MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: UFC 200 Press Conference replay, Joseph Duffy vs. Mitch Clarke set for UFC Vegas

UFC 200 press conference replay  UFC 200 takes place on July 9th at T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones (ic) – light-heavyweight title-unification bout
  • Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title
  • Miesha Tate (c) vs. Amanda Nunes – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks
  • Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Enrique Marin vs. Sage Northcutt
  • Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
  • Julianna Pena vs. Cat Zingano

  Joseph Duffy vs. Mitch Clarke set for UFC Vegas  The UFC announced this morning that lightweights Joseph Duffy and Mitch Clarke will clash at UFC Fight Night Vegas on July 7th Duffy (14-2)  heads into this matchup off a unanimous decision loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 195, his first defeat since October 2011. Prior to that the Irishman was on a four-fight win streak, including back-to-back victories in the UFC.  The 28-year old Tristar product is perhaps best known for handing Conor McGregor the first loss of his career, when he submitted him in  2010. Clarke (11-3) hasn’t fought since an April 2015 decision loss to Michael Chiesa. The Canadian has been on the sidelines due to a bizarre injury involving acupuncture therapy and a needle breaking. He’s 2-3 in the UFC, including a submission victory over Al Iaquinta. UFC Fight Night: Vegas takes place on July 7 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here’s an updated look at the card  

  • Rafael Dos Anjos (c) vs. Eddie Alvarez (for lightweight championship)
  • Joseph Duffy vs. Mitch Clarke

  UFC Fight Night 88 lineup finalized  The UFC announced Wednesday that the lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event is all set. In the main event Thomas Almeida (20-0) takes on Cody Garbrandt (8-0), while the co-headliner features former champ Renan Barao (33-3) against featherweight Jeremy Stephens (24-12). UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda Shane Campbell vs. Erik Koch PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead   WSOF champ Justin Gaethje expect to fight Ozzy Dugulubgov in next matchup Justin Gaethje’s next matchup will likely be against Ozzy Dugulubgov according to WSOF President Ray Sefo. He posted this on the company official website at “We’re still working out the details, but right now, I’m leaning toward going with Ozzy Dugulubgov for that shot,” Sefo wrote. “Ozzy debuted with us back in 2013, on just our second event. He’s gone 5-1 in his six World Series of Fighting appearances, and that one loss came via split decision. I think he’s proven himself as a true contender, and this will be his opportunity to show the world that he’s capable of competing at an elite level.” Gaethje (16-0) has gone 9-0 since he made his WSOF debut in 2013. He’s coming off an impressive win via leg kicks agains Brian Foster. Dugulubgov (8-2) has gone 5-1 under the WSOF banner including a decision victory over Nic Herron-Webb in his last bout.    

Written by James Lynch

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