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Donald Cerrone vs Jorge Masvidal set for UFC on Fox 23



After a persistent public request to fight in his hometown of Denver, Colorado on January 28th, Donald Cerrone looks set to get his wish for a quick 49-day turnaround.

In a bout on paper that will surely make the list for ones to watch to begin 2017, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is set to face off against Jorge Masvidal at UFC on Fox 23. After being first reported by, Cerrone all but confirmed the fight on his Twitter account which would mark his fifth welterweight fight under the UFC banner and his sixth fight in just over a year.

Both Cerrone and Masvidal have gone back and forth on social media in recent weeks after Cerrone made an open challenge to anyone who could face him at 170 pounds on seven weeks notice with ‘Gamebred’ more than eager to take him up on his word.

Cerrone (32-7, 1 NC) fought as recently as Saturday night at UFC 206 and improved his win streak to four since a move up to welterweight with a stunning head kick knockout over Matt Brown. Cerrone is currently ranked at #5 in the UFC welterweight rankings and has looked better than ever since the change in weight class.

Another former UFC lightweight fighter, Masvidal (31-11) is currently on a two-fight win streak at 170 pounds and most recently defeated Jake Ellenberger in bizarre fashion at The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions Finale. After a fine first round performance where Masvidal staggered his opponent on the feet, Ellenberger’s foot was caught in the cage with Masvidal on top landing punches, which ultimately causing a TKO victory for the American Top Team fighter. Masvidal is currently ranked at number 15 in the UFC’s welterweight rankings.

UFC on Fox 23 is currently slated to be headlined by Julianna Peña vs Valentina Shevchenko and will also feature a middleweight clash between Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares with the rescheduled bout between Raphael Assuncao and Aljamain Sterling also slated for the January 28th event. The card currently looks as follows:

UFC on Fox 23 (Card subject to change):

  • Valentina Shevchenko vs Julianna Peña
  • Hector Lombard vs Brad Tavares
  • Jason Gonzalez vs J.C. Cottrell
  • Sam Alvey vs Nate Marquardt
  • Eric Shelton vs Alexandre Pantoja
  • Raphael Assuncao vs Aljamain Sterling
  • Donald Cerrone vs Jorge Masvidal
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Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217



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

Harry Davies



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



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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