UFC® RETURNS TO CHARLOTTE WITH PIVOTAL MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH BETWEEN JACARE SOUZA AND DEREK BRUNSON

UFC CHARLOTTE MIDDLEWEIGHT REMATCH JACARE SOUZA DEREK BRUNSON

PLUS:
(#5) OVINCE SAINT PREUX vs (#9) ILIR LATIFI
(#14) RANDA MARKOS vs. JULIANA LIMA

TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT
®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2
AT SPECTRUM CENTER GO ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15

Las Vegas – UFC® will return to Charlotte, N.C. with an action-packed event, headlined by a pivotal middleweight bout that will see No.4-ranked contender Jacare Souza rematch No.8-ranked and North Carolina native Derek BrunsonUFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 takes place Saturday, January 27 at Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and will air live on FOX.

A former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Souza (24-5 1NC, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) became the first fighter to finish Brunson (18-5, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C.), delivering a spectacular knockout against the relative newcomer in 2012. Since then, the two have firmly established themselves amongst the UFC middleweight elite.

Though he most recently came up short against now interim champ Robert Whittaker, Souza has proven to be one of the top finishers in the stacked 185-pound division. During his time in the UFC, he’s impressively dispatched Tim Boetsch, Vitor Belfort, Gegard Mousasi and Yushin Okami. The decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is hoping for a repeat performance against Brunson to thrust himself back into the title mix.

As for Brunson, the NCAA Division II wrestler recently cracked a two-fight skid with consecutive knockout victories against Dan Kelly and former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Aiming for a measure of revenge, Brunson looks to continue his momentum by putting Souza to sleep with his trademark left hand.

In a showdown of light heavyweight contenders, No. 5-ranked Ovince Saint Preux aims for his fourth consecutive victory in the span of one year when he battles gritty No.9 Ilir Latifi.

Earning finishes in each of his last three tilts, Saint Preux’s (22-10, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) two latest outings have seen him take home Performance of the Night honors—slapping his now-patented ‘Von Preux’ choke on Yushin Okami, before putting away Corey Anderson with a spectacular head kick. Standing in his way is tough grinder Latifi (14-5 1NC, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden), who recently handed Aussie standout Tyson Pedro the first loss of his career. A strong grappler with knockout power, The Sledgehammer plans to use Saint Preux as a stepping stone up the light heavyweight rankings.

Additional bouts on the card include:

· No.14-ranked strawweight contender Randa Markos (7-6, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada) looks to return to the win column against tough striker Juliana Lima (9-4, fighting out of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil)
· In a clash of flyweight prospects, Katlyn Chookagian (9-1, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J.) takes on Mara Romero Borella (12-4 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Ponte dell’Olio, Italy)
· Justine Kish (6-1, fighting out of Los Angeles, Calif.) aims to rebound from her first career loss when she faces Ji Yeon Kim (6-1-2, fighting out of Incheon, South Korea)

For the latest information on additional bouts for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All bouts live are subject to change.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 
will air live on FOX at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Saturday, January 27, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FS1 at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT and on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JACARE vs. BRUNSON 2 go on sale Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $180, $125, $100, $85, $70, $60 and $50 USD (prices do not include applicable service charges or fees). Tickets are available for purchase online at www.spectrumcentercharlotte.comwww.ticketmaster.com , the Spectrum Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.

UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, December 14 starting at 10 a.m. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

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LIMITED-EDITION ROYCE GRACIE BOBBLEHEAD TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT BELLATOR 185 ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 AT MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

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EXCLUSIVE ROYCE GRACIE MEET AND GREET TO BE HELD FOR BELLATOR 185 TICKETHOLDERS AT MOHEGAN SUN CONCOURSE

Bellator MMA will be giving away a free limited-edition Royce Gracie bobblehead on Friday, Oct. 20 to the first 5,000 fans in attendance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. for Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko. The bobblehead giveaway is limited to one per person and will only be available to ticketholders upon entry into the arena.

Additionally, Bellator MMA fans are invited to attend a unique opportunity to meet the Brazilian jiu-jitsu great, Royce Gracie, prior to Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko. The fan meet and greet will take place on the concourse of Mohegan Sun on Friday, October 20, from6:30-8:30 p.m. ET. Space is limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early to reserve their place in line.

***Bobblehead giveaway and meet and greet are exclusively for Bellator 185 ticketholders*** 
***Bobbleheads distributed at venue points of entry, only while supplies last at each entry***

WHERE:       Mohegan Sun Arena

WHEN:          Meet & Greet

Friday, October 20 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. ET

WHO:             Royce Gracie

 

Royce Gracie (15-2-3)

The name Gracie is synonymous with MMA, and that is in large part to Royce Gracie, the man widely considered to have invented the sport as it is known today. The winner of several of the first UFC tournaments, Gracie dismantled multiple opponents in a single night, many of which were much larger than him. For years, there was no answer for the Gracie jiu-jitsu technique that he brought to the cage. Today, it’s difficult to find an MMA fighter who has not trained in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu that his father invented. In February of 2016, Gracie headlined Bellator 149 against longtime rival Ken Shamrock in an event that shattered Bellator viewership records.

FIGHT INFO: Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko will be broadcast LIVE and FREE on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on Bellator.com and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at Bellator.com, as well as the Mohegan Sun Arena box office and Ticketmaster.

 

Updated Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Main Card

Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (52-9)

Welterweight Co-Main Event: Brennan Ward (15-6) vs. Dave “Caveman” Rickels (18-4)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Liam McGeary (12-2) vs. Bubba McDaniel (28-10)

Women’s Flyweight Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Pro Debut)

 

Updated Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko Preliminary Card

Catchweight Bout (195 lbs.): Jordan Young (7-0) vs. Alex Hooben (5-3)

Lightweight Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7-1) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)

Middleweight Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)

Catchweight Bout (160 lbs.): Kastroit Xhema (1-1) vs. Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut)

Featherweight Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-1)

Lightweight Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)

*Fight card subject to change.
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Chael Sonnen defeats Leo Vieira at ADCC 2017 #ADCC2017

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Chael Sonnen (Photo Credit: Bellator MMA)

Chael Sonnen Triumphs Over Leo Vieira at ADCC 2017

Espoo, Finland: At the second day of Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) 2017 Bellator light heavyweight Chael Sonnen emerged victorious in his fight against two-time ADCC 145lb champ Leo Vieira.

Vieira, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Romero Cavalcanti, was Sonnen’s third slated opponent, after Ricardo Liborio and then Frank Mir dropped out. Vieira stepped in at late notice against Sonnen despite being outweighed by more than 50lb.

Sonnen won by referee decision after no points were scored in 15 minutes.

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