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Cris Cyborg vs. Cat Zingano in the Works for UFC 214

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Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino has not set foot in the UFC’s octagon since a September 2016 destruction of Lina Lansberg in Brasilia. After much speculation, it now seems that the best featherweight on the planet has her next assignment, and it comes in the form of struggling bantamweight Cat Zingano. Brazilian outlet Combate reported the booking on Friday.

It is only the second fight scheduled for the newly created women’s featherweight division. The first was a championship bout between bantamweights Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208. It was de Randamie who emerged the victor.

Yet talk of a first title defence for the new champion has been rare, with reports even surfacing that de Randamie might eventually vacate the title due to commitments away from the sport.

Meanwhile, Cyborg, considered by most to be the legitimate champion at featherweight, has been waiting on the sidelines impatiently. First, the Brazilian was suspended by USADA after testing positive for spironolactone. Then the suspension was lifted when the fighter was issued with a retroactive therapeutic use exemption.

That paved the way for a quick return to the cage, and Cyborg has been campaigning for a title fight at 145 pounds ever since.

It now seems that de Randamie will not be the opponent, and it is unknown at this time whether an interim title will be on the line when Cyborg steps into the cage to face Zingano.

The one-time bantamweight title challenger has struggled for momentum in recent years. After being embarrassed by Ronda Rousey in February 2015, losing in only 14 seconds, Zingano eventually returned to the cage at UFC 200. It was not a happy return for the once highly regarded fighter, disappointing in defeat against Julianna Pena. Zingano has not fought since.

If the reports are true and Cyborg and Zingano are meeting at UFC 214, it means the efforts of Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson to secure a bout for the true lineal featherweight title have been in vain.

Anderson has positioned herself as the most notable 145-pound star outside of the UFC with a series of destructive performances, and a smart and outspoken persona.

It should be noted that neither the UFC or the fighters involved have confirmed the bout as yet, and attempts made by MMA Latest to reach out to both parties have not yet received a response.

Posts made from Cyborg’s social media accounts after the fight was reported also suggest that she would prefer a bout with Anderson over Zingano.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Confirmed for the card is a light-heavyweight championship rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

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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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