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Brock Lesnar to Fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200

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On ESPN Sports Center today, Brock Lesnar announced that his opponent for UFC 200 will be none other than “The Super Samoan” Mark Hunt.

Lesnar suffered back to back losses in his last two MMA bouts, and said that the way his MMA career was cut short back in 2011 due to diverticulitis had been eating away at him inside for some time and that he “didn’t want to be looking back 20 years from now saying ‘son, you should have done that.'” regarding a return to the sport. Lesnar also revealed that he was the one who instigated his return, saying that he “called 3 months ago” about his intentions to once again fight for the UFC.

Lesnar was then asked about his motives for returning, and stated categorically that his reasons were not financial, even though he was going to be handsomely rewarded in that regard. “It isn’t about the money for me,” he began. “You can’t step into the octagon just for money. This is in my heart. But let me tell you, it’s a boat load of money. There’s a lot of zeros.”

Fans will be wondering if this fight at UFC 200 will be a one-time thing, but Lesnar was non-committal on the issue. “It will be (a success). We will cross that road when we get there. I’ve got Summerslam in August so I’m a busy beaver. One thing at a time.

Lesnar was, of course, the UFC heavyweight champion from 2008 until 2010 and headlined UFC 100 in July, 2009, emerging with a second round TKO demolition of his long-time nemesis, Frank Mir. At UFC 200, Lesnar gets the chance to exorcise the demons that have haunted him since his enforced retirement due to his illness – something which he claimed on Sports Center that was the main factor for his losses to Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem, stating that he “didn’t lose to my foe. I lost to diverticulitis.”

In Mark Hunt, Lesnar faces a type of opponent who many believe to be his kryptonite – a power puncher – and they do not come much more powerful than Hunt. In his 12 professional wins, Hunt has amassed 9 knockouts, including finishes of Frank Mir, Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson. For Hunt, who still has aims of fighting for a UFC title at the age of 42, a win over “The Beast Incarnate” at UFC 200 would be colossal, and arguably, the biggest of his competitive career.

UFC 200 will take place from the newly built T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9. The card will be headlined by a UFC light heavyweight unification bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, with Lesnar vs Hunt expected to act as the co-main event. The full card currently stands as follows:

UFC 200 (Bout order TBC):

  • Daniel Cormier (c) vs Jon Jones (ic) – UFC Light Heavyweight Title
  • Brock Lesnar vs Mark Hunt
  • Miesha Tate (c) vs Amanda Nunes – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title
  • Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar – UFC Interim Featherweight Title
  • Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne
  • Cat Zingano vs Julianna Peña
  • Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum
  • TJ Dillashaw vs Raphael Assuncao
  • Sage Northcutt vs Enrique Marin
  • Gegard Mousasi vs Derek Brunson
  • Diego Sanchez vs Joe Lauzon
  • Jim Miller vs Takanori Gomi

 

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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

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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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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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