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UFC Fight Night 87 pre-fight facts: Lots of heavy hitters on UFC's debut in the Netherlands
A heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski headlines Sunday's UFC Fight Night 87 event, a FOX Sports 1 offering that marks the organization's debut in the Netherlands. The fight card goes down from Ahoy Rotterdam and sees “The …
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Rapahel Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw rematch in the works for UFC 200
After being passed over for a rematch with newly minted UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw will instead get a chance to avenge another octagon loss.
Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” broke the news that a rematch between Dillashaw (12-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and the returning Raphael Assuncao (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is targeted for the banner UFC 200, which takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The event’s bout order has not been finalized. Main card fights air live on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Dillashaw, the No. 3-ranked fighter in the MMAjunkie/USA TODAY Sports MMA bantamweight rankings, hopes to return to the win column after a heartbreaking loss to Cruz in January at UFC Fight Night 81, which marked a title shift and his first octagon defeat since a decision setback to No. 2-ranked Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 29.
Assuncao has watched the bantamweight division from the sidelines as an ankle injury has kept him from the octagon. The Brazilian has otherwise been on a tear, winning seven straight fights since a knockout loss to Erik Koch at UFC 128. But it will have been 21 months since he last competed when he faces Dillashaw.
With the addition to the card, UFC 200 now includes:
- Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Interim champ Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
- Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title
- Champ Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes – for women’s bantamweight title
- Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez
- Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks
- Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi
- Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
- Enrique Marin vs. Sage Northcutt
- Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
- Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano
- Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw
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UFC Fight Night 87 pre-fight facts: Lots of heavy hitters on UFC’s debut in the Netherlands
The fight card goes down from Ahoy Rotterdam and sees “The Reem” Overeem (40-14 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and “Pitbull” Arlovski (25-11 MMA, 14-5 UFC) face off in a teammate vs. teammate showdown.
Outside of the main event, many intriguing bouts are booked for the UFC’s latest overseas event. As a result, there are some milestones to note going into the 12-fight card. For more, here are 45 pre-fight facts about UFC Fight Night 87.
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Overeem’s three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is the second longest active streak in the division behind champ Fabricio Werdum (six).
Overeem has finished his opponent in all but four of his 38 victories. Of his 17 career knockout wins, 11 have stemmed from either a kick or knee strike.
Overeem has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Overeem lands 74.5 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC competition, the highest accuracy rate in company history.
Overeem absorbs 1.71 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second lowest rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Derrick Lewis (1.51).
Overeem enjoys a career takedown defense proficiency of 89 percent (UFC average is 60.5 percent). Since his departure from PRIDE in 2007, he’s successfully defended 25 of his opponents’ 28 takedown attempts.
Overeem has been on the losing end of the third and fourth largest statistical comeback finishes in UFC heavyweight history. He out-landed Antonio Silva by 30 significant strikes before being knocked out at UFC 156 and out-landed Travis Browne by 27 significant strikes before his demise at UFC Fight Night 26.
Overeem has suffered nine career losses by knockout, the most of any active UFC fighter.
Arlovski, 37, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Arlovski competes in his 20th UFC heavyweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind Frank Mir (27) and Gabriel Gonzaga (22).
Arlovski is 4-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014.
Arlovski’s 14 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Mir (16).
Arlovski’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Gonzaga for second most in divisional history behind Mir (13).
Arlovski’s nine knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Cain Velasquez for most in divisional history.
Arlovski’s 10 knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Junior Dos Santos (12).
Arlovski defends 87.5 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history. He’s avoided 39 of 48 attempts inside the octagon.
Arlovski defends 66.3 percent of all opponent significant strike attempts in UFC heavyweight competition, the highest rate among active fighters in the division.
Arlovski’s eight knockout losses in UFC competition are tied with Gonzaga for the most in company history.
Antonio Silva (19-8-1 MMA, 3-5-1 UFC) is 1-4-1 in his past six octagon appearances.
Silva has earned all three of his UFC victories by knockout.
Silva knocked out Overeem at UFC 156 despite a -30 significant-strike differential. His victory represents the third greatest statistical comeback finish in UFC heavyweight history.
Silva has suffered seven of his eight career losses by knockout. All seven of those stoppages have come in the first round.
Stefan Struve (26-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) holds just one UFC victory over a fighter who’s still active in the organization (Miocic). The nine competitors he’s defeated have a 26-34 record with the UFC.
Struve’s four submission victories in heavyweight competition are tied with Gonzaga for the second most in divisional history behind Mir (eight).
Struve’s 19 submission attempts in UFC heavyweight competition are the second most in divisional history behind Mir (21). His 2.5 submission attempts per 15 minutes of fighting are the most in divisional history.
Struve has suffered five of his six UFC losses by knockout.
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Gunnar Nelson (14-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 13 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 11 of those finishes in the first round.
Nelson has earned four of his five UFC victories by submission. He’s attempted five submissions inside the octagon and finished four of those for a success rate of 80 percent.
Nelson has completed at least one takedown in five of his six UFC appearances.
