The UFC has today confirmed another featherweight bout for UFC 199, which will take place in June. Following the news that BJ Penn will meet Dennis Siver at 145 pounds, the second featherweight fight for the card will feature an unbeaten prospect taking on a seasoned veteran when Brian “T-City” Ortega takes on Clay “The Carpenter” Guida.
After the disappointment of seeing a submission win overturned due to a failed drug test in his UFC debut, Ortega has rebounded with consecutive finishes – a TKO victory over Thiago Tavares and, most recently, a third round triangle choke victory over The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 winner, Diego Brandao. The #12 ranked UFC featherweight will be hoping that a win in his home state of California will lead to 2016 being the year he breaks into the top 10 and beyond.
His opponent, Clay Guida, is a 10-year UFC veteran with a 12 – 10 record in his 22 fights for the organisation. Holding victories over the likes of Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis and current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, the 34-year-old has fought many of the biggest names in the 155 and 145 pound divisions. A fan favourite for his wild style which has seen him earn 6 Fight of the Night and 3 Submission of the Night honours, the #14 ranked Guida is looking to bounce back following a 39 second submission loss to Thiago Tavares in November of last year.
UFC 199 will take place on June 4th from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The card will be headline by a middleweight title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman. The co-main event will also see a title on the line when bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz meets long time rival Urijah Faber in a trilogy match. Including the recently announced Ortega vs Guida bout, the card currently looks as follows:
UFC 199 (Bout order TBC)
- Luke Rockhold (c) vs Chris Weidman – UFC Middleweight Title
- Dominick Cruz (c) vs Urijah Faber – UFC Bantamweight Title
- Dustin Poirier vs Bobby Green
- Evan Dunham vs Leonardo Santos
- Kevin Casey vs Elvis Mutapcic
- Jonathan Wilson vs Luiz Henrique da Silva
- Polo Reyes vs Dong Hyun Kim
- Sean Strickland vs Tom Breese
- John Makdessi vs Mehdi Baghdad
- B.J Penn vs Dennis Siver
- Brian Ortega vs Clay Guida
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
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.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
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.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
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.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
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.
Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221
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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