As I reported yesterday on Twitter, heavyweight Chase Sherman has stepped on short notice to face Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 next month in Dallas. Sherman (9-3) replaces the injured Jarjis Danho in this fight and will be searching for his first UFC success. The 27-year-old has gone 0-2 in the UFC, dropping back-to-back conflicts against Justin Ledet and many recently Walt Harris in UFC Fight Night 103 at January.
Meanwhile, the Poberezhets (24-5-1) makes his promotional and North American debut on the insides of a 15-fight unbeaten streak. The Ukrainian fighter has not lost a fight since 2012.
With this latest addition, here is 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 the welterweight Michael Graves (6-0-1) was published from the advertising after being arrested in October 2016 for domestic violence. Here’s an official statement from the UFC:
In November 2016, welterweight Michael Graves was eliminated from his UFC bout after his arrest in Fulton County, Florida. As a possible breach of this UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Graves from contest pending the conclusion of a third party evaluation. Dependent on the findings of this thorough inspection and analysis, UFC has advised Graves he has been released from his contract effective immediately. UFC needs all athletes to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as mandated by the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC holds its athletes to the maximum standard and will continue to take appropriate action when and if warranted.
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