Michał Materla out, Jack Hermansson in at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

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The UFC’s fall return to Brazil has a new middleweight addition to the fight card.

UFC officials today announced a UFC Fight Night 119 bout between Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC).

Santos originally was expected to fight KSW vet Michał Materla (24-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC). However, the 33-year-old Polish fighter reportedly decided to re-sign with the Polish promotion rather than ink a deal with the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Hermansson, a former Cage Warrior champion who went 7-0 with the promotion, is 3-1 since joining the UFC and is 11-1 overall (with eight stoppages) since early 2014. The 29-year-old Swede, who’s fought in four different countries (Germany, Brazil, Sweden and Mexico) since signing with the UFC, scored first-round TKO victories over Alex Nicholson and Brad Scott in his two most recent bouts.

He now meets Santos, a 33-year-old Brazilian who fights in his home country for the first time since a submission loss to Eric Spicely in September. Since then, he’s picked up second-round TKO victories over Jack Marshman (via spinning heel kick that earned “Performance of the Night” honors) and Gerald Meerschaert.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 119 additions include 'The Joker,' 'Cara de Sapato,' 'Godzilla' and 'Boi'

The UFC’s October return to Brazil includes two new matchups and four colorful nicknames.

UFC officials recently announced the addition of middleweights Antonio Carlos Junior (8-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe to the Oct. 28 event, which airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

“Cara de Sapato” Carlos Junior, the heavyweight winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3,” struggled with mixed results on his way down to the middleweight division. However, he has since rattled off three consecutive victories over Eric Spicely, Marvin Vettori and Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes. He now faces “The Joker” Hermansson, who currently stands at an impressive 11-1 in his past 12 appearances, including three wins in his first four UFC appearances.

Denmark’s Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC), known as “Godzilla,” seeks his first UFC win in his third UFC contest. The 6-foot-5 fighter settled for a majority draw in his UFC debut against Jarjis Danho before being submitted by Luis”KLB” Henrique. He meets Brazilian newcomer “Boi” Felipe, 22, who made his UFC debut in November 2014 and has scored six knockouts in his eight career wins to date.

With the additions to the card, UFC Fight Night 119 now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jack Hermansson is not surprised that his top game led him to yet another first-round finish

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MEXICO CITY – Before Saturday, Brad Scott had never been finished in the UFC.

Jack Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), however, needed less than four minutes to change that, making Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC)  the second straight victim of his unrelenting offense from top position in their 185-pound UFC Fight Night 114 bout.

Hermansson knew he had a tough, durable opponent heading into Mexico City Arena. But as the Swede will tell you with his signature wide smile, he also knew he had the proper tools to end things as spectacularly as he did.

“I knew it would be hard (to get a finish) if we were just in the standup,” Hermansson told MMAjunkie after the FS1-televised preliminary card scrap. “But I’m very, very confident in my top game. Everybody in my camp, we talked to each other and we knew that if we had more than a half-round left when I get on top, I’m going to finish. And that’s something we said all the way.”

Although their fates were similar, Scott did manage to outlast Hermansson’s previous victim, Alex Nicholson, surviving until the 3:50 mark of Round 1. While at least 30 seconds of that saw Scott taking some heavy elbows and punches somewhat helplessly, Hermansson believes the stoppage came at the right time.

“He’s a tough guy and I think he’s worthy of having a good chance to fight out of that,” Hermansson said. “I don’t think that he took unnecessary damage, so I think it’s right.”

Hermansson is now two fights removed from his sole octagon loss, a UFC Fight Night 100 submission to Cezar Ferreira. Not only has he racked up his most recent consecutive wins impressively, they were only a little more than two months apart.

The key to Hermansson’s undeniable momentum?

“I think that’s just my mental game that’s coming together,” Hermansson said. “And, when I get everything right up here (he pointed to his head), I will be the best in the world. So that’s what you can expect.”

To hear more from Hermansson, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Relive all 7 record-tying 1st-round finishes from UFC Fight Night 114

Despite being viewed as one of the weaker cards in the UFC’s stretch of 11 events in 11 weeks, UFC Fight Night 114 made some history.

With seven fights ending in the first round, Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico tied six other UFC events for the most first-round finishes on a single card.

The stoppages came quickly and furiously. Watch all of them below.

