MMA Odds and Ends for Monday: UFC on FOX 17 Highlights, Northcutt gets an opponent, Pena arrested

UFC on FOX 17 Highlights Rafael Dos Anjos knocks out Donald Cerrone Nate Diaz wins a decision over Michael Johnson Classic Nate Diaz post fight interview  UFC on FOX 18 adds Sage Northcutt vs. Andrew Holbrook This matchup was announced on Saturday’s UFC on FOX 17 broadcast as Sage Northcutt finally makes his long awaited debut on a FOX-televised main card. Northcutt (7-0) is coming off his second round submission victory over Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 earlier this month. Prior to that he had a successful octagon debut earning a TKO victory just 51 seconds into his UFC debut against Francisco Trevino at UFC 192. Holbrook (11-0) is coming off a controversial split decision win over Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16 this past July. UFC on FOX 18 takes place Jan. 30th at New Jersey’s Newark’s Prudential Center.   UFC Fight Night 83 adds more bouts    Brad Scott vs. Krzysztof Jotko Scott (10-3) is coming off a second round submission victory over Dylan Andrews at UFC Fight Night 65, which pushed his octagon record to 2-2. Jotko (16-1) has won two-straight fights since losing to Magnus Cedenblad back in May of 2014 at UFC Fight Night 41. Scott Askham vs. Chris Dempsey  Askham (13-2) is coming off a submission loss to Jotko at UFC fight Night 76.  Dempsey (11-3) drops down to middleweight after losing to Jonathan Wilson this past August at UFC Fight Night 73. Both fighters are 1-2 in the UFC and are in dire need of a victory if they want to keep their UFC roster spot. UFC Fight Night 83 takes place Feb. 27 at The O2 in London and there is currently no main event set.   Here’s an updated look at the card Michael Bisping vs. Gegard Mousasi Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Wilkinson Rustam Khabilov vs. Norman Parke Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera Arnold Allen vs. Yaotzin Meza Martin Svensson vs. David Teymur Chris Dempsey vs. Krzysztof Jotko Scott Askham vs. Chris Dempsey   Bellator 151 adds Warren vs. Caldwell  Bellator officials announced Friday that former promotional featherweight and bantamweight champion Joe Warren  will take on undefeated Darrion Caldwell for Bellator 151’s main event in March. Warren (13-4) is coming off a decision victory over L.C. Davis back at Bellator 143 in September. Prior to that, the former champion lost his title title to Marcos Galvao at Bellator 135 back in March. Caldwell (8-0) is coming off a submission victory over Shawn Bunch at Bellator 143 in September and is currently 5-0 under the Bellator banner. Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, OK.   WSOF 27 adds Ricci vs. Fodor, Gamzatov vs. Holder  Per MMAJunkie, WSOF announced a number of new matchups for their WSOF 27 event in Tennessee Mike Ricci vs. Caros Fodor  WSOF President Ray Sefo on Friday told MMAjunkie the fights include lightweights Mike Ricci (11-4) vs. Caros Fodor (10-4) and light heavyweights Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) vs. Teddy Holder (9-2). Ricci (11-4) is coming off a knockout victory over  Joe Condon in the opening round of the WSOF lightweight tournament. During that matchup the Tristar product suffered a hip injury and was unable to continue in the tournament (Brian Foster ended up winning the tournament championship). With the win, the 29-year old is riding a three-fight winning streak which includes victories over UFC vets  Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropoulos. Fodor (10-4) is coming off a second round submission victory over Vincent Latoel at ONE FC 20 and is currently riding a two-fight win streak. Shamil Gamzatov vs. Teddy Holder  Gamzatov (9-0) makes his WSOF debut and hasn’t competed since October of 2014 where he submitted Yuri Gorbenko at a regional show in Russia. Holder (9-2) lost in a championship bout to title holder Dave Branch at WSOF 23. Most people will remember the Tennessee native for his first round knockout victory over Thiago Silva at WSOF 19 back in March. WSOF 27 takes place Jan. 23 at The Theater at FedExForum in Memphis, TN.   UFC bantamweight Julianna Pena arrested  First mentioned by a member on the Sherdog forums, it was reported early Sunday morning that TUF 18 winner Pena had been arrested and charged with two counts of assault according to Cpl. Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane PD. PenaArrested According to the report the 26-year old was arrested at 2:20 a.m and booked into the Spokane County Jail at 2:53 a.m. UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told MMA Fighting that the organization is “aware of the situation” and “in the process of gathering more information.” According to the Spokane, WA municipal code, the penalty for assault in Spokane is a fine that does not exceed $5,000, imprisonment for no longer than 364 days, or both a fine and imprisonment. Pena (7-2) is coming off three-straight UFC victories and most recently defeated Jessica Eye by unanimous decision at UFC 192 in Houston.  She is currently not scheduled to complete in an upcoming fight.

Written by James Lynch

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