With the recent news of current UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor being pulled from UFC 200 and potentially retiring from the sport, many eyes are set on the 145 lbs division as we may see a vacated title. With Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar already slated as the Featherweight title fight if McGregor gives up his belt, Max Holloway (15-3) and Ricardo Lamas (16-4) are now booked to see who would be next in line. Officials announced during Fox Sport 1’s “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday night that the fight between Featherweight top contenders take place at UFC 199 ON June 4th in Inglewood, California.
Dan Henderson (31-14) vs. Hector Lombard (34-5-1 2NC) was also officially confirmed for UFC 199 as well, which was previously rumored after Lyoto Machida pulled himself from his fight vs. Henderson at UFC on Fox 19 when he found out he had taken a substance that was on the banned list.
The Hawaiian native Max Holloway has been on an absolute tear through the Featherweight division since losing a Unanimous Decision to current champion Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen back in August of 2013. The 24-year old has won 8 bouts since his fight with McGregor, and will all but lock up a title shot once the smoke clears from the McGregor/Aldo/Frankie situation.
Ricardo Lamas got back in the win column after losing to Chad Mendes in April of last year when he defeated Diego Sanchez in November. He has been 3-1 since losing via Decision to Jose Aldo in a featherweight title fight at UFC 169, and a big win over Max Holloway could launch him back into the mix for a title shot, but he would most likely need one or two more wins to solidify a 2nd shot at UFC gold.
UFC 199 is set to take place on June 4th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. A championship rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman will serve as the main event while a bantamweight rubber match is scheduled as the co-main event as Urijah Faber attempts to finally capture a UFC title as he takes on current champion Dominick Cruz.
The rest of the linup for UFC 199 looks like this (in no particular order):
Luke Rockhold (c) vs. Chris Weidman
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Urijah Faber
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Jonathan Wilson vs. Luiz Henrique da Silva
Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Sean Strickland vs. Tom Breese
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Brian Ortega vs. Clay Guida
Jessica Penne vs. Jessica Andrade
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Ovince Saint Preux Steps in to Face Corey Anderson at UFC 217
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:
— Ovince Saint Preux (@003_OSP) October 19, 2017
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.
Fight News update!!
— UFC (@ufc) October 19, 2017
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.
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Gokhan Saki vs Khalil Rountree JR Added to UFC 219
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.
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) September 23, 2017
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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