Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back with another quick turnaround, as the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization is gearing up to present UFC Fight Night 105 live from inside Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Spearheading the event will be a hard-hitting Heavyweight showdown between Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne. In the co-headlining act, Johny Hendricks makes his Middleweight debut against Hector Lombard in what promises to be an all-out stand up affair.
What UFC is on tonight? UFC Fight Night 105: “Lewis vs. Browne”
Who is fighting tonight at UFC Fight night 105? Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne is the FOX Sports 1-televised main event
When does UFC Fight Night 105 start? Tonight (Sun., Feb. 19, 2017), beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where will UFC Fight Night 105 take place? Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
How can I watch UFC Fight Night 105? FOX Sports 1 main card start time at 9 p.m. ET. “Prelims” undercard start time at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and UFC Fight Pass early “Prelims” start time at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Where can I get live UFC Fight Night 105 updates and results: Get full play-by-play coverage and live updates here!
Derrick Lewis has proven to be one of the most dangerous draws in the Heavyweight division — his knockout power alone is enough to make foes think twice about signing on the dotted line. But, Travis Browne is as game as they come, and will look to put a halt to “Black Beast’s” ascension up the 265-pound ladder. And “Hapa” will be as motivated as ever, as he is desperately trying to put an end to the bleeding of his two-fight skid.
Original Card vs. Actual Card:
The headlining bout was originally set to feature a Heavyweight rematch between Stefan Struve and Junior dos Santos, but after “Skyscraper” bowed out with an injury, the promotion opted to pull “JDS” from the event altogether. That actually worked well for him, as he now gets a title fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 211.
An interesting women’s Bantamweight fight between former title challengers Sara McMann and Liz Carmouche was lined up for the card, but Liz was sidelined a few weeks ago and replaced by Octagon newcomer Gina Mazany.
In addition to Carmouche and Struve, Alvaro Herrera and Michel Quinones were also victims of the injury bug and were forced out of their bouts against Alessandro Ricci and Alexander Volkanovski. Paul Felder stepped in to face Ricci, but Volkanovski was removed from the card altogether.
Gavin Tucker will bring his undefeated record (9-0) into the Octagon for the first time as he gears up to face Sam Sicilia on the main card action. Mazany will also put her mint record (4-0) when she facesMcMann on just several weeks notice. Aiemann Zahabi, another undefeated prospect (6-0) will look to keep it going on the world’s biggest stage.
How The “Prelims” Look:
The “Prelims” undercard portion of the event will be headlined by a highly-intriguing Welterweight clash between Santiago Ponzinibbio and Nordine Taleb. The two talented 170-pounders have been showing of their skills inside the eight-walled cage for a few years now, but have yet to cross that threshold into legit contender. A win for either man could be a huge step into accomplishing that goal. Plus, former women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza will look to earn her first back-to-back victories when she faces off against Randa Markos, who is coming off a loss.
Who Needs A Win Badly:
Pitting him against a man who is on a five-fight win streak doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but Browne will look up to pick an all-important “W” when he tangos with “Black Beast.” After dropping back-to-back fights to Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, “Hapa” desperately finds himself in need of a victory. One that he’ll look to get without his head trainer in his corner.
Interest Level: 6/10
Lewis is as entertaining as they come, and if he can manage to win his sixth straight, he could be staring down the barrel of a No. 1 contender eliminator match sooner than later. Browne. meanwhile, is a fighter who is going south in a hurry. So when you have a fighter inching closer to a championship bout and another fighting for his career, you’re going to have an interesting showdown. Also, now that Johnny Hendricks is having fun again since he doesn’t have to make the cut down to 170 pounds, it will be interesting to see if he can turn it around against fellow hard-hitting contender, Hector Lombard.
Full UFC Fight Night 105 fight card:
FOX Sports 1 Main Event:
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (9 p.m. ET start time):
185 lbs.: Johnny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard
145 lbs.: Sam Sicilia vs. Gavin Tucker
185 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira vs. Elias Theodorou
135 lbs.: Sara McMann vs. Gina Mazany
155 lbs.: Paul Felder vs. Alessandro Ricci
FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” (7 p.m. ET start time):
170 lbs.: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Nordine Taleb
125 lbs.: Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos
135 lbs.: Reginaldo Vieira vs. Aiemann Zahabi
185 lbs.: Jack Marshman vs. Thiago Santos
Fight Pass “Prelims” (6:30 p.m. ET start time):
185 lbs.: Ryan Janes vs. Gerald Meerschaert
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