The UFC’s lapse to Toronto in Dec has a rarely expected pretension quarrel rematch prepared to hurl north of a border.
At UFC 206, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (17-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) will put his belt on a line opposite Anthony Johnson (22-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC), a male he kick in 2015 to win a then-vacant title. Cormier announced a news tonight as partial of “UFC Tonight” on FS1.
UFC 206 takes place Dec. 10 during Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The categorical label front on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The Cormier-Johnson quarrel was not announced as a categorical event. The hitch sequence is still to be determined.
Poliana Botelho (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Valerie Letourneau (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout; Zach Makovsky (19-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. John Moraga (16-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) during flyweight; and a contingent of lightweight fights: John Makdessi (14-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) vs. Lando Vannata (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), Olivier Aubin-Mercier (8-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) vs. Drew Dober (17-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC, and Rustam Khabilov (20-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) vs. Jason Saggo (12-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).
Cormier submitted Johnson when they initial fought during UFC 187 in May 2015 to explain a belt that was vacated by former champ Jon Jones, who now is a halt champ – yet who has been inextricable in a throes of a pre-fight drug exam disaster forward of UFC 200 in Jul and is available intensity punishment from a Nevada State Athletic Commission. After that, he kick Alexander Gustafsson by separate preference during UFC 192 a year ago.
Cormier was ostensible to quarrel Jones for a one pretension during UFC 200 until Jones was pulled 3 days before a quarrel when news of his unsuccessful drug exam broke. Instead, he fought former middleweight champion Anderson Silva on brief notice and won a unanimous preference opposite a destiny UFC Hall of Famer.
Johnson has been on a rip given his detriment to Cormier. He has 3 true knockouts, all of that won “Performance of a Night” bonuses. He stopped Jimi Manuwa 13 months ago in a second turn during UFC 191. In a UFC on FOX 18 categorical eventuality in January, he knocked out Ryan Bader in a initial round. And during UFC 202 in August, he took out associate former pretension challenger Glover Teixeira in only 13 seconds.
Botelho, from Brazil, will make her promotional entrance and comes in on a three-fight winning strain of TKOs. The Nova Uniao-based warrior hasn’t fought given Sep 2015, though, in her home country. Letourneau started her UFC reign a ideal 3-0 to acquire a strawweight pretension quarrel with champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk during UFC 193. She forsaken that quarrel by unanimous decision, afterwards was stopped by Joanne Calderwood in in a flyweight quarrel in Jun with a third-round TKO.
Former Bellator bantamweight champ Makovsky is looking to miscarry after back-to-back preference waste to former flyweight pretension challengers John Dodson and Joseph Benavidez. After starting his UFC career 2-0 with wins over Scott Jorgensen and Josh Sampo, he forsaken a preference to Jussier Formiga before resilient with a preference over Tim Elliott. Moraga has mislaid back-to-back fights, as good to Benavidez and, in July, a separate call to Matheus nicolau. He is only 3-3 given being submitted by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson in their pretension quarrel in Jul 2013.
Makdessi got behind in a win mainstay in Jul when he took a separate preference from Mehdi Baghdad. That feat snapped a two-fight movement that enclosed a head-kick knockout detriment to Donald Cerrone during UFC 187. Vannata started his career a ideal 8-0 with 7 blocking wins before signing with a UFC progressing this year to take on Tony Ferguson on brief notice during UFC Fight Night 91. Despite a “Fight of a Night”-winning opening in that he put a rarely adored Ferguson in difficulty a integrate times, he had to daub to a Brabo throttle mid by a second turn for a initial detriment of his career.
Aubin-Mercier, from Canada, got behind in a win mainstay in Jun in his home nation when he submitted Thibault Gouti with a third-round rear-naked choke. That gave him 4 wins in his past 5 fights, including 3 acquiescence wins. Dober has back-to-back wins. At UFC 195 in July, he took a unanimous preference from Scott Holtzman, handing “Hot Sauce” a initial detriment of his career. And during UFC 203 in Cleveland a month ago, he knocked out Jason Gonzalez in a initial round.
Khabilov has won 3 true fights, all by unanimous decision, after back-to-back waste to Benson Henderson and Adriano Martins. All 3 of Khabilov’s wins came in Europe with decisions over Norman Parke in London, Chris Wade in a Netherlands and Leandro Silva in Germany. Now he’ll try his palm during Canada for a initial time. Saggo has back-to-back wins over Justin Salas and Silva, both this year after returning from a layoff of about a year and a half following a split-decision detriment to Paul Felder.
The latest UFC 206 lineup includes:
- Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson – for light heavyweight title
- Poliana Botelho vs. Valerie Letourneau
- John Moraga vs. Zach Makovsky
- Lando Vannata vs. John Makdessi
- Drew Dober vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
- Rustam Khabilov vs. Jason Saggo