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Irene Aldana set to make UFC debut against Leslie Smith

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The UFC has called up another solid competitor from Invicta FC.

The 28-year-old Irene Aldana from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico will bring her 7-2 professional record to the UFC Octagon in December, according to a report from MMA Junkie’s Steven Marrocco.

Aldana will be welcomed to the UFC by Leslie Smith (8-7-1) according to the report. While the bout has not been officially announced, both parties have verbally agreed to meet at UFC on FOX 22 on December 17 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

Irene Aldana is currently riding a two-fight win streak, having defeated Jessamyn Duke and Faith Van Duin in her previous outings with Invicta. Both fights resulted in exciting first-round TKO finishes, leaving a lasting impression on the bantamweight division. Her lone defeat in five fights under the Invicta FC banner came in a title fight against current champ, Tonya Evinger. While taking nothing away from Evinger, Aldana took that fight despite being sick on fight week. It was an outing that Aldana wished she could avenge, and wanted another shot at Evinger, however, it appears the call to the UFC trumps her wishes for a rematch.

Aldana will be facing a very tough, fearless competitor in Leslie Smith. If you need any proof of her willingness to fight anyone, Smith all but begged for the chance to fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 198. Having traded wins and losses over her past four fights, Smith will be looking to rebound in a big way against Aldana in her home state of California.

Aldana’s call to the UFC comes on the heels of her strawweight training partner at Wolf MMA Gym in Mexico City, Alexa Grasso, who successfully competed this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 98 against Heather Jo Clark.

UFC on FOX 22 is headlined by a strawweight bout between #8 Paige VanZant and #12 Michelle Waterson. The event also serves as the retirement party of fan-favorite #7 Urijah Faber in his hometown of Sacramento as he takes on Brad Pickett.

The following fights have been confirmed for the card:

  • #8 Paige VanZant vs. #12 Michelle Waterson
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall
  • #7 Urijah Faber vs. Brad Pickett
  • Alan Jouban vs. Mike Perry
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Paul Craig
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Colby Covington
  • Josh Emmett vs. Scott Holtzman
  • James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono
  • Hector Sandoval vs. Fredy Serrano
  • Bojan Velickovic vs. Sultan Aliev
  • #12 Eddie Wineland vs. #14 Takeya Mizugaki

Stay tuned to MMA Latest for further news and notes about UFC on FOX 22.

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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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BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219

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Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.

Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.

Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.

This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.

Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.

Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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