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
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando
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.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2017
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.
Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem
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.)
EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that Eryk Anders (@erykanders) has gotten his wish. He'll headline UFC Fight Night: Belem against Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) in Brazil. Ask and you shall receive. #UFC pic.twitter.com/qX62A9qH6k
— The MMA Kings (Nolan King) (@mma_kings) December 14, 2017
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.
Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221
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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