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Three Bouts Added To UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City

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The UFC have added three bouts to their August 6 event in Salt Lake City with the inclusion of two welterweight clashes and one heavyweight showdown.

In welterweight action, Santiago Ponsinibbio will face Zak Cummings.

Ponzinibbio is a winner of four of his last five fights in the UFC with wins coming inside the distace. The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2 alum, made it through to the semi-finals of the series before an injury forced him out. He has a record of 4-2 in the UFC and 22-3 in professional MMA. He last fought Court McGee at UFC on FOX 19 in April where won via TKO in the second round.

Cummings is also a winner of four of his last five in the UFC. On his debut, he won a ‘Submission of the Night’ bonus when he submitted Ben Alloway via a D’Arce choke at UFC Fight Night 27. He last fought at UFC in Zagreb against Nicolas Dalby where he handed the Dane his first loss inside the UFC.

Also in action at 170lbs, Court McGee will take on Dominique Steele.

 

McGee is an MMA veteran with 22 career fights. After winning TUF 11 with a win over Kris McCrary, his career skyrocketed with two more wins to take his winning streak to eight straight. UNfortunately for McGee what followed was his first UFC loss  to Costas Philippou and then a secondto Nick Ring . After a loss to Ryan LaFlare at UFC on Fox 9, he had a series of injuries that kept him out 18 months. He finally returned to action at UFC 194 where he picked up a win over Marcio Alexandre Jr. however following that lost in his last outing in the Octagon to Ponzinibbio.

Steele is 1-2 in three UFC fights with his last two earning him post-fight bonuses. After losing to Zak Cummings at UFC on Fox 16 in July 2015, he went to UFC in South Korea to face Dong Hyun Kim. He won the fight by KO with a slam to earn a Performance of the Night. In his last fight he earned a Fight of the Night against Danny Roberts at UFC 197 where lost via a split decision.

Finally in heavyweight action, Viktor Pesta will face highly rated Pole, Marcin Tybura

Pesta is 1-2 in the UFC’s Heavyweight division and has faced Ruslan Magomedov (loss), Konstantin Erokhin (win), and Derrick Lewis (loss). Pesta entered the UFC with a 9-0 record with seven of his wins coming inside the distance. His last fight was a TKO loss to Lewis at UFC 192 in October 2015.

Tybura made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreb against Timothy Johnson. After entering the fight with an impressice 13-1 pro record  and 11 finishes, he failed to live up the hype he came in with and lost the fight by decision on the main card. No doubt the man from Poland will be looking to kick his UFC career into gear in August at UFC Salt Lake City.

The current UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City card is a follows:

Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres

Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Court McGee vs. Dominque Steele

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Zak Cummings

Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura

Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi

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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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