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Vitor Miranda and Marcelo Guimaraes is ready for UFC 196.
UFC announced the match on Tuesday. UFC 196 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 5 and is headlined by a lightweight championship clash between Rafael dos Anjos and Conor McGregor.
Miranda fought at heavyweight on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” and lost a unanimous decision to Antonio Carlos Jr. at the show’s finale. He has since rebounded to post back-to-back technical knockout triumphs against Jake Collier and Clint Hester in his last two Octagon appearances.
Guimaraes, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since June 2014, when he captured a split-decision triumph over Andy Enz. The 32-year-old Brazilian has fought just three times since joining the promotion in 2012, including a split verdict over Daniel Stittgen in his debut at UFC on Fuel TV 4 and a second-round knockout loss to Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC on Fuel TV 8.
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Reigning M-1 Challenge middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev will fight Maiquel Falcao in the second M-1 Grand Prix middleweight eliminator, the Russian-based MMA promotion announced. The fight will take place on March 4 in Moscow at the M-1 Challenge 65 event.
M-1 Grand Prix middleweight eliminator between Alexander Shlemenko and Vyacheslav Vasilevsky will occur at M-1 Challenge 64 on Feb. 19, also in Moscow. The winner of that match will face the winner of Emeev-Falcao later in the year to determine the M-1 Grand Prix middleweight champion.
“We tried to get the strongest middleweight fighters and did a great job to give fans the most spectacular match-ups,” M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein said in a statement.
Emeev, is a two-time M-1 Challenge middleweight champ. He first captured the crown by edging Mario Miranda via decision in 2012 and defended the title in their rematch five months later via TKO. Emeev lost his title to Vasilevsky in his next defense due to fourth-round TKO but regained his throne by choking out Vasilevsky in a rematch.
Falcao has been around MMA for years and has fought for UFC and Bellator. The Brazilian challenged Schlemenko for the Bellator middleweight title at Bellator 88 in 2013 but came up short as he was knocked out in the second. Falcao also split two fights with Vasilevsky, but he’s coming off a loss to Aziz Karaoglu at KSW 33 where he was stopped via punches in just 30 seconds.
M-1 Challenge 64 and 65 will be streamed live on M1Global.tv.
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After the first two iterations were shot in Las Vegas, taping for “TUF: Latin America 3” will take place in Argentina in May and June, the promotion announced on Tuesday. The show is expected to premiere in late August on the UFC Network in Latin America and on UFC Fight Pass.
"After two successful first seasons we felt it was time to move the center of the stage from Las Vegas to Latin America to create a more direct link between the participants and their roots, and to offer a completely new experience to the viewers as well as the athletes” Jaime Pollack, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Content for Latin America, said in a release.
"We also believe in the expansion of the brand in the region and we truly believe that this may be the next step to bring a live event to the Southern Cone [the southernmost areas of South America] in the next coming years.”
Open tryouts for “TUF: Latin America 3” will be held in Buenos Aires on March 10, with males and females from all weight classes invited to attend, according to the release. Coaches for the upcoming season will likely be announced at a later date.
“TUF: Latin America” debuted in 2014 and has featured athletes from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru during its first two seasons. The Las Vegas-based promotion lists 17 fighters on its roster from those two shows.
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Vitor Belfort and Ronaldo Souza will meet in the headliner of a UFC event in Brazil on May 14.
Giovani Decker, senior vice president and general manager of UFC in Brazil, announced the match up during the Brazilian TV program “Revista Combate” on Tuesday. While the date is official, a venue and city for the event were not confirmed.
According to sources, Belfort was close to signing for a fight against Yoel Romero before the Cuban middleweight was notified of a potential anti-doping violation. As a result, Souza accepted the bout, which could serve as title eliminator.
Belfort returned to the win column on Nov. 7, as he knocked at Dan Henderson 2:07 into the first round at UFC Fight Night in Sao Paulo. That victory came on the heels of a first-round TKO loss to then-middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 187 this past May.
Souza, lost a split-decision to Yoel Romero at UFC 194, although that result could be overturned to a no contest depending on the findings of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Prior to that, “Jacare” had won eight straight fights, including five inside the Octagon.
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World Series of Fighting bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes will defend his title against Joseph Barajas on Feb. 20, WSOF announced Tuesday.
The fight will headline WSOF 28 at Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove, Calif. NBCSN will televise the event live beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and the telecast will feature a co-main event between 135-pound prospects Timur Valiev and Chris Gutierrez.
Moraes has won 10 in a row, with his last eight victories coming inside the WSOF cage. The Brazilian captured the organization’s 135-pound title by defeating Josh Rettinghouse via unanimous decision at WSOF 9 and has officially defended the crown twice. He last fought in August, where he submitted challenger Sheymon Moraes via rear-naked choke in the third round.
Although Barajas has lost once in 13 fights. He’s won his last two contests, with his most recent being his WSOF debut. He stopped Erik Villalobos via punches in the third at WSOF 25 in November.
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Nevada Athletic Commission and Nick Diaz has reached a settlement.
The NAC unanimously passed the settlement during a hearing on Tuesday. Although terms were not initially disclosed, multiple outlets have reported that Diaz’s suspension was reduced to 18 months and his fine lowered to $100,000. “UFC Tonight” first brought word of a potentially reduced punishment in November.
The 18-month term will be retroactive to his Jan. 31 bout with Anderson Silva, so Diaz could return to the Octagon as soon as August.
The Stockton, Calif., native was initially given a five-year suspension and fined $165,000 for testing positive for marijuana following his UFC 183 clash with Silva. It was the fighter’s third failed test in Nevada, although only one of his three samples was above the minimum threshold for marijuana in the state.
Diaz’s lengthy suspension prompted outrage both in and out of the MMA community, and an online petition to the White House to get the ruling overturned garnered more than 100,000 signatures.
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Corey Anderson will square off against Tom Lawlor at UFC 197.
UFC announced the light heavyweight contest on Wednesday. UFC 197 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on March 5 and is headlined by a lightweight title tilt between Rafael dos Anjos and Conor McGregor. In the evening’s co-main event, Holly Holm will defend the bantamweight crown against Miesha Tate.
Anderson has gone 4-1 in the Octagon since appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter 19." “Beastin 25/8” enters the bout on the heels of consecutive triumphs over Fabio Maldonado and Jan Blachowicz and is 7-1 in his professional career overall.
Lawlor returned to the cage following a two-year hiatus at UFC on Fox 16, where he scored a second-round technical knockout victory over Gian Villante. The former middleweight made his promotional debut in 2008 and owns victories over the likes of C.B. Dollaway, Patrick Cote and Jason MacDonald.
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