Early Preliminary Fights
UFC Combat Night time 121: Werdum vs. Tybura marked the promotion’s fifth go to to Sydney, and first since UFC Combat Night time: Rockhold vs. Bisping in November 2014.
A heavyweight bout between the 2001 Ok-1 World Grand Prix winner and former interim title contender Mark Hunt towards Marcin Tybura was anticipated to function the occasion’s headliner. Nonetheless on October 10, Hunt was faraway from the bout as a result of “medical issues”. He had lately admitted in an article hassle sleeping and mentioned he is start to stutter and slur his phrases. The UFC launched a press release claiming that “the health-related statements made by Hunt represented the primary time UFC was made conscious of those claims”. Additionally they introduced that it could be required that Hunt endure additional testing and evaluations previous to competing in any future bout. In consequence, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabrício Werdum was chosen as his alternative.
The Final Fighter: Redemption welterweight winner Jesse Taylor was anticipated to face Belal Muhammad on the occasion. Nonetheless on September 13, it was introduced that Taylor was pulled from the cardboard after being notified by USADA of a possible doping violation. He was flagged after an out-of-competition drug take a look at carried out August 22. He was changed by Tim Means. On October 13, USADA formally suspended Taylor one 12 months for testing optimistic for anti-estrogen agent clomiphene.
Jeremy Kennedy was anticipated to face Alex Volkanovski on the occasion. Nonetheless, Kennedy pulled out of the struggle on October 5 citing a again damage. He was changed by Humberto Bandenay. In flip, Bandenay pulled out of the struggle on November 6 and was changed by promotional newcomer Shane Younger. The bout will happen at a catchweight of 150 lbs.
A light-weight bout between former Bellator Light-weight Champion Will Brooks and Nik Lentz was beforehand scheduled for UFC 216. Nonetheless, the pairing was scrapped through the weigh-ins for the occasion, as Lentz was stricken with “medical points” and deemed unfit to compete. The struggle happened at this occasion.
A heavyweight bout between promotional newcomer Adam Wieczorek and Anthony Hamilton was initially scheduled to happen at UFC Combat Night time: Cerrone vs. Until. Nonetheless, the bout was eliminated a day earlier than the occasion as a result of “security issues,” as a couple of Lechia Gdańsk ultras – excessive and typically violent supporters of the native soccer staff – confirmed up simply previous to the weigh-ins. Wieczorek is a supporter of Ruch Chorzów, a Lechia Gdańsk rival staff. The fighters have been absent from ceremonial weigh-ins as a result of that purpose, however the bout was ultimately canceled and rescheduled for this occasion.
Bec Rawlings was initially scheduled to compete towards Joanne Calderwood on the occasion. Nonetheless on November 7, it was introduced that Calderwood withdrew from the occasion as a result of “undisclosed causes”. She was changed by promotional newcomer Jessica Rose-Clark.
Jessica Rose-Clark, Ryan Benoit, Frank Camacho and Nadia Kassem missed weight on the official weigh-ins, coming in at 128, 129, 160 and 120 kilos, respectively. Rose-Clark and Benoit forfeited 20% and Camacho and Kassem forfeited 30% of their purses to their opponents and the bouts proceeded as catchweight bouts.
The occasion tied UFC 169, UFC Combat Night time: Machida vs. Mousasi and UFC Combat Night time: Silva vs. Bisping for essentially the most selections at a single UFC occasion with 10. This occasion was additionally the longest UFC occasion with three:04:18 of struggle time.