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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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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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