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T.J. Dillashaw v.s. Raphael Assuncao Official for UFC 200

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The UFC have announced another bout for the fight promotion’s UFC 200 fight card on on July 9th, as Former bantamweight champion T.J Dillashaw looks to avenge his loss to current #5 ranked bantamweight, Raphael Assuncao.

When the two fighters first met back in 2013, Assuncao was able to pull out a closely contested split-decision victory, but has won just two fights since due to various injuries. Dillashaw, on the other hand, was able to rebound from the defeat and eventually captured the UFC bantamweight championship. He successfully defended his belt twice before losing a razor-thin split-decision to current champion, Dominick Cruz.

This fight has major implications in the 135lb weight division. A win would likely vault either fighter into a title fight. Dillashaw, of course, had a very strong argument for an immediate rematch with Cruz after such a close fight, until the UFC decided to give Dillashaw’s former teammate Urijah Faber another shot at UFC gold. Assuncao has won seven straight bouts including his win over Dillashaw. He was lined up to fight for the title in 2014, but a rib injury prevented him from doing so. The Brazilian will look to reboot the momentum of a seven fight win streak after not entering the octagon since 2014.

UFC 200 takes place July 9th at the newly opened T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  The card is headlined by the light-heavyweight championship unification bout between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones. The co-main event features an interim title fight in the featherweight division between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar. The card also features a third championship match – the women’s bantamweight title, between Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes. The full card currently looks as follows:

UFC 200 Card

  • Daniel Cormier (c) vs Jon Jones (ic) – UFC Light Heavyweight Title
  • Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar – UFC Interim Featherweight Title
  • Miesha Tate vs Amanda Nunes – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title
  • Cain Velasquez vs Travis Browne
  • Johny Hendricks vs Kelvin Gastelum
  • Gegard Mousasi vs Derek Brunson
  • Diego Sanchez vs Joe Lauzon
  • Sage Northcutt vs Enrique Marin
  • TJ Dilllashaw vs Raphael Assuncao
  • Jim Miller vs Takanori Gomi
  • Cat Zingano vs Julianna Peña
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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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