An explosive heavyweight matchup will make the move from Brooklyn to Halifax, as the bout between No. 8-ranked contender Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis and No. 9-ranked Travis Browne is now the five-round main event of UFC Fight Night on Feb. 19.
Lewis vs. Browne was originally scheduled to take place on the UFC 208 card in Brooklyn on Feb. 11. With an injury to Stefan Struve forcing him out of his Halifax main event against Junior Dos Santos, the former bout was moved to Feb. 19.
In a match also made official on January 16, a new chapter begins in the career of former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, as “Bigg Rigg” makes his middleweight debut against Hector Lombard. UFC welterweight champion of the world in 2014, Texas’ Hendricks has had his battles with the scale at times, but after a controversial decision loss to Neil Magny at UFC 207, the former Oklahoma State University wrestling standout has decided to battle it out with the best at 185 pounds. That quest begins with his intriguing showdown against Lombard, a member of the 2000 Cuban Olympic judo team whose speed, power and grappling prowess make him a threat to anyone in the world.
Added to the UFC Fight Night event as well is a clash of veteran bantamweight contenders, as No. 7-ranked Sara McMann faces No. 8-ranked Liz Carmouche. Plus, Canada’s own Ryan Janes battles Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight bout and unbeaten Newfoundland native Gavin Tucker makes his Octagon debut against hard-hitting featherweight Sam Sicilia.
A pair of injuries to Gilbert Burns and Alvaro Herrera also produced a lightweight bout for Halifax, with Paul Felder now facing Alessandro Ricci after their bouts with Burns and Herrera, respectively, were called off.
Here’s the official fight card:
Heavyweight Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
Middleweight Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard
Featherweight Sam Sicilia vs. Gavin Tucker
Middleweight Elias Theodorou vs. Cezar Ferreira
Catchweight (139.5 lbs) Sara McMann vs. Gina Mazany
Lightweight Alessandro Ricci vs. Paul Felder
Welterweight Nordine Taleb vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Women’s Strawweight Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos
Bantamweight Aiemann Zahabi vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Middleweight Jack Marshman vs. Thiago Santos
Middleweight Gerald Meerschaert vs. Ryan Janes
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey stayed out of the limelight since Holly Holm gave her a 1 into her loss column record at UFC 193. The division have had two champions in Rowdy’s absence already. Holm was choked out by Miesha Tate in March, then Tate failed to her first title defense as Amanda Nunes pummeled and eventually choked her out at UFC 200 earlier this month.
Not only UFC President Dana White but fight fans around the world are hopeful that Rousey would make her comeback at UFC 205 on November 12 when the company heads to The World’s Famous Arena, but has not given any indication as to when she will be back. It was also in November 2015 when she lost to Holm at UFC 193.
She recently guests on Ellen where she confessed that she has been in deep depression that she wanted to have babies with Travis Browne so she had a reason to live. Browne is also a UFC fighter who competes as a heavyweight and ranked no. 7 and was also booked at UFC 200. Former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez knocked him out.
Now, Rousey’s long-time rival Cristiane Cyborg Justino is congratulating her because she is hearing rumors Rousey may actually be pregnant: