Newcomer Benito Lopez says he's fighting Albert Morales at UFC Fight Night 123

Undefeated Team Alpha Male product Benito Lopez says his UFC debut will come at UFC Fight Night 123.

Lopez (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned his way into the UFC with a hard-fought, split-decision win at August’s Dana White’s Contender Series 7 event, took to social media to claim he’s fighting Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) at that card, which takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The night’s main card airs on FS1.

“Golden Boy” Lopez has been fighting professionally since 2014, making his debut on the preliminary card of Bellator 115. He’s gone to the judges’ cards three times in eight pro fights thus far but also boasts five first-round finishes, including three in the opening minute.

Meanwhile, “The Warrior” Morales has proven exciting in his four UFC appearances to date but has struggled to get consistent results. In his promotional debut, Morales fought to a draw with Alejandro Perez. He has since sandwiched a split-decision win over Andre Soukhamthath between losses to Brett Johns and Thomas Almeida.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 123 now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. John Phillips
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC-Glasgow medical suspensions: 'Fight of the Night' recipient Daniel Teymur gets potential 6-month term

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A “Fight of the Night” bout between Danny Henry and Daniel Teymur at UFC Fight Night 113 left one fighter with a potentially long medical suspension.

Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) needs doctor’s clearance for his right hand after going three hard rounds with Henry (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who earned a unanimous-decision win. Otherwise, he faces a six-month suspension, according to medical suspensions the UFC sent to MMAjunkie.

UFC Fight Night 113 took place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The UFC acts as the de-facto athletic commission in jurisdictions where MMA isn’t officially sanctioned.

All 24 fighters were given a minimum suspension of seven days if not suspended longer for more serious injuries. Four fighters were given potential six-month terms requiring doctor’s clearance.

Event headliner Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is out 45 days following his first-round TKO loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in the event’s headliner. Ponzinibbio also took home a $50,000 bonus for “Performance of the Night.”

The full list of UFC Fight Night 113 medical suspensions that last more than seven days include:

  • Gunnar Nelson: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Cynthia Calvillo: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact; left forearm X-ray was negative
  • Joanne Calderwood: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout
  • Paul Felder: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right eyelid laceration
  • Stevie Ray: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for TKO
  • Jack Marshman: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for hard bout; CT scan negative
  • Ryan Lanes: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right cheek laceration
  • Paul Craig: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for TKO; head CT was negative
  • James Mulheron: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Justin Willis: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for ribs; suspended a minimum of 30 days
  • Bobby Nash: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Alexandre Pantoja: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Neil Seery: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for ribs; suspended a minimum of 45 days
  • Charlie Ward: suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for KO
  • Daniel Teymur: suspended 180 days or until cleared by doctor for right hand; suspended a minimum 45 days
  • Brett Johns: suspended 180 days or until cleared by negative MRI on right shoulder; suspended a minimum 30 days
  • Albert Morales: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for brow laceration
  • Leslie Smith: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact; X-ray was negative
  • Amanda Lemos: suspended 180 days or until cleared by negative X-ray on right thumb; suspended a minimum 45 days

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Glasgow's 10 memorable moments, including Galore Bofando's crazy throw-KO,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509933674001
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In a month chock full of UFC events, Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 show at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, flew a bit under the radar.

One reason for the card’s low profile was that most of the MMA world was focused on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour in the days leading up to the event. Another reason was the broadcast time; the event was an evening show in Scotland, which translated to Sunday afternoon in North America. While that time slot might work in the winter, it’s a risky one during the summer months.

For those who didn’t catch the fights as they happened, I’m sorry to say you missed out.

Seven of the bouts, including a main event in which Santiago Ponzinibbio defied the odds and knocked out the favored Gunnar Nelson in 88 seconds, ended in stoppages.

For more on the UFC’s most recent fight card, check out 10 memorable moments from UFC Fight Night 113.

1. If you didn’t know, now you know

Competing in the first main event of his UFC career, Ponzinibbio delivered. Not only did he pick up an upset win Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2)
also became the first man to stop Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC)
inside the distance after delivering a straight left that had “Gunni’s” eyes rolling into the back of his head. Ponzinibbio also claimed his first “Performance of the Night” bonus in nine UFC fights with the first-round knockout.

