Recent UFC bookings topped with Ian McCall vs. John Lineker

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photo credit: Heidi Fang – Fight Corner

Below are the following bouts that the UFC have annouced for upcoming fight cards.

UFC on FOX 13 – Dec. 13, 2014 – Phoenix, Ariz.
Tachi Palace flyweight champion Willie Gates (11-4) replaces Jussier Formiga on short notice. He’ll meet the #5 ranked John Moraga (15-3).

Moraga hails from Arizona and is coming off of a submission win over Justin Scoggins. Gates currently holds a 5-fight win streak and has collected a total of 8 stoppages in his career.

UFC 183 – Jan. 31, 2015 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
Ian McCall (13-4-1) vs. John Lineker (24-7) was rebooked for Las Vegas. Originally, they were expected to trade at UFC Fight Night 56 in Uberlandia, Brazil. However, McCall withdrew due to a blood infection following weigh-ins and the fight was scrapped.

McCall has won two in a row, taking victories over Iliarde Santos and Brad Pickett. Lineker has collected half of his professional wins via (T)KO. The Brazilian has won 5 of his last 6 with a recent win over Alptekin Ozkilic.

Lightweights Al Iaquinta (10-3-1) and Joe Lauzon (24-9) will do battle at the event as well.

Iaquinta owns a 5-2 record in the Octagon. The TUF 15 finalist has back-to-back TKO wins over Rodrigo Damm and Ross Pearson respectively.

Lauzon last defeated TUF 15 winner, Michael Chiesa. In the middle of the second round, doctors called an end to their war due to a cut over Chiesa’s right eye.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 59 – Jan. 18, 2015 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Boston native Charles Rosa will take on Sean Soriano.

Known as “The Boston Strangler”, Rosa put on a battle with Dennis Siver on short notice in his UFC debut. He dropped a decision, marking the first loss of his professional career.

Soriano, 25, is on the hunt for his first UFC win. The Blackzilians athlete was undefeated prior to competing with the promotion.

UFC FIGHT NIGHT 60 – Feb. 14, 2015 – Broomfield, CO – 1stBank Arena
Ranked at #9 in the featherweight division, Nik Lentz will have a rematch with Thiago Tavares (19-5-1). Lentz has won 4 out his last 5 with his only loss coming against Chad Mendes last December.

Tavares, 30, is fresh off of making his featherweight debut. The Brazilian notched a win over Robbie Peralta in August. Both of his last two Ws were first round, rear-naked choke submissions.

UFC 184 – Feb. 28, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will return from a 3-year hiatus to collide with Roman Salazar.

Yamamoto was scheduled to meet Ivan Menjivar in Sept. 2013 at UFC 165. The 37-year-old fighter withdrew due to unknown reasons. To date, Yamamoto has yet to get his hand raised in the Octagon.

Salazar fell short in his UFC debut, snapping a 4-fight win streak

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