As I reported on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped on short notice to face Dmitry Poberezhets in UFC 211 next month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the wounded Jarjis Danho in this struggle and will be searching for his first UFC victory. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, dropping back-to-back conflicts against Justin Ledet and many recently Walt Harris at UFC Fight Night 103 at January.
Meanwhile, the Poberezhets (24-5-1) makes his promotional and North American debut on the insides of a 15-fight unbeaten series. The Ukrainian fighter hasn’t lost a fight since 2012.
With this latest 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 after 2016 domestic violence arrest
UFC officials announced Monday the welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1) has been published 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 following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from contest pending the completion of a third-party evaluation. Based on the findings of this thorough inspection and investigation, UFC has advised Graves that he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC requires all athletes to behave in an ethical and responsible manner, as evidenced from the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC retains its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take proper action when and if warranted.
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