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UFC 214 adds three exciting fights: Barao vs. Sterling, Lamas vs. Korean Zombie, Northcutt vs. Puelles

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A trio of exciting matchups has been officially announced for UFC 214.

The event takes place on July 29 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California and is headlined by the long-awaited return of Jon Jones as he takes on Daniel Cormier for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.

In addition to the highly anticipated main event, the UFC have added three fights that will add serious depth to the lineup.

#3 Ricardo Lamas (17-5, 8-3 UFC) vs. #5 “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (14-4, 4-1 UFC) 

Lamas will attempt to string a pair of wins together for the first time since 2014. While he has traded wins and losses over his past 4 fights, Lamas will carry the momentum of a second-round submission victory over Charles Oliveria into the cage with him at UFC 214. Utilizing his wrestling base, Lamas kept the pressure high on Oliveria before securing the tap, earning a Performance of the Night Bonus.

The Korean Zombie returned to action after mandatory military service at UFC Fight Night 104 with a fast TKO finish of Dennis Bermudez on Super Bowl weekend. It was the first time since his title loss to Jose Aldo in 2013 that Jung competed in the UFC, and looked as if he never lost a step by displaying constant pressure before landing the punch to drop Bermudez. Jung would take away a Performance of the Night bonus for his impressive return.

While Frankie Edgar will most likely get the next shot at the winner of Max Holloway and Jose Aldo taking place at UFC 212, the winner of this matchup will certainly be next in line behind him.

#8 Aljamain Sterling (13-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. #15 Renan Barao (34-4, 9-3 UFC) 

Sterling found his way back into the win column after dropping two fights in a row against some of the stiffest competition the bantamweight division has to offer. Both losses to Bryan Caraway and Raphael Assuncao were split decisions in very competitive fights. Sterling showed improvements in his striking and mixing in takedowns to earn the nod on the judge’s cards. While Sterling is still building as a fighter, he has a dangerous repertoire of kicks and slick submission skills on the mat.

Barao, former UFC Bantamweight Champion, will look to find success in his return to 135. After a pair of contests at featherweight due to weight issues, it appears the former champion is ready to make the cut again. Barao lost his title rematch to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC on FOX 16 and then moved up to 145 to face Jeremy Stephens where he would suffer his second loss in a row. Barao rebounded nicely with a unanimous decision victory over Phillipe Nover at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil. Approaching 40 professional fights, Barao’s experience could be an important aspect of this matchup.

Sage Northcutt (8-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Claudio Puelles (7-2, 0-1 UFC)

Northcutt makes his return to the Octagon since his second-round loss to Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22 in December. One of the most marketed fighters on the roster, Northcutt displayed more aggression than previously seen in the loss to Gall, proving he’s becoming more confident in his abilities inside the Octagon.

Puelles will make his second UFC appearance in this matchup against Northcutt. His UFC debut came at UFC Fight Night 98 in November, albeit a losing effort against Martin Bravo. With a professional record of 7-2 at 21 years of age, Puelles is still developing as a fighter. Before his UFC debut, Puelles finished both of his previous opponents in the first round, earning him a shot on the big stage.

Confirmed bouts for UFC 214 include:

  • (C)Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones
  • #13 Dooho Choi vs. Andre Fili
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas vs. #5 Chan Sung Jung
  • #8 Aljamain Sterling vs. #15 Renan Barao
  • Kailin Curran vs. Alexandra Albu
  • Joshua Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Eric Shelton vs. Jarred Brooks

Stay tuned for further announcements as this card continues to take shape.

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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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