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Two Fights Added to UFC Hamburg

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UFC Fight Night 93 marks the UFC’s fifth visit to Germany and the first to Hamburg. Today, the promotion announced that two more bouts have been added to the card – one each in the men’s and women’s bantamweight divisions.

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First to the men, and Frenchman Taylor Lapilus will make the short trip from Paris to Germany in order to take on Brazilian Leandro Issa. Lapilus is just 24 and seen as one of the rising stars in a 135 division that is brimming with prospects. Having earned back to back wins to start his UFC career over Rocky Lee and Ulka Sasaki, Lapilus dropped a unanimous decision to Erik Perez in his opponent’s home country of Mexico last time out. Back on European turf, Lapilus will be looking to get back to winning ways on September 3.

Leandro Issa joined the UFC from ONE FC in 2014 and has victories to his name over Jumabieke Tuerxun and Ulka Sasaki sandwiched between losses to Russell Doane and Iuri Alcantara. With 9 out of 13 of his professional wins coming by way of submission, it is no secret that the 3rd degree Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt will want to get his opponent Lapilus, a talented striker, to the ground, where he should hold the advantage.

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Elsewhere, the women’s bantamweight division will be represented at UFC Hamburg by a clash between Germaine de Randamie and Ashlee Evans-Smith. Dutch kickboxer de Randamie is 3 – 1 in her UFC career thus far, with her only loss coming against the current UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes. Riding a two-fight winning streak, both by TKO, against Larissa Pacheco and, most recently, Anna Elmose in her home country of the Netherlands, de Randamie is plotting a run towards the title and momentum on her side following back to back impressive performances.

Ashlee Evans-Smith holds a 4 – 1 professional record and is currently 1 – 1 in the UFC. After losing her UFC debut to Raquel Pennington at UFC 181, Evans-Smith next faced Marion Reneau in February of this year, walking away with a hard-fought split decision victory. Now with her first UFC win under her belt elevating her to #13 in the rankings, the California native aims to kick on from here, and her path to the top 10 passes through Hamburg in September.

UFC Hamburg will take place on September 3 from the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany and will be headlined by a heavyweight main event between Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett. With the addition of the two bouts listed above, the card currently looks as follows:

UFC Hamburg (Bout Order TBC):

  • Andrei Arlovski vs Josh Barnett
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs Jan Blachowicz
  • Ryan Bader vs Ilir Latifi
  • Nick Hein vs Tae Hyun Bang
  • Peter Sobotta vs Nicolas Dalby
  • Jarjis Danho vs Christian Colombo
  • Scott Askham vs Jack Hermansson
  • Rustam Khabilov vs Reza Medadi
  • Michelle Waterson vs Aisling Daly
  • Brad Pickett vs Henry Briones
  • Taylor Lapilus vs Leandro Issa
  • Germaine de Randamie vs Ashlee Evans-Smith
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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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Mark Hunt Returns to Fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221

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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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