U.S. Visa Issues Force Fighters Off the Finale of TUF Brazil 4

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By Fightland Staff

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The United States of America’s vice grip on immigration has forced the Ultimate Fighting Championship to shuffle