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Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson rematch set for UFC 210

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Daniel Cormier will finally get to defend his UFC light heavyweight title for the second time. Cormier is set to face Anthony ” Rumble” Johnson at UFC 210 this April.

The pair previously fought for the vacant light heavyweight championship back at UFC 187 in 2014, with Cormier winning the fight by second round submission and claiming his first UFC title. Cormier went on to defend his title against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 but has not defended the title since.

Following a break after defeating Gustafsson, Cormier was booked to face a returning Jon Jones who was suspended by the UFC at the time for a hit and run incident back in 2014.

The rematch was set for UFC 197 but Cormier had to pull out due to an injury and Jones went on to face Ovince St. Preux for the interim light heavyweight championship. Jones won the fight by decision and the rematch with Cormier was booked as the headliner for UFC’s landmark UFC 200.

A few days prior to the event, Jones was pulled from the card by USADA after testing positive for a banned substance. Cormier decided to stay on the card and fought former middleweight champion Anderson Silva on short notice and defeated the former pound for pound number one by decision.

After the Jones ordeal, Cormier set his sights on future contenders in the light heavyweight division and the first name on the list was Anthony Johnson. After losing to Cormier, Johnson returned to his best knocking out Jimi Manuwa, Ryan Bader and more recently Glover Teixeira to earn his number one contender spot once again.

A rematch was set for UFC 206 in Toronto, but Cormier suffered yet another injury to his knee forcing the champion to withdraw from the fight and Johnson decided to wait until the champion was cleared to fight again.

The rematch is now officially set for UFC 210 where the UFC will return to Buffalo for the first time since UFC 7. Until last year that was the only time the UFC held an event in the state of New York before the sport was banned there. The ban was lifted last year and the UFC has held two events since in the state of New York.

Also scheduled to fight on the card is a middleweight showdown between former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Gegard Mousasi. Weidmanis looking to bounce back after two knockout losses, while Mousasi impressed strongly in 2016 with four wins and three straight finishes.

UFC 210 takes place at the Key Bank Center in Buffalo, New York on April 8.

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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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