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‘Motown Phenom’ Vs. Barboza Set To Headline UFC Atlantic City

A lightweight tilt between former interim title challenger Kevin Lee and Brazilian veteran Edson Barboza will headline UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, per a recent report by MMA Fighting.

Ariel Helwani originally reported that the bout was in the works earlier this week.

Lee, 25, is coming off a crushing interim title loss to Tony Ferguson back at UFC 216 via third-round submission. Before that, “Motown Phenom” captured five-straight victories at the lightweight level, including finishes of Michael Chiesa, Francisco Trinaldo, and Jake Matthews. The brash youngster remains one of the biggest players at 155 pounds and could instantly jump back into contention with a win over “Junior.”

Barboza, 32, is coming off a one-sided beatdown at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov back at UFC 219 this past December. The veteran lightweight has lost only to Khabib, Donald Cerrone, Tony Ferguson, and Michael Johnson since the beginning of 2013, while capturing key victories over former UFC lightweight champions Anthony Pettis and Gilbert Melendez, as well as divisional standouts Beneil Dariush, Bobby Green, and Paul Felder. The talented Brazilian striker has never lost back-to-back fights in his entire career, so Lee is going to have his work cut out for him.

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Report: UFC 224 Booked for May 12 in Rio de Janeiro for Octagon’s Ninth Trip to the City

Before the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its debut in Belem this Saturday night, Brazilian fans have reason to be excited.
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‘Holy sh*t!’ Dana White recaps wild night of fights at UFC 217 in New York City

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White is tying a ribbon on another successful pay-per-view (PPV) event, as UFC 217 took place last night (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.

And it was a wild night of fights indeed, as all three title changed hands as Georges St-Pierre submitted Michael Bisping in the main event to win the Middleweight title. Prior to that, T.J. Dillashaw reclaimed his Bantamweight title by knocking out Cody Garbrandt in round two, while Rose Namajunas earned the upset of the night by forcing Joanna Jedrzejczyk to tap to strikes in high-impressive title-winning performance

So what did White think of the event? See for yourself:

“There were a lot of holy shit moments tonight. I called this the ‘holy shit’ business, and tonight it delivered some holy shit moments. It’s the beautiful thing about this sport, you never know how it’s going to go. No matter what an expert you are or you think you are, you can never predict what’s going to happen. I think that’s one of the things that makes this sport so exciting.”

White also broke down “Rush’s” performance after a four-year hiatus.

“It’s a hard thing to do. Very few have done it. People think Bisping is an easy fight. Show me, show me where someone had an easy fight with Bisping. Michael Bisping is tough and he came to fight tonight. And Georges St-Pierre down the line.”

To hear White break down T.J. Dillashaw’s win over Cody Garbrandt, as well as Rose’s upset over Jedrzejczyk, click play in the embedded video player above.

For complete UFC 217 play-by-play coverage and results click here.

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UFC Fight Night 114: Sergio Pettis, ‘Fighter To Watch’ tonight in Mexico City

The time has come once again for Sergio Pettis to attempt his long-awaited breakout under the brights lights of the Octagon. After a few missed opportunities in the past, Pettis will get his chance to headline an event later tonight (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 114 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico, when he takes on surging flyweight contender Brandon Moreno.

This is not only a huge fight for “The Phenom” as he looks to burst out from behind the shadow of brother Anthony Pettis, but it’s an incredible matchup in a 125-pound division dying for fresh title challengers. Whoever is able to escape UFC Fight Night 114 later this evening will more than likely lock down the chance to fight UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, assuming “Mighty Mouse” is able to get past Ray Borg at UFC 215 on Sept. 9.

Pettis, 23, was one of the most highly-touted prospects in mixed martial arts (MMA) when he made his UFC debut back in 2013. Anthony had given the Pettis family its name in the sport and Sergio was going to take full advantage of that popularity. Unfortunately, “The Phenom” wasn’t able to push his way towards contention with a submission loss to Alex Caceres at bantamweight in 2014 and a knockout loss to Ryan Benoit at flyweight in 2015.

Now that Pettis has won three in a row he’s hoping to become the “new face” of the vastly depleted flyweight division. With youth on his side and an apparent evolution of skill fueling his recent success, Pettis could jump into title contention for the first time with a win over Moreno in Mexico City. If he’s unable to get past “Assassin Baby,” Pettis will be forced back down the flyweight ladder and have his overall potential questioned yet again heading into 2018.

It’s a hell of a lot to think about, especially considering Pettis is competing in his first UFC main event. But if the Duke Roufus protege wants to take the next step towards fighting the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet he’s going to have to come out victorious in moments like these.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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Rashad Evans to Face Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City

Rashad Evans will attempt to halt a three-bout skid when he faces Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City on Aug. 5.
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Rashad Evans to Face Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City

Rashad Evans will attempt to halt a three-bout skid when he faces Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City on Aug. 5.
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Rashad Evans to Face Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City

Rashad Evans will attempt to halt a three-bout skid when he faces Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City on Aug. 5.
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Rashad Evans to Face Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City

Rashad Evans will attempt to halt a three-bout skid when he faces Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City on Aug. 5.
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Ortiz-Sandoval, Bravo-Gruetzemacher Added to UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City

A pair of bouts have been added to the UFC Fight Night 114 lineup, as Dustin Ortiz will square off against Hector Sandoval at flyweight, while Martin Bravo will meet Chris Gruetzemacher at featherweight.
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Brandon Moreno-Sergio Pettis Revealed as UFC Fight Night 114 Headliner on Aug. 5 in Mexico City

Surging Mexican flyweight prospect Brandon Moreno will take on emerging contender Sergio Pettis in the main event of UFC Fight Night 114, scheduled for Aug. 5 in Mexico City, Mexico. The UFC’s Spanish portal officially announced the booking on Sunday.
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