Update on UFC fight announcements

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UFC 185 – Mar. 14, 2015 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
A heavyweight tilt between up-and-comers Josh Copeland and Jared Rosholt has been added to the card. Copeland was a former RFA heavyweight champion and undefeated prior to meeting Ruslan Magomedov in his UFC debut. Now at 9-1, “Cuddly Bear” looks to get his hand raised in the Octagon for the first time when he clashes with Team Takedown’s Jared Rosholt.

Rosholt hails from Arlington, Texas and saw a 7-fight win streak snapped by Alexey Oleinik at UFC Fight Night 57. At 3-1 in the UFC, “The Big Show” will look to get back on track in his home state.

A women’s bantamweight tilt was also announced for the event. Larissa Pacheco (10-1) and Germaine de Randamie (4-3) will trade leather. Pacheco made her UFC debut as a short notice replacement against Jessica Andrade and was submitted in the first round. She’ll have a full training camp behind her when she takes on Germaine de Randamie who has been out of action for a year.

De Randamie was technically knocked out by Amanda Nunes in her last outing in Nov. 2013. The Dutch kickboxer holds a split decision win over Julie Kedzie in the UFC.

UFC Fight Night 63 – Apr. 4, 2015 – Fairfax, Va. – Patriot Center
Clay Guida (31-15) will look to get back on track against Robbie Peralta (18-5, 1 NC) in a featherweight battle set for UFC Fight Night Fairfax.

Guida is 2-2 since dropping to featherweight and has alternated between the win and loss column in the division. He holds wins over Hatsu Hioki and Tatsuya Kawajiri with losses to Chad Mendes and most recently was submitted by Dennis Bermudez at UFC on FOX 12.

Peralta last faced Thiago Tavares in August and was submitted in the first round. He had a pair of wins over Estevan Payan and Rony Jason before the loss.

Justin Jones (3-1) vs. Ron Stallings (12-7) was also made official for the event. Jones stepped in on less than 2 weeks notice to square off with Corey Anderson at UFC 181 and dropped a decision. “Lazy Bones” will look to right his ship against Stallings, who was a short notice replacement for Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 59. Hall took a TKO win over “The Choir Boy” once a cut opened up over his right eye in the first round.

UFC Fight Night 64 – Apr. 11, 2015 – Krakow, Poland – Krakow Arena
Two Polish fighters will get the chance to compete on their home soil on April 11. Pawel Pawlak (10-1) will square off with TUF Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott (8-2-1) and Krzysztof Jotko (15-1) will lock horns with Garreth McLellan 12-2).

Pawlak was undefeated prior to making his UFC debut against Peter Sobotta. He had also never gone the distance in any of his battles before meeting Sobotta in May last year.

Westcott hails from Canada and is an alum of TUF Nations. At the finale in April, Westcott saw a 9-fight unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of Elias Theodourou who went on to win the middleweight tournament.

Jotko, 25, is 2-1 under the UFC banner. In his last effort, the Orneta native took a victory over Tor Troeng. He’ll trade leather with McLellan, a 33-year-old promotional newcomer fighting out of South Africa. “Soldier Boy” boasts a 6-fight win streak coming into his UFC debut.

UFC on FOX 15 – Apr. 18, 2015 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Ovince St. Preux (17-6) will collide with Patrick Cummins (7-1) in a light heavyweight bout at UFC on Fox 15.

“OSP” rebounded from his first loss in the Octagon against Ryan Bader, with a tremendous KO victory over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Ranked at no. 8 in the light heavyweight division, the former Tennessee Volunteers linebacker will look to secure back-to-back wins. At 5-1 in the UFC, St. Preux has collected two post-fight bonuses for his performances.

Since losing to Daniel Cormier at UFC 170, Cummins has got back on track with consecutive wins over Roger Narvaez, Kyle Kingsbury and Antonio Carlos Jr. “Durkin” is also ranked at no. 15 in the division and will look to climb the ranks with a W.

Middleweights Vitor Miranda and Nick “Jersey Devil” Catone were also booked for the fight card. Catone is coming off of a split decision over Tom Watson. Miranda (A.K.A. Lex Luthor) last collided with Jake Collier and finished him with a head kick followed by strikes.

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