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1. Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera

Result: Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01
Recap: Jordan Rinaldi submits Alvaro Herrera with rare Von Flue choke
Photos: Jordan Rinaldi vs. Alvaro Herrera photos

2. Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez

Result: Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56
Recap: Joseph Morales turns tables on Roberto Sanchez, earns submission win
Photos: Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez photos

3. Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones

Result: Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01
Recap: Rani Yahya nearly flawless in submission win over Henry Briones
Photos: Rani Yahya vs. Henry Briones photos

4. Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval

Result: Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15
Recap: Dustin Ortiz KOs Hector Sandoval in 15 seconds for fastest flyweight win
Photos: Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval photos

5. Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott

Result: Jack Hermansson def. Brad Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50
Recap: Jack Hermansson pounds his way to TKO finish of Brad Scott
Photos: Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott photos

6. Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo

Result: Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 1, 0:26
Recap: Humberto Bandenay stuns Martin Bravo with vicious KO in UFC debut
Photos: Humberto Bandenay vs. Martin Bravo photos

7. Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban

Result: Niko Price def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:44
Recap: Niko Price TKOs Alan Jouban in 1st round to stay unbeaten
Photos: Niko Price vs. Alan Jouban photos

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, 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 Fight Night 114 results: Jack Hermansson pounds his way to TKO finish of Brad Scott

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For the first minute of his time in the cage with Brad Scott, it looked like Jack Hermansson was avoiding a fight.

But as it turned out, it was just a trap to lure Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) to the canvas, where Hermansson (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) quickly advanced position and pounded out a TKO in the opening frame.

The middleweight bout closed out the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 114 event at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of a main card on FS1.

The official time of stoppage was 3:50 of the opening frame as Scott wilted under the strikes of Hermansson, who’d left him few workable options after taking back mount and then transitioning to mount.

Hermansson set up his attack with a little bit of subterfuge, bouncing around and not doing much in the way of engaging. Scott waited around just long enough to lose his patience and inch forward, his fist cocked and ready to fire. The second he did, Hermansson ducked under and got a quick takedown. Momentum shifted quickly.

When a triangle choke from Scott failed, Hermansson used a kimura to advance to mount. Scott couldn’t scramble free, and when he turned to his back, it wasn’t long before a flurry of punches came his way.

Scott was in the midst of escaping when the referee had seen enough and stopped the punishment, bringing another octagon loss in a career that’s seen the Brit alternate wins and losses since his time on “The Ultimate Fighter Smashes.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 114 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Mexico City.)

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UFC Fight Night 114 pre-event facts: Flyweight division gets its first non-Demetrious Johnson headliner

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The UFC makes its fifth visit to Mexico on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 114, which takes place at Mexico City Arena and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A somewhat historic bout is featured in the main event. The UFC flyweight division gets its first headliner without champion Demetrious Johnson. Contenders Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) look to strengthen their case for a title shot in a five-round fight.

The undercard also features five undefeated athletes. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s lone August event, check below for 40 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 114.

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Main event

Sergio Pettis

Pettis, along with his older brother Anthony Pettis, are one of 18 pairs of siblings to compete under the UFC banner.

Pettis is 3-1 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in March 2015.

Pettis’ three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with Moreno for the third longest active streak in the division behind Johnson (12) and Joseph Benavidez (six).

Pettis has earned all six of his UFC victories by decision.

Moreno’s three-fight UFC winning streak in flyweight competition is tied with Pettis for the third longest active streak in the division behind Johnson (12) and Benavidez (six).

Moreno enters the event on a 11-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since July 2012.

Moreno has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage.

Moreno’s submission of Louis Smolka at 2:23 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 96 marked the fastest victory by a debuting flyweight in UFC history.

Co-main event

Randa Markos

Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) competes in her seventh UFC strawweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (eight).

Markos has alternated wins and losses over her past nine fights. She was victorious in her most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 105 in February.

Markos has earned all three of her UFC victories by decision.

Markos has completed at least one takedown against five of her six UFC opponents.

Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) enters the event after suffering her first career loss against Felice Herrig at UFC Fight Night 104 in February.

Remaining main card

Alan Jouban

Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn two knockout victories stemming from standing elbow strikes. Travis Browne has also accomplished the feat.

