The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s summer schedule has undergone some shuffling and tweaking, as the promotion has announced some big changes for UFC FN 70 and the TUF 21 Finale.
First off, UFC FN 70 will no longer take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as was originally supposed to be the case. Instead, the June 27th card has been moved to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Not only that, but the card has received a pretty compelling middleweight scrap, as Lyoto Machida will face fellow contender Yoel Romero in the main event.
Machida (22-6) will be looking to rebound from his one sided, submission loss to Luke Rockhold in April, which followed “The Dragon’s” stoppage win over CB Dolloway in December.
Romero (9-1), on the other hand, hasn’t fought since he scored a controversial, stoppage win over Tim Kennedy in September. The powerful wrestler was scheduled to fight “Jacare” Souza in February and April, but both bouts fell through due to injuries.
Machida is currently ranked #5 in the UFC’s middleweight division, while Romero is positioned at #6.
If you’re wondering, UFC FN 70 will still feature a welterweight bout between Erick Silva (18-5) and Rick Story (18-8), which will be the card’s co-headliner.
The UFC has also confirmed that the TUF 21 Finale won’t go down in Florida as originally thought. Instead, the event will take place on July 12th in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In the main event, Jake Ellenberger (30-9) will battle welterweight Stephen Thompson (10-1).
Ellenberger recently got back on track, as he ended a three fight losing streak in February by submitting Josh Koscheck. Ellenberger is ranked #9 at 170.
Thompson, meanwhile, will be fighting for the first time since September, when he decisioned Patrick Cote. The noted striker, who has won four in a row, was expected to fight Brandon Thatch in February but had to pull out due to injury.
So, that weekend is going to be action packed for fans, as UFC 189 goes down July 11th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena as well. Yes, Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor….