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Donald Cerrone vs Robbie Lawler rebooked, added to the already-stacked UFC 214 in Anaheim

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WOW.

Anaheim is now home to one of the most stacked cards in the history of the sport.

Originally scheduled to take place this weekend at UFC 213, Donald Cerrone suffered an infection that would force him to pull out of the event. While International Fight Week still has quite a few intriguing fights, this was certainly one that fans had marked as a ‘can’t miss’ fight.

Cerrone was quick to acknowledge that the infection was something that would keep him out for only a short period of time and a very short time it will be.

On Sunday morning, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times confirmed the fight has been officially rebooked for UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, just three weeks following the original date.

With the addition of this fight, UFC 214 will have the Honda Center in Anaheim rocking with fifteen scheduled fights, including three title fights. Cerrone vs. Lawler is likely to land on the main card, but with so many incredible fights on one night, it could end up being a feature preliminary bout.

The scheduled headliner of the evening will see former champ Jon Jones return to action to take on the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier. Due to his history of last-minute events forcing him out of fights, perhaps the promotion has stacked this card around Jon Jones incase something happens again before the fight takes place.

Tyron Woodley will defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Demian Maia and  Cris Cyborg will take on Toyna Evinger for the now-vacant UFC Featherweight Championship title in the other two title fights.

While the bout order is still to be determined besides the main event, UFC 214’s bout lineup is as follows:

  • (C) Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones *Light Heavyweight Championship bout*
  • (C) Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia *Welterweight Championship bout*
  • Cris “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya Evinger *Vacant Featherweight Championship bout*
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Ricardo Lamas vs. Jason Knight
  • Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Kailin Curran vs. Aleksandra Albu
  • Dmitry Smolyakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Ortega Vs. Ranato Carneiro
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira
  • Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi
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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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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.

Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.

Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)

Main Card:

Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)

Preliminary Card:

Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)

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Bellator 185 Fight to Watch: Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams

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Heather Hardy will compete in MMA for the second time at Bellator 185 on Friday night, as she faces Kristina Williams in a strawweight contest. The fight takes place on the main card at the Mohican Sun Arena in Connecticut.

Potentially, what Bellator have in Heather ‘The Heat’ Hardy is a major draw that they can build their 125 pound division around. While relatively new to the organisation she is fast becoming one of the more popular names on the roster. Her career is in the early stages, but many have already started to draw comparisons with former boxer turned MMA star, Holly Holm. Holm’s UFC success partly inspired the native New Yorker to make the switch from boxing.

Hardy is already an established world champion in the land of the ‘sweet science’, holding a 21 fight undefeated professional record. She made her MMA debut in June this year with a victory over Alice Yauger, at Bellator 180. At 35, Hardy is a late starter in the sport, but proved at Madison Square Garden against the credible Yauger that she has a bright future.

Hardy’s first outing in the cage was disciplined and composed. Despite a slow start in round one, Hardy grew in confidence as the fight progressed and her cardio never faltered. She mixed in plenty of kicks that complimented her boxing and looked at ease in the clinch, even defending a couple of takedown attempts in the process.

Despite looking on course for a decision win, Hardy forced the TKO stoppage with just thirteen seconds remaining in round three. Even a large cut that required seven stitches from an accidental head clash could not deny her victory.

Hardy was fighting an experienced professional, competing for the tenth time in MMA, which makes the win over Yauger more impressive. However, her upcoming opponent Kristina Williams will be making her professional debut.

There is little known about Williams except that she is 3-0 at amateur level. One of those wins came by way of submission so there may well be a threat to Hardy if the fight goes to the ground. More importantly for Williams is how she copes on the big stage against a popular opponent, who is more familiar competing in high pressure combat situations. If Williams can produce an upset it will be a huge boost in her young career.

But in all honesty, this fight is about Hardy. It’s about getting the win and gaining valuable experience. The boxing career is on hold while MMA takes centre stage. Beating Williams will mean she likely continues fighting inside a cage rather than a boxing ring.

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