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MMA Quick Hits: Belfort/Marquardt, Silva/St. Preaux, Bagautinov Upset

Here is some quick headlines of the last day

  • Brazilian news outlet Combate is reporting that former UFC lgihtweight champion, Vitor Belfort will make his 25th appearance inside the octagon, when he faces former middleweight title challenger Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 on June 3rd in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Belfort enters the contest on a three fight losing streak, while Marquardt has lost seven of his last ten fights.
  • Combate is also reporting that Ovince St. Preaux is being considered to face former UFC middleweight title challenger, Anderson Silva at UFC 212. The fight would be at a catchweight of 195 lbs. Silva was originally scheduled to fight Kelvin Gastelum, but Gastelum was removed due to testing positive for marijuana. Silva enters the contest off of a controversial win over Derek Brunson, while St. Preaux just ended a three fight losing streak by beating Marcos Rogerio de Lima.
  • The UFC announced that bantamweight fighter, Jessica Eye will return to the octagon at the Ultimate Fighter season 25 finale on July 7th to take on newcomer, Aspen Ladd. Ladd is undefeated and a very highly touted prospect. Eye enters the contest on a four fight losing streak.
  • Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza had surgery in Rio de Janeiro to fix a ruptured pectoral muscle. Souza, who recently lost to Robert Whittaker, is expected to be out for six to twelve months.
  • The UFC announced that the Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada will host UFC 216 on September 216. There has not been any fights announced yet, but it is believed to air on Pay Per View
  • Bellator lightweight, Josh Thomson has officially appealed his knockout loss to Patricky Freire which happened at Bellator 172 on February 18th. The California State Athletic Commission will rule on the appeal. Thomson, who was knocked out was originally dropped by a clash of heads. He is arguing that if they hadn’t clashed heads, he wouldn’t have been knocked out a moment later.
  • Tyson Nam upset former UFC flyweight title contender Ali Bagautiov at Fight Nights Global. Nam pulled the massive upset with a high kick knockout with only 1 second left in the contest

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