While the victory might not turn Ponzinibbio into a star – and Nelson’s complaints of an eye-poke have soured a bit of the post-event celebration – it will put the Argentinian fighter on the radar of fight fans who might have been sleeping on him. The win should also earn Ponzinibbio a fight against a top-15 welterweight, and if the UFC needs some suggestions, Ponzinibbio suggested Carlos Condit or Neil Magny.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509857757001,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509830971001

2. What’s the next move?

Cynthia Calvillo scored the biggest win of her three-fight UFC career after earning a unanimous-decision win over Joanne Calderwood. The victory came in Calvillo’s third fight of 2017, and now the UFC and the fighter have some things to ponder.

After her submission win over Pearl Gonzalez at UFC 210, UFC President Dana White said he got the same feeling from Calvillo that he did from Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which seemed to indicate the promotion is going to want to keep her busy and visible. That might be a mistake.

Despite her unbeaten record, Calvillo is still a green pro, and her active schedule has kept her in training camp pretty much since her pro debut in August 2016. Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) did well against Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), but the UFC might want to provide her with some more gym time to allow her to strengthen her overall MMA game before rushing her into a fight against a top-level strawweight.

3. Location, location, location

The move to Team Roufusport has literally paid off for Paul Felder. Since shifting his training to the Milwaukee gym, Felder has scored two “Performance of the Night” bonus-winning first-round knockouts, including his UFC Fight Night 113 stoppage via elbows on the ground of Stevie Ray.

The victory over Ray (21-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) should raise Felder’s (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) stock to its highest level since he joined the UFC in 2014, and don’t be shocked if he gets his post-fight wish of a place in the lightweight rankings or a fight against a top-15 opponent.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509797826001

4. A confident man

There was something different about Khalil Rountree at UFC Fight Night 113. Something that was noticeable as he stood in his corner ahead of his light-heavyweight bout against Paul Craig with a look on his face that seemed to say, “Yeah, let’s get this over with.”

When the fight began, what that something was became evident: It was confidence.

Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) calmly stalked Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) throughout the first stanza, lowering his defenses as his fear of his opponent’s offense dropped. When the end came, it was a short and brutal uppercut that turned out Craig’s lights with seconds to spare before the horn ended the round.

After a rough 0-2 start to his UFC career, Rountree now has two consecutive first-round knockout wins to his name and a lot of momentum to go with his surging confidence.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509719761001

5. What he said

Danny Roberts and Bobby Nash were looking to get back in the win column after they both had long winning streaks come to an end in their previous bouts. Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his wish come true after earning a second-round TKO win over Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in their welterweight contest.

Roberts set up the finish with a hard kick to Nash’s body and then delivered a big left that dropped him to the mat. With Nash still flat on his back, Roberts stalked around the cage before shouting, “I’m (expletive) back!” into the cageside camera.

Any confidence Roberts lost following his KO loss to Mike Perry in October seemed to be restored by his first knockout win under the UFC banner.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509676139001

6. Heading into an uncertain future

Neil Seery might have finished his MMA career with a submission defeat, but he didn’t leave the octagon with regrets. After the fight, he said he felt it was the right time to wrap up a run that began in 2005.

After tapping to Alexandre Pantoja’s (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) via third-round rear-naked choke in their flyweight bout, the 37-year-old Seery (16-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) spoke about the uncertainty facing him now that he is a former fighter.

“There are a lot of options out there,” he said. “I’ve got a full-time job. I’ve got another kid on the way. I have five kids. I’m just going to have to find something to do. I’ve got a lot of fishing rods up the riverside.

“But I just don’t know. And that’s what scares me. I’ve got to be honest with you – that’s what scares me. When you think it’s all over and it’s done and you’re not going to fight again, it’s very frightening.”,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509654934001

7. You’ve been Bofando’d

Galore Bofando opened his welterweight contest against Charlie Ward by throwing a lot of flashy kicks, but it was his strength that earned him a knockout win in his UFC debut.

After dealing with two minutes of Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) dancing around the outside, Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) closed the distance and worked his opponent to the fence. With the fighters in the clinch, Ward attempted a trip, and that’s when Bofando used his power to shrug it off and slam him to the mat, knocking him out.

After the memorable KO win, Bofando called out Ward’s teammate.

“There was talk of Artem Lobov before at 155 pounds, which could be an interesting fight,” Bofando said. “I think I (would) beat him.”,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509645225001

8. Risky business

As far as game plans go, it’s hard to recommend the one David Henry used to secure a victory over Daniel Teymur.

Knowing Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had never been past the 3:27 mark of the first round, Henry (11-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) wanted to take him into uncharted territory. To accomplish that feat, Henry absorbed 49 strikes in the first five minutes of the fight from Teymur, who entered the lightweight contest with six first-round stoppages on his resume.

