Canadian content added to UFC in Vancouver
Ryan Jimmo seen here April 16, 2014,Quebec City, Quebec. (PHOTO: ERIC BOLTE-USA TODAY SPORTS)
Congratulations to Vancouver’s Bibiano Fernandes, who retained his ONE FC bantamweight title with a five-round decision over Masakatsu Ueda in the Philippines last weekend.
Bibiano, who has been mainly fighting in Southeast Asia, is considered one of the most talented fighters not currently competing in the UFC. Although Fernandes has been offered UFC bouts, he has turned them down to continue to compete in Asia.
A few new bouts have been added to UFC 174 at Rogers Arena on June 14. Alberta’s Ryan Jimmo, fresh off a knock-out win at the TUF Nations finale, will face Ovince St. Preux in a light-heavyweight bout. This is a tough fight for Jimmo as St. Preux is looking for his fourth consecutive win in the Octagon after submitting Nikita Kyrlov with a “Von Flue” choke at UFC 171.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will make his Octagon return against Brendan Schaub.
As of right now, the UFC Vancouver card is looking like this:
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ali Bagautinov for the UFC flyweight title
Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley
Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Andrei Arlovski vs. Brendan Schaub
Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Daniel Sarafian
Ryan Jimmo vs. Ovince St. Preux
Mike Easton vs. Yves Jabouin
Kajan Johnson vs. Tae Hyun Bang
Roland Delorme vs. Michinori Tanaka
Germaine de Randamie vs. Milana Dudieva
The column started with a congrats and will end with another shout out to Abbotsford’s Jason Gagnon and Lloyd Handy, who both won gold medals in each of their divisions at Las Vegas Spring Open, IBJJF–Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Both men teach at Genesis Martial Arts and Fitness in Abbotsford and have found success competing internationally.