Albert Tumenov’s (17-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied with champ Robbie Lawler for the second longest active streak in the division behind Stephen Thompson (six).
Tumenov has earned nine of his past 11 victories by knockout. That includes three of his five victories under the UFC banner.
Tumenov averages 1.42 knockdowns per 15 minutes in UFC welterweight competition, the third highest rate among active fighters in the weight class.
Nikita Krylov (19-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.
Krylov’s average fight time of 3:43 is UFC competition is fifth shortest in company history.
Krylov is 3-1 since he dropped to the UFC light heavyweight division in March 2014.
Krylov’s three-fight UFC winning streak in light-heavyweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jon Jones (13).
Krylov has earned all of his career victories by first-round stoppage, including his four wins under the UFC banner.
Krylov’s 25-second head-kick finish of Walt Harris at UFC on FOX 10 marked the seventh fastest knockout in UFC heavyweight history. It was also the fastest head-kick finish in UFC history, topping Gerard Gordeau’s 26-second win at UFC 1.
Krylov’s submission of Stanislav Nedkov 1:24 mark of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 14 is the third-fastest submission in UFC light-heavyweight history.
Krylov has never fought to a decision in his 23-fight career. His longest professional bout to date is 11 minutes and 34 seconds.
Francimar Barroso (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all three of his UFC victories by decision.
Heather Jo Clark (7-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Dec. 12, 2014. The 513-day layoff is the longest of her more than six-year career.
Rustam Khabilov (18-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) competes in his second UFC bout in a 71-day stretch. He earned a victory at UFC Fight Night 84 on Feb. 27.
Khabilov absorbs 1.47 significant strikes per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the lowest rate among active fighters in the weight class.
Khabilov is one of eight fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a slam. He accomplished the feat at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
Magnus Cedenblad (13-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Oct. 4, 2014. The 582-day layoff is the longest of his more than nine-year career.
Cedenblad and opponent Garreth McLennan (13-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have earned 23 of 25 combined career victories by stoppage.
Yan Cabral (12-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is 1-1 since he dropped to the UFC lightweight division in October 2014.
Kyoji Horiguchi (16-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has landed a greater number of significant strikes than his opponent in all but one of his UFC bouts.
Horiguchi became the sixth Japanese fighter in UFC history to come up short in a title fight when he lost to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186. Fighters from the country are 0-6-1 in UFC championship fights.
Neil Seery (16-11 MMA, 3-2 UFC), 36, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC flyweight division.
Leon Edwards’ (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) eight-second knockout of Seth Baczynski at UFC Fight Night 64 stands as the second fastest in UFC welterweight history. Duane Ludwig holds the record for his six-second finish of Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 3 in January 2006.
Willie Gates’ (12-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC) stoppage of Darrell Montague at the 1:36 mark of Round 1 at the TUF 21 Finale is the second fastest finish in UFC flyweight history.
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T.J. Dillashaw in talks to rematch Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200 – MMA Fighting
T.J. Dillashaw in talks to rematch Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200
T.J. Dillashaw in talks to rematch Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200. By MMA Fighting Newswire on May 4, 2016, 9:09p 15. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting. Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook Pin Pinterest 15 Comments · UFC 200 may be getting …
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Hein Injured; Tuck to Face Emmett
A late injury to Nick Hein has forced him from his UFC Fight Night bout against Jon Tuck this Sunday, but unbeaten lightweight prospect Josh Emmett will step in on short notice to face the “Super Saiyan” in Rotterdam.UFC Fight Night is headlined by the heavyweight showdown between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski. FOX Sports 1 will air the bout.
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TUF 23 results, recap for ‘Team Joanna vs Team Claudia’ on FOX Sports 1 (Ep. 3)
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) combat sports reality show was back on FOX Sports 1 last night (Weds., May 4, 2016) for episode three of season 23, titled “Who I Am,” coached by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and division No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha.
We kick things off at the TUF gym and not much time is spent dwelling on last week’s elimination fight, which saw Corey Hendricks eliminate Syndicate MMA teammate Khalil Rountree. Instead, Team Joanna is focusing getting their first win, which means J.J. Aldrich will have to defeat Team Claudia’s Tatiana Suarez.
Aldrich hits the mitts and preps for her showdown.
During a grappling workout, Helen Harper is getting set up to be armbarred by Ashley Yoder and while it doesn’t look to be anything egregious, Harper freaks out and rolls away in agony like she had her arm pretzel’d a la Rousey/Tate in Strikeforce.
Coach Jedrzejczyk assures her it’s not serious and explains how people get roughed up in MMA but Harper looks to be breaking down. Based on last week’s issues, she’s either the unluckiest fighter on the roster, or a prime candidate for TUF 23 washout.
Rountree gives her a shoulder to cry on back at the house.
We switch gears to focus on Suarez, who talks about her career setback when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After surgery and radiation she battled her way back into combat sports where she now enjoys a renewed perspective on life.
It should be noted that tonight’s fighters were both No. 1 picks and Suarez — a decorated wrestler — plans to get this fight to the ground to combat the experienced striking game of Aldrich.
