Prograis Meets the New Orleans Media to Promote July 14 Homecoming

Jun 1, 2018

The Homecoming: Regis Prograis Meets New Orleans Media

Prograis to defend WBC Super Lightweight Diamond belt against Juan Jose Velasco at Lakefront Arena

LIVE on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, Saturday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET

(Photo Credit:  Geo Velasquez)
NEW ORLEANS. (June 1, 2018) — Regis Prograis returned home Wednesday for a homecoming press conference at The Original French Market Restaurant & Bar to promote his WBC super lightweight diamond belt title defense against fellow unbeaten Juan Jose Velasco, July 14 at the Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans.Prograis (21-0, 18 KOs) was born in New Orleans, moving to Houston after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Now, he’s back for the first time as a professional and ready to put on a show for his home fans against Velasco (20-0, 12 KOs), a Buenos Aires, Argentina, native who has won four of his last five bouts via knockout.

It was a star-studded afternoon featuring New Orleans dignitaries, including the city’s mayor, LaToya Cantrell.

This is what Prograis and his promoter, Lou Dibella, had to say.


“Boxing is not as big in New Orleans because the kids don’t see it. I want to be the person that they see, that they know they have a champion in New Orleans. Boxing is big right now in New York and Las Vegas, but I’m telling you that I’m going to change it. It’s going to boost the economy and everybody in the world will come back to New Orleans. Ali fought here, Duran fought here, Sugar Ray Leonard fought here and I’m going to bring it back. I’d like to thank everybody for coming. One of the main things you can do if you want to bring big time boxing back to New Orleans is come to the fight on July 14. That’s all you have to do, come to the fight.”

“Every time I think of New Orleans, I think of its culture and the people. There is a such a strong culture in New Orleans and our fans are so loyal. The Saints can lose every game,  and we’re still going to be in the Superdome every weekend. I just want to inspire the kids.”


“Since I signed Regis, he’s wanted to fight here. This was the right moment. Regis wants to be a great champion. Regis wants to be a unified champion. Regis wants to be a Hall of Fame fighter. He wants all those things. He also wants to be a leader in New Orleans, he really does. He wants to influence kids in New Orleans. He wants to be influential.”

“I have so much respect for Regis, not only as an athlete but as a person. He’s all about this city.”

“We’re very grateful to have this tremendous support from the city of New Orleans for this
event and honored to have Mayor LaToya Cantrell join us today.”

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment, tickets, priced at $200 (ringside), $125 (floor), $75, and $40, are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Lakefront Arena box office, and charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Discounts for military, students and New Orleans Police Department members ‑ $75 tickets for $50 and $40 seats for $25 – are available when presenting valid ID at the Lakefront Arena box office.For more information visit:,;,,;,, @ESPN @ESPNBoxeo @RPrograis,@DiBellaEnt@LouDibella @ESPNDeportes.

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2026 FIFA World Cup: evaluation report published – bids submitted to FIFA Council

Jun 1, 2018

2026 FIFA World Cup: evaluation report published – bids submitted to FIFA Council

After a thorough assessment of the respective bid books and visits to the relevant member associations, the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force has today confirmed that, in line with the Bidding Regulations, the following bids have achieved the required score and will be submitted to the FIFA Council:

  • Bid jointly submitted by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation
  • Bid submitted by the Moroccan Football Association

Following the assessment by the2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force ­– and provided the FIFA Council submits a designation – the decision on whether to select one of the above bidders to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken by the 68th FIFA Congress, which will convene in Moscow on 13 June.

The evaluation report is now available here on

Under the Bidding Regulations, FIFA established a bid evaluation model comprising three components:

  • Bid compliance assessment
  • Overall risk assessment
  • Technical evaluation

The “technical evaluation” aspect of this bid evaluation model adopts an objective scoring system to rate and attribute a weighting to each of the nine infrastructural and revenue-related criteria set out in clause 3.5 of the Bidding Registration, which is appended to the Bidding Regulations.

The methodology and application of this scoring system are specified in the Overview of the Scoring System for the Technical Evaluation of Bids.

Comprehensive background information on the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, including the respective bid books, is available here.

