Late Addition Completes UFC 208 Line-up Days Ahead of Fight Time

Just days removed from fight time, the UFC 208: Holm vs. de Randamie fight card is finally complete.

Luis Henrique had been slated to face Marcin Tybura at UFC 208 on Saturday in Brooklyn, N.Y., but was forced from the fight card after the New York State Athletic Commission would not approve him to fight because of corrective eye surgery he had last year, Henrique told MMAJunkie.com.

“The athletic commission surprised me by saying I couldn’t fight due to my surgery,” Henrique said. “They claimed that because of the type of incision, and the way it heals, it could come out of place. I asked my doctor, and she said that’s impossible. There’s no way.”

Henrique said that, currently, only the commissions in Nevada, Illinois, and his native Brazil would license him to fight. He is awaiting the UFC to schedule him for another bout.

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In his stead, Octagon newcomer Justin Willis has agreed to fight Tybura on less than a week’s notice.

Marcin TyburaTybura (14-2) is making his third start for the promotion, having split his first two bouts with a loss to Timothy Johnson in his debut and a victory over Viktor Pesta in his sophomore effort. 

Willis (4-1) may be lacking in experience, but hopes that his training alongside the likes of UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former heavyweight titleholder Cain Velasquez at American Kickboxing Academy will have him well prepared for the bout.

The UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight championship, pitting Holly Holm vs. Germaine de Randamie, headlines Saturday’s event at the Barclays Center.

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Conor McGregor’s El Chapo Themed Backstage Tour (video)

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor went head-to-head recently with his employer’s UFC on FOX 23 event in Denver by hosting a pay-per-view question-and-answer session in Manchester, England.

“The Notorious” went full-on gangster with his behind-the-scenes video, which was soundtracked by The Game and Skrillex’s song “El Chapo,” which is a song themed around notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

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McGregor is currently on hiatus from fighting, awaiting the birth of his first child.

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A video posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Feb 6, 2017 at 4:51pm PST

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Watch Anderson Silva Destroy Chael Sonnen in Their Rematch (UFC 208 Free Fight)

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Anderson Silva extended his consecutive title defenses record to 10 when he defeated Chael Sonnen at UFC 148. Silva faces Derek Brunson in the co-main event at UFC 208 on Saturday.

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Anderson Silva and Jacare Souza Descend Upon Brooklyn (UFC 208 video)

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On Episode 2 of UFC 208 Embedded, Brazilian middleweight Jacare Souza sharpens his skills with the goal of earning a title shot, then travels to America with his teammate Anderson Silva. Headlining featherweight Holly Holm enjoys coffee with her mom, while opponent Germaine de Randamie takes in some girls’ soccer before leaving for New York. Silva’s opponent Derek Brunson continues to train in North Carolina for what promises to be the biggest fight of his life.

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