SSources close to the situation have said this morning that Damacio “The Angel of Death” Page has pulled out of his May 13th co-main event bantamweight bout at Legacy FC 55 versus Ryan “Riptide” Hollis. Legacy FC also confirmed the news Saturday afternoon in an email to Kevin Jones from MMALatestNews.com and The Main Event on Double T 97.3 FM in Lubbock, Texas.
In the email, Head of Legacy FC’s Fighter Relations, Richard Burmaster, stated:
“Damacio was sick and had to pull out. Ricardo Ramos was ready to step in but Hollis declined the replacement.”
It is hard to blame Hollis for not taking on an opponent like Brazil’s Ricardo Ramos with only a couple weeks notice. Ramos might be one of the most complete fighters at bantamweight outside of the UFC. The Brazilian’s record is 8-1, all of his wins have been finishes and his only loss was to current Legacy FC Bantamweight Champion Manny Vasquez (9-1) in a February fight for the vacant title. Ramos next fight is scheduled for May 27th against Roberto de Souza (8-1) at Aspera FC 38 in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil for the promotion’s bantamweight title.
Tapology.com has Ryan Hollis ranked at #9 out of 116 active US Southwest Pro Flyweights, as well as 16th at Bantamweight. The site also has him at #6 out of 75 active Texas Pro Flyweights and #4 out of 20 active Oklahoma Pro Flyweights. When we spoke to the 26-year-old from Cleveland, Texas he was understandably very disappointed that his opponent had pulled out of the fight.
Page, who is the current Legacy FC Flyweight Champion is ranked at #51 on the list of “Current Best MMA Flyweight Fighters” on tapology.com. The site also has him ranked 4th out of 75 active Texas Pro Flyweights and 6th out of 116 active US Southwest Pro Flyweights. “The Angel of Death’s” last fight was a second-round submission loss to Alexandre Pantoja for the vacant RFA flyweight title in the main event of RFA vs. Legacy FC 1 in May of 2015. The 33-year old has a record of 19-10, with 11 KOs and 7 submissions and trains at the famed Jackson-Winklejohn MMA gym in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Damacio has fought for the UFC and WEC, but perhaps is more famous for his appearance on the Tapout television series.
Page also pulled out of his last scheduled flyweight title fight on March 25th at Legacy 52 against American Top Team’s Matt “Danger” Schnell citing an injured rib. At that event, Schnell, who is ranked 1st out of 100 active US Southeast Pro Flyweights according to tapology.com, submitted Klayton Mai in the first round to capture the promotion’s Interim Flyweight title. The fight was a rematch of their 2014 fight which Mai won by submission.
The news is very disappointing for fans of the promotion who were eager to see the winner of this fight face Schnell to decided the undisputed Legacy FC Flyweight Champion. Hopefully, Legacy can lure Jonathan Martinez which many believe was the served contender for the interim strap to compete for the promotion again and in the near future, we can then find out who is truly the best flyweight out of this fighters triangle. With all of the talented athletes who have fought in the lower weight divisions of Legacy FC a tournament of some kind would be sure to delight fans should the promotion be inclined to put one together.
Legacy FC 55 takes place on Friday, May 13th at 10:00 PM ET from the Houston Arena Theater in Houston, Texas and is aired live on AXS TV. The main event is a heavyweight showdown between Justin Ledet (6-0) and Brice Ritani-Coe (4-3).
UFC 222 Re-Worked with Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya, and Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
UFC 222 has been saved, and it didn’t take a superhero to lift the burning boulder which was Max Holloway’s injury and withdrawal. All it took was a female named Cyborg and a man with a demeanor so smooth, he could be mistaken for an alter-ego. Cris Cyborg now serves as the UFC 222 main event when she defends her featherweight belt against Yana Kunitskaya. Frankie Edgar bumped down to the co-main event to face Brian Ortega in what is likely a title eliminator. The news of the UFC 222 revival originally stemmed from a report by MMAFighting.com and confirmed later in the evening by the UFC.
— UFC (@ufc) February 8, 2018
Over the course of the week, reports surrounded the Las Vegas card and whether it would survive. Multiple options were reportedly being mulled over; cancelling the card outright, changing the pay-per-view (PPV) to a ‘Fight Night’ with an Edgar vs. Ortega main event, Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 main event, among others. Ultimately, the promotion landed on Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya as the new main event, while also booking Brian Ortega.
This adjustment of the card places their women’s Featherweight champion in the second PPV main event in three months. Cris Cyborg recently put her undisputed Featherweight title on the line against Holly Holm at the year ending card, UFC 219. She successfully defended her belt by unanimous decision, in what was an amazing technical display from the Brazilian. In her octagon career, Cyborg is undefeated in her four appearances with three KO/TKO stoppages.
The second half of the new main event, Yana Kunitskaya, makes her UFC debut against the scariest women on the roster. If the 145 lb. champion was not enough of a challenge, Kunitskaya also makes her first appearance in the division since defeating Cindy Dandois in December of 2010. Of Russia descent, her most recent performances came inside the Invicta FC cage. At the female-only promotion, she posted a record of 1-1, with 1 No Contest. Her loss and no contest, both came at the hands of former UFC Featherweight title challenger, Tonya Evinger.