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Top Rank Signs Super Bantamweight Contender Carlos Castro to Multi-Year Promotional Agreement

Jun 1, 2018

Top Rank Signs Super Bantamweight Contender
Carlos Castro to Multi-Year Promotional Agreement

LAS VEGAS (June 1, 2018) – Undefeated super bantamweight contender Carlos Castro has signed a multi-year promotional agreement with Top Rank, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today. Castro, a 24-year-old resident of Phoenix, Arizona, has a record of 20-0 with nine knockouts and is the current WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion.

“I am very proud of this achievement. I know that signing with Top Rank is a great opportunity for me and will bring other great opportunities to my career,” Castro said. “I am ready to continue developing my talent and demonstrate why Top Rank signed me.”

Castro was born in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, and moved to Phoenix with his family when he was 2 years old. He had an extensive amateur career consisting of nearly 200 fights, and as a youngster, he won a pair of National Silver Gloves titles. Castro made his pro debut as an 18-year-old on June 16, 2012, winning a four-round unanimous decision over Tony Green at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix.

Castro has fought 16 of his 20 pro bouts at the Celebrity Theater, cultivating a loyal fan base in his hometown. He lives and trains in Phoenix under the guidance of Angel Soto, who has been his trainer since he was 10 years old.

Castro took a big step up in competition in September 2016 against longtime contender Jorge Diaz, stopping Diaz in the opening round. He went 2-0 in 2017, shutting out Juan Palacios over eight rounds in April and knocking out Basilio Nieves in the fourth round in October.

In his last bout, on Feb. 24 in Phoenix, Castro knocked out Alexis Santiago in the 10th and final round after Santiago’s corner threw in the towel. It was the first time Santiago (21-5-1 entering the fight) had been knocked out as a pro.

Castro’s first fight under the Top Rank banner will be announced soon.

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Los Pumas informa que, de común acuerdo, ha terminado la relación laboral con Sergio Egea

Jun 1, 2018

El Club Universidad Nacional, A.C., informa que, de común acuerdo, ha terminado la relación laboral con Sergio Egea.

El Club Universidad Nacional, A.C., informa que, de común acuerdo, ha terminado la relación laboral con Sergio Egea.

La institución reconoce el profesionalismo y dedicación que mostró a lo largo de los últimos dos años y le desea la mejor de las suertes en sus proyectos futuros.


