Augusto Mendes reveals injury, withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 119 bout vs. Boston Salmon

Grappling standout Augusto Mendes will have to wait a little bit longer before making his return to the octagon.

Mendes (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who was scheduled to fight Boston Salmon (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 119 later this month, today announced he’s suffered an injury in training that will prevent him from competing in the upcoming fight.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, with a FS1-televised main card following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass. Mendes no longer will see action at the event, he revealed on social media (via Instagram):

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Unfortunately I will not be able to fight on UFC Sao Paulo on October 28th. I got hurt on my training and I need to pull out of the fight. I’m sorry to all my fans that were expecting to watch me live for the first time fighting MMA in Brazil. I’m focusing on the treatment now and trying to be as ready to be ready for the next one. God knows everything and I trust him. Thank you everybody for the messages supporting me!

With the fight still several weeks away, it’s likely the UFC will attempt to find a replacement opponent for Salmon, who earned a UFC contract following a standout performance on Dana White’s Contender Series 1 over the summer.

The UFC Fight Night 119 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera


  • Niko Price vs. Luan Chagas
  • Boston Salmon vs. TBA
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin

PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Christian Colombo vs. Marcelo Golm

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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DWCS 1 winner Boston Salmon meets Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

Boston is heading to Brazil – Boston Salmon, that is.

Thanks to his win on the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series, Salmon (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has booked a bantamweight fight against Augusto Mendes (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Boston Salmon

Salmon picked up a coveted UFC contract in July when he took a unanimous decision from Ricky Turcios at DWCS 1 in Las Vegas. Prior to that, all six of his fights had been under the RFA banner. There, he started a perfect 5-0 with four knockout wins before he dropped a tough split call to Zac Riley at RFA 43 nearly a year ago for the lone loss of his career. But he got back on track in the most important win of his career, and it earned him a shot at the UFC.

Mendes started his pro career 5-0 when he got the call from the UFC to fight Cody Garbrandt on short notice at UFC Fight Night 83 in February 2016. He was knocked out in the first round, and Garbrandt went on to win the UFC’s bantamweight title.

But Mendes rebounded nearly a year later with a split-decision win over Frankie Saenz at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, where he bases a portion of his training with The MMA Lab. The Legacy FC vet’s first UFC victory was only three months in the rearview mirror, though, when he dropped a decision to Aljamain Sterling at UFC on FOX 24 in April.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Boston Salmon said competing just feet away from UFC President Dana White didn’t have an impact on his approach to his fight with Ricky Turcios at the Dana White’s Contender Series debut event.

Salmon (6-1) was one of the two fighters who received a UFC contract for a winning performance on Week 1 of the new series. He earned a unanimous-decision win over Turcios (8-1) and impressed the UFC boss enough to earn a multi-fight contract.

The format of the show, which streams Tuesdays on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, is based around bringing in talent capable of putting on a performance worthy of a UFC roster spot.

Salmon said he didn’t know exactly how everything would work with the show – though he did know White would be there watching from cageside. That’s a lot of pressure for a 26-year-old bantamweight prospect, but Salmon didn’t allow himself to be rattled.

“I was pretty blind to the whole structure and how things would be after the fight,” Salmon told MMAjunkie Radio. “I looked at the fight like any other fight. I wasn’t trying to impress anybody. I was going to be myself, and I was going to fight my fight and hope for the best. And at the end of the day, Dana White saw something that attracted him and he signed me as one of his prospects. So I’m thankful for that.”

Although Salmon put on a solid performance, he competed on a five-fight card that also included a pair of brutal knockouts as well as a submission which left one fighter twitching on the canvas. Only two of the five winners received contracts, with “Boom Boom” being one and Kurt Holobaugh being the other.

Salmon admitted he wasn’t certain if his triumph would be deemed worthy of a contract, but even if it wasn’t, he was happy to add another win to his record and earn a $10,000 payday. It all worked out for the best, though, and White called on Salmon to give him the big news, a moment the fighter admits was slightly surreal.

“I was one of the two fighters out of the five of us that went to a decision – I didn’t know if I was getting a contract or what,” Salmon said. “I was just excited with the victory. So when (White) pulled me to the back and congratulated me and offered me the contract, I was excited. I can’t really explain the feeling that I had when I shook his hand at the time. I was like, ‘Damn, this is the big boss for the UFC organization.’”

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 1, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2487 with Boston Salmon, Brandon Girtz and Dan Tom

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Boston Salmon, Brandon Girtz and Dan Tom.

Salmon is fresh off a victory at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” where he also netted himself a UFC contract. Girtz headlined Bellator 181 on Friday and suffered a loss to Derek Campos via cut in a Fight of the Year contender. MMA analyst Tom was our in-studio guest host.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brandon Girtz, Boston Salmon and Dan Tom

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brandon Girtz, Boston Salmon and Dan Tom.

