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Canelo Returns on Cinco De Mayo Weekend!

Canelo Alvarez — who was last seen flattening Rocky Fielding to secure a 168-pound title (highlights) — returns to Middleweight on May 4, 2019, in a unification match with Daniel Jacobs. The venue for the fight is still undetermined, but is likely to be T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to ESPN.com.

I side-eyed Canelo (51-1-2, 35 KO) a bit when he challenged Fielding, the weakest Super Middleweight title holder by a fair margin, but this is about as good a match up as you could ask for. Jacobs (35-2, 29 KO) gave Gennady Golovkin a run for his money in 2017 and defeated the very capable Sergiy Derevyanchenko for the vacant IBF title in Oct. 2018.

Canelo, meanwhile, holds the WBC and WBA “Super” belts, which he took from Golovkin in their rematch. Golovkin originally held the IBF belt as well, but was stripped when he elected to fight Vanes Martirosyan instead of Derevyanchenko on short notice.

The only belt unaccounted for, then, is the WBO belt held by Demetrius Andrade.

Matchroom Boxing has a strong roster, so expect a quality undercard to go along with this excellent main event. We’ll keep you posted as the card develops.

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Karate Combat Returns in 2019

Karate Combat burst on the scene in 2018 in a nondescript building in Budapest, Hungary, but with a unique production style, to rave reviews.
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Bellator Returns To Newcastle With Patricky Freire vs. Ryan Scope, Plus Aaron Chalmers

Bellator MMA will be heading back to Newcastle, where it will be pitting one of its stars, Patricky Freire, against a hometown champion in Ryan Scope.
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Vera Returns, Fights Cerilli On Nov. 23 In Manila

ONE Championship has been taking over the mixed martial arts (MMA) headlines this week and today is no different, as reigning heavyweight champion, Brandon Vera, will make his return to combat sports on Nov. 23 in the Philippines.

That’s where “The Truth” will put his division title on the line against streaking Italian bruiser Mauro Cerilli, in a featured championship bout that headlines the upcoming “Conquest of Champions” event inside Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.

Vera (15-7) is undefeated since crossing over from the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in 2014. That includes three straight first-round knockout wins for the 41 year-old striker, who once alternated between heavyweight and light heavyweight.

As for Cerilli (12-2), the 35 year-old “Hammer” has been doing some finishing of his own, to the tune of four straight stoppages in five wins, dating back to early 2016. This will be his highest-profile contest to date after competing primarily on the European circuit.

Also competing at the upcoming ONE Championship: “Conquest of Champions” fight card is the lightweight showdown pitting hometown hero Eduard Folayang opposite Singapore’s Amir Khan for the vacant 155-pound strap.

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Penn Returns, Faces Hall At UFC 232!

B.J. Penn promised he’d make an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) return, and now we have an official date … and opponent.

After rumors hit the Internet, the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion confirmed earlier today (Weds., Sept. 12, 2018) that “The Prodigy” will face Ryan Hall at the year-end UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 29, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Penn hasn’t competed since June 2017, losing to Dennis Siver via decision. The loss marked his fifth defeat in a row over the course of the last six years. Indeed, Penn has seen better days inside the Octagon, losing seven of his last nine outings, with his last win coming in 2010. It’s an unfathomable bleak streak from one of the best to ever compete in the sport.

As for Hall, he has been out of action for two years now, but is riding a six-fight win streak, winning his only two fights inside the Octagon against Artem Lobov to win season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and then besting Gray Maynard in his following fight.

While the pairing seems like a head scratcher at first glance, it will pit two of the best submission artists in the game, as Hall has numerous medals and accolades to his credit from Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments all over the world. Meanwhile, Penn’s jiu-jitsu is well-known and his background speaks for itself.

While a win for either man won’t do much for their respective stocks, it will still draw plenty of eyes. The question remains: Is Hall someone the former Lightweight and Welterweight champion can beat?

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Andrea Lee Returns to Face Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

Andrea Lee will put aside the difficulties in her personal life and return to the Octagon to meet Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC on Fox 31.
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Andrea Lee Returns to Face Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

Andrea Lee will put aside the difficulties in her personal life and return to the Octagon to meet Jessica-Rose Clark at UFC on Fox 31.
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Gray Maynard Returns to Lightweight, Meets Nik Lentz at UFC 229 in Las Vegas

Gray Maynard will return to the division where he challenged for championship gold when he meets Nik Lentz in a lightweight affair at UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6.
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Nate Diaz Returns to Face Dustin Poirier at UFC 230

Gird your loins and dust off your favorite vape pen, because Nate Diaz – our favorite trash-talking, Conor McGregor-beating Stockton badboy – is coming back.

He’ll be taking on Dustin Poirier in the co-main event of UFC 230. Since we know Diaz is capable of hyping a fight and generating monster interest, the UFC is essentially handing Poirier an opportunity on a silver platter – it’ll be up to Poirier to make the most of it.

As for who will win and who will lose… who cares! Diaz is back!

Here’s the LA Times:

Nate Diaz will return to the UFC octagon after more than a two-year absence Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden for an expected firefight of a stand-up bout against destructive puncher Dustin Poirier, the Los Angeles Times learned Thursday.

The lightweight bout will serve as the co-main event at UFC 230.

Stockton’s Diaz (20-11) has participated in the main event of two of the most lucrative UFC pay-per-view cards in history, first by taking a March 2016 fight against Conor McGregor on less than two weeks’ notice to submit him in the second round.

Then, after Diaz and his fighter brother, Nick, engaged McGregor in a bottle-and-can throwing exchange during a pre-fight news conference, he lost to McGregor by decision in one of the most thrilling bouts in the organization’s history.

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Heavyweight Prospect Tyrell Fortune Returns to Face Josue Lugo at Bellator 201

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyrell Fortune will square off against Josue Lugo at Bellator 201.
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