Junior dos Santos-Curtis Blaydes set for Jan. 25 (1 Viewer)

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A heavyweight matchup between former champion Junior dos Santos and Curtis Blaydes will headline UFC Fight Night on Jan. 25, multiple sources told ESPN.

The five-round bout is not yet officially signed, but both sides have agreed. The UFC Fight Night event will take place at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, and air on ESPN+.

Dos Santos (21-6) was supposed to face Alexander Volkov last weekend at a UFC Fight Night in Moscow but was forced to withdraw weeks ago due to a severe bacterial infection in his leg. The 35-year-old has since recovered, and he will be looking to build on a 3-1 record in his past four bouts.

Originally from Brazil, now fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, dos Santos is coming off a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou in June. Prior to that, he'd defeated Blagoy Ivanov, Tai Tuivasa and Derrick Lewis.

Blaydes (12-2) went 2-0 in two appearances in 2019. The 28-year-old contender is seeking his first UFC title shot, and is an impressive 7-1 in his past eight contests. He fights out of Denver.
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I'd love to see Blaydes show he can handle a mobile striker like JDS. HW needs new contenders.
 

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Hannah Cifers vs. Brianna Van Buren added to UFC Raleigh
A strawweight bout is the latest addition to UFC Raleigh.

Hannah Cifers will take on Brianna Van Buren on the Jan. 25 card. A person with knowledge of the booking recently informed MMA Junkie of the contest but requested anonymity since the UFC has yet to make an announcement.

UFC Raleigh will take place at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., and is expected to stream on ESPN+.

After dropping her UFC debut, Cifers (10-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) rebounded with two straight wins over Polyana Viana, and Jodie Esquibel at UFC 241 in August, as she gets the opportunity to fight close to home when she takes on Van Buren.
[DOUBLEPOST=1574306170,1574306130][/DOUBLEPOST]Sara McMann returns from 23-month layoff against Lina Lansberg at UFC Raleigh
Former UFC bantamweight title contender and Olympic wrestling silver medalist McMann (11-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) returns to action at UFC Raleigh on Jan. 25 against Lina Lansberg, the promotion announced in a tweet Wednesday.

UFC Raleigh will take place at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., and is expected to stream on ESPN+.
 

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Brianna Van Buren out, Angela Hill steps in to face Hannah Cifers at UFC on ESPN+ 24
Angela Hill is stepping in on short notice once again to save the day.

Hill (10-7 MMA, 5-7 UFC) is set to replace Brianna Van Buren against Hannah Cifers (10-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 24. A person with knowledge of the matchup informed MMA Junkie of the change, but requested anonymity since the UFC has yet to make an announcement.

Van Buren was forced out of the bout due to undisclosed reasons.

UFC on ESPN+ 24 takes place Jan. 25 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. The card streams on ESPN+.
 

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