Trio of fights added to UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis

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The fight card for the UFC’s debut event in St. Louis has three new additions.

The UFC Fight Night 124 matchups include welterweights Zak Cummings (21-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC), lightweights Marco Polo Reyes (7-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Matt Frevola (6-0 MMA, UFC), and lightweights James Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Alex White (12-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Cummings, a 33-year-old wrestler based out of Missouri, looks for the first three-fight winning streak of his UFC career following recent submissions wins over Alexander Yakovlev and Nathan Coy. He meets former title challenger Alves, a 34-year-old Brazilian who recently halted a two-fight skid with a decision victory over Patrick Cote in April. A subsequent booking with Mike Perry was scrapped in September after a hurricane forced Alves to pull out of the fight.

Reyes, a 33-year-old Mexican fighter, was on a four-fight winning streak before a recent TKO loss to James Vick. He now meets Frevola, a 27-year-old promotional newcomer who submitted Jose Flores at DWCS 8 in August.

Krause, 31, recently moved from lightweight to welterweight to score a decision victory over Tom Gallicchio for his third straight win. He takes on White, a 29-year-old Missouri native who recently score a TKO victory over Mitch Clarke for his second victory in three fights.

The latest UFC Fight Night 124 card now includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

DWCS 8 UFC contract winner Matt Frevola: 'When I hit people, they fall'


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LAS VEGAS – New UFC contract winner Matt Frevola has a very simple outlook on his fights.

“I hit him, and he fell,” Frevola told MMAjunkie Tuesday night. “That was the plan. When I hit people, they fall.”

The one who fell this time was Luke Flores (7-1), who suffered his first pro loss when Frevola (6-0) submitted him in the second round. Frevola knocked Flores down in the opening minute of the fight in the main event of Dana White’s Contender Series 8, then went on to force the tap with an arm-triangle choke. The fight took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

With the win, Frevola was one of two fighters on Tuesday night’s season finale of the show to get a UFC contract from President Dana White.

“I’m so happy right now,” Frevola said. “We came here to handle business. This is what we came here to do, and we did it. Now it’s right back to work.”

That work, Frevola said, will include perhaps finding a way to taper a propensity for coming out quickly and throwing everything but the proverbial kitchen sink early. Training with Ray Longo and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in New York may help with that.

“I want to come out there a little bit more composed,” Frevola said. “As you can see, I come out there pretty hard. But every time I come in there, I’m going to grow and I’m going to improve. The next time, when I’m in the UFC, I’m going to be 10 times the fighter you saw there and I’m going to start my climb.”

For more from Frevola after his submission win over Flores, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 8, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie