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Bellator 172’s Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione is canceled hours before event

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News broke just moments ago that the main event of Bellator 172 that takes place tonight has been canceled.  The news was first reported by Ariel Helwani via Twitter.  He reports that Bellator heavyweight contender Matt Mitrione has come down with illness and will be unable to fight.  This cancellation comes just four hours prior to the kickoff of the main event in San Jose California.

According to Mitrione’s friend and former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub, a kidney stone is the culprit:

Fedor Emelianenko ( 36-4-1) was set to make his debut in the Bellator cage in what has been one of the most anticipated returns of the year.  Emelianenko signed with Bellator back in November after an outstanding performance in Rizin FF out of Japan in December.  The forty-year-old Russian-born fighter most recently won the Rizin open weight tournament and is currently on a five-fight win streak.  Emelianenko is known as one of the best heavyweights in the sport of mixed martial arts.  He is highly regarded for his impressive performances in Pride and Strikeforce in the 2000’s.

Matt Mitrione was one of the first highly ranked fighters to leave the UFC to head for Bellator.  Mitrione took advantage of his free agency and signed with Bellator in March of 2016. He is currently 2-0 since making to move to Bellator with TKO victories over Oli Thompson and Carl Seumanutafa.  With the heavyweight division currently without a champion, many believed that this fight with Fedor would play an important in setting up the growing division.

Bellator had searched for a replacement for Mitrione but was unable to come up with one on such short notice.  The promotion would like to reschedule the bout for a later date, although that date has yet to be announced.

The lightweight bout between Josh Thomson vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire will now be the main event.

The prelims for Bellator 172 can be seen right here on MMA Latest at 7 PM EST, with the main card airing live on Spike TV beginning at 10 pm ET.

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Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219

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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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Holloway vs Edgar set to headline UFC 218

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UFC 218 is set to take place on Saturday, December 2nd, in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and will be available on pay-per-view.

The event is now set to be headlined by Max Holloway’s first featherweight title defense since he won the belt at UFC 212 against the legendary Jose Aldo. In his first title defense, he will take in another MMA legend in New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar.

UFC 218 will mark Frankie Edgar’s third attempt at winning the featherweight crown, with his first two attempts coming against Jose Aldo at UFC 156 and UFC 200. Edgar will be looking to become a two-weight world champion, having previously been the UFC lightweight champion. He will once again attempt to join an elite group which includes Conor McGregor, B.J. Penn, and Randy Couture as the only fighters to have been champions in two weight divisions.

Edgar is a worthy contender but you have to feel that if Aldo had won at UFC 212 then Edgar may have waited a lot longer for his return to fight for a championship. But with a new champ and McGregor firmly out the picture, the featherweight division can thrive with some new match ups.

And what a matchup this is, as we get to see two incredible fighters with two different styles take each other on, in what could turn out to be one of the fights of the year.

The UFC 218 card is now shaping up nicely as the main event joins Francis Ngannou vs Alistair Overeem on the card. As well as several other bouts such as Alvarez vs Gaethje, Cejudo vs Pettis and Herrig vs Casey.

Will Holloway extend his unbeaten run to 12 fights or will Frankie ‘The Answer’ Edgar cement his legacy with his second UFC world title? The world will find out on December 2nd.

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

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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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