As I reported on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped up on short notice to confront Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 following month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the injured Jarjis Danho in this fight and will be hunting for his first UFC success. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, losing back-to-back conflicts against Justin Ledet and most recently Walt Harris in UFC Fight Night 103 at January.
Meanwhile, the Poberezhets (24-5-1) makes his promotional and North American debut on the heels of a 15-fight unbeaten series. The Ukrainian fighter has not lost a fight since 2012.
With this newest addition, here is 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) has been released from the promotion after being arrested in October 2016 for domestic violence. Here’s an official statement from the UFC:
Back in November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was eliminated from his UFC bout after his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from competition pending the conclusion of a third-party evaluation. Dependent on the findings of this thorough review and analysis, UFC has advised Graves he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC requires all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as evidenced from the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC holds its athletes to the maximum standard and will continue to take proper action if and when warranted.
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