UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights, including Saffiedine-Story, Masvidal-Larkin
A bantamweight fight between a pair of unbeatens that could have serious title implications is official for the main event of a loaded UFC Fight Night 88 card in Las Vegas.
Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will headline the event in an important 135-pound bout, the UFC confirmed on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 85 broadcast on FOX Sports 1. A featherweight contest between former UFC champ Renan Barao (33-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (24-12 MMA, 11-11 UFC) was also made official.
UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29, a Sunday, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card airs FOX Sports 1 and streams on UFC Fight Pass.
With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt
Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story
Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda
Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal
Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo
Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Keith Berish vs. Jake Collier
Adam Milstead vs. Chris DeLaRocha
Jessica Aguilar injured, out of UFC 197 fight with Juliana Lima
Jessica Aguilar won’t enter the Octagon on April 23, sources told MMAFighting.com.
The former WSOF strawweight champion, who lost to 115-pound contender Claudia Gadelha in her promotional debut last August, was slated to meet Juliana Lima at UFC 197, but was forced out of the contest due to a knee injury.
The promotion is currently looking for a new opponent for Lima (8-2), who defeated Nina Ansaroff and Ericka Almeida after losing to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her UFC debut on July 2014.
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté targeted for UFC's debut in Ottawa
Another intriguing welterweight fight is coming to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The UFC is targeting Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté for the June 18 card in Canada's capital city, MMAFighting.com has learned. The promotion is expected to announce the 170-pound fight shortly.
Cerrone (29-7, 1 NC) was victorious in his UFC welterweight debut last month when he submitted Alex Oliveira via triangle choke.
Diaz vs McGregor rematch targeted for UFC 200
It appears as though UFC 200 is on the verge of getting its main event.
The UFC is close to finalizing a non-title welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for the July 9 card, MMAFighting.com has learned from multiple sources. If all goes as planned, the promotion is hoping to announce the fight shortly.
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 155 main card
A heavyweight bout between Dan Charles (10-3) and Augusto Sakai (9-0) is the latest addition to the Bellator 155 main card. The news was announced on Thursday by the promotion.
Charles enters this bout following a second round knockout win over Chase Gormley at Bellator 143 back in September. Prior to that, the 30-year-old Charles suffered a technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138.
Meanwhile, Sakai enters the bout with an undefeated record and three wins under the Bellator banner. The 24-year-old Brazilian prospect was scheduled to fight earlier this year in the co-main event of Bellator 150, but had to pull out of the card due to injury.
Bellator 155 is set to take place in Boise, Idaho on May 20. Rafael Carvalho is scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef in the main event of the card.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson planned for UFC 200
The pieces are slowly coming into place for the landmark UFC 200.
Gegard Mousasi is very likely to meet Derek Brunson on the July 9 card in Las Vegas in a key middleweight showdown. MMAFighting.com confirmed after an initial Thursday report by FOXSports.com.
Mousasi (38-6-2), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is coming off a victory over Thales Leites in the co-feature bout of UFC Fight Night 84 on Feb. 27 in London. That was Mousasi's third win in his past four fights.
Report: Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens targeted for May 29th UFC Fight Night
Renan Barao will fight at featherweight for the first time in his UFC career. To welcome him to the weight class, hard-hitting veteran Jeremy Stephens has accepted the challenge, as Combate reported.
10 fights into his UFC career, the former bantamweight champion Barao (33-3-1) decided to go up a division after losing to T.J. Dillashaw for a second time last July. Although the change is not yet known to be permanent, Barao has struggled severely with weight cutting in the past, to the point of passing out on the day before a title fight back at UFC 177, when he had to hospitalized.
Anderson Silva vs uriah hall in works for UFC 198
A middleweight showdown pitting Anderson Silva against Uriah Hall is in the works for UFC 198.
