

Other fights confirmed for the card include:

  • Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
  • Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch
  • Luis Henrique vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Roan Carneiro vs. Ryan LaFlare
  • Ian McCall vs. Neil Seery
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Nik Lentz
  • Randy Brown vs. George Sullivan
  • Wilson Reis vs. Yuta Sasaki
  • Jim Miller vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Paul Felder vs. Gilbert Burns
  • Phillipe Nover vs. Rick Glenn
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Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg

Harry Davies



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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BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219




Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.

Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.

Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.

This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.

Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.

Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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