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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight attraction, Paige VanZant, has been forced to remove herself from the upcoming UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event, booked for Sat., Oct. 7, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
More on that change here.
The good news for “12 Gauge” fans is that VanZant is expected to make her Octagon return before the end of the year, though no word yet if Jessica Eye — left in limbo ahead of UFC 216 — will be willing to wait around for the eventual do-over.
“Depending on my healing timeline, I’ll fight anyone who is available,” VanZant told MMA Fighting.
The former Dancing with the Stars finalist managed to avoid surgery after re-aggravating a pre-existing back injury when training for Eye, which prompted a mandatory timeout from her physician.
To see the current UFC 216 fight card and line up as we inch closer to the “Ferguson vs. Lee” PPV extravaganza in “Sin City” click here.
Justin Gaethje enters his Octagon debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 25” finale as an undefeated fighter with a championship pedigree from another promotion, which is essentially the same as having a giant target on his back.
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Don’t expect a little thing like a savage, third-round head kick knockout to stymie a grizzled veteran like Bethe Correia.
In fact, the Brazilian vows to return stronger than ever, despite her main event loss to Holly Holm, which took place in the UFC Fight Night 111 headliner last Saturday on UFC Fight Pass in Singapore.
Our full recap here.
“I want to congratulate Holly for the fight. Even though she was coming from three losses she didn’t quit and hide, and fought me on the main event,” Correia wrote on Instagram.
Holm snapped a three-fight losing streak with the win.
“I won’t return with the victory I dreamed of, but I return with my head held high with a dream to fight in Asia realized and being a protagonist of the night,” she continued. “I can only say this to my fans that like Bethe Correia: I WILL BE BACK STRONGER THAN EVER! YOU CAN BE SURE OF IT!!!!!”
The loss dropped Correia to 10-3-1 and leaves “The Pitbull” at 1-3-1 over the past three years. No question her drubbing at the hands (and feet) of “The Preacher’s Daughter” will affect her standing in the bantamweight rankings (see them here).
Where does she go from here? See the possibilities here.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Alex Oliveira is done fighting at 155 pounds. Now, he just wants to be seen as one of the best welterweights in the world.
Coming off big wins over Tim Means and Will Brooks, “Cowboy” is now set to meet Ryan LaFlare at the UFC on FOX 25 event in Long Island, N.Y., on July 22. LaFlare is a former Ring of Combat champion with six wins in his seven UFC bouts, but Oliveira wasn’t interested in picking names.
“I went to Las Vegas (for the UFC Athlete Retreat) and asked for a fight, and they gave me him,” Oliveira told the media during UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “To me, it’s just another name. It doesn’t mean anything. I’ll beat him and take his spot.”
“Cowboy” only went the distance twice in the UFC, scoring two knockouts and two submission finishes inside the Octagon. Against the durable LaFlare, whose only UFC loss was a five-round decision against Demian Maia, Oliveira expects to secure the victory before the third round.
“I have the advantage standing,” said Oliveira, who made his UFC debut that night, facing Gilbert Burns on short notice. “I think he will try to stand with me a little bit, and when he thinks about it, I’ll grab him and take him to the ground. I’ll use his game against him, wrestling.”
“We’ll brawl. And when he blinks, I’ll take him down,” he added. “I see myself knocking him out. I’ll knock him out on the ground. I think it ends in the second round. … I see myself at least in the top 15 (after this win). If not, cool, send me another ranked fighter and I’ll beat him up.”
The Brazilian welterweight only fought once so far this year, a rematch with Means following the controversial no contest last December. One of the most active athletes in the UFC roster, Oliveira competed eight times between March 2015 and December 2016.
“I wish I had fought three times already this year,” Oliveira said. “If I can fight once or twice more, cool. It’s up to the boss.”