Uriah Hall & David Branch Returns Headline Several UFC Fight Announcements

There have been several reported fight announcements today (Thurs. June 13, 2019). First, former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) champion David Branch is scheduled to make his return to the Octagon. MMA Junkie confirmed that Branch will be facing Andrew Sanchez on the card. Branch is currently on a two-fight losing streak, having been finished […]

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There have been several reported fight announcements today (Thurs. June 13, 2019).

First, former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) champion David Branch is scheduled to make his return to the Octagon. MMA Junkie confirmed that Branch will be facing Andrew Sanchez on the card. Branch is currently on a two-fight losing streak, having been finished by both Jared Cannonier and Jack Hermansson is his last two outings.

Sanchez is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 (TUF 23), and is on a two-fight win streak. Now, the middleweight is hoping to pick up a big win over a former WSOF champion. They’ll meet at UFC on ESPN+ 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 14. Also on that card will be a middleweight bout between Uriah Hall and Antonio Carlos Junior.

The bout was initially reported by Combate. Hall hasn’t competed since a knockout win over Bevon Lewis at UFC 232 in December. Now, he’ll face Carlos Junior, who had a five-fight win streak snapped by Ian Heinisch in May.

We also have some good news for the UFC men’s flyweight division. The Las Vegas-based promotion has booked a 125-pound meeting between Matt Schnell and Jordan Espinosa at UFC on ESPN 5 on August 3. The location for the event has yet to be determined. And finally, a women’s flyweight bout has been added to the UFC 241 pay-per-view (PPV) card.

Poliana Botelho will be taking on Maryna Moroz at the August 17 PPV from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. MMA Fighting confirmed the booking, which was initially reported by Combate.

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Antonio Carlos Junior Robbed At Gunpoint In Brazil, Escapes Shootout

Its been a rough past several weeks for UFC star Antonio Carlos Junior. Junior suffered his first mixed martial arts (MMA) defeat since 2016 last month (Sat. May 16, 2019) against Ian Heinisch in Rochester. Heinisch took home a unanimous decision victory over Junior, ending the Brazilian’s five-fight win streak. To add insult to injury, […]

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Its been a rough past several weeks for UFC star Antonio Carlos Junior.

Junior suffered his first mixed martial arts (MMA) defeat since 2016 last month (Sat. May 16, 2019) against Ian Heinisch in Rochester. Heinisch took home a unanimous decision victory over Junior, ending the Brazilian’s five-fight win streak. To add insult to injury, the middleweight was robbed at gunpoint in his native Brazil soon after.

Speaking to Combate, the 29-year-old explained that he was on his way to a photo shoot when he was robbed at gunpoint in his car at a traffic light stop. Junior was robbed of his Rolex watch, before the criminal engaged in a shootout with police right near the UFC star. Thankfully, he and his friend both escaped unscathed:

“I was going to a photo shoot,” Carlos Junior said. “We stopped at a red light in front of the JK mall when a man tapped on the glass with a gun. I was sitting in the passenger seat, all I heard was the noise and then I thought: ‘Oh, sh-t. I’m f-cked, there goes my phone.’

“But the guy wanted my watch, which I gave to him right away. A police officer came from the other side of the road, pointing his gun at the thief, who fired in our direction while running away. One bullet hit the windshield, lost power and bounced on another car. Another bullet hit right between the doors, right in the middle of it.

“I was scared sh-tless, I thanked God that nothing happened. We were lucky we weren’t hit. It was a Rolex, man, it cost some money. It was used when I bought it, I had it for a while.”

Junior is thankful that all he lost was his watch that night. However, he went on to say that this should serve as a warning to the Brazilian government, who need to recognize their people are not safe in the streets. Having stayed in Florida for so long, the middleweight developed the habit of being comfortable having his phone and watch on him all the time.

Just a few weeks ago, newly-crowned UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade and her wife were carjacked at gunpoint in Brazil as well. Luckily, they were not hurt either:

“They couldn’t catch the criminal,” Junior said. “They said there is a gang who only goes after watches, no phones. There were three motorcycles. One stayed glued to us the previous turn, but we thought it was someone who had recognized us.

“Then I thought my friend could have done something dangerous, because I was on my phone and not paying attention. They told us that sometimes they will have a scout who stays by the mall, he’s the one who tells them what’s the car and the watch. We must be grateful for what we have. Last week there was Gabriel Diniz [a Brazilian singer who died in an airplane crash], he was my friend, you don’t know what tomorrow will be like. That’s a warning to the government.

“Public safety is faulty, we are unsafe out here. I had my phone, my watch, because living in the United States, you develop a habit of not paying attention all the time.”

