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Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum Official for UFC 200

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The UFC last night revealed details for July’s UFC 200 event, which the organisation are planning to be the biggest in UFC history. While the McGregor vs Diaz and Edgar vs Aldo rematches announcement invoked the biggest reactions, there were more big fights added to the card. One of those is a welterweight collision between former champion Johny “Big Rig” Hendricks and The Ultimate Fighter season 17 winner, Kelvin Gastelum.

A former NCAA Division 1 champion wrestler, Johny Hendricks came within a split decision of dethroning long-time UFC 170 pound champion Georges St Pierre when they fought back in 2013. When the Canadian decided to take an indefinite break from MMA, Hendricks had the chance to fight for the now vacant title against Robbie Lawler – a chance which he would grab with both hands, becoming the UFC welterweight champion in a Fight of the Year winning performance for 2014. However, his reign would not last long as Lawler would defeat him later that same year to capture UFC gold. Following a win over Matt Brown, Hendricks was matched with Tyron Woodley in what was likely a number one contender match at UFC 192. However, Hendricks would never make it to the match, as weight-cut issues resulted in Hendricks suffering kidney stones as well as an intestinal blockage and, ultimately, the fight was cancelled. Most recently, Hendricks faced Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at UFC Fight Night 82 and, while he had no problem with the weight-cut this time, he would succumb to Thompson’s heavy strikes and suffer the first stoppage loss of his career little over 3 minutes into the first round. At UFC 200, Hendricks gets the chance to bounce back from that defeat when he fights Kelvin Gastelum.

Since winning TUF 17 as a middleweight, Gastelum has largely competed as a welterweight. However, like his opponent at UFC 200, Gastelum has had some weight cutting issues in the past. Sandwiched between a Performance of the Night submission win over Jake Ellenberger were two incidents of weighing in over the 170 pound welterweight limit. First, at 172.75 against Nico Musoke (a fight he went on to win) and then tipping the scales at 180 pounds prior to a split decision loss to Tyron Woodley at UFC 183. Following that loss, UFC president Dana White publicly stated that Gastelum would have to continue his career for the promotion as a middleweight. In his next fight, Gastelum did just that, returning to middleweight to face MMA legend Nate Marquardt, who he dominated en route to a TKO victory following the second round. However, Gastelum felt that he had unfinished business at welterweight and, following an injury withdrawal by Matt Brown, was paired with Neil Magny at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 Finale. Despite ending up on the wrong end of a split decision, Gastelum showed that his weight issues were firmly behind him by putting in a fiercely competitive performance from minute one to minute 25 in a Fight of the Night classic. He now faces arguably the biggest name he has ever fought at UFC 200 in Johny Hendricks.

UFC 200 will take place at the newly build T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 9th. The main event will be a rematch at 170 pounds between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. Also featured on the card will be an interim featherweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and former champion Jose Aldo. With UFC 200 planned to be the biggest in UFC history, expect more blockbuster fights to be added in the weeks and months ahead. As it stands so far, the stacked card looks as follows:

UFC 200 (Bout order TBC)

  • Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
  • Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar *Interim Flyweight Title*
  • Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez
  • Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks

 

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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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