The risky plan paid off. Teymur faded as the bout wore on, allowing Henry to find his groove and come close to finishing the fight on several occasions. Henry ultimately settled for a decision victory in his UFC debut.

Henry and Teymur were awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for their exciting prelim bout.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509646774001

9. Broken, but unbeaten

Brett Johns put together a solid performance in securing a unanimous-decision win over Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113. After the victory, Johns (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) revealed he was a “broken” fighter heading into the contest.

“People don’t realize this, but it’s been a 20-week camp,” Johns said. “I trained for London (UFC Fight Night 107 in March), and it didn’t happen. And I didn’t take time off. I went right back into camp. This is my 20th week in camp. Like I said, I’m quite broken at the moment.”

Now 2-0 in the UFC, the former Titan FC and CFFC bantamweight champ plans on taking a break before returning to the octagon in December. Johns hopes to face a fighter near the top 20 when he does fight in his third UFC contest.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509638782001

10. Calling her shot

With her TKO win over Amanda Lemos, Leslie Smith has her first two-fight winning streak in the UFC, and she has an idea where she wants that streak to lead: right to a fight vs. Bethe Correia.

Smith (10-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) put pressure on Lemos (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) from the start of the fight, throwing 207 strikes before referee Rich Mitchell waved off the bantamweight bout in the second round. After the win, Smith, bloodied but unbothered, told UFC commentator Dan Hardy about her goals.

“Bethe Correia, you’ve been building up everybody else’s career; now I want to use you to build up mine,” Smith said. “It’s a payday for both of us and a damn good fight for all the fans.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 post-event facts: Knockouts, rare finishes and striking records,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509857757001
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The UFC made its second trip to Scotland with Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow with an FS1-televised card that followed early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2) put on the performance of his career when he knocked out highly regarded welterweight Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in just 82 seconds.

Ponzinibbio’s victory closed out a 12-fight card with seven stoppages, but none was more significant than what “Gente Boa” did in the headliner.

For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s latest fight card, check below for 40 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 113.

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Gunnar Nelson

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $77,500.

Debuting fighters went 3-3 at the event.

Ponzinibbio, Paul Felder, Danny Henry and Daniel Teymur earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 113 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 113 drew an announced attendance of 10,589 for a live gate of $1.2 million.

Betting favorites went 9-3 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:56:48.

Main card

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Ponzinibbio’s five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied with Kamaru Usman for the second longest active streak in the division behind Demian Maia (seven).

Ponzinibbio has earned 20 of his 25 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 16 of those wins in Round 1.

Ponzinibbio’s four first-round knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Anthony Johnson (five).

Nelson fell to 0-2 in UFC main-event appearances.

Nelson fell to 3-3 in his past six fights after starting his career on a 15-fight unbeaten streak.

Nelson suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Cynthia Calvillo

Cynthia Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) became the first UFC fighter to earn three victories in 2017.

Calvillo’s three-fight UFC winning streak in strawweight competition is tied with Felice Herrig for the second-longest active streak in the division behind champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Calvillo has completed at least one takedown in all three of her UFC appearances.

Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in her career.

Calderwood suffered the first decision loss of her career.

Paul Felder

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has earned nine of his 14 career victories by knockout.

Stevie Ray (22-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Jack Marshman (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) improved to 10-2 in his past 12 fights.

Ryan Janes (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned all of his career stoppage victories by knockout.

Khalil Rountree

Paul Craig (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered consecutive losses after starting his career on a nine-fight winning streak.

Craig has suffered both of his career losses by knockout.

James Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Preliminary card

Danny Roberts

Danny Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Bobby Nash (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Neil Seery (16-13 MMA, 3-4 UFC) retired from MMA competition following his submission loss.

Seery has alternated wins and losses over his past five UFC appearances.

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned four of his five career victories by stoppage.

Galore Bofando

Bofando earned the ninth knockout victory in UFC history stemming from a slam.

Charlie Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered all three of his career losses by knockout.

Ward has suffered both his UFC losses in a total fight time of 3:03.

Teymur (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Brett Johns’ (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) 14-fight MMA winning streak is the second longest among active UFC bantamweight fighters behind Jimmie Rivera (19).

Johns has earned both of his UFC victories by decision .

Albert Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith (10-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has earned both of her UFC stoppage victories by knockout .

Smith became the first fighter in UFC history to land 100 or more significant strikes in two women’s bantamweight bouts. She accomplished the feat over her past two fights.

Amanda Lemos (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her seven-fight unbeaten streak snapped for the first defeat of her career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 113 Athlete Outfitting pay: Event sees 2nd lowest payout in program history,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509933674001
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GLASGOW – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $77,500.