Jouban scores 1.35 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC welterweight competition, the third highest rate in divisional history.

Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) earned his first two UFC victories in a 36-day stretch between UFC 207 in December and UFC Fight Night 104 in February.

Price has earned nine of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes both of his UFC wins.

Humberto Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 22, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned nine of his 11 career victories by stoppage.

Sam Alvey

Sam Alvey (30-9 MMA, 7-4 UFC) makes his seventh UFC appearance since June 2016. No fighter has more UFC appearances in that stretch.

Alvey’s seven victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second most in the division behind Gegard Mousasi (eight).

Alvey’s five stoppage victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Luke Rockhold and Derek Brunson for second most in the division behind Mousasi and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (six).

Alvey defends 85.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the second highest rate in divisional history behind Krzysztof Jotko (86.8 percent).

Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans (19-6-1 MMA, 14-6-1 UFC), 37, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Evans enters the event on a three-fight losing skid, the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since November 2013.

Evans was unsuccessful in his UFC middleweight debut against Daniel Kelly at UFC 209 in March.

Evans competes in a non-main- or co-main-event bout for just the fourth time in 22 UFC appearances.

Evans’ 13 victories UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied with Chuck Liddell for third most in divisional history behind Jones (17) and Ryan Bader (15).

Evans’ 50 takedowns landed in UFC light-heavyweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Evans’ four split-decision victories in UFC competition are tied with John Howard and Benson Henderson for second most in company history behind Gleison Tibau (five).

Preliminary card

Jack Hermansson

Jack Hermansson (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his three-fight UFC career. He was victorious in his most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 109 in April.

Hermansson has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Dustin Ortiz (16-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) competes in his 11th UFC flyweight bout, tied for the third most appearances in divisional history behind Johnson (13) and Benavidez (12).

Ortiz is 2-4 in his past six UFC appearances.

Ortiz has completed at least one takedown against nine of his 10 UFC opponents.

Rani Yahya

Rani Yahya’s (23-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC) has earned 17 of his 23 career victories by submission. He’s earned 11 of those stoppages in Round 1.

Yahya’s five submission victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied with Renan Barao for second most in combined divisional history behind Urijah Faber (seven).

Yahya is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a north-south choke submission in UFC competition. Jeff Monson, Michel Prazeres, and Jake Ellenberger have also accomplished the feat.

Diego Rivas (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) competes in just his fourth bout since December 2011. His last fight was a victory at UFC Fight Night 82 in February 2016.

Rivas is one of 20 fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a flying knee. He accomplished the feat at UFC Fight Night 82.

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors 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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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Santiago Ponzinibbio, other UFC Fight Night 113 winners?

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The UFC’s second event in Scotland ended in stunning fashion when Santiago Ponzinibbio defeated Gunnar Nelson just 82 seconds into Sunday’s headliner at SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2) closed out the six-fight main card on FS1 with a thunderous finish of Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) to extend his winning streak to five and put his name on the radar of potential contenders in the welterweight division.

Prior to the Argentinian’s big moment, Cynthia Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Paul Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Jack Marshman (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Justin Willis (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned important victories.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners 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 Fight Night 113’s winning fighters.

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Justin Willis

Justin Willis

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: It was far from exciting, but Willis joined the UFC heavyweight division with a winning performance when he defeated James Mulheron by unanimous decision.

Willis and Mulheron are two of the many new signings who have come into the heavyweight division over the past several months. It wasn’t a performance that bred much desire to see him compete again, but hopefully Willis’ sophomore octagon appearance will shed some of the memories of the fight. Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is typically can put on an entertaining affair, and ideally his style would help pull something different out of “Big Pretty,” which is likely why he was booked as his debut opponent in the first place before withdrawing due to injury.

Khalil Rountree

Khalil Rountree

Should fight: Steve Bosse
Why they should fight: After a slow start to his UFC career, Rountree has seemingly turned a corner. He picked up his second consecutive knockout, this time brutalizing Scotland’s own Paul Craig with strikes in the first round.

Rountree dropped his first two UFC appearances and showed obvious flaws in the process. His past two fights have been completely different, though, and now “The Ultimate Fighter 23” finalist has some momentum behind him in the light heavyweight division.

