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Sam Alvey on Sioux Falls Fight “This will be a knockout for people to remember me for”

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UFC middleweight “Smile’n” Sam Alvey has been added to the UFC’s upcoming card in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on July 13. He will face The Ultimate Fighter season 23 cast member Eric Spicely in what will be the UFC debut of “The Dream Catcher”.

It marks a quick turnaround for Alvey, who suffered a decision loss to Elias Theodorou at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa just last week. It was Alvey’s first fight in over 10 months after recovering from a broken jaw sustained in training, and it was not the exciting fight that he had hoped for. Alvey expressed during the MMA Latest P4P podcast that he was healthy and itching to get back into the cage straight away – he will do just that on July 13.

Speaking to MMA Latest, Alvey, whose last 3 wins have come by way of first round knockout, made a promise to his fans and to everyone who will be watching the Sioux Falls card. “I haven’t had a real fight in 10 months. This will be a knockout for people to remember me for.”

His opponent, Eric Spicely, was a semi-finalist on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter as a member of Claudia Gadelha’s team. After defeating Kenneth Bergh by rear-naked choke to gain a place in the Ultimate Fighter house, Spicely met Team Joanna Jedrzejczyk representative Hector Urbina in the first round and advanced to the semi-finals with a two-round unanimous decision. Spicely was denied a place in the final after being knocked out by teammate Andrew Sanchez in the first round of that semi-final, but his performances on the show were enough to secure him a UFC contact and he will debut on July 13 against Alvey.

UFC Fight Nigth 91 will take place on July 13 from the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and will be headlined by a lightweight contest between Tony Ferguson and Michael Chiesa. With the addition of Alvey vs Spicely, the card currently looks as follows:

UFC Fight Night 91 (Bout order TBC)

  • Tony Ferguson vs Michael Chiesa
  • Michael McDonald vs John Lineker
  • Tim Boetsch vs Josh Samman
  • Alexey Oliynyk vs Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Louis Smolka vs Ben Nguyen
  • Ryan Hall vs Alex White
  • Kyle Noke vs Keita Nakamura
  • Devin Clark vs Alex Nicholson
  • Rani Yahya vs Matthew Lopez
  • Scott Holtzman vs Cody Pfister
  • Cortney Casey vs Cristina Stanciu
  • Sam Alvey vs Eric Spicely

 

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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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*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results

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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)

Main Card:

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)

Preliminary Card:

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)

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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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