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Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier set for UFC 211 in Dallas

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UFC 211 is shaping up to be the fight card of the year as the Dallas, Texas event has added one more blockbuster bout to its line-up.

Initially reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and then subsequently confirmed by the UFC, former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez will return to the Octagon on May 13th after verbally agreeing to square off against Dustin Poirier.

Alvarez (28-5) last fought at UFC 205 where he suffered his first stoppage loss in the UFC at the hands of Conor McGregor and in doing so lost his 155 lbs title. Alvarez had gone on a three-fight win streak prior to the promotion’s New York City debut beating former Strikeforce and UFC champions Gilbert Melendez and Anthony Pettis respectively before claiming the UFC’s lightweight title with a first-round TKO over Rafael dos Anjos. ‘The Underground King’ is currently ranked #3 in the UFC rankings and has the distinction of being the only fighter to have first won a Bellator world title before claiming a UFC championship.

Dustin Poirier (21-5) meanwhile last competed at UFC 208 where he earned a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus after claiming a unanimous decision victory over Jim Miller. Since facing a similar fate to Conor McGregor as Eddie Alvarez in 2014, ‘The Diamond’ has gone 5-1 in the UFC’s lightweight division with his only loss coming against Michael Johnson. Poirier is currently ranked #10 in the UFC’s 155 lbs rankings.

With an Alvarez – Poirier bout confirmed for UFC 211, the May 13th event’s line-up now includes:

  • Stipe Miocic vs Junior dos Santos – UFC heavyweight title fight
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Jessica Andrade – UFC strawweight title fight
  • Demian Maia vs Jorge Masvidal
  • Eddie Alvarez vs Dustin Poirier
  • Fabricio Werdum vs Ben Rothwell*
  • Gabriel Benitez vs Enrique Barzola
  • Sergio Pettis vs. Henry Cejudo

*Ben Rothwell was notified of a potential USADA violation on 3/7/2017

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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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