Shevchenko details advantages over Jedrzejczyk
Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko fights former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacated flyweight belt at UFC 231. The pair fought three times under Muay Thai rules from 2006-2008 with 'Bullet' going 3-0. "I know Joanna what her style is," said Shevchenko on MMAjunkie Radio. "I’ve seen her recent fights and everything. She’s a good fighter and a very high-level striker... In the close distance, the high distance I can use more weapons as well because I can throw turning kicks, spinning kicks – everything. This is the more advantage that I have. I have more wide techniques I can choose for her. ... We can be 100 percent sure that this fight will happen, because Joanna is professional. She will do everything right to prepare for the fight. I can be more relaxed without thinking, ‘Oh, maybe it will be someone else at the final minute, my opponent will drop out and they’ll have to find a replacement.’ Now I can be more relaxed preparing just exactly for Joanna.” H/T MMAjunkie
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Michael Chiesa makes welterweight debut vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 232
In his last fight, a losing effort vs. Anthony Pettis, Michael Chiesa missed weight the non-title lightweight limit by 1.5 pounds, and vowed to move up a division. He will now make his welterweight debut vs. Carlos Condit at UFC 232 on December 29, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Chiesa lost his last two, to Pettis and Kevin Lee. Condit is on a four-fight losing streak, to Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia, Neil Magny, and most recently Alex Oliveira. And the fight should be mighty. H/T ESPN
Helwani notes status of every UFC champ; UFC 230 main event a challenge
Ngannou wants to clear the air with UFC boss
Francis Ngannou came up short vs. then UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and was utterly uninspired in his next fight, losing a lackluster decision to Derrick Lewis. For reason he has not detailed, UFC president Dana White has offered a series of bitter remarks about The Predator. Now at UFC Fight Night 141 on November 24 in Beijing, China, #4 Ngannou fights #3 Curtis Blaydes in a rematch; the first fight ended with Round 2 TKO doctor stoppage for Ngannou on April 10, 2016. During a recent appearance on The Ariel Helwani MMA Show, Ngannou said he wants to clear the air with his boss. “I haven’t seen him, I haven’t talked with him,” said Ngannou. “Yes, I want to [clear the air] but I don’t know how I’m gonna handle that. Since my fight against Stipe, I haven’t seen Dana White. I never called him. We never spoke on the phone. I have to put that out of my head, people got disappointed with my performance. I have to put that away, that distraction, and focus on the fight.” H/T MMA Mania.
Overeem joins former opponent Blaydes at Team Elevation in Colorado
Cowboy in a cast, will still fight Mike Perry on 11/10 at UFC Fight Night 139
Shogun vs. Tyson Pedro in the works for UFC Fight Night 142
British heavyweight Mark Goodbeer announces retirement
Ref, judges selected for Khabib vs. McGregor at UFC 229 on 10/6
The Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously for Herb Dean to ref the UFC 229 main event between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champ Conor McGregor. Judges Derek Cleary, Sal D’Amato, and Junichiro Kamijo were likewise unanimously approved. Dean will receive $1,900 for his efforts that night, while the judges will receive $1,600 each.