UFC release new promo for 196 event starring McGregor and Holm

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McGregor defeated Dos Anjos’ compatriot Jose Aldo in spectacular fashion to win the featherweight title at UFC 194.

He will now look to become the first fighter in history to hold UFC world titles in two different weight classes simultaneously, when he challenges the reigning Brazilian lightweight champion.

Also on the card, women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm puts her world title on the line for the first time against Miesha Tate in the co-main event.

In her first fight since shocking the world and knocking out Ronda Rousey in November, Holm will defend her crown against an opponent who is unbeaten in over two years.








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Gonzaga, Magomedov and Pokajac feature in UFC's debut event in Croatia

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Gabriel Gonzaga.

Heavyweight hitters Gabriel Gonzaga (17-10) and Russian star Ruslan Magomedov (14-1) will collide at the Zagreb Arena as the Brazilian legend looks to put a stop to the Russian’s nine fight win streak.

Additionally involved in this historic event will be local MMA superstar Igor Pokajac (25-12) who will make his return to the Octagon as he faces Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (18-5) in a light heavyweight battle. Pokrajac is coming off three first round finishes and will be looking to make a statement against Blachowicz in his hometown.

“I’m honoured to fight in Zagreb in front of my countrymen,” commented Pokrajac. “The arena will be packed and knowing the Croatian audience it will be loud! I know I will bring a good fight for the fans and put on a show.”

After a spectacular debut at UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos vs Cowboy 2 in December, French heavyweight Francis Ngannou (6-1) will welcome Serbian Bojan Mihajlovic (10-3) into the Octagon. With none of his fights ever reaching the final round, Ngannou will be eager to add another quick finish to his record in Zagreb.

Undefeated Nicholas Dalby (14-0-1) will be looking to add another victory to his record as his takes on Polish fighter Bartosz Fabinski (13-2) in an exciting match-up between two European middleweight prospects.

Tickets for UFC Fight Night Zagreb on sale to the general public Friday, February 12.

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UFC 196 in chaos as Werdum follows Velasquez and pulls out

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Withdrawals: Fabricio Werdum.

The news came less than a day after Cain Velasquez was forced off the February 6 card with a back injury as Brazilian Werdum also cited a similar back complaint and a foot problem.

Stipe Miocic had agreed to step in for Velasquez on just two weeks notice and only three weeks after a first-round knockout win over Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195.

It is not yet known if Miocic will still fight on the card or if the co-main event between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson will be elevated to the headliner slot.

Werdum said: “I was already injured. I have a foot injury, and haven’t been able to throw kicks in training for two weeks.

“I would still fight Cain because I was injured the last time, but I also hurt my back last Friday. I went to the doctor, tried to continue training, but couldn’t spar as I should spar. I decided not to fight because I’m not 100 percent,” he continued.

“If Cain was the opponent, I would go on. It’s not his fault, it’s nobody’s fault. Injuries happen.

“You can’t avoid them. I have no option. I made this decision because I’m not feeling 100 percent.

“I made this decision together with my team. We decided not to fight. Cain can’t fight.

“I was going to hide the injury one more time, like I always did. I tried to hide it, but couldn’t this time. I can’t fight if I’m not 100 per cent to put on a show like always.”

According to ESPN, Ben Rothwell, who is due to fight on Saturday against Josh Barnett, is willing to step in and take on Miocic.

Rothwell and Miocic were originally scheduled to fight each other in Dublin back in October. However, Miocic was forced to pull out due to injury.

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