UFC 213 medical suspensions: No surprise, but Robert Whittaker facing 6-month term after title win

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The visible knee injury that accompanied Robert Whittaker’s UFC interim title win could keep him on the bench for six months.

Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) needs doctor clearance after Yoel Romero(12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) tweaked his left knee with a side kick early in last Saturday’s UFC 213 headliner.

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today released medical suspensions for the event, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Main card fights aired live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Romero, who suffered his first UFC loss, also needs doctor clearance for cuts on his left eyebrow and right scalp.

A total of 16 fighters were suspended by the NSAC for a variety of injuries. Four were given potential six-month terms unless cleared by a doctor.

The full list of medical suspensions for UFC 213 includes:

  • Robert Whittaker: needs MRI of left knee, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Yoel Romero: needs left eyebrow and right scalp lacerations cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Fabricio Werdum: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Curtis Blaydes: needs right tibia/fibula and left chest rib X-rayed, if positive for injury needs doctor clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Daniel Omielanczuk: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Anthony Pettis: needs right hand X-ray, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Jim Miller: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Aleksei Oleinik: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Travis Browne: needs left foot X-ray, if positive for injury needs orthopedic clearance or suspended until Jan. 4, 2018; minimum suspension until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Brian Camozzi: suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Thiago Santos: needs right eye laceration cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Gerald Meerschaert: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Belal Muhammad: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • Jordan Mein: needs left eye laceration cleared by doctor or suspended until Aug. 23 with no contact until Aug. 8
  • Douglas Silva de Andrade: suspended until Aug. 8 with no contact until July 30
  • James Bochnovic: suspended until Sept. 7 with no contact until Aug. 23

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's shoes: What's next for Yoel Romero and UFC 213's other losing fighters?

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UFC 213 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with a five-fight main card on pay-pay-per-view.

Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) fell short of the interim UFC middleweight title in the headliner when he suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) to experience the first blemish on his previously unbeaten UFC career.

Some other fighters suffered notable losses, as well, with Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Daniel Omielanczuk (19-8-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) falling short on the scorecards, while Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was stopped inside the distance.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 213’s key losing fighters.

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Jim Miller

Should fight: Abel Trujillo
Why they should fight: Although Miller fell short against a former UFC champion in Anthony Pettis, there’s no taking away from his status as one of the most decorated names in UFC history who should keep a place on the roster as long as he sees fit.

Miller tied the record for most appearances in UFC history in the unanimous-decision loss to Pettis. He was once considered a contender, but at this point in his career his position on the roster is fairly clear, and he should be allowed that position until he either completely falls off the map or retires.

Miller has almost exclusively lost to top tier opponents. A step back is necessary if he wants to keep his career in a safe position, and Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is just that. Although Trujillo is not an easy fight, he’s winnable for Miller and also a name which would not be viewed as a write-off.

Daniel Omielanczuk

Should fight: Winner of James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis at UFC Fight Night 113
Why they should fight: Omielanczuk was pegged as the biggest betting underdog on the card and unfortunately that rang true when he fell short against Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight fight.

Omielanczuk suffered a unanimous-decision loss to fall under .500 over the course of his nine-fight UFC career. He’ll need to go back to drawing board, but his hope of keeping a UFC roster spot is not yet lost.

A win for Omielanczuk would have potentially pushed him into top 15 matchups in the heavyweight division. The loss keeps him paired against fighters of a similar stature, though, and the winner of the July 15 fight between Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113 would be right in his wheelhouse.

Fabricio Werdum

Should fight: Loser of Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou at UFC 215
Why they should fight: Werdum’s chance to break back into heavyweight title contention was harshly derailed with a majority-decision loss in his trilogy fight with Alistair Overeem.

With his 40th birthday rapidly approaching, it’s difficult to gauge whether the Brazilian will be eager to make another run in the division. The upside is that he’s a former champion, has a name and could be just a few wins and a couple good breaks from becoming a pertinent contender again.

Werdum needs to beat a key name, though, and the loser of September’s UFC 215 bout between Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) would be a solid target.

Werdum has history with Dos Santos after he suffered a stunning knockout loss to the then-UFC newcomer in 2008. The rematch has been long in the making and frankly should have already been done. If Ngannou comes up short, however, a showdown with Werdum would be another big chance after the Frenchman’s first octagon defeat.

Yoel Romero

Should fight: Luke Rockhold
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Romero should fight Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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10 memorable moments from TUF 25 Finale and UFC 213, including Justin Gaethje's crazy debut

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The UFC’s sixth annual International Fight Week featured two fight cards, Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and Saturday’s UFC 213, both of which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Plenty of memorable moments emerged.

Over the course of the two events, 22 fights took place, including former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje’s winning UFC debut in a potential “Fight of the Year” contender, as well Robert Whittaker capturing the interim middleweight title.