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UFC Rochester Results: Ian Heinisch & Antônio Carlos Júnior Put On A Show

A pivotal middleweight match up served as the co-main event for UFC Rochester as Antônio Carlos Júnior met Ian Heinisch. As always, LowkickMMA will have you covered with all the results from UFC on ESPN+ 10 as they happen. Carlos Junior (10-2) has looked increasingly promising during his five-fight winning streak. He defeated Tim Boetsch […]

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A pivotal middleweight match up served as the co-main event for UFC Rochester as Antônio Carlos Júnior met Ian Heinisch.

As always, LowkickMMA will have you covered with all the results from UFC on ESPN+ 10 as they happen.

Carlos Junior (10-2) has looked increasingly promising during his five-fight winning streak. He defeated Tim Boetsch last April and has been looking for a suitable opponent ever since. He will get that in Heinisch tonight.

As for Heinisch (12-1). At 30 years old “The Hurricane” has lived an eventful life to say the least. He has won four straight heading into his first UFC co-main event. Heinisch is one heck of a fun fighter to watch.

Round One

Heinisch and Carlos Junior touch gloves. Heinisch throws a leg kick, then goes high. Carlos Junior chases Heinisch and gets a hold of the American. He trips him and ends up in side control. He softens up Heinisch with some punches and works to advance his position. He thought about a leg lock but lands a few elbows instead. Heinisch uses the cage to get back to his feet. Heinisch front rolls in an attempt to get free of Carlos Junoir. Again, with a summersault but Carlos Junoir has a tight grip on Heinisch’s waist. Eventually the Brazilian gets him down but Heinisch gets back up. Carlos Junoir takes him straight back down and takes his back. He locks in a choke but Heinisch spins out. The round ends.

Round Two

Heinisch walks forward and wings a right hand. He lands a leg kick too. Carlos Junior returns a hard kick of his own. Heinisch goes high with a kick but misses. Carlos Junior lands a right hand, Heinisch returns a kick. Carlos Junior gets deep on a takedown and quickly takes the back. He looks for a shoulder lock, again Heinisch gets up to his feet. He presses Carlos Junoir off him using the cage. Heinisch falls on Carlos Junior and lands a couple of left hands. Carlos Junior is trying to tie Heinisch up from the bottom. Heinisch is really peppering him with his left hand. He postures up and blasts some hard ground and pound. Carlos Junior spins to his back, Heinisch launches a flying punch as the round ends.

Round Three

Heinisch opens up with a winging right hand. Carlos Junior lands a leg kick, Heinisch answers with a leg kick. Carlos Junior lands a hard knee to the groin of Heinisch. The fight resumes with Heinisch landing a huge right hand, Carlos Junior drops as Heinisch follows. Carlos Junior dives for a leg, Heinisch sprawls. He ends up on top in Carlos Junior’s half guard. He lands a couple of punches and defends against the sweep. Carlos Junior hits the switch and flips Heinisch. The American gets back to his feet and slips out of the grasp of Carlos Junior. Heinisch in top control with 30 seconds left in the fight. He lands a couple of hard elbows and fists. The fight is over.

Ian Heinisch defeats Antônio Carlos Júnior via unanimous decision (29-28×3)

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Antonio Carlos Junior Pokes Fun At Paulo Costa’s USADA Run-in

Antonio Carlos Junior is the latest fighter to poke fun at Paulo Costa’s sanction. Carlos Junior is set to take on Ian Heinisch tonight (May 18). The bout will be featured on the main card of UFC Rochester. The action is set to take place inside …

Antonio Carlos Junior is the latest fighter to poke fun at Paulo Costa’s sanction. Carlos Junior is set to take on Ian Heinisch tonight (May 18). The bout will be featured on the main card of UFC Rochester. The action is set to take place inside the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, NY. Carlos Junior […]

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Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Ian Heinisch Verbally Agreed to for UFC Rochester

One day after the UFC announced the headliner for UFC Rochester, another major bout has been added to the May 18th event, when #12-ranked Antonio Carlos Junior takes on Ian Heinisch, as originally reported by Combate. At this stage, the fights are verb…

One day after the UFC announced the headliner for UFC Rochester, another major bout has been added to the May 18th event, when #12-ranked Antonio Carlos Junior takes on Ian Heinisch, as originally reported by Combate. At this stage, the fights are verbally agreed upon, but the contracts are yet to be signed. Ian Heinisch […]

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Antonio Carlos Junior Calls Out Newly Freed Paulo Costa

With Paulo Costa suddenly becoming available following the announcement of Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, Costa has a very willing replacement eager to take Romero’s place, that being #12-ranked middleweight Antonio Carlos Junior: “I’d love to fight him,…

With Paulo Costa suddenly becoming available following the announcement of Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, Costa has a very willing replacement eager to take Romero’s place, that being #12-ranked middleweight Antonio Carlos Junior: “I’d love to fight him,” Carlos Junior told MMAjunkie. “We’re both Brazilians. We both have some issues we need to solve. We […]

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