UFC on FOX 26 tickets on sale this week, and $316 Canadian gets you cageside

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The UFC returns to Winnipeg next month, and tickets for the event go on sale this week.

Featuring a welterweight title eliminator in the main event between former champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets, in Canadian dollars, are priced at $316, $212.50, $179, $144.75, $111.75 and $77.50 and include fees. They go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.ca on Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday 10 a.m. CT.

The co-main event is a featherweight rematch from a past title fight. Former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will take on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the co-feature.

In addition, UFC on FOX 26 features a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

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

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Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas rematch co-headlines UFC on FOX 26; Perry-Ponzinibbio, Mein-Silva added

A featherweight rematch from a past title fight has been booked as the co-main event for the UFC’s return to Winnipeg in December.

Former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will take on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the UFC on FOX 26 co-feature, UFC President Dana White today told Canada’s TSN. The two first fought for then-champ Aldo’s title at UFC 169 in February 2014, where Aldo won a unanimous decision.

In addition to that matchup, UFC on FOX 26 has added a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

With the additions, UFC on FOX 26 now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

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

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Belal Muhammad regrets not getting finish of Jordan Mein at UFC 213

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LAS VEGAS – It was an interesting fight booking for Belal Muhammad when he got matched up against Jordan Mein at UFC 213.

Although Muhammad is more than a year older than Mein, he said he actually spent time watching the Canadian fight when he was early on in the sport. Mein had six years of experience under his belt by the time Muhammad made his pro debut in 2012.

On Saturday, Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) beat Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) by unanimous decision at UFC 213 in a preliminary-card bout on FS1 ahead of the main card on pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. That was a little surreal, perhaps.

“I used to watch him a lot when I was coming up in the game,” Muhammad said after the fight. “Just because he was young – he’s young, but he’s been in the game for a while. I used to always watch his fights because he’s exciting. It was that type of thing: ‘I’m across from Jordan Mein.’”

By a couple years ago, Mein had fought so often – nearly 40 times by the time he was 25 – that he retired from the sport. He came back, though, and Muhammad thinks he hasn’t looked the same as he was before.

Muhammad said he was expecting a little bit more of an offensive onslaught from Mein at some point, but that rush never came.

“I feel like he needs to get back mentally first,” Muhammad said, speculating that Mein perhaps wasn’t truly ready to be out of retirement. “… He needs to go back to the old Jordan. Maybe he’s not doing it for the right reasons now.”

Still, Muhammad may beat himself up for a while over not being able to finish the Canadian. While he’s happy to have his second straight win and third victory in four fights, he said a stoppage was in the cards – but didn’t happen.

“I trained really hard for this fight; I should’ve had the finish,” Muhammad said. “I’m going to have to go back to the drawing board and fix some things, but I’m just trying to get better every fight.”

For more from Muhammad after his win over Mein, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Belal Muhammad soundly defeats Jordan Mein by unanimous decision

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Belal Muhammad found that his clinch and staying inside with Jordan Mein is what would work, and he kept going back to it.

The result was a unanimous-decision win for Muhammad, who earned two scores of 29-28 and a 30-27 from the judges.

The welterweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of and a main card on pay-per-view.

Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) landed the first significant strike in the first minute of Round 1 with an overhand right. He was unable to follow up with anything significant, though. Both men found similar success in exchanges, though Mein’s leg kicks were most effective. Muhammad came back with kicks of his own and upped his punching combinations, though Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) found the right openings to continue his leg-kick attack. Muhammad’s left thigh is visibly red from the attack. They finished the round clinched up against the cage, with Muhammad landing two elbows to the face before the bell sounded, leaving Mein with a gash on his forehead.

In Round 2, they both come out firing with smart combinations until Muhammad engages in a clinch with Mein against the cage. Muhammad lifted Mein and slammed him to the ground, but Mein popped right back up, getting the fight back to the feet. Muhammad kept the pressure on with combinations high and low to the body. Muhammad’s pressure started to wear on Mein, who looked like he was starting to fade as he ended the round on his back.

It was clear Mein had to come out with a sense of urgency in Round 3, but it was Muhammad who came out looking for the takedown. Perhaps, though, Muhammad was just content to close the distance and control him inside. Muhammad got a little bit of a scare as Mein went for a kimura that momentarily looked like it could be locked in, though Muhammad escaped and regained control on the mat. Muhammad took Mein’s back and squeezed his face from behind as she looked for a choke. With the two men fighting for hand control, Muhammad was content with landing body shots, which forced Mein to try and escape. Muhammad gladly took the fight back to the cage, where he stood up Mein and controlled the action until the final bell.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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