Teruto Ishihara back to bantamweight, meets Jose Quinonez at UFC 221 in Perth

The fight card for the UFC’s return to Australia in February continues to build with the addition of a bantamweight fight.

Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC) will return to 135 pounds to take on Jose Quinonez (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC 221. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.

UFC 221 takes place Feb. 10 at Perth Arena in Australia and marks the UFC’s debut in Western Australia. It airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Ishihara, from Mapan, got back in the win column in September in his home country with a unanimous decision victory over Rolando Dy. That snapped a two-fight skid of decision losses to Artem Lobov in November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 99 and Gray Maynard in July at the TUF 25 Finale.

Prior to those setbacks, he had returned to featherweight for his UFC debut, which was a split draw with Mizuto Hirota in Japan, followed by back-to-back knockout wins over Julian Erosa and Horacio Guitierrez.

Quinonez has won three straight fights since dropping the bantamweight final of Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” in November 2014 at UFC 180. After that, he has a submission win over Leonardo Morales and decision victories over Joey Gomez and Diego Rivas, the latter of which came in August in his home country of Mexico.

The latest UFC 221 card now includes:

  • Champ Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Mark Hunt
  • Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen
  • Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Damien Brown vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Teruto Ishihara vs. Jose Quinonez

For more on UFC 221, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 114 results: Jose Quinonez hands Diego Rivas 1st loss with clean sweep

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Jose Quinonez beat Diego Rivas on the feet and on the mat but couldn’t quite put the undefeated prospect away.

He did, however, manage to give Rivas (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) the first loss of his pro career, as Quinonez (6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) used his work rate and his ground game to run away with the fight on the scorecards, winning the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.

The bantamweight bout was part of 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.

Quinonez got off to a good start in the opening round thanks to his diverse striking game. Using his reach to keep Rivas on the outside and a mix of kicks to keep him guessing, Quinonez succeeded in putting Rivas on the defensive, stifling him with sheer output without providing many openings for a counter.

Quinonez added to that in the second after taking Rivas down and mauling him with strikes on the mat. Rivas struggled to get Quinonez off of him and seemed fatigued by the effort and the relentlessness of Quinonez’s attacks from the top.

Heading into the third, Rivas seemed to sense that he was down on the scorecards, and he succeeded in creating a scramble on the mat that nearly gave him a D’arce choke, but once Quinonez escaped to his feet the resignation began to register on the face of Rivas.

Game thought he was, he couldn’t get inside Quinonez’s offense, and couldn’t answer the output when he needed to. When the fight went to the judges, all three gave every round to Quinonez.

Quinonez has now won three straight in the UFC.

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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With Chris Gruetzemacher out, Martin Bravo now meets Humberto Bandenay at UFC Fight Night 114

One fighter’s loss is another’s gain as Peruvian featherweight Humberto Bandenay will get a crack at the UFC.

UFC officials recently announced that Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for Chris Gruetzemacher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and face Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC at UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5 at Mexico City Arena. The night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In addition to the change, UFC officials also confirmed a handful of bouts that had been previously reported, including Alan Jouban (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Niko Price (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Henry Briones (16-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (23-9 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Jose Quinonez (5-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Diego Rivas (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

Bravo won “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3” in 2016 after scoring a TKO win over Claudio Puelles in the lightweight-tournament final. It remains “El Toro’s” most recent appearance. Prior to the reality show, the 23-year-old Mexican fighter dominated his country’s regional scene with a 10-0 career start that included eight stoppages.

Meanwhile, Bandenay makes his promotional debut on the strength of a five-fight winning streak in which all five wins have come by way of stoppage. He fought most recently in May, scoring a first-round submission win via armbar in a King of the Cage contest.

With the changes in the lineup, UFC Fight Night 114 now includes:

  • Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Bradley Scott
  • Alan Jouban vs. Niko Price
  • Sam Alvey vs. Rashad Evans
  • Joseph Morales vs. Roberto Sanchez
  • Henry Briones vs. Rani Yahya
  • Alvaro Herrera vs. Jordan Rinaldi
  • Dustin Ortiz vs. Hector Sandoval
  • Alejandro Perez vs. Andre Soukhamthath
  • Jose Quinonez vs. Diego Rivas
  • Martin Bravo vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

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

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Source: MMA Junkie