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Twelve fights now booked, but not quite a full house for UFC London

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The UFC today announced two more bouts set to feature at UFC Fight Night London, which takes place on February 27, 2016 at the O2 Arena. With 12 fights now on the card is this a full house? I think we can expect one more big fight to be added ;)

With 12 fights now on the card is this a full house? Jim Edwards of MMA Latest understands there is one more big fight yet to be added to the card.

Lukasz Sajewski (13-1-0, fighting out of Gdansk, Poland) will take on Teemu Packalen (7-1-0, fighting out of Turku, Finland), while Syrian-born Jaris Danho (6-0-0, 1 No Contest, fighting out of Nuremberg, Germany) will take on Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1, fighting out of Warsaw, Poland).

Sajewski made his UFC debut in June of this year at UFC Fight Night Berling. The Polish lightweight entered enemy territory as he faced Germany’s Nick Hein inside Berlin’s O2 Arena, a contest which ended in a unanimous decision win for Hein. Despite the loss, Sajewski has an impressive 13 professional wins to his name, a number which he’ll undoubtedly be looking to build upon come February 27.

Sajewski’s opponent, Packalen, also made his UFC debut in 2015. The Finnish lightweight took on Frenchman Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night Glasgow, in what was a hard fought three round grappling battle. Losing at the hands of the judges’ scorecards, Packalen has been eager to step back inside the Octagon® ever since.

The second fight confirmed today for UFC Fight Night London is a heavyweight bout between Polish power house Omielanczuk and newcomer Danho.

Omielanczuk enters the contest fresh from a first round KO win over Chris De La Rocha in July. Syrian-born German heavyweight Danho, however, also brings knockout power to the contest. While this will be Danho’s first performance inside the Octagon, his record includes dominant wins over noteworthy heavyweight opposition. A powerlifter outside of MMA, Danho stands at 6ft 3 inches tall, making him a sizeable heavyweight contender.

The bouts are the latest in a long line of exciting match ups confirmed for UFC Fight Night London. Also set to compete is No. 7 ranked UFC middleweight Michael “The Count” Bisping who takes on the No.9 ranked Gegard Mousasi. Northern Ireland’s “Stormin” Norman Parke also returns to action, this time against Russian “Tiger” Rustam Khabilov.

A healthy contingent of English fighters have also been confirmed to step into the Octagon in front of home fans, as Manchester’s Mike Wilkinson meets Makwan Amirkhani, East Londoner Brad Pickett takes on Henry Briones, County Durham’s Davey Grant faces Marlon Vera and Suffolk’s Arnold Allen faces Yaotzin Meza.

UFC Fight Night London Full Card:

Michael Bisping vs Gegard Mousasi
Tom Breese vs Keita Nakamura
Mike Wilkinson vs Makwan Amirkhani
Norman Parke vs Rustam Khabilov
Brad Pickett vs Henry Briones
Davey Grant vs Chito Vera
Arnold Allen vs Yaotzin Meza
Scott Askham vs Chris Dempsey
Bradley Scott vs Krzysztof Jotko
Martin Svenson vs David Teymur
Lukasz Sajewski vs Teemu Packalen
Jaris Danho vs Daniel Omielanczuk

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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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