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PREVIEW | Alexander Gustafsson set to make his 4th UK appearance

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UK fight fans have been the beneficiaries of witnessing some top level international talent compete in their cities over the years. And that will be no different come July 23rd, and there are two men in particular who are making their 4th and 2nd UK appearances respectively.

Allstars product, Alexander Gustafsson will move back down to the 205lb division after trying his success at Heavyweight, to take on the 11th ranked, Nikita Krylov, in what might be the Swedes final title push of his triumphant career. When things are said and done and “The Mauler” hangs up the UFC gloves, he might go down as the best fighter to never win UFC gold, if that’s how his story ends.

But a win on July 23rd will catapult him back into contention, and possibly give him that last push of motivation to make a final charge for gold. It’s no easy feat though getting past the big hitting Ukrainian.

“The Miner” Krylov boasts 26 wins coming by way of stoppage with only one having to go to the judges scorecard. A possibly frightening contemplation for “The Mauler” who has been finished in his last three. A win is essential for both Europeans who will look to get back into the win column to forge a run to the Light Heavyweight title.

Gustafsson’s British Story So Far

Gustafsson first touched down on UK ground in 2009, and announced himself to the Brits in a ferocious way. The 22-year-old at the time made his UK debut at UFC 105, taking on Jared Hamman. The extremely aggressive Hamman came out looking to dispatch of the young fighter early on. Things didn’t go the American’s way though, and just 41 seconds in was knocked out cold by a Gustafsson straight right hand.

(Credit: UFC.com): 22-year-old Gustfsson makes his UK debut and beats Jared Hammen

Just a year later, Alexander Gustafsson was back in town, this time against the vastly experienced, Cyrille Diabate. During their fight, Gustafsson did extremely well to get the fight to the mat, and early on in round 2, scored a big take-down transitioning straight to side control. Not long after, he found himself on “The Snake’s” back, flattening him out in a rear-naked choke, subsequently getting the tap.

Fast forward four years, coming in off the back of a controversial title loss to Jones, Alexander Gustafsson found himself headlining in London against the hometown fighter, Jimi Manuwa. Again in this fight, “The Mauler” found himself having a lot of success controlling the early stages on the mat. In round 2 though, he came out with his forward pressure and caught Manuwa with a beautiful knee from the clinch making it 3-0 on British soil, with three finishes making himself somewhat a fans favourite to British fight fans.

Krylov’s British Story So Far

Although Krylov has only fought in the UK once so far in his career, with that being back in March this year, the Ukrainian has fought in Ireland’s capital back in 2014.

Krylov had the pleasure of being on the McGregor vs Brandao card that headlined in Dublin, with that Fight Night going down as one of the best in UFC history. Krylov who was only 22-years-old at the time and Cody Donovan got into a scrap from the first bell. Donovan threatened with submission attempts throughout the first round, and on a couple of occasions came close to the finish. Krylov though managed to get the back of “Donnybrook” and reigned down blows, with Marc Goddard waving off the bout with just two seconds left of the first round.

(Credit: Sherdog.com): Krylov vs Cody Donovan at UFC Fight Night 46

Back in March this year, the UFC returned to the O2 in London for the first time in three years, and Krylov was set to take on Scotsman, Paul Craig. Early on in the fight, Krylov got the fight to the ground and was having huge success landing countless hammer fists. “Bearjew” can never be counted out though, and with just over 1 minute left in the round, Craig instinctively snatched the neck of Krylov with his legs, sinking in a triangle choke.

With both fighters in desperate need of a win, there’s no doubt the fans will spend the majority of this one out of their seats.

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg

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After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!

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The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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