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UFC 178: Eddie Alvarez Heading to Octagon, Fighting Donald Cerrone in Debut

Only hours after Bellator announced that it has granted Eddie Alvarez his unconditional release, the UFC has confirmed the lightweight star has signed with the promotion. In the former Bellator champ’s Octagon debut, he will take on Donald Cerrone at UFC 178, September 27th.

The announcement comes approximately two weeks after reports surfaced that the UFC was attempting to acquire Alvarez once again, and that further, a bout with Cerrone was being targeted.

No details regarding Alvarez’s UFC deal were disclosed.

Alvarez (25-3) will be fighting for the first time since last November, when he earned a split decision win over Michael Chandler, and reclaimed the Bellator title.

Cerrone (24-6), on the other hand, has had a busy 2014 campaign and is coming off a stoppage win over Jim Miller in July. The bout with Alvarez will be the contender’s fourth of the year.

Bobby Green was booked to fight Cerrone on September 27th, and as a result of the change, the UFC is searching for a new opponent.

UFC 178 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will feature flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson taking on Chris Cariaso.

UFC FN 47: Ryan Bader Outscores a Game Ovince St. Preux

Ryan Bader halted Ovince St. Preux’s rise up the light-heavyweight ranks tonight at UFC FN 47, as he outscored the latter for the unanimous decision win.

A game St. Preux managed to land several telling strikes throughout the bout, but in the end, Bader’s wrestling and top game ensured he was victorious.

In the co-headliner, lightweight Ross Pearson handed Gray Maynard his third straight, stoppage defeat. Pearson stunned Maynard with a right cross in round two, and after sending him to the mat with a follow up left, finished the fight with several more shots.

Here are the results from UFC FN 47, which was hosted by Bangor, Maine’s Cross Insurance Center.

Ryan Bader def. Ovince St. Preux via unanimous decision

Ross Pearson def. Gray Maynard via TKO (punches) R2, 1:35

Tim Boetsch def. Brad Tavares via TKO (punch) R2, 3:18

Alan Jouban def. Seth Baczynski via knockout (punches) R1, 4:23

Shawn Jordan def. Jack May via TKO (punches) R3, 2:03

Thiago Tavares def. Robbie Peralta via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 4:27

Jussier Formiga def. Zach Makovsky unanimous decision

Sara McMann def. Lauren Murphy via split decision

Tom Watson def. Sam Alvey via unanimous decision

Frankie Saenz def. Nolan Ticman via unanimous decision

UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Eyeing January 3rd Title Defense

While it remains to be seen when and who Ronda Rousey will fight again, the UFC Bantamweight Champion has relayed one date that is peaking her interest.

Rousey–who is recovering from knee surgery–appeared on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight” Thursday, and had this to say about when she would like to fight again.

“I’d love to be on the New Year’s card again,” Rousey said on the FOX Sports  1 show. “Everything that’s happened with Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, I’d love to share a card with them.”

“This is my fourth knee surgery, and my third knee scope,” the champion noted about her recent procedure. “It’s going to be scary when I come back because I’ve been operating on one leg for several years now, and when I’m 100 percent, I feel sorry for people. No, I don’t ever feel sorry for people.”

Rousey is coming off a 16 second, KO win over Alexis Davis in July.

Recently the UFC announced that Jones-Cormier has been pushed to January 3rd, as a result of Jones incurring a knee injury.

UFC FN 49: Newcomer Joby Sanchez Replacing Tim Elliott

UFC Fight Night 49 has received another change, just over a week out from the August 23rd event, as the promotion has announced Tim Elliott has withdrawn due to injury.

Stepping in for the flyweight will be UFC newcomer Joby Sanchez, who will battle the veteran, Wilson Reis.

Sanchez (6-0) is coming off a second round, stoppage win over UFC vet Antonio Banuelos, which took place at Tachi Palace Fights 20 in April.

Reis (17-5), meanwhile, will be looking to rebound from a split decision loss he incurred versus Iuri Alcantara at a UFC Fight Night card in February.

UFC FN 49 will be hosted by Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BOK Center, and will feature former lightweight champ Benson Henderson versus Rafael dos Anjos in the headliner.

UFC 177: Anthony Birchak-Joe Soto Fight Rounds Out Card

The line-up for UFC 177 has been completed with a bantamweight fight between two UFC newcomers, as the promotion has announced Anthony Birchak will face Joe Soto.

UFC 177 will go down August 30th at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.

Soto (15-2) will make his Octagon debut less than a month after he tapped out Terrion Ware at a Tachi Palace Fights card on August 7th. The Bellator vet has won six straight fights.

Birchak (11-1) joins the UFC riding a five fight win streak, which includes winning the Maximum Fighting Championship’s bantamweight title.

UFC 177 will feature a rematch between bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao in the main event. In the co-headliner, flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson will fight Chris Cariaso.




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