MMA Odds and Ends for Tuesday: Ed Herman off UFC 209, Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Rizin, Desmond Green signs with UFC

Ed Herman out of UFC 209 fight with Igor Pokrajac due to injury  Light heavyweight Ed Herman announced Monday that he’s pulling out of his fight with Igor Pokrajac at UFC 209 due to injury. Herman is coming off a head-kick knockout loss to Nikita Krylov. Here’s what he had to say…

UFC 209 takes place March 4th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card… Tyron Woodley (c) vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson – for interim lightweight title Rashad Evans vs. Dan Kelly David Teymur vs. Lando Vannata Mark Hunt vs. Alistair Overeem Todd Duffee vs. Mark Godbeer Marcin Tybura vs. Luis Henrique Mirsad Bektic vs. Darren Elkins Luke Sanders vs. Iuri Alcantara Paul Craig vs. Tyson Pedro Kyoji Horiguchi signs with Rizin, meets  Yuki Motoya in promotional debut Former UFC flyweight title contender Kyoji Horiguchi has signed with Japanese promotion Rizin. Horiguchi (18-2) is coming off three straight wins and decided to sign with RIZIN instead of a contract extension with the UFC. According to MMAFighting, Horiguchi will make his Rizin debut against Yuki Motoya on April 16th in Yokohama, Japan. Motoya (18-4) is currently riding an 11-fight unbeaten streak, including a split-decision win over Allan Nascimento at Rizin 3. Former Titan FC champion Desmond Green signs with UFC, meets Josh Emmett at UFC 210 Desmond Green has finally signed with the UFC and will take on Josh Emmett. Green (19-5) is a former Titan FC featherweight champion and has won five of his last six fights. This UFC debut will be a bit of a homecoming for the Florida native, as he was a wrestler at the University of Buffalo. Emmett (11-0) is coming off a unanimous-decision victory against Scott Holtzman in UFC on Fox 22 in December. UFC 210 takes place on April 8th at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY.

Written by James Lynch

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