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TUF: Latin America 3 Finale Gets Two New Bouts

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The UFC will be making another appearance in Mexico come this November. The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale will be held in Mexico City, and it will mark the first time the UFC has been held an event in Mexico since the finale of TUF: Latin America 2. This event is headlined by the former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, who takes on emergine challenger Tony Ferguson. The event will take place at Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

Today the UFC revealed two more exciting fights that have been added to this card. At welterweight, Kelvin Gastelum will be taking on Jorge Masvidal, and recently signed lightweight Marcin Held will be making his UFC debut against the veteran Diego Sanchez.

Gastelum (12-2), who is a TUF alumni himself, is coming off of a huge win over former welterweight champion Johnny Hendricks at UFC 200. That fight was held at a catch weight due to the fact that Hendricks missed weight, but the win rocketed Gastelum to #5 in the welterweight standings. He will now take on Masvidal who is currently unranked in the UFC official 170 pound rankings. Masvidal (30-11) is looking to build on a win himself, over Ross Pearson at UFC 201 via unanimous decision. Prior to that win, Masvidal had lost two in a row since moving to welterweight in July 2015, although both were in razor close split decisions to Lorenz Larkin and Benson Henderson.

Marcin Held (22-4) is an up and coming fighter who has seen a great deal of success in Bellator prior to joining the UFC. He most recently fought Dave Jansen at Bellator 155, where he won by unanimous decision. The 24-year-old Polish native went 11-3 in his career at Bellator, with 6 of those wins coming by way of submission. He signed a UFC contract this past week, and has been set up with a very tough debut opponent in Sanchez. Diego Sanchez (26-9) is a 11 year veteran of the UFC. He made his debut on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter series way back in 2005. Sanchez is coming off of a loss at UFC 200, where he was TKO’d by Joe Lauzon in the first round of the fight. He is 1-1 since returning to lightweight after a stint at featherweight and he is looking to re-establish himself in the 155 pound division.

With the addition of the two aforementioned fights, the card currently looks as follows:

TUF Latin America 3 Finale Card:

  • Rafael do Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Heather Jo Clark
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jorge Masvidal
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Marcin Held
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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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.

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.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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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.)

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. 

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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