UFC on FOX 26 co-main-event breakdown: Can replacement Josh Emmett upset Ricardo Lamas?

MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC on FOX 26’s main-card bouts, and today, we look at the co-main event.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and the main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

ALSO SEE: UFC on FOX 26 main-event breakdown: Can Rafael dos Anjos survive Robbie Lawler’s initial storm?

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Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC)

Ricardo Lamas

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’8″ Age: 35 Weight: 145 lbs. Reach: 71″
  • Last fight: TKO win over Jason Knight (July 29, 2017)
  • Camp: MMA Masters (Chicago)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ NCAA Division III All-American wrestler
+ Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
+ 5 KO victories
+ 5 submission wins
+ 6 first-round finishes
+ Consistent pace and pressure
+ Accurate shot selection
+ Dynamic kicking arsenal
+ Strong inside the clinch
+ Solid takedown ability
+ Excellent top pressure
^ Effective ground striker
+ Superb transitional grappler
^ Scrambles, rides, back takes
+ Deceptive submission acumen

Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)

Josh Emmett

Staple info:

  • Height: 5’6″ Age: 32 Weight: 145 lbs. Reach: 70″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Felipe Arantes (Oct. 21, 2017)
  • Camp: Team Alpha Male (California)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ NAIA collegiate wrestler
+ Regional MMA titles
+ 3 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 4 first-round finishes
+ Consistent pace and pressure
+ Good feints and footwork
^ Will shift stances
+ Heavy right hand
^ Coming forward or off the counter
+ Strong inside of the clinch
+ Solid takedown ability
+ Good transitional grappler
^ Scrambles, strikes, submissions
+/- Fighting on short notice

Summary:

The co-main event in Winnipeg features a featherweight battle between Ricardo Lamas and Josh Emmett.

Originally slated for a rematch with Jose Aldo, Lamas – a perennial top contender in the division – will be tasked with taking on another rising talent.

Stepping in on short notice is Emmett, a former lightweight who is making a seven-week turnaround from a successful featherweight debut.

Scheduling intangibles aside, I expect this contest between two former collegiate wrestlers to be a competitive one, particularly on the feet.

A dynamic stick-and-move stylist, Lamas has steadily sharpened his striking arsenal during his past years spent at MMA Masters. Typically circling on the outside, Lamas will dictate range with a healthy mix of prodding attacks that are fueled by solid feints and footwork.

Often faking one direction to explode into another, Lamas is a hard man to get a beat on.

The Chicago native can go from throwing fundamentally sound jabs to spinning wheel kicks, but he has no issue with punishing his opponents’ legs from a distance when he needs to. And when his opposition forgets about his boxing presence, Lamas can usually remind them with the hooks, crosses and uppercuts he keeps at the ready.

Nevertheless, Lamas will have to stay alert defensively given that his opponent has a presence at multiple ranges as well.

An athletic and explosive mover, Emmett displays similar stylistic nods to his Team Alpha Male stablemates to go along with what appears to be an eye for technical detail.

Circling along the outside, Emmett will offer an array of looks in effort to create different angles of approach. Whether he is feinting heavy and shuffle-stepping his way into range with his right hand or shifting to southpaw to enter off kicks, Emmett has power in almost everything he throws.

Emmett also carries craft to his game, demonstrating slick head movement and an awareness of angles that speaks louder than one would expect from his resume. A deceptive counter puncher, Emmett does well when walking his opponent’s into his favored heavy right hands. That said, Emmett will need to mind being countered himself considering that Lamas keeps solid check-hooks and crosses chambered (as seen in his fight with Max Holloway).

Regardless of who edges out striking stanzas, I suspect that this matchup may be decided by each fighter’s intention to grapple.

Emmett is the more aggressive pursuer of takedowns on paper, but I am not entirely sure he will be sprinkling in his attempts in this fight. Although I am sure that Team Alpha Male has Emmett confident in his guillotine defense, shooting in on Lamas could ultimately end up playing into his hand in other ways.

A superb transitional grappler, Lamas has done a fantastic job in melding his wrestling base with savvy jiu-jitsu skills. From floating and riding off of a front headlock to pining and pressuring when necessary, he has a lot to offer from all positions. Should Emmett enter grappling engagements, his risk management will need to be turned up to 10.