Of course, they weren’t the only noteworthy occurrences. As one would expect, a good number of the key takeaways from this year’s International Fight Week took place in the cage, but not all of them – and at least one revolved around someone who didn’t even strap on a pair of four-ounce gloves.

Here are the 10 most memorable moments from International Fight Week 2017.

1. How to make a first impression

As far as remarkable UFC debuts go, Gaethje’s has to rank near the top. The former WSOF lightweight champion came to the UFC and delivered what he promised: an all offense attack, with no thought of self-preservation.

As in his previous 17 fights, Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) walked away the victor, but until he finished Michael Johnson late in the second round, victory wasn’t a sure thing. After all, Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC), who gave his best, hurt Gaethje several times.

Those unfamiliar with Gaethje before the TUF 25 Finale card should be now. Those who had doubts about Gaethje’s UFC readiness should’ve had those questions answered. Even UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor tipped his hat in appreciation (via Twitter):

After his win, Gaethje, who earned two bonuses (“Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night”), took to the mic and asked, “Who’s next?”
Gaethje later said he wouldn’t mind facing Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who as Gaethje predicted, dismissed him unless the fight will be for UFC gold.

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2. One more hill to climb

Since joining the UFC middleweight ranks, Whittaker has done nothing but win while looking better each time he’s done so.

Whittaker earned his seventh victory in the division and his sixth post-fight bonus, defeating Yoel Romero by decision in a masterful performance in UFC 213’s main event. More important than the money and the accolades, the victory gave the 26-year-old the interim title, setting up a fight with 38-year-old champion Michael Bisping.

Like Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC), Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) is a fighter with considerable will. It’s something Whittaker displayed during the Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) fight, battling through a knee injury the Cuban exacerbated with a kick in the first round. The title fight between Bisping and Whittaker, when it does occur, will be highly anticipated and easily promotable, even if Bisping decides against playing the heel role.

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3. OK to be frustrated, but…

In the aftermath of International Fight Week, social media should have been discussing the fights and futures of Gaethje and Whittaker. Instead, most of the talk surrounded UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes’ decision to withdraw from her title defense against Valentina Shevchenko, which was scheduled as UFC 213’s main event.

A lot of that talk is due to UFC President Dana White’s willingness to shame Nunes for her decision not to compete while suffering from what she revealed was “chronic sinusitis.”

Lost in many of these 140-character discussions is that if Nunes had fought and lost, she would have relinquished not only her title, but future earning potential as UFC champ.

Nunes was scheduled to make $105,000 to show and an additional $105,000 had she defended her title. Additionally, her UFC-Reebok sponsorship amount, as champion, was to be $40,000. Had she lost, Nunes would have dropped to the $5,000 tier. That’s not to mention the fact that her job is to punch and be punched in the head, something you don’t want to do when not feeling up to par.

The frustration on this matter is understandable. The condemnation though? That’s disconcerting.

4. A real redemption story

In 2008 Jesse Taylor made it to the tournament final of “The Ultimate Fighter 7.” He didn’t fight on that card due to actions that forced his removal from the show. Instead of a UFC career, Taylor toiled in the lower rungs of MMA until this year, when he got his chance to participate in the redemption season of “TUF.” He made the most of that opportunity.

Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) did what was expected in his welterweight bout vs. Dhiego Lima (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC), relying heavily on his wrestling and submission skills to finish the fight in the second round via rear-naked choke. The win earned Taylor the $290,000 prize as the winner of “TUF 25.”

Now that he’s redeemed himself and back with the promotion, Taylor has his eye on UFC gold.

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5. Return to form

Anthony Pettis needed a win at UFC 213. It didn’t have to be impressive or memorable; he just needed a victory so he could put a 1-4 stretch behind him.

Pettis earned that win, and he did so with an aggressive performance that left fans nodding their heads in appreciation and thinking the “Showtime” Pettis of yore is ready for a top-tier lightweight opponent following an ill-fated two-fight run at featherweight.

Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) worked through some adversity early thanks to the leg kicks of Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC), but once Pettis found his groove he dominated the well-rounded Miller in all aspects of the fight, especially in the creative striking department on his way to a decision win.

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6. The door is open

Alistair Overeem defeated Fabrico Werdum by narrow majority decision at UFC 213. The victory was far from dominant and left many questioning the judges’ decision.

The matchup between these two highly ranked heavyweights should have put the winner in position to challenge heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Instead, the bout had UFC President Dana White commenting on the FOX post-fight show that the fight would not put “anybody in position for a title.”

Overeem seemed to agree.

“If we have to face somebody else first, fine,” Overeem told MMAjunkie after the event.

White’s comments seem to leave the door open for rising star Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) to claim a title shot should he get past former champion Junior Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at UFC 215.

