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Matt Brown gets quick turn around, faces Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201

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UFC201 is shaping up to be a humdinger of a fight card.

This evening it was announced that another pair of aggressive 170 pounders would be were being added to the card. The UFC announced that Matt Brown would face off against Jake Ellenberger in a matchup that promises fireworks.

Brown who recently took part in the festivities at UFC198 in Brazil came up short against local hero Demian Maia losing in the third round via rear naked choke. The trip into the lion’s den last month was eventful, to say the least for the “Immortal” one. Having done his best at the weigh-ins to antagonize a partisan Brazilian crowd, Brown was on the receiving end of a series of abuse on fight night as no less than three fans attempted to lay hands on him during his walk out.

The trouble culminated in a one-sided jiu-jitsu lesson handed out by Maia who handed Matt another defeat meaning he has now lost three of his past four and is seemingly falling rapidly down the pecking order of welterweight contenders.

However, it was announced days ago that he had signed a new eight-fight contract with the promotion who have rewarded him due to his fan friendly abrasive style. Rarely in a dull fight, Brown will face another aggressive striker who is fighting to stay relevant in arguably the UFC’s deepest division.

After losing to Carlos Condit all the way back in 2009 Jake Ellenberger put together a remarkable run of eight wins in nine outings to place himself in the title mix at 170 pounds. Unfortunately, he then came up short against elite competition losing by knockout to the likes of Stephen Thompson and champion Lawler.

A listless decision loss to Tarec Saffedine in January had many wondering whether Ellenberger might be cast aside by the UFC. Luckily for “The Juggernaut” he will get the chance to silence the doubters and reaffirm his standing in a crowded weight class when he meets Brown in Atlanta on July 30th.

UFC201 takes place at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia on July 30th. At the top of the bill champion, Robbie Lawler will look to continue his dominant run by downing challenger Tyron Woodley. The bout is co-headlined by the return of Demetrious Johnson who will look to take a step closer to Anderson Silva’s record of title defences as he takes on Brazilian Wilson Reis.

Follow @MMALatestNws for more news regarding UFC201 in the coming weeks.

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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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