Cirkunov, Saggo, Letourneau, Makdessi and Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC in Toronto

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ufc-206UFC 206 marks the first time the Octagon will travel to Toronto, Ontario in over three years. The card is finally beginning to take shape after initially being announced back in August. UFC officials announced seven fights over the last 24 hours including five Canadians.

205lbs- Misha Cirkunov vs. Nikita Krylov
Misha Cirkunov has looked very impressive, going undefeated in his first three outings in the Octagon. The #14 ranked UFC Light-Heavyweight has finished Daniel Jolly, Alex Nicholson and Ion Cutelaba respectively and has earned himself a step up in competition. That step up will come in the form of #10 ranked Ukranian Nikita Krylov who has won and finished five straight inside the Octagon and holds a 6-2 record overall with the UFC.

155lbs- Jason Saggo vs. Rustam Khabilov
Jason Saggo has had a solid start to his UFC career putting together a 3-1 record with wins over the likes of Josh Shockley, Justin Salas and most recently a split decision win over Leandro Silva in Ottawa. The Wulfrun fighter is a proven finisher with only one of his victories needing the judges scorecards. His opponent is a tough Russian in Rustam Khabilov. “Tiger” is 6-3 in the Octagon and has won three straight, also most recently taking a decison victory over Leandro Silva.

115lbs- Valerie Letourneau vs. Poliana Bothelo
Valerie Letourneau, the #9 Strawweight in the UFC enters this bout looking to snap a two fight losing streak. Letourneau made her UFC debut at Bantamweight before dropping to 115lbs. “Trouble” rattled off three straight victories en route to a Strawweight Title fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk but lost via Unanimous decision before droping her last fight to Joanne Calderwood. Letourneau will welcome UFC newcomer Poliana Bothelo who sports a 5-1 record with all five of her wins ending by knockout or TKO.

155lbs- John Makdessi vs. Lando Vannata
John Makdessi is one of the elder statesmen among the Canadians currently on the UFC roster with a record of 7-5 over his 6 year Octagon run. After a strong 5-2 start Makdessi has hit a bit of a rough patch going 2-3 in his last five and but is coming off a win over Mehdi Baghdad and needs to build on that win to stay afloat in the deep Lightweight waters. Makdessi will take on Lando Vannata who recently stepped in on short notice and gave Tony Ferguson all he could handle in his UFC debut ultimately being handed his first career loss by submission in the second round.

155lbs- Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober
Olivier Aubin-Mercier broke into the UFC via the TUF Nations Welterweight Tournament. “The Quebec Kid” defeats Aussies Jake Matthews and Richard Walsh before falling to Chad Laprise in the finals. Aubin-Mercier rebounded and won four of his next five bouts including three submission victories one of which was an insane inverted triangle kimura. Across the cage will be Drew Dober coming off a pair of wins and a 3-3 (1NC) UFC record overall, most recently knocking out Jason Gonzalez in under two minutes.

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UFC 206 goes down from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario on December 10. Also announced for the event was a Light-Heavyweight Title rematch between Champion Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony Johnson. The bout was NOT announced as the Main Event possibly hinting at a Georges St-Pierre return. A Flyweight bout pitting Zach Makovsky and John Moraga is also set for the card.

7 Responses to “ Cirkunov, Saggo, Letourneau, Makdessi and Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC in Toronto ”

  1. Jays Guy says:

    Where Westcott at lol? No fight for him? But why! Saggo and Misha and OAM , this is gonna be their 3rd fight in 2016.

    Guess finding bums like Edgar Garcia in the UFC WW roster is proving difficult to find lol.

    Meh, Westcott dont mind. He’s got cash. He dont need to fight 3 times a year like Saggo and Misha and OAM.

    Oh wait, Saggo and Misha and OAM actually want to fight, not just play UFC fighter.

    I will wait for St. Albert’s responses.

    Please tell me why these guys fight 3 times a year and Westcott only fights 1 time a year.

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  2. Bambambiggalow says:

    What about all the Guys from Edmonton or complete that are signed? Mitch Clarke hasn’t faught in so long, injuries or not it’s been enough time needed. If you look most of these guys have hand selected their opponents and do it to be or sound cool. Westcott has talent but clearly doesn’t like to stay active and would rather spend his time coaching an hour or two a day

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  3. The Goods says:

    Tough fights, no give me fights that’s for sure. Should be a good card

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  4. Luta says:

    Mitch Clarke just fought in July.

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  5. Tony Danza says:

    Maybe Westcott is waiting to face the TUF season 3 Latin America quarterfinal runner-up

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  6. Cody Rempel says:

    I’ve got Bader beating Little Nog (#9) and St Preux beating Manuwa (#8) and Rashad Evans (#7) dropping to Middleweight so he’ll likely drop off the LHW rankings.

    If Cirkunov can get past Krylov he could potentially climb as high as #7 among UFC Light-Heavyweights!

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  7. If GSP fights Anderson Silva on this card as rumoured, this is worth a flight to TO !

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