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Carlos Condit puts the breaks on retirement talk and is set to face Demian Maia at UFC202

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The last time we heard from a heartbroken Carlos Condit he spoke of a desire to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts. This shock announcement came after a gruelling five round war with current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

After coming up short in a razor thin decision loss at UFC195 in January “The Natural Born Killer” initially expressed his desire for a rematch with the champ due to the close nature of the first bout between the pair.

The long-time top contender spoke at length during the post-fight press conference about a hot topic in MMA; head trauma. When fielding questions from the assorted media Condit discussed the dangers of prolonging a career in a sport that is unforgiving to those who hang around for too long. In his mind, the only way he would return for another outing in the Octagon would be a high profile championship rematch that many felt he deserved.

As the months wore on it became clear that Condit would not get his wish. Before long it was announced that Tyron Woodley would challenge Lawler next and with men like Stephen Thompson waiting in the wings for the winner the path to the title was becoming increasingly obscure. Sadly it seemed like this would spell an end to a career that had seen plenty of highs and lows inside the cage.

However more recently Carlos began to indicate that a potential return was on the cards. At first, rumours began to swirl that the second clash with Nick Diaz may be an option for his return. A high profile bout like this would surely tempt the always exciting Condit back to the cage. In the end however, it was not a fight with Diaz that prompted a return but a matchup with surging contender Demian Maia at UFC202 in August. The news was first reported by Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal and confirmed by the UFC.

Arguably the greatest Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in MMA history Maia has torn through his past five opponents since losing to Rory MacDonald in 2014. Most recently Maia snared Matt Brown in his vice-like rear naked choke after spending three rounds glued to Brown’s back.

Unquestionably Demian is deserving of a title shot at this stage but due to the spectacular nature of “Wonderboy’ Thompson’s recent run, he will have to go through one more beast to get a chance at the sport’s top prize.

Stylistically this is one of the most appealing welterweight contests that the UFC could put on, on a card that is already headlined by the rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor and also features the likes of Anthony Rumble Johnson and Donald Cerrone.

UFC202 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Nevada on August 20th. Follow MMALatestNews.com for more fight announcements and news surrounding the card in the coming weeks.

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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217

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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:

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.

 

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.

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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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