UFC on FOX 26: Jan Blachowicz replaces Little Nog

The UFC confirmed today two additional fights for Winnpeg’s UFC on FOX 26 card in December.

In light heavyweight action, Jared Cannonier (10-2-0) will take on Poland’s Jan Blachowicz (20-7-0) while St. Albert, Alberta’s Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1) will battle the U.K.’s Danny Roberts (14-2-0) in a welterweight contest.

The 34-year-old Blachowicz is coming off an impressive rear-naked choke submission win over Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night 118 in October. He is replacing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was pulled after a potential USADA anti-doping violation.

The “Killa Gorilla,” 33, returned to the win column after a decision win over Nick Roehrick at theTUF 25 Finale in July.

Westcott, 33, will have the hometown advantage when he returns to the octagon after almost two years since a win over Edgar Garcia at UFC 195 in January 2016.

“Hot Chocolate” rebounded from an exciting loss to Mike Perry to stopping Bobby Nash at UFC Fight Night 113 in July. He is 3-1-0 since entering the UFC in December 2015.

UFC on FOX 26 is scheduled for Dec. 16 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The card currently includes:

Glover Teixeira (26-6-0) vs. Misha Cirkunov (13-3-0)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8-0) vs. Jared Cannonier (10-2-0)

Tim Elliott (14-8-1) vs. Justin Scoggins (11-4-0)

Chad Laprise (12-2-0) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2-0)

Abel Trujillo (15-7-0) vs. John Makdessi (14-6-0)

Nordine Taleb (13-4-0) vs. Sultan Alev (14-2-0)

Alessio Di Chirico (10-2-0) vs. Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3-0)

Vitor Miranda (12-6-0) vs. Julian Marquez (6-1-0)

Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1) vs. Danny Roberts (14-2-0)

Jared Cannonier (10-2-0) vs. Jan Blachowicz (20-7-0)

More bouts may be announced.



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


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