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 on FOX 25 results: Junior Albini scores impressive knockout win in UFC debut

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Junior Albini made quite the impression for a new UFC heavyweight, stopping Timothy Johnson early with punches.

With quickness and accuracy, Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) sidestepped Johnson’s (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) bum-rush and returned with a combination for a first-round knockout.

The heavyweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC on FOX 25 event at NYCB LIVE at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of the rest of the card on FOX.

The end came at the 2:51 round of the opening frame as a dazed Johnson took several hammerfists to the face, the logical conclusion after a straight right dropped him to the mat.

Johnson’s attempts to hurt Albini with a straight blast of punches were nullified by kicks and short hooks. As he reset and tried to barge in once again, Albini was waiting with a knee.

The shot stopped Johnson in his tracks and a left hook follow-up stung him before the punch that took him off his feet.

Albini now has won 10 straight fights including his octagon debut. All but two of those wins were earned via stoppage. Johnson, meanwhile, continues to bounce between wins and losses in his six-fight UFC career.

Up-to-the-minute UFC on FOX 25 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC on FOX 25, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Matt Erickson contributed to this report on site in New York.)

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Source: MMA Junkie