UFC Fight Night 26 Preview
Fight Night: Sonnen vs. Shogun
Less than four months since his first round TKO loss to Jon Jones, the master fight promoter Chael Sonnen (27 - 13 - 1) is back facing fellow UFC light heavyweight, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21 - 7 - 0). The hyped bout headlines the main event at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston this Saturday.
The night brings a stacked card of anticipated fights to the brand new FOX Sports 1 channel. Fans will see Hayabusa athlete, Alistair Overeem (36 - 12 - 0) return in the co-main event against rising heavyweight fighter, Travis Browne (14 - 1 - 1). Overeem looks to rebound from his KO loss to Antonio Silva from UFC 156. Browne enters in better standing with an impressive first round victory against Gabriel Gonzaga.
The rest of the main card kicks off with battles between Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Johnson, Uriah Hall vs. John Howard, Matt Brown vs. Mike Pyle and Urijah Faber vs. Yuri Alcantara.
Team Hayabusa in the Octagon
Diego Brandao vs. Daniel Pineda
Season 14 winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Diego Brandao (17 - 8 - 0) battles it out against Daniel Pineda (18 - 9 - 0). Brandao is on a hot winning-streak after victories over Joey Gambino and more recently, Pablo Garza.
Pineda enters off a recent win in the The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale against Justin Lawrence. Before that Pineda was struggling with back-to-back losses from UFC 146 and UFC 149.
Watch for Brandao sporting the Chikara™ Performance Shorts during his prelim bout on the UFC Fight Night.
Ovince St. Preux vs. Cody Donovan
Strikeforce veteran turned UFC newcomer, Ovince St. Preux (13 - 5 - 0) has his second appearance inside the octagon against fellow light heavyweight, Cody Donovan (8 - 2 - 0).
After a successful career in Strikeforce, winning six out of seven fights, St. Preux made a victorious UFC debut at UFC 159 this past April. Donovan also enters with a UFC win from his debut against Nick Penner.
St. Preux gears up in the Hayabusa Haburi™ Compression Shorts for his second UFC fight during the preliminary card on Facebook.
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1 6PM ET)
- Michael McDonald vs. Brad Pickett
- Conor McGregor vs. Max Holloway
- Mike Brown vs. Steven Siler
Preliminary Card (Facebook 4:30PM ET)
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller
- Ramsey Nijem vs. James Vic
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