|Jenel Lausa, second from the left, will be making his UFC PPV debut. (file photo)|
By Ivan Saldajeno
MANILA--It's official! Jenel Lausa will be at a UFC PPV event.
The promotion announced on Friday that the former PXC flyweight champion will return to the octagon at UFC 210 at the Keybank Center in Buffalo on April 9 (Philippine Time).
Lausa, currently at 7-2, will face off with 13-0 Russian fighter Magomed Bibulatov.
Like Lausa, Bibulatov also once owned a world MMA title as he won the WSOF flyweight championship on Oct. 18, 2015 (Philippine Time). His last three fights, however, were outside of WSOF. He will make his UFC debut.
Lausa, on the other hand, is fresh from his successful UFC debut, beating Yao Zhikui at UFC Fight Night: Whitaker vs. Brunson on Nov. 27, 2016 in Melbourne.
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UFC 210 will be headlined by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson for the UFC light heavyweight title.
Cormier got the better of their first meeting at UFC 187 on May 24, 2015 (Philippine Time) in Las Vegas when he forced Johnson to tap out to reclaim the belt he lost to Jon Jones.
Johnson, however, has since racked up three consecutive knockout wins, the last two coming in just one round, enough to convince UFC president Dana White to give him the rematch against Cormier, who recently defeated MMA legend Anderson Silva at UFC 200 on July 10, 2016 (Philippine Time) also in Las Vegas.
In the co-main event, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes on former UFC Fight Night Philippines participant Gegard Mousasi in front of his fellow New Yorkers.
Weidman, after starting his MMA career undefeated, dropped his last two fights, while Mousasi, who beat Costas Philippou at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on May 16, 2015, has won his last four, the last three by knockout.
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