UFC Atlantic City Full Fight Card, Start Time & How To Watch

The UFC is in Atlantic City, New Jersey tonight (Sat. April 21, 2018) with a great mixed martial arts (MMA) card on tap for fans. In the main event of the evening, top-ranked lightweights Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza will collide inside the Octagon to determine who will continue to climb the ladder at 155 […]

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The UFC is in Atlantic City, New Jersey tonight (Sat. April 21, 2018) with a great mixed martial arts (MMA) card on tap for fans.

In the main event of the evening, top-ranked lightweights Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza will collide inside the Octagon to determine who will continue to climb the ladder at 155 pounds.

The co-main event will feature a tremendous featherweight match-up between ex-UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and longtime veteran Cub Swanson.

There are plenty more great fights on the New Jersey card; and you can check out the full fight card, start time, and information on who to watch the action here below:

Main Card (FS1, 10 P.M. ET):

Catchweight (157 pounds): Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza

Featherweight: Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Heavyweight: Justin Willis vs. Chase Sherman

Middleweight: David Branch vs. Thiago Santos

Bantamweight: Aljamain Sterling vs. Brett Johns

Lightweight: Jim Miller vs. Dan Hooker

 

Preliminary Card (FS1, 8 P.M. ET):

Welterweight: Ryan LaFlare vs. Alex Garcia

Bantamweight: Merab Dvalishvili vs. Ricky Simon

Welterweight: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Luan Chagas

Light heavyweight: Corey Anderson vs. Patrick Cummins

 

UFC Fight Pass Exclusive Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 P.M. ET):

Welterweight: Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura

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Women’s Bantamweight Contender Says UFC ‘Paid Her Off’ To Go Away

When UFC women’s bantamweight Aspen Ladd missed weight at yesterday’s early weigh-ins for her match-up with Leslie Smith at tonight’s UFC Atlantic City, the bout was scratched from the event when Smith declined to accept the fight. But as we found out in the hours after the fight’s cancellation, it had a lot more consequences than […]

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When UFC women’s bantamweight Aspen Ladd missed weight at yesterday’s early weigh-ins for her match-up with Leslie Smith at tonight’s UFC Atlantic City, the bout was scratched from the event when Smith declined to accept the fight.

But as we found out in the hours after the fight’s cancellation, it had a lot more consequences than just that.

Smith admitted that she was tempted to take the fight while speaking to MMA Fighting, but that it would have been against the many values and principles she stands for as a leading voice of working towards improving fighter pay and treatment in the UFC. So while Ladd would have been forced to give her 20 percent of her purse, an amount that only added up to $2,400, Smith declined the fight after having signed an agreement with the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) that she would receive her show money of $31,000 whether she fought or not since she had weighed in at 135.4 pounds.

She felt that taking the fight would have been purely out of pride, just the situation she believes has gotten MMA fighters into the oppressive position they currently face:

“I considered fighting Aspen anyway, purely out of pride. And another chance to showcase my skills in the Octagon. But if I had done that, it would have been purely pride. And I would have been fighting for free since I was already getting paid the money. Fighting for free out of pride is everything that I have been speaking out against. It’s not everything — there’s more to it. The manipulation of the fighters through pride was something that I felt pretty strongly about. So I’m not fighting her, because I don’t feel like I should fight for free.”

Things took a turn from there, however, when Smith revealed she told the UFC, with whom she’s had a highly-documented standoff with over her labor rights work, that she would take the fight on the condition they extend her contract after her last fight was up versus Ladd.

Instead, they chose to pay Smith her show and win money for the fight and not extend her contract:

“I figured I had some leverage in the situation,” Smith said. “I told the UFC that I would be willing to take the fight as long as they extended my contract. They did not want to extend my contract. Instead, they said they would pay me my win bonus in addition to my show money and that would fulfill the fight on my contract and they would not be extending it.”

With her involvement in the growing labor issue as the president of Project Spearhead seeking to prove if fighters are indeed independent contractors or actual employees looming over her head, she stated she feels like she was paid off:

“It feels like the UFC is paying me off to go away,” Smith said.

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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega Set For UFC 226

We finally have a date set for Max Holloway’s next title defense. UFC President Dana White confirmed on Friday night to multiple news outlets that the UFC featherweight champion will defend his title against rising contender Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event. Confirmed to me by @danawhite: @BrianTcity fighting for @ufc featherweight […]

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We finally have a date set for Max Holloway’s next title defense.

