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Here's official poster for UFC Fight Night 117, featuring 'Shogun' vs. 'OSP' rematch


The UFC makes its return to Japan after nearly two years next month with UFC Fight Night 117.

The event, which takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, features an FXX-televised lineup following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Taking center stage on the organization’s ninth fight card in “The Land of the Rising Sun” is a light heavyweight rematch. Former UFC champion Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) attempts to get revenge against Ovince Saint Preux (20-10 MMA, 8-5 UFC), who scored a stunning 34-second knockout win over “Shogun” at UFC Fight Night 56 in November 2014.

Check out the official event poster below:

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 lineup includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa added to UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

A contest between a pair of international flyweight prospects is the latest addition to next month’s UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan.

UFC officials recently announced that Japan’s Naoki Inoue (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and the Philippines’ Jenel Lausa (7-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to the event, which takes place Sept. 23 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, but airs one day earlier in the U.S. due to the time delay. The night’s main card airs on FXX, though the full bout order has yet to be revealed.

Inoue, 20, made his promotional debut at June’s UFC Fight Night 117 event in Singapore, scoring a hard-fought decision win over then-undefeated prospect Carls John de Tomas. Inoue remained unbeaten since turning pro in February 2015, a run that includes seven wins by submission – including four armbars and three rear-naked chokes.

Meanwhile, Lausa, 29, made his UFC debut in November 2016 with a decision win over Yao Zhikui. However, he returned to action in April and saw a five-fight winning streak snapped after suffering a decision loss to Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 210.

With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 117 now includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi vs. “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim
  • Naoki Inoue vs. Jenel Lausa

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Takanori Gomi vs. 'Maestro' Dong Hyun Kim added to UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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Two veterans of the Asian MMA circuit will meet at the UFC’s upcoming return to Japan.

Officials today announced a matchup between lightweights Takanori Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) and ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (14-8 MMA, 1-2 UFC) for UFC Fight Night 117.

The event takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FXX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Gomi, a 38-year-old Japanese fighter, turned pro 19 years ago and reigned as a PRIDE and Shooto champion during a storied career. However, he’s struggled in the UFC, where despite some memorable appearances, he’s currently in a four-fight skid following losses to Myles Jury, Joe Lauzon, Jim Miller and Jon Tuck – all via stoppage. He hasn’t posted a victory since edging Isaac Vallie-Flagg via decision in a “Fight of the Night” performance at UFC 172 in 2014.

“The Fireball Kid” now meets Kim, a 28-year-old from South Korea who made his pro debut more than a decade ago with his longtime Spirit MC home. After suffering knockout losses to Dominique Steele and Marco Polo Reyes (in a “Fight of the Night”) in his first two UFC fights, the lanky 155-pounder picked up his long-awaited first UFC victory after edging Brendan O’Reilly on the scorecards in December. Kim’s subsequent booking against Thibault Gouti in June was scrapped on fight day when his opponent fell ill.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau
  • Takanori Gomi at “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Luke Jumeau returns at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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Following a successful UFC debut, New Zealand’s Luke Jumeau is slated for a return at the UFC’s upcoming show in Japan.

UFC officials announced Jumeau (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to fight welterweight Shinsho Anzai (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 117.

The event takes place Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Jumeau signed with the UFC earlier this year after defeating UFC vet Vik Grujic at a regional show in Australia. Then, in his his promotional debut, he scored a unanimous-decision victory over Dominique Steele at UFC Fight Night 110 in Auckland. The 29-year-old credited the New Zealand crowd for giving him a boost in the fight, which pushed his overall winning streak to seven.

He now meets Anzai, a 31-year-old Japanese fighter who made his UFC debut in 2014. He suffered a TKO loss to Alberto Mina, which snapped a six-fight winning streak. He returned a year later and scored a TKO win over Roger Zapata (who suffered a finger injury) for his first UFC victory. Following a back injury, he now returns to the cage for the first in two years for his fight with Jumeau.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jessica Andrade vs. Claudia Gadelha
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Rolando Dy vs. Teruto Ishihara
  • Mizuto Hirota vs. Charles Rosa
  • Alex Morono vs. Keita Nakamura
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Daichi Abe vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
  • Shinsho Anzai vs. Luke Jumeau

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Report: Claudia Gadelha, Jessica Andrade set to meet at UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

Taking matchmaking into their own hands seems to have paid off for UFC strawweights Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade.

After Gadelha (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) issued an Instagram challenge to Andrade (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who accepted it, Combate.com says the matchup is on. According to the report, the two are set to meet at UFC Fight Night 117, which takes place Friday, Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo (via Instagram).

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Currently ranked No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s strawweight rankings, Gadelha comes off a quick submission win over former title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz, at last month’s UFC 212. Gadelha had beaten Cortney Casey before that, which puts her at 2-0 since a failed five-round title beat against current champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk at last July’s TUF 23 Finale.

Jessica Andrade

No. 3 Andrade, in turn, comes off her own unsuccessful stab at Jedrzejczyk’s belt, at UFC 211. The setback snapped the three-fight streak that Andrade, who started her UFC run at bantamweight, had been riding since dropping to the 115-pound division. Her most recent win was a UFC “Fight of the Night” decision effort over former Invicta FC champ Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 104.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo
  • Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Pair of bouts official for UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan

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September’s UFC Fight Night 117 lineup in Japan has two recent additions.

Earlier this week, officials announced flyweights Jussier Formiga (19-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and strawweights Chan-Mi Jeon (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Syuri Kondo (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 117 takes place Friday, Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.

Formiga, who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, had won three straight fights to surge up the ranks. However, the 32-year-old Brazilian is just 1-2 since then with a decision victory over Dustin Ortiz sandwiched by losses to former title challenger Henry Cejudo and upcoming title challenger Ray Borg.

He meets Sasaki, a 27-year-old Japanese fighter who’s currently on a 2-1 run. In his most recent appearance, the former featherweight and bantamweight scored a submission victory over Justin Scoggins that earned “Performance of the Night” awards.

Jeon, meanwhile, is a 19-year-old Korean fighter who recently made a short-notice promotional debut and suffered a decision loss to J.J. Aldrich. It marked the first loss of her pro career, which began in 2015 with a 5-0 run with four knockouts. She now meets Syuri Kondo, a 28-year-old Japanese fighter (and pro wrestler, boxer and kickboxer) who made her pro MMA debut in 2016. She heads to the UFC with a perfect 5-0 record that features one knockout and four decision wins – all under the Pancrase banner.

The latest UFC Fight Night 117 card includes:

  • Mauricio Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Jussier Formiga vs. Ulka Sasaki
  • Henrique da Silva vs. Gokhan Saki
  • Chan-Mi Jeon vs. Syuri Kondo

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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