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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Mike Perry Added to UFC’s 25th Anniversary Card in Mile High City

Another fan-friendly matchup was announced for UFC Fight Night 139 on Friday, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed Donald Cerrone will take on Mike Perry just hours after announcing Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Mike Perry Added to UFC’s 25th Anniversary Card in Mile High City

Another fan-friendly matchup was announced for UFC Fight Night 139 on Friday, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed Donald Cerrone will take on Mike Perry just hours after announcing Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Mike Perry Added to UFC’s 25th Anniversary Card in Mile High City

Another fan-friendly matchup was announced for UFC Fight Night 139 on Friday, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed Donald Cerrone will take on Mike Perry just hours after announcing Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC Atlantic City

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., April 21, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, which was headlined by a barn-burner of a lightweight showdown that saw Kevin Lee absolutely dominate Edson Barboza for nearly five round before the action was stopped in the final frame (recap).

Also, Frankie Edgar handed Cub Swanson his second straight defeat after outscoring him on the judges scorecards after three rounds of action.

Biggest Winner: Kevin Lee

Lee proclaimed he would beat Barboza in all facets of the fight game and beat on the Brazilian bomber worse that what Khabib Nurmagomedov did, and he accomplished both feats. Indeed, from the opening bell Lee took it to Edson, taking him down at will and absolutely crushed him with ground and pound action. When on the feet, Lee didn’t shy away from striking with the best in the division, and though he ate a few good shots, even almost getting finished with a spinning wheel kick, Kevin shook them all off and went back to work. At the end of every round, Barboza looked like a shell of a man, beaten to a pulp, ultimately getting both of eyes nearly shut. And though he seemed to be catching his second wind in the final round, it seemed the ringside doctor made the right choice to put an end to the beating. Now, Lee will set his sights on a bigger fight next, though it won’t be “Khabib time,” as two — maybe three —men are ahead of him at the moment. Still, he firmly looked like a legit contender in the division.

Runner Up: Dan Hooker

Hooker is slowly starting to make a name for himself in the Lightweight division, as he has now won three in a row, including his devastating first round knockout of longtime Octagon veteran, Jim Miller (see it again here). After four years of fighting inside the eight-walled cage, it seems Hooker is ready to take the leap into the big fights, and he wasted no time in calling out Paul Felder to his face during his post-fight victory speech. I really like what Hooker is doing, going in and taking care of business and looking for the next big fight. He’s taken out two longtime veterans and a rising prospect in back-to-back-to-back fights. I expect bigger things from him moving forward.

Honorable mention: Frankie Edgar

50 days after suffering the first stoppage loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, Edgar made a quick turnaround and scored his second win over Cub Swanson after 15 minutes of action. To stack the cards a bit more against Frankie, it was revealed he lost his father and his grandfather all in a span of week’s time. Indeed, “The Answer” powered through all of his persona adversity and picked up a big win in front of his hometown crowd. Whether or not he gets yet another shot at the title, remains to be seen. For now, it might be best for Frankie to spend some time with his family, mourn the loss of his loved ones and see how the division plays itself out in the next few months.

Biggest Loser: Edson Barboza

You never would’ve imagined Edson would suffer another major beating shut four months after getting worked by Khabib Nurmagomedov. But that’s just what happened after Kevin Lee took it to him for nearly 25 minutes. Sure, Edson has a few bright spots, but Lee had his way with him, and then some. The two bloody and brutal defeats can definitely take a toll on Edson’s body and his mind. How he bounces back from his last loss is tough to call, but one thing is certain, he needs to brush up on his wrestling and takedown defense, because you better believe his next opponent has a very clear blueprint on front of him.

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UFC Atlantic City Results

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this Saturday (April 21, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 128 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a lightweight main event between Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee, who battle for a spot in the 155-pound title chase.

And we’re now down to 11 fights after Magomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki was scratched when Bibulatov was felled by injury, shortly before Leslie Smith refused to fight the overweight Aspen Ladd.

Elsewhere on the card, held inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Frankie Edgar tries to get back into the win column against Cub Swanson, who looks to avenge his loss to “The Answer” back in late 2014.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 128 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 Prelims undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Barboza vs. Lee.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 128 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 QUICK RESULTS:

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis
David Branch vs. Thiago Santos
Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling — Sterling def. Johns by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller — Hooker def. Miller by KO (knee) at 3:00 of Round One
Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare — LaFlare def. Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon — Simon def. Dvalishvili by TKO (guillotine choke) at 5:00 of Round Three
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas — Bahadurzada def. Chagas by KO (front kick and punch) at 2:40 of Round Two
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins — Anderson def. Cummins by by unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura — Martin def. Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result:


145 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


265 lbs.: Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


185 lbs.: David Branch vs. Thiago Santos

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


135 lbs.: Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling

Round 1: Combination lands for Johns. Sterling sending out early kicks. Johns catches one, can’t keep it. Counters by Johns. Low kick lands for Sterling a minute in. Sterling tries a body kick. Straight left, body kick. Leg kick by Sterling, who grabs a body lock. Johns nearly lands on Sterling’s back, but ultimately surrenders guard two minutes in. Johns works his way back to his feet, Sterling still attached. Two minutes to go.

Double underhooks for Sterling. Knee from Sterling on the exit. Johns looking to make up for lost time, eats a knee. One minute to go. Body kick again by Sterling. Again a body kick. Johns looks for a single-leg, gets him down. 10-9 Sterling.

Round 2: Both sending out kicks early. Sterling lands a combo, eats a 1-2. Jumping knee catches Sterling coming in. Johns looks for a single-leg, sprawled on. One minute in. Still driving against the cage. Knees from Sterling. More knees. Sterling lands a nice combination on the break and keeps it going, landing multiple clean shots. 2-3 from Johns in return, drawing a nod. Cracking body shot from Johns. Sterling shoots, can’t complete the single-leg. Counter right by Johns, takedown from Sterling into half guard . Two minutes to go.

Hard punches landing for “The Funkmaster” as Johns works his way to his feet. Double underhooks for Sterling. Referee breaks them up. They go back to trading at range, both men landing clean. Front kick from Sterling. Side kick from Sterling, Johns tries to spin. 10-9 Sterling.

Round 3: Right hand from Johns, body kick from Sterling. Johns going for it. Low kicks from Sterling, who looks for a single-leg. Sterling tries to counter with a Judo throw, but dragged down to a knee. One minute in. One hook in for Sterling. Johns turns to face im. Good knee and he changes levels again. Again he looks for the back. Two minutes in. Sterling keeping Johns against the fence, winning the underhook battle. Two minutes to go.

Ref separates them. Johns trying to go for it, ducks a spinning elbow. Sterling ducks in for a single-leg and puts Johns right back on the fence. Johns separates with a minute to go. Back to the clinch, Johns tries a throw and gets thrown by Sterling in retaliation. Sterling looking for the back once more. Both hooks in and on come the punches. 10-9 Sterling.

Final result: Sterling def. Johns by unanimous decision


155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller

Round 1: Hooker just towering over Miller, sending out kicks. Miller with a low leg kick. Miller tries a takedown, eats a knee to the body that backs him off. One minute in. Hooker on the front foot, takes a short right hook. Counter hook by Miller, Hooker tries a knee. Miller catches a body kick, great defense from Hooker until Miller gets him to the cage. Two minutes in. Hooker scrambles to his feet. Knee and elbow from Hooker, body kick. They trade punches near the fence and, as Miller ducks in, Hooker meets him with a show-stopping knee. Miller is out on impact.

Final result: Hooker def. Miller by KO (knee)


170 lbs.: Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare

Round 1: Body kick from the southpaw LaFlare. Leg kick. One minute in. Garcia shoots off a LaFlare kick and gets majorly sprawled on. They stand. Garcia tries a lazy spin. Two minutes in. Body shot from Garcia as he ties up, then LaFlare takes him to the fence. LaFlare drags him down for a moment. Good knees to the body. Two minutes to go.

Garcia tries a throw, gets underhooks and separates. LaFlare body kick. Garcia shoots, LaFlare turns him and puts him back on the fence. Back to the center. LaFlare trips Garcia up with an inside low kick. 10-9 LaFlare.

Round 2: Garcia doubles up the right hand, eats a body kick. LaFlare shoots, goes to the rear waist lock, and looks to secure the back. Garcia works his way into top position, but LaFlare uses butterfly hooks to scramble up. LaFlare lands a knee as Garcia takes him down a minute in. Garcia keeping him down against the fence. Now looking for the back. Two minutes in. One hook in, but LaFlare initiates a scramble and gets back to his feet. Garcia tries to take the back again, but winds up on the bottom. LaFlare on top in half guard. Two minutes to go.

Garcia keeping him stuck in half guard. LaFlare looking for an arm triangle, no dice. One minute to go. Garcia playing pure defense. 10-9 LaFlare.

Round 3: LaFlare threatens a level change. Body kick lands, but Garcia takes him down for it. One minute in. LaFlare holding on, trying to set up another butterfly sweep. Ref stands them up. Body kick from LaFlare, who sprawls on a shot two minutes in. Front kick to the midsection, head kick attempt. Garcia lands a takedown on the fence. LaFlare looking for a rear crucifix. Two minutes to go.

LaFlare holding onto that crucifix. Not enough action for Marc Goddard’s liking and they’re back up with a minute to go. Body kick lands again. LaFlare grabs the rear waistlock. Garcia wolls through and they stand. They exchange until the bell. 10-9 LaFlare.

Final result: LaFlare def. Garcia by unanimous decision


135 lbs.: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon

Round 1: Dvalishvili tries to spin early. Low kick lands. BIG right hand connects. He tries to spin again and Simon looks for a takedown. They separate. One minute in. Tries an elbow this time, then hits a takedown and looks for the back. Big slam. Again. Simon gets back to his feet and they go to the cage. Outside trip, tries to take the back and gets too high before they scramble up. They trade in the center. Two minutes in. Another hard right hand by the Georgian, who eats one in return. Leg kick from Dvalishvili. Simon lands a straight right. Right hand slips through Simon’s guard and sends him to the mat. Simon tries a takedown, staggers around the cage as Dvalishvili chases him down. Simon shoots with two minutes to go.

Dvalishvili still charging after him, hits a lovely takedown. Simon pops up. Another takedown. One minute to go. SImon on his feet, Dvalishvili still attached. They separate. Right hand from Simon draws a smile. Simon lands a body shot, eats another right hand. 10-9 Dvalishvili, borderline 10-8.

Round 2: Leg kick from Simon. Good right hand lands for him. Simon goes low-high with left hooks, then a straight right. Spinning back fist attempt. Simon doing well at range this round a minute in. Dvalishvili still chasing him, falling short with shots. Merab hits a single-leg, gets too excited looking for the back and eats a knee. Two minutes in. 2-1 from Dvalishvili. Cuffing left hook upstairs two minutes in. Simon hits a nice takedown into guard. Elbows. Dvalishvili works his way to his knees, then the feet and they separate. Another hard right by the Georgian. Two minutes to go.

Good knee to the body from Simon, but it lets Dvalishvili drag him down. Simon works his way up, hauled to the cage. He tries granby rolls to escape, cannot dislodge the Georgian. Dvalishvili again goes too high on the back and eats knees. Tight elbow from Simon, who gets stuffed on a shot. Dvalishvili cracks him with a right cross. Simon lands teh low-high left hooks, gets taken down but pops up. Closer round. 10-9 Dvalishvili.

Round 3: Body kick from Dvalishvili. 1-2 by Simon as he takes a groin shot. They exchange in center cage. Well-timed level change by Dvalishvili. Simon works his way up a minute in. He hits the switch and grab the rear waist lock. They separate. Simon to the body. Dvalishvili hits a brief takedown. 1-2 by the Georgian. Two minutes in. Simon hits a takedown into side control. Dvalishvili regains half guard and looks for a kimura. Nothing doing. Simon looking to set up an arm triangle, Dvalishvili bridges out of it when he tries to pass and stands. Two minutes to go.

Dvalishvili pressing forward, lands a knee and looks to open up on the cage. He tries a single-leg, not there. Good right hook upstairs. Head kick attempt. Dvalishvili hits another takedown, but Simon locks up a guillotine and sweeps into mount. Dvalishvili bicycling his legs as Simon desperately cranks. Somehow, the Georgian survives to the bell. 10-9 Simon.

They’re calling this a TKO? What the hell.

Final result: Simon def. Dvalishvili by TKO (guillotine choke)


170 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas

Round 1: Bahadurzada opens with leg kicks, eats a flying knee. Straight rights land for Bahadurzada, than an overhand right. Bahadurzada catches a kick and lands a right before taking him down into guard. One minute in. Closed guard. Good right hand from Bahadurzada. Two minutes in. Another series of good rights. Chagas hits a beautiful sit-out and takes the back, locking up the body triangle. Right hands from the Brazilian as he looks for the choke. Two minutes to go.

More right hands from Chagas to the head and body. Good control from Chagas, doog defense from Bahadurzada. One minute to go. Bahadurzada gets to his feet, dragged right back down. Round ends there. 10-9 Chagas.

Round 2: Overhand right from Bahadurzada. Chagas advancing, Bahadurzada throwing heat off the back foot. One minute in. Uppercut catches Chagas leaning. They trade in the center. Knee from Bahadurzada as he denies a level change, then a body shot. Both switching stance. Two minutes in. Bahadurzada fires a two-piece and stuffs a shot. Bahadurzada goes low-high. 2-1 by Chagas. Suddenly, Bahadurzada fires a front kick that petrifies Chagas, then an uppercut as the Brazilian keels over that puts him to sleep.

Final result: Bahadurzada def. Chagas by KO (front kick and punch)


205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins

Round 1: Cummins already threatening level changes as Anderson fires his jab. Cummins shoots in off an Anderson uppercut and takes him to the fence. Anderson breaks his grip a minute in, eats a knee and comes back with a straight right. Both land right hands. Anderson opening up with punches, lands a good knee. Cummins reeling as Anderson marches on. Hard body shots. Cummins’ right eye is already a mess as he nearly shoots into a knee. Elbow from Anderson. Uppercut, left hook. Uppercut again. Cummins throwing back but he’s eating a boatload of shots. Cummins presses forward with a combo, eats a left hook. Anderson catches a body kick and shoots, taking Cummins down on the fence with two minutes to go.

Knee by Anderson. He continues to land. One minute to go. Anderson hits a double-leg into half guard. He takes the back and starts dropping punches. Cummins works his way to his feet, forced back down. Cummins tries to spin. 10-8 Anderson.

Round 2: Anderson rips the body. Anderson tries a knee, lands a two-piece. One minute in. Dirty boxing from both as Anderson takes him to the fence. They separate in the center. Jab from Cummins. Lead right comes back. Two minutes in. Anderson blasts through for another takedown and he looks for the back on the cage. Cummins works his way up, dragged back down to his knees. Back up, knee from Anderson, back down. Two minutes togo.

Both hooks in for Anderson. Cummins slips out the back door and they return to the center. Right hand by Cummins off an Anderson kick. One minute to go. Anderson lands a right hand and uppercut before hitting another takedown. Anderson just riding his back, slams him again. 10-9 Anderson.

Round 3: They look to trade in the center. Anderson hits another easy takedown on the cage. One minute in. Anderson looking for the back. Cummins stands, dragged back down. Cummins removes a hook, dragged back down. One hook in for Anderson two minutes in. Cummins gets back up, taken down again. One hook in with two minutes to go.

Anderson just all over him. Cummins gets to his feet and they fight for underhooks until Anderson ducks in for yet another takedown. One minute to go. Anderson tries to flatten him out, lands left hands. Cummins stands, avoids a slam, eats a left hook at the bell. 10-9 Anderson.

