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UFC 216 lineup set with interim lightweight title headliner in Las Vegas

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The lineup is set for the UFC’s return to its Las Vegas home base next month with an interim title at the top of the bill.

UFC 216 features a dozen fights on Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) takes on Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim lightweight title. The winner is expected to stay in line for a fight against current champ Conor McGregor.

In the co-headliner, Derrick Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) takes on former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC). Also on the main card, Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) moves down from bantamweight and Paige VanZant (7-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) moves up from strawweight to meet in the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) at heavyweight, and to open the main card, Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) meets Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at lightweight.

The featured preliminary-card bout on FXX is at lightweight between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC), and the featured bout on UFC Fight Pass is at flyweight between Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and former title challenger John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC).

The complete UFC 216 lineup includes:

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

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

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

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC 216 gets 7 bouts, including Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush, Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites

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The UFC has added seven new bouts to UFC 216, including lightweight and middleweight showdowns with implications in the rankings.

Today, the promotion announced that lightweight standouts Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will face off, as will middleweights Brad Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and one-time title challenger Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC).

UFC 216 take place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Also confirmed for the fall card: a heavyweight clash featuring Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC); a lightweight fight between Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC); a previously reported lightweight contest between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC); and a pair of flyweight bouts, John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Schnell (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Dunham, on a four-fight win streak, will look to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, where Dariush stands at No. 10. Dariush, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to No. 6 ranked Edson Barboza in his previous outing. Dunham previously expressed interest in a bout with Dariush.

Tavares, an honorable mention in the middleweight rankings has won his past two bouts and hopes to break into the top 15 with a win over No. 13 Leites, who recently outpointed Sam Alvey.

Heavyweight Harris is on the upswing with back-to-back knockout wins in bouts against Chase Sherman and Cyril Asker, respectively. Godbeer most recently outpointed Daniel Spitz, upping his UFC record to 1-1 after a debut loss to Justin Ledet.

Lightweight Vannata is looking to rebound after a decision loss to David Teymur that sapped his momentum after a spectacular wheel-kick knockout of John Makdessi this past December. Trujillo also needs a boost after a submission loss to James Vick, which snapped a three-fight win streak.

Lightweight Lentz mostly suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev, which brought his first loss since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. Brooks has lost back-to-back fights in bouts against Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira, respectively.

One-time flyweight title challenger Moraga recently got back in the win column with a decision over Ashkan Mokhtarian in June, while Bibulatov puts his unbeaten record to the test after a debut decision against Jenel Lausa.

Flyweight Schnell is in dire need of a win after losses against Rob Font and Hector Sandoval in his first two UFC appearances. Beltran, meanwhile, has hit the skids with back-to-back losses after a trio of wins.

With the additions, the UFC 216 lineup now includes:

  • Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush
  • Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites
  • Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
  • Lando Vannata vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
  • John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
  • Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie