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Longtime lightweight veteran Jorge Masvidal is moving up to the welterweight division to battle former middleweight Cezar Ferreira as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 21 Finale, scheduled for July 12, 2015 in South Florida, according to Brazil’s Ricardo Carlini (via MMA Fighting).
That’s where TUF 21 is currently filming for “ATT vs. Blackzilians.”
Masvidal (28-9) saw his three-fight winning streak go up in smoke against Al Iaquinta by way of controversial
F-bomb split decision at the UFC Fight Night 63 event just last month. “Gamebred” has a habit of compiling wins, then giving them away at the precipice of breaking through.
Perhaps a new weight class will yield better results?
Waiting for him will be Ferreira (8-4), who is struggling to stay consistent (and conscious) in recent fights. After a fast 3-0 start to his Octagon career, “Mutante” is just 1-2, coming off a blistering first-round knockout loss to Sam Alvey last February in Brazil.
He needs a win. Badly.
TUF 21 Finale, in addition to settling the welterweight score on the combat sports reality show, will feature a lightweight contender’s showdown between ex-champ Ben Henderson and rising star Michael Johnson. In addition, Michelle Waterson will make her UFC debut against Angela Magana.
Expect more fight announcements — as well as a host venue — to be revealed in the coming weeks.
In the wake of all this bombshell Jon Jones news being dropped, it would be easy to overlook the fact that the UFC made another, more positive announcement earlier this week: the signing of former Invicta atomweight champion Michelle Waterson to their 115-pound division. The news of Waterson’s was made by the UFC on Tuesday, and last night, Waterson’s debut opponent has been announced.
Suffice it to say, if you think “The Karate Hottie” is being handed a gimme fight to launch her up the rankings, well, you’re right.
With her impressive resume and…let’s call it “extreme marketability“, Waterson’s signing is undoubtedly a huge get for the relatively shallow strawweight division. She is, however, one of those rare fighters to be signed to the UFC following a loss — a 2014 submission via rear-naked choke to Herica Tiburcio that cost her the Invicta belt — so one wouldn’t expect to see her matched up against a VanZant or a Torres right off the bat, right? Sean Shelby & Co. obviously agree, as “The Karate Hottie” will make her promotional debut against Angela “Your Majesty” Magana.
Magana is, of course, the much-despised TUF 20 alum who was last seen getting outstruck 96-34 by Tecia Torres at the TUF 20 Finale. I truly cannot think of one other significant thing to say about her.
Waterson vs. Magana is set to transpire at The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale on July 12 in a Florida city TBD. For those of you who have managed to make it this far down the article, I present you with this reward.
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Rick “The Horror” Story enjoyed an upset victory in his last Octagon appearance, defeating highly touted submission artist Gunnar Nelson in a split decision at UFC Fight Night in Sweden last year. Nelson, who hails from Iceland, enjoyed the support of the Scandinavian crowd and many picked the fight to be his coming-out party for […]
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Lorenz Larkin will try to get on a roll in his new division in June.
Larkin, who moved down from middleweight to welterweight in his last fight, takes on Santiago Ponzinibbio at the Ultimate Fighter Brazil 4 Finale on June 27 in Sao Paulo, MMAFighting.com confirmed with the UFC on Saturday. Combate was the first to report the bout.
Larkin initially tweeted that the bout would be at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 1, but his manager Audie Attar told MMAFighting.com it would be at the TUF Brazil 4 Finale.
Larkin (15-4, 1 NC) starched John Howard in his 170-pound debut in just 2:17 at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver on Jan. 18 in Boston. The Riverside, Calif., native competed in Strikeforce at light heavyweight and has spent most of his UFC career at middleweight up until now. Larkin, 28, lost three in a row at 185 before knocking out Howard. He has a chance to make a lot of noise fighting at his more natural weight.
Ponzinibbio (20-2) has won two of his three fights in the UFC with the lone loss coming against ranked welterweight Ryan LaFlare. The Argentina native defeated Sean Strickland by unanimous decision in his last fight in February. He also owns a knockout win over Wendell Oliveira. Ponzinibbio, 28, is a TUF Brazil 2 alum.