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UFC 216 in Edmonton gets Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis, Sarah Moras vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith

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UFC 216, which marks the UFC’s return to Canada, has two new bouts.

They include former flyweight title challengers Henry Cejudo (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Wilson Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and female bantamweights Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (5-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), officials announced via TSN.ca.

UFC 216 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Cejudo is No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, and Reis is No. 7. Neither female fighter is ranked.

Cejudo, a 30-year-old Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, won his first 10 pro MMA bouts, which included UFC victories over Dustin Kimura, Chris Cariaso, Chico Camus and Jussier Formiga – all via decision. He then suffered a title loss to champ Demetrious Johnson via TKO, and in his most recent bout, he suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to Joseph Benavidez after a costly one-point deduction for low blows.

He takes on Reis, who went on a 5-1 run to earn a title shot against Johnson in April. However, the 32-year-old Brazilian fighter, jiu-jitsu specialist and former EliteXC champ suffered a submission loss in that UFC on FOX 24 championship headliner.

Meanwhile, Moras, a 29-year-old Canadian, fights for the first time in two years. She made her UFC in 2014 and posted a decision victory over Alexis Dufresne but suffered a decision defeat to Jessica Andrade in 2015. It remains her most recent bout due to injuries.

She takes on Evans-Smith, a 29-year-old who had posted back-to-back wins over Marion Reneau and Veronica Macedo. However, in her most recent appearance, she suffered a decision defeat to Ketlen Vieira.

The latest UFC 216 card includes:

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras

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

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Source: MMA Junkie

Champ Demetrious Johnson took his UFC feud public, and here's how the flyweights responded

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Could the UFC flyweight division be disbanded just five years after it was introduced? Champion and pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson claims that’s been one of the threats made by the organization.

Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), who’s largely been a company friendly fighter while reigning as the only 125-pound champion in history, revealed this week that his relationship with UFC brass has taken a sharp turn south in recent weeks after it was suggested his next title defense be against former bantamweight champ T.J. Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC).

Among other things, “Mighty Mouse” claims UFC President Dana White threatened to shut down the entire flyweight division if MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter didn’t accept the fight with Dillashaw for UFC 215 in August. Johnson thought it was unfair for Dillashaw to receive an immediate title shot without having competed in the weight class, and he wanted financial assurances if his opponent missed weight.

Moreover, Johnson said No. 5-ranked flyweight Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was most deserving of the next shot, and making that fight would keep the division in order as “Mighty Mouse” attempts to set the all-time UFC title defense record with his 11th in his next fight.

The reactions to Johnson’s stance have varied, but for the most part, his fellow fighters – and specifically fellow flyweights – have stood behind the champion’s stance. Henry Cejudo, Ben Nguyen, Tim Elliott, Zach Makovsky and Jarred Brooks also weighed in.

Here they are:

What happens next remains to be seen. Johnson has aired his grievances in a very public way, but he said his relationship with the UFC is far from irreparable. He would be willing to fight Dillashaw or Borg, but first his conditions must be met, which Johnson doesn’t view that as an unreasonable request.

If Johnson is to be believed, the UFC is willing to ax a weight class with more than 25 active fighters because the champion won’t play ball. Johnson encouraged the company to follow through on that threat if it’s something truly even being considered.

Fighter unrest has been a common theme for the UFC in recent months. Johnson is just the latest example, but if his situation gets worse, the ramifications could be more extreme than any previous feud.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie