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Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler set for UFC 205 at MSG

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UFC 205 is beginning to take shape with some absolutely incredible matchups to make the first event in New York City a very memorable one.

Earlier this week, a fight between Al Iaquinta and Thiago Alves was confirmed, and now, two of the biggest names in the sport will share the cage on November 12, 2016 at Madison Square Garden.

Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will share the cage with former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler according to Anthony Lima of CBS Cleveland. Although the UFC has not made the official announcement at this time, UFC President Dana White confirmed the news with Lima during an interview on CBS Cleveland radio.

Donald Cerrone has been on a tear since making the jump to the welterweight division. Before recently obliterating Rick Story at UFC 202 with an incredible combination that looked like something out of a video game, Cowboy finished Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night 89 and also made quick work of Alex Oliveira by triangle choke in the first round at UFC Fight Night 83.
Cerrone made the move from the Lightweight division after a disappointing performance in his title shot against Rafael dos Anjos in December of 2015. While looking like a different animal at 170 pounds, his journey will continue in the higher weight class, as Cowboy will now face his toughest test to date in the welterweight division, the former champion Robbie Lawler.

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“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler tasted defeat in his last Octagon appearance, as he lost the Welterweight Title to Tyron Woodley at UFC 201 in July. Lawler’s title reign produced incredible moments as he was involved in Fight of the Year candidate battles against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 and Carlos Condit at UFC 195. Possessing knockout power and a never-ending gas tank, Lawler is as dangerous as opponents come in the sport of mixed martial arts. Over the course of his four fights prior to Woodley, each bout went into the fifth and final round, where Lawler excelled with relentless pacing and pressure, earning himself the superlative of “Fifth-round Lawler”. Both Cerrone and Lawler are historically known for being slow starters in their fights, which could make for a classic fight as the rounds expire.

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Stay tuned to MMA Latest News for more coverage of this fight and other matchups announced for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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UFC 221 in Perth has officially added a another Australian to the main card. Joining Robert Whittaker is the knockout legend Mark Hunt.

The Daily Telegraph first reported that Hunt will be stepping into the octagon to face #9 Curtis Blaydes. Some weren’t sure if we would ever see Hunt fight again after he was pulled from the main event in UFC Fight Night 21 against Marcin Tybura. The UFC removed him due to “medical concerns” while Hunt was stating he was perfectly fine.

After getting evaluated and cleared to fight by Australian and American doctors, it looks like his time has come to return.  Hunt’s last fight was back in June when he derailed the Derrick Lewis hype train with a 4th round TKO win.

Hunt had been adamant about calling out #3 ranked heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and trying to get that rematch booked, labelling Werdum a “chicken shit” and a “coward.”

Curtis “Razor” Blaydes who has an 8-1 record, is coming off a TKO victory due to doctor stoppage at UFC 217 in November. Since losing to now title challenger Francis Ngannou in April of 2016, Blaydes has rattled off three straight wins over Alexey Oleynik, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Cody East.

With all this momentum from the win streak, Blaydes looks to capitalize and win the biggest fight of his career against Hunt.

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