If the 27-year-old can continue to put together his skill set he’s going to be an interesting fighter to watch at 205 pounds. Bosse (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is primarily a stand-up fighter, as well, and has shown throughout his UFC career that he packs a massive shot. Rountree has yet to meet his equal in the striking department inside the octagon, but Bosse might be that.

Jack Marshman

Jack Marshman

Should fight: Winner of Jack Hermansson vs. Bradley Scott at UFC Fight Night 114
Why they should fight: Despite being the biggest favorite on the card, Marshman barely escaped with victory when he avoided a late rally from Ryan Janes to earn a unanimous decision.

Marshman has alternated wins and losses over his three-fight UFC tenure, but the one constant theme in his fights has been excitement. The Welshman delivered another fan-pleasing performance against Janes, and if he can continue to produce those type of fights, will be a lasting member of the UFC’s middleweight division.

Two names also known for delivering entertaining bouts are Hermansson (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Scott (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who are scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5. Both fighters would mesh well with Marshman inside the octagon, and more importantly, are logical matchups to take place on the UFC’s European circuit of events.

Paul Felder

Paul Felder

Should fight: Evan Dunham
Why they should fight: Felder crossed into enemy territory and delivered a statement performance when he put Stevie Ray to sleep in the first round of their lightweight bout in front of a hostile Scottish crowd.

“The Irish Dragon” showed no mercy for Ray, crushing him with devastating knees and elbows before the referee finally stopped the action just under 4 minutes into the contest. It was an emotional moment for Felder, who learned of his father’s passing just days before his training camp began.

Felder didn’t let the situation deter him, though, and he emerged with his fourth victory in five fights. His only setback in that stretch came in a September fight against Francisco Trinaldo that was called off by the doctor due to a gruesome cut.

There’s no doubt Felder wants to try to break his way into the 155-pound rankings, and facing a longtime veteran of the organization in Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) would be a significant opportunity. Dunham is capable of wearing down any opponent and breaking them over the course of 15 minutes. Felder has shown no instincts of quitting during his career, and that asset alone would make for a compelling affair.

Cynthia Calvillo

Cynthia Calvillo

Should fight: Carla Esparza
Why they should fight: Calvillo passed her toughest test to date when she went into Joanne Calderwood’s backyard and pulled off a unanimous-decision victory.

Calvillo has been part of the UFC roster for less than four months, but already she’s managed to go 3-0 with two pay-per-view main-card appearances and a co-main event spot on FS1. UFC President Dana White has made his adoration for Calvillo no secret, and it appears she’s on the fast track to the top.

After submitting her opponent in the first two UFC fights, Calvillo was forced to go to a decision and show off new elements of her game against Calderwood. She’s going to continue to improve with the support of a solid camp at Team Alpha Male, and at this point the sky could be the limit.

Calvillo is not yet at the level where she’s getting attention as a possible challenger for strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, with a few more solid wins, she will be right there. Assuming she keeps progressing at her current rate in terms of competition, a matchup with Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) could be the right fit.

Esparza was the first UFC 115-pound champion, but since then she’s had a bit of a rough run. “The Cookie Monster” is coming off a win over Maryna Moroz, and it would be interesting to see how her wrestling-oriented offensive style would clash with Calvillo’s slick grappling game.

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Should fight: Neil Magny
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Ponzinibbio should fight Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott set for UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico

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August’s UFC return to Mexico has a new middleweight bout.

UFC officials today announced a UFC Fight Night 114 matchup between Jack Hermansson (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Brad Scott (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). mmadna.nl first reported it.

UFC Fight Night 114 takes place Aug. 5 at Mexico City Arena. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card hasn’t been finalized.

Hermansson recently picked up a first-round TKO victory over Alex Nicholson to rebound from a submission defeat to Cezar Ferreira. One bout prior, in his promotional debut, the 28-year-old Swede and former Cage Warriors champ picked up a decision victory over Scott Askham.

He now meets Scott, a 27-year-old Englishman who debuted with the UFC in 2012 as a runner-up on “The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes,” where he lost the tournament final to Robert Whittaker. He’s since alternated wins and losses during his six-fight UFC run, which included a recent split-decision win over Scott Askham.

The latest UFC Fight Night 114 card includes:

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Martin Bravo vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Brad Scott

For more on UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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