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Khabib Nurmagomedov to Face Promotional Newcomer Darrel Horcher

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When lightweight Tony Ferguson was forced to withdraw from his UFC on FOX 19 main event fight opposite Khabib Nurmagomedov, the intention from the UFC was that he remain on the card. Names such as Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone were mooted as possible replacements for Ferguson, but instead, the UFC have opted to install Darrell Horcher as the Russian’s opponent, with the bout to be contested at a catchweight of 160 pounds.

For Nurmagomedov, it will be his first fight in 2 years following an unfortunate period littered with injuries. The Dagestan native boasts an unbeaten record of 22 – 0 with 6 of those wins coming in the UFC. With a title shot very much in Nurmagomedov’s plans, it is important for him to be active, particularly in light of his recent spell on the sidelines and, in Horcher, he will meet somewhat of an unknown quantity on April 16th.

Darrell Horcher gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he steps into the Octagon in Tampa, Florida – an opportunity that very few promotional newcomers get. He has the chance to take on one of the very top contenders in the UFC lightweight division and a man in Nurmagomedov who holds a victory over current UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos. Horcher has been known as one of the brightest lightweight prospects outside of the UFC and has amassed a record of 12 – 1 with 7 finishes in his career to date. He is also the reigning Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) lightweight champion and last fought in October 2015. For a UFC debutant, fights rarely get this big and Horcher will be aiming to make an immediate name for himself.

UFC on FOX 19 takes place from Tampa, Florida and will be headlined by a light heavyweight clash between tope contenders Glover Teixeira and Rashad Evans. With Horcher stepping in to face Nurmagomedov, the card now looks as follows:

FOX Main Card

  • Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Darrell Horcher
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson
  • Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
  • Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias

FOX Prelims

  • Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa
  • John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
  • Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

UFC Fight Pass Early Prelims

  • Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
  • Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes
  • Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Omari Akhmedov
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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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