Carmouche-McMann, Janes-Meerschaert, Sicilia-Tucker Added To Halifax's UFC Fight Night 102

By Jordan Breen Jan 23, 2017

The UFC Fight Night 105 card in Halifax doesn't just have a new main event, it has a host of new bouts.

Monday, the The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that with the injury of Stefan Struve and not being able to find a suitable opponent for Junior dos Santos, the bout had been canceled. Instead, a heavyweight bout between Travis Browne and Derrick Lewis, originally scheduled for Feb. 11's UFC 208 card in Brooklyn, has been moved to the Feb. 19 card at Halifax's Scotiabank Centre and will main event.

On top of that, the promotion has announced a bantamweight bout between former UFC title challengers Liz Carmouche and Sara McMann, a middleweight match between Ryan Janes and Gerald Meerschaert, and featherweight veteran taking on debuting, undefeated Gavin Tucker.

The UFC also confirmed a previously reported middleweight contest between former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Hector Lombard for the bill. At lightweight, Alessandro Ricci will now take on Paul Felder, as each man's scheduled opponent -- Alvaro Herrera and Gilbert Burns respectively -- pulled out due to injury.

Carmouche, 32, returned from a string of injuries and broke a 19-month absence from the Octagon at UFC 205 in November, earning a split decision over Katlyn Chookagian. A 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist, McMann broke out of a slump in 2016, earning a May decision over Jessica Eye, then choking out Alexis Davis with an arm-triangle choke in December.

British Columbia's Janes won his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 102 in December, taking all cards against Keith Berish. A winner in 10 of his last 11 bouts, Wisconsin's Meerschaert won his first UFC fight on the same Dec. 9 card as Janes, putting Joe Gigliotti away in the first round with an anaconda choke.

A veteran of 11 UFC contests, Sicilia has lost his last two Octagon appearances, falling victim to Doo Ho Choi in 93 seconds in November 2015, then getting choked out by Gabriel Benitez last September. Tucker, a Newfoundland native now based in Halifax, has put together a 9-0 record with eight stoppage, last fighting in July, when he head kicked Chris Coggins in 37 seconds.


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