UFC announces several big matchups for summer

May 12, 2017 3:06 pm by Evan Bell
Jon jones Daniel Cormier

Friday afternoon at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference event, Jon Anik played host to a Q&A between fans, and a panel of fighters, which included UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, and former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The pair fielded the majority of questions throughout the course of the press conference per usual, however the UFC announced several major matchups for July ahead of the press conference.

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/863148291688738816

The first matchup mentioned above comes in the lightweight division, where Michael Johnson will look to bounce back from his recent loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, while Gaethje will look to get his first UFC win.

Justin Gaethje

In the next matchup, Amanda Nunes will look to make her second successful title defense as she steps into the Octagon for a highly anticipated rematch against Valentina Shevchenko.

Next up we have Joanne Calderwood vs. Cynthia Calvillo, where Calderwood will look to return to the win column by defeating the undefeated Cynthia Calvillo.

Next is a pivotal middleweight matchup between former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and streaking middleweight Kelvin Gastelum. Weidman will look to snap a losing streak and bounce back from a controversial loss to Gegard Mousasi, while Gastelum will look to pick up another win at middleweight.

Kelvin Gastelum

Next up is the official announcement for Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier, which currently has yet to be confirmed for the main event or the co-main event.

The last fight which was announced, and nearly took place early, was a lightweight showdown between Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa, which resulted in both men leaving early after a near brawl.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/12/2017.


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