As I reported on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped on short notice to face Dmitry Poberezhets in UFC 211 following month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the wounded Jarjis Danho inside this fight and will be hunting for his first UFC victory. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, losing back-to-back conflicts against Justin Ledet and many recently Walt Harris in UFC Fight Night 103 in January.
Meanwhile, the Poberezhets (24-5-1) makes his promotional and North American debut on the heels of a 15-fight unbeaten streak. The Ukrainian fighter has not lost a fight since 2012.
With this newest addition, here’s an updated look at the card…
(c) Stipe Miocic (16-2) vs. Junior dos Santos (18-4) — Heavyweight Title Fight
(c) Joanna Jedrzejczyk (13-0) vs. Jessica Andrade (16-5) — Strawweight Title Fight
Demian Maia (24-6) vs. Jorge Masvidal (32-11)
Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) vs. Yair Rodriguez (10-1)
Henry Cejudo (10-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (15-2)
Eddie Alvarez (28-5) vs. Dustin Poirier (21-5)
Jason Knight (16-2) vs. Chas Skelly (17-2)
David Branch (20-3) vs. Krzysztof Jotko (19-1)
Marco Polo Reyes (7-3) vs. James Vick (10-1)
Fight Pass Preliminary Card
Jessica Aguilar (19-5) vs. Cortney Casey (6-4)
Enrique Barzola (12-3-1) vs. Gabriel Benitez (19-5)
UFC releases Michael Graves following 2016 domestic violence arrest
UFC officials announced Monday that welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1) was released from the promotion after being detained in October 2016 for domestic violence. Here’s an official statement from the UFC:
In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was removed from his UFC bout following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC company temporarily barred Graves from contest pending the conclusion of a third party evaluation. Dependent on the findings of the comprehensive inspection and analysis, UFC has advised Graves that he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC retains its athletes to the maximum standard and will continue to take appropriate action when and if warranted.
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