Turning to the co-main event, both fighters have been relatively inactive but, for good reason. Brian Ortega amazingly forced perennial men’s Featherweight contender, Cub Swanson, to tap in the second round of their ‘Fight Night: Fresno’ contest. Ortega fought twice in 2017, but more-so stayed inactive following his stoppage victory over Swanson. The Californian contender announced his desire to wait in line for the next title shot following the recent victory.
For Frankie Edgar, his last fight took place at UFC 211 when he absolutely demolished young and rising star, Yair Rodriguez. A card which took place last May. While Ortega holds an undefeated record, Edgar is undefeated in his previous 9 fights, excluding people named Jose Aldo.
UFC 222 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 3rd.
UFC Middleweight Champion, Robert Whittaker Announces Birth of Third Child
Times seem dull and dreary for the UFC’s Middleweight Champion, Robert Whittaker. The New Zealand born fighter withdrew from the promotions event debut in the eastern region of his residence, Australia. UFC 221, which takes place this Saturday, booked Whittaker to defend his title for the first time against former division champion, Luke Rockhold. His withdrawal was due to mistreatment of a serious staph infection inside of the Australians stomach.
It couldn’t get much worse, having to disappoint fans, and missing the first UFC event in eastern Australia. As it turns out, it could not get worse for Whittaker. Life only got better, as he had the pleasure of announcing the birth of his third child.
His new child is the champions third and first girl. Information regarding his child is limited as this moment is a tender and special time for the Whittaker family.
UFC 221 takes place in Perth, Australia at Perth Arena on February 11th. The cards main event features Whittakers short notice replacement, Yoel Romero taking on Luke Rockhold. Much to the satiety of fans, an interim belt is not in the equation in this instance.
Thank God. Excuse me, thank Dana White.
UFC 221 also features the ‘Super Samoan’ Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes, Tai Tuivasa faces Cyril Asker, Alexander Volkanovski vs. Jeremy Kennedy and more.
Dhiego Lima vs. Yushin Okami added to Glendale, Arizona card
Fights, fights, fights, the world-wide leader in MMA added another fan-friendly bout to the already exciting ‘Fight Night: Glendale’ card. Two time ‘Ultimate Fighter’ finalist, Dhiego Lima takes on veteran Yushin Okami. Lima took to Instagram earlier today to announce the news.
Glendale Arizona April 14th Very excited to announce one of the biggest fight in my career taking on a legend yushin okami I never back down from a challenge, I am making a title run this next go in the @ufc. God has been working amazing things in my life and I’m very excited for the future #phil413. @triadmechanical @fathletic.apparel @bluecovemassage
Four days after adding an important Heavyweight clash to UFC Glendale, the promotion booked another crucial bout, in the Welterweight division. While, neither fighter ranks inside the top 15 of the Welterweight division, both sit at pivotal points in their career. In the case of Lima, he comes off a second appearance on the reality series, The Ultimate Fighter. Much like his first appearance, the Welterweight made the competition finals.
Lima first appeared on the reality series during Season 19: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn. In the preliminary round, he defeated Adam Stroup via unanimous decision (2 rounds), to earn a place in the house. From there, he submitted both his quarter-final and semi-final opponents. Lima left the Ultimate Fighter house undefeated, down the line, he did a similar thing on the 25th season of the show. He defeated Hayder Hassan, Gilbert Smith, and Tom Gallicchio, all by unanimous decision leaving the house undefeated for a second time.
Unfortunately, the inverse of his performances in the ‘TUF’ house came to fruition in the finals. In two Ultimate Fighter Finale’s, his record fell to 0-2, following Ultimate Fighter Finale Season 25. What happened to be even more unfortunate, Lima’s opponent at, The Ultimate Fighter Finale Season 25, Jesse Taylor, tested positive for the anti-estrogen agent clomiphene. The sample collected for the failed drug test was in an out-of-competition setting, therefor Lima’s loss to Taylor stands. The loss puts his record with the UFC at, 1-4.
A loss shouldn’t place Lima near the chopping block but, a win would greatly improve his standing with the promotion. The other half of the newly announced bout, is in a similar position.
Yushin Okami made his first appearance for the promotion at UFC 62. Okami earned the victory in his debut. The win marked his third consecutive win in the midst of a six fight win-streak. Over the course of those six victories, Okami defeated Alan Belcher (UFC 62), Kalib Starnes (UFC 64), Rory Singer (UFC 66), and Mike Swick (UFC 69). The Japanese born mixed martial artist remained on the roster for seven more years before being cut following a first round TKO loss to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza.
Okami fought for various organizations following his release, while also dropping down to Welterweight. When, in the latter part of 2017, he was called upon as a short-notice injury replacement by the UFC. Seven days before UFC Fight Night 117: St. Preux vs. Rua, one half of the main event, Maurico Rua, withdrew due to an apparent knee injury. Okami answered the call, giving him seven days to prepare for rising Light Heavyweight contender, Ovince St. Preux. The Japanese native lost the contest by submission in the opening round.
UFC Fight Night Glendale takes place in Glendale Arizona at the Gila River Arena on April 14th. The main event features Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirer.
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