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UFC 214 lineup again finalized as newcomer Calvin Kattar steps in

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The lineup is again set for this month’s UFC 214 event with the addition of a UFC newcomer.

CES MMA vet and octagon debutant Calvin Kattar (16-2) has replaced injured featherweight Dooho Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and now meets Andre Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at the event, officials recently announced. MMA-Today.com first reported it.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Fili vs. Kattar opens the FXX prelims.

Kattar, 29 dubbed “The Boston Finisher,” is a 10-year pro who’s currently riding an eight-fight winning streak. He most recently scored a decision victory over Chris Foster at CES MMA 38 in September. He owns nine stoppages in 16 career wins.

Fili, a 27-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter, upset Hacran Dias via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 96 in October. It extended the win-one, lose-one trend that has formed over the course of his seven-fight UFC tenure.

The official UFC 214 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia – for welterweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Tonya Evinger – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Andre Fili vs. Calvin Kattar

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC 214 lineup set – mostly – with Cormier-Jones rematch, 2 other title fights in Anaheim

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The lineup is set – mostly – for the UFC’s massive UFC 214 event with three title fights later this month in Southern California.

The card features 14 fights – if a featherweight bout on the prelims featuring Andre Fili stays on the card if Fili gets a new opponent. But one thing is certain: Three belts will be on the line at the top of the bill.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) finally gets to settle things with heated rival and former champ Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC). The two were supposed to meet in their rematch twice already, but a Cormier injury pushed back the first rematch, and Jones’ positive drug test a year ago pushed back the second scheduled fight.

In the co-feature, welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) puts his belt on the line against Demian Maia (25-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC). And in the night’s third title fight, the UFC will crown a new women’s featherweight champion when Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

To fill out the main card, Donald Cerrone (32-7 MMA, 19-4 UFC) takes on former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in a fight moved from UFC 213 due to a Cerrone injury, and Jimi Manuwa (17-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Volkan Oezdemir (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight to open up the pay-per-view.

The prelims will feature four fights on the FXX cable network. The featured fight is a featherweight bout between former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Jason Knight (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC). Plus, former bantamweight champ Renan Barao (34-4-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets Aljamain Sterling (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a 140-pound catchweight bout, and unbeaten featherweights Renato Moicano (11-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are booked. Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) currently is slated to open the FXX prelims – but is without an opponent.

UFC Fight Pass will feature a whopping five bouts, led by a lightweight fight between John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and Sage Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

The UFC 214 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia – for welterweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Tony Evinger – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dooho Choi injured, but Andre Fili still plans to fight at UFC 214

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An intriguing featherweight bout between Dooho Choi and Andre Fili won’t be happening at UFC 214. However, Fili still plans to fight at the event.

Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) today tweeted that Choi (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) can’t make the July 29 pay-per-view event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.:

Fili added, “Doesn’t matter. I’m only focused on what I can control. I’ll be ready July 29th to beat someone up.”

Veteran MMA broadcaster Robin Black first tweeted that Choi has suffered a “serious injury” and was forced to withdraw. Black stated the South Korean fighter will return in late October.

The bout order for UFC 214 hasn’t been finalized, but main-card fights air live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between champ Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

Choi vs. Fili was expected to be part of the main card.

Choi most recently fought this past December, when he lost a unanimous decision to Cub Swanson in a “Fight of the Year” winner at UFC 206. It was his first loss in the UFC and snapped a 12-fight winning streak, though his gutsy effort earned him fans around the world.

Fili is coming off a decision win over Hacran Dias at UFC Fight Night 96, which put him back on the winning track after a knockout loss to Yair Rodriguez. The Team Alpha Male fighter is still seeking momentum in the division after alternating between wins and losses since his UFC debut four years ago.

The latest UFC 214 card includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. TBA
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA
  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Sage Northcutt vs. Claudio Puelles
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie