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Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 74.

Tonight’s event marks the first-ever stop for the Octagon in Saskatchewan, as the SaskTel Centre opens its doors for fights.

In the main event, featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira do battle.

Holloway (13-3) has reeled off an impressive six-fight win streak since going the distance with current interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor back in 2013.

Oliveira (20-4) is on a four-fight win streak that includes submission wins over Nik Lentz, Hatsu Hioki and Andy Ogle. He is 6-2 over his last eight, losing only to Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson.

Also, Neil Magny steps in on short notice as a replacement for Rick Story, taking on Erick Silva in the co-main event.

Other FOX Sports 1 main card fights include Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman, Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims and Maryna Moroz vs. Valerie Letourneau.

Four of the six prelims also air live on FS1, featuring Sam Stout vs. Frankie Perez, Yves Jabouin vs. Felipe Arantes, Marcios Rogerio de Lima vs. Nikita Krylov and Chris Kelades vs. Chris Beal.

UFC Fight Pass will kick things off with Shane Campbell-Elias Silverio and Misha Cirkunov-Daniel Jolly in early prelim action.

Now, on to fights! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:

PRELIMINARY CARD

Daniel Jolly vs. Misha Cirkunov

We begin the night in the light heavyweight division, as UFC newcomers Misha Cirkunov (9-2) and Daniel Jolly (5-0) face off. Jolly is replacing Sean O’Connell, who pulled out of the fight earlier this month.

Round 1: You can tell these Canadian fans have been waiting for UFC action, as they are loud and proud here early on. Cirkunov currently trains out of Toronto, so he’ll be the hometown favorite. Jolly throwing big kicks, but Cirkunov lands with a huge right hand right off the bat. Nice 1-2 combo from Jolly connects, and he lands a counter-right off a missed kick by Cirkunov. Judo throw from Cirkunov gives him side control and plenty of time to work. He’s using his size advantage, looking for a choke. Jolly rolls, but Cirkunov still has hold of his neck. Nice defense by Jolly, using his strength to off-set the size disadvantage. Cirkunov slips in a hook, jumps on his back, but winds up on his own back with Jolly on top. Jolly wants nothing to do with a grappling exchange and they stand back up. Jolly with the clinch and a knee, but Cirkunov uses his skills to take him down and gain full-mount. Shots from Cirkunov, Jolly turns and gives up his back. Cirkunov gets a hook in again and looks to be rolling for either an arm-lock or rear-naked choke. He’s peppering him with shots. After failing to get the submission, Cirkunov rolls and begins landing more and more shots. The ref steps in and this one is all over.

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio

All the way down to the lightweight ranks with Shane Campbell (11-3) and Elias Silverio (11-1). Campbell is a well-decorated Muay Thai champion, while Silverio once held the Jungle Fight welterweight title.

Round 1: Silverio gets his kick caught, but still works and gets the takedown. He’s trying to propel himself on Campbell’s back. He breaks him down by kicking off the fence. Campbell, though, pounces right back up. The Brazilian still has hold of the body-lock, forcing Campbell to carry him around. Another kick off the fence earns him a takedown and into half-guard off the scramble. While he isn’t really putting finishing shots together, Silverio is doing enough to keep them from being stood up. Silverio attempts to take the back, but that gives Campbell the opportunity to reverse and wind up on top with under a minute to go. He stands up and is out. Nice little flurry by Campbell to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silverio

Round 2: Silverio attempts to bring this one down to the ground again, but Campbell uses the fence for leverage. Campbell felt the takedown coming and reversed, pushing Silverio to the ground. He’s landing nice kicks from this position now, and he shows off his takedown skills, using a nice judo trip to score. Another takedown and Campbell winds up on top, giving Silverio a taste of his own game. Campbell showing off his striking skills, as Silverio appears fatigued.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campbell

Round 3: Silverio looks to be the more fatigued fighter, and Campbell is taking advantage. He’s peppering him with lefts and rights, moving and dodging shots. Takedown attempt by Silverio is telegraphed, but he is able to score with it. He’s got on hook in and is working to advance his position with three minutes left in the fight. The crowd is growing restless with Silverio’s decision to hang on Campbell, and he is able to reverse and score a takedown before separating. Good exchange, and Campbell is stalking him. Silverio attempts a takedown and Campbell winds up on top, landing shots and possibly stealing this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campbell

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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In the main event on FOX Sports 1, Max Holloway takes on Charles Oliveira in a key featherweight contest.

FEATHERWEIGHT FIREWORKS

A pair of dynamic featherweights will battle for a slot in the UFC title picture in Saskatoon. No. 5 ranked Max Holloway is currently riding a spectacular six-fight win streak, netting five impressive stoppage victories in the process. Despite only being 23 years old, Holloway has already established himself as a legitimate threat at 145 pounds.

In his most recent outing, Holloway turned heads with a dominant destruction of perennial contender Cub Swanson in April. Meanwhile, No. 7 ranked Charles Oliveira is hunting for his ninth UFC submission victory. Among the most creative grapplers in the UFC, the Brazilian has turned heads with stunning finishes against Nik Lentz and Hatsu Hioki.

Though Oliveira is a force to be reckoned with on the mat, he’s also earned a reputation for his aggressive striking and iron will. Though both fighters are known for their killer instincts, only one can set a new record for finishes in the UFC featherweight division.

At the moment, both are tied at five stoppage wins with Conor McGregor, Chad Mendes and Dustin Poirier.

WELTERWEIGHT WARRIORS

Saskatoon will host two pivotal welterweight fights. In the co-main event, Neil Magny and Erick Silva will finally lock horns after their previously scheduled bout was postponed due to visa issues. Among the most active fighters on the roster, Magny looks to rebound after having his seven-fight win streak broken by submission wizard Demian Maia.

An aggressive Brazilian prospect, Silva has long been on the cusp of Top 10 status. A victory over the crafty Magny would take his career to the next level. The card also features an exciting clash between seasoned strikers Patrick Cote and Josh Burkman.

Cote is angling to push his welterweight record to 4-1, while Burkman aims to net his first win since rejoining the UFC roster earlier this year.

SASKATOON SHOWDOWN

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will become the eighth Canadian city to host a UFC event. UFC Fight Night 74 also marks the UFC’s debut in the province of Saskatchewan. UFC has long targeted Saskatchewan, but there was no regulatory body in the province.

Saskatchewan formed a commission in March, opening the doors for professional mixed martial arts events. Since 2008, the UFC has hosted 18 Canadian events, welcoming more than 330,000 fans, and generating a cumulative gross gate of close to $62M, with millions more in economic impact.

GREAT FIGHT NORTH

UFC Fight Night will feature nine Canadian fighters on the card. Rimouski, Quebec native Patrick Cote has won four of his last five bouts, with his lone loss to surging contender Stephen Thompson. He will square off with veteran Josh Burkman. Chatham, Ont. native and unbeaten lightweight Chad Laprise faces his toughest test yet, when he battles The Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Francisco Trinaldo.

Top Montreal prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier locks horns with knockout artist Tony Sims, while Montreal native Valerie Letourneau will look to climb the strawweight ranks when she faces Ukrainian sensation Maryna Moroz. Highly-touted Toronto light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov makes his UFC debut against Daniel Jolly.

Montreal bantamweight Yves Jabouin takes on Brazil’s Felipe Arantes in a showdown of striking specialists. London, Ont. fan favourite Sam Stout aims to snap a two-fight skid when he squares off with American prospect Frankie Perez.

Nova Scotia-based flyweight Chris Kelades will square off with American Chris Beal. Kelowna, B.C. lightweight Shane Campbell angles for his first UFC victory when he clashes with Brazilian Elias Silverio.