Sources close to the situation revealed the news to Sherdog.com on Wednesday evening. The UFC has not formally announced the 185-pound contest, but it is expected to be finalized soon. UFC 198 takes place at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14 and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Bryan Caraway clarifies inactivity comments, explains why he turned down Dodson
UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway said he was offered a fight against John Dodson at UFC 196, but turned it down because his longtime girlfriend, Miesha Tate, was fighting for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
Despite previously drawing heat from fighters and fans for rejecting UFC proposals, Caraway (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) didn’t think twice about putting his partner first. But because of his choice, and his desire to fight highly ranked opposition, the promotion notified him he couldn’t immediately get another bout.
“I’m like, ‘I can’t fight on that night,’” he told MMAjunkie. “And they said, ‘Well, there’s no one else in the division right now, so you’re going to have to wait.’”
Evan Dunham suffers 'small injury', fight with Leonardo Santos moved to UFC 199
A lightweight clash between Evan Dunham and Leonardo Santos was moved to June 4, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Initially planned for May 14 at Curitiba’s UFC 198, Dunham vs. Santos was pushed back to UFC 199 after Dunham suffered a small injury, UFC general manager Giovani Decker revealed on Revista Combate.
Dunham (17-6) enters the bout coming off three consecutive wins, defeating Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson and Rodrigo Damm via decision. Fighting in the UFC since 2009, Dunham holds a 10-6 record inside the Octagon.
‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Corey Anderson Set for UFC 198 in Curitiba
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is headed home for his next bout.
UFC officials Tuesday announced that Rua will square off against once-beaten prospect Corey Anderson at UFC 198, which takes place May 14 in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. The pay-per-view event will be topped by a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Francis Ngannou Gets Replacement Opponent Curtis Blaydes for UFC Fight Night Zagreb
Ultimate Fighting Championship has made an alteration to next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Zagreb, Croatia.
UFC’s French division on Monday announced that heavyweight Francis Ngannou -- who was scheduled to meet Bojan Mihajlovic at the April 10 event -- will instead face unbeaten prospect Curtis Blaydes in a three-round tilt. The reason for Mihajlovic’s withdrawal from the bout was not specified.
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov added to UFC 198 in Brazil
May’s UFC 198 event in Brazil has a new featherweight matchup, officials today announced.
Renato Moicano (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Zubaira Tukhugov (18-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are now slated to fight at the event.
The latest UFC 198 card includes:
Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green set for UFC 199
Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier will face Bobby Green at UFC 199 on June 4th in Inglewood, California.
Fresh off both an impressive win over Joseph Duffy, as well as a new contract with the UFC, #10 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier is set to make his return on June 4th against an opponent who has been out of action since late 2014. Brian Martin of the LA Daily News reported on Monday that "The Diamond" will fight Bobby Green at UFC 199 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. UFC officials have since confirmed the matchup.
Poirier (19-4), a former featherweight contender, went back up to 155 lbs after suffering a 1st round knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 178. The move has paid off well for the 27-year-old, who stopped Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros (at a catchweight when Medeiros came in heavy), and most recently scored a unanimous decision against Duffy. Last month, it was announced that Poirier had agreed to a new deal with the UFC, with the Duffy fight representing the penultimate one on his old contract.
Matt Mittrione signs with bellator
For the first time in his professional MMA career, Matt Mitrione will fight for an organization other than the UFC.
Mitrione (9-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC), who first joined the UFC in 2009 after a quarterfinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” has signed an exclusive four-fight contract with Bellator.
Damien “Beatdown” Brown signs with the UFC, steps up to face Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane
Australian lightweight standout Damien Brown has signed with the UFC and will step up for a short notice opportunity at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane.
Brown (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will square off with Brazilian Alan Patrick (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place on March 20 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland. News of the announcement was revealed via The Courier Mail.
Patrick was originally expected to face Chad Laprise in Brisbane, however Ross Pearson’s opponent, Abel Trujillo, was forced off the card after encountering visa issues and Laprise was slotted in as a replacement to face the Brit.
Nick Hein vs. Jon Tuck added to UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
A lightweight matchup between German product Nick Hein (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Guam’s Jon Tuck (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been added to UFC Fight Night 87.
UFC officials recently announced the new contest.
Featuring a heavyweight headliner between top contenders Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski, UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The night’s official bout order has yet to be released, but UFC Fight Night 87’s main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims that air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.