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Jun 1, 2018
¡Boletos están a la venta!
LOS ÁNGELES, California 1 de junio de 2018. – Óscar “El Jaguar” Negrete (17-1, 7 nocáuts), el actual campeón NABF de las 118 libras, realizará su esperado retorno ante Dhiul Olguín (13-9-3, 9 nocáuts) en el evento estelar de la edición del 6 de julio de LA FIGHT CLUB en el Belasco Theater de Downtown Los Ángeles, California y televisado en vivo por Boxeo Estelar televisado a través de EstrellaTV.
Negrete, de Tierraalta, Colombia, ha derrotado a un ritmo constante a varios oponentes de las divisiones gallo y supergallo. En su victoria más importante hasta la fecha, bajó a las 118 libras para superar a Sergio Frías y capturar el titulo gallo NABF en el choque estelar de la edición del 30 de junio de Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN. Posteriormente, el púgil cafetalero sufrió su primer revés ante el monarca mundial supergallo del CMB Rey Vargas, en el cual dio fierra batalla, pero al final sucumbió frente al espigando campeón capitalino. Ahora, y gracias esa actuación ante Vargas, Negrete regresará por sus fueros intentando colocarse de nuevo en la cima de las clasificaciones y buscar una nueva oportunidad de título.
“Estoy muy contento porque voy a retornar,” afirmó Óscar Negrete. “Regresaré después de pelear por un título mundial, pero esa derrota fue en las 122 libras. Ahora mi meta es pelear por un título mundial en la división donde verdaderamente pertenezco, que son las 118 libras. Olguín tiene un récord muy engañoso en el que sus rivales no pueden confiarse. Mi gusta este combate porque es un oponente que te exige y que te la idea de dónde estás. Después pelearé por un título mundial.”
Olguín es conocido como verdugo de prospectos y contendientes. Además de ofrecer peleas difíciles a Manuel “Tino” Ávila Emilio Sánchez, Olguín se ha anotado impresionantes victorias ante Kevin “K-Smooth” Rivers, Jr. Horacio “Violento” García.El aguerrido púgil mexicano buscará prevenir que Negrete se haga campeón mundial con un triunfo el 6 de julio.
“Agradezco otra nueva oportunidad que me ofrece Golden Boy Promotions,” dijo Diuhl Olguín.“Y una vez más no voy a desaprovecharla como lo hice contra García y Rivers Jr. Óscar Negrete es un tremendo boxeador y creo que nuestros estilos se acoplarán para ofrecer una digna batalla para el exigente y conocedor publico angelino.”
Seniesa “Súper Bad” Estrada (13-0, 3 nocáuts) regresará en una batalla a ocho asaltos en peso mini mosca. La nativa del Este de Los Ángeles, California participará en su segunda actuación del año en el LA FIGHT CLUB tras estelarizar el evento en abril. La pugilista vendrá tras una victoria por nocaut técnico ante Amarilis Adorno y tiene planes de combatir por un título mundial en un futuro cercano. 
El ex olímpico Raúl “Cougar” Curiel (3-0, 2 nocáuts) de Tampico, Tamaulipas, México tendrá acción en la primera batalla televisada a seis asaltos en peso welter. Blair Cobbs (7-0-1, 5 nocáuts), prospecto de peso superligero, participará en un choque a cuatro asaltos en peso welter. Los oponentes para ambos se anunciarán en breve.
Negrete vs. Olguín es un combate a ocho asaltos en peso gallo presentado por Golden Boy Promotions. El evento es patrocinado por Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” y Casa México Tequila. Los combates se llevarán a cabo el viernes 6 de julio de 2018 en el Belasco Theater en Los Ángeles, California. La transmisión en vivo de Boxeo Estelar a través de EstrellaTV iniciará a las 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT., y también por y YouTube a través de LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenómeno Studios. Marque su calendario y compre boletos por adelantado antes que se agoten para los eventos del 10 de agosto y el 12 de octubre.
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Jun 1, 2018
Friday, June 1, 2018
Belasco Theater
Los Angeles, California
Photo Credit: Box Stats
Molina vs. Roman is an eight-round super lightweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The event is sponsored by Tecate “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Casa Mexico Tequila. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. PT, and the first fight begins at 6:15 p.m. PT. The Boxeo Estelar broadcast will air live on EstrellaTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. The card will also stream live on and on YouTube via LBI Media, Inc.’s Fenomeno Studios. will stream the fights live beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Mark your calendars and buy your tickets for the upcoming shows on July 6, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12.
Tickets for LA FIGHT CLUB start at the fan-friendly price of $25 and are available for purchase now at and the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook page.
For more information visit
and Follow on Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing and @EstrellaTV. Become a fan on Facebook at, and Visit us on Instagram at @GoldenBoyBoxing, @belascola and @EstrellaTV. Follow the conversation using #LAFIGHTCLUB and #BoxeoEstelar.
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The Best FIFA Football Awards™ and stars of the game to return to London in 2018

Jun 1, 2018

The Best FIFA Football Awards™ and stars of the game to return to London in 2018

The Best FIFA Football Awards – a star-studded night celebrating football’s greatest – will return to London on 24 September 2018. Legends of the game from across the world will gather later this year in the iconic city for the third edition of the prestigious event.

The awards return to London for the second year in a row following last year’s glittering event, in which Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo picked up The Best Men’s Player, the Netherlands’ Lieke Martens was crowned The Best Women’s Player, French icon Zinédine Zidane was named The Best Coach and the Netherlands’ Sarina Wiegman was awarded the trophy for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach.

In a FIFA World Cup™ year, the awards will take on added significance in 2018, as football’s greatest players and coaches from all six continents strive to be crowned The Best.

“As a passionate football city in a nation with a strong footballing heritage, London will once again prove to be an excellent destination to host The Best FIFA Football Awards, and we are excited to return after the success of last year’s second edition. With the 2018 FIFA World Cup showcasing football’s finest across Russia this summer, there is everything to play for, making this year’s awards a truly exceptional occasion,” said FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Football) Zvonimir Boban.

A total of nine trophies will be presented at the awards ceremony:

•  The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018

•  The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018

•  The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2018

•  The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2018

•  The Best FIFA Goalkeeper Award 2018

•  The FIFA Puskás Award 2018

•  The FIFA Fair Play Award 2018

•  The FIFA Fan Award 2018

•  FIFA FIFPro World11

Once again, the fans at the heart of the game will play an active role in deciding the men’s and women’s players and coaches of the year. Winners will be chosen by a process involving stakeholders from across the world of football, including players, coaches, fans and media.

•  25% of the result will be based on the choices of the captains of all of the world’s national teams.

•  25% of the result will be based on the choices of the head coaches of all of the world’s national teams.

•  25% of the result will be based on a public ballot of football fans on

•  25% of the result will be based on submissions from a selected group of more than 200 media representatives from around the world.

Ten candidates will be shortlisted for the following four awards and will be unveiled on 23 July 2018, with voting opening on the same day.

•  The Best FIFA Women’s Coach 2018

•  The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2018

•  The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2018

•  The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2018

Voting for the above four categories will remain open until 10 August, with the three finalists of these awards announced in September.

You can follow all the latest information and news on The Best FIFA Football Awards 2018 on, the official Facebook page or FIFA on YouTube.

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Lomachenko Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Eyeing 2018 Return

Jun 1, 2018

Under the Knife: Lomachenko Shoulder Surgery Successful 

The WBA and Ring Magazine lightweight champion is eyeing a 2018 return

LOS ANGELES (May 30, 2018) – Vasiliy Lomachenko underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder suffered during the second round of his May 12 bout against Jorge Linares. The surgery, performed by world-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache, will preclude Lomachenko from fighting Aug. 25 as originally scheduled. Lomachenko will begin the recovery process immediately and is hopeful that he will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) and Ring Magazine lightweight titles before the end of the year.

Said Dr. ElAttrache: “Vasiliy had the anticipated injuries in his right shoulder, resulting from a dislocation event that he sustained during his fight on May 12. In particular, he had an extensive labral tear, approximately 270 degrees with a small amount of cartilage damage and a bone impaction injury, all resulting in instability of the shoulder. He underwent an arthroscopic repair of the labrum as anticipated with no complications. Based on the result of the surgical repair, we are optimistic for an excellent prognosis and for him to return to competition at his previous level of performance.”


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Jun 1, 2018
(ABOVE: Diego De La Hoya works the mitts ahead of his fight on the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino)
Photo Credit: Luis Arevalo Jr./Westside Boxing
Video Credit: Golden Boy Promotions
LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2018): Diego De La Hoya (20-0, 9 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico hosted a media workout today at Wild Card Boxing Club ahead of the June 8 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. De La Hoya will defend his NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles against Jose “Sugar” Salgado (35-4-2, 28 KOs) of Cozumel, Mexico in the 10-round main event.
ESPN3 will steam the fights live beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
ESPN2 will air the fights at a delayed start time of 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT.
ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Here is what Diego De La Hoya had to say at today’s media workout:
DIEGO DE LA HOYA, NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Champion:
“This is going to be a tough fight. Salgado has the record of a knockout artist. But that doesn’t intimidate me. I’m going do a good job and show that I’m back. I’m going to show that I’m ready for a world title shot. He’s been saying a few things about me, but he just wants me to lose my focus. He can talk all he wants, but I’ll do my talking in the ring. All I have to say is that I’m going to give a great fight. Winning this fight, I want to face any champion who will give me the opportunity. But they just have to know what they will lose their title fighting me.”