Girtz came up short after suffering a cut in Friday’s Bellator 181 headliner with Derek Campos. Salmon won a UFC contract this past week after a win at “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1.” MMA analyst Tom is our in-studio guest host.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 1 results: Kurt Holobaugh KOs Matt Bessette in headliner

LAS VEGAS – Kurt Holobaugh was triumphant in the Week 1 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he starched Matt Bessette for a first-round knockout.

The event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, saw Holobraugh (18-4) come out on fire, putting on good striking work to Bessette’s (22-8) head and body. The assault continued as time wore on, and after a few minutes the result was imminent.

Holobraugh caught Bessette with a perfect counter right hand, which immediately sent his opponent crashing face-first to the canvas, causing referee John McCarthy to step in halt the action at the 2:59 mark of Round 1.

Anyanwu scores big KO, confronts Dana White

The heavyweights delivered a violent finish when Azunna Anyanwu ended Greg Rebello’s night with a nasty series of punches for the second-round knockout.

After touching each other up on the feet with hard shots over the opening round, the action spilled over into the second but started to sway in Anyanwu’s favor. Finally a left hand connected flush on Rebello’s chin, and Anyanwu swarmed with follow-up shots for the stoppage at 3:04 of Round 2.

Immediately after the fight, Anyanwu went to the side of the octagon where UFC President Dana White was seated and pleaded for him to offer an official UFC contract.

Salmon’s superior striking gets it done

Boston Salmon (5-1) didn’t get the finish, but he put in a largely dominant performance against Ricky Turcios (8-1) to earn a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.

Salmon’s striking was the key to victory in the lightweight bout. He kept his opponent at his desired range and picked his shots in a convincing manner over the course of 15 minutes to hand Turcios his first career loss.

Byrd earns scary submission of Pickett

Charles Byrd (8-4) choked out Jamie Pickett (6-3) in frightening fashion in the opening round of their middleweight bout to earn his fourth victory in his past five fights.

Byrd found his way into top position late in the first round and locked in an arm-triangle choke, which put Pickett unconscious and caused him to convulse on the canvas for several seconds after the referee halted the action at the 4:55 mark.

Fortunately, Byrd returned to his feet and left the octagon under his own power.

Sanchez rallies for decision nod

Joby Sanchez (10-2) earned the first victory in the history of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” when he rallied to defeat Manny Vazquez (9-3) in their flyweight bout.

After getting dropped and nearly submitted in the first round, Sanchez turned up the heat with his grappling in the second frame. He carried that momentum into the third to get the nod on all the judges’ scorecards.

Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1 results included:

  • Kurt Holobraugh def. Matt Bessette via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 2:59
  • Azunna Anyanwu def. Greg Rebello via knockout (puches) – Round 2, 3:04
  • Boston Salmon def. Ricky Turcios via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Charles Byrd def. Jamie Pickett via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 4:55
  • Joby Sanchez def. Manny Vazquez via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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5-fight lineup revealed for 'Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series' premiere

The fight card is set for the premiere of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series,” and it features a mix of former UFC fighters, journeyman and hot prospects.

In the first episode, which airs July 11 on UFC Fight Pass, three UFC veterans – Joby Sanchez, Justin Jones and Kurt Holobaugh – are among those vying for a chance to get back with the industry leader.

Holobaugh (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), whose lone appearance with the promotion came in a 2013 loss at UFC 159, will face CES MMA champion Matt Bessette (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout. Bessette enters on a seven-fight winning streak, with five in CES and two in Bellator. Holobaugh comes in on a three-fight winning streak, all with Titan FC. Both men scored TKO wins in their most recent fights in May.

Sanchez (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) faces 23-year-old Manny Vasquez (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a flyweight bout between prospects. Sanchez, 25, has back-to-back wins since parting from the UFC following a 2015 loss to Geanne Herrera. Vasquez is hoping to make a strong impression after a successful Bellator debut in March at Bellator 175, where he beat Nate Williams via unanimous decision.

A heavyweight bout between a pair of 35-year-olds is also on the card, with Greg Rebello vs. Azunna Anyanwu. Rebello (22-7 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has won six of last seven, including two straight this year by submission and TKO. Anyanwu (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is riding the wave of a four-fight winning streak, with his most recent victory coming by way of TKO in February.

The fights on the show will take place at The Ultimate Fighter gym in Las Vegas. But unlike the fights on the “TUF” reality series that take place in the gym, these fights will be fully regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission – meaning all the fights count toward the fighters’ records.

The full card includes:

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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