Watch Mike Perry kick the sh*t out of pumpkins and give a 'ghoulish' promo for Santiago Ponzinibbio

When it comes to the words and actions of bro-tastic UFC welterweight Mike Perry, just go with it.

No, really, don’t question anything. Perry isn’t a puzzle you should try to solve. Just go with it.

Like, for instance, this video of Perry kicking the sh*t out of some pumpkins and giving a “ghoulish” promo aimed at UFC on FOX 26 opponent Santiago Ponzinibbio (via Instagram):

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Something tells me Perry also visualized Darren Till’s head while smashing those pumpkins.

Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) square off Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26, which takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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

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Mike Perry has big plans for when he's UFC champ, and it involves … fighting Stipe Miocic?

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For a guy who wasn’t even on the UFC Fight Night 118 card, Mike Perry had quite the week in Poland.

First and foremost, there was the heated cageside exchange with Darren Till after Till’s dominant TKO win over Donald Cerrone in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed headliner at Ergo Arena. Perhaps that set up a future showdown between the rising welterweights.

In the meantime, Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has a fight with Santiago Ponzinibbio scheduled for Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26, and he used UFC-Gdansk fight week to take some verbal shots at his opponent. Perry also told the crowd at a Q&A session that he plans on fighting until he’s dead.

When asked at that same session if the 170-pound division is the toughest in the UFC, let’s just say Perry’s answer sort of veered off course.

Check it out above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Darren Till and UFC Fight Night 118's other winning fighters?

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A potential star was born in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 118 headliner when Darren Till added a most noteworthy win to his undefeated record against fan favorite and former UFC title challenger Donald Cerrone.

Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) bludgeoned Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) for a first-round TKO in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight main event at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, adding more credibility to those touting him as the next big thing from England.

Prior to Till’s impressive win, Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Oskar Piechota (10-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) all made impressions for various reasons with key victories.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 118’s winning fighters.

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Oskar Piechota

Should fight: Trevor Smith
Why they should fight: He didn’t have a thrilling fight or decisive finish, but as far as UFC debuts go, Piechota turned in a solid performance with his unanimous-decision victory over Jonathan Wilson.

The former Cage Warriors champion admitted post-fight that he probably wasn’t as physically prepared for his first octagon appearance as he should have been. His conditioning showed, but he vowed to come back in better shape for his next fight.

Piechota is another solid European to join the UFC roster, and in a middleweight division filled with opportunity, the unbeaten fighter has some potential to flourish. Smith (15-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is a tested veteran who has a lot of experienced in the UFC, Strikeforce and various other notable organizations. “Hot Sauce” was forced out of a fight on the same card due to injury, but as soon as he recovers, a matchup with Piechota would work for his comeback.

Jan Blachowicz

Should fight: Jared Cannonier
Why they should fight: With his UFC career likely on the line, Blachowicz delivered in a key moment when he scored a slick second-round submission of Devin Clark in their light heavyweight bout.

Blachowicz entered the UFC several years ago with a lot of hype behind him. He’s struggled against top competition, but perhaps his strong effort against Clark will represent a turning point.

The Polish fighter needs to continue his rebuild process, and a matchup with Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is fitting. Cannonier just lost his UFC on FOX 26 opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira due to a potential USADA violation. and Blachowicz is in position to be a suitable replacement.

Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Should fight: Jessica Andrade
Why they should fight: Former strawweight title challenger Kowalkiewicz rebounded from a two-fight skid with a unanimous decision win over promotional newcomer Jodie Esquibel to get her career back on track.

Kowalkiewicz is still one of the top contenders in the 155-pound division, and now that her rough patch is a thing of the past, she can return to fighting fellow elite names in her weight class.

During her post-fight interview Kowalkiewicz mentioned a showdown with Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC), who is coming off a dominant win over Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 117. The Brazilian named Kowalkiewicz as someone she wants to fight, and with all sides apparently on board, the matchup makes itself.

Darren Till

Should fight: Winner of Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Mike Perry at UFC on FOX 26
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Till should fight the winner of the UFC on FOX 26 bout between Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Darren Till and Mike Perry are perfect for each other – but oh, that 3rd wheel

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So Darren Till beats up Donald Cerrone, puts him away in the first round, then calls out Mike Perry (who is conveniently stationed at cageside), and the two of them engage in a heated face-to-face with the octagon fence between them, which is weird because it seems like they actually agree, at least on one key point.

These guys? Till and Perry? Yeah, they should probably fight each other. The only thing they disagree on is who’ll be left standing at the end.

There’s just one problem, and it’s Santiago Ponzinibbio. As in, the guy Perry already is booked to fight Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26.

