UFC 216 medical suspensions: Ray Borg potentially out six months with finger injury

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UFC flyweight Ray Borg could be out for six months following a failed bid to unseat dominant champ Demetrious Johnson.

Borg’s arm isn’t the problem, however. After tapping to an armbar in the fifth round of UFC 216’s co-headliner, the Nevada State Athletic Commission cited his right right finger as the area of concern.

Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) needs an orthopedist to clear him, or he could sit out a half-year, according to medical suspensions released today by the NSAC, which regulated the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Although Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) reported a potential knee injury following his record-breaking 11th title defense, he got off scot-free with no suspension.

Headliner Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who claimed the interim lightweight title, has a three-week suspension for a possible corneal abrasion, while opponent Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) sits for two months after his third-round submission loss, which came after a brutal weight cut made more miserable by an active staph infection.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 216 include:

  • Tony Ferguson: Suspended until Oct. 29 for possible left eye corneal abrasion.
  • Kevin Lee: Suspended until Nov. 7.
  • Ray Borg: Needs fourth right finger cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Mara Romero Borella: Must repeat MRI of brain in six months, due April 7.
  • Evan Dunham: Needs ophthalmologist clearance on blurred vision or no contest until Dec. 7, no contact until Nov. 22.
  • Cody Stamann: Suspended until Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Tom Duquesnoy: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Lando Vannata: Suspended until Dec. 7 with no contact until Nov. 22.
  • Bobby Green: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Pearl Gonzalez: Suspended until Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Poliana Botelho: Needs right elbow and right thumb cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Matt Schnell: Needs right forearm X-rayed; if broken, needs clearance by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6.
  • Marco Beltran: Needs left thumb X-rayed and cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 7 with no contact until Oct. 29.
  • Magomed Bibulatov: Suspended until Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.
  • Thales Leites: Needs possible right orbital fracture cleared by orthopedic doctor or suspended until April 6; minimum suspension runs to Nov. 22 with no contact until Nov. 7.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Cody Stamann had a plan after wondering why Tom Duquesnoy was getting all the UFC 216 hype

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LAS VEGAS – Despite equal experience and records, all the hype for up-and-coming bantamweight UFC prospects seemed to be on Tom Duquesnoy going into UFC 216, not Cody Stamann.

Sure, Duquesnoy was a two-division champion for BAMMA on the European scene before coming to the UFC, and that probably went a little farther toward building that hype than Stamann’s wins on the U.S. regional circuit.

But Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) knew what was at stake when he fought Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to a split-decision win to close out the prelims at UFC 216 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“I had no doubt in my mind I was going to win that fight,” Stamann told MMAjunkie after the fight. “Duquesnoy is a very formidable opponent, but I have a great team around me. … I knew exactly what he was going to do. He did exactly the same thing he did in the last fight. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. But I knew exactly what he was going to do. The kid hits hard. There’s no doubt. There’s a reason he’s a top prospect. But now I’m that top prospect.”

Stamann said much of his motivation going into their fight came from all the love Duquesnoy, from France, was getting. Stamann was a mild underdog in the fight, but never went away against the Frenchman.

And maybe it served him well to have people doubting him a little.

“I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder going into this fight because I felt like I wasn’t getting the respect,” Stamann said. “I was 15-1, too. I’d fought a bunch of tough guys. I’d knocked people out. I’ve beat everyone they’ve put in front of me. My only loss is a controversial split decision.

“Why does he get the hype and I don’t? And I’m like, ‘Well, there’s only one way to take it from him, and that’s go out and beat his ass.’ And I did.”

For more from Stamann after his big win over Duquesnoy, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 216 post-event facts: Demetrious Johnson's resume must be seen to be believed

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Despite going through four fight changes in the final two weeks, UFC 216 delivered an action-packed card on Saturdayat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Both championship fights at the top of the pay-per-view lineup, which followed prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass, ended with a submission. Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) claimed the interim UFC lightweight title with a third-round triangle choke of Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner, while flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) made history for most consecutive title defenses with a dazzling fifth-round armbar victory over Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

Both Ferguson and Johnson landed a prominent place in the UFC record books with their crafty finishes, but they weren’t the only UFC 216 fighters with noteworthy results. For more on the numbers to come out of the event, check below for 60 post-event facts from UFC 216.

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General

UFC 216 joined UFC 22 in September 2001 as the only events in UFC history with two draws.

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $242,500.

Johnson, John Moraga, Lando Vannata and Bobby Green earned $50,000 UFC 216 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 2-0 on the card.

UFC 216 drew an announced attendance of 10,638 for a live gate of $677,999.50.

Betting favorites went 6-3 on the card. Two fights ended in a draw.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:12:54.

Main card

Ferguson improved to 16-1 in his past 17 fights. The lone defeat in that stretch came to Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 3 in May 2012.

Ferguson’s 13-1 record after 14 UFC appearances is the best of any fighter to come from “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Ferguson’s 10-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in active streak in the division.

Ferguson’s 10-fight UFC winning streak in lightweight competition is the longest in divisional history.

Ferguson’s 10-fight winning streak in UFC competition is the fourth longest active streak in the company behind D. Johnson (13), Georges St-Pierre (12) and Max Holloway (11).

Ferguson has earned 19 of his 23 career victories by stoppage. That includes nine of his 13 UFC wins.

Ferguson became the second fight in UFC history to win a title fight by triangle choke. Anderson Silva also accomplished the feat against Chael Sonnen at UFC 117.

Kevin Lee

Lee suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Lee has completed at least one takedown against 11 of his 12 UFC opponents.

Lee’s 28 takedowns since 2014 in UFC lightweight competition are most in the division.

Johnson’s 11 consecutive UFC title defenses are most among current titleholders.

Johnson’s 11 consecutive title defenses are the most in UFC history.

Johnson’s 12 victories in UFC title fights are tied with St-Pierre for most in company history.

Johnson’s seven stoppage victories in UFC title fights are third most in company history behind Silva (nine) and Matt Hughes (eight).

Johnson’s 13-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Johnson’s 13-fight UFC winning streak is the longest active streak in the company.

Johnson’s 13-fight UFC winning streak is tied with Jon Jones for the second longest streak in company history behind Silva (16).

Johnson’s 13 victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Johnson’s seven stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Johnson’s five submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Johnson’s three fifth-round stoppage victories are most in UFC history.

Johnson’s 57 takedowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history.

Johnson’s 73 takedowns landed overall in UFC competition are third most in company history behind St-Pierre (87) and Gleison Tibau (84).

Johnson has been awarded eight fight-night bonuses for UFC flyweight bouts, the most in divisional history.

Borg suffered the first stoppage loss of his career.

Borg’s 22 total strikes landed are the fifth fewest in a UFC title fight to reach the fifth round.

Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) improved to 8-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2012.

Werdum has earned seven of his 10 UFC victories by stoppage.

Werdum’s 65-second victory was the fastest of his career.

Werdum’s five submission victories in UFC/Strikeforce heavyweight competition are tied for second most in combined divisional history behind Frank Mir (eight).

Walt Harris (10-6 MMA, 3-5 UFC) fell to 3-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in April 2016.

Harris suffered the first submission loss of his career.

Mara Romero Borella

Mara Romero Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC extended her unbeaten streak to seven fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since October 2015.

Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered four of her six career losses by stoppage.

Faria suffered her first submission loss since March 31, 2011 – a span of 2,384 days (more than six years) and 17 fights.

Evan Dunham’s (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) five-fight UFC unbeaten streak in lightweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Ferguson (10) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (seven).

Preliminary card

Cody Stamann (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned both of his UFC victories by decision.

Tom Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 12-fight unbeaten streak snapped for his first defeat since February 2013.

Duquesnoy suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Green (23-8-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) extended the longest winless skid of his career to four fights. He hasn’t earned a victory since July 2014.

Poliana Botelho (6-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned the first decision victory of her career.

Pearl Gonzalez (6-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has suffered two of her three career losses by decision.

Matt Schnell

Matt Schnell (10-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned his first decision victory since his MMA debut on Sept. 14, 2012 – a span of 1,850 days (more than five years) and 13 fights.

Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in June 2017.

Beltran suffered the first decision loss of his career.

Moraga’s (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) seven victories in UFC flyweight competition are third most in divisional history behind D. Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Moraga has earned five of his seven UFC victories by stoppage.

Moraga’s five stoppage victories in UFC flyweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Johnson (seven).

Magomed Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had his 14-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Brad Tavares

Brad Tavares (16-4 MMA, 11-4 UFC) has earned his past nine UFC victories by decision. His most recent stoppage win was a first-round knockout of Phil Baroni at UFC 125 in January 2011.

Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 12-7 UFC) fell to 7-4 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013.

Leites fell to 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Leites has suffered seven of his eight career losses by decision.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, 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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Full UFC 216 salaries: New champ Tony Ferguson gets $500K of event's $2.1-million payout

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Newly crowned interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson was the top earner at Saturday’s UFC 216 event.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who picked up a third-round submission victory over Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the headliner, earned a disclosed payout of $500,000 – $250,000 of which was a win bonus. Lee picked up $250,000, and if victorious, would have earned an extra $50,000 as a win bonus.

MMAjunkie obtained the list of disclosed payouts from the Nevada State Athletic Commission on fight night.

UFC 216 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Another top earner was flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who notched a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense with a nifty fifth-round tap-out of Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the co-headliner. “Mighty Mouse” earned a flat rate of $370,000; Borg got $100,000 (and also wasn’t eligible for a win bonus).

The total disclosed payout for the event topped $2 million – $2,148,000, to be precise.

The full list of UFC 216 payouts included:

Tony Ferguson: $500,000 (includes $250,000 win bonus)
def. Kevin Lee: $250,000

Demetrious Johnson: $370,000 (no win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $100,000

Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
def. Walt Harris: $28,000

Mara Romero Borella: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kalindra Faria: $12,000

Beneil Dariush: $48,000*
vs. Evan Dunham: $40,000*

Cody Stamann: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Duquesnoy: $23,000

Bobby Green: $24,000*
vs. Lando Vannata: $25,000*

Poliana Botelho: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Pearl Gonzalez: $10,000

Matt Schnell: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Marco Beltran: $14,000

John Moraga: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Magomed Bibulatov: $17,000

Brad Tavares: $74,000 (includes $37,000 win bonus)
def. Thales Leites: $57,000

* – Fight ended in a draw; no win bonuses given

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC often pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

For example, as previously reported, UFC officials handed out additional $50,000 UFC 216 fight-night bonuses to Johnson and Moraga (“Performance of the Night”) and Green and Vannata (“Fight of the Night”).

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

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

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UFC 216 Athlete Outfitting pay: Payout total 2nd highest of any 2017 event

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LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 216 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $242,500.

UFC 216 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC), who earned a maximum payout of $40,000 for a reigning titleholder. “Mighty Mouse” defeated Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the event co-headliner.

The full UFC 216 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Tony Ferguson: $30,000
def. Kevin Lee: $30,000

Demetrious Johnson: $40,000
def. Ray Borg: $30,000

Fabricio Werdum: $10,000
def. Walt Harris: $5,000

Mara Romero Borella: $2,500
def. Kalindra Faria: $2,500

Beneil Dariush: $10,000
vs. Evan Dunham: $15,000

Cody Stamann: $2,500
def. Tom Duquesnoy: $2,500

Lando Vannata: $2,500
vs. Bobby Green: $10,000

Poliana Botelho: $2,500
def. Pearl Gonzalez: $2,500

Matt Schnell: $2,500
def. Marco Beltran: $5,000

John Moraga: $10,000
def. Magomed Bibulatov: $2,500

Brad Tavares: $10,000
def. Thales Leites: $15,000

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: $4,492,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,815,500

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 216, including CCR, Skynyrd and Motley Crue

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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 Saturday’s UFC 216 in Las Vegas, went with as their backing tracks.

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Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 4:02

Tony Ferguson: “The Party Has Just Begun” by Freestyle

Kevin Lee: “First Day Out” by Tee Grizzley

Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg via submission (armbar) – Round 5, 3:15

Demetrious Johnson: “Who Gon’ Stop Me” by Kanye West & Jay-Z

Ray Borg: “Shout at the Devil” by Motley Crue

Fabricio Werdum def. Walt Harris via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:05

Fabricio Werdum: “Hino do Gremio” by Banda Galera Campea

Walt Harris: “New Level” by A$AP Ferg feat. Future

Mara Romero Borella def. Kalindra Faria via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:54

Mara Romero Borella: “Zoku (Japanese Drum)” by Kodo

Kalindra Faria: “Macaco Theme” by Pregador Luo

Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush ruled a majority draw (28-29, 28-28, 28-28)

Evan Dunham: “Fortunate Son” by Credence Clearwater Revival

Beneil Dariush: “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)” by Hillsong United

Cody Stamann def. Tom Duquesnoy via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Cody Stamann: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Tom Duquesnoy: “Stronger” by Kanye West

Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green declared a split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28)

Lando Vannata: “Let’s Groove” by Earth, Wind & Fire

Bobby Green: “I Wonder” by Kanye West

Poliana Botelho def. Pearl Gonzalez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Poliana Botelho: “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller

Pearl Gonzalez: “Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B

Matt Schnell def. Marco Beltran via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 30-27)

Matt Schnell: “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest

Marco Beltran: “El Cameral” by Los Cojolites

John Moraga def. Magomed Bibulatov via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:38

John Moraga: “Thuggish Ruggish Bone” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Magomed Bibulatov: “Rizavidi Ismailov”

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Brad Tavares def. Thales Leites via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Brad Tavares: “Tears” by Alborosie feat. Wendy Rene

Thales Leites: “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC 216 results: Cody Stamann strong late, takes split decision from Tom Duquesnoy

Tom Duquesnoy got out to a nice start, but it was Cody Stamann who outworked him the final 10 minutes for a split decision.

