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Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker set for Interim Middleweight Title Bout at UFC 213

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Yoel Romero will finally have his shot at UFC gold – albeit, of the interim variety.

UFC Champ Michael Bisping is dealing with injuries that will keep him sidelined until late 2017 and as a result, the UFC have decided to create an interim title matchup against two men at the top of the division.

#2 Yoel Romero (13-1, 8-0 UFC) will put his undefeated UFC run on the line against the surging #4 Robert Whittaker (18-4, 9-2 UFC) when the pair meet to crown the newest interim champion under the UFC banner at UFC 213 on July 8, 2017, as the co-main event during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

Whittaker made a rousing statement in his latest walk to the Octagon when he faced one of the most dangerous grapplers in the sport, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC on FOX 24. For Souza, the win over Whittaker would have all but guaranteed a shot at the title, however, Whittaker had other plans on the night. The New Zealand native dominated the contest from the start. Whittaker utilized his superior speed and striking techniques that resulted in a finish via TKO in the second round, extending his winning streak to seven.

The win put the entire division on notice that Whittaker means business, proving he is ready for the championship-level competition in the middleweight division.

Due to Bisping’s injuries, Whittaker will find himself sharing the cage with his toughest opponent to date, Yoel Romero.

In eight walks to the Octagon, Romero has never returned to the locker room without his hand raised in victory.

One of the most powerful fighters on the entire roster, Romero gets more dangerous a fight wears on. With five UFC wins coming by way of KO/TKO finish in the third round, the Cuban wrestler’s ability to finish a fight never fades. Most recently, Romero dispatched former champ Chris Weidman with a vicious flying knee in the third round at UFC 205.

Romero vs. Whittaker is one of the best matchups the UFC can put together at this moment, regardless of weight class. Both fighters are deserving of their shot at the title, and on July 8, one will walk away with an interim strap, and a guaranteed shot at Michael Bisping when healthy.

UFC 213 takes place at the T-Mobile arena on July 8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This stacked Pay-Per-View card features two title fights and exciting top ten matchups with former champions and top contenders.

The current main card lineup of UFC 213 is as follows:

  • (C) Amanda Nunes vs. #1 Valentina Shevchenko *Bantamweight Title Bout*
  • #1 Yoel Romero vs. #3 Robert Whittaker *Interim Middleweight Title Bout*
  • #3 Robbie Lawler vs. #8 Donald Cerrone
  • #1 Fabricio Werdum vs. #3 Alistair Overeem
  • #6 Anthony Pettis vs. Jim Miller
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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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BREAKING: Carlos Condit Returns to Face Neil Magny at UFC 219

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Carlos Condit is back. After almost two years away from the octagon, ‘The Natural Born Killer’ will fight Neil Magny at UFC 219 on December 30th.

Whilst Condit has been amid rumors of retirement ever since his first round submission loss to Demian Maia back in August of 2016, he will be returning to action after all.

Condit’s return was in question, but his recent action on Twitter sparked some noise, when he hinted at a possible return.

‘The Natural Born Killer’ is currently ranked 7th in the welterweight division, he will be facing Neil Magny on December 30th, 2017, which is on the weekend of New Year’s Eve.

This fight adds onto an already-stacked card that is UFC 219, which also includes the return of the former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, a rising contender in the strawweight division in Cynthia Calvillo, and Condit’s addition to the card only makes it better.

Both Condit and Magny will be looking to get back on the winning track in this fight. This fight delivers some mix-up in the division, and with Thompson and Masvidal matched up already in the top 5, this fight will give both fighters a great opportunity to jump right back into the title fight. Magny’s last fight was against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215, where he lost in the first round via arm-triangle choke.

Now with the addition of Condit vs. Magny, here is the line-up so far for UFC 219.

  • Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera – Bantamweight bout
  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza – Women’s strawweight bout
  • Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau – Flyweight bout
  • Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny – Welterweight bout
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