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Michel Prazeres meets newcomer Mads Burnell, not Islam Makhachev at UFC Fight Night 115

With Islam Makhachev unable to compete, a lightweight bout between Michel Prazeres and UFC newcomer Mads Burnell has been finalized for September’s UFC Fight Night 115 lineup.

UFC officials today announced the switch that resulted in Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Losing Makhachev as an opponent is a blow to Prazeres’ attempt to climb up the 155-pound rankings. He’s currently riding a four-fight winning streak in the lightweight division and his only setback in more than four years came against rising contender Kevin Lee. Moreover, the Brazilian is coming off his first stoppage win under the UFC banner, a first-round submission of Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 106 in March.

Burnell, meanwhile, is a 23-year-old prospect from Denmark who is riding a three-fight winning streak. He has earned all of his career stoppage victories by way of submission and is coming off a finish via Japanese necktie. The UFC debut will mark the end of a 10-month layoff for Burnell.

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
  • Mads Burnell 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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Source: MMA Junkie

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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With Abu Azaitar out, Siyar Bahadurzada meets Rob Wilkinson at UFC Fight Night 115

The lineup for the UFC’s return to the Netherlands next month has undergone a change, and an Australian will make his promotional debut.

Abu Azaitar (12-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his welterweight fight against Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC Fight Night 115. He’ll be replaced by Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Although not yet announced by the promotion, a UFC official confirmed the change to MMAjunkie following an initial report from Fight News Australia.

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The 25-year-old Wilkinson, from Australia, is a perfect 11-0 to open his career. He’ll be fighting for the first time in 11 months, but brings a stellar resume to the fight. Ten of his 11 pro wins are by stoppage, including six submissions, and nine of them have come in the first round.

Bahadurzada hasn’t fought since March 2016, when he upset Brandon Thatch with a third-round submission at UFC 196. The Afghan fighter was supposed to return this past July at UFC 201, but had to withdraw from a bout with Jorge Masvidal due to illness.

Bahadurzada is no stranger to lengthy layoffs, having walked into the Thatch bout after a two-year, injury-motivated hiatus. The victory evened out a UFC record that included a debut win over Paulo Thiago and consecutive losses to Dong Hyun Kim and John Howard.

Germany’s Azaitar was set to make his promotional debut following a unanimous decision win over Mike Arrant at WSOF 33 this past October. He hasn’t suffered a professional loss since 2012, boasting a solid eight victories in nine bouts, with a draw sandwiched in the middle. But now his shot at the UFC is put on hold.

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
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • 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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Source: MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night 115 in Netherlands gets 2 new additions

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Two new fights have been added to the lineup for next month’s UFC Fight Night 115 event.

Officials recently announced lightweights Felipe Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and welterweights Darren Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Silva, a 32-year-old Brazilian, made his UFC debut in April 2016 and scored a TKO victory over Shane Campbell. It marked his seventh stoppage in eight career wins. He now fights for the first time in 15 months.

He takes on Taisumov, 28, who looks for his fifth straight UFC victory. All of the wins have come via knockout during his recent winning streak, and he picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses in his recent wins over Alan Patrick and Damir Hadzovic.

Till, meanwhile, recently signed a new deal with the UFC. After a “Fight of the Night” draw with Nicolas Dalby, the 24-year-old Englishman recently scored a decision victory over Jessin Ayari to maintain an undefeated record since his 2013 pro debut.

He meets Velickovic, a 28-year-old Serbian now based in Colorado. The former RFA champ recently scored a knockout victory over Nico Musoke for his “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card now includes:

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

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

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Nick Hein drops to featherweight, meets newcomer Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC Fight Night 115

A featherweight bout between Nick Hein and Zabit Magomedsharipov is the latest addition to September’s UFC Fight Night 115 lineup.

UFC officials today announced the bout between Hein (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Magomedsharipov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Despite winning four of his five UFC fights and riding a three-fight winning streak, Hein drops down to 145 pounds from the lightweight division for the upcoming bout. The German fighter has been successful, but his contests have largely lacked excitement, with all of his octagon appearances going the distance.

“Sergeant” hasn’t finished an opponent inside the distance since September 2013, but he will surely seek to end the four-year stoppage drought.

Magomedsharipov, meanwhile, has only seen the judges scorecards twice in his career, and hasn’t done so since November 2013. The Dagestani fighter brings an eight-fight winning streak into his octagon debut, which will mark his return to competition after a nearly one-year layoff.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card now includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Abu Azaitar vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov

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

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Source: MMA Junkie

Germaine de Randamie returns to bantamweight, meets Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115

Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), returns to 135 pounds in September to face Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC).

UFC officials today announced the contest will take place at UFC Fight Night 115 in de Randamie’s home nation of the Netherlands.

Featuring a heavyweight matchup of Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov in the main event, UFC Fight Night 155 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam. The entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Former champ de Randamie fights for the first time since being stripped of her featherweight belt after refusing to defend it against top contender Cristian Justino, who the Dutch fighter branded “a known and proven cheater.” The UFC’s decision brought to a close a strange chapter in the promotion’s history that saw de Randamie crowned champ after a hotly contested decision win over Holly Holm at February’s UFC 208.

Meanwhile, Reneau returns to action for the first time since a March majority draw with Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil. Reneau has endured mixed results since making her way to the UFC, opening her octagon run with victories over Alexis Dufresne and Jessica Andrade before falling short against Holly Holm and Ashlee Evans-Smith. This past November, she picked up a TKO win over Milana Dudieva before the draw with Correia.

UFC Fight Night 115 now includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Abu Azaitar vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

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

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Siyar Bahadurzada says he's fighting UFC newcomer Abu Azaitar at UFC Fight Night 115

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After a 16-month layoff, UFC welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada says he’s got a date for his return.

According to Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), he’s set to welcome World Series of Fighting veteran Abu Azaitar (12-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)  into the octagon at UFC Fight Night 115, which takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The UFC hasn’t made any official announcement of the matchup. (via Twitter)

Bahadurzada hasn’t fought since March of 2016, when he upset Brandon Thatch with a third-round submission at UFC 196. The Afghan fighter was supposed to have returned last July at UFC 201 but had to withdraw from a bout with Jorge Masvidal due to illness.

Bahadurzada is no stranger to lengthy layoffs, having walked into the Thatch bout after a two-year, injury-motivated hiatus. The win evened out a record that included a debut win over Paulo Thiago and consecutive losses to Dong Hyun Kim and John Howard.

Germany’s Azaitar, in turn, enters the bout off a unanimous-decision win over Mike Arrant at last October’s WSOF 33. He hasn’t suffered a professional loss since 2012, boasting a solid eight victories in his last nine bouts, with a draw sandwiched in between.

Azaitar hasn’t commented publicly on the matchup yet, but he had been making his case for a spot in Rotterdam. (via Twitter)

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Abu Azaitar

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

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Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards added to UFC Fight Night 115 in Netherlands

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September’s UFC Fight Night 115 event in the Netherlands has a new welterweight addition.

Officials today announced a fight between Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card hasn’t been finalized.

Fan favorite Barberena looks for his fourth win in five fights when he returns to action. In his most recent bout, the 28-year-old dropped down to lightweight and scored a TKO victory over Joe Proctor. A fight prior, he followed up upset wins over Sage Northcutt and Warlley Alves with a unanimous-decision loss to fast-rising Joe Proctor.

He now meets Edwards, who’s currently on a three-fight winning streak. After going 2-2 in his first four UFC fights, the 25-year-old English fighter and former BMMA champ has defeated Dominic Waters, Albert Tumenov and Vicente Luque during his current run.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

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

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Source: MMA Junkie