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UFC has announced that two new fights have been added to the UFC 192 card in Houston, Texas on October 3rd.
The first fight is a flyweight battle between Joseph Benavidez and Ali Bagautinov. The 2nd ranked flyweight, Benavidez is looking to earn a second shot at the defending champion, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. Joseph Benavidez fought Mighty Mouse back in 2013 but came up short in a RD.1 TKO defeat. Ever since that fight, Joseph has gone a 3-fight winning streak, beating Timothy Elliott, Dustin Ortiz, and John Moraga. The 22-4-0 Texan is looking to make it four straight and possibly earn himself a title shot.
His opponent, Ali Bagautinov, is a 13-3-0, Russian who has made a name for himself as a tough mixed martial artist. Bagautinov has also fought Demetrious Johnson and lost in a unanimous decision. Prior to that, Ali defeated 3 fighters in the UFC including Marcos Vinicius, Timothy Elliott, and 8th ranked flyweight John Lineker.
The second addition to the UFC 192 card, is a women’s strawweight fight including Ultimate Fighter 20 finalist and 3rd ranked strawweight, Rose Namajunas and fellow TUF 20 fighter, Angela Hill. Each woman is looking to take charge in the newest UFC division. Rose Namajunas is 2-2-0 in professional fights, winning by way of submission, flying armbar, and rear-naked choke. Her two losses were by way of unanimous decision and by rear-naked choke. Namajumas’ first three professional fights took place in Invicta, (a women’s only fight organization). Her UFC loss was in the finale of the TUF season 20 against Carla Esparza, the first UFC women’s strawweight champion.
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Rose “Thug” Namajunas’ opponent, Angela “Overkill” Hill, is looking to make a name for herself and to make a statement that she deserves a title shot against current champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Angela Hill has only fought in 2 UFC bouts and 1 in USFFC (US Freedom Fighter Championship). Hill defeated Stephanie Skinner via TKO in the 2nd round. Heading into her 2 pro fight, now on the Ultimate Fighter, Hill won her first UFC fight against Emily Kagan via unanimous decision, then, she went on to lose to Tecia Torres by way of unanimous decision in the TUF 20 finale.
These fights are indeed added to the light-heavyweight championship as Daniel Cormier defends his title for the first time against Alexander Gustafsson and the co-main event which holds a welterweight contest between Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley.
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