(ABOVE: Mercito Gesta works the mitts with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach ahead of his clash in the main event of the June 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN)
Fighters from the June 14 edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN also participated in the workout. Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (31-2-2, 17 KOs) of Cebu, Philippines will battle Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (35-1, 28 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona for the NABO Lightweight Title in the 10-round main event from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino from Indio, Calif.
ESPN3 will live stream beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
ESPN will air fights beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.
ESPN Deportes will air the fights on Friday, June 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
The co-main event will feature an exciting battle between two undefeated Golden Boy Promotions prospects Manny “Chato” Robles III (15-0, 7 KOs) takes on Edgar “Kid Neza” Valerio (13-0, 8 KOs) for the vacant NABF Featherweight Title.
The undercard of this event will feature prospects from around the nation.  Herbert “Ace” Acevedo (14-2, 6 KOs), a native of Garden City, Kansas, will take on David Thomas (6-2-1, 2 KOs) in a six-round super lightweight battle. Luis Feliciano (6-0, 3 KOs) of Utuado, Puerto Rico will participate in an eight-round 140-pound bout against against Daniel Montoya (11-6, 8 KOs) of Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Here’s what the June 14 Edition of Golden Boy Boxing on ESPN fighters had to say at the media workout:
MERCITO “NO MERCY” GESTA, Former Lightweight Title Challenger:
“I feel excited for every fight. It’s another great event. Every event that I fight I treat as something special. Manzanarez is tough, but I’ll need to figure him out in the ring. Based on the videos, it’s tough to get on the inside because he’s tall, long and knows how to use that as advantages.”
“I learned from my world title fight. It boosted my confidence because I did so well against a great fighter. Every opponent is different and has different styles. I can’t look down on this guy. He’s not a stepping stone, and I will treat him as a world champion. I see myself fighting for a world title again soon. I still feel strong and ready. I still have a long way left in my career. I want any champion in the division. I’m always ready to take a fight.”
MANNY “CHATO” ROBLES III, Featherweight Prospect:
“This is an exciting moment to be taking a step up like this. I know he’s an undefeated prospect but this will put me on the map. We’ve know each other for a long time, and he’s a great fighter. Skill wise, I think I’m the better fighter. I don’t see him having any advantages. After this, I see myself moving up the rankings and eventually fighting for a world title. Fighting for a world title has been a dream of mine since I was a baby.”
EDGAR “KID NEZA” VALERIO, Featherweight Prospect:
“It’s God’s divine plan, and I’m here to listen, learn and follow instructions for my mentors and coaches in order to prevail. Some people call it a risk, but it had to be done. And what better way than on ESPN. It will be a great a performance.  I think we are both equal. He’s a human being. I’m a human being. I have five senses, and he has five senses. At the end of the day, it’s about who is a better student of the game. They say this is a challenge. I see it as another opportunity to learn.”
LUIS FELICIANO, Super Lightweight Prospect:
“I feel great, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to fight again in California. It was great to fight in Puerto Rico so many times in front of my friends and family. It was a great experience. Now I’ll be fighting again at Fantasy Springs, and I’ll know it will be a great show.”
HERBERT “ACE” ACEVEDO, Super Lightweight Prospect:
“I’m feeling good. I’m finally with Golden Boy, and I’m ready make my mark. I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m ready to showcase my talent and the hard work we put into this camp. It feels great to be back after a year. I just turned 27. I’m not getting any younger, so it’s time to step it up and move my career quickly.”
De La Hoya vs. Salgado is a 10-round super bantamweight fight for the NABF and NABO Super Bantamweight Titles presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin & Paco Presents. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING” and Hennessy, “Never Stop, Never Settle.” The fights will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. ESPN2 will air the fights at a delayed start time of 12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT. ESPN Deportes will air the fights the following day at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. ESPN3 will steam the fights live beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
Tickets for this matchup are on sale and are available from $34 and $85 for the first two rows ringside, $70 for remaining ringside seats and all others priced at $49, $45 and $39 plus any applicable fees.  Tickets can be purchased at the Turning Stone Resort Box Office in person or by calling 315-361-7469 or online at Ticketmaster (
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UFC Returns to Calgary with a Pivotal Lightweight Rematch

Jun 1, 2018









Calgary, Canada – UFC® makes its long-awaited return to Calgary with a thrilling lightweight rematch between former champion and No.3-ranked contender Eddie Alvarez and No.4 Dustin Poirier. Also, former featherweight champion and No.2-ranked contender Jose Aldo will battle No.4 Jeremy Stephens in a co-main event guaranteed to deliver fireworks. UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ALVAREZ vs. POIRIER 2 takes place Saturday, July 28 at Scotiabank Saddledome and will air live on FOX. The event will broadcast live in Canada on CTV Two.

Alvarez (29-5 1NC, fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn., USA) and Poirier (23-5 1NC, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla., USA) originally met one year ago, in an exciting bout that ended in a no contest. They now get to pick up where they left off in front of a packed house in Calgary.

