MMA ODDS AND ENDS FOR MONDAY: VELASQUEZ INJURED, MIOCIC STEPS UP TO FACE WERDUM AT UFC 196

Stipe Miocic currently faces Fabricio Werdum for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 196 Cain Velasquez has been snakebit yet again since the former heavyweight champ is away UFC 196 due to a back injury. UFC officials now Sunday that Stipe Miocic will now be facing present heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum in UFC 196 instead. Miocic (14-2) is coming off a 54-second success over Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195. Prior to this he was slated to combat Ben Rothwell in UFC Fight Night 76, but had to withdraw because of injury. Werdum (20-5-1 seems to shield his unified title for the very first moment. The Brazilian submitted the prior champ Velasquez back at UFC 188 past June. There’s currently no schedule for Velasquez’s return wasn’t immediately established. Here’s an updated look at UFC 196 MAIN CARD Fabricio Werdum (c) vs. Stipe Miocic — for heavyweight championship Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky PRELIMINARY CARD Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson PRELIMINARY CARD Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson Artem Lobov vs. Alex White Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas Holbrook wounded, Bryan Barberena now meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18 With lightweight Andrew Holbrook withdrawing final week due to trauma, Bryan Barberena now takes on Sage Northcutt in a welterweight contest. Barberena (10-3) is coming from a decision loss to Chad Laprise at UFC 186 which snapped his seven-fight win series. Prior to making his UFC debut in December of 2014, the MMA Laboratory product had collaborated primarily as a welterweight, so a move up in weight class shouldn’t be an issue for your 26-year old. Northcutt (7-0) won his second UFC struggle by submitting Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 in December. While Northcutt moves up to welterweight for this fight, he had competed at 170-pounds as soon as last May when he defeated James Christopherson in Fury FC 6. UFC on FOX 18 happens this Saturday in the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Here is an updated look at the card. MAIN CARD Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera Bryan Barberena vs. Sage Northcutt PRELIMINARY CARD Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal Dustin Ortiz vs. Wilson Reis George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMINARY CARD Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer Nathan Coy replaces Bryan Barberena against Jonavin Webb at UFC Fight Night 82 With Bryan Barberena fighting this Saturday, TUF 21’s Nathan Coy steps into face Jonavin Webb. Coy (14-6) is coming off back to back losses and will be searching for his first win since 2014. He did however defeat Valdir Araujo in an exhibition bout this past year on Season 21 of The Ultimate Fighter. Webb (8-1) is searching for his first UFC win as he dropped a split decision to Kyle Noke in UFC Fight Night 65, which also snapped his eight-fight win series. Here’s an updated look at UFC Fight Night 82. Donald Cerrone vs. Tim Means Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Shane Campbell vs. James Krause Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo was added to UFC Fight Night 84 at Australia A lightweight content pitting TUF 9 winner Ross Pearson and Blackzillians product Abel Trujillo is set for UFC Fight Night 84. Pearson (18-10-1) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Francisco Trinaldo in UFC Fight Night 81. The Alliance MMA merchandise is currently 2-2 in his last four bouts. Trujillo (13-7 NC) snapped his two fight losing streak in his last bout, submitting Tony Sims in UFC 195. UFC Fight Night 84 takes place in the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, AUS. Here’s an updated look at the card Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Neil Magny vs. Hector Lombard James Te-Huna vs. Steve Boss?? Brendan O’Reilly vs. Alan Jouban Dan Kelly vs. Ant??nio Carlos J??nior Bec Rawlings vs. Seohee Ham Jake Matthews vs. Johnny Case Richard Walsh vs. Viscardi Andrade

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