As I reported yesterday on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped up on short note to face Dmitry Poberezhets in UFC 211 following month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the wounded Jarjis Danho in this fight and will be searching for his first UFC success. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, losing back-to-back fights against Justin Ledet and many recently Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night 103 in January.
Meanwhile, Poberezhets (24-5-1) makes his promotional and North American debut on the insides of a 15-fight unbeaten series. The Ukrainian fighter has not lost a fight since 2012.
With this newest addition, here’s an updated look at the card…
Main Card
(c) Stipe Miocic (16-2) vs. Junior dos Santos (18-4) — Heavyweight Title Fight
(c) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) vs. Jessica Andrade (16-5) — Strawweight Title Fight
Demian Maia (24-6) vs. Jorge Masvidal (32-11)
Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) vs. Yair Rodriguez (10-1)
Henry Cejudo (10-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (15-2)
Preliminary Card
Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs. Dustin Poirier (21-5)
Jason Knight (16-2) vs. Chas Skelly (17-2)
David Branch (20-3) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (19-1)
Marco Polo Reyes (7-3) vs. James Vick (10-1)
Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Jessica Aguilar (19-5) vs. Cortney Casey (6-4)
Enrique Barzola (12-3-1) vs. Gabriel Benitez (19-5)
UFC releases Michael Graves after 2016 domestic violence arrest
UFC officials announced Monday that welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1) was released from the promotion after being arrested in October 2016 for domestic violence. Here’s an official statement from the UFC:
Back in November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was eliminated from his UFC bout following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a possible violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC company temporarily barred Graves from competition pending the completion of a third party evaluation. Dependent on the findings of the thorough inspection and analysis, UFC has advised Graves he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC needs all athletes to behave in an ethical and accountable manner, as evidenced from the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC holds its athletes to the maximum standard and will continue to take appropriate action when and if warranted.
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