Chase Sherman now faces Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211
As I reported yesterday on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped up on short notice to face Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 next month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the injured Jarjis Danho in this fight and will be searching for his first UFC victory. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, losing back-to-back fights against Justin Ledet and most recently Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night 103 in January.
Meanwhile, Poberezhets (24-5-1) makes his promotional and North American debut on the heels of a 15-fight unbeaten streak. The Ukrainian fighter hasn’t lost a fight since 2012.
With this latest addition, here’s an updated look at the card…
(c) Stipe Miocic (16-2) vs. Junior dos Santos (18-4) – Heavyweight Title Fight
(c) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) vs. Jessica Andrade (16-5) – Strawweight Title Fight
Demian Maia (24-6) vs. Jorge Masvidal (32-11)
Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) vs. Yair Rodriguez (10-1)
Henry Cejudo (10-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (15-2)
Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs. Dustin Poirier (21-5)
Jason Knight (16-2) vs. Chas Skelly (17-2)
David Branch (20-3) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (19-1)
Marco Polo Reyes (7-3) vs. James Vick (10-1)
Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Jessica Aguilar (19-5) vs. Cortney Casey (6-4)
Enrique Barzola (12-3-1) vs. Gabriel Benitez (19-5)
UFC releases Michael Graves after 2016 domestic violence arrest
UFC officials announced Monday that welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1) has been released from the promotion after being arrested in October 2016 for domestic violence. Here’s an official statement from the UFC:
In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was removed from his UFC bout following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from competition pending the completion of a third-party investigation. Based on the findings of this thorough review and investigation, UFC has advised Graves that he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action if and when warranted.