That said, Emmett is no slouch on the mat himself. He knows his way inside of a scramble, and he can pass and strike with competency from topside when he wants. From the bottom, Emmett is not afraid to attack what’s there – chaining chokes, leg locks and other submissions that he parlays into scramble opportunities in which he uses to stand.

The oddsmakers and public opinion are fairly clear, listing Lamas -275 and Emmett +235 as of this writing.

There is a lot to like about Emmett’s game, but I have to agree with the betting lines above. Emmett may have a slight power and output edge on paper, but I feel that Lamas’ savviness at range and ability to counter will damper those numbers. Furthermore, I also suspect that there may be a skills gap in regards to grappling that may come to light.

Although Emmett is a talented wrestler who trains with excellent and experienced grapplers, that does not necessarily guarantee that he can beat others of similar level, much less one as tested as Lamas.

Don’t get me wrong: I see Emmett being able to defend submissions and hold his own in exchanges. I am just not sure he will be the one who is dictating terms.

Emmett – who despite his wrestling abilities – has shown he is not beyond being taken down when inside of the clinch or against the cage. And considering he does his best work in said space, I could see Lamas, who’s 7-1 in fights when scoring a minimum of just one takedown, winning crucial points of a competitive affair. Lamas by a consensus decision is the call.

Official pick: Lamas by decision

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

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Ricardo Lamas: No 'tantrum like a kid' over lost Jose Aldo fight at UFC on FOX 26

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UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas is not sulking over another opponent shift, and that’s because he can’t afford to.

He’ll wait to express his true feelings when the post-fight mic comes his way. Then the world will know how he feels about the situation.

“I feel like sometimes I don’t get the respect I deserve in the division or from the UFC,” Lamas, who meets Josh Emmett at UFC on FOX 26, told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m a finisher. I go out there and finish fights. And I’m going to keep doing that, so these guys are going to learn to respect me sooner or later.”

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) lost a chance to rematch Jose Aldo at Saturday’s event after the ex-champ was tapped to replace the injured Frankie Edgar against champ Max Holloway at UFC 218. The UFC installed Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) as a short-notice replacement.

It was the second big name to slip through Lamas’ fingers in 14 months; a fight in October 2016 with B.J. Penn at UFC Fight Night 97 was canceled when Penn announced an injury.

Rather than dwell about his recent fortune, Lamas shifted focus to his new opponent, whom he meets in the FOX-televised co-headliner of Saturday’s event at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“It’s a part of this game,” Lamas said. “The fight game is very unpredictable, so you’ve got to roll with the punches. You have no other choice. I can’t just sit here and throw a tantrum like a little kid. I’ve just got to suck it up and keep doing what I’ve been doing, which is finishing fights.”

Lamas’ two most recent opponents, Charles Oliveira and Jason Knight, didn’t make it the distance, bringing to six the number of stoppages under his watch. Knight came into his bout with Lamas as a promising up-and-comer with four straight wins, and he left with a first-round TKO loss.

Emmett carries a 2-1 octagon record into the fight, which puts him in the category of another prospect Lamas must silence to keep in the running for a title.

Lamas shrugs at buzz over Brian Ortega as the next potential title contender to the featherweight title after Edgar. Ortega wowed fans with a submission of Cub Swanson at this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123, but Lamas didn’t watch it live.

“I don’t like talking past fights,” he said. “I’m not even thinking about a title fight right now, because I have somebody in front of me that I have to get through first. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say about it on Saturday, barring that the fight goes my way and I perform well. Saturday I’ll have plenty to say. You’ll just have to tune in then.”

And while luck hasn’t been on his side when it comes to withdrawals, Lamas points out that can easily turn around. With so many injury withdrawals, he plans to stay in shape so he might get a short-notice opportunity that catapults him up the rankings.

When Edgar fell out, he got on Twitter and called for a rematch with Holloway, who beat him by decision in a thriller this past year.

“I was ready to jump in there,” Lamas said. “It was something that I would have done, and something that I will do in the future.”

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2580 with Ricardo Lamas, Paul Felder and Glover Teixeira

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ricardo Lamas, Paul Felder and Glover Teixeira.

