As an Irishman with a new UFC deal, Joseph Duffy is an endangered species

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As is befitting of the man, news that Irish lightweight Joseph Duffy had signed a new seven-fight UFC deal following a brief spell as a free agent was accompanied by minimal fanfare.

There was no bombast, nor were multiple members of the 155-pound division subjected to impromptu challenges on Twitter, in some transparent attempt to hog a little more of the spotlight while his name was in circulation.

That’s just not Duffy’s way, and it never will be. But, if it were, the UFC may not have allowed the Donegal native to fight out his old contract with a routine win over Reza Madadi at UFC Fight Night 107 in March, and then entertain offers from other promotions before finally tabling the sort of deal he felt deserving of.

Timing also played a significant role in the relatively subdued response to the UFC retaining the services of one of Europe’s most potent combatants.

In the hours after Pete Carroll of MMAFighting.com broke the story of Duffy (19-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) committing his longterm future to the world’s biggest promotion, another Irishman, Conor McGregor, took to the stage of Barclays Center in Brooklyn to trade insults with Floyd Mayweather. There’s just no competing with that.

Had Duffy not signed on the dotted line, McGregor would have been left as the sole Irish-born fighter established on the UFC roster.

Just two years ago, when Duffy announced himself to the wider MMA audience with a first-round TKO of Jake Lindsey on his promotional debut at UFC 185, that scenario would have been unthinkable.

Irish fighters were ubiquitous among the ranks of the UFC as the first generation from the island bounded in behind McGregor. But now, after a slew of retirements and pink slips, they’re an endangered species.

On reflection, Duffy is somewhat taken aback by the brevity of the Celtic culling, but he’s confident the status quo will be temporary. In typically modest fashion, he also doubted whether his absence would have been keenly felt.

“To be honest, it was strange the way it happened, and it all seemed to happen very quick,” Duffy told MMAjunkie. “You had (Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Aisling Daly) retiring, and it was just so quick how it all thinned out.

“I’m not sure me leaving would have been too much of a loss because there’s always going to be a lot of talent coming through in Ireland. We love our combat sports, so I’m sure the future is going to be bright for the country.”

Veteran flyweight and Irish MMA icon Neil Seery hung up his gloves following a submission loss to Alexandre Pantoja just under a fortnight ago at UFC Fight Night 113, leaving McGregor as the lone survivor from that famous night at Dublin’s 3Arena in 2014 when Ireland was briefly the epicenter of the MMA universe.

Of course, Russian-born featherweight Artem Lobov, who grew up in Ireland, proudly flies the flag of both countries when he competes, while SBG Ireland team member Gunnar Nelson is a beloved adopted son of the Emerald Isle.

Another SBG man, Charlie Ward, has fought and lost twice under the UFC’s banner, but his UFC stint only materialized due to his connection with McGregor.

Given he has not lived in Ireland since childhood, Duffy was always somewhat of an outlier as an Irish fighting entity, but his connection to home has never waned. In fact, he draws strength from it daily.

“From day one, right back to my Cage Warriors days,” Duffy said, “that’s what my inspiration and drive was. I remember hearing about the bars being full at home with people who were watching the Cage Warriors live streams. That spurred me on even more.

“Every training camp, I remember the thoughts of people sitting in the bar watching the fight and everyone who traveled over, and that’s always been one of my inspirations. And that’s not to even mention all the fans from Wales and England who have followed me. It all means a lot to me.”

The son of a fisherman, Duffy was born close to the fishing village of Burtonport on the untamed but beautiful northwest coast of Ireland.

When the fishing industry began to dry up there, his father followed his uncle to work as tunneller in Wales. When Duffy was nine months old, the entire family made the move.

The Duffys returned to Ireland for a time when Joseph was small child, before returning to Wales, while family vacations to Donegal were frequent.

As such, Duffy was, in some people’s eyes, neither quite Irish or Welsh. But he knew exactly who he was.

“Since I was a kid, I was never one to follow the click or the bubble,” Duffy said.” Living in Wales and being Irish, I didn’t fit in there. Then coming home after living in Wales, there were people who wouldn’t consider me Irish.

“But if you let that all bother you, you’ll get nothing done. I was always proud of being Irish, right the way through school, and all my friends knew it very well. I’ve still got all my friends from Donegal, the ones I grew up with.”

In total, beginning with Tom Egan at UFC 93, and concluding with Ward’s loss at the hands of Galore Bofando, also at UFC Fight 133 in Glasgow, a total of 10 Irish-born fighters have fought in the UFC.

