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UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee Fight Card

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

The octagon will return to Atlantic City on April 21 for UFC Fight Night 128.

The event, which will air on FS1, is headlined by a key lightweight tilt between perennial division contenders Edson Barboza and Kevin Lee.

Barboza recently had his three-fight win streak snapped by Khabib Nurmagomedov at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.

Prior to his setback to “The Eagle”, the Brazilian had scored impressive victories over Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and most recently a nasty knockout of Beneil Dariush.

Meanwhile, Kevin Lee was most recently in action at October’s UFC 216 event where he suffered a third-round submission loss to Tony Ferguson in a bout for the promtions interim lightweight title.

That loss snapped a five-fight win streak for Lee, who had previosuly defeated Efrain Escudero, Jake Matthews, Magomed Mustafaev, Francisco Trinaldo and most recently Michael Chiesa.

In the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 128 former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar will attempt to rebound from his first career stoppage loss when he rematches Cub Swanson.

Edgar suffered a first-round knockout loss to surging featherweight contender Brian Ortega in the co-main event of UFC 222 earlier this month in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, Cub Swanson most recently saw his four-fight win streak snapped by the aforementioned Brian Ortega this past December in Fresno.

Swanson and Edgar first met in November of 2014 with Frankie emerging victorious by way of fifth-round submission.

Get the current UFC Fight Night 128 lineup below:

Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza – Lightweight
Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson – Featherweight
David Branch vs. Thiago Santos – Middleweight
Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins – Light Heavyweight
Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns – Bantamweight
Jim Miller vs. Dan Hooker – Lightweight
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Garcia – Welterweight
Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis – Heavyweight
Mogomed Bibulatov vs. Ulka Sasaki – Flyweight
Leslie Smith vs. Aspen Ladd – Bantamweight
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura – Welterweight

Jeremy Stephens and Jose Aldo agree to fight at UFC Singapore in June

Jeremy Stephens and Jose Aldo agree to fight at UFC Singapore in June

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

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and perennial division contender Jeremy Stephens appear to be on a collision course for June’s UFC event in Singapore.

Earlier this month, CanalCombat reported that Jose Aldo was offered and had accepted a bout with “Lil Heathen” for the June 17 fight card in Asia.

“Aldo says he was offered and accepted fight against Jeremy Stephens in Singapore on June 23rd, only to be official.” – Ana Hissa

While no official announcement has been made by the UFC, Jeremy Stephens definitely seems on board with the idea of fighting the former featherweight kingpin in Singapore. “Lil Heathen” sent out the following message to Jose Aldo and the UFC match-makers on Twitter.

“Vacation is officially over, the fans want it @josealdojunior I’ll see you in Singapore @ufc @danawhite @seanshelby get ready!!” – Jeremy Stephens

Jose Aldo was last seen in action at December’s UFC 218 event in Detroit where he suffered a second-straight third-round TKO loss to Max Holloway, this time in his bid to recapture the UFC featherweight title.

Prior to his setbacks to the Hawaiian champion, Aldo was coming off an impressive victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.

Jose Aldo drops Frankie Edgar

Meanwhile, Jeremy Stephens is currently riding an impressive three-fight win streak composed of a vicious knockout of Josh Emmett, a thudding TKO of Doo Ho Choi, and a decision defeat of Gilbert Melendez.

Who do you think will emerge victorious if the UFC makes a fight between Jose Aldo and Jeremy Stephens official to main event June’s UFC event in Singapore?

UFC Liverpool Fight Card

UFC Liverpool Fight Card

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

The octagon invades Liverpool, England on Saturday May 27 for UFC Fight Night 130.

The event is headlined by a key welterweight tilt featuring former two-time division title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson taking on surging division contender and Liverpool native Darren Till.

Arguably the UFC’s best striker, “Wonderboy” was most recently seen in action at November’s UFC 217 event where he scored a unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Jorge Masvidal.

Since joining the UFC ranks Thompson has scored a plethora of memorable wins including knockout victories over Jake Ellenberger, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and current UFC middleweight title holder Robert Whittaker.

“Wonderboy” now takes his talents overseas where a “Gorilla” awaits him in the form of undefeated welterweight Darren Till.

The Liverpool native is coming off the biggest win of his young career after scoring a spectacular first-round knockout victory over UFC legend Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone last fall.

In the co-main event of the evening perennial UFC welterweight contenders Gunnar Nelson and Neil Magny will square off with the winner moving up towards the UFC’s crowded 170-pound title picture.

Nelson is coming off a controversial loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in his most recent outing, while Magny is coming off an impressive win over former division interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 219.

Also rumored for the May 27 fight card in Liverpool is former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping. “The Count” recently told reporters that he is interested in the idea of having his UFC retirement fight in Liverpool.

Get the current UFC Liverpool lineup below:

Stephen Thompson vs. Darren Till – Welterweight
Neil Magny vs. Gunnar Nelson – Welterweight
Tom Breese vs. Daniel Kelly – Middleweight
Trevor Smith vs. Elias Theodorou – Middleweight
Brad Scott vs. Salim Touahri – Welterweight
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jason Knight – Featherweight
Arnold Allen vs. Mads Burnell- Featherweight
Eric Spicely vs. Darren Stewart – Middleweight
Lina Lansberg vs. Gina Mazany – Bantamweight

Check out April’s UFC on FOX 29 Fight Card!

Check out April’s UFC on FOX 29 Fight Card!

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

The octagon invades Glendale, Arizona on April 14 for the promotions UFC on FOX 29: Gaethje vs. Poirier event.

The event, which features a grand total of fourteen exciting fights, is headlined by a key lightweight contest pitting surging division contender Dustin Poirier against former World Series of Fighting title holder Justin Gaethje.

Dustin Poirier is coming off a third-round TKO victory over former division champion Anthony Pettis at November’s UFC Fight Night 120 event in Norfolk. Prior to that, “The Diamond” was involved in a war with Eddie Alvarez which unfortunately ended in a no-contest at UFC 211.

Meanwhile, Justin Gaethje is coming his first career loss to the aforemention Eddie Alvarez at December’s UFC 218 event in Detroit. Prior to the setback, Gaethje had gone a perfect 18-0 which included a thrilling knockout of Michael Johnson in his UFC debut.

The co-main event of UFC on FOX 29 will feature former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on the always dangerous Matt Brown.

Condit has suffered three straight losses, his most recent coming to Neil Magny at December’s UFC 219 event in Las Vegas.

As for the “Immortal” one, Matt Brown is coming off an absolutely brutal knockout victory over Diego Sanchez. The win snapped a three-fight losing skid for the veteran welterweight.

Get the full UFC on FOX 29 fight card below:

UFC on FOX Main Card:

Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier
Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
Gilbert Burns vs. Lando Vannata
Tim Boetsch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Cortney Casey vs. Michelle Waterson

FS1 Prelims:

John Moraga vs. Wilson Reis
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Tavares
Luke Sanders vs. Patrick Williams
Muslim Salikhov vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan

UFC Fight Pass Prelims:

Matthew Lopez vs. Alejandro Perez
Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
Dhiego Lima vs. Yushin Okami
Shana Dobson vs. Lauren Mueller