Jenel Lausa signs to fight Eric Shelton at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia

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A flyweight bout between Jenel Lausa and Eric Shelton is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 121 lineup in Australia.

Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) announced the matchup with Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) via Instagram:

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UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 18 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Lausa makes his third UFC appearance after debuting roughly one year prior to UFC Fight Night 121. The 29-year-old Filipino fighter won his initial bout with the promotion and picked up a unanimous-decision win over Zhikui Yao at UFC Fight Night 101. His sophomore appearance wasn’t as smooth, though, and “The Demolition Man” dropped a unanimous decision to undefeated Magomed Bibulatov at UFC Fight Night 110 in April.

Shelton, meanwhile, is still in search of his first UFC win. After an appearance on Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Shelton has come up just short of victory on two occasions. The 26-year-old lost a split decision to Alexandre Pantoja at UFC on FOX 24 in January before losing another split decision to Jarred Brooks at UFC 214 in July.

The latest UFC Fight Night 121 card includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Belal Muhammad vs. TBA
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 214 results: Jarred Brooks edges Eric Shelton for split decision in UFC debut

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Jarred Brooks and Eric Shelton played for points over three rounds, rarely committing to a sustained scrap in a lackluster affair.

Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who made his debut after his scheduled octagon debut in February was canceled, squeaked out more points over Shelton (10-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to pick up a split-call.

The flyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FXX and a main card on pay-per-view.

The final scores were 29-28 twice for Brooks with one judge giving the same score to Shelton, who suffers his second straight split-decision loss since his turn on “The Ultimate Fighter 24.”

The perpetually amped Brooks, meanwhile, keeps his unbeaten record intact after a UFC 208 fight with Ian McCall was scrapped when McCall fell ill.

For as much noise as Brooks made in the leadup to that ill-fated fight and tonight’s debut, his approach was muted. He spent most of the first round stuffing Shelton against the cage, trying to wrap the head for a choke. A last-minute attempt wasn’t good enough to take home the submission.

“I think the takedowns I got were the difference,” Brooks said. “I really had octagon jitters. I said that it wasn’t going to happen, but it was for real. The UFC jitters are for real and just the process of everything is crazy. My next time out, fans will see a lot more striking and a lot more versatility out of me.”

Brooks avoided Shelton for the bulk of the middle frame, bouncing around yet doing little to advance his agenda. When his uppercut glanced off Shelton’s temple and appeared to do damage, he missed the cue and kept his hit-and-run strategy.

By the final frame, Shelton had finally mastered Brooks’ rhythm and made his mark with a right hand that made Brooks take a knee. But the impact of that punch – and a flying knee into a guillotine in the final seconds – wasn’t enough to convince the judges.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 214 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Dann Stupp, John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes, Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Anaheim.)

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