MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: 25-year old Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons passes away, Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley set for UFC 201

RIP Jordan Parsons (1990-2016)  Tragic news in the MMA world Wednesday, Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons passed away following a hit-and-run incident Sunday. He was only 25 years old. Parsons (11-2)  went 2-1 under the Bellator banner with stoppage victories over Tim Bazer and Julio Cesar Neves. He was scheduled to take on Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 next Friday. Bellator president Scott Coker released a statement Wednesday afternoon following the news. “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons, Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates.” The hit and run incident happened Sunday, May 1, around 12:30 a.m. at the corner of Lindell Blvd. and South Federal Highway in Delray Beach. Parsons was rushed to the hospital and remained in critical condition until his death on Wednesday. The vehicle involved is believed to be a Silver 2012 or 2013 Range Rover Sport. It left behind a side mirror at the scene and is believed to have damage to its left side. Anyone living in the South Florida area or has information regarding the incident or the vehicle should be forwarded to the Delray Beach Police Department at 561-243-7810. On behalf of myself and the rest of the MMAOddsBreaker team, we would like to send our condolences to Jordan’s family, friends and his teammates at The Blackzilians.   Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw rematch possible for UFC 200 According from a report from “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday, former UFC bantamweight champion is slated to fight in a rematch against Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200. Dillashaw (12-3) lost his bantamweight title to Dominck Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 this past January. Assuncao (23-4) heads into this matchup off seven straight wins, including a decision victory over Dillashaw back at UFC Fight Night 29. UFC 200 takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card. Daniel Cormier (c) vs. Jon Jones (ic) – for light heavyweight title 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 Raphael Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw   Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley welterweight title fight scheduled for UFC 201 in Atlanta Per “UFC Tonight” the UFC is heading back to Atlanta for the first time in close to than four years, and Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley looks to be the headliner. Lawler (27-10) is coming off a closely contested contest against Carlos Condit where he won by split decision at UFC 195. Prior to that, the UFC welterweight champion earned wins over Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald. Woodley (15-3) hasn’t competed since a split-decision victory over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 183. UFC 201 is set for July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.   UFC on FOX 20 adds Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko, Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira UFC on FOX 20 added a number of new matchups Wednesday, most of which were confirmed on Wednesday’s “UFC Tonight” Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will take on Valentina Shevchenko, while former light heavyweight title challengers Glover Teixeira and Anthony Johnson also clash in the co-main event. Holm (10-1)  is coming off the first loss of her MMA career when Miesha Tate earned a late round submission victory at UFC 196 and subsequently the women’s bantamweight title. Shevchenko (12-2) is also coming off a setback at UFC 196, she lost via unanimous decision to Amanda Nunes. Johnson (21-5) is coming off back to back knockout wins over Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Bader. Teixeira (25-4) is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career as he knocked out Rashad Evans in the first round at UFC on FOX 19. Also Globo reported Wednesday that Gilbert Melendez (22-5) and Edson Barboza (17-4) will also take place on this card. UFC on FOX 20 takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. Here’s an updated look at the card. Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez   Alexey Oleinik set to battle Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC Fight Night 91  Polish media outlet Lowking is reporting that heavyweights Alexey Oleinik and Daniel Omielanczuk will clash at the UFC’s debut in Sioux Falls. Oleinik (50-9) heads into this matchup on an 11-fight win streak, including two straight in the UFC over Anthony Hamilton and Jared Rosholt. Omielanczuk (18-5-1) is coming into this matchup off two-straight wins over Chris de la Rocha and most recently Jarijis Danho at UFC Fight Night 84 in February. UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. Here’s an updated look at the card. Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk   Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer rematch set for WSOF 32 WSOF officials announced on late Tuesday that featherweight champion Alexandre Almeida will defend his title against former champ Lance Palmer at WSOF 32. Almeida (18-5) defeated Palmer via unanimous decision this past December at WSOF 26. With the win, the Brazilian champion heads into this matchup off five-straight victories. Palmer (10-2) had his three-fight winning streak snapped in the loss.  Also annnouced on the card, Caros Fodor (10-5) takes on his adopted brother, Ben Fodor (6-1-1) (aka masked crime fighter “Phoenix Jones”) at a 162-pound catchweight bout. WSOF 32 is set for July 30 at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash.

Written by James Lynch

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