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One Fight Added, Another Changed for UFC Rotterdam

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With the UFC’s first ever show in The Netherlands drawing ever closer, the card is beginning to take shape. Today, another fight has been added to the card as Dutchwoman Germaine de Randamie gets to fight in her home country opposite promotional newcomer, Anna Elmose. Not only that, but Peter Sobotta, who was scheduled to meet Dominic Waters, has suffered an injury and will no longer fight on May 8th. His replacement will be England’s Leon Edwards.

Germaine de Randamie becomes the third home country fighter to be added to the card in what will surely be the proudest moment of the kickboxer’s MMA career. “The Iron Lady” holds a 5 – 3 MMA record and is 2 – 1 in her run with the UFC. The 31-year-old has defeated Julie Kedzie and Larissa Pacheco, with her sole loss inside the octagon coming against #4 ranked Amanda Nunes. With de Randamie herself currently ranked at #13, she will be hoping to climb into the top 10 and beyond in 2016.

Her opponent, Anna Elmose, may not be a name familiar to the majority of MMA fans, but she is certainly a dangerous one. Holding an undefeated record of 3 – 0, the Danish striker has finished all of her professional fights, including a highlight reel worthy KO in her last outing against Mara Romero Borella. Also 31-years-old, “Panda” has fought her whole career in Europe and will be looking to keep her record perfect by adding the biggest win of her career to date in Rotterdam.

In the case of Leon Edwards, he will be hoping to bounce back following a loss to Kamaru Usman back in December. That fight saw a two-fight winning streak for “Rocky” come to an end following a decision win over Pawel Pawlak and a spectacular 8 second knockout of Seth Baczynski. With Dominic Waters currently on a 2-fight losing skid, both men will be desperate to leave Rotterdam with a win and that should make for an exciting match-up for those in attendance and those watching of UFC Fight Pass.

UFC Rotterdam takes place on May 8th from the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The main event will be in the heavyweight division as home favourite Alistair Overeem takes on former UFC heavyweight champion, Andrei Arlovski. With the above two changes, the card currently looks as follows:

UFC Rotterdam (bout order TBC):

  • Alistair Overeem vs Andrei Arlovski
  • Antonio Silva vs Stefan Struve
  • Albert Tumenov vs Gunnar Nelson
  • Yan Cabral vs Reza Madadi
  • Magnus Cedenblad vs Garreth McLellan
  • Leon Edwards vs Dominic Waters
  • Nick Hein vs Jon Tuck
  • Nikita Krylov vs Francimar Barroso
  • Chris Wade vs Rustam Khabilov
  • Heater Jo Clarke vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Kyoji Horiguchi vs Neil Seery
  • Germaine de Randamie vs Anna Elmose
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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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