An MMA veteran for almost 15 years, Alvarez’s most recent outing saw him become the first fighter to finish Justin Gaethje this past December. Not only did the bout win Fight of the Night honors at UFC 218, it also took the No.2 spot on’s Top 10 fights of 2017 list. Over the course of his career, he’s earned victories over Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri. In 2016, he knocked out Rafael Dos Anjos to capture the UFC lightweight championship. Alvarez now looks for another show-stealing performance to stake his claim for a title shot.

A former featherweight mainstay, Poirier has been on a tear since moving back to lightweight in 2015. During his run in the UFC’s stacked 155-pound division, he’s taken home five fight night bonuses. He’s netted sensational wins against Antony Pettis, Jim Miller, Bobby Green, Yancy Medeiros and Joseph Duffy and in his last appearance, he delivered an incredible TKO victory over Justin Gaethje in a Fight of the Year contender last month. Poirier now plans to settle the score with Alvarez and earn his first shot at UFC championship gold.

The UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ALVAREZ vs. POIRIER 2 co-main event will feature a pair of featherweight KO artists.

The most dominant 145-pound titleholder in UFC history, Aldo (26-4, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) looks to get back on track following losses to current champ Max Holloway. During his legendary 10-year win streak, he beat the best the featherweight division had to offer. Among his victims are former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber. The all-time great is now gunning to reclaim momentum against one of the division’s heaviest hitters.

A 13-year MMA veteran, Stephens (28-14, fighting out of San Diego, Calif., USA) has been on a tear in the featherweight division. Currently riding a three-fight win streak – with each bout netting him a fight night bonus – he plans to use Aldo as a stepping-stone to a title shot. Known for his powerful hands, Stephens has delivered exciting knockouts against Josh Emmett, Dooho Choi, Dennis Bermudez and Rony Jason. A win over the Brazilian legend would thrust Stephens straight into the title mix.

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Former women’s strawweight champion and No.1-ranked contender Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2, fighting out of Olsztyn, Poland) throws down with No.5 Tecia Torres (10-2, fighting out of Colorado Springs, Colo., USA)
  • No.4-ranked women’s flyweight contender Alexis Davis (19-7, fighting out of San Jose, Calif., USA by way of Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada) looks to stake her claim for a title shot against No.8 Katlyn Chookagian (10-1, fighting out of Kenilworth, N.J., USA)
  • In a clash of surging lightweights, No.13-ranked contender Alexander Hernandez (9-1, fighting out of San Antonio, Tex., USA) squares off with No.15 Olivier Aubin-Mercier (12-2, fighting out of Montreal, Canada)
  • Strawweight contenders collide when No.12-ranked Randa Markos (8-6, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada) takes on No.13 Nina Ansaroff (8-5, fighting out of Weston, Fla., USA)
  • No.10-ranked flyweight contender Dustin Ortiz (18-7, fighting out of Franklin, Tenn., USA) battles No.12 Matheus Nicolau (13-2-1, fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • In a battle of talented strikers, John Makdessi (15-6, fighting out of Montreal, Canada) locks horns with Ross Pearson (22-14 1NC, fighting out of Sunderland, England)
  • Kajan Johnson (22-12-1, fighting out of Vancouver, Canada) goes for his fifth straight win against rising prospect Islam Makhachev (15-1, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia)
  • Alberta native Jordan Mein (30-12, fighting out of Lethbridge, Alta, Canada) looks to blow the roof off the Saddledome when he meets Alex Morono (14-4 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Tex., USA)
  • Hometown favorite Hakeem Dawodu (7-1-1, fighting out of Calgary, Canada) aims for his first UFC victory when he faces Austin Arnett (15-5, fighting out of Clarkston, Wash., USA)
  • In light heavyweight action, Gadzhimurad Antigulov (20-4, fighting out of Makhachkala, Russia) takes on Ion Cutelaba (13-3 1NC, fighting out of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova)

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Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: ALVAREZ vs. POIRIER 2 go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m. MT and will be priced at $320.25, $236.25, $189.00, $152.25, $120.75, $99.75, $78.75 and $56.25 CAD. Tickets are available for purchase via and limited to eight (8) per person.

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