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A German welterweight with a penchant for submission finishes and a six-fight winning streak is the latest fighter headed to the UFC.

According to his Twitter account, 23-year-old Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a contract with the UFC. The UFC has not made a formal announcement of Ayari’s signing. The news also was reported by German website GNP1.

No fight date or first opponent was named in the report, but the UFC is expected to return to Ayari’s home country of Germany this fall. The UFC last visted the country in June 2015 for UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin.

UFC plans return to Germany in fall, eyes UK event by year's end

Ayari, from Nuremberg, is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career, a decision victory less than two weeks ago against France’s Mickael Lebout, a three-fight UFC veteran. During his current six-fight winning streak, Ayari has three decision wins. But beyond those trips to the judges’ scorecards, 12 of his 15 victories are by stoppage, including eight submission wins.

After turning pro in 2009 when he was just 17, Ayari won his first four fights by first-round submission, and his first seven victories all came in the first frame.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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After his Bellator 153 submission victory over Jeremie Holloway, Michael Page spoke to about the win and his upcoming bout at Bellator 158 in London, England, at the O2 Arena on July 16, 2016.

UNCASVILLE, Conn.–It wasn’t much of a surprise that Michael Page (10-0) picked up his tenth career victory at Bellator 153 last Friday night (April 22, 2016). However, his method of victory was certainly a shocker to most (event recap here).

“Venom” locked up a variation of a toehold to force Jeremie Holloway to tap inside Mohegan Sun Arena in the first round of the main card’s opening bout. The 29-year-old fighter spoke to about the submission victory after the card’s conclusion.

“It’s a toe hold but it’s inverted,” said Page, who donned a Marvel Comics “Venom” tee shirt. “It was something that we drill all the time. I felt him really getting stressed about his foot and I was like ‘I’m just going to hold onto this,’ and he tapped quick.”

With Page’s propensity for aerial attacks, fast movement inside the cage and crisp accurate striking, no one could’ve foreseen a leg lock submission becoming his method of victory.

“He didn’t,” Page said smiling. “Especially having guys in my gym trying to tap my legs with leg locks, I have to understand the leg lock game and we have a lot of counters for it. To be fair I was trying to go for it… A lot of times people usually let go and I can take my leg out and carrying on fighting from there.”

Holloway sprinted across the cage and immediately attacked Page as soon as the fight began, and boy did Page make him pay for it by connecting on a right hand that sent him crashing to the canvas.

“I knew he would come out and put pressure on me, but it wasn’t technical pressure,” Page explained. “He literally just ran at me and I was like, ‘boy this is Christmas come early.’ To be fair the shot that he took I thought it was game over straight away. When it landed and he kept going I was like, ‘ok fair enough. I’ll hit him with another one of those kind of shots and I’ll put him down again. To be fair, he is tough. He is a tough guy, but I was ready for it.”

Page was asked about his arsenal of leg kicks, which he never unleashed this time around. Was he worried about getting taken down? “No, no,  I found his head so early with my hands and if it’s not broke don’t fix it,” he said, “just keep going back to the same thing.”

Next up for the undefeated London native is a homecoming at Bellator 158 on July 16, 2016 at the O2 Arena in his hometown. Page hasn’t fought there since the early days of his career when he fought his first two professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts for the UCMMA promotion. He was announced for the card prior to Bellator 153, but now that he got the win and can focus on what’s next, his excitement is palpable.

“We already planned out our schedule of what I’m going to be doing leading up to the fight and just promotional wise getting everyone there,” he explained. “I’m trying to fill that place myself. It’s going to be crazy. I’m so happy to be fighting there.”

Page will face Fernando Gonzalez, a tough welterweight on a four-fight winning streak, who will be a much tougher test than any of his previous opponents in Bellator MMA.

“I feel like I have a little bit of something to prove because of what he said,” said Page. “He feels like I’m dodging people and so on and so forth. I’m glad that it’s him because after what he said he is going to feel what ‘MVP’ is about.”

Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said Page is ready now for a jump up in competition:

“He’s a kid that is extremely talented and I feel like he is ready to take that next step so we have him fighting Fernando at the O2 Arena in London on July 16 and it’s going to be a home game for Michael,” he told Michael always comes over here. He’s flying over here and sleeping at the hotel. Now he’s going to have a home game and Fernando has to go over there and fight him on his home turf. I think he is going to have his hands full. “That is going to be a tough fight,” he said. “Fernando is going to be in his face and working him all night long. ‘MVP’ is a special athlete though. He is really exciting to watch and a lot of fun. Nothing surprises me from this guy. He is the Michael Jackson of MMA. Seriously. He can do it all and then he will start dancing on you after he beats you up.”