Back at the house, Hendricks and Rountree have a doughnut-eating contest (five minutes to finish 12). Loser gets hair and make up done by female fighters and has to wear a sports bra. Winner — which turns out to be Rountree — gets a gold plated doughnut.
Hendricks receives his makeover and my god he is hideous. Like Vera de Milo hideous.
UFC President Dana White decides to not-so-subtly work some product placement into the show and sends a copy of the new DOOM first-person shooter video game for everyone to play. The contestants dutifully crowd around the flat screen TV and shout things like sick graphics! and freakin’ sweet! so that you, the viewer, will run down to GameStop and pre-order a copy.
Time for the weigh ins and both fighters hit their respective marks without incident.
Let’s do this. Hey look, it’s Robbie Lawler!
115 lbs.: Tatiana Suarez (Team Gadelha) vs. J.J. Aldrich (Team Jedrzejczyk)
Round 1: As expected, Aldrich comes out swinging early and often. Suarez tries to hold her own but eventually looks for the shoot. She changes levels but is denied. She tries again and Aldrich sprawls accordingly, but Suarez is way too strong and just blasts right through her and trips her to the ground. Aldrich scrambles and gets locked in a front choke but gets to her feet and escapes. Suarez grabs her and dumps her to the floor again and takes her back. Punches from the top. Suarez sinks hooks in and goes for the choke but it’s not on the neck and Aldrich escapes. Back to the feet and Suarez relentless with wrestling. Aldrich goes down but once again pops up after eating a few punches. Suarez with a choke — lots of them, actually — but she can’t get Aldrich to tap. Suarez is cut somewhere. Aldrich gets to her feet but can’t do much because she’s pinned to the cage. 10-9 Suarez.
Round 2: We basically have a repeat of round one. Aldrich comes out firing punches and Suarez can’t strike with her so she fires off a takedown and drags the fight to the floor. Suarez working from half guard until Aldrich gives up her back. Not much coaching from Jedrzejczyk outside of “Fight J.J., fight!” Suarez landing some hard shots from behind. Aldrich gets to her feet and gets slammed back down, hitting the side of her noggin on the canvas. She’s simply no match for the smothering power of her opponent. She needs a Plan B or this fight is hopeless. That said, the onus is on Suarez to get the finish considering the number of dominant positions she’s been able to achieve. Just as I type that, she manages to get Aldrich flattened out and sink in the rear-naked choke.
Final result: Suarez def. Aldrich via submission
Here’s where we stand after episode three:
Tatiana Suarez (w)
Cory Hendricks (w)
After the fight, Coach Jedrzejczyk (unfairly?) criticizes Aldrich for giving up and proceeds to tell the viewers what she would have done in that scenario. She also tells her team that skill and experience have no affect on the outcome of a fight, it only matters what’s in your heart and mind.
Um … okay.
Coach Gadelha retains control of the fight picks and chooses Andrew Sanchez from her squad to fight Myron Dennis, right after she’s done arguing with Jedrzejczyk. Who will emerge victorious?
Find out next week!
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Michael Chandler Targets Bellator 157 And Either Thomson Or Henderson
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler doesn’t want to wait too long to return to action.
His planned co-main event fight at Bellator 154 next weekend with Josh Thomson was scrapped after Thomson suffered an injury in training. Chandler (14-3) is focusing in on Bellator 157 for his return, leaving the door open for someone other than Thomson to face him.
“My Twitter has been blowing up about Benson (Henderson),” Chandler told MMAjunkie Radio. “People want to see me fight him, and I think he’s got a lot better shot at 155 than 170, judging by his last fight.”
Henderson made his Bellator debut last month, losing to welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov via decision.
Chandler, though, remains hopeful for a meeting with Thomson, adding “Josh is a great guy in the sport, and an exciting guy, so I think the matchup hopefully happens down the road eventually because I think it’s a fight that people want to see; I respect Josh big-time as a competitor.”
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Latest UFC on FOX 20 fight card, rumors in Chicago on July 23
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is headed back to primetime network television this summer with another mixed martial arts (MMA) special that features several pivotal divisional match ups. The UFC on FOX 20 fight card is still in its infancy, but is shaping up quite nice.
Event: UFC on FOX 20
Date: Sat., July 23, 2016, on FOX
Location: United Center in Chicago, Illinois
Latest UFC on FOX 20 Fight Card And Rumors:
205 lbs.: Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
135 lbs: Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
135 lbs.: Eddie Wineland vs. Frankie Saenz
170 lbs.: Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
170 lbs.: George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
155 lbs.: Alex Oliveira vs. James Moontasri
155 lbs.: Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
115 lbs.: Felice Herrig vs. Kailin Curran
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Holm vs. Shevchenko, 'Rumble' vs. Teixeira possible for UFC Chicago
A pair of bouts are reportedly in the works for FOX UFC Fight Night in Chicago with former champion Holly Holm rumored to meet Valentina Shevchenko while Anthony "Rumble" Johnson will likely be paired up against Glover Teixeira on the card. Both fights …
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