Sports Former UFC champs Lawler, dos Anjos to headline Winnipeg card

00:17  13 october  2017
00:17  13 october  2017 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos (also known as UFC on Fox 26) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on December 16, 2017, at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg , Canada.

The UFC ’s return to Winnipeg will feature a welterweight headliner between former champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos . Robbie Lawler will look to move one step closer to regaining the UFC welterweight title at the end of the year.

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WINNIPEG — Former champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Dec. 16 at Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place.

Lawler, a former welterweight champion and current No. 1 contender, will take a 28-11 record with one no contest into the fight. Dos Anjos (27-9), a former lightweight champ, is unbeaten since moving up a weight class to 170 pounds earlier this year.

Canadian light-heavyweight Misha Cirkunov (13-3) will take on No. 3 American-based Brazilian Glover Teixeira, the UFC also announced Thursday in a release. The eighth-ranked Cirkunov, from Toronto, has won eight of his last nine fights.

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In the main event, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler will square off against former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in a welterweight contest. Main card . Rafael dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (live blog).

Former UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos beat former welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler in Winnipeg to earn a 170-pound title shot. Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos . (Jason Franson/CP).

In another light-heavyweight bout, 11th-ranked Brazilian Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-7) will meet 15th-ranked American Jared Cannonier (10-2). In the flyweight division, 11th-ranked Tim Elliott (15-8-1) will take on fellow American Justin Scoggins (11-4).

Chad Laprise (13-2) of Chatham, Ont., will face London-based Galore Bofando (5-2) in a welterweight fight. Montreal lightweight John Makdessi (14-6) will face American Abel Trujillo (15-6, 1 NC) and Montreal welterweight Nordine Taleb (13-4) will take on American Sultan Aliev (15-6, 1 NC).

The UFC has staged 24 events across Canada since 2008. Winnipeg hosted the UFC 161 pay-per-view event in 2013.

Former UFC champ on perils of weight-cutting: ‘I got close to death’ .
When Rafael dos Anjos made the decision to leave the 155-pound weight class and move up to the 170-pound division, it potentially saved his life. When Rafael dos Anjos made the decision to leave the 155-pound weight class and move up to the 170-pound division, it breathed new life into his career.It also potentially saved his life.Dos Anjos lost his UFC lightweight title when he was knocked out by Eddie Alvarez in July 2016. The day prior to losing his belt, however, the 32-year-old fainted while sitting in a hot tub as he was cutting weight.

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