Takedowns played a big factor for Stamann (16-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who topped French prospect Duquesnoy (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). Stamann got a 30-27 and 29-28 from two judges, while a third dissenting judge gave the fight to Duquesnoy 29-28 .

The featherweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FX following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on pay-per-view.

Stamann threw a spinning kick 15 seconds in, then shrugged off a heavy kick from Duquesnoy seconds later. A little more than a minute in, Stamann got a brief takedown, but Duquesnoy was quickly back to his feet. Duquesnoy worked a leg kick, then one to the body. But Stamann landed his own to the body. Midway through, Duquesnoy landed a big right hand, then drilled Stamann again seconds left with a left. But Duquesnoy drove in for a takedown and this time kept Duquesnoy down a little longer. Stamann eventually let him back up, but Duquesnoy’s striking was more on point down the stretch.

A head kick was there for Duquesnoy early in the second, and like he did several times in the first, Stamann shook his head as if to say he wasn’t affected. Midway through the round, Stamann drove in for a solid takedown and again put Duquesnoy on his back. Duquesnoy was back up a minute later and landed an elbow. But with a minute left, another Stamann double-leg takedown was on point.

With the fight potentially hanging in the balance, Stamann landed a nice high kick with a little less than three minutes left, and he scored with punches shortly after that. Stamann was able to come forward more than he did early in the fight, and Duquesnoy wasn’t throwing at the same rate as he did in the first round. Duquesnoy looked to be out of gas late, and it may have cost him.

Stamann won for the ninth straight time and moved to 2-0 in the UFC after wigning with the promotion earlier this year. Duquesnoy had an 11-fight winning streak snapped and lost for the first time in four and a half years.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 216 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Simon Samano contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Cody Stamann geared up for bantamweight title run after UFC 216 vs. Tom Duquesnoy

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The way Cody Stamann is looking at his fight this week, his opponent has a bigger name – and he might as well take advantage of it.

Stamann (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) fights France’s Tom Duquesnoy (15-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in the featured UFC 216 preliminary card bantamweight fight Saturday. UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

“I think he might have a little bigger name than me, just because he fought in BAMMA and he’s one of the best guys from that European scene,” Stamann recently told MMAjunkie Radio.

Oddsmakers so far have made the 135-pound matchup a pick’em fight. The fighters have the same records – both 15-1 overall, and each with wins in their recent UFC debuts.

Michigan’s Stamann took a unanimous decision from Terrion Ware at UFC 213 in July, giving him eight straight wins since his lone pro loss – a split decision in 2014.

Duquesnoy, who trains with the Jackson-Wink MMA team in New Mexico, stopped Patrick Williams early in the second round at UFC on FOX 24 in April for his 11th straight win. In that stretch, he won BAMMA’s featherweight and bantamweight titles. So Stamann probably is right on par when he talks about Duquesnoy’s name and reputation.

But that’s what he plans to capitalize on.

“I look at this fight like it’s the perfect opportunity for me,” Stamann said. “This guy’s only got one fight in the UFC, and he’s got a huge name. This fight is going to do a lot for my career. I’m going to be seated at the table, so to speak. I’ll finally be in the mix with the guys I’ve always wanted to compete against. This fight has got big implications.”

Just how big are we talking, though? Stamann says big enough that by this time next year, it’ll be him fighting for the bantamweight title currently held by Cody Garbrandt. Garbrandt defends the belt next month against T.J. Dillashaw in the UFC 217 co-main event.

It doesn’t seem to matter to Stamann who wins that fight. He just knows he needs to beat Duquesnoy on Saturday, and in a prime spot leading into the main card on pay-per-view. Then we can start talking about the kinds of opponents that ultimately will get him in line to fight for that belt.

“I think in a year we’re going to be talking about my upcoming fight for the bantamweight world title,” he said. “I really do think that … I don’t think, I know that I have that capability.

“This is just the beginning of all the things I’ve seen unfold in my head already. In one year, we’ll be talking about me being the world champ, and then in a year and a half, I’ll probably be defending that belt.”

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2533 with Cody Stamann, Westin Wilson and Nate Landwehr

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Cody Stamann, Westin Wilson and Nate Landwehr.

Stamann fights Tom Duquesnoy on Oct. 7 at UFC 216, and Wilson meets Gaston Reyno on Oct. 6 at Bellator 184. Landwehr is coming off a win over Mikhail Korobkov on Sept. 23 at M-1 Challenge 83.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com or listen below.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Cody Stamann, Westin Wilson and Nate Landwehr

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Cody Stamann, Westin Wilson and Nate Landwehr.

Stamann fights Tom Duquesnoy on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. Wilson meets Gaston Reyno on Oct. 6 at Bellator 184. Landwehr is coming off a win over Mikhail Korobkov in M-1.

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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