Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche rematch among UFC-Fresno fight-card additions

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December’s UFC Fight Night 123 event has a slew of new additions, officials today announced.

Chief among them? A rematch between former UFC women’s bantamweight title challengers Alexis Davis (18-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who both head down to flyweight for the fight.

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Davis, who’s No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, defeated No. 14-ranked Carmouche via unanimous decision in their first meeting, which took place in 2013 at “UFC Fight Night 31: Fight for the Troops 3.”

Davis has had mixed results since then but recently got back in the win column with a decision victory over Cindy Dandois in April. Carmouche, meanwhile, earned a split-decision victory over Katlyn Chookagian in November 2016 for her second straight win.

Also confirmed the card are undefeated middleweight Trevin Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who knocked out James Bochnovic in his July UFC debut, vs. Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who hasn’t fought since 2014, as well flyweights Carls John de Tomas (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alex Perez (18-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The latest UFC Fight Night 123 lineup now includes:

  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. John Phillips
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez

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

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After big KO win in debut at UFC 213, Trevin Giles heading back to middleweight

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LAS VEGAS – Trevin Giles’ promotional debut at UFC 213 was all about new experiences.

For starters, Giles was fighting up a weight class at light heavyweight when he took on James Bochnovic. And then there was the way Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) put Bochnovic (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) away with a massive knockout in the second round.

Although he had three prior knockouts on his record, they were all TKOs and he said he never had seen an opponent go completely out before. Things were bad enough for Bochnovic, a training partner of UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, that he left T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on a stretcher after he and Giles opened the card on UFC Fight Pass before the rest of the prelims on FS1 and the main card on pay-per-view.

“It felt horrible – I didn’t like to see him like that,” Giles said backstage after the fight. “He’s a very nice guy. I hope he’s fine. He didn’t look too good. I feel worried for him, so I hope he’s doing good. Actually seeing him go out like that was a new experience for me.”

Giles, from Texas, said he’ll be going back to his natural middleweight home when he has his sophomore effort in the UFC at some point down the road. At 185 pounds, the 24-year-old was 9-0 when he got the call to fight Bochnovic on short notice at UFC 213.

But at middleweight, the finisher believes he’ll be able to get some things done in his new promotional home.

“When I drop back down, I think my cardio’s going to be even better,” Giles said. “I think I’m going to have more energy, I’m going to be faster. I was a bit heavy in there – we got to fight at 205 (pounds). I felt great because I didn’t have to weight cut, but I’ll be dropping down, and I think I’m going to be matching up great with a bunch of those guys – all of them.”

A 10-0 start to his MMA career, and a huge first fight in the UFC with a knockout win isn’t too shabby of a beginning for a guy who was only training MMA to get in shape for football tryouts.

To hear that story, check out the video with Giles above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 213 results: Trevin Giles dominates before knockout of James Bochnovic in UFC debut

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Trevin Giles took James Bochnovic to place he had never been before – and maybe a place he would rather not return.

In a battle of fighters making their UFC debuts, Giles simply dominated Bochnovic in all facets, en route to a second-round knockout victory to remain undefeated.

The light heavyweight bout opened up the preliminary card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FS1 and a main card on pay-per-view.

It was the first time Bochnovic had fought beyond the first round in his 10-fight career.

In Round 1, both men came out patiently and felt each other out. Bochnovic (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) decided after about a minute to come heavy with kicks before the men clinched against the cage. Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won that moment as he took down Bochnovic and gained top position. Bochnovic tried for wrist control, though Giles was able to get his arm out and end up in side control.

Even so, Bochnovic remained committed to a straight armbar that failed. Bochnovic was content with giving up his back and paid for it with some hard shots by Giles, who held control with one arm and rained punches with another. Giles suplexed Bochnovic as he tried to scramble up then continued with ground-and-pound. It was a strong final 2 minutes to close out the first round for Giles.

Giles came out in the second round with confidence, finding his rhythm standing. Giles hit Bochnovic with a jab and then a strong body shot that hurt him. The result was Giles taking the fight to the mat. He initially fell into side control before taking Bochnovic’s back.

Initially, Giles was successful with ground-and-pound until Bochnovic tried standing up, only to be taken down immediately. Giles again took his back and found himself in the most dominant position, mounting his back and punishing Bochnovic with punches before the referee stepped in to stop the fight at the 2:54 mark.

“It felt great,” Giles said. “I love to come into the UFC and get my first victory like this.”

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

  • Trevin Giles def. James Bochnovic via knockout (punches) – Round 2 KO, 2:54

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware, James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles added to UFC 213 lineup

A pair of fights have been added to next week’s UFC 213 lineup at the 11th hour, giving four prospects a chance to make their promotional debuts.

Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and James Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Trevin Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. UFC officials announced the matchups today, both of which will stream on the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Along with the two new bouts, the UFC made official a heavyweight bout for the main card. The fight between Curtis Blayes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) shifts from the FS1 prelims to the main card in the wake of the removal of the welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler due to a Cerrone injury. And moving up from UFC Fight Pass to FS1 is the middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Thiago “Marreta” Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC).

Michigan native Stamann heads to the UFC on the strength of a six-fight winning streak. In March, he knocked out Bill Kamery in the main event of a KnockOut Promotions event in his home state. Ware, an RFA veteran, has won four straight fights. In April, he knocked out UFC and WSOF veteran Jared Papazian at a CXF event. The win gave him a measure of revenge after a decision loss to Papazian in 2013.

Bochnovic, who trains with UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell, has won eight straight fights after being submitted in his pro debut nearly three years ago. Since then, all eight of his wins are by stoppage, and the most recent seven have been by submission. Just a month ago, he tapped Bellator, Titan FC and RFA vet Wayman Carter with an armbar just 85 seconds into their fight.

Giles, from Texas, brings his unbeaten record into the fight with Bochnovic. Eight of his nine wins are by stoppage, including five submissions. In February, he went to the judges for the first time in his pro career and took a split decision from Ryan Spann in the LFA 3 main event.

The UFC 213 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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