Calderwood vs. Rawlings, Kennedy vs. Volkanovski set for UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

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The UFC’s return to the “Land Down Under” has another pair of fights headed for the card.

Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will take on Australia’s own Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in the newly created women’s flyweight division at UFC Fight Night 121. UFC officials announced the booking following an initial report from the Brisbane Times.

And according to a report from E. Spencer Kyte in The Province, Canadian featherweight Jeremy Kennedy (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will fight Alex Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on the card. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of that booking.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

After talking about her struggles to make 115 pounds for years, and after missing the strawweight limit her most recent time out against Cynthia Valvillo, Calderwood finally gets to fight at 125 on a likely permanent basis. After starting her career a perfect 8-0, she came to the UFC by way of Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” On the show, she lost to eventual runner-up Rose Namajunas in the semifinals.

Still, she won three of her first four in the UFC, including a “Fight of the Night” decision over Cortney Casey, and a TKO of Valerie Letourneau in a special flyweight fight in June 2016, well before the UFC officially brought the division in. But at UFC 203 nearly a year ago, she was submitted by Jessica Andrade. And at UFC Fight Night 113 in July in front of her home fans, she missed weight and lost a decision to Calvillo.

Bec Rawlings

Rawlings has back-to-back losses, as well. Like Calderwood, she got her UFC shot courtesy of “TUF 20.” On the show’s live finale, she dropped a decision to Heather Jo Clark. But she bounced back with consecutive wins in her home country of Australia – a submission of Lisa Ellis in 2015 and a decision over Seo Hee Hamm in 2016.

Those wins earned her a step up in competition. But against Paige VanZant in the UFC on FOX 21 co-main event a year ago, she was caught with a head kick early in the second round. And against Tecia Torres at UFC Fight Night 104 in February, she missed the strawweight limit at weigh-ins, then lost a decision on fight night.

Jeremy Kennedy

Kennedy will put his unblemished record on the line in hostile territory. He started his UFC run at lightweight a year ago and took a unanimous decision from Alessandro Ricci. He then returned to featherweight, where he has decision wins over Rony Jason in Brazil and Kyle Bochniak in July in New York.

Strangely enough, it will be the third straight time Kennedy will go into his opponent’s home base to fight. His UFC debut came in front of his own home fans in British Columbia. But since then, he’s had to fight Jason in Brazil, Bochniak on Long Island, and now Volkanovski in Australia.

Alex Volkanovski

Australia’s Volkanovski ran his winning streak to 12 fights in June when he took a unanimous decision from Mizuto Hirota at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand. His UFC debut came in November 2016 in his home country when he stopped Yusuke Kasuya with a second-round TKO in a lightweight fight. Of his 15 career wins, a dozen have come by stoppage.

With the additions, UFC Fight Night 121 now includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Jesse Taylor
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski

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

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Per Häljestam's best photos from UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow

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GLASGOW – Check out the best photos from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event in Scotland.

MMAjunkie and USA TODAY Sports photographer Per Häljestam was cageside at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland for the FS1-televised event.

Check out his favorite images from the fight card, which saw Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) score a stunning knockout of welterweight Gunnar Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in the headliner, as well as Cynthia Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) pick up a narrow unanimous-decision win over Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in the co-headliner.

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

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UFC Fight Night 113 video highlights: Cynthia Calvillo vs. Joanne Calderwood

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The crowd in Glasgow didn’t like it much, but Cynthia Calvillo used well-timed takedowns to help her to a decision win over hometown fan favorite Joanne Calderwood.

Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) picked up a pair of 30-27 scores over Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC), as well as one 29-28, to get the unanimous nod from the three judges. The crowd rained down upon the American fighter with boos while she gave her post-fight interview in the cage. The Team Alpha Male product stayed perfect with the win and moved to 3-0 in 2017.

The catchweight fight (Calderwood missed the strawweight limit) was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

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

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Twitter reacts to Cynthia Calvillo's win over Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 113

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Cynthia Calvillo continued to make her presence known in the UFC’s strawweight division on Sunday when she earned the biggest win of her young career against Joanne Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 113.

Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) became the first UFC fighter to earn three victories in 2017 when she defeated Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) by unanimous decision in the FS1-televised co-headliner at SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Calvillo’s victory over Calderwood at UFC Fight Night 113.

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UFC Fight Night 113 results: Cynthia Calvillo stays unbeaten, tops Joanne Calderwood

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Cynthia Calvillo came close to submitting Joanne Calderwood in the first and final rounds, but she couldn’t quite finish.

Instead, Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) had to settle for a win on the scorecards, outpointing Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to win a unanimous decision victory in a close fight that had a little bit of everything.

The women’s 118-pound catchweight bout (Calderwood missed weight) was the co-main event of today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Calderwood got off to a strong start in this fight, largely due to her success using her array of kicks to keep Calvillo at a distance on the feet. But when Calvillo got in close enough to take the fight to the mat late in the opening round, she quickly seized the advantage, taking Calderwood’s back and then nearly catching her in an armbar in the ensuing scramble.

Calderwood seemed back in control for most of the second round, hammering Calvillo with kicks and elbows, despite having her nose bloodied by a Calvillo punch early in the round. And while Calvillo fired off several hard counter hooks, Calderwood remained the busier fighter on the fight down the stretch.

But again, it was the takedowns and ground work of Calvillo that saved the day. Late in a close third round she Calderwood to the mat again, and finished the fight with back control, looking for rear-naked choke that Calderwood managed to outlast.

Much to the disappointment of the Scottish crowd, all three judges saw the fight for Calvillo, giving her the win with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.

Calvillo maintains her perfect professional record with the win, earning her third straight victory in the UFC. Calderwood has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 113 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on site in Glasgow.)

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Video: Joanne Calderwood misses weight at UFC-Glasgow official weigh-ins

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GLASGOW – With a day to go before her fight, Joanne Calderwood’s UFC-Glasgow appearance got off to a rough start.

Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who meets strawweight Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 co-headliner, was the only fighter who missed weight at today’s early and official weigh-ins.

Calderwood was the final fighter to weigh in during the two-hour window. She stripped naked to make herself as light as possible, but she still was two pounds over over the 116-pound limit while looking drained on the scale.

Calderwood has been fined 20 percent of her purse, which goes to Calvillo. The bout, though, will continue as a 118-pound catchweight fight.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place at SSE Hydro in Glasgow with a daytime card that airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Calderwood, a 30-year-old Scottish fighter who’s perhaps best suited for the newly announced 125-pound flyweight division, will still be the clear crowd favorite on Sunday (though Calvillo is the -200 favorite at the sports books).

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Joanne Calderwood 'gutted' she initially missed UFC women's flyweight boat

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GLASGOW – Not long after UFC women’s strawweight Joanne Calderwood accepted a fight with up-and-comer Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Fight 113, the promotion opened up a women’s flyweight division.

When the announcement came, Calderwood had been thinking about a move up in weight, but the opportunity to fight in her native Scotland motivated her to go again at 115 pounds.

Timing was just not on her side, as it turned out.

“I was gutted,” Calderwood told MMAjunkie at a media day for the event, which takes place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. “I had already been speaking to the UFC about struggling to make the weight again for health reasons and for everything.

“I really wanted to fight, and they told me about Glasgow. … This is really important to me. So I was a bit gutted, but (expletive) it – I’m here now.”

Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) plans to make the best of the opportunity by stopping the rise of the undefeated (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) Calvillo, who’s fast climbing the women’s strawweight division after winning her first two octagon bouts.

“I respect her,” Calderwood said of her foe. “I think she’s a great fighter, and I think it’s great for any fighter to get hype behind them, especially with the sport going the way it is. I’m pleased for her, but it’s not going to make any difference on Sunday.”

A win would be a good mark for Calderwood’s career, even if she has concerns about her longevity at 115 pounds. But for now, she’ll hold off on making any concrete decisions.

It’s best to wait for the right time.

“I’m just concentrating on this fight, make weight, and then it’s up to me whether I want to go to 125 or see what options are at 115,” she said. “You’d see the happy ‘JoJo’ (fighting at flyweight). I feel like it takes so much stress off the fight.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 staff picks: Gunnar Nelson 1 of 2 unanimous picks in Scotland

Nelson
vs.
Ponzinibbio
Calderwood
vs.
Calvillo
Felder
vs.
Ray
Janes
vs.
Marshman
Craig
vs.
Rountree
Mulheron
vs.
Willis
MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 66-49
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Nelson
(87%)
calvillo2017
Calvillo
(50.1%)
felder2017
Felder
(54%)
marshman2017
Marshman
(74%)
pcraig2017
Craig
(60%)
mulheron2017
Mulheron
(64%)
Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 75-40
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Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
mulheron2017
Mulheron
Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 73-42
gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 71-44
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gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
felder2017
Felder
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 69-46
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
felder2017
Felder
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 69-46
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gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 69-46
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 67-48
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 59-46
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gnelson2017
Nelson
calderwood2017
Calderwood
felder2017
Felder
marshman2017
Marshman
pcraig2017
Craig
justinwillis2017
Willis
George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 64-51
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis
John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 62-53
gnelson2017
Nelson
calvillo2017
Calvillo
ray2017
Ray
marshman2017
Marshman
rountree2017
Rountree
justinwillis2017
Willis

The UFC is back in Scotland for a rare Sunday show this week.

UFC Fight Night 113 takes place Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. 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, Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) takes on Brazilian Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout. Nelson is just a mild favorite at around -160, but he is a unanimous pick from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-main event, Scotland’s own Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets unbeaten Team Alpha Male product Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight fight. Calvillo is more than a 2-1 favorite, but she only has a 6-4 edge in the picks.

Also on the main card, Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) takes on Stevie Ray (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at lightweight. Ray will be fighting in front of his home Scotland crowd and is a 7-3 pick from our staff members. Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) joins Nelson as the other unanimous pick on the card for his middleweight fight against Ryan Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).

It’s a dead-even 5-5 split between Paul Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in their light heavyweight bout. And despite being the underdog, Justin Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has a 9-1 edge in the picks against fellow UFC heavyweight newcomer James Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Nelson, Calvillo, Felder, Marshman, Craig and Mulheron are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 113 pre-event facts: Cynthia Calvillo 1st with 3 UFC fights in 2017

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The UFC’s sophomore trip to Scotland takes place on Sunday when UFC Fight Night 113 emanates from the SSE Hydro in Glasgow with a daytime card that airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

A welterweight bout between two fighters looking to stand out in a crowded division serves as the main event, with grappling specialist Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) set to take on dangerous striker Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

Other notable names also fill the lineup, which marks the UFC’s return to Scotland after a successful debut in July 2015. For more on the numbers behind the card, check out 25 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 113.

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Main event

Nelson has earned 15 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 11 of those finishes in Round 1.

Gunnar Nelson

Nelson has earned six of his seven UFC victories by submission.

Nelson’s six submission victories since 2012 in UFC competition are second most in the company behind Charles Oliveira (seven).

Nelson’s five submission victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Chris Lytle (six).

Nelson has completed at least one takedown in eight of his nine UFC appearances.

Ponzinibbio’s four-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Demian Maia (seven) and Kamaru Usman (five).

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Ponzinibbio has earned 19 of his 24 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 15 of those finishes in Round 1.

Ponzinibbio has landed 91.8 percent of his strikes in UFC competition from a distance, the largest proportion in welterweight history.

Co-main event

Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is one of three female fighters in UFC history to earn victories in two weight classes.

Calderwood has suffered both of her career losses by first-round submission.

Calderwood lands 6.92 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the highest rate in company history.

Joanne Calderwood

Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) can become the first UFC fighter to compete three times in 2017.

Calvillo has earned both of her UFC victories by submission.

Calvillo’s two submission victories in UFC strawweight com,petition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three).

Remaining main card

Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is one of four fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout victory stemming from a spinning backfist. He accomplished the feat at UFC 182.

Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has earned 18 of his 21 career victories by stoppage.

Preliminary card

Neil Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC), 37, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC flyweight division. He’s also the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Neil Seery

Seery returns to competition for the first time since May 8, 2016. The 434-day layoff is the longest of his nearly 12-year career.

Seery’s 10 submission attempts in UFC flyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Louis Smolka (18) and Ray Borg (15).

Galore Bofando (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by disqualification due to illegal strikes.

Leslie Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over her six-fight UFC career.

Smith’s two knockdowns landed in UFC women’s bantamweight competition are tied with Amanda Nunes, Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey for most in divisional history.

Brett Johns’ (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) 13-fight MMA winning streak is longest among active UFC bantamweight fighters.

Johns’ 11 takedowns landed against Kwan Ho Kwak at UFC Fight Night 99 are the single-fight record for a UFC/WEC bantamweight bout.

For more on UFC Fight Night 113, 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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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland

We want your predictions for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 113 event in Scotland.

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 UFC Fight Night 113 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 113 takes place July 16, a Sunday, at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Gunnar Nelson vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Records: Gunnar Nelson (16-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC)
Past five: Nelson 3-2, Ponzinibbio 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Nelson honorable mention
Odds (as of 7/10/17): Nelson -200, Ponzinibbio +160

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Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo

Records: Joanne Calderwood (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), Cynthia Calvillo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Calderwood 3-2, Calvillo 5-0
Division: Women’s strawweight
Rankings: Calderwood No. 12
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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Paul Felder vs. Stevie Ray

Records: Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Stevie Ray (21-6 MMA, 5-1 UFC)
Past five: Felder 3-2, Ray 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/10/17): N/A

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Ryan Janes vs. Jack Marshman

Records: Ryan Janes (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Jack Marshman (21-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Past five: Janes 4-1, Marshman 4-1
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
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Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree

Records: Paul Craig (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Khalil Rountree (5-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC)
Past five: Craig 4-1, Rountree 3-2
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: None
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James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis

Records: James Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Justin Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Mulheron 4-1, Willis 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
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