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It’s official: TJ Dillashaw vs. John Lineker set for UFC 207

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After early reports of a verbal agreement between the two competitors, UFC has made a potential bantamweight title eliminator official for UFC 207.

#2 John “Hands of Stone” Lineker (29-7) will square off against former UFC Bantamweight Champion, #1 T.J. Dillashaw (13-3) at UFC 207 on Friday, December 30, 2016, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The promotion confirmed the bout on Wednesday.

In a unique clash of styles, these two top-ranked bantamweights will fight for the right to earn a shot at UFC gold on the same night the belt will be defended when the champ Dominick Cruz takes on challenger Cody Garbrandt.

#2 John Lineker, with his always-forward, hard-hitting fighting style comes into this bout riding a six-fight win streak over some of the best the UFC has to offer. Since being forced to move into the bantamweight division due to multiple issues with making weight as a flyweight, Lineker has put on four impressive performances in a row against 135-pound competition, most recently another newcomer to the 135-pound limit, John Dodson.  With his relentless pressure and willingness to trade shots with knockout power, an invitation from Lineker to stand and trade in the pocket is never a good idea if you want to remain conscious.  Currently ranked number two in the division, a win over Dillashaw would surely put him in contention for a title shot.

#1 TJ Dillashaw is the polar opposite when it comes to his approach inside the cage. After training under the tutelage of Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Dillashaw became a master of stick-and-move fighting while showcasing incredible footwork to pick apart his opponents. Dillashaw put the world on notice when he dismantled former champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 and proved it was no fluke by putting the stamp on that performance in their rematch just over a year later with a fourth-round TKO. Dillashaw would find himself on the wrong end of a split decision in January when he shared the cage with Dominick Cruz – perhaps the only man who utilizes footwork and efficient movement better than Dillashaw. Since losing the title on that evening to Cruz, Dillashaw put on a textbook performance against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200, and now has his eyes set on earning another shot at the title with a win over Lineker.

UFC 207 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, December 30, 2016. The event is headlined by the return of former Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey versus current Champion, Amanda Nunes.

Other bouts confirmed for UFC 207 include:

  • (C) Amanda Nunes vs. #2 Ronda Rousey
  • (C) Dominick Cruz vs. #6 Cody Garbrandt
  • #1 Fabricio Werdum vs. #2 Cain Velasquez
  • #7 Johny Hendricks vs. #9 Neil Magny
  • #13 Tarec Saffiedine vs. #14 Matt Brown
  • Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia
  • Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori

 

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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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BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219

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Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.

Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.

Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.

This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.

Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.

Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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