Jussier Formiga vs. Ben Nguyen, Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov added to UFC 221 in Perth

The UFC’s debut event in Perth is beginning to take shape with the addition of its first two fights.

A flyweight bout between Jussier Formiga (20-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) and Ben Nguyen (17-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC), as well as a light heavyweight matchup between Tyson Pedro (6-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Saparbek Safarov (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), are set to go down at February’s UFC 221 event.

The fights were announced by thewest.com.au.

UFC 221 takes place Feb. 10 at Perth Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Formiga has alternated wins and losses in his past five UFC fights. He’s coming off a first-round submission of Ulka Sasaki at UFC Fight Night 117 in September. He meets the streaking Nguyen, who has won 10 of his past 11 bouts and is coming off a 49-second submission of Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night 110 in June.

Pedro, meanwhile, will attempt to rebound after experiencing his first pro loss against Ilir Latifi at UFC 215 in September. He clashes with Safarov, who will return to the octagon for the first time since losing a “Fight of the Night” against Gian Villante in his debut at UFC Fight Night 102 in December.

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

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Marcos Rogerio de Lima off UFC Fight Night 115 after potential USADA anti-doping violation

UFC light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima will not compete at UFC Fight Night 115 after being flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Friday night.

De Lima’s potential violation stems from an out-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 1, per a UFC-issued statement, resulting in a provisional suspension by USADA.

De Lima (15-5-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was scheduled to face Saparbek Safarov (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Sept. 2 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. De Lima has alternated wins and losses in his last six bouts, most recently being submitted by Ovince Saint Preux via Von Flue choke in April at UFC Fight Night 108.

Below is the UFC’s full statement:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marcos Rogerio de Lima of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 1, 2017. Marcos was scheduled to compete at UFC Fight Night: Struve vs. Volkov in Rotterdam, Netherlands on September 2, 2017. USADA has provisionally suspended Rogerio de Lima based on the potential anti-doping violation. Given the provisional suspension and the proximity of the Rotterdam event, Rogerio de Lima has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Rogerio de Lima. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card now includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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