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Jessica Andrade will replace Liz Carmouche and meet Raquel Pennington at UFC 191, the promotion announced recently.

Set for September 5 from Las Vegas, the event features a flyweight title fight between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson.

Andrade (13-4) improved to 4-2 inside the Octagon with a victory over Sarah Moras recently. Pennington (5-5) has split her four UFC appearances.

Below is the current lineup:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. John Dodson

Heavyweight: Frank Mir vs. Andrei Arlovski

Light Heavyweight: Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa

Light Heavyweight: Jan Blachowicz vs. Corey Anderson

Female Strawweight: Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Ross Pearson vs. Paul Felder

Bantamweight: Francisco Rivera vs. John Lineker

Female Bantamweight: Jessica Andrade vs. Raquel Pennington

Featherweight: Tiago Trator vs. Clay Collard

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Middleweight: Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings

Lightweight: Joaquim Silva vs. Nazareno Malegarie

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The UFC is finally going to hit Melbourne, Australia – and hit it hard.

UFC 193 will take place November 15 inside the Etihad Stadium. It marks the first event to be held in Melbourne and just the third stadium show for the promotion.

In the main event, Robbie Lawler defends his welterweight title against Carlos Condit. Also, heavyweights Mark Hunt and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva rematch from their draw a few years back.

“Finally the UFC is coming to Melbourne in what will be the biggest UFC event ever,” UFC president Dana White said. “There’s been a lot of talk about Melbourne, title fights and stadium shows. The UFC is doing all three at the Etihad Stadium in front of 70,000 people. Australia has been an amazing market for the UFC and to thank the Aussies for all of their support we are bringing the superstar of the welterweight division, UFC world champion Robbie Lawler. He will be facing the always-exciting ‘Natural Born Killer’ Carlos Condit.

“Robbie Lawler is coming off of the most exciting title defense in welterweight history. We are also bringing the rematch of the greatest heavyweight fight I have ever seen between New Zealand legend Mark Hunt vs. Bigfoot Silva. November 15 is going to be insane!”

Other confirmed fights include Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker, Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola, Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta and Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh.

Lawler successfully defended his title vs. Rory MacDonald earlier this year, while Condit – an ex-WEC and interim UFC champion – returned from an extended layoff with a win over Thiago Alves.

Below is the current lineup:

UFC Welterweight Championship
Robbie Lawler (c) vs. Carlos Condit

Heavyweight: Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva

Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker

Lightweight: Jake Matthews vs. Akbarh Arreola

Welterweight: Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta

Light Heavyweight: Gian Villante vs. Anthony Perosh

Middleweight: Daniel Kelly vs. Ricardo Abreu

Welterweight: Richard Walsh vs. Steve Kennedy

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Ryan Bader felt like he had done more than enough to warrant a shot at UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier next.

Instead, UFC officials tabbed Alexander Gustafsson for Cormier and gave “Darth” Rashad Evans. Both fights are scheduled to be part of the UFC 192 lineup from Houston.

Bader, a former Ultimate Fighter winner who has won four in a row since a 2013 loss to Glover Teixeira, is ready to deliver vs. Evans. “Suga” marks the fourth former UFC champion Bader will have fought since 2011.

“I go out there and look impressive, there’s nobody else that deserves (the next title shot),” said Bader, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “At the end of the day my goal is the belt. I’m happy to fight whoever wins that fight.”

First up for Bader will be Evans, who hasn’t fought for over a year due to an extensive knee injury. He was actually scheduled to meet Cormier before going down with the injury.

“Honestly, I’m surprised if he shows up,” Bader said. “If you’re not training for two years your body isn’t used to that, the rigors of a training camp and what you have to put it through to be in peak physical condition.

“You can skate by and do just enough and show up to the fight pretty much unprepared, but you made it. We’ll see how that happens. Two ACL surgeries in a row is no joke, especially at his age.”

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