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
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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