UFC fight night 2020

 



A light heavyweight rematch between Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cuțelaba was expected to take place at this event.[19] The pair first met at UFC Fight Night: Benavidez vs. Figueiredo, where Ankalaev won via controversial knockout.[20] The bout was originally expected to take place at UFC 249, on its original April 18 date. However, Ankalaev was forced to pull out of the event due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.[21] They were later rebooked for UFC 252, but Cuțelaba then pulled out after testing positive for COVID-19 and the bout was rescheduled for this event.[22] Cuțelaba tested positive yet again on the day of the event, resulting in another cancellation of this fight.[23]

Lewis, a perennial fan favorite and former heavyweight title contender, enters the Octagon on a two-fight win streak and will look to keep his momentum going when he faces one of UFC’s top submission specialists.  Oleinik, a UFC veteran, will seek his 60th career win. His record includes 46 career wins by submission. The co-main event will feature a middleweight clash between former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman (14-5) and Omari Akhmedov (20-4-1).

Cerrone: Need to KnowsWith this walk, Cerrone will once again tie Jim Miller for the most UFC fights and in doing so will look to extend his record for most UFC wins , finishes (16, tied with Charles Oliveira) and knockdowns .Cowboy is a well-rounded fighter with 10 knockout and 17 submission victories on his record, while he’s only been submitted once, though he has been knocked out seven times.His preference to fight anyone, anywhere and at any time is apparent in the way he fights as he loves a high-level kickboxing match with his terrific kicks and accurate straight punches, though he’s prone to walking into shots through his guard.If he feels too much pressure on the feet, he will take the fight to the floor and work toward a submission.Cerrone’s last three fights were Justin Gaethje (loss – knockout), Conor McGregor (loss – knockout) and Anthony Pettis (loss – unanimous decision).

A light heavyweight bout between Ed Herman and Gerald Meerschaert was previously scheduled for August 1 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan.[14] However, on the day of the event it was announced that the bout had been scrapped from the card after Meerschaert tested positive for COVID-19.[15] The pairing was left intact and was rescheduled for this event.[16] In turn, Meerschaert once again pulled out of the bout and was replaced by John Allan. Allan already had a bout booked against Roman Dolidze on November 21 at UFC 255, but was expected to compete in both of them.[17] Herman then suffered another opponent change on September 3, as Allan pulled out due to visa issues and was replaced by Mike Rodríguez.[18]

UFC returns to Norfolk Saturday, February 29! Don’t miss this chance to see the world’s best athletes compete inside the hallowed Octagon! It will be a night of fights that you won’t soon forget. The vacant UFC flyweight title will be on the line as No. 1-ranked contender Joseph Benavidez faces No. 3-ranked Deiveson Figueiredo in a five-round championship main event at Chartway Arena. One of the best flyweights of this era, Benavidez has won 13 bouts in the weight class since 2012, including a 2016 victory over Cejudo, and after winning three in a row over Alex Perez, Dustin Ortiz and Jussier Formiga, the 35-year-old is determined to seize gold in February. Standing in his way is 17-1 Brazilian standout Figueiredo, whose 2019 wins over Alexandre Pantoja and Tim Elliott have him in prime form before the biggest fight of his career. Camera Policy No professional cameras for guests at the event; only cameras that can fit in the front pocket will be allowed. Cameras with a detachable lens or zoom lens’ longer than 1” inch are strictly prohibited. Zero video cameras, tripods, selfie sticks or go pro type cameras.

Weidman (14-4, fighting out of Baldwin, N.Y.) shocked the MMA world in 2013 by dethroning longreigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva via knockout. He then went on to deliver spectacular title defenses against Silva, Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and NCAA Division I wrestler now sets his sights on taking over the light heavyweight class by stopping one of the division’s biggest rising stars. In less than two years on the UFC roster, Magomedsharipov (17-1, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) has proven to be a must-watch featherweight contender. Known for his dynamic striking and slick grappling, he has netted memorable victories over Jeremy Stephens, Brandon Davis, Kyle Bochniak and Sheymon Moraes. Magomedsharipov now looks to once again steal the show and secure his 14th consecutive win. A thrilling striker, Kattar (20-3, fighting out of Methuen, Mass.) has delivered sensational knockouts in his last three victories. During his UFC tenure, he has stopped Ricardo Lamas, Chris Fishgold and earned Fight of the Night honors for his TKO against Shane Burgos. Kattar is now poised to crack the featherweight top 5 with another highlight-reel finish in his Boston backyard.

Promotion officials were originally targeting a featherweight bout between The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America featherweight winner Yair Rodríguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov to serve as the event headliner.[3] However, Rodríguez pulled out of the bout on August 5 with an ankle injury and Magomedsharipov announced he would not fight at the event.[4][5] The pairing was first scheduled to take place at UFC 228 in September 2018, but Rodríguez also pulled out of that event with an injury.[6] The pairing was rescheduled for UFC 254.[7]

Woodley: Need to KnowsA veteran of the cage since making his UFC debut in 2013, Woodley climbed to the top and is clinging on to whatever he has left.“The Chosen One” has had a hard time keeping up with the pace in his last two fights as his approach through his career has been to use his tremendous takedown defense, stuffing 90 percent of attempts, to keep the fight standing and land his powerful right hand.The book may be out on how to beat him, though, because if you crowd him, he doesn’t have the space to throw that devastating right hand. Unfortunately, Woodley continues to load up on that one strike, which his opponents are waiting for and either ducking under for a takedown attempt or dodging and throwing a powerful counter.He averages just 2.38 significant strikes per minute and has landed 50 or more significant strikes in just five of his 14 UFC bouts.Woodley’s last three fights were Darren Till (win – submission), Kamaru Usman (loss – unanimous decision) and Gilbert Burns (loss – unanimous decision).

Chimaev: Need to KnowsChimaev made his UFC debut on July 15 with a perfect 6-0 record, all by finishes. By July 25, he was 8-0 with eight finishes (five by knockout and three by submission).In the two UFC wins for Borz, he landed a total of 192 strikes while only absorbing two. Where those two strikes that landed came from, I’m not sure, but it was total domination in both fights.In both bouts, he picked up his opponents, slammed them and started to batter them with strikes, trying to finish the fight or look for a submission. He kept a ridiculous pace and showed no signs of tiring.Chimaev’s last three fights were Mzwandile Hlongwa (win – submission), John Phillips (win – submission) and Rhys McKee (win – knockout).

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