UFC Fight Night 113 took place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

No one on the card registered higher than the second tier of the program payout structure, meaning the largest payday came in at just $5,000. Only one event in the more than two year history of the Athlete Outfitting program has featured a lower payout total, and that was UFC Fight Night 76 in October 2015, which came in at $62,500.

The full UFC Fight Night 113 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Santiago Ponzinibbio: $5,000
def. Gunnar Nelson: $5,000

Cynthia Calvillo: $2,500
def. Joanne Calderwood: $5,000

Paul Felder: $5,000
def. Stevie Ray: $5,000

Jack Marshman: $2,500
def. Ryan Janes: $2,500

Khalil Rountree: $2,500
def. Paul Craig: $2,500

Justin Willis: $2,500
def. James Mulheron: $2,500

Danny Roberts: $2,500
def. Bobby Nash: $2,500

Alexandre Pantoja: $2,500
def. Neil Seery: $5,000

Galore Bofando: $2,500
def. Charlie Ward: $2,500

Danny Henry: $2,500
def. Daniel Teymur: $2,500

Brett Johns: $2,500
def. Albert Morales: $2,500

Leslie Smith: $5,000
def. Amanda Lemos: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,190,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,513,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 113, where the Eminem curse was diluted with Kendrick Lamar,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5509933674001
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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow went with as their backing tracks – including Khalil Rountree avoiding the dreaded Eminem curse by mixing in a little Kendrick Lamar.

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Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Gunnar Nelson via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:22

Santiago Ponzinibbio: “Hablando de la Libertad” by La Renga

Gunnar Nelson: “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo

Cynthia Calvillo def. Joanne Calderwood via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Cynthia Calvillo: “Jump Around” by House of Pain

Joanne Calderwood: “Protect Your Mind” by DJ Sakin

Paul Felder def. Stevie Ray via knockout (elbows) – Round 1, 3:57

Paul Felder: “Shipping Up to Boston (Merc Dudes in Brooklyn Remix)” by Dropkick Murphys

Stevie Ray: “Amazing Grace” by The Royal Scots Dragoon Guard

Jack Marshman def. Ryan Janes via unanimous decision (29-28 29-28, 29-28)

Jack Marshman: “Tick Tock” by Giggs

Ryan Janes: “The Islander” by Navigators

Khalil Rountree def. Paul Craig via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:56

Khalil Rountree: “Let Me Fly” by DMX

Paul Craig: “Alive” by Chase & Status

Justin Willis def. James Mulheron via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Justin Willis: “DNA/Till I Collapse” by Kendrick Lamar/Eminem

James Mulheron: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Danny Roberts def. Bobby Nash via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:59

Danny Roberts: “Rise & Fall” by Michael Molley & Alex Evans

Bobby Nash: “Come with Me Now” by KONGOS

Alexandre Pantoja def. Neil Seery via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:31

Alexandre Pantoja: “Many Men (Wish Death)” by 50 Cent

Neil Seery: “Charlie Brown” by Coldplay

Galore Bofando def. Charlie Ward via knockout (slam) – Round 1, 2:10

Galore Bofando: “I Am a Champion” by Best Football Motivation Ever

Charlie Ward: “Litty” by Meek Mill feat. Tory Lanez

Danny Henry def. Daniel Teymur via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-26)

Danny Henry: “Underdog” by Kasabian

Daniel Teymur: “Suryoyo Football Song”

Brett Johns def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)

Brett Johns: “Not Giving In” by Rudimental feat. John Newman

Albert Morales: “Belizean Warrior” by Fuego


Leslie Smith def. Amanda Lemos via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:53

Leslie Smith: “Welcome to Jamrock” by Damian Marley

Amanda Lemos: “Scarlet Begonias” by Sublime

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 results: Brett Johns sweeps short-notice opponent Albert Morales

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Brett Johns took the smart approach to dismantling Albert Morales, using punches to set up takedowns on his tall and lanky opponent.

When Johns’ (14-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) got Morales (7-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) on the mat, he took over with ground and pound to secure a sizable lead on scorecards when the fight went the distance.

The bantamweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FS1.

The final scorecards were 30-27 30-27 30-25 for Johns, who picked up his second octagon win and remains undefeated as a professional.

The fight settled into a familiar rhythm as the up-and-comers clashed in the cage. Morales used his length to punish Johns with a jab and leg kicks from the outside. But Johns pressed in and landed big right hands before transitioning to takedown attempts. Every time he did so, Morales offered only token resistance.

