UFC Fight Night 89 will be held on June 18, 2016 at TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Canada. The event will be the first that the promotion has hosted in Ottawa.
The card will be headlined by a welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight title challenger Rory MacDonald and five-time kickboxing world champion Stephen Thompson.
McDonald (18-3 MMA) is coming off a title fight loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 189. The back and forth action earned both participants Fight of the Night honours. The fight was considered an instant classic by fans and media alike with UFC President Dana White hailing it as one of the best welterweight fights in the promotion’s history. The bout also earned both fighters ‘Fight of the Year’ honours. Prior to the loss, McDonald was riding a three fight winning streak.
Thompson (12-1 MMA) is riding an impressive six fight winning streak, earning ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses in three of his last four contests. Coming off the biggest win of his career, ‘Wonderboy’ KO’d former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks in the first round of their February contest at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas.
The co-main event of UFC Fight Night 89 also features a welterweight contest between former UFC lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone and former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote.
This event will mark the promotion’s inaugural fight in the women’s flyweight division as former UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship challenger Valérie Létourneau will face Joanne Calderwood. Despite that, a formal introduction of the division has not yet been made since promotion officials are still determining whether or not to permanently add the division.
Check out the full card for UFC Fight Night 89 along with a video preview of the event below:
Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Steve Bossé vs. Sean O’Connell
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti
Valérie Létourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 2)
Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Tamdan McCrory vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Chris Beal vs. Joe Soto
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Elias Theodorou vs. Sam Alvey
Randa Markos vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger
Colby Covington vs. Jonathan Meunier
Ali Bagautinov vs. Geane Herrera