By: Chris Taylor
Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao (32-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) will return to the octagon this December when he meets Mitch Gagnon (12-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at “UFC Fight Night 58” in Brazil.
Renan Barao will return to the octagon for the first time since losing his strap to T.J. Dillashaw at May’s UFC 173 event in Las Vegas. That loss snapped a 33-fight win streak for Barao, which included a perfect 7-0 run in the UFC.
Barao had been slated to rematch T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177, but unfortunately the former champion fell ill while cutting weight and was unable to perform.
Meanwhile, Mitch Gagnon will be looking to extend his current win streak to five when he takes on Barao this winter. The Canadian bantamweight was most recently seen in action earlier this month at “UFC Fight Night 54”, where he scored a submission win over Roman Salazar. Prior to that, Gagnon earned a decision win over Tim Gorman in April.
“UFC Fight Night 58” takes place December 20 live from Jose Correa Arena in Barueri, Sao Paulo, Brazil. FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass are expected to carry the card.
The event is headlined by a middleweight fight featuring former lightweight champ Lyoto Machida taking on the always game C.B. Dollaway.
Will Mitch Gagnon be able to pull of the upset or will Barao return to form in front of his home country?
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By: Chris Taylor
Kalapaki Joe’s sponsored fighter Rory MacDonald (18-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) defeated Tarec Saffiedine (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) via third-round TKO in yesterday’s UFC Fight Night 54 main event in Halifax.
MacDonald was quick to take control of the center of the octagon in this one. Both fighters were tentative in the early minutes, but began opening up after a quick feel out. MacDonald would score a takedown late in round 1, however, the former Strikeforce champion was quick to return to his feet. “Ares” would land a stiff jab to close out round 1.
MacDonald began round 2 by pressuring Saffiedine. The Canadian landed a solid combo early in the round much to the delight of the home crowd. Rory continued to pepper his opponent with jabs and Saffiedine’s eye began to swell as a result. Tarec would land some good leg kicks but MacDonald would land a big right followed by a front kick to close out round 2.
Saffiedine started off round 3 by landing a big right hand which he followed up with some more leg kicks. Rory stayed composed and would eventually drop Saffiedine with a left uppercut. “Ares” promptly proceeded to pounce on his fallen opponent with heavy ground and pound forcing the ref to jump in and stop the fight.
The win marks Rory’s third victory in a row and puts him in prime position for a welterweight title shot, which he asked for in his post fight interview.
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By: Chris Taylor
The UFC capped off their second event of the day in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada yesterday evening.
The event, UFC Fight Night 54, was headlined by a welterweight fight featuring perennial contender Rory MacDonald taking on former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine.
In the co-main event, bantamweights Raphael Assuncao and Bryan Caraway will do battle, with the winner inching closer to a possible bantamweight title shot.
UFC Fight Night 54 Main Card:
- Rory MacDonald defeats Tarec Saffiedine via TKO (punches) 1:28 of the third round
- Raphael Assuncao defeats Bryan Caraway via decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27)
- Chad Laprise defeats Yosdenis Cedeno via decision (30-27. 30-27, 30-27)
- Elias Theodorou defeats Bruno Santos via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Nordine Taleb defeats Li Jingliang via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Mitch Gagnon defeats Roman Salazar via submission (rear naked choke) 2:55 of the first round
UFC Fight Night 54 Prelims:
- Daron Cruickshank defeats Anthony Njokuani via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier defeats Jake Lindsey via submission (armbar) 3:22 of the second round
- Paul Felder defeats Jason Saggo via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Chris Kelades defeats Patrick Holohan via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Albert Tumenov defeats Matt Dwyer via TKO (head kick and punches) 1:03 of the first round
- Pedro Munhoz defeats Jerrod Sanders via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:39 of the first round
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By: Chris Taylor
Joe Lauzon has replaced the injured Norman Parke, and will now meet Diego Sanchez at November’s UFC 180 event in Mexico City.
UFC officials confirmed the news earlier today.
Joe Lauzon (24-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) was most recently seen in action at last month’s UFC Fight Night 50 event in Connecticut, where he scored a second-round TKO victory over TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa. That victory made it 2 in a row for “J-Lau,” as he had previously scored a decision win over Mac Danzig at last December’s UFC on FOX 9 event.
Meanwhile, Diego Sanchez (25-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) recently snapped a 2-fight losing skid by earning a highly controversial judges decision victory over Ross Pearson at June’s UFC Fight Night event in Albuquerque. Prior to that, the 32-year-old had suffered back-to-back decision losses to Gilbert Melendez and Myles Jury.
UFC 180 takes place November 15 live from Arena Mexico in Mexico City. The pay-per-view event is headlined by a heavyweight title fight featuring champion Cain Velasquez taking on #1 contender Fabricio Werdum.
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Who do you have winning this battle of lightweight veterans?