Once on the mat, Johns got to work using punches and elbows to make life miserable for Morales for the latter part of the first and second round. By the final frame, Morales, admonished by his corner to get moving, realized the fight was slipping away and frantically scrambled to right himself. But he instead wound up giving his back, and the threat of a submission from Johns left him out of options.

“If I’m honest, in the second and third I didn’t feel the best,” Johns said. “I know that I’m one of the best in the world at what I do, and I knew that would get me through the fight. Sometimes when you walk in there, though, you just want to get it done, and that’s what happened tonight. I wanted to put on a good performance so I apologize, although I thought it was quite a good fight. Now I want to take some time off, if I’m honest. I want to be back in December, so not too much time. But it will be nice to take a couple of weeks off and enjoy a holiday.”

Johns builds on a unanimous decision over Kwan Ho Kwak in his octagon debut, while Morales sees a setback after a split-call over Andre Soukhamthath in his previous outing.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 113 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Glasgow.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland with bonus-happy Gunnar Nelson,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5505686671001
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While most of the MMA world has been focused on the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor promotional tour this week, 24 UFC fighters have been toiling away, preparing for UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Through no fault of their own, the fighters haven’t received much promotion in advance of this card, which happens to take place on Sunday and much earlier than a typical prime-time UFC event (prelims kick off at noon ET).

In the main event, Gunnar Nelson hopes to put a recent rough patch even further in his rearview mirror against Santiago Ponzinibbio, who wouldn’t mind making Nelson his fifth straight victim.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

1. Rekindling that old feeling

MMA fans took a liking to Nelson when he made the UFC scene in 2012. He was a young, unbeaten grappling sensation who had finished 10 opponents after fighting to a draw in his pro debut. His persona was also a significant factor of his appeal. Nelson looked bored. When he ran off four straight wins in the UFC, three by stoppage, the appreciation deepened. Then Nelson stumbled, losing to Rick Story. He came back in his next fight and stopped Brandon Thatch, but he was dominated by Demian Maia after that, losing a one-sided decision. Suddenly Nelson’s suitors were looking over his shoulder to see who else was on the come up.

Injury delayed Nelson’s return to the cage, but when he came back he earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses for second-round submission wins over Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban. Now, he’s looking to improve on his honorable mention position in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

A fight against Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is a big opportunity for Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who enters the bout on a four-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Nordine Taleb by decision. Although he doesn’t have a submission since 2012, Ponzinibbio is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, so don’t be surprised if the noted striker decides to test Nelson’s grappling credentials if things don’t go his way on the feet.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5506720243001

2. Test time

The UFC is wasting no time in putting Cynthia Calvillo to the test. Calvillo turned pro in 2016 and joined the UFC in 2017, accepting a fight against Amanda Cooper on 10 days’ notice. Calvillo won that contest by first-round submission. She jumped back into the octagon a month later, earning a submission victory over Pearl Gonzalez. Now, with four finishes on her unblemished record, Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) faces No. 12 strawweight Joanne Calderwood in Calderwood’s (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) hometown of Glasgow.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5506869700001

This is an excellent stylistic test for Calvillo, who fights out of Team Alpha Male. Not surprisingly, Calvillo has good takedowns and an active submission game. For Calvillo to fight to those strengths she has to work through Calderwood’s striking. Calderwood is the most active striker in the UFC, male or female, landing 6.92 significant strikes per minute. It should be noted Calderwood’s two losses have both come via submission, with her most recent defeat being a guillotine choke submission to Jessica Andrade.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5506898364001

3. Betting on himself

Stevie Ray opened his UFC career with two TKO victories, but his next four fights, including his sole UFC defeat, went the distance. In a sport in which finishers reap the largest rewards, Ray has found himself flying under the radar. He gets the opportunity to change that trajectory in his home country of Scotland against aggressive striker Paul Felder.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5506762462001

Ray never panics and he doesn’t get overly aggressive when he has his opponent in danger. Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), who knows only one direction, straight forward, is going to test Ray’s (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) poise in this lightweight contest, which just happens to be the final fight of Ray’s UFC contract.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5506796417001

4. Similar, but different

There are a lot of similarities between middleweights Jack Marshman and Ryan Janes. Both are 1-1 in the UFC. Both joined the UFC as champions with other promotions, Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with Cage Warriors and Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with Battlefield Fight League. Both lost their last fights, ending long winning streaks. Janes had won eight in a row before submitting to Gerald Meerschaert, while Marshman had won seven straight before his TKO loss to Thiago Santos. Lastly, both have a preferred style of fighting. Marshman is a brawler with power in both hands and 13 knockout victories, Janes is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with seven submission wins. As far as this one goes, the safe bet would be that the winner is the fighter who imposes his style early.