It’s a bummer, isn’t it? No disrespect to Ponzinibbio, who has a healthy five-fight winning streak in the UFC to go along with his surprising knockout of Gunnar Nelson in July.

But let’s be honest. Perry-Ponzinibbio wasn’t on anyone’s list of dream fights. Even Perry can’t convincingly pretend to be excited about it. The best he can do is say he’s “not disappointed” by the pairing.

Meanwhile, the moment Till mentioned his name in the aftermath of his win at UFC-Gdansk, Perry seemed to materialize on the other side of the cage, already in a three-quarter rage. How dare someone say he wants to fight him. Even though that is, you know, pretty much the basis on which his chosen profession is built.

For the UFC, it’s almost too perfect. Two young welterweights, both of them rocketing up the ranks with exciting fighting styles and swaggering, polarizing personalities, and now they have their sights set on each other? The matchmaking doesn’t get much easier than that.

But then, there’s that Ponzinibbio fight again interrupting the easy flow of things, or at least delaying them.

The UFC isn’t in the habit of pulling one fighter out of a scheduled matchup just to make another, possibly more interesting one, and that’s mostly a good thing even if it’s hard not to wish for an exception just this once.

You can’t let yourself be tossed around by whatever gusts happen to kick up on any given weekend. It’s hard enough keeping things in check with injuries and illnesses forcing necessary replacements. Asking a UFC matchmaker to go messing with the schedule just because the mood has changed is the kind of thing that strokes are made of.

But that doesn’t mean we have to pretend like the mood hasn’t changed. Before Saturday, Perry-Ponzinibbio was a bit of a head-scratcher. After racking up the knockouts and building up the hype, Perry asked for Robbie Lawler and got … Ponzinibbio?

Again, nothing against the man, but if you were in the mood for knockouts, and you typed Lawler’s name into the UFC Fight Pass search bar, and it gave you results for Ponzinibbio instead, you can’t tell me your first thought would be, “Well, this is just as good.”

Come on, that’s like asking for a shot of whiskey and getting cough syrup. Same idea, and you can make it work if you have to, but it’s not the same thing.

The fact that Perry now has a relatively organic beef with another rising welterweight only makes the existing pairing more anti-climactic. As things stand now? Perry’s fight with Ponzinibbio just looks like the Darren Till sweepstakes. If Perry wins, things can proceed according to plan. If he doesn’t, hey, maybe Ponzinibbio will be a serviceable replacement?

If you were an executive at FOX, hoping to get the most out of the UFC ratings while the current TV rights deal is in effect, you can’t tell me that a part of you wouldn’t be hoping to hear that Ponzinibbio had injured himself in training or even just slammed his hand in a car door.

All those times when the injury bug ruined your best-laid plans, and it can’t step up and do you a favor now?

But, of course, you can’t think that way. You can’t hope someone gets hurt or sick and has to pull out of a fight. That would be unseemly. That would be wrong.

If it happened on its own, though, it might also be perfect.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Darren Till – heated before – cools off on Mike Perry, will stay patient after TKO of Donald Cerrone

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GDANSK, Poland – It didn’t take long for Darren Till to cool off on the idea of a fight with Mike Perry.

Although the red-hot prospect did everything but sign a bout agreement in the moments after stopping Donald Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118, Till (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) shrugged his shoulders at the potential booking when asked about it during the post-fight press conference.

“I didn’t call him out,” Till said of Perry after his first-round knockout at Ergo Arena, which hosted Saturday night’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed event. “(Perry) said ‘Cowboy’ was going to beat me on Twitter, and I said he wouldn’t. I was, in my mind, going to call out Mike Perry. But he got the fight booked with Santiago Ponzinibbio, who I want to fight as well. So I don’t really care about (Perry) now.

“The fight can happen if he beats Santiago, which I don’t think he will do, and then we can get it on. But he has a fight right now, so I don’t really care.”

Perry might care a little more. After jawing with Till cageside, he happily targeted Till as his next victim after the Dec. 16 fight with Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“I look forward to it, but I got work to do first with Santiago Ponzinibbio in Winnipeg, Canada,” Perry told UFC commentators Dan Hardy and John Gooden. “I can’t wait to do it. I look forward to skyrocketing myself off this kid’s undefeated record. I’m ready to take that 0 from that boy. He went fishing for bass, and he caught a shark. Be careful what you wish for.”

If it does happen, however, the two agree the location should be Till’s backyard in England. Till wants the UFC to come to his hometown of Liverpool to set a new record for decibels inside the arena.

But apparently, he’s not going to get too worked up about it. A one-month break is his immediate plan – unless the promotion comes calling for a big end-of-year opportunity.

“I’d fight every weekend if I could,” Till told MMAjunkie. “I used to fight every two weeks. But right now, it’s different. You have to be smart. My manager said he doesn’t want me to fight again this year. He said he wants me to have one month off.

“Maybe I’ll have one month off, get blathered a few times, and we’ll see what the new year brings. But if the UFC says they’ll give me a fight in December, I think I’ll beg my coaches to take it.”

In the meantime, Till won’t follow in the footsteps of other contenders who called for a title shot immediately after a huge win. Although Cerrone put a huge feather in his cap and undoubtedly will bump him up the rankings, Till said he’ll patiently work his way to the top of the division.

“There’s so many more guys in front of me,” said Till, who’s currently unranked in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, while Cerrone is No. 10. “They need the shot first, and then when I get my shot, I’ll just take the champion out. But I’m certainly closer. I’ll ask for the title shot when I take the No. 2 guy out.”

That guy should be a lot closer following his one-sided beatdown of Cerrone. Till kept telling the world to be ready for a shock, but it might not have taken notice until Saturday night. Now he’s really got everyone’s attention.

“It’s only what I’ve visualized every day since my last fight, every day in the gym, just seeing not even ‘Cowboy’ fall, but just a body fall in front of me,” Till said. “And it happened.”

Although many questioned whether he was ready for an opponent like Cerrone, Till said he never doubted himself.

“I never took disrespect, but when people see me in the flesh and see how I carry myself, they see it’s not fake,” Till said. “I’m not a fake confidence. I just totally believe in myself. When he walked into the cage, he could feel that air of confidence from me, and I already knew I had (Cerrone).”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Mike Perry gets heated with Darren Till cageside at UFC-Gdansk, issues warning after

It took Darren Till a matter of seconds to set up his next fight after scoring the biggest victory of his career against Donald Cerrone in today’s UFC Fight Night 118 headliner.

Following Till’s (16-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) first-round TKO of Cerrone (32-10 MMA, 19-7) in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed welterweight headliner at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, the unbeaten prospect immediately called out Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who was sitting cageside for the contest.

Perry jumped onto the octagon apron and got into a heated verbal exchange with Till through the fence. Both fighters were restrained, and immediately interest was generated in a fight. It went a step further just before the conclusion of the broadcast, when Perry conducted an interview with commentators John Gooden and Dan Hardy.

Although Perry has a fight set up for Dec. 16 with Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26, he said Till is on his hit list next, and he’s willing to go to the Brit’s hometown of Liverpool to do it.

“He’s got a great record,” Perry said. “I’m No. 15 (in the UFC rankings). I don’t know where that puts him in the rankings, but rankings don’t matter. They haven’t mattered since I got here. It’s about how hard I hit you with my right and my left hand. He wants to box? I look forward to any MMA fighter that wants to box with me. Santiago Ponzinibbio’s going to be the first example of that, then I’m going to show you, Darren Till, in England. I’m going to KO this man in his hometown.”

Till’s victory over Cerrone was the finest of his career. He picked apart “Cowboy” from beginning to end before the TKO at the 4:20 mark of Round 1. It was a breakthrough moment for the 24-year-old Till, but Perry said he wasn’t impressed by the version of Cerrone that Till beat.

“He looked good against Donald, against Donald Cerrone – not against the ‘Cowboy,’” Perry said. “That’s not the ‘Cowboy’ that wins fights. That was Donald that shows up. I wasn’t happy with Donald’s performance. I’ve seen him fight a lot better, and Darren didn’t get a tough fighter tonight. He got someone who gave up in the first round, but that’s definitely not the case (with me).

“You know that’s not what you’re going to see with me. And after I KO No. 9 Santiago Ponzinibbio, I really look forward to fighting that boy Darren Till in England. What’s up? In his hometown I want to knock that boy out.”

Despite the sudden heat between Perry and Till, “Platinum” said his focus won’t be shifted away from his upcoming fight. He knows he has a tall task ahead of him in Ponzinibbio, but he plans on putting on a performance that warns Till of what’s to come.

“I look forward to it, but I got work to do first with Santiago Ponzinibbio in Winnipeg, Canada,” Perry said. “I can’t wait to do it. I look forward to skyrocketing myself off this kid’s undefeated record. I’m ready to take that 0 from that boy. He went fishing for bass, and he caught a shark. Be careful what you wish for.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 134 – Gdansk: Cerrone, Till, Perry, Jones, Head, Subhan

Episode No. 134 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

John Morgan is back on the road, and it’s time for a UFC Fight Night 118 preview from Poland with old friends Simon Head and Abbey Subhan. Along the way, hear from headliners Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, as well as fast-rising welterweight and UFC-Gdansk guest fighter Mike Perry. And don’t miss the return of “Conspiracy Corner” with the one and only Fiasco Jones.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.

