Eric Shelton knew he was fighting for job at UFC Fight Night 121, beyond relieved to keep it

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SYDNEY – It took him three tries, but Eric Shelton got his first UFC victory with a unanimous decision over Jenel Lausa at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney, Australia. And if you don’t think he went into that fight feeling like his roster spot was on the line, guess again.

“That was exactly what I was thinking,” Shelton told MMAjunkie. “I knew I had to get out there and be dominant, whether it was on the ground or on my feet. And I felt when I got it to the ground that I could finish it there, and if not, be dominant.”

After the year he had, Shelton (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) had every reason to believe it would take a dominant effort to win over the judges. In both his UFC debut in January, as well as his second fight at UFC 214 in July, Shelton put forth a strong effort and came up short with two consecutive split-decision losses.

And since the UFC doesn’t typically retain fighters who lose three straight to start their octagon careers, the pressure was on in this fight. So when Shelton heard his name called after three hard rounds against Lausa (7-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC), the relief was overwhelming.

“You have no idea,” Shelton said. “It feels like Heaven has come down on me, like, ‘Here you go. Here’s your gift for working hard and staying the course.’”

But with one win in three tries throughout 2017, the flyweight isn’t looking for a long layoff before he attempts to capitalize on his newfound momentum.

“I’m back in there as soon as they got me,” Shelton said. “I know I’ve got to take two months rest or whatever, but I’ve got mouths to feed and I’ve got a family that supports me, so there’s no resting for me. I’m coming and I’m coming strong.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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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 Fight Night 117 in Japan loses bout due to injury

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An injury has forced a change to next week’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Japan.

A fight between undefeated 20-year-old Japanese flyweight Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Filipino prospect Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was recently removed the fight card on UFC.com.

Earlier this month, Inoue announced via Instagram that he had dislocated his shoulder (via BloodyElbow.com):

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UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It airs on FXX following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Inoue vs. Lausa was slated for the FXX prelims.

Inoue, a longtime Deep fighter, made his UFC debut in June, when the prospect scored a decision victory over Carls John de Tomas. Lausa, meanwhile, made a 2016 UFC debut and scored a decision victory over Yao Zhikui, but in April, he dropped a decision to Magomed Bibulatov to snap an overall five-fight winning streak.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa added to UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

A contest between a pair of international flyweight prospects is the latest addition to next month’s UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.

UFC officials recently announced that Japan’s Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and the Philippines’ Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to the event, which takes place Sept. 23 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, but airs one day earlier in the U.S. due to the time delay. The night’s main card airs on FXX, though the full bout order has yet to be revealed.

Inoue, 20, made his promotional debut at June’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Singapore, scoring a hard-fought decision win over then-undefeated prospect Carls John de Tomas. Inoue remained unbeaten since turning pro in February 2015, a run that includes seven wins by submission – including four armbars and three rear-naked chokes.

Meanwhile, Lausa, 29, made his UFC debut in November 2016 with a decision win over Yao Zhikui. However, he returned to action in April and saw a five-fight winning streak snapped after suffering a decision loss to Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 210.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 117 now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie