The UFC’s field trips to Berlin and Albuquerque gather more contests as SciFighting provides to you the latest in this weeks portion of the Fight Announcement Round Up.
UFC Fight Night in Berlin (O2 Arena, May 31st):
Two young undefeated middleweights will see who can stay that way in Berlin.
Luke “Bigslow” Barnatt (8-0) looks to speed his ascension up the 185-pound ladder by handing the 12-fight King of the Cage vet Sean “Tarzan” Strickland (14-0) his first loss. Strickland recently submitted Bubba McDaniel at UFC 171 in his UFC debut. Barnatt will look to improve to 4-0 in the UFC after taking care of Collin Hart by unanimous decision, Andrew Craig by rear naked choke in the second round and Mat Nilsson by TKO in the first, raising his stock with each victory.
UFC Fight Night 42 (May 31st, Ginásio do Ibirapuera):
A featherweight contest was added to the 42nd installment of UFC Fight Night.
Edimilson “Kevin” Souza (14-2) will attempt to bring all the excitement he lacks in his nickname into a winning performance against the undefeatd Mark Eddiva (6-0). Souza received the only decision win of his 14 total victories, in his UFC debut against Felipe Arantes, where he won by split decision. Eddiva will attempt to not become Souza’s 13th knockout victim and looks to win in his encore in the UFC after his unanimous decision victory over Jumabieke Tuerxun in his debut earlier this month.
Undefeated Ernest Chavez (7-0) will compete with Elias Silverio (10-0). Silverio has managed to add back-to-back unanimous decision wins in the UFC over Joao Zeferino at UFC Fight Night 28 and Issac Vallie-Flagg at UFC Fight Night 35. Ernest will continue on his quest to go 8-0 in overall competition after fending off Yosedenis Cedeno via split decision at UFC 170.
UFC Fight Night in Albuquerque (June 7th, Tingley Coliseum) :
John Moraga (14-2) will face John Dodson (15-6) for the second time in his career, after losing the first contest by unanimous decision.
Since the defeat Moraga has won 8 of 9 only faltering against current 125-pound kingpin and champ, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Dodson has also fallen victim to Mighty Mouse after winning five consecutive, including a 3-0 run in the UFC, en route to his title fight. Both Moraga and Dodson rebounded and won their next fights, Dodson with a first round knockout over Darrell Montague at UFC 166 and Moraga recieving a split decision nod over Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 35.
Sergio “The Phenom” Pettis (10-1) was riding high and looked like all the hype he had accumulated was legitimate. That was until he met ‘Bruce Leeroy’, Alex Caceres who halted the UFC lightweight champion’s younger brother’s undefeated career. Now Pettis will have to look past his first loss and look forward to his date with Yaotzin Meza (20-9) in New Mexico. Meza, the Arizona native looks to avoid falling to 1-3 in his last 4 and is coming off of a unanimous decision loss to Chico Camus at UFC on Fox 10.
UFC 174 (June 14th, Rogers Arena)
A bantamweight battle is on tap where a Canadian will look to defend northern soil against a hungry American competitor.
Yves Jabouin (19-9) will look to go positive under the ZUFFA banner as he is 5-5 starting with a WEC stint, and continuing in the UFC. His next bout will be against Mike “The Hulk” Easton (13-4) who is under .500 under the ZUFFA banner and has dropped three straight after starting 3-0.
A highly significant welterweight tilt is rumored for this event which would likely be for a number 1 contender’s spot in the 170-pound division.
The 24-year-old stalwart Rory “Ares” MacDonald (16-2) is rumored to take on Tyron Woodley (13-2). Tyron has made all sorts of headlines lately with his last three victories coming by knockout (or technical knockout) and two of those were against former UFC Welterweight Title contenders, Josh Koscheck (17-8) and Carlos Condit (29-8) the latter of which he sent to the surgery room after targeting an injured leg to force a finish. Then there’s MacDonald who is 6-1 in his last 7 and last out-dueled jiu-jitsu mastermind Demian Maia (18-6) at UFC 170.
UFC 175 (July 5th Mandalay Bay Events Center):
Lastly on this portion of Fight Round-up is the announcement of a bout between two former Strikeforce champions meeting at light heavyweight.
Former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Cormier (14-0) will look to further his dominance in two weight classes as he takes his second bout at 205-pounds, this time, against the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (12-4) who looks to string together back-to-back victories for the first time in his career since 2010.
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