Iliarde Santos in for Marcos Vinicius, meets Yuri Alcantara at UFC on FX 8
Promotional newcomer Iliarde Santos (27-6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will fill in for an injured Marcos Vinicius (20-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) against Yuri Alcantara (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) next month in Brazil.
The two Brazilians will meet in a bantamweight bout on the preliminary card of UFC on FX 8. UFC officials late Monday announced the change. Vinicius was reported out this past week, but the UFC had not named his replacement until Monday.
Signal to Noise: UFC on FUEL TV 9, Invicta 5's best and worst
In the UFC's return to Stockholm, Sweden, and Invicta's fifth event of its existence, there was much to love and plenty to hate. As far as the UFC is concerned, losing their main event wasn't fortuitous. Their hectoring of fans who felt the card wasn't worth their time is also regrettable. Yet, plenty of fighters put on sensational performances, an Irish featherweight made an incredible UFC debut and the Swedish crowd showed up in support.
Invicta had a banner event as well. Known fighters returned with sensational performances, a new champion was crowned and a controversial figure returned to dominance.
It's time to separate the good from the bad, the winners from the losers and the signal from the noise...
Jessamyn Duke appeals controversial Invicta FC 5 KO loss to Miriam Nakamoto
Jessamyn Duke thought at the time she might be getting the short end of the stick, but she wasn't quite sure.
Immediately after eating a second knee from Miriam Nakamoto (2-0) at Friday's Invicta FC 5 event, Duke (2-1) thought there was a good chance she was grounded, making the knee illegal.
But with veteran referee John McCarthy running the action, she also second-guessed herself in the heat of the moment. It wasn't until later, in the back after the knockout loss, that she and her team were sure they had a pretty good reason to be upset at how things went down...
UFC on Fuel TV 9: Through my eyes
So once again I was off to Stockholm, Sweden to watch the UFC, but this time was different, this time I was going not only as a fan. but a fan with Media Credentials. Always looking to make the most of an opportunity I booked into the same hotel as the fighters were staying hoping I would get the opportunity to mingle with the fighters during the build up and after there fights.
Conor McGregor targeted for UFC on FOX Sports 1 1 in Boston, Dublin in future
STOCKHOLM – With a dazzling UFC debut, a $60,000 "Knockout of the Night" bonus, and a quickly filling bandwagon, featherweight prospect Conor McGregor appears to have a date for his next fight.
Following McGregor's 67-second dismantling of Marcus Brimage (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 event at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena, the Irish fighter next will fight in a city with Irish roots.
Brad Pickett aiming for Michael McDonald-like foe after UFC on FUEL TV 9 win
STOCKHOLM – When perusing his division's rankings, Brad Pickett often finds his opponent's name further down the list from his own. However, he hopes it's a trend that soon ends.
Pickett (23-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) earned a split-decision victory over fellow bantamweight Mike Easton (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 9 main card at Stockholm's Ericsson Globe Arena.