Lamas, who faces Josh Emmett on Dec. 16 at UFC on FOX 26, called into the show to talk about his upcoming fight. Felder, a UFC lightweight and color commentator, stopped by the show to unpack his most recent fight with Charles Oliveira at UFC 218, as well as his experiences calling the action at UFC Fight Night 123. Teixeira, who faces Misha Cirkunov at UFC on FOX 26, called in to talk about his matchup this weekend.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 26 event in Winnipeg.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC on FOX 26 staff picks we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC on FOX 26 takes place Saturday at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and the main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Records: Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC), Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC)
Past five: Lawler 4-1, dos Anjos 3-2
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Lawler No. 3, dos Anjos No. 9
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Lawler -115, dos Anjos -105

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Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett

Records: Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Lamas 3-2, Emmett 4-1
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: Lamas No. 5
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Lamas -240, Emmett +200

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Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio

Records: Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC)
Past five: Perry 4-1, Ponzinibbio 5-0
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Ponzinibbio -185, Perry +160

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Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

Records: Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC)
Past five: Teixeira 3-2, Cirkunov 4-1
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Teixeira No. 6, Cirkunov No. 9
Odds (as of 12/10/17): Cirkunov -130, Teixeira +110

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ricardo Lamas, Glover Teixeira and Paul Felder

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ricardo Lamas, Glover Teixeira and Paul Felder.

Lamas co-headlines Saturday’s UFC on FOX 26 event against replacement Josh Emmett. Teixeira fights Misha Cirkunov at the network-televised event. Fresh off a UFC 218 win, Felder called the action this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 123.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Jason Knight upbeat about UFC-Fresno rebound after making '$30,000 to get TKO'd' in last fight

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FRESNO, Calif. – Jason Knight has no shame in his loss to Ricardo Lamas over the summer and is ready to rebound and prove where he stands in the featherweight division at UFC Fight Night 123.

After winning four straight, Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) was positioned in a showdown with former title-challenger Lamas at UFC 214 in July. He suffered a one-sided first-round TKO loss, but now Knight is ready to bounce back against Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 co-headliner, which takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Knight never had suffered a blowout loss like Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) gave him at UFC 214. Such an outcome could rattle the confidence of some fighters, but Knight, who spoke to the media at Thursday’s UFC Fight Night 123 open workouts at Pacific Martial Arts, said it was nothing more than a positive learning experience.

“I don’t get what you’re talking about, man. Things went exactly as they were supposed to,” Knight jokingly told MMAjunkie. “Every time I get in that cage I pray to God: Let the best man win. If it’s not me, it’s no big deal. Just let me go out there and fight to the best of my ability. I made a critical mistake in that fight. I got open with my hands down, but it’s a big learning experience.

“At that level, top 15, those guys, they’re animals. They’re a whole different breed than the rest of the cliques. You’ve got to be flawless. You can’t make any mistakes. I learned more from that fight than I have any of my wins – that’s the good thing about it.”

Knight explained that he’s not the type of fighter who gets hung up on wins and losses. He’s not oblivious to the reality that winning leads to bigger opportunities, but Knight only wants to reach those spots if it’s done his way.

“Mississippi Mean” is a classic brawler who already has drawn comparisons to Nick and Nate Diaz for his fighting style and in-cage trash talking. Knight said he walked out of the octagon a better fighter after the clash with Lamas, and he plans on applying everything he learned to Benitez.

“Some fighters, they’re so hell-bent on, they can’t lose. They’ve got to win everything,’” Knight said. “I don’t give a (expletive). I’m out here ready to fight. I’m out to here to have fun and get paid doing it. That’s just the way that it goes. I made $30,000 to get TKO’d. Who the hell gets to do that? It didn’t really bother me.

“They know just as well as I do: (Lamas) is a top-three guy, that’s some big shoes to fill, and I asked for that fight,” he continued. “It wasn’t a short-notice fight, but I didn’t have a complete training camp for it. That was something I wanted to try to do. I wanted to test myself at that level. I had the skills to beat him. I have the tools to beat him. He was flawless; I wasn’t.”