And every one of them has been supported with a manic fervor by their compatriots, which is a hallmark of the Irish sports fan; they rarely do half measures. In that respect, Duffy is proud to be native athlete they can rally around.

“No matter what sport it is, the Irish fans have always proved themselves and their support is always incredible,” he said. “The Irish fans will always get behind the likes of Gunnar Nelson and Artem Lobov, so it’s almost like there are more of us.

“You see it when Conor fights, with the amount of them that turn up. It would have been a bit of shame for the Irish fans to have nobody to get behind if Conor did decide to knock it on the head.”

Although McGregor has said he will return to MMA to defend his UFC lightweight title in December, his projected windfall for the boxing match with Mayweather next month is such that might he think otherwise.

Should that be the case, Duffy will be, for the time being at least, the last Irishman standing in the UFC, while over in Bellator, James Gallaghershould continue to make waves.

Training at the Tristar gym under Firas Zahabi and Eric O’Keefe, Duffy has been a resident of Montreal for more than two years. And while his skills are being honed in Canada, it’s Ireland where Duffy finds the fuel to compete.

“Before a camp, I try to get home,” Duffy said. “Because, when I go home and speak to people, and hear how much it means to them, it reminds me of that. That’s the difficult part, because when you’re away from it, sometimes you can forget.

“Some of the things people say to me is such a motivation, and I remember those words all through camp. If you’re having a bad session or things aren’t going your way, it those words you think of to push you on. And they were some of the people who really motivated me to do well.”

After defeating Ivan Gorge via first-round submission in his sophomore promotional appearance at UFC Fight Night 72 in Glasgow, Duffy took a trip back to Donegal to catch up with friends and family. What awaited him was a gesture he’ll never forget.

“I remember going home just after the Glasgow fight, and my cousins surprised me up the town, and lot of people from the town came out to welcome me home,” he said. “Then my best friend organized something for me after a festival that was going on, so home has always meant a great deal to me.”

At 29 and with his professional future secure, Duffy feels a sense of urgency about getting back in the cage and resuming his ascent through arguably the most exacting division in the sport.

And, just on the off-chance a reminder to do was required, he’s had plenty of prompting from the green hoards.

“The Irish fans on social media have been nagging me to get more active, and I haven’t been able to because I’ve been working on my game, but now I want to start putting on shows for those guys,” Duffy said.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, 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 Fight Night 113 post-event facts: Knockouts, rare finishes and striking records

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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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General

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

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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

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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

N/A

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: Galore Bofando slams Charlie Ward for bizarre and rare knockout

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If you were to pick a way for Galore Bofando to win his first UFC fight, it would probably be by some flashy kick. From the opening exchanges of his meeting with Charlie Ward, that appeared to be his best shot at victory.

You certainly wouldn’t guess a takedown reversal would lead to Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) unconscious on the mat, which is why Bofando’s (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) debut was all the more remarkable.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Bofando’s first outing was called off at the 2:10 mark of the opening round after Ward tried to muscle him to the canvas and instead crashed head-first onto the mat, knocking him senseless. Referee Marc Goddard was right there to stop Ward from taking too much further punishment.

It was a bizarre sequence considering the initial skirmishes between Bofando and Ward. Bofando danced around the octagon, trying attacks you’d sooner see in a sport-karate competition than the octagon. A frustrated Ward banged his gloves together and tried unsuccessfully to slow Bofando down in the clinch. He tried to shame the UFC newcomer into a slugfest.

When that didn’t work, Ward got aggressive and held Bofando in a bodylock, pushing the fight into the cage. He had just started to elevate and twist Bofando’s body when his momentum was used against him.

Bofando gets off to a spectacular start in the UFC and has won two straight, while Ward remains winless in the octagon.

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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Video: KO via throw? UFC newcomer Galore Bofando just did it, and it was amazing

Well, Galore Bofando brought plenty of theatrics into his UFC debut.

Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who initially elicited some boos while dancing around the cage, then took out welterweight Charlie Ward (3-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) – one of UFC champ Conor McGregor’s teammates – with a toss/slam to the mat, which left his opponent dazed and forced a stoppage to the UFC Fight Night 113 preliminary-card bout.

Here’s the bizarre finish, which resulted in an audible thud as Ward’s head hit the mat (via Twitter):

The bout, which aired on FS1 from SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, was the highest-profile one of Bofando’s career. The 35-year-old Englishman and kickboxer made his MMA debut in 2010 but was fighting in a cage for just the third time since 2012.

Bofando, whose only two career losses came via disqualification due to illegal strikes, clearly made a splash on the big stage.

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 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

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 1 p.m. ET)

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

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, noon ET)

  • 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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