The UFC’s official Twitter confirmed the news of a featherweight championship rematch to headline UFC 176 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, after the news was first reported by latimes.com.
The fight will be the current featherweight champion, Jose Aldo (24-1), against Chad Mendes (16-1). The pair first met back at UFC 142 in early 2012, where Mendes was knocked unconscious in the closing seconds of round 1.
UFC 176 takes place on August 2, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
UFC Fight Night 44:
Former UFC featherweight contender Ricardo Lamas (13-3) will fight Hacran Dias (21-2-1).
Lamas is returning from a fight with champion Jose Aldo at UFC 169. He was defeated via unanimous decision in the co-main event of that event, snapping a four-fight win streak and marking his first loss in the UFC.
Despite being signed to the UFC in 2012, Dias will only be making his third appearance in the UFC. After his debut at UFC 147, a bout with Chad Mendes was scrapped due to a shoulder injury for Dias. He was then booked for UFC on FX 8 and fought Nik Lentz, who was a late replacement for Manny Gamburyan. Dias lost that fight then had to cancel two subsequent bouts in October of 2014, and January of 2014.
UFC Fight Night 44 takes place on June 28, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. It is headlined by a featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens and Cub Swanson.
UFC Fight Night 45:
Two bouts have been added to the UFC’s return to Atlantic City on July 16.
Rick Story will try to avoid two straight losses in the UFC and begin a win streak to break away from alternation wins and losses that spans back to 2011. He most recently dropped a close decision to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 171. He returns to fight John Howard, whose successful return to the UFC in his previous two bouts was spurred by a decision loss to Ryan LaFlare, a bout many believe was altered from a hard low blow.
The other bout is a flyweight contest between Alptekin Ozkilic (9-2) and John Lineker (23-7). Ozkilic is 1-1 in the UFC as he lost his second fight for the promotion at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou.
Lineker had his four-fight win streak broken by current number one flyweight contender Ali Bagautinov at UFC 169. Before that fight, Lineker had finished his previous three opponents but weight problems have marred his career under the ZUFFA banner. He has officially missed weight in three of his six UFC fights and missed weight on his initial attempt for UFC 169. He if had missed weight for UFC 169, it would have marked the third in a row.
UFC Fight Night 45 takes place at Ovation Hall, at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, on July 16.
The entire main card for WSOF 10 has been announced with three title fights, one of which being the finals of the middleweight championship tournament, between David Branch and Jesse Taylor.
David Branch (13-3) vs. Jesse Taylor (27-9) – for inaugural middleweight title
Feahterweight Title Fight:
(c) Georgi Karakhanyan (23-3-1) vs. Rick Glenn (14-2-1)
Women’s Strawweight Title Fight:
(c) Jessica Aguilar (17-4) vs. Emi Fujino (13-7)
Luiz Firmino (17-6) vs. Tyson Griffin (16-7)
Dave Huckaba (21-5) vs. Derrick Mehmen (17-5)
The card is set for June 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
The anticipated WSOF debut of former UFC staple Melvin Guillard (31-13-2) is official. He will fight Gesias Cavalcante (18-7-1) at WSOF 11.
Guillard had his last fight in the UFC in March when he lost via decision to Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 37. The loss brought Guillard’s record to 2-5, 1 NC in his final eight fights before being cut.
Gesias Cavalcante has already had three fights in the WSOF and amassed a 2-1 record with his only loss coming via doctor’s stoppage from a bad cut on his forehead in a fight against Justin Gaethje at WSOF 2.
GLORY’s next event features a staggering PPV card, which features a last man standing middleweight tournament, coupled with a televised card on SPIKE TV just prior.
The televised SPIKE card is headlined by the GLORY return of Mirko Cro Cop against an undetermined opponent, who is rumored to be Pat Barry. Cro Cop was on the short end of a controversial decision in March, when he lost his GLORY debut to Remy Bonjasky. Barry had a similar GLORY debut except his loss was anything but controversial, as he was knocked out by Zack Mwekassa last Saturday at GLORY 16.
On the PPV card, an inaugural heavyweight championship bout has been announced as Daniel Ghita (50-10) will rematch Rico Verhoeven (43-7-1) in the headline bout. Their first fight was the conclusion of the GLORY 11 heavyweight tournament, and one of the best fights of the year.