5. Rebound or surge

Paul Craig had a memorable UFC debut, stopping Luis Henrique da Silva via armbar, and earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process. After the win, Craig said he wouldn’t accept anything less than top-15 light heavyweight competition in his next fight. The UFC ignored Craig, matching him up with Tyson Pedro, who like Craig, was competing in his second UFC bout. Pedro won that contest by TKO in the first round, ending Craig’s unbeaten streak.

Craig now faces Khalil Rountree, who is coming off his first UFC win in three tries, a first-round KO of Daniel Jolly.

This bout is a clash of styles. Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has decent striking, but he excels on the ground, while Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is the opposite, packing power in his hands, but with little to offer if on the mat.,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5506672784001

6. Big men looking for big debuts

Two large men who do not like to go the distance open UFC Fight Night 113’s main card. Both of these fighters, James Mulheron and Justin Willis, make their UFC debuts in Glasgow.

Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has fought almost exclusively for the Made 4 The Cage promotion, has gone the distance twice in his last six fights, while Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has heard the final horn once in his five-fight career.

If Willis’ name rings a bell, it’s because he was set to make his UFC debut as a short-notice replacement at UFC 208, but was deemed medically unfit after weight cutting complications. Willis, a product of American Kickboxing Academy, must cut weight to make the heavyweight limit.

7. Avoid a skid

Danny Roberts

Both Danny Roberts and Bobby Nash recently had long winning streaks come to an end. Roberts had won seven in a row, including two fights in the UFC, when he was knocked out by Mike Perry. Nash had won six straight before his knockout loss to Li Jingliang. The worst part of both those losses is that Roberts and Nash were handling themselves well before being finished.

Of these two, Roberts had the most hype behind him. Roberts (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is a strong boxer, but he’s also shown that he’s unafraid to tangle on the ground. As for Nash (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), while he has a wrestling base, he was doing well standing against Jingliang before being caught with the strikes that ended that bout.

What fans will want to look for here is progress and growth, as well as the confidence levels of these two.

8. No easy way out

Neil Seery

Neil Seery has been in a weird sort of limbo for the past year. The 37-year-old veteran of 28 pro MMA bouts has been actively trying to retire since late 2016, but on two previous occasions he’s seen his scheduled final fight scratched. The first cancellation took place in November due to a death in Seery’s family. More recently, Seery’s January bout against Ian McCall was scrapped due to issues with McCall’s weight cut.

Here’s hoping the third time’s a charm for Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who faces Alexandre Pantoja (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in Glasgow.

9. Battling two opponents

Brett Johns

Young bantamweight prospect Brett Johns makes his second UFC appearance at UFC Fight Night 113, where he faces Albert Morales. Johns dominated Kwan Ho Kwak in his UFC debut, winning by unanimous decision and extending his unbeaten streak to 13 straight.

The biggest struggle Johns has faced during his career has been on the scale. Johns lost both the Titan FC and Cage Warriors bantamweight titles when those promotions stripped Johns of his belts when he came in heavy for title defenses.

Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is a well-rounded fighter who does an excellent job mixing up his striking and wrestling. If Johns can find consistency on the scale he could have a bright future at 135 pounds in the UFC.

Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC), a late replacement, is coming off a solid decision win over Andre Soukhamthath, his first victory in three UFC fights.

10. One to build on

Leslie Smith

Leslie Smith fought the best, and most entertaining, fight of her career in her last outing, claiming a unanimous decision victory and a “Fight of the Night” bonus for her win over Irene Aldana. What stood out about Smith’s performance was her pressure and volume. Smith, currently an honorable mention in the bantamweight rankings, moved forward and threw a lot of strikes, 401 significant strikes to be exact. If Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) can come close to replicating that performance against Amanda Lemos (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who is making her UFC debut, she has a good chance of securing her first two-fight winning streak since she defeated Kaitlin Young at Invicta 3 and Raquel Pennington at Invicta FC 4.

Lemos joins the UFC on a seven-fight unbeaten streak with the majority of her fights taking place under the Jungle Fights banner.

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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How a distracted jail guard put Albert Morales' UFC career in motion

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Albert Morales was 20, in jail, and had just missed the birth of his first daughter when it happened.

“A guard, I guess, messed up and let the fights on on TV,” Morales told MMAjunkie. “Whether that was a sign from the MMA gods or not, man – but I saw it. I decided I was going to be a fighter, and that was it.”

Morales didn’t know much about MMA. He had seen some of “The Ultimate Fighter” – including the memorable Season 1 tournament final between Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. He knew about Diego Sanchez and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson. He had some videogames about it. His stepfather even practiced Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the Gracie Academy.

“But I was too involved in the streets to think about martial arts or anything like that,” Morales said. “Talk about bad kids – I was a pretty bad kid. (My stepfather) didn’t want to show (jiu-jitsu) to me because he thought I would use it in the streets and hurt somebody and stuff. So he kind of kept that away from me.”

On Sunday Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) meets fellow bantamweight Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in what will be his fourth UFC outing, at UFC Fight Night 113. At 26, he’s made a career that allows him to live in a nice home with his wife and two daughters. He can afford the Jordans he longed for as a kid, and even help those who haven’t been as fortunate.

“Honestly, MMA really gave me an opportunity at life,” Morales said.

But when Morales used visitation day to inform his family about his new plan, he had no idea what it would take to get here. He didn’t know about amateur fights. He didn’t know about building a record and making his way up the ranks. He didn’t know the UFC didn’t just happen once you started training.

He just knew he needed to get his life together.

“My mom was like, ‘Dude, get a job. Do something normal. You’ve never had a job. How about get a job first?’” Morales said. “My wife was, ‘I have no idea what that is, but as long as it keeps you out of jail, we’re good.’ Mind you, I’d just had my daughter.

“She was born while I was incarcerated. So that was a big thing. My father wasn’t really around when I was growing up, so I really wanted to be around for my daughter. As soon as I missed her birth, my whole life came crashing down.”

Six months later, 10 days before his 21st birthday, Morales was released from jail. On May 25, he legally drank his first beer. Five days after that, he signed up to train at Elite Training Center.

“Literally, it took like 15 days to start my MMA journey after my release date,” Morales said.

‘I guess, subconsciously, I felt that I was there already’

Things moved pretty quickly after that. A year into training, Morales made his debut on the amateur circuit, where he put together a 3-1 record. Nine months later, Morales went pro – with the big Bellator stage already as his first home. He finished his first four opponents and was off to a 6-0 start with fights at both 135 and 145 pounds.

It was almost as if fighting was in his blood.

“I’d been a fighter since birth, and I think that comes from my mom,” Morales said. “(She’s) just being tough as nails. And that comes from my grandma. She’s even tougher. I just have a tough family.”

Less than two years into his then-unblemished professional career, a knockout win over Mario Israel at an RFA event stamped Morales’ ticket to the UFC. He didn’t lose his UFC Fight Night 94 octagon debut – but didn’t win it either; he fought Alejandro Perez  to a majority draw.

Two months later, Morales met Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 100. The setup was not ideal. Not only was he facing one the division’s rising killers, he went all the way to Almeida’s hometown to co-headline what was supposed to be his foe’s recovery fight after a loss to Cody Garbrandt. Morales was knocked out in the second round.

Despite the rough start, being in the UFC changed Morales’ life. And that later proved to be a double-edged sword. “The Warrior” could now afford to move his family from a “hole in the wall” to a nice apartment. He’d made it to the big time. He was, finally, comfortable.

But, as it turns out, there is such a thing as too comfortable.

“(Before), there was a need for me to get out of that situation,” Morales said. “There was a need for me to get to the UFC. There was a need. And, in my head, I still felt that I was hungry and all that stuff.

“But I guess, subconsciously, I felt that I was there already. ‘I’m in the UFC. I’m that guy. All the guys that started before me, I’ve already surpassed them.’ I guess, subconsciously, I get a little relaxed.”

Getting Morales back on track was a team effort. First, it was his coach’s wife  – who also happens to be a psychiatrist – who noticed that something was off about Morales when they were all just hanging out and watching fights. And the coach, who’d witnessed the changes in his pupils’ demeanor in the gym, agreed.

Now, all he had to do was find a way to get it through to Morales.

“Growing up, I loved shoes,” Morales said. “I couldn’t afford shoes. Especially Jordans. I would see kids, and I’d envy them. I wanted Jordans, but my mom couldn’t afford to get me them. I got signed to the UFC, so what do you think I did? I bought some Jordans.

“I was so busy thinking about other things, and (my coach) was like, ‘You’re such a leader, and you don’t even know it. Guys at the gym never talked about shoes. But now, all of a sudden, you talking about shoes, everybody wants to talk about shoes.’ He broke it down. ‘People are looking at you. And you don’t even know it.’”

