UFC makes its highly anticipated return to Atlantic Canada on Sunday, February 19, 2017 as a pivotal heavyweight fight between #4 ranked Junior Dos Santos and #11 ranked Stefan Struve headlines the card.
The UFC’s Canada account announced the bout on twitter this afternoon.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) December 14, 2016
UFC Fight Night 105 will be held on February 19, 2017 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
The event will be the second that the promotion has hosted in Nova Scotia, and first since UFC Fight Night 54 in October of 2014.
Junior Dos Santos (18-4 MMA) and Stefan Struve (32-8 MMA) first met in 2009. Now, on February 19 in Halifax, the two are on a collision course to the top of the division, with former world champion Dos Santos eager to repeat his first victory, while Struve seeks redemption on the way to his first world title shot.
Dos Santos owns 13 wins by KO and one by submission. He has won 13 of his last 16 bouts, earning a unanimous decision win over Ben Rothwell in April during his most recent outing. The power-punching “Cigano,” who has delivered two fight-of-the-night and three knockout-of-the night performances over his decorated UFC career, is hungry to get back in the title picture and regain the belt.
Standing in his way is Struve, who has won seven of his last 10 bouts. Struve earned his sixth performance bonus for his first round KO of Antonio Silva in May, and followed that up with a second round submission over Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC 204 in October. The “Skyscraper” will look to utilize his size, kickboxing and slick submission game against Dos Santos to continue his climb up the heavyweight rankings.
The event now includes the following fights.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve
Elias Theodorou vs. Cezar Ferreira
Thiago Santos vs. Jack Marshman
Alessandro Ricci vs. Alvaro Herrera
Nordine Taleb vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Aiemann Zahabi vs. Reginaldo Vieira
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