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Mike Perry can't wait to put Santiago Ponzinibbio to sleep at UFC on FOX 26

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GDANSK, Poland – If disaster strikes and one of headliners is forced out of Saturday’s welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 118, there’s a ready-made replacement raring to go.

Hard-hitting “Platinum” Mike Perry (11-1, 4-1 UFC) is here in Poland as one of the UFC’s guest fighters and, even though he’s not scheduled for action, he’s arrived in superb shape and ready to step in if need-be.

“That’d be a dream come true, man,” Perry today told MMAjunkie at the Ergo Arena, where the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event emanates. “I’m always ready to fight – short notice, any time, anywhere, any place, anyone.

“I know I always say that, but that’s the way I live my life. I’m always in great shape, I’m always training hard, and I’m always ready for anything. I would love to fight this weekend. We’ll see.”

Perry already has a bout scheduled, with the UFC granting his wish to take on top-10 opposition by matching him with Argentinian contender Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

On paper, at least, the matchup looks like a sure-fire winner, with both men established as two of the most aggressive, come-forward fighters in the welterweight division. It’s also a fight that Perry says he’ll relish as he prepares to face a man he described as a “high-caliber opponent.”

“Moving up in the rankings is just a dream come true again, man, because I came in fast and hard, trying to knock everybody out,” Perry said. “I think (the UFC matchmakers) see that, appreciate that and respect the way I fight, how I fight, why I fight.

“Fighting Ponzinibbio, I see another game opponent. I’m always looking for someone who can stand there and trade shots with me (and) who can take one or two of mine. I had a good fight in front of the European fans out here in Manchester against Danny Roberts, and they loved that fight. He was able to take it and return it.

“So I’m looking for another fight like that – another scrap – but I really don’t see him maintaining for very long and being able to take my shots because of his style, (which) I think matches up very well with mine. I’m going to hit him with some counter-punches that are probably going to lay him down (and) put him to sleep.”

Perry knocked out Alex Reyes in 79 seconds in his last outing, but all the headlines were about his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, as he told the Pittsburgh crowd and everyone watching at home: “Everybody wants to see me beat up Robbie Lawler.”

The UFC opted to go a different direction, with Lawler matched against former lightweight world champion Rafael dos Anjos as the main event of December’s UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg. Perry faces Ponzinibbio on the same card.

It wasn’t the exact scenario he’d hoped for, but Perry is content with his situation and says his ultimate aim isn’t a fight with Lawler. It’s a fight for the title.

“I can’t say I’m disappointed, because I am getting a top-10 fight like I asked,” Perry said. “Maybe I won’t get as many fans as if I would have knocked out Robbie Lawler, but that’s all coming in time.”

And while the Orlando native says he plans on building his fanbase with exciting performances, Perry won’t be concerned if he ends up being labeled the “bad guy” for the rest of his UFC career.

“I’m just going to keep pushing towards my goal to be the best in the world, and when I get there, if I still don’t have any fans, I should have a bunch of haters who want to pay to watch me lose,” Perry said. “But I’m going to keep disappointing them.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 118 and UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Fans invited to Friday's UFC Fight Night 118 weigh-ins, Q&A, autograph signing in Poland

If you’re in Poland for UFC Fight Night 118, you’ll have an opportunity to get up close to a pair of standout fighters before and after the weigh-ins.

Featuring a headlining contest between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till, UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, veteran Donald Cerrone takes on confident up-and-comer Darren Till in a welterweight bout. The main card also features a trio of Poland’s finest in Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Jan Blachowicz and Oskar Piechota, who meet Jodie Esquibel, Devin Clark and Jonathan Wilson, respectively.

Prior to the event, fans can attend Friday’s ceremonial fighter weigh-ins at Ergo Arena. The fighters will take the stage at 6 p.m. local time in Gdansk. But ahead of that, bantamweight Aljamain Sterling and welterweight slugger Mike Perry will answer fan questions at a Q&A moderated by Dan Hardy starting at 5:15. And following the weigh-ins, at 6:30 p.m., Sterling and Perry will sign autographs for fans in attendance.

The UFC Fight Night 118 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:45 a.m. ET )

  • Nasrat Haqparast vs. Marcin Held
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Sam Alvey vs. Ramazan Emeev
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Warlley Alves vs. Salim Touahri
  • Aspen Ladd vs. Lina Lansberg
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Josh Emmett

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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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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