Nate Diaz beamed with pride while smiling as The Forum exploded with cheers when Diaz versus McGregor 2 was announced for UFC 202 on August 30.
Tonight, the event took more shape with a main card molding announcement.
Officially made known by the UFC, light heavyweights Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (21-5, 12-5 in UFC) and Glover Teixeira (25-4, 8-2 in UFC) will serve as the co-main event while Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (30-7, 17-4 in UFC) will test his luck against Rick “The Horror” Story (19-8, 12-6 in UFC) in the welterweight division.
Johnson, 32, was thought to be the next title contender following a quick 88-second TKO of Ryan Bader earlier in the year. However, the 36-year old Glover Teixeira threw his name into the conversation with an equally fast finish of former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashard Evans, ultimately setting up a matchup between the two victors on July 23 at UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago.
Due to Rumble withdrawing in what was identified as “a serious family issue,” the aforementioned date was wiped from the bout. Nevertheless, the MMA community shall not be deprived, for the two knockout artists will now compete to likely face the winner of UFC 200’s main event between champion Daniel Cormier and Interim Champion, Jon Jones. Since the beginning of 2015, Johnson and Teixeira combine for a 6-1 record with Johnson suffering the only loss at UFC 187 versus Cormier.
On the welterweight side, the spry Cowboy will ride on and eyes a 3-0 start at 170 pounds versus Rick Story. The last loss for the 33-year old Donald Cerrone came in a lightweight title bout versus Rafael dos Anjos. Since that disappointing outing, he has racked up two “Performance of the Night” finishes over Alex Oliveira and Patrick Cote, with the latter coming on June 18 in the promotion’s last event.
His opponent, Story, 31, is entering with a three-fight win streak that includes Gunnar Nelson and Tarec Saffiedine. The Washington native’s last two victories were via decision.
UFC 202 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 30th, headlined by a welterweight rematch between Nate Diaz and current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
Other fights on the card include:
- (C – Featherweight) Conor McGregor (19-3, 7-1 UFC) vs. (#5 – Lightweight) Nate Diaz (19-10, 14-8 UFC)
- #2 Anthony Johnson (21-5, 12-5 in UFC) vs. #3 Glover Teixeira (25-4, 8-2 in UFC)
- #14 Donald Cerrone (30-7, 17-4 in UFC) vs. #9 Rick Story (19-8, 12-6 in UFC)
- Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1, 3-2 in UFC) vs. Sultan Aliev (13-2, 0-1 in UFC)
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
Aldo vs. Lamas 2 and Ponzinibbio vs. Perry Added to UFC Winnipeg
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.
THIS. CARD. pic.twitter.com/bc4AyNncqy
— UFC (@ufc) October 13, 2017
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
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.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
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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