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Jacare Souza vs Tim Boetsch added to UFC 208

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After poking fun at the lack of fighters willing to step into the cage with Jacare Souza, the Brazilian’s management teams fake Craiglist ad has finally had a reply in the form of a ‘Barbarian’.

As first reported by Mark La Monica of Newsday, the promotion officially confirmed the bout this afternoon. A fight which will pair the UFC’s #3 and #14 middleweights against one another, Jacare Souza and Tim Boetsch have today been confirmed to square off at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York. The fight confirmation marks the first time since May 2016 that Jacare will compete in the Octagon.

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza’s (23-4, 1 NC) last fight at UFC 198 was a dominant victory over Vitor Belfort, ending via second-round TKO, and saw the talented grappler return to the win column after a controversial loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 194. With the split decision loss to Romero, the former Strikeforce middleweight champion had his eight-fight win streak broken at the hands of the #1 ranked Cuban in a run that included stoppage wins over the likes of Derek Brunson, Yushin Okami, and Gegard Mousasi.

With this fight scheduled for UFC 208, Boetsch (20-10) will now have back-to-back fights in The Empire State after an excellent first round knockout of Rafael Natal at UFC 205 saw ‘The Barbarian’ extend his winning streak to two. With 20 fights under his belt for the UFC banner, including a brief foray at light heavyweight, Boetsch has a plethora of experience in the Octagon and holds notable wins over the likes of Yushin Okami and Hector Lombard.

Despite being just the UFC’s second PPV event in New York, both fighters have the added bonus of having already experienced a fight week in the eastern state. With Boetsch, the only man of the pair to actually fight at UFC 205, Jacare also weighed in at the Madison Square Garden as a possible last-minute replacement for any middleweight fighter but was unable to step-in due to the NYSAC’s rules on weight disparity between fighters.

Currently scheduled UFC 208 card:

  • Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie – inaugural women’s featherweight title fight
  • Jacare Souza vs Tim Boetsch
  • Travis Browne vs Derrick Lewis
  • Glover Texeira vs Jared Cannonier
  • Dustin Poirier vs Jim Miller
  • Ryan LaFlare vs Roan Carneiro
  • Paul Felder vs Gilbert Burns
  • Nik Lentz vs Islam Makhachev
  • Ian McCall vs Neil Seery
  • Randy Brown vs George Sullivan
  • Marcin Tybura vs Luis Henrique
  • Wilson Reis vs Ulka Sasaki
  • Phillipe Nover vs Rick Glenn
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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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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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