DWCS winner Julian Marquez to make debut vs. Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 26

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Julian Marquez’s first opportunity to make a name for himself in the UFC will come in December.

Marquez, who earned a UFC contract earlier this month thanks to Dana White’s Contender Series, will meet veteran Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 26 in a middleweight bout. The event, which takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, will air on FOX with prelims on the same channel and UFC Fight Pass.

Marquez’s victory on Episode 4 of DWCS will likely go down as the most impressive of the series’ first season because of how it ended and who it came against. Marquez dominated Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes before knocking him out with a thunderous head kick to earn his contract.

Marquez will enter his fight against Miranda on a four-fight winning streak, which has occurred in a span of 15 months.

Miranda will come in on the heels of back-to-back losses, the most recent via unanimous decision in June against Martin Vettori at UFC Fight Night 112.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Having a bad day? These pics of kids getting a cool MMA masterclass from UFC fighters in Rio should help

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As far as MMA introductions go, it’s hard to top the masterclass a group happy-looking children and teenagers from social projects in Rio de Janeiro got this past Saturday.

As part of the celebrations of the one-year anniversary the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio, former PRIDE heavyweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was joined by six active UFC fighters in teaching the free class, held at the venue that hosted basketball competitions at the Olympics.

Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Andrade, flyweight Alexandre Pantoja, lightweight Alan Patrick, strawweight Poliana Botelho and middleweights Vitor Miranda and Thiago “Marreta” Santos all shared some knowledge.

“Social actions like these bring the children closer to martial arts and work as motivation for them to follow this path, as many have little access to sports,” Nogueira stated. “I believe that, by allowing direct access with idols such as UFC fighters, we help both the self-esteem and the development of these children.

“I’ve been working with this for a while and I understand how much the engagement between sports and social projects benefits the future of or country.”

Did the kids enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience? Check out the photos in the gallery above and decide for yourself.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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UFC Fight Night 112 results: Marvin Vettori bloodies Vitor Miranda, wins unanimous decision

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Marvin Vettori bloodied Vitor Miranda early and stymied him with takedowns when it mattered most.

For his efforts, Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) was rewarded by the judges, who gave him the unanimous decision victory over Miranda (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) despite a slowdown in the final frame.

The middleweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 112 event at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. It aired on FS2 following additional prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ahead of the main card on FS1.

Vettori got busy early on in this fight, using his straight left to damage Miranda in some of the fight’s first exchanges, and putting Miranda on the defensive early.

That early lead was aided by some deft takedown work in the second, as Vettori dominated Miranda on the mat for a significant portion of the round, battering him in close with short strikes from the top.

Perhaps sensing the deficit on the scorecards, Miranda attempted to turn up the pressure in final round, just as Vettori seemed to be losing steam. But in the waning minutes of the fight, a key takedown from the clinch for Vettori halted that momentum, essentially sealing the win.

When the judges turned in their scorecards, all three saw it for Vettori, giving him the win with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27.

The victory bounces Vettori back into the win column for the first time since a decision loss to Antonio Carlos Junior in December. Miranda has lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 112 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in Oklahoma City.)

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'Pressure-free' Vitor Miranda believes another knockout win is coming at UFC Fight Night 112

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Vitor Miranda was rising through the UFC’s middleweight division when Chris Camozzi put a damper on things.

Then riding a three-knockout streak, Miranda expected his UFC Fight Night 88 meeting with Camozzi to get him closer to the top 15. From then, he’d invite the division’s best strikers to put on exciting, fan-friendly brawls. But the plan was riding on a simple thing: winning. And, as the judges unanimously decided, that wasn’t the case.

The disappointing loss at a key time of his UFC career taught Miranda a few lessons. But they didn’t take place in the octagon.

“What I learned from this fight is that I need, first of all, to respect my body,” Miranda told MMAjunkie. “I was injured. I hurt my elbow in the fight with (Marcelo Guimaraes). My shoulder was already injured. And I didn’t respect that. I scheduled another fight right away.

“I trained while injured for two months, which means I missed out on a lot of sessions. I couldn’t put a lot of things into action. The mistakes weren’t technical or tactical – they were mistakes in training and in my mind, really, of not accepting that I had to take a break and have surgery.”

Miranda (12-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) looks to reclaim his momentum this Sunday at UFC Fight Night 112, where he meets Italy’s Marvin Vettori (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC). The preliminary card bout airs on FS2 from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Looking back, Miranda doesn’t take the setback too hard. In fact, the Brazilian believes losing the way he did was ultimately a good thing. The way he sees it, it would have been a lot more concerning had he lost despite being at peak condition.

“I didn’t perform at even half of what I’m capable of,” Miranda said.

That, Miranda guarantees, is not the case heading into the middleweight affair with Vettori – who, after a six-fight skid that included his UFC debut, looks to recover from a decision loss to Antonio Carlos Junior at last December’s UFC 207.

The 38-year-old Brazilian sees Vettori, 15 years his junior, as a strong competitor who brings in a solid guillotine and, like him, a penchant for striking. But he also sees an opponent who will allow Miranda to venture into areas that he’d previously been careful to avoid.

“I’m certain that I’m better in every aspect,” Miranda said. “On the ground, he won’t be able to control me. And I may be able to surprise him there. I won’t be as defensive as I’ve been with other athletes, who I knew were better than me on the ground.

“Marvin is at my level on the ground, and in wrestling. So I can go forward. I’ll be ready to take him down, as well.”

Although both fighters are coming off losses, Miranda believes their entertaining fighting style and potential can keep both off the chopping block regardless of the outcome. But, either way, the risk of being cut is not something he’s even thinking about.

“I’m focused on winning,” Miranda said. “I’m going into it pressure-free. I’m healthy. I’m 100 percent well trained. I’m as calm as I was in my other three wins. And I’m sure I’ll come out with another knockout to recuperate my record.”

For more on UFC 112, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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