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MMA Crossfire – UFC Fight Night 80 features VanZant vs Namajunas

Up-and-coming 21-year-old UFC strawweight Paige VanZant (6-1-0) will now collide with #3-ranked Rose Namajunas (4-2-0), who is replacing the injured Joanne Calderwood in the main event of UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas.

The streaking #6-ranked VanZant is coming off a recent submission win over Alex Chambers.

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Namjunas lost in the finals of TUF 20 to Carla Esparza and is coming off a convincing win over Angela Hill.

It should prove interesting to see who can impose their skills.

Several other bouts were added to the card.

In the co-main event, TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa (12-2-0) returns to face veteran Jim Miller (25-6-0, 1NC).

TUF Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1) takes on Edgar Garcia (14-4-0).

British prospect Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts (11-1-0) fights TUF 21’s Michael Graves (5-0-0) in a Blackzillians vs American Top Team storyline.

Santiago Ponzinibbio (21-3-0) battles Andreas Stahl (9-1-0).

John “Doomsday” Howard (23-11-0) takes on Tim “Dirty Bird” Means (24-7-1).

Lyman Good (19-3-0, 1NC) and Omari Akhmedov (15-2-0) square off.

TUF Brazil 3 heavyweight winner Antonio Carlos Junior (6-1-0) fights TUF 17 alum Kevin Casey (10-3-0).

Thiago “Marreta” Santos (11-3-0) takes on Canadian and TUF Nations winner Elias Theodorou (11-0-0).

In featherweight action, Zubaira Tukhugov (17-3-0) fights TUF finalist Philippe Nover (12-5-1).


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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