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Who’s Next for Benson Henderson at Welterweight?

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After his David and Goliath-esque victory over welterweight prospect Brandon Thatch, Benson Henderson announced he was taking some time off to transform his body for some serious Welterweight competition. Henderson promised to be back in time for UFC’s first event in Seoul, South Korea on November 28th. But what potential fights could await the former lightweight champ?

Hyun Gyu Lim 
Another David-Goliath fight match-up for the former lightweight champion. Hyun Gyu Lim is coming off a loss for a top 15 spot on the rankings and is more than likely to bounce back on UFC Fight Night: South Korea. With Lim’s explosiveness and Henderson’s never say die attitude, this has all the makings of a fight of the night candidate.

Gunnar Nelson 
Yes I know, “Gunni” is currently booked against John Hathaway for UFC 189 but where does a win against the fellow European put him? A spot against the former lightweight champion on the vacant UFC Fight Night: South Korea card perhaps. Gunnar Nelson is quite possibly one of the most unique fighters in the UFC today. Against Henderson’s tae-kwon-do/wrestling background, this could shape up to be one of the most intriguing fights for the 170-pound division. This would also be Benson Henderson’s chance to crack the welterweight rankings with a win.

Winner of Jake Ellenberger v. Stephen Thompson 
The main event of The Ultimate Fighter Finale: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians features two tough welterweights in this super stacked weight class today.

If Thompson were to upset Ellenberger, the “Wonderboy” could get himself a bigger name in the business, Benson Henderson. The possible striking dynamics between these two would fascinating, from Thompson’s high-level karate techniques to Henderson’s leaping body hooks and front leg side kicks. This would be a kickboxing bout everyone would want to see.

If Ellenberger were to win on July 12th, the “Juggernaut” could see himself knocking down more future contenders in the welterweight division. Ellenberger would be the perfect test to see if Benson Henderson can hang with the best at 170. Ellenberger is durable, has good wrestling, and has KO power in everything he throws. If Henderson is able to beat Ellenberger, he would solidify himself within the top ten of the welterweight division.

Dong Hyun Kim 
Honestly, what would be a better event in Seoul than South Korea’s own “Stun Gun” Dong Hyun Kim versus Ben “Smooth” Henderson? Nothing. With the absence of Chan Sung Jung, Dong Hyun Kim is without a doubt the biggest named fighter out of South Korea right now and plus Benson Henderson is already a huge name in the UFC.

Why should they fight? Both of these fighters push a frenetic pace, both fighters are talented grapplers, both fighters are coming submission victories but most importantly, both fighters don’t have an opponent lined up for them yet. Imagine a five round grapplings display of technique and skill; judo throws and trips, blasting double leg takedowns, submission attempt after submission attempt. Or Kim’s improved striking versus Henderson’s smooth standup: spinning fists and elbows, a variety of kicks. No matter where the fight goes, it is sure to bring excitement to the Korean crowd.

A win over the “Stun Gun” would catapult Benson Henderson into the rankings of a highly competitive welterweight division and in talks for title contention. So Joe Silva, Sean Shelby, if you see this… make this happen

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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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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