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A fun night of action was not all the UFC had to offer us in its return from the holiday break. The promotion either announced or finalized 12 fights this week, and a few headliners for upcoming fight night events have been set.
Sean Strickland and Jack Hermansson are expected to meet in a five-round fight at the beginning of February, with a location and venue for the event yet to be determined. Strickland is currently on a five-fight win streak that includes unanimous decisions over Jack Marshman, Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall. The No. 7 ranked middleweight contender was booked to make his third Octagon appearance this year against a former champion in Luke Rockhold, but that was canceled after Rockhold sustained a back injury. Hermansson found his way back into the win column in his last outing this past May at UFC Vegas 27, where he dominated Edmen Shahbazyan on the ground en route to a unanimous decision.
In March, Jan Blachowicz returns for his first fight since losing the light heavyweight championship to Glover Teixeira at UFC 267. The Polish star will share the Octagon with Aleksandar Rakic, the No. 3 ranked contender who has won his last two against former one-time title challengers in Anthony Smith and Thiago Santos.
UFC Fight Night — December 18
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Dustin Stoltzfus — middleweight
UFC Fight Night — February 5
Sean Strickland vs. Jack Hermansson — middleweight
UFC Fight Night — February 26
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Joel Alvarez — lightweight
Makhmud Muradov vs. Misha Cirkunov — middleweight
Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez — flyweight
Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam — lightweight
UFC Fight Night — March 5
Manon Fiorot vs. Jessica Eye — women’s flyweight
UFC Fight Night — March 12
Guido Cannetti vs. Kris Moutinho — bantamweight
Trevin Jones vs. Javid Basharat — bantamweight
UFC Fight Night — March 19
Molly McCann vs. Luana Carolina — women’s flyweight
Jake Hadley vs. Francisco Figueiredo — flyweight
UFC Fight Night — March 26
Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic — light heavyweight
Announced Cage Warriors fights:
Cage Warriors 131 — December 10
Christian Duncan vs. Justin Moore — catchweight (190 lbs.)
Yassine Belhadj vs. Danilo Belluardo — lightweight
Luke Riley vs. Yuki Angdembe — bantamweight
Samir Kadi vs. Michael Tchamou — middleweight
Cage Warriors 132 — December 11
Dominique Wooding vs. Carlos Abreu — bantamweight
Lone’er Kavanagh vs. Maximilien Vallot — flyweight