MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Roy Nelson vs. Alexander Volkov set for UFC on FOX 24

480 Roy Nelson vs. Alexander Volkov set for UFC on FOX 24 reported that heavyweight Roy Nelson will return to action against Alexander Volkov at UFC on FOX 24 on April 15th. Nelson (22-13) is coming off a knockout victory over Antonio Silva on September 24th at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil. The 41-year-old has only won twice in his last nine fights. Meanwhile, Volkov (27-6) heads into this matchup on a three-fight win streak, including a split-decision victory over Timothy Johnson at UFC Fight Night 99 in his last fight. UFC on FOX 24 takes place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. RIZIN adds UFC veterans Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Anthony Birchak to upcoming show  RIZIN announced that UFC veterans Tatsuya Kawajri and Anthony Birchack will clash in a featherweight bout on the promotions upcoming April 16th show. Kawajri (35-11-2) heads into this matchup off a three-fight skid and will be looking for his first win since 2015. The 38-year-old is competing in just his second fight since leaving the UFC. Birchack (13-3) will compete for the first time departing the UFC late last year and has gone 2-2 in his last four fights. The former MFC bantamweight champion competes in Japan for the first time in his career. Here’s my interview with Birchak talking about leaving the UFC and signing with RIZIN… The main event of this card features former UFC flyweight title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi (18-2) taking on Yuki Motoya (18-4) in a 128-pound catchweight bout. In addition, former UFC lightweight Daron Cruickshank (18-9) will battle Yusuke Yachi (16-6) and UFC veteran Heath Herring (28-15) will take on Bellator veteran Satoshi Ishii (14-7-1). RIZIN 2017 in Yokohama: Sakura takes place at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan. Here’s an updated look at the card… Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Yuki Motoya Anthony Birchak vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Daron Cruickshank vs. Yusuke Yachi Heath Herring vs. Satoshi Ishii Franchesco Ghigliotti vs. Tenshin Nasukawa Kanna Asakura vs. Alexandra Toncheva Saori Ishioka vs. Bestare Kicaj Jazzy Garbert vs. Reina Miura Rena Kubota vs. TBA Jeremy Kennedy wants to fight Andre Fili at International Fight Week  Jeremy Kennedy (10-0) discusses his unanimous-decision victory against Rony Jason at UFC Fight Night 106 this past weekend. Jeremy also talks about his experience in Brazil, why he wants to fight Andre Fili at International Fight Week and his love for Wendy’s cheeseburgers.

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