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Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve Headlines UFC Halifax

A heavyweight rematch between Junior dos Santos and Stefan Struve is set to headline the UFC’s return to Halifax, Nova Scotia, early next year in Canada. 

UFC officials on Wednesday announced that dos Santos vs. Struve 2 would headline UFC Fight Night 105 on Feb. 19 at the Scotiabank Centre.

Junior dos Santos vs Stefan Struve UFC 95 weigh-inHaving spent the majority of 2016 on the sidelines following shoulder surgery in April, dos Santos (18-4) is hoping to get back to championship form in 2017. He defeated Ben Rothwell in his lone fight of 2016, but having lost to Alistair Overeem in late 2015, dos Santos needs to get a win over Struve to keep moving towards his ultimate goal of regaining the UFC heavyweight title. 

Once streaking toward the title, Struve (28-8) had his career momentum disrupted after he was discovered to be suffering from a heart condition in 2013. After being cleared to return to the Octagon more than a year later, he lost two of his first three bouts, but has since turned a corner and put together back-to-back victories over Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Daniel Omielanczuk. 

TRENDING > Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie to Fight for Inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Title

While it’s an important fight for both men, for Struve, this fight is also his opportunity to exact a measure of revenge, having lost via TKO stoppage to dos Santos in February of 2009.

Other bouts announced on Wednesday for UFC Fight Night Halifax include Elias Theodorou (12-1) vs. Cezar Ferreira (12-5), Nordine Taleb (11-3) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (24-3), Jack Marshman (21-5) vs. Thiago Santos (13-5), Alessandro Ricci (10-4) vs. Alvaro Herrera (9-4), and Aiemann Zahabi (6-0) vs. Reginaldo Vieira (14-4).

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Jose Aldo Talks Max Holloway Fight, Conor McGregor, and What Makes a Champion (Video)

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UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo discusses Max Holloway’s win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 206, his expected title defense against Holloway at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, and much more.

TRENDING > Jose Aldo Says He’s Putting Featherweight Belt on the Line at UFC 208

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Bellator 170 Preliminary Draw to Include Chinzo Machida, Kevin Casey, Henry Corrales

The Bellator 170 preliminary lineup will feature a little more star power than usual.

UFC On FOX 22 “Training Day” With Alan Jouban And Mike Perry

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Alan Jouban and Mike Perry will get a marquee opportunity this Saturday night, kicking off the FOX-televised main card of UFC on FOX 22 from Sacramento. The two welterweights have shown a knack for shining inside the Octagon, and the winner of this encounter could very well be on his way to a prime-time contest in the division. Ahead of their fight, go inside the training camps for both Jouban and Perry in this edition of “Training Day.”

We Just Missed Out On The Andrei Arlovski-Anthony Johnson Rematch

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It appears we almost got to see Anthony Johnson fight at heavyweight once again. While “Rumble” mentioned the idea of moving up for a one-off fight and actually talked about Andrei Arlovski without saying his name, nothing came of it. Now, Arlovski is explaining why. The UFC and Johnson seemed content to keep him on the recent UFC 205 card after an injury scrapped a bout with Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight title. In 2013, Johnson scored a decision victory over Arlovski while both were signed to the World Series of Fighting.

Junior Dos Santos-Stefan Struve To Main Event UFC Fight Night 105

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Stefan Struve teased a big fight announcement and he delivered, as Struve will meet former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 105. The bout will serve as the main event to the February 19 card that takes place inside the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1. Struve (28-8) is coming off back-to-back finishes that have seen his UFC record improve to 12-6 overall. Dos Santos (18-4) has fought 15 times inside the Octagon, winning 12 of them. The promotion also announced Cezar Ferreira vs. Elias Theodorou, Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Nordine Taleb and Reginaldo Vieir vs. Aiemann Zahabi.

Michelle Waterson Finds Family, Fighting Balance Ahead Of UFC On FOX 22

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While Paige VanZant is the “hot, young thing” in the UFC’s strawweight division, Michelle Waterson sees no reason that she cannot move to the top of the pecking order. Waterson, also known as the “Karate Hottie,” meets VanZant Saturday night in the main event of UFC on FOX 22 from Sacramento. The former Invicta FC champion has experienced just about everything there is in MMA and life. She is a wife and mother, but has found her ability to balance out fighting with family.

Cris Cyborg Reacts to UFC Making Featherweight Title Fight Without Her

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcj64LDGrhc Tuesday was, if nothing else, a day of mixed emotions for Cristiane Cyborg Justino. During the afternoon, she experienced the high of gaining United States citizenship in a ceremony held in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles. A few hours later, that was followed by the low of the announcement that the inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship fight at UFC 208 will not involve her, instead pitting Holly Holm against Germaine de Randamie. Unsurprisingly, she’s not exactly thrilled, as she told MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz. While she’s “happy the UFC created my division” after “11 years [that] I’m fighting for women to have the same rights as men with several divisions,” her happiness with the development ends there. “Everybody knows I’m the featherweight champion. “I’m undefeated for 10 years in my division. They put this belt only to sell the fight for the new MMA fans. For an example, Holly is coming off two consecutive losses and will fight for the belt. The real fight fans know what’s real.” When asked if she is optimistic about fighting the Holm-de Randamie, Justino wasn’t getting her hopes up. “I have no idea, there are no rules in MMA,” she said. “The last fight in the men’s 145-pound division, a 10-0 fighter fought a guy who was 1-5 in his last fights. Other fighters like me have to wait for a title fight. I’m fighting for my division for 10 years, and until yesterday Dana said there were no women. This is our reality.” Justino had been offered fights with both fighters on the same card, citing the need for a longer camp the make the weight properly after her last cut, to 140 pounds, caused health problems. Realistically speaking, Holm pretty much turned down the fight, as she would only agree to a bout at 138 pounds, even lower than the 140 pound mark Cyborg is no longer willing to cut to. Germaine de Randamie, however, was fully on board for a 145 pound title fight with Cyborg. Cyborg is still technically the Invicta FC Featherweight Champion, and was not defending the title as of late while the promotion attempted to build new challengers. She had been competing in Invicta while under UFC contract, with the latter covering her fight purses.

Video: Fight Motion Highlights From UFC 206

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Before we move ahead to the rest of December, check out the “Fight Motion” highlights from the recent UFC 206 event. Included in the slow-motion replay are moments caught on film that show the precise strike that ended certain fights. Featured are the Max Holloway-Anthony Pettis main event and the “Fight of the Year” contender bout between Dooho Choi and Cub Swanson.
Take a slow motion trip through some of the highlights of UFC 206: Holloway vs Pettis from Saturday, December 10 in Toronto, Canada including the instant classic and fight-of-year contender Cub Swanson vs Dooho Choi.

UFC 206 Medical Suspensions: Cub Swanson, Doo Ho Choi Among Those Facing 60-Day Layoffs

Cub Swanson and Doo Ho Choi have both been suspended for 60 days following their entertaining slugfest at UFC 206 this past Saturday.