MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Cruz vs. Garbrandt set as UFC 207 co-headliner, Good pulled from UFC 205

480 Cruz vs. Garbrandt title fight set as UFC 207 co-headliner, Borg vs. Smolka also added to the card  UFC officials confirmed Monday with ESPN that Dominick Cruz will defend his bantamweight title against Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 207. In addition, the Las Vegas Review Journal announced that flyweights Ray Borg and Louis Smolka will also clash this December 30th. Cruz (22-1)  has won 13 fights in a row and heads into this matchup off a unanimous decision victory over Urijah Faber at UFC 199 in June. Garbrandt (10-0) is coming off an impressive first-round knockout victory over previously undefeated Brazilian Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 88 in May. Smolka (11-2) is coming off an upset loss to Brandon Moreno at UFC Fight Night 96, which subsequently snapped his four-fight win streak. Borg (9-2) had his three-fight winning streak snapped in his last bout, losing to Justin Scoggnis at February’s UFC Fight Night 82 event. UFC 207 takes place in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. Here’s an updated look at the card… Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Ronda Rousey – women’s bantamweight title Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt – bantamweight title Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Marvin Vettori Sabah Homasi vs. Brandon Thatch Lyman Good pulled from UFC 205 due to USADA notice UFC officials announced Monday that welterweight Lyman Good was removed from UFC 205 due to a potential doping violation from USADA. “USADA has provisionally suspended Good based on the potential anti-doping violation,” the statement read. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.” Good (19-3) was slated to face Belal Muhammad and is 8-1 with a No-Contest in his last 10 fights. The promotion is currently seeking an opponent for the former Titan FC champion Muhammad. UFC 205 takes place November 12th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Here’s an updated look at the card… Main Card Eddie Alvarez (c) vs. Champ Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz – for women’s strawweight title Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate Preliminary Card Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens Michael Johnson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller Belal Muhammad vs. opponent TBA Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian WSOF 34 adds fourth title fight to December 31st event  Sports Illustrated reported on Monday that World Series of Fighting’s New Year’s Eve event in New York City has added fourth title fight, as middleweight champion David Branch will take on Louis Taylor. In addition, bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will battle Josenaldo Silva. Branch (19-3) has tasted defeat since a 2012 unanimous decision loss to Anthony Johnson at Titan FC 22. The current middleweight and light heavyweight champion has won nine straight fights, including a unanimous-decision victory over Vinny Magalhães in his last outing. Taylor (13-3) also hasn’t lost since 2012 and comes into this fight on a six-fight win streak, including a victory over prospect Phil Hawes at WSOF 32. Also added to the card, UFC veteran Jared Rosholt (14-3) makes his promotional debut against Caio Alencar (9-1). Former heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama (9-2) drops down to 205 pounds against Jake Heun (9-4) as well. UFC veterans Yushin Okami (32-10) vs. Paul Bradley (23-6) is also set for a welterweight affair. WSOF 34 takes place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 31st. Here’s an updated look at the card… Main Card (NBC, 4 p.m. ET) Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (16-0) v. Joao Zeferino (20-8) Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (28-7) v. Jake Shields (31-8) Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (16-4) v. Josenaldo Silva (25-4) Preliminary Card (NBC Sports Network, 3 p.m. ET) Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (19-3) v. Louis Taylor (13-1) Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2) v. Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4) Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) v. Paul Bradley (23-6) Shane Kruchten (11-4) v. Jeremy Mahon (5-4) Jared Rosholt (14-3) v. Caio Alencar (9-1) Prime Fight President Alasdiar Mackenzie talks about business side of MMA 

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