UFC Fight Announcements: Cain Velasquez, Gregor Gillespie Return

With fight announcements breaking each and every day, it’s hard to keep track of all the hustle and bustle in the world of mixed martial arts. 

Luckily, here at FloCombat, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of all of the UFC fight announcements that were put out by notable outlets across the world in the past three weeks.

Bouts are not confirmed by the UFC unless noted otherwise (*). Below, view the matchup announcements as well as a bonus list of fighter signings and releases.

Jan. 19 | UFC Fight Night 143: Brooklyn

Flyweight Bout*: Joseph Benavidez (26-5, 13-3 UFC) vs. Dustin Ortiz (19-7, 8-5 UFC) - per Newsday

Lightweight Bout*: Gregor Gillespie (12-0, 5-0 UFC) vs. Yancy Medeiros (15-5 1NC, 6-5 1NC UFC) - per Newday

Bantamweight Bout*: John Lineker (31-8, 12-3 UFC) vs. Cory Sandhagen (9-1, 2-0 UFC) - per ESPN

Lightweight Bout*: Dennis Bermudez (16-9, 9-7 UFC) vs. Te Edwards (6-2, 0-1 UFC) - per Newsday

Feb. 2 | UFC Fight Night 144: Fortaleza

Bantamweight Bout*: Ricardo Ramos (12-1, 3-0 UFC) vs. Said Nurmagomedov (12-1, 1-0 UFC) - per Akhmat MMA

Featherweight Bout*: Jose Aldo (27-4, 9-3 UFC) vs. Renato Carneiro (13-1-1, 5-1 UFC) - per Combate

Women’s Strawweight Bout*: Livia Renata Souza (12-1, 1-0 UFC) vs. Sarah Frota (9-0, 0-0 UFC) - per Combate

Feb. 9 | UFC 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum

Women’s Flyweight Bout*: Montana De La Rosa (9-4, 2-0 UFC) vs. Nadia Kassem (6-0, 1-0 UFC) - per The Daily Telegraph

Light Heavyweight Bout*: Jim Crute (9-0, 1-0 UFC) vs. Ryan Spann (15-5, 1-0 UFC) - per The Courier Mail

Bantamweight Bout*: Wuliji Buren (10-6, 0-2 UFC) vs. Jonathan Martinez (9-2, 0-1 UFC)

Featherweight Bout: Austin Arnett (16-5, 1- UFC) vs. Shane Young (11-4, 1-1 UFC) - per NZ Herald

Bantamweight Bout*: Teruto Ishihara (10-6-2, 3-4-1 UFC) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (14-8-0-1, 3-2-0-1 UFC) - per Rank5

Feb. 17 | UFC on ESPN 1: Phoenix

Women’s Flyweight Bout: With Lauren Murphy out, Andrea Lee (9-2, 1-0 UFC) steps in to fight Ashlee Evans-Smith (6-3, 3-3 UFC) - per MyMMANews

Featherweight Bout*: Myles Jury (17-3, 8-3 UFC) vs. Andre Fili (18-6, 6-5 UFC) - per FloCombat

Women’s Strawweight Bout*: Jessica Penne (12-5, 1-3 UFC) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-2, 0-2 UFC)

Bantamweight*: Jimmie Rivera (22-2, 6-1 UFC) vs. Aljamain Sterling (16-3, 8-3 UFC) - per AZ Central Sports

Lightweight Bout*: Scott Holtzman (12-2, 5-2 UFC) vs. Nik Lentz (29-9-2 1NC, 13-6-1 1NC UFC) - per ESPN

Bantamweight Bout*: Renan Barao (34-7-1, 9-6 UFC) vs. Luke Sanders (12-3, 2-3 UFC) - per ESPN

Heavyweight Bout*: Cain Velasquez (14-2, 12-2 UFC) vs. Francis Ngannou (12-3, 7-2 UFC) - per ESPN

Feb. 23 | UFC Fight Night 145: Prague

Women’s Flyweight Bout*: Liz Carmouche (12-6,4-4 UFC) vs. Lucie Pudilova (8-3, 2-2 UFC)

Light Heavyweight Bout*: Jan Blachowicz (23-7, 6-4 UFC) vs. Thiago Santos (19-6, 11-5 UFC)

Heavyweight Bout*: Stefan Struve (28-11, 12-9 UFC) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (16-5-1, 5-3 UFC)

Welterweight Bout: Michel Prazeres (26-2, 10-2 UFC) vs. Ramazan Emeev (18-3, 3-0 UFC) - per MMA Brasil

March 2 | UFC 235: TBA vs. TBA

Welterweight Bout*: Diego Sanchez (28-11, 17-11 UFC) vs. Mickey Gall (5-1, 4-1 UFC)

Featherweight Bout*: Jeremy Stephens (28-15, 15-14 UFC) vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov (16-1, 4-0 UFC) - per ESPN

Women’s Bantamweight Bout*: Holly Holm (12-4, 5-4 UFC) vs. Aspen Ladd (7-0, 2-0 UFC)

Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Gina Mazany (5-2, 1-2 UFC) vs. Macy Chiasson (3-0, 1-0 UFC) - per Las Vegas Review Journal

March 9 | UFC Fight Night 146: Wichita

Lightweight Bout: Beneil Dariush (15-4-1, 9-4-1 UFC) vs. Drew Dober (20-8-0-1, 6-4-0-1 UFC) - per Farah Hannoun

March 16 | UFC Fight Night 147: London

Middleweight Bout: Alessio Di Chirico (12-2, 3-2 UFC) vs. Tom Breese (11-1, 4-1 UFC) - per Sherdog

Middleweight Bout*: Jack Marshman (22-8, 2-3 UFC) vs. John Phillips (21-8 1NC, 0-2 UFC)

Welterweight Bout*: Danny Roberts (16-3, 5-2 UFC) vs. Claudio Silva (12-1, 3-0 UFC)

Light Heavyweight Bout: Gokhan Saki (1-2, 1-1 UFC) vs. Saparbeg Safarov (8-2, 0-2 UFC) - per Red Fury MMA

UFC Signings

Sabina Mazo – Women’s Flyweight (6-0) – LFA (per ESPN)

Deron Winn – Middleweight (5-0) – Golden Boy MMA

UFC Departures:

Elias Garcia – Flyweight (6-2, 0-2 UFC) – Released

Dmitry Smolyakov – Heavyweight (8-2, 0-2 UFC) – Signed with KSW

Adam Milstead – Heavyweight (8-2 1NC, 1-2 1NC UFC) – Retired

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