Luis Henrique vs. Timothy Johnson added to UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil

While the card still lacks a headliner, a heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s first Brazilian event of 2018.

UFC officials recently announced the addition of Luis Henrique (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) vs. Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to UFC Fight Night 125, which takes place Feb. 3 at Manguerinho Gymnasium in Belem. The night’s main card airs on FS1.

Brazilian “KLB” Henrique is likely fighting for his job as he looks to snap the first two-fight losing streak of his career – a UFC 215 decision loss to Arjan Bhullar and a UFC 209 TKO defeat at the hands of Marcin Tybura. Prior to the losses, Henrique had earned back-to-back submission wins over Christian Colombo and Dmitry Smoliakov.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota-born Johnson will actually seek to avoid the first back-to-back defeats of his career as he seeks to rebound from a July loss to upstart Junior Albini. Johnson has actually alternated wins and losses thus far in his six-fight UFC run, earning wins over Daniel Omielanczuk, Tybura and Shamil Abdurakhimov and falling short against Albini, Alexander Volkov and Jared Rosholt.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 125 now includes:

  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
  • Luis Henrique vs. Timothy Johnson
  • Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Anthony Smith

For more on UFC Fight Night 125, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC 215 results: Arjan Bhullar starts quick, survives late Luis Henrique charge

Arjan Bhullar (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) goes down in the history books as the first Sikh and fist Indo-Canadian fighter in UFC history, but he also scores those marks as a winner after getting past Luis Henrique (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC).

The heavyweight bout was part of today’s UFC 215 early prelims, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on UFC Fight Pass.

Bhullar took the center of the cage to start, keeping his hands high as he and Henrique threw a few heavy blows in the early going. Henrique continually pawed a jab, keeping Bhullar at range while sneaking in the occasional right hand. Bhullar did finally get inside late in the frame, thought Henrique dealt well with a few early attempts to take the fight to the floor.

Bhullar continued to hold the center in the second, opening up a bit with strikes and slipping huge right hands in return. Henrique continued to paw the jab, but Bhullar found the mark with a counter right and sent his opponent to the floor. Henrique recovered quickly and scrambled to his feet, but Bhullar flashed his wrestling base by changing levels, raising his opponent high in the air and slamming him to the floor. Bhullar’s corner implored him to remain patient while he worked on top, and the fighter responded with a measured attack, driving in the occasional forearm and drawing blood from Henrique’s nose.

Henrique seemed to find himself energized to start the third, pressing forward from the start and firing heavy punches before landing a big kicks to the body and leg. Bhullar stood firm in the center, but Henrique continued to press the pace with strikes, scoring with straight punches on the outside and a few uppercuts inside. Bhullar tried to work inside for another takedown, but it was obvious he was slowing as the final round progressed. Bhullar returned fire in the final minute, but Henrique was in clear control at the close of the fight. Unfortunately for the Brazilian, Bhullar had done enough over the first two rounds to take home the unanimous-decision victory, 29-28 on all three card.

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Luis Henrique vs. Olympian Arjan Bhullar booked for UFC 216 in Edmonton

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The UFC’s return Canada continues to take shape with a new heavyweight matchup for UFC 216.

It features Luis Henrique (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Arjan Bhullar (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), UFC officials announced via theprovince.com.

UFC 216 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The event airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup hasn’t been finalized.

Henrique, a 23-year-old Brazilian, went 8-1 with five stoppage to earn a UFC contract, but he suffered a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou in his 2015 promotional debut. However, “KLB” rebounded with submission victories over Dmitry Smoliakov and Christian Colombo. In his most recent bout, though, the streak came to an end with a TKO defeat to Marcin Tybura, which moved his UFC record to .500.

Bhullar, a 2012 Olympic freestyle wrestler for Canada, made his pro MMA debut in 2014. The 31-year-old has posted three knockouts and three decisions in six career wins. Most recently, the Battlefield Fight League champion picked up a decision victory over Joe Yager (11-6) in April.

The latest UFC 216 card includes:

  • Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
  • Rick Glenn vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
  • Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie