Nogueira-Cannonier, Bamgbose-Di Chirico added to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

The UFC’s FOX card in Winnipeg in December now has its first two bouts.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) will take on Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a light heavyweight fight, and Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) meets Alessio Di Chirico (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at middleweight. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.

The FOX card, expected to be UFC on FOX 26, takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card will air on FOX following prelims likely for either FOX or FS1, as well as UFC Fight Pass.

Nogueira will fight for the first time in more than a year when he steps in the cage against Cannonier. This past November at UFC Fight Night 100, he was stopped by Ryan Bader with third-round TKO in the headliner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That erased a first-round TKO of Patrick Cummins earlier in the year, also in Brazil. “Little Nog” has dropped three of his past four fights.

Cannonier got back on track in July with a third-round TKO of Nick Roehrick at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas. Roehrick was a late replacement for Steve Bosse, who had to pull out of the fight with an injury. That got Cannonier back in the win column after a decision loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 208 snapped a two-fight streak.

Bamgbose is badly in need of a win. After a 5-0 start to his pro career, including a Ring of Combat middleweight title, he has dropped three of four since arriving in the UFC. His promotional debut was a TKO loss to Uriah Hall, but he followed that up nicely with a head-kick knockout of Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 83. But since then, he has a decision loss to Cezar Ferreira and a TKO loss at UFC 212 to Paulo Borrachinha in June.

Di Chirico, from Italy, had a 9-0 start to his pro career before falling back with setbacks in two of his past three since coming to the UFC. He lost a decision to Bojan Velickovic in April 2016 in Croatia, but bounced back with a split-decision win over Garreth McLellan later that year in Vancouver. Earlier this year in January, he was submitted in the first round by Eric Spicely at UFC on FOX 23.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Alessio Di Chirico out at UFC on FOX 25; LFA champ Eryk Anders to debut vs. Rafael Natal

A neck injury has forced Alessio Di Chirico to withdraw from UFC on FOX 25.

Stepping in for the Italian fighter is LFA middleweight champ and octagon newcomer Eryk Anders, who will make his short-notice UFC debut, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told MMAjunkie. They requested anonymity because the information hadn’t yet been made public.

UFC on FOX 25 takes place July 22 at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, N.Y. The event’s main card airs live on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Anders (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) brings an undefeated professional record to the octagon, training out of Spartan Fitness in San Antonio, Texas. A former linebacker at the University of Alabama, he outpointed Brendan Allen this past month to capture the LFA middleweight crown.

Natal (21-8-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) is in need of redemption after losing back-to-back bouts. The Brazilian fell short on points against recently minted UFC interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker, and was then knocked out this past November by Tim Boetsch at UFC 205.

A timetable for Di Chirico’s (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) return is to be determined. He most recently was submitted by Eric Spicely in January at UFC on FOX 23.

With the change, the finalized UFC on FOX 25 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Chris Weidman vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins
  • Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante
  • Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Lyman Good vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
  • Eryk Anders vs. Rafael Natal
  • Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Christian Colombo vs. Damian Grabowski

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Jeremy Kennedy
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Marlon Vera
  • Junior Albini vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey
  • Frankie Perez vs. Chris Wade

For more on UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie