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The next two
Ultimate Fighting Championship
events following UFC 249 have
now been made official, per UFC President Dana White.

On Friday, White appeared on ESPN, where he
confirmed the full listing of events for May 13 and 16. Both cards
will take place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in
Jacksonville, Florida, and they each will be broadcast on ESPN
while closed to the public. During his interview, he also explained
that the intention is to place Tyron
Woodley
as the headliner of the upcoming May 23 event. That
card does not have any fights booked on it, nor does it have a
location set, and White admitted that the promotion wanted to get
through this surge of events before looking at the ones to
come.


UFC Fight Night 171
is a rare card airing on a Wednesday, and
it will be headlined on May 13 by a light heavyweight battle
between former title challengers Anthony
Smith
(33-14) and Glover
Teixeira
(30-7). The two were initially booked to headline the
Fight Night card on April 25 in Lincoln, Nebraska, but the event
was postponed due to the coronavirus.

Smith bounced back from a championship defeat to Jon Jones in
March 2019 with a fourth-round submission of Alexander
Gustafsson
three months later. “Lionheart” has finished his
opponent in each of his last even wins, while sporting a career
finish rate of 91 percent. Teixeira is riding a three-fight win
streak, his longest since 2016, which includes tapouts of Karl
Roberson
and Ion
Cutelaba
along with a split verdict over Nikita
Krylov
.


UFC Fight Night 172
will go down the following Saturday, and
the main event of that card is a heavyweight clash between Alistair
Overeem
(45-18, 1 NC) and Walt Harris
(13-7, 1 NC). The two have been scheduled to face one another
multiple times, most recently atop the promotion’s offering on
April 11 in Portland, Oregon. That too was scuttled due to the
coronavirus.

Overeem’s last appearance came in the main event of UFC on ESPN 7,
where he faced Jairzinho
Rozenstruik
. The former Strikeforce
king was up on the scorecards going into the fifth round, but an
unexpected right hand from Rozenstruik put Overeem out with four
seconds left in the bout. “The Demolition Man” has stopped his
opponent in 89 percent of his fights, including five of his last
six adversaries in victory. Each of his last seven defeats have
come by knockout. Taking him on will be Harris, who has not tasted
defeat since 2017. “The Big Ticket” has scored three knockouts over
Daniel
Spitz
, Sergey
Spivak
and Alexey
Oleynik
, while accompanying those wins with no-contest against
Andrei
Arlovski
along the way. Harris sports a 100 percent knockout
rate.

Also of note, White responded to a claim that UFC 249 competitor
Donald
Cerrone
wished to drive out to Jacksonville and compete at all
three events in a short span. The UFC head threw cold water on that
idea, saying, “I love that the kid thinks like that, but…especially
with what’s going on right now we’re trying to be as safe as we
possibly can, having somebody fight three times in the span of six
or seven days, absolutely, positively does not make sense.“

UFC Fight Night 171 on May 13
Anthony
Smith
vs. Glover
Teixeira
– light heavyweight
Ben
Rothwell
vs. Ovince St.
Preux
– heavyweight
Alexander
Hernandez
vs. Drew Dober –
lightweight
Ray
Borg
vs. Ricky Simon
– bantamweight
Karl
Roberson
vs. Marvin
Vettori
– middleweight
Andrei
Arlovski
vs. Philipe
Lins
– heavyweight
Michael
Johnson
vs. Thiago
Moises
– lightweight
Sijara
Eubanks
vs. Sarah Moras
– women’s bantamweight
Hunter
Azure
vs. Brian
Kelleher
– featherweight

UFC Fight Night 172 on May 16
Alistair
Overeem
vs. Walt Harris
– heavyweight
Claudia
Gadelha
vs. Angela Hill
– women’s strawweight
Edson
Barboza
vs. Dan Ige –
featherweight
Eryk
Anders
vs. Krzysztof
Jotko
– middleweight
Marlon
Vera
vs. Yadong
Song
– featherweight
Kevin
Holland
vs. Anthony
Hernandez
– middleweight
Giga
Chikadze
vs. Mike Davis –
featherweight
Cortney
Casey
vs. Mara
Romero Borella
– women’s flyweight
Darren
Elkins
vs. Nate
Landwehr
– featherweight
Don’Tale
Mayes
vs. Rodrigo
Nascimento Ferreira
– heavyweight


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