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UFC Nashville Fight Card Finalized

UFC Nashville Fight Card Finalized

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

April’s UFC Nashville Fight Card is set!

The octagon will return to Nashville on April 22 for UFC Fight Night 108, a thirteen-bout fight card headlined by a featherweight tilt between Artem Lobov and Cub Swanson.

Cub Swanson is coming off a “fight of the year performance” at UFC 206, which saw him earn a decision victory over the “Korean Superboy” Doo Ho Choi. The win marked Swanson’s third-straight, as he had previously defeated Hacran Dias and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Meanwhile, Artem Lobov is currently riding a two-fight win streak scoring decision victories over Chris Avila at UFC 202 and most recently Teruto Ishihara this past November.

The co-main event will feature the return of Al Iaquinta who will meet veteran brawler Diego Sanchez in a lightweight showdown.

Sanchez was last seen in action this past November where he earned a decision victory over Marcin Held. The former lightweight title challenger has alternated between wins and losses over his past five fights going 3-2.

Meanwhile, Al Iaquinta will return to the octagon for the first time since April of 2015, where he earned a split-decision victory over Jorge Masvidal. “Raging” is currently riding a four-fight win streak which includes wins over Joe Lauzon and Ross Pearson.

Also on the card is Knoxville product Ovince Saint Preux who will square off with Marcos Rogerio de Lima. “OSP” finds himself in desperate need of a win after dropping his past three fights in a row.

Check out the full UFC Nashville card below:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

Artem Lobov vs. Cub Swanson
Al Iaquinta vs. Diego Sanchez
Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Ovince Saint Preux
John Dodson vs. Eddie Wineland
Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie Ray
Jake Ellenberger vs. Mike Perry

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)

Sam Alvey vs. Thales Leites
Brandon Moreno vs. Dustin Ortiz
Scott Holtzman vs. Michael McBride
Jessica Penne vs. Danielle Taylor

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Proctor
Cindy Dandois vs. Alexis Davis
Hector Sandoval vs. Matt Schnell

If victorious against Siver, McGregor gets next crack at Aldo

If victorious against Siver, McGregor gets next crack at Aldo

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

Sorry Frankie Edgar, but if Connor McGregor proves victorious in his main event fight against Dennis Siver at “UFC Fight Night 59”, the brash Irishman will receive the next shot at Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight gold.

That’s how UFC President Dana White summed up the promotions current featherweight title picture earlier today:

“This fight in Boston, if he wins, he’s going to fight for the title,” White said.

The decision will likely rub some fighters the wrong way, but it will also likely “move needles” which we all know the UFC is very fond of.

McGregor is coming off a first-round knockout victory over top-10 ranked featherweight fighter Dustin Poirier at September’s UFC 178 event.

“Notorious” now faces unranked Dennis Siver in a bout that will decide who gets the next crack at Jose Aldo’s 145-pound strap.

It does seem a little unfair for former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, who just defeated the divisions top contender Cub Swanson in a lop-sided decision.

But, business is business and a fight between McGregor and Aldo will surely do big numbers.

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UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson Results

UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson Results

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

 

 

 

UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson Results

Main Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Frankie Edgar def. Cub Swanson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:56, R5
Edson Barboza def. Bobby Green by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chico Camus def. Brad Pickett by split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Oleksiy Oliynyk def. Jared Rosholt by KO (punches) at 3:21, R1
Joseph Benavidez def. Dustin Ortiz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Wiman def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (on FOX Sports 1)

Ruslan Magomedov def. Josh Copeland by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Roger Narvaez def. Luke Barnatt by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
James Vick def. Nick Hein by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Akbarh Arreola def. Yves Edwards by submission (armbar) at 1:52, R1

Preliminary Card (on UFC Fight Pass)

Paige VanZant def. Kailin Curran by TKO (punches) at 2:54, R3
Dooho Choi def. Juan Puig by TKO (punches) at 0:18, R1

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Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens set for TUF 20 Finale co-main event

Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens set for TUF 20 Finale co-main event

By: Chris Taylor

 

 

 

A key featherweight bout will serve as the co-main event for the “TUF 20 Finale” in Las Vegas, as UFC officials recently announced that Charles Oliveira and Jeremy Stephens have been booked as the evenings co-feature.

Charles Oliveira was supposed to fight Nik Lentz at last month’s “UFC Fight Night 50” event. However, “Do Bronx” failed to make the featherweight limit of 146-pounds and then wasn’t cleared to fight after falling ill with a viral infection.

Prior to that incident, Oliveira had strung together 2-straight victories, which he earned by submitting opponents Andy Ogle and Hatsu Hioki respectively.

Meanwhile, Jeremny Stephens was last seen in action in the main event of UFC Fight Night 44 where he lost a hard fought decision to perennial contender Cub Swanson. That loss snapped a 3-fight win streak for “Lil Heathen,” who had defeated Estevan Payan, Rony Jason and Darren Elkins since dropping down from lightweight to 145-pounds.

The TUF 20 Finale is set for December 12 live from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The event, which airs on FOX Sports 1, will crown the UFC first ever women’s strawweight champion.

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