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

Devonte Smith Puts Makdessi on Blast

On an already loaded UFC 241 card sat a preliminary fight between a young up-and-comer with speed and finishing ability and a wily veteran with 16 UFC fights. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: With Devonte Smith & Cory Sandhagen


How Will Lapela's Crafty Half Guard Deal With Tanquinho's Heavy Pressure?

Fight 2 Win features a 170lb no-gi main event between Augusto “Tanquinho” Mendes (Soul Fighters) and Marcelo Mafra (Checkmat). 

Gabi Garcia & Nathiely De Jesus Ready To Battle For The Belt At F2W 121

Fight 2 Win hits Austin, Texas this Saturday, August 10 with the main event putting the women’s heavyweight title on the line between the champion, Gabi Garcia (Alliance) and the challenger, Nathiely De Jesus (Rodrigo Pinheiro BJJ).  

Liz Carmouche Talks Rematch With Shevchenko

The poster for UFC in Montevideo Uruguay may not say it, but this Saturday’s title fight is actually Shevchenko vs Carmouche 2. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: With Gregor Gillespie & Liz Carmouche

UFC Newark Main Card Results and Quotes

If the prelims got you up, the main card didn’t let you down. In Newark the action kept rolling with a mixture of violence - some good and some highly illegal. 

UFC Newark Prelim Results & Quotes

The early risers were rewarded today with UFC on ESPN 5 prelims live from Newark. Kicking off at the uncommon start time of noon eastern time, those who decided to enjoy some face punching with their brunch were not disappointed. The fights brought action sure to wake you up early. 

Clay Guida Still Eyeing UFC Title: 'We're Making A Run As We Speak'

Okay, so we’ve heard this story before: A fighter pushing 40 years of age mentions that he’s not ready to say he’s out of title contention. Andrei Arlovski said it after his most recent fight, a decision win over Ben Rothwell. BJ Penn said it before his most recent loss, the seventh straight he has suffered. 

Top Turtle MMA Podcast: Jim Miller Reveals Only Fight He Ever Turned Down

UFC on ESPN 5 is coming at you from Newark, and “Gumby” and Dave have all the goods on this week's Top Turtle MMA Podcast right here on FloCombat.