On today’s fight announcement round-up: a late replacement fighter has found his way onto UFC Fight Night 36, UFC on Fox 11 continues to add bouts at an amazing pace, and a World Series of Fighting star is set to make his return to the promotion.
UFC Fight Night 36
Undefeated knockout artist Douglas Silva de Andrade (22-0) will be making his promotional debut next weekend opposite Zubair Tuhugov. MMAfighting.com first reported the switch. Andrade is a late replacement for an injured Thiago Tavares. Of Andrade’s twenty-two wins, eighteen have come via knockout.
UFC on Fox 11
“The Pitbull” will finally make his return to the Octagon after a two year layoff.
Thiago Alves is scheduled to face Seth Baczynski in a welterweight bout this April. The UFC’s official news twitter announced the bout.
Alves was last seen in March of 2012 where he was submitted in the third round by Martin Kampmann. Since then, a multitude of injuries have derailed scheduled bouts with Yoshihiro Akiyama, Siyar Bahadurazada, and Matt Brown. Alves will be looking to pick up his first win since 2011.
Seth Baczynski is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Neil Magny. The victory over Magny broke a two fight losing streak for the Ultimate Fighter veteran. A win over Alves would push Baczynski past the prospect label and into immediate contendership.
Santiago Ponzinibbio and Jordan Mein will be looking to erase the memories of their last UFC appearance when they meet in April. The UFC’s official news twitter announced the bout.
Ponzinibbio was on the wrong side of a unanimous decision in his UFC debut against Ryan LaFlare at UFC Fight Night 32. The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran won’t get an easy task as he is taking on a very determined Mein.
Longtime StrikeForce veteran Mein is 1-1 in his UFC career. We last saw Mein engaging in a slugfest with top contender Matt Brown. Mein eventually succumbed to a barrage of Brown’s punches but opened many eyes in the process. Mein is looking to return to the form that resulted in him becoming the first man to stop grizzled veteran Dan Miller.
After taking a personal leave of absence, Josh Samman is finally returning to the cage. Samman will take on surging Brazilian Caio Magalhaes in Orlando. The UFC’s official news twitter announced the bout.
Samman was last seen inside the Octagon last April where he defeated fellow TUF 17 castmate Kevin Casey via second round TKO. Samman took a leave of absence after the bout to mourn the death of his long time girlfriend.
Magalhaes picked up the most impressive win of his career in his last bout as he outlasted savvy veteran Nick Ring to earn a unanimous decision victory. After losing his UFC debut to Buddy Roberts, Magalhaes rallied off two straight wins which included a submission win over Karlos Vemola. The winner of this bout will put themselves in position for a breakout year in 2014.
World Series of Fighting 9
Josh Burkman has the first assignment on his journey back to the World Series of Fighting title.
Burkman will face Bellator and StrikeForce Veteran Tyler Stinson on March 29th. MMAfighting.com first confirmed the bout with World Series of Fighting executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz.
Burkman was on his way to super-stardom after his upset technical submission of former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch. Burkman was quickly put into the World Series of Fighting’s inaugural welterweight championship bout opposite relatively unknown Steve Carl. After a close first three rounds, a tiring Burkman was choked out by the heavy under-dog in the fourth.
Stinson made a successful World Series of Fighting debut last month where he TKO’d Valdir Araujo in the third round. Stinson also holds notable stoppages over UFC veterans Rob Kimmons and Drew Fickett.
Stinson or Burkman could find themselves in a number one contender’s bout next with a win.
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