Despite the loss, Knight still feels the UFC holds him in high regard. He said he wouldn’t have gotten a co-main event spot at UFC Fight Night 123 if that weren’t the case, and against an opponent where he’s the heavy betting favorite.

Knight said he fully expects a tough fight from Benitez and doesn’t foresee himself leaving the octagon unscathed. However, when judging the matchup, Knight said the UFC is doing its best to help him get back on track.

“They know I’m at the level I need to be, and they’re just giving me this fight as kind of a warm-up,” Knight said. “Of course, Gabriel Benitez is a tough fighter. He’s going to be a hard fight for me, but I think they’re trying to give me him, so that if I beat him, then they’re going to give me that next step up. They just wanted to assess where my skills are at, where my brain’s at after taking that tough loss. I’m not like the rest of these guys. I don’t get butt-hurt after a loss. It doesn’t bother me. I’m right back to the same guy 30 minutes later. I think I might have been upset for 30 seconds and then it was right back to happy-go-lucky Jason.”

Knight said he’s excited to show off the improved version of himself that was birthed out of the loss to Lamas. He said his approach against Lamas is ultimately what cost him the fight, and against Benitez, Knight said he plans on showing significantly less flaws and performing like the top-15 featherweight he knows he can be.

“I belong with everybody that’s inside that top 15,” Knight said. “I think I’m above some of their levels for sure. I just got to get to that flawless stage where I made no mistakes, I made no errors. Once I get to that fight IQ where I think consciously about keeping my hands up, think consciously about moving the right direction and stuff like that, I think after that the skill is already there. It’s just the little, tiny little nitpicking things that could cost you the fight.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Next week's UFC on FOX 26 lineup in Winnipeg undergoes slew of changes

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Next week’s UFC on FOX 26 lineup has undergone a number of changes.

Officials today announced the slew of new matchups for the card.

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

As reported on Monday, Justin Scoggins (11-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) recently announced a back injury has forced him out of his fight with flyweight Tim Elliott (14-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC). As a result, promotional newcomer and undefeated recent Bellator fighter Pietro Menga (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.

Officials also confirmed Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has been tapped for the co-headliner against featherweight Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC). Lamas was originally was supposed to fight Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), but the former UFC champion recently had fill-in duties in this past weekend’s UFC 218 headliner, where he lost to current titleholder Max Holloway.

Additionally, Darren Stewart (7-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) replaces Vitor Miranda (12-6 MA, 3-3 UFC) against middleweight Julian Marquez (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A reason wasn’t given for Miranda’s withdrawal.

Finally, welterweight Sultan Aliev (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is out of his fight against Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC), and Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been scratched from his bout from Danny Roberts (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) – both for undisclosed reasons. As a result, Taleb and Roberts are now slated to fight each other.

The official UFC on FOX 26 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 5 p.m. ET)

  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Julian Marquez vs. Darren Stewart
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)

  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Danny Roberts vs. Nordine Taleb

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

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Reports: Josh Emmett steps in vs. Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 26

It’s not the rematch he was hoping for, but Ricardo Lamas still has a fight at UFC on FOX 26.

Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will take on Josh Emmett (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at the Dec. 16 event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, according to multiple reports. MMA journalist Farah Hannoun was first to report the news on Twitter.

Lamas originally was supposed to fight Jose Aldo in the card’s co-headliner, but those plans changed shortly after Frankie Edgar was forced to withdraw from his featherweight title fight vs. champ Max Holloway. The UFC turned to Aldo as a replacement, and he’s now getting an immediate rematch to reclaim his title Saturday night at UFC 218 in Detroit.

Lamas has gone 5-2 since his 2014 loss to Aldo at UFC 169. Lamas’ losses came to two-time title challenger Chad Mendes and Holloway, the latter coming at UFC 199 in June 2016. But since the Holloway loss, Lamas has back-to-back stoppage wins. He submitted Charles Oliveira just over a year ago, and in July he stopped Jason Knight with a first-round TKO at UFC 214.

Emmett enters the bout coming off a dominant unanimous-decision win over Felipe Arantes last month at UFC Fight Night 118.

The latest UFC on FOX 26 card now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Josh Emmett vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier
  • Danny Roberts vs. Sheldon Westcott

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

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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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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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