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 injured 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 fights against Justin Ledet and most 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 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 announcement from the UFC:
In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was eliminated from his UFC bout following his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a possible violation of this UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from contest pending the completion of a third-party investigation. Based on the findings of the thorough inspection and investigation, UFC has suggested Graves that he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC needs all athletes to act in an ethical and accountable manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC holds its athletes to the highest standard and will continue to take proper action when and if justified.
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