Slugger showdown: Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis set for UFC Fight Night 50
UFC Fight Night 50 just got a whole lot more punchy.
Heavyweights with proven knockout power will square off at the Sept. 5 card at Foxwoods Casino near Ledyard, Conn., when Matt Mitrione meets Derrick Lewis. FOXSports.com initially reported the bout Wednesday.
Mitrione, a 35-year-old former NFL player from Illinois, was scheduled to meet Stefan Struve at UFC 175 last weekend. That matchup was scrapped at the last moment due to Struve's health scare in the locker room at Mandalay Bay. Mitrione was awarded both his win and show money for the cancelled bout, but asked to be placed into another fight as soon as possibly.
Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell added to UFC FIght Night 50 in September
A heavyweight matchup between Alistair Overeem (37-13 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Ben Rothwell (33-9 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is the latest addition to September’s UFC Fight Night 50 event.
MMAjunkie confirmed the booking following an initial report from FOXSports.com.
UFC Fight Night 50 takes place Sept. 5 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn. It’s a rare Friday night show for the UFC – and falls on the same night as Bellator 123 in nearby Uncasville, less than 10 miles away. The bulk of the UFC Fight Night 50 card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following a few prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Eight fights already rescheduled from UFC 176 to other events
This is the current list of fights that have found a new home as of the 3 PM ET publish of this post:
Ronaldo Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi - UFC Fight Night: Connecticut (September 5th)
Bethe Correia vs. Shayna Baszler - UFC 177 (August 30th)
Tony Ferguson vs. Danny Castillo - UFC 177
Derek Brunson vs. Lorenz Larkin - UFC 177
Abel Trujillo vs. Bobby Green - UFC Fight Night: Maine (August 16th)
Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky - UFC Fight Night: Maine
Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Martin - UFC Fight Night: Tulsa (August 23rd)
James Vick vs. Walmir Lazaro - UFC Fight Night: Tulsa
The following bouts still need a home: Alex Garcia vs. Matt Dwyer, Fabricio Camoes vs. Gray Maynard, and Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes.
Shayna Baszler vs. Bethe Correia moves from UFC 176 to UFC 177 in Sacramento
The loss of UFC 176 in Los Angeles will be to UFC 177's gain a few hundred miles north in Sacramento.
A women’s bantamweight bout between Bethe Correia (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Shayna Baszler (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) that had been set for the now-canceled UFC 176 on Aug. 2 now will move to UFC 177 on Aug. 30. UFC officials announced the change Tuesday night at UFC.com.
With UFC 176 scrapped, Green-Trujillo, Formiga-Makovsky go to UFC Fight Night 47
The shuffling has already started in the wake of the cancellation of next month’s UFC 176 pay-per-view, and a pair of lightweights will go from one corner of the country to the other for their fight, as will a pair of flyweights.
A lightweight bout between Bobby Green (22-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (12-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) that had been set for UFC 176 now will move to UFC Fight Night 47, which takes place two weeks later. So, too, will the 125-pound bout between Jussier Formiga (16-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Zach Makovsky (18-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the moves Tuesday night, the first pair of what will be 10 fights that will get new homes.
With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 47 card includes:
Ryan Bader vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Tim Boetsch vs. Brad Tavares
Bobby Green vs. Abel Trujillo
Shawn Jordan vs. Jack May
Sam Alvey vs. Tom Watson
Robbie Peralta vs. Thiago Tavares
Sara McMann vs. Lauren Murphy
Seth Baczynski vs. Alan Jouban
Jussier Formiga vs. Zach Makovsky
Dominick Cruz set for return at UFC 178 vs. Takeya Mizugaki
We’ll try this one more time. It will be just shy of three years to the day, but Dominick Cruz once again has a date mapped out for his return.
Cruz (19-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is set to return in September against Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 178 in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced the news Tuesday night following an initial report from ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto.
UFC 178 takes place Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, thigh a precise venue has not yet been announced. The pay-per-view main card will be headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between champion Jon Jones and challenger Alexander Gustafsson.
Alan Jouban vs. Seth Baczynski set for UFC Fight Night 47 in Maine
The UFC’s first trip to Maine next month has its latest addition, featuring a promotional newcomer.
RFA veteran Alan Jouban (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a Louisianan who trains in California and has a second career as an actor and model, will make his UFC debut against Seth Baczynski (19-11 MMA, 5-4 UFC) in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 47. UFC officials announced the new fight booking Tuesday night.
UFC Fight Night 47 takes place Aug. 16 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. The bulk of the card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Tickets for the event currently are on sale.