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7. Earning his nickname

Aleksei Oleinik picked up one of the biggest wins of his lengthy career with his second-round stoppage of Travis Browne. Oleinik (52-10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who was coming off the first submission victory via Ezekiel choke in UFC history, forced Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) to tap to what UFC announcer Bruce Buffer simply referred to as a “submission.”

After the fight, Oleinik provided some detail on the hold that sent Browne to his fourth straight defeat.

“This choke was a unique submission but something I use a lot,” Oleinik said. “I set it up like a rear-naked choke but also use my body weight to twist my opponent. You could say it is actually a double submission from that angle. This is why I am ‘The Boa Constrictor.’”

Browne’s loss left White suggesting Browne retire.

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8. On the come up

If you’re looking for an under-the-radar win that stood out during International Fight Week, Rob Font deserves consideration. Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) put on the best performance of his UFC career in earning a “Performance of the Night” bonus for his submission win over Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 213.

Font has been tagged as a fighter with a high upside for some time, but his decision loss to John Lineker in 2016 cooled that talk. With two consecutive stoppages since then, Font looks ready to wade back into the deep end of the bantamweight pool.

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9. Not letting that one go

In December, Gray Maynard was involved in one of the most frustrating contests of his career. The former lightweight title challenger, now competing at featherweight, struggled to mount any offense against the jiu-jitsu based Ryan Hall and eventually lost a decision.

Maynard (13-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) bounced back at the TUF 25 Finale, using his wrestling to dominate Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) and earn a unanimous-decision victory.  Instead of focusing on the future and his win, Maynard disparaged Hall.

“There was no risk in that fight (with Hall),” Maynard said. “It was a waste of time. And everybody still called me out. That’s not my fault. He’s the (expletive); he’s the coward. And I’ll never take a fight like that again.”

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Maynard then called for a bout against Artem Lobov.

For his part, Hall seemed amused.

10. An emotional victory

Tecia Torres wanted to fight Michelle Waterson in August, but when Amanda Ribas was pulled from her fight against Juliana Lima for a potential USADA violation, Torres offered her services.

The UFC accepted, and the gamble paid off for Torres, (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC), and she submitted Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the second round of their TUF 25 Finale fight via rear-naked choke. The stoppage was the first of Torres’ career and earned her the first post-fight bonus of her UFC run.

After the win, Torres broke down in tears. Backstage, Torres spoke about the tragedy that caused her to react with such emotion: the death of former teammate Aaron Rajman.

“This is the first time (I’ve had to go through that kind of adversity),” Torres said. “It really hit home because he was there for me at the end of my amateur career. He had his own show too. I fought my last amateur fight on his show. He was a good friend. We hadn’t talked in a while, but whenever we would connect, we would be together.”

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And that Waterson fight? Torres still wants it.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Rob Font impresses all around before submitting Douglas Silva de Andrade

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If nothing else, Rob Font showed just how well round of a fighter he can be at UFC 213.

Font had his way with Douglas Silva de Andrade standing up, but it was a slick guillotine choke in the second round that earned him a big win.

The bantamweight opened up the main card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Font (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) took the fight to the mat after about a minute into the first round. He didn’t do much with top position, though, and the fight was back to standing moments later. Font went for a standing guillotine, which was tight momentarily, but Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) escaped and threw a leg kick as they separated. Both men settled in and sized each other up until Font threw a beautiful combination that ended with a knee to the face. The only problem was that he poked Silva de Andrade’s eye on the way out, forcing a temporary stoppage. Silva de Andrade landed a nice kick to the body and followed it up with a left hand moments later, his best strikes of the round. The round ended with font landing a second knee to the face and transitioning into a guillotine choke that he was forced to release when the bell rang.

In the second round, Font opened up comfortably in range of Silva de Andrade and continued to find success landing punches. Silva de Andrade appeared uncomfortable as he ate a straight left to the mouth. Silva de Andrade finally landed a hard right hand, though it seemed to wake up Font even more as he upped his combinations. A hard overhand right dropped Silva de Andrade, and Font followed up with an onslaught. Silva de Andrade’s answer was to pull guard, which stalled the action momentarily, though Font managed to find room to lock in a guillotine. Silva de Andrade tried to stand his way out of it and slammed Font to the ground, but Font positioned himself perfectly and was relentless with the hold until earning the tapout at the 4:36 mark.

“Great opportunity to show I’m well round,” Font said after his win. “I’m here to stay, and I’m here to compete.”

The result gives Font back-to-back victories. Silva de Andrade has his two-fight winning streak snapped.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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UFC 213 salaries: Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker each get flat $350,000 purse

LAS VEGAS – Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker each will make $350,000 for their UFC interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213, per disclosed purses released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

MMAjunkie today requested and received the show and win purses for the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is regulated by the NSAC.

Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) are not scheduled to receive a win bonus, indicating they are likely to receive a cut of pay-per-view profits for the interim title bout.

The top disclosed purse for the event belongs to onetime heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who will receive a flat $800,000 for his trilogy bout with Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC). The Brazilian ex-champ will receive $275,000 to show and $125,000 to win.

UFC 213 was set to be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). But Nunes pulled herself from the fight due to illness just hours before the fight bout was set to begin. Nunes was set to make $105,000 to show and another $105,000 if she successfully defended her belt. Shevchenko was scheduled to get a flat $100,000 payday, win or lose. It is not yet known if either fighter will receive their show money.

The potential disclosed purses for the UFC 213 main card fights include:

  • Yoel Romero: $350,000 (no win bonus)
    vs. Robert Whittaker: $350,000 (no win bonus)
  • Alistair Overeem: $800,000 (no win bonus)
    vs. Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 ($125,000 win bonus)
  • Daniel Omielanczuk: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
    vs. Curtis Blaydes: $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus)
  • Anthony Pettis: $180,000 ($90,000 win bonus)
    vs. Jim Miller: $142,000 ($71,000 win bonus)
  • Rob Font: $39,000 ($19,500 win bonus)
    vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)

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 oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

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 complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Bantamweights move from early prelims to UFC 213 pay-per-view main card

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With its planned headliner now scrapped, two bantamweights from the early preliminary card got a big promotion at today’s UFC 213 event.

Earlier today, Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) was hospitalized, and her bout with challenger Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) was officially scrapped. As a result, a planned co-headliner between Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who fight for the interim middleweight belt, has been elevated to the main event.

UFC 213 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

With the open PPV slot, a bantamweight fight between Rob Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), which was originally slated for the early prelims, will now kick off the main card.

The new UFC 213 lineup includes:

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

  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

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

  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213's Rob Font says 24-1 opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade 'has a boxing record'

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MMA records can often be deceiving on paper, be it in a positive or negative way. Rob Font thinks he’s dealing with the latter when it comes to UFC 213 opponent Douglas Silva de Andrade.

De Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who meets Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout on Saturday’s UFC 213 early UFC Fight Pass prelims at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas prior to the televised prelims on FS1 and pay-per-view main card, brings an outstanding record of 24 victories in 25 fights into the event.

Douglas Silva de Andrade

Although de Andrade has already somewhat tested his chops on the UFC stage, winning two of three fights in the octagon, Font views himself as the first real test. He admittedly hasn’t done much research on the Brazilian, but given the fact many of de Andrade’s wins came against underqualified competition, Font said he likes his chances.

“He has a boxing record,” Font told MMAjunkie Radio. “You don’t see records like that too often in MMA. … I’ve only watched his UFC fights. I don’t like to go back to the old ones. I really just watched his debut and the last one. I try not to watch too much video.”

When it comes to strategy, many fighters like to keep their cards close and not give away any hints. Font’s approach to fighting is no secret, though. Of his nine stoppage wins, Font has won six by knockout and wants his right hand to make de Andrade his seventh victim.

“I’m trying to get rid of him in the first round,” Font said. “I want to get my hands on him. I’m thinking a straight right down the middle. Get off the to the side, hit him with the straight right and then see what happens from there. I’ll take anything I can get, but I want that right hand to the chin in the first round.”

After missing 18 months of competition from July 2014 to January 2016 due to injury, Font made up for lost time in 2016 by competing three times. UFC 213 marks his first fight of the year, though, and the Boston area resident wants to make sure he produces a strong performance.

Font said he has the usual aspirations of a fighter in his position, which include breaking into the divisional rankings and climbing toward a title. He sometimes allows himself to think about the path he must take to get there, but Font said for the most part he keeps dialed in on the next step, and currently that’s beating de Andrade.

“I see the 135ers and I think, ‘Oh, it would be awesome if I did this or fought him,’” Font said. “I could do that, but slowly I have to stop. There’s a fight in front of me. Let’s win this fight and we’ll go from there.”

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade official for UFC 213

A bout expected to take place in 2014 will instead become reality three years later when Rob Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) faces Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 213.

UFC officials recently confirmed the contest, which was first reported by Brazilian outlet Combate.com.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. A bout order has yet to be revealed, but Silva de Andrade vs. Font is expected to take place on the evening’s prelims.

Silva de Andrade was expected to face Font at UFC 175 in July 2014 but ceded his place on the card to George Roop. Silva de Andrade returned to the cage seven months later picked up a decision win over Cody Gibson. He’s since scored a TKO win over Enrique Briones and now owns a two-fight winning streak since suffering the lone defeat of his professional career.

Meanwhile, Font was in action most recently at December’s The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale, where he scored a first-round TKO win over Matt Schnell. Font stands at an impressive 12-1 in his past 13 overall appearances, suffering his only loss in a decision result against John Lineker.

With the official addition to the card, UFC 213 now includes:

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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