MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Jorgensen Gets Quick Turnaround Against Reis

Scott Jorgensen Just days after having his fight cancelled at the last minute, Scott Jorgensen has been booked for his next fight. The UFC yesterday announced that Jorgensen will return to the cage this October and take on Wilson Reis in a flyweight bout at UFC 179, which takes place Oct. 25 at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio, de Janeiro. It’s likely the bout will be placed on the preliminary card for that event. Jorgensen was set to fight newcomer Henry Cejudo at UFC 177 this past weekend, but the fight was cancelled at the last second when Cejudo failed to make weight. The UFC did the right thing and paid Jorgensen his show and win money for the fight even though he didn’t actually fight, but as a fighter Jorgensen definitely wanted to get back in the cage as soon as possible and the UFC obliged him with this booking against Reis. As for Reis, he will be the hometown fighter as he’s from nearby Sao Paulo, and that should definitely help him against Jorgensen, who lost in his only fight in Brazil to Jussier Formiga earlier this year. Reis, who is 2-1 in the UFC, is coming off of a decision victory over newcomer Joby Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 49, a fight where he was knocked down in an had to come from behind to get the nod. It wasn’t a great showing by Reis overall, but he still picked up the victory and moved to 1-0 at 125lbs, which could end up being a good weight class for him going forward as he was always too small at 135lbs (same with Jorgensen). As far as the line goes for Reis vs. Jorgensen, it’s going to be very close and I realistically could see the betting public taking it either way, but gun-to-head I am kind of leaning towards Reis here just because of the hometown factor and also the fact I believe Jorgensen is on a bigger decline than Reis is. But it’s definitely a very competitive fight and it wouldn’t shock me if either man won. UFC 179 is headlined by a five-round title fight rematch between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes and the co-main event of the evening is a three-round light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis.

Written by Adam Martin.

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