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Aisling Daly (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will fight in her home country when she takes on fellow strawweight Ericka Almeida (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in October at UFC Fight Night 76 in Ireland.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 76 now includes:
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell
Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
Mickael Lebout vs. Stevie Ray
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Tom Breese vs. Cathal Pendred
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan
Ericka Almeida vs. Aisling Daly
The top of the lineup has been formed for the UFC’s first visit to South Korea this fall.
Former lightweight champion Benson Henderson (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who is of Korean heritage, will headline UFC Fight Night 79 against former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves (21-10 MMA, 13-7 UFC). UFC officials announced the main event, as well as the rest of the main card, on Sunday.
With the additions, the UFC Fight Night 79 lineup includes:
Thiago Alves vs. Benson Henderson
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
Max Holloway said he’s ready for the biggest names the UFC featherweight division has to offer after earning his seventh consecutive octagon victory in UFC Fight Night 74’s main event.
Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) has been on a tear over the past two years, defeating every opponent the UFC has put in front of him. The latest performance in that streak saw him top Charles Oliveira (20-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) with a first-round TKO after “Do Bronx” suffered an injury less than two minutes into the fight.
Although the finish was anticlimactic, Holloway still got the job done and joined the upper echelon of the 145-pound class. There are only a limited number of realistic opponents for Holloway going forward, and he said his greatest desire would be a bout against former UFC champ Frankie Edgar – ideally in his home state of Hawaii.
“UFC works in mysterious ways; I’m sure they’re going to find something for me,” Holloway told MMAjunkie. “Let’s get UFC to Hawaii, and what better fight than Holloway vs. Edgar in a stadium? It would be huge.”
UFC middleweight Michael Bisping offered no warm wishes for the outgoing Frankie Perez.
Instead, he sent off the lightweight by questioning his manhood, which, even by Bisping’s standards, was a low blow.
“I am glad,” said Bisping from the commentary desk during FOX Sports 1’s UFC Fight Night 74 coverage, “and no offense to Frankie Perez, because I don’t know the guy, and I’m sure he’s a very charming individual and a good person, but if he retired after knocking someone out in his second UFC win, I would say he hasn’t got the cajones to really be in this sport.”
It’s still not known exactly what caused UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira to drop to the canvas in the first round of his UFC Fight Night 74 headliner, and officials are waiting for word on his condition, but initial indications are positive.
“Charles was immediately transported to the hospital,” said Tom Wright, the UFC’s managing director for operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand at the post-event press conference. “He was alert. He is able to move all his extremities. We’re waiting for any updates we get, and as soon as we get them, we’ll be able to tell you.”
Patrick Cote, Josh Burkman, Felipe Arantes and Frankie Perez each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 74 event.
Arantes and Perez earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Cote and Burkman took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
The bonus winners were announced on FOX Sports 1’s post-fight show.
“Cro Cop” recently announced he’ll be fighting at UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea, and he now appears to have an opponent.
Mirko Filipovic (31-11-2 MMA, 5-6 UFC) will meet fellow heavyweight Anthony Hamilton (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the November event, he today announced via Facebook.
The complete UFC Fight Night 74 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Max Holloway (145) vs. Charles Oliveira (145.5)
Neil Magny (170.5) vs. Erick Silva (171)
Josh Burkman (170) vs. Patrick Cote (170)
Chad Laprise (155.5) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155.5)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. Tony Sims (155.5)
Valerie Letourneau (116)* vs. Maryna Moroz (115)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Frankie Perez (155.5) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Felipe Arantes (135.5) vs. Yves Jabouin (135.5)
Nikita Krylov (205.5) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205)
Chris Beal (126) vs. Chris Kelades (125.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Shane Campbell (155) vs. Elias Silverio (154.5)
Misha Cirkunov (205) vs. Daniel Jolly (204)
* Letourneau initially weighed in at 117 pounds and was given one hour to cut an additional pound to the 116-pound allowance. Shortly after the weigh-ins finished she weighed in again and made 116 pounds.
During his three-year run in the UFC, Brock Lesnar was by far the most marketable and most-watched athlete on the entire roster.
Coming from the world of professional wrestling, Lesnar already had a built in fan base on the first day he arrived in the promotion. But no one could have predicted that only four fights into his career he would defeat Randy Couture and become heavyweight champion.
Not long after a hard gym session one evening, followed by a short nap and the running of some errands near his Northern California training camp, No. 1 middleweight contender Luke Rockhold is hardly acting and sounding like the compensating, insecure challenger that UFC champion Chris Weidman recently made him out to be.
It was recently announced that Fabricio Werdum's first title defense would be a rematch with the man he took the belt from, Cain Velasquez.
And despite dominating Cain Velasquez and submitting him, UFC champion Fabricio Werdum opened as a slight underdog in the sports books.
According to BestFightOdds.com, Fabricio Werdum opened as the underdog at +124 and Velasquez as the favorite at -130.
Donald Cerrone's march to a UFC lightweight title shot is something to behold. Since losing to now-champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 27 in 2013, Cerrone has pushed through eight top contenders (including one former divisional champ). He now has arguably the biggest fight of his career in a rematch in the main event of UFC on FOX 17 in December, yet, when hearing him speak about it or how he spends his time, he's equal parts excited and nonchalant about the whole thing.
Court McGee will finally return to the Octagon in December.
Sidelined due to several injuries and surgeries, the winner of the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter is scheduled to take on TUF Brazil 3 runner-up Marcio Alexandre Jr. at UFC 194.
Maybe none of it was meant to be. How could you think anything else when looking at the past?
Both times Sean Loeffler had an opportunity to make it big in MMA, bad luck struck him and it struck him hard. Loeffler has a good life -- a successful gym business, a beautiful daughter and he owns his own home in California.