Final result: Anderson def. Cummins by unanimous decision


170 lbs.: Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura

Round 1: Martin orthodox, Nakamura southpaw. Martin opens with a head kick attempt. Nakamura fires a straight left, 1-2 comes back at him. Nakamura counters a leg kick with a straight left. One minute in. Both pop the body. Nakamura throwing lefts, Martin with a right downstairs. Martin head kick appears to glance off, straight rights buckle Nakamura. Nakamura gets back to his range two minutes in. 1-2 from Nakamura, sharp right hand catches him. Lots of feints. Two minutes to go.

Left hook from Martin, straight right lands.Nakamura left hand falls short. Leg kick by Martin, another big right hand upstairs. Nakamura hits a takedown with a minute to go. Martin cinches up a guillotine on the way down. Nakamura waits it out as Martin tries some heel strikes. 10-9 Martin.

Round 2: Both land their lead hands early. Martin tries a front kick. Leg kick from Nakamura. Jab lands upstairs. One minute in. Martin fires an inside low kick. 1-2 from Nakamura. 1-2 by Martin, who avoids a knee. Two minutes in. Left hand lands for Nakamura. Martin with a harder 1-2. Nakamura to the body, caught clean with a right hand. Two minutes to go.

Martin to the body, Nakamura looks for a counter. No takedown attempts for Nakamura this round. Good 1-2 by Martin, stiff jab afterwards. One minute to go. Nakamura lands a body kick. Nakamura counters a knee, eats a heavy right hand and a head kick. Nakamura shoots into a guillotine. 10-9 Martin.

Round 3: Martin lands some good right hands inside. Hard body kick from Martin. Nakamura shoots and Martin locks up a kimura. Nakamura rolls through and grabs a front headlock a minute in. Martin works his way free and stands. Both throw hard in center cage. Two minutes in. Nakamura loses his mouthpiece, pausing the action. Martin lands a nice step-back right with two minutes to go.

Nakamura tries a high kick and an ugly-looking level change. Martin lands a counter right. Straight left from Nakamura, right hand from Martin soon after. One minute to go. Nakamura hits a takedown and a scramble ensues from a Martin kimura attempt. Martin sweeps into top position and transitions to a straight armbar from half guard. 10-9 Martin.

Final result: Martin def. Nakamura by unanimous decision


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Live! UFC Atlantic City Results & Play-By-Play!

UFC Atlantic City Results

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this Saturday (April 21, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 128 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a lightweight main event between Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee, who battle for a spot in the 155-pound title chase.

And we’re now down to 11 fights after Magomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki was scratched when Bibulatov was felled by injury, shortly before Leslie Smith refused to fight the overweight Aspen Ladd.

Elsewhere on the card, held inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Frankie Edgar tries to get back into the win column against Cub Swanson, who looks to avenge his loss to “The Answer” back in late 2014.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 128 fight card below, starting with the FOX Sports 1 Prelims bouts at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

Keep in mind that we will also be the spot for the latest news, recaps, and post-fight analysis following “Barboza vs. Lee.”

Without further delay, see below for the latest UFC Fight Night 128 results. (Note: This will go from the bottom up; therefore, scroll toward the bottom for the latest detailed round-by-round action.)

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 QUICK RESULTS:

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson
Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis
David Branch vs. Thiago Santos
Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling
Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller
Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins
Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 128 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

155 lbs.: Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Round 4:

Round 5:

Final result:


145 lbs.: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


265 lbs.: Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


185 lbs.: David Branch vs. Thiago Santos

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


135 lbs.: Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


155 lbs.: Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


170 lbs.: Alex Garcia vs. Ryan LaFlare

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


170 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


205 lbs.: Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


135 lbs.: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


170 lbs.: Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura

Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

Final result:


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Ryan LaFlare-Alex Garcia Added to UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City

The announcements keep coming for the UFC Fight Night 128 card, which is happening on Saturday, April 21 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The card will be headlined by two lightweight contenders in Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee.
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Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura Booked for UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City

Tony Martin will lock horns with Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 128.
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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.

Stick with Mania for more UFC Atlantic City fight card news.

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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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