Page was watching the title fight with vested interest at Bellator 153 and should he prevail over Gonzalez in July, he’s got his sights set for a showdown with Andrey Koreshkov.

“100 percent. It’s what people want to see and like I said, I feel like I’m improving a lot more and as you can see my all-around game is developing and I feel like I can handle any of these guys.”

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Once scolded for his inability to consistently drop down to the welterweight limit, Thiago Alves is apparently going down even further to lightweight.

According to Alves (21-10 MMA, 14-6 UFC), who challenged former 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100 in July 2009, his next fight will take place at 155 pounds. He said he anticipates stepping in the octagon in August with an opponent for his debut in the weight class to be announced soon.

Alves is coming off a second-round TKO loss to former interim UFC champion Carlos Condit at UFC Fight Night 67 this past May. The loss dropped “Pitbull” to 4-4 since he unsuccessfully challenged St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100, and he’s never rediscovered the momentum he had gained to roll into that title fight.

Although Alves has teased a move down to lightweight in the past, most assumed he would be physically incapable, even if his frame is somewhat undersized for welterweight at 5-foot-10.

Alves missed weight at welterweight twice in his UFC tenure. The issue hasn’t come up since a UFC 117 loss to Jon Fitch in August 2010, though, and with the help of dietary coach Mike Dolce has rebuilt his body to be more functional in the fight game.

That work has paid off well, it seems, because even with the ban of IVs due to the UFC’s partnership with USADA, Alves will still try to drop down for the first time in his career.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Glory 29: Copenhagen has had a few shake-ups in the last few days with some of the featured fighters becoming injured and replaced.

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Planning to attend UFC Fight Night 89 in June? You can buy your tickets starting this week.

UFC Fight Night 89 takes place June 18 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The card features a showdown that could help crown the next contender for the welterweight title.

Rory MacDonald (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will face off with Stephen Thompson (12-1MMA, 7-1 UFC) in the main event while Donald Cerrone (29-7 MMA, 16-4 UFC) and Patrick Cote (23-9 MMA, 10-9 UFC) meet in the welterweight co-main event.

MacDonald gets back into the promotion’s octagon for the first time since a “Fight of the Year” candidate at this past July’s UFC 189, which saw him surge ahead against champ Robbie Lawler only to suffer a badly broken nose and succumb to strikes in the fifth and final frame. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

No. 5 ranked Thompson is coming off a career-best TKO win over Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82. It was Thompson’s sixth straight win in the UFC and seventh overall in the promotion.

Ticket prices for the event have not yet been announced. However, tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. ET via Capital Tickets. e-newsletter subscribers can buy their seats on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, and UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets as of today at 10 a.m. ET.

The latest UFC Fight Night 89 card includes:

  • Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
  • Steve Bosse vs. Sean O’Connell
  • Sam Alvey vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti
  • Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tamdan McCrory
  • Colby Covington vs. Alex Garcia

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Bloody Elbow
Brazilian UFC welterweight flagged for potential USADA violation
Bloody Elbow
"The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Viscardi Andrade of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on March 7, 2016. The sample was …
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Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Viscardi Andrade is facing suspension after being flagged for a potential violation of the company’s anti-doping policy.

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Former UFC Welterweight top contender Dan Hardy will return for superfights only
There was once a time when Dan Hardy (25-10-1) was a feared striker in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight division. While the British mixed martial artist came up short against Georges St-Pierre in a title fight at UFC 111, Hardy put

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On April 22, Brennan Ward will be back in the friendly confines of the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., looking to put on a show for his family and his “boys.”

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World Series Of Fighting held their WSOF 30 event on Saturday night, April 2, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main event of the show saw WSOF Middleweight Champion David Branch retain his title with a unanimous decision victory. In the co-main event of the evening, former UFC title contender Jon Fitch became the new WSOF Welterweight title by defeating Joao Zeferino in the vacant title fight.

Below are complete WSOF 30 quick-match results:

MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 11:30 p.m. ET):

– David Branch def. Clifford Starks via unanimous decision (49-44, 49-44, 49-44)
– Jon Fitch def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
– Vinny Magalhaes def. Jake Heun via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Abu Azaitar def. Danny Davis Jr. via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8:30 p.m. ET):

– Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Matthew Frincu via KO (punches) – Round 2, 3:05
– Rex Harris def. Clinton Williams via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– Steve Kozola def. Matt Church via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:57
– Adam Acquaviva def. Andres Ponce via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:10
– Zach Bunnell def. Jeff Roman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

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