USADA suspends UFC's Nick Roehrick 1 year for doping

Just over one month after he was flagged for a potential doping violation, UFC light heavyweight Nick Roehrick has accepted a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

USADA announced today that Roehrick, 30, has been suspended for one year after an out-of-competition test conducted Aug. 8 revealed the presence of clomiphene, an estrogen blocker banned year-round, and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene.

Roehrick’s suspension is retroactive to the date his provisional suspension was imposed on Aug. 17.

“Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone,” read USADA’s statement. “Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.”

The positive test came one month after Roehrick made his UFC debut on short notice against Jarod Cannonier at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in Las Vegas. The event was regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had won seven straight fights on the international circuit before getting knocked out by Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the third round of their bout.

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

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UFC: USADA notifies Nick Roehrick of potential anti-doping violation

The UFC announced today that its anti-doping partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, has notified UFC light heavyweight Nick Roehrick of a potential anti-doping violation.

Roehrick was flagged after an out-of-competition drug test conducted Aug. 8. Per standard USADA procedure, details on the nature of his anti-doping violation are being withheld during the results management process.

“Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed,” read the UFC’s statement. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) made his octagon debut on short notice at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, facing Jarod Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the FS1-televised event on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena. After a spirited early effort, he was knocked out by a series of elbows, resulting in a third-round TKO and his first professional loss.

Prior to being signed to the UFC, Roehrick had won seven straight on the regional circuit.

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

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Nogueira-Cannonier, Bamgbose-Di Chirico added to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

The UFC’s FOX card in Winnipeg in December now has its first two bouts.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC) will take on Jared Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a light heavyweight fight, and Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) meets Alessio Di Chirico (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at middleweight. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.

The FOX card, expected to be UFC on FOX 26, takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card will air on FOX following prelims likely for either FOX or FS1, as well as UFC Fight Pass.

Nogueira will fight for the first time in more than a year when he steps in the cage against Cannonier. This past November at UFC Fight Night 100, he was stopped by Ryan Bader with third-round TKO in the headliner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That erased a first-round TKO of Patrick Cummins earlier in the year, also in Brazil. “Little Nog” has dropped three of his past four fights.

Cannonier got back on track in July with a third-round TKO of Nick Roehrick at the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas. Roehrick was a late replacement for Steve Bosse, who had to pull out of the fight with an injury. That got Cannonier back in the win column after a decision loss to Glover Teixeira at UFC 208 snapped a two-fight streak.

Bamgbose is badly in need of a win. After a 5-0 start to his pro career, including a Ring of Combat middleweight title, he has dropped three of four since arriving in the UFC. His promotional debut was a TKO loss to Uriah Hall, but he followed that up nicely with a head-kick knockout of Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 83. But since then, he has a decision loss to Cezar Ferreira and a TKO loss at UFC 212 to Paulo Borrachinha in June.

Di Chirico, from Italy, had a 9-0 start to his pro career before falling back with setbacks in two of his past three since coming to the UFC. He lost a decision to Bojan Velickovic in April 2016 in Croatia, but bounced back with a split-decision win over Garreth McLellan later that year in Vancouver. Earlier this year in January, he was submitted in the first round by Eric Spicely at UFC on FOX 23.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Chris Weidman and UFC on FOX 25's other winning fighters?

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Saturday’s UFC on FOX 25 main event had an important impact on the middleweight division. Former champ Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) put himself back in the mix as a relevant player in the weight class with a third-round submission of Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC)

“All-American” wasn’t the only one to get a meaningful victory at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y. In the FOX-televised co-main event, Darren Elkins (23-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) strengthened his featherweight contender status, Patrick Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) won another grueling fight, and Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) shut down a hyped up-and-comer in the network-televised opener.

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 on FOX 25’s winning fighters.

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Jimmie Rivera

Dominick Cruz

Should fight: Dominick Cruz
Why they should fight: Rivera pushed his winning streak to a remarkable 20 consecutive fights when he defeated bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida by unanimous decision.

Rivera’s nearly nine-year run without a loss continued when he handed a rare defeat to the Brazilian, providing the 135-pound division with further notice that he’s coming for the title. Rivera has had some bad luck with injuries and fight cancellations, but he hopes the latest win secures no less than a No. 1 contender fight.

Immediately following his win, Rivera targeted former UFC champ Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC), who was calling the action from cageside. “The Dominator” hasn’t fought since losing the 135-pound belt to Cody Garbrandt at UFC 207, and with Garbrandt pegged to defend against T.J. Dillashaw next, setting up a fight between Rivera and Cruz would be perfect for the advancement of the division.

Patrick Cummins

Jared Cannonier

Should fight: Jared Cannonier
Why they should fight: Cummins’ up-and-down UFC career once again took an upward turn when he scored a split-decision win over Gian Villante in a hard-fought light heavyweight matchup.

Until Cummins can put together a big run, he’s going to remain relegated to mid-tier 205-pound matchups. That’s a perfectly fine role for now, especially because he’s likely to get more chances to break into the elite going forward.

Cummins’ wrestling is going to be a big threat against any opponent he fights. He’s struggled against hard hitters, though, and Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) matches the power of anyone in the weight class. Cannonier has had difficulty with grapplers during his career, so the danger of the matchup would go both ways.

Darren Elkins

Ricardo Lamas

Should fight: Winner of Ricardo Lamas vs. Jason Knight at UFC 214
Why they should fight: Elkins once again pulled off a huge victory when he went into hostile territory and defeated Dennis Bermudez in a crucial featherweight bout.

Elkins pushed his winning streak to five when he earned a split-decision win over Bermudez in the co-main event affair, setting himself up for more big things in the future.

With the top of the division locked up with a number of potential title-fight scenarios, Elkins is going to need to put in even more work to get in the conversation as a realistic challenger to champ Max Holloway. He’s already on the best run of his UFC tenure, and a victory over the winner of the UFC 214 bout between Lamas (17-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Knight (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) would elevate his position even more.

Chris Weidman

Should fight: Ronaldo Souza
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Weidman should fight Ronaldo Souza (24-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale's Jared Cannonier quit his job at FAA, so fighting on religious holiday was must

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LAS VEGAS – Jared Cannonier is putting his career first.

After many years of working for the government, he has quit his job at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he worked for eight years as an airway transportation systems specialist.

In many ways, his new full-time job as a UFC light heavyweight is perfect for his schedule. He gets to wake up and train, take a break, and then train again at night.

“It’s not fun working 10 hours a day and then going to try and train at night,” Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) told reporters backstage after beating newcomer and injury replacement Nick Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the FS1-televised prelims of the TUF 25 Finale on Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The victory put Cannonier back in the win column after he took a massive step up in competition, facing onetime title challenger Glover Teixeira and losing via decision.

But not all of the schedule is conducive to Cannonier’s lifestyle. An offer to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale came on the day of Shabbat, a day of rest and celebration for those of the Jewish faith.

Cannonier follows the tenants of Judaism without necessarily identifying as a practicing member of the religion. Still, he was hesitant to take the fight. But he wasn’t in a place to turn down the opportunity.

Hopefully, he doesn’t have to make that choice again.

“I would prefer never to fight on a Shabbat,” he said. “Maybe the next time they offer the fight on Shabbat, I’ll be like, ‘Nah, I can’t do it.’ But I needed the fight to quit my job.”

The good news is, Cannonier is well-compensated for his work. He said with his win over Roehrick, he’s already made enough to live for the rest of the year. Another two fights, he said, “and that’s just extra.”

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale video highlights: Jared Cannonier vs. Nick Roehrick

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Throughout the first two rounds of their bout, Jared Cannonier hit Nick Roehrick with everything but a paternity suit – and still he couldn’t put him away.

Finally, a head kick from Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) put Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on wobbly legs, leading to a brutal TKO finish at the 2:08 mark of Round 3.

The light-heavyweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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

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TUF 25 Finale results: Jared Cannonier finally takes out short-notice tough guy Nick Roehrick

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Throughout the first two rounds of their bout, Jared Cannonier hit Nick Roehrick with everything but a paternity suit – and still he couldn’t put him away.

Finally, a head kick from Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) put Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on wobbly legs, leading to a brutal TKO finish at the 2:08 mark of Round 3.

The light-heavyweight bout was part of the main card for today’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Early on in this one, Cannonier’s speed advantage became apparent as he easily slipped Roehrick’s jabs and fired back with heavy right hands. It didn’t take long until the damage from those rights showed up on Roehrick’s eye, though he absorbed the power shots and kept firing back with his own at every opportunity.

Again and again Cannonier rocked Roehrick with fierce counters and sharp jabs too speedy for him to escape, and several times Roehrick looked like he might not cling to consciousness much longer. Yet each time he managed to survive and keep fighting, even as Cannonier calmly poured on more and more punishment.

Finally, a head kick from Cannonier caught Roehrick just as he was changing levels, sending him staggering back on shaky legs. Cannonier followed and hammered him with a knee to the face in the clinch, and then a blistering elbow strike just above the ear that put Roehrick down.

A few more elbows from inside Roehrick’s guard, and referee John McCarthy had no choice but to step in and wave it off. While Roehrick had proved his ability and willingness to absorb punishment, there was simply no use in letting him continue to demonstrate that skill any longer.

“A fight is a fight,” Cannonier said. “It never goes the way you want it to, so the opponent change didn’t throw me off. Very rarely does a fight go the way you want, and I didn’t expect anything different this time. I just knew I was better than my opponent. I have abs now – that’s the biggest difference in this being my first camp as a full-time fighter. Also, I’m becoming a more well-rounded fighter.

“I only spent four weeks down at The MMA Lab. Next camp, I’ll have a full camp at the Lab, so there will be even more tools in my bag. You heard me call out the man, Gokhan Saki. He’s a striker and I like to strike. I like to test myself against the best in the world, and I believe he’s the very best striker in the world – and I dig that call out.”

Cannonier’s win is his first since a unanimous decision loss to Glover Teixeira in February. Roehrick loses for the first time in his pro career.

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

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

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TUF 25 Finale staff picks: Will it be a rude awakening for Justin Gaethje's UFC debut?

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Johnson
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Lima
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Diekiese
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Tavares
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Fortuna
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Taylor
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Taylor
diakiese2017
Diakiese
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Cannonier
theodorou2017
Theodorou
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Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
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Taylor
diakiese2017
Diakiese
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Cannonier
theodorou2017
Theodorou
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Johnson
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
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Gaethje
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Taylor
diakiese2017
Diakiese
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Cannonier
theodorou2017
Theodorou
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Johnson
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 64-41
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Gaethje
dhiegolima2017
Lima
diakiese2017
Diakiese
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Cannonier
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Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
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Taylor
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Brian Garcia
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Taylor
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Klose
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Cannonier
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Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 61-44
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Gaethje
jessetaylor2017
Taylor
diakiese2017
Diakiese
cannonier2017
Cannonier
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Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
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Taylor
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Lima
diakiese2017
Diakiese
cannonier2017
Cannonier
btavares2017
Tavares
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Johnson
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
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Gaethje
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Taylor
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Diakiese
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The UFC’s “International Fight Week” has two events this year, including another live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The TUF 25 Finale takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, Michael Johnson (17-11 MMA, 9-7 UFC) takes on former WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who makes his UFC debut. Johnson is the betting favorite at -170, but it’s Gaethje who has a 7-3 edge from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-main event, the latest “TUF” winner will be crowned. The 25th season of the show featured former cast members, including finalists and winners. The welterweight final will be between Season 19 runner-up Dhiego Lima (12-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Season 7 finalist Jesse Taylor (30-15 MMA, 0-1 UFC) – who never made it to the final because he was kicked off the show. He has his shot at redemption nine years later, and he’s got an 8-2 edge in our picks.

Also on the main card, Marc Diakiese (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) puts his unbeaten record on the line against fellow unbeaten lightweight Drakkar Klose (7-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). Diakiese is one of the biggest favorites on the card at 3-1 and is a 9-1 pick from our staff members. At light heavyweight, Jared Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on short-notice replacement Nick Roehrick (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and Cannonier is the event’s only unanimous pick.

Elias Theodorou (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has an 7-3 picks edge over Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in their middleweight fight, and Marcel Fortuna (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is a 6-4 pick over Jordan Johnson (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in their light heavyweight bout to open the main card.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Gaethje, Taylor, Diakiese, Cannonier, Theodorou and Jordan Johnson are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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

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Jared Cannonier gets new TUF 25 Finale opponent just days away after Steve Bosse pulls out

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale card is getting a last-minute change.

Steve Bosse is out and in his place Nick Roehrick has signed with the UFC to fight Jared Cannonier in a light heavyweight bout on just three days’ notice, a company official today told MMAjunkie.

The TUF 25 Finale takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Roehrick (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 29, brings an undefeated record into the contest, including two fights this year under the Combat Night banner. In January he won by split decision and in April he won by first-round TKO. Four of his seven wins have come by decision.

Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will try to get back in the win column after a decision loss to former title challenger Glover Teixeira at UFC 208 in February in Brooklyn. Prior to that, he had back-to-back wins for his first two victories in the UFC: a bonus-winning knockout of Cyril Asker a little more than a year ago and a decision over Ion Cutelaba at the TUF 24 Finale in December.

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

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for the TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas

(Editor’s note: This story will be updated late Wednesday after the second finalist for Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” is announced. That welterweight fight, which already includes Dhiego Lima, will serve as the co-main event.)

We want your predictions for Friday’s TUF 25 Finale event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the TUF 25 Finale staff picks we release on Thursday ahead of the event. The TUF 25 Finale takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Michael Johnson vs. Justin Gaethje

Records: Michael Johnson (17-11 MMA, 9-7 UFC), Justin Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Johnson 2-3, Gaethje 5-0
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: Gaethje No. 7, Johnson No. 12
Odds (as of 7/2/17): N/A

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Marc Diakiese vs. Drakkar Klose

Records: Marc Diakiese (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Drakkar Klose (7-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Past five: Diakiese 5-0, Klose 4-0-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/2/17): N/A

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Steve Bosse vs. Jared Cannonier

Records: Steve Bosse (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Jared Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC)
Past five: Bosse 4-1, Cannonier 3-2
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/2/17): N/A

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Brad Tavares vs. Elias Theodorou

Records: Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Elias Theodorou (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC)
Past five: Tavares 2-3, Theodorou 4-1
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
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Marcel Fortuna vs. Jordan Johnson

Records: Marcel Fortuna (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC), Jordan Johnson (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC)
Past five: Fortuna 5-0, Johnson 5-0
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
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