UFC President Dana White confirmed on Friday night to multiple news outlets that the UFC featherweight champion will defend his title against rising contender Brian Ortega at the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view event.

Holloway was scheduled to make his next title defense against former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 but had to put out due to injury.

If you recall, this bout was originally scheduled for the UFC 218 pay-per-view event. However, Edgar was forced to withdraw from the fight after suffering a broken orbital bone in training.

This led to Holloway fighting Jose Aldo in a rematch, which saw Holloway successfully retain his title with a grisly third-round TKO.

Holloway tried to save the UFC 223 pay-per-view event once Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov on short notice, which was the original main event for the lightweight title, was scrapped after Ferguson pulled out with an injury.

However, he wasn’t able to make weight in time and didn’t fight at the show as a result of the commission pulling him.

On the flip side, Ortega beat Edgar at the UFC 222 pay-per-view, which secured the opportunity to challenge for the featherweight title.

He is unbeaten in his MMA career and holds wins over the likes of Edgar, Cub Swanson, Renato Moicano, and Clay Guida.

UFC 226 is set to take place on Saturday, July 6, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass. Here is the updated card for the event:

Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title
Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font
Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki
Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry
Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall
Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou

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Betting Odds For UFC Atlantic City: Close Call In Headliner

UFC Atlantic City is here, and it goes down tonight (Saturday, April 21, 2018) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s […]

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UFC Atlantic City is here, and it goes down tonight (Saturday, April 21, 2018) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee in a lightweight bout will headline this event while Frankie Edgar vs. Cub Swanson in a featherweight bout will co-headline the show.

Rounding out the six bout main card is Chase Sherman vs. Justin Willis in a heavyweight bout, David Branch vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos in a middleweight bout, Brett Johns vs. Aljamain Sterling in a bantamweight bout, and Dan Hooker vs. Jim Miller in a lightweight bout.

According to oddsmakers, Lee is a -145 favorite over Barboza, who is a +125 underdog. Other odds for the main card include Swanson being a +190 underdog against Edgar, who is a -230 favorite. Here are the full betting odds:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

Kevin Lee (-145) vs. Edson Barboza (+125)

Frankie Edgar (-230) vs. Cub Swanson (+190)

Justin Willis (-360) vs. Chase Sherman (+300)

Thiago Santos (-220) vs. David Branch (+180)

Aljamain Sterling (-115) vs. Brett Johns (-105)

Dan Hooker (-355) vs. Jim Miller (+295)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Ryan LaFlare (-145) vs. Alex Garica (+125)

Siyar Bahadurzada (-115) vs. Luan Chagas (-105)

Corey Anderson (-120) vs. Patrick Cummins (EVEN)

Ricky Simon (-165) vs. Merab Dvalishvili (+145)

Tony Martin (-245) vs. Keita Nakamura (+205)

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Report: Ngannou vs. Lewis, Holloway vs. Ortega Set for UFC 226

UFC’s annual show during the weekend of July 4 will reportedly feature a double main event. Per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani , Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight showdown has been scheduled for UFC 226 on July 7…

UFC’s annual show during the weekend of July 4 will reportedly feature a double main event. Per MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani , Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight showdown has been scheduled for UFC 226 on July 7…

Report: Francis Nagnnou vs. Derrick Lewis Set For UFC 226

The UFC heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event of the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event, as champion Stipe Miocic is set to take on 205-pound titleholder Daniel Cormier in a super fight for Miocic’s title. That may not be the only intriguing heavyweight fight on the card though. According […]

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The UFC heavyweight title will be on the line in the main event of the upcoming UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event, as champion Stipe Miocic is set to take on 205-pound titleholder Daniel Cormier in a super fight for Miocic’s title.

That may not be the only intriguing heavyweight fight on the card though.

According to a report from MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC is expected to finalize a bout between Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis for the card in the coming days.

Ngannou, one of the hardest hitters in the division, is coming off of a rather one-sided decision loss to Miocic in the main event of UFC 220 earlier this year in Boston. Prior to that, however, he had gone on a tear, winning 10-straight fights including six-straight in the UFC.

Lewis, meanwhile, has also established himself as one of the division’s best knockout artists, as he’s won seven of his last eight fights. Six of those seven victories have come by way of T/KO and he’s coming off of a victory over Marcin Tybura in Austin, Texas this past February.

Aside from the intriguing clash of styles that this fight will present, Ngannou and Lewis have been going back-and-forth throughout the media in recent memory, making the fight a no-brainer.

UFC 226 is set to take place on July 7, 2018 during International Fight Week at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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