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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

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

VIDEO | Watch Brian Ortega KO Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

VIDEO | Watch Brian Ortega KO Frankie Edgar at UFC 222

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

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Brian Ortega made history at the past weekend’s UFC 222 event in Las Vegas, becoming the first fighter in history to finish UFC legend Frankie Edgar.

“T-City” was able to land a nasty standing elbow that had Edgar on wobbly legs and in all sorts of trouble.

From there, Ortega would land a pair of punches followed by a savage uppercut that send the former lightweight champion crashing to the canvas.

Ortega would follow up with two ground and pound strikes which prompted the referee to step in and stop the contest.

With the win, Ortega has now earned himself a shot at current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway.

Check Out The Updated UFC 222 Fight Card

Check Out The Updated UFC 222 Fight Card

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

March’s UFC 222 pay-per-view event was expected to be headlined by a featherweight title between current champ Max Holloway and top contender Frankie Edgar.

Unfortunately for fight fans, the Hawaiian champion suffered a leg injury and was forced to pull out of his highly anticipated title fight with “The Answer”.

With that news, the promotion was forced to find a new event headliner on short-notice for the March 3 fight card in Las Vegas.

In the end, the UFC convinced current women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg to help save the UFC 222 card by accepting a fight with Invicta FC bantamweight title holder Yana Kunitskaya.

Cyborg was last seen in action at December’s UFC 219 event, where she scored a unanimous decision victory over former women’s bantamweight title holder Holly Holm.

Meanwhile, Yana Kunitskaya was most recently seen in action at Invicta FC 25 where she captured the promotions vacant bantamweight title by scoring a unanimous decision win over Raquel Pa’aluhi.

As for the aforementioned UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, “The Answer” will still compete on the March 3 fight card when he throws down with surging division contender Brian Ortega in a non-title bout.

Edgar is currently riding a two-fight win streak, his latest being a second-round TKO victory over Yair Rodriguez at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas.

Meanwhile, Ortega recently extended his record to a perfect 13-0 by scoring a submission victory over perennial division contender Cub Swanson this past December.

Get the full UFC 222 pay-per-view fight card below:

Main Card

145 lbs women’s title fight: Cris Cyborg vs. Yana Kunitskaya
145 lbs: Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega
135 lbs.: Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath
265 lbs.: Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve
135 lbs.: Ketlen Vieira vs. Cat Zingano

FS1 Prelims

115 lbs.: Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder
155 lbs.: Beneil Dariush vs. TBD
135 lbs.: John Dodson vs. Pedro Munhoz
185 lbs.: Hector Lombard vs. C.B. Dollaway

Fight Pass Prelims

135 lbs.: Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann
205 lbs.: Mike Pyle vs. Zak Ottow
205 lbs.: Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead