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Brad Pickett To Face Eddie Wineland At UFC 155

Pickett will meet Wineland in Las Vegas, supporting the Dos Santos vs. Velasquez main event.

Top British fighter Brad “One Punch” Pickett (22-6) has a name and a date for his return to action following a huge win over Yves Jabouin on home soil last month.

The Londoner will take on American Eddie Wineland (19-8-1) in Las Vegas at UFC 155, which is set to take place on December 29th. Both parties have verbally agreed to the matchup.

An emphatic KO over the surging Jabouin put Pickett right back in the mix at the top of the 135lbs division, with back-to-back stoppage victories following the loss to interim champion Renan Barao. It certainly hasn’t made Pickett gunshy, and he’s been in fine form since the slip almost a year ago.

His come-forward, exciting style was again evident in his most recent outing, as both fighters landed some good shots in the UFC On Fuel 5 contest, but a monster uppercut from Pickett sealed the deal and put an exclamation mark on his return to winning ways.

He meets a tough adversary in Wineland, a former champion in the now defunct WEC. Of his nineteen victories, Wineland has finished sixteen of them, with ten coming via T/KO. He has won five of his last seven bouts, with the only losses coming via decision to Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez.

This tees up yet another prospective Fight of the Night clash for the Brit, with Wineland no stranger to Fight Night bonuses either. He gained the accolade last time out when he finished Scott Jorgensen at UFC On FX in June. He was the first man to knock Jorgensen out, and with both having a recent taste of that KO success, you can bet they’ll be wanting more in December.

Pickett vs, Wineland will feature as part of the supporting card at UFC 155, which is topped by the heavyweight title fight between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.

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Vaughan Lee Scores Bout With Yamamoto In Japan

Midlands bantamweight Vaughan Lee will meet Japanese legend Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto at UFC 144 in Japan.

Vaughan Lee debuted in the UFC at UFC 138 in his native Birmingham and came away with a decision loss to Chris Cariaso.

For his next bout he’ll have to head to his opponent’s stamping ground as he takes on Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto at UFC 144 in Japan.

A good showing at the TUF trials and some consecutive victories earned Lee his right to fight in the UFC, and being a hometown draw on the Birmingham card certainly didn’t hinder his chances.

He’ll take on by far the biggest name of his career at the Saitama Super Arena as he meets “Kid”; a fighter once considered one of the world’s best, pound-for-pound.

Yamamoto has had a tough run since signing for the UFC. Going 17-1 (1NC) with twelve knockouts in his first nineteen bouts, he lost back-to-back fights in Japan before getting back on the horse with a TKO win over Federico Lopez. This saw him sign to the UFC with Japan in their sights, but he has lost back-to-back unanimous decisions in his time there.

The UFC have obviously kept Yamamoto’s services to aid their push in the Far East, but he is in dire need of a win, and he’ll be hoping it can come in front of his home crowd.

Lee has a big ask in front of him, but he’ll be excited to get in the cage in Japan against a name long considered one of the foremost in MMA.

The UFC 144 fight card is headlined by the lightweight title bout between Frankie Edgar and Ben Henderson on February 26th, 2011.

The news came via UFC.com.

Ogle Draws Miller At UFC Fight Night 30

Andy Ogle will face Cole Miller in a featherweight clash at the UFC event in Manchester in October. 

Author: @YourMMA

Team Kaobon’s Andy ‘Little Axe’ Ogle will return to the cage in October, when he takes on ATT’s Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 30.

The featherweight clash has just been confirmed by UFC UK, set to take place in Manchester, UK.

Ogle (9-2) was forced to withdraw from his previously scheduled bout against Conor McGregor in August, but his turnaround has been a relatively quick one. He got his biggest career victory to date in February when he defeated Josh Grispi via decision in London, and he’ll be hoping to use that momentum to continue climbing the ladder.

Ogle garnered many fans when he featured on The Ultimate Fighter, and he was given a shot in the UFC by Dana White following his performances at 155lbs. His official Octagon debut was a close decision loss to Hamid ‘Akira’ Corassani.

Ogle’s opponent, Cole Miller (19-8), is much more experienced, and has been around the UFC since his own stint on TUF 5 in 2007. Originally campaigning at lightweight, he dropped to 145lbs last year, but hasn’t had his best run of form there.

With fourteen UFC bouts, posting an 8-6 record, Miller has fought some of the best in the world, but with three losses in his last four it seems like victory is essential. He has wins over the likes of Ross Pearson, Bart Palaszewski and Jorge Gurgel.

Both will see winning as a necessity, but for very different reasons. It’s an intriguing matchup, and it should catch the eye of the UK fans heading to the Phones4U Arena.

The event will be headlined by a middleweight clash between Michael Bisping and Mark Munoz.

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UFC Manchester 2013: Harris vs. Lineker

Phil Harris and John Lineker are matched again, with the bout finally set to take place in Manchester in October. 

Author: @YourMMA

Another bout has joined the previously announced matchups of Bisping vs. Munoz and Pearson vs. Guillard for the UFC’s Manchester return, and this time it is the flyweights getting the attention.

Gym 01’s Phil Harris is set to lock horns with John Lineker at UFC in in October, with their originally scheduled bout at UFC 163 falling through due to a Harris injury.

Harris (22-10 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffered a fractured orbital and was frustrated at having to pull out of the fight in Brazil. Healed up and getting ready to start preparations for late October, he’ll get another home nation bout instead.

In his last outing he defeated Ulysses Gomez via decision back in February. Harris showed more of his standup skills, and got a much needed Octagon win following his debut defeat to Darren Uyenoyama.

Lineker still took part in UFC 163 despite Harris’ withdrawal, and dispatched Jose Maria via TKO in the second round. Lineker came in 3lbs over the allowed weight limit, the second he’s failed to hit the mark in four UFC fights.

The 22-6 Brazilian has won three straight since his UFC debut loss, and has ten knockout finishes on his resume.

Harris will be pleased to get back to action, with that likely concluding his 2013 account with two fights. However, Lineker is a very tough adversary, and it should make for an exciting stylistic battle.

With more fights coming through day to day, stay tuned towww.facebook.com/YourMMA and @YourMMA on Twitter for all the updates.

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