As I reported yesterday on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped up on short note to confront Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 following month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the injured Jarjis Danho in this struggle and will be hunting for his first UFC victory. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, dropping back-to-back fights against Justin Ledet and many recently Walt Harris in 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 streak. The Ukrainian fighter has not lost a fight since 2012.
With this latest addition, here’s an updated look at the 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)
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 following 2016 domestic violence arrest
UFC officials announced Monday that welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1) has been published from the advertising after being arrested in October 2016 for domestic violence. Here’s an official announcement from the UFC:
Back in November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was removed from his UFC bout following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a possible breach of this UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from contest pending the completion of a third party evaluation. Dependent on the findings of the comprehensive inspection and investigation, UFC has advised Graves that he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC requires all athletes to behave in an ethical and responsible manner, as evidenced from the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC retains its athletes to the maximum standard and will continue to take proper action if and when justified.
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