‘I can’t imagine how good I’m going to be by the end of this year’

That clicked. On his manager’s advice, Morales started reading Tim S. Grover’s “Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable” for lessons in excellence and leadership. And in came what Morales calls “the big mindset change.”  The rekindled fire showed in training, which was also fueled by the addition of strength and conditioning.

It also showed on Morales’ record. Less than four months after the loss to Almeida – which, in case you’re wondering, Morales is still dead-set in getting back – he took on Andre Soukhamthath on short notice to earn his first UFC win. And it’s also what he intends to do against Johns on Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Their bout closes out the UFC Fight Pass early prelims before the rest of the card shifts to FS1.

As far as that matchup goes, Morales is happy. He thinks the undefeated Johns, while experienced “in his realm,” is a little one-dimensional and presents favorable “tendencies.” But, in any case, it’s not like the guy across the cage mattered when Morales said yes to yet another last-minute call.

“The mindset of this training camp has been phenomenal that we feel like it could have been anybody in the world,” Morales said. “It could’ve been Dominick Cruz, it could have been any of these guys, and we would have taken this fight.”

While Morales doesn’t really see a win over Johns as a career-booster, Sunday’s encounter does carry some considerable weight: It’s the last one on his current UFC contract. And, when you’re holding a somewhat peculiar 1-1-1 record, that means something.

But, just because Morales is aware of the stakes, it doesn’t mean he’s any less confident about what his octagon future holds.

“I expect to get the belt within one or two years,” Morales said. “I’m growing at a rapid pace, and I’ve only been training for about four of five years. I feel I’ve grown rapidly, but I’ve never had the mental state that I am right now.

“So I can’t imagine how good I’m going to be by the end of this year. And then the next year. I expect to climb these ladders pretty quick.”

As grateful as he is for all the doors that MMA has opened, Morales does not want to be doing it forever. In fact, the 26-year-old is quite specific in saying that he doesn’t not want to be doing it past 35.

“I feel like after fighting, there’s more to life,” Morales said.

What’s this “more” he speaks of? Morales even struggles to articulate. He wants to give back. He wants to help. He wants to lead. He knows his plans – immediate and distant – are big. Maybe too big for words.

“As long as I realize that I want something more than just the belt,” Morales said. “I want to help a lot of people. I want to do things that nobody’s ever done before. I want to help the community. I want to do a lot of things like that.

“So, as long as I know my goal is almost unattainable, everything underneath is going to come. Winning the belt is going to come. Breaking records is going to come. Because I know I’m working hard for something that’s almost unattainable.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 lineup set in Scotland, including new Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur booking

The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to Scotland later this month with the addition of a featherweight fight to the event.

Newcomers Danny Henry (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Daniel Teymur (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) are scheduled to meet on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 113. UFC officials announced the new booking today.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place July 16, a Sunday, at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Henry, from Scotland, gets a home-country fight for his promotional debut. He has three straight wins and victories in seven of his past eight fights. His resume includes finishes in nine of his 10 wins with five knockouts and four submissions.

Teymur, from Sweden, now joins his brother, lightweight David Teymur, as a UFC fighter. He’ll put his unbeaten record on the line against Henry. Teymur has all six of his wins by stoppage with three knockouts and three submissions.

In the UFC Fight Night 113 main event, Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) meets Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a welterweight fight. The co-feature is between Scotland’s own Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at strawweight.

Also on the main card, Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) meets Scotland’s Stevie Ray (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at lightweight; Ryan Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at middleweight; light heavyweights Paul Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) are booked; and to open the main card on FS1, heavyweight newcomers James Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Justin Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will fight.

The event’s four-fight FS1 preliminary card, along with Henry-Teymur to open, includes Bobby Nash (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Danny Roberts (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at welterweight; Alexandre Pantoja (17-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Neil Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at flyweight in Seery’s retirement bout; and Galore Bofando (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward (3-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at welterweight.

UFC Fight Pass will carry a pair of early prelims: Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Albert Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) at bantamweight, and Amanda Lemos (6-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Leslie Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) open the event in a women’s bantamweight bout.

The finalized UFC Fight Night 113 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo
  • Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray
  • Ryan Janes vs. Jack Marshman
  • Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree
  • James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis


  • Bobby Nash vs. Danny Roberts
  • Alexandre Pantoja vs. Neil Seery
  • Galore Bofando vs. Charlie Ward
  • Danny Henry vs. Daniel Teymur


  • Brett Johns vs. Albert Morales
  • Amanda Lemos vs. Leslie Smith

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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