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Five fights more fights made official for UFC 205 in New York

Five fights more fights made official for UFC 205 in New York

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

November’s UFC 205 fight card in New York is finally beginning to take shape.

The promotion announced five bouts as being official for the event on this evening’s edition of UFC Tonight.

The first bout mentioned was a key welterweight fight between former lightweight title challenger Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and perennial contender Kelvin Gastelum.

Donald Cowboy Cerrone

Cerrone has gone 3-0 since moving up to the UFC’s stacked welterweight division, scoring finishes in all three of those victories.

Meanwhile, Kelvin Gastelum has gone 2-1 in his last three octagon appearances, most recently scoring a unanimous decision victory over former champ Johny Hendricks at UFC 200 in July.

A featherweight bout between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and knockout artist Jeremy Stephens was also announced for the card.

ufc featherweight

Frankie Edgar is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Jose Aldo at UFC 200, which was for the promotions interim featherweight title. Prior to the setback, Edgar had reeled off five-straight wins in the division.

Jeremy Stephens was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former bantamweight title holder Renan Barao.

UFC 205 will also feature a pair of middleweight contests, as the promotion announced that former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans would be taking on Tim Kennedy, and Tim Boetsch will be squaring off with Rafael Natal.

Rashad Evans training in Thailand

Evans fight with Kennedy will serve as his middleweight debut. The former 205-pound title holder has suffered losses to Ryan Bader and most recently Glover Teixeira in his latest octagon appearances.

Meanwhile, Tim Kennedy will fight for the first time since September of 2014, where he suffered a controversial knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 178. Prior to that, Kennedy had scored a decision victory over current middleweight champion Michael Bisping at the TUF Nations Finale event in Quebec City, Canada.

The final bout announced for UFC 205 this evening was a women’s fight between Katlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche.

The UFC also announced that they would be holding a press conference on Tuesday September 27, which will include all the stars of UFC 205.

UFC 205 takes place November 12 live from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Frankie Edgar moving to bantamweight?

Frankie Edgar moving to bantamweight?

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

 

 

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar fell short of capturing another belt in his last fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 200.

Edgar lost a unanimous decision to Aldo in a five-round UFC interim featherweight title fight and now Edgar and his team are thinking about what comes next for his career.

While Edgar was a champion in the lightweight division, Edgar’s coach Mark Henry says that “The Answer” is a true bantamweight and simply wants his pupil to fight in the division that will get him a title fight the quickest.

“I think he’s one of the best fighters who ever walked on the face of the Earth,” Henry said of Edgar on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour” (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “I think that people still don’t realize — like Marlon (Moraes), he’s a 135er, he’s bigger than Frankie. Frankie is a true 135er. I hate to say this stuff, but (when) Conor fights Nate (Diaz), it’s probably more of his weight class, 155, and they make the biggest deal out of Conor and he came up mega-short. Frankie had a title at 155 and came really close this last time at winning his second title, and he’s really a 135er.

“So, for me, I just really want to go the shortest cut to the next title, whether it be 135 or 145, whatever brings him the closest. That nine hours (with the new weigh-ins) didn’t help either, that extra nine hours at 145. Aldo, man, he looked big out there. I’ve had other guys too like Eddie (Alvarez) and Edson (Barboza), in their fights I asked them how they felt with that extra nine hours recovering from the weight cut and they both said how they both felt a lot different and a lot stronger. So that’s kind of tough too, when you give a guy nine extra hours on the weight cut, that Frankie has to kind of deal with now too.”

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Frankie Edgar will get the next title shot against new champ McGregor!

Frankie Edgar will get the next title shot against new champ McGregor!

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

Following his first-round knockout victory over Chad Mendes this past weekend, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will finally get his long-awaited UFC featherweight title shot.

UFC President Dana White confirmed the news yesterday stating the following:

“Nobody can deny Frankie anymore. He looked amazing and he will get whatever he wants now.”

Conor McGregor shocked the world Saturday night at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, when he defeated longtime featherweight champion via knockout in just 13 seconds.

Who do you think prove victorious when Edgar and McGregor square off?

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Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes headlines December’s TUF 22 Finale event!

Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes headlines December’s TUF 22 Finale event!

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

 

 

A featherweight number one contender’s bout will headline December’s TUF 22 Finale event in Las Vegas, as UFC officials announced that Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes will square off on December 11.

Frankie Edgar (19-4-1 MMA) will be looking to extend his current win streak at five in a row when he faces “Money” in Sin City. “The Answer” was most recently seen in action at May’s UFC Fight Night 66 event, where he earned a unanimous decision victory over former WEC champ Urijah Faber. Prior to that, Edgar had posted victories over Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira and MMA legend B.J. Penn respectively.

Meanwhile, Chad Mendes (17-3 MMA) will be looking to rebound, this after suffering a TKO loss to Conor McGregor at July’s UFC 189 event in Las Vegas. Prior to the setback, “Money” was coming off a first-round TKO victory over former title challenger Ricardo Lamas.

The TUF 22 Finale event will take place December 11 in Las Vegas. No venue for the event has been named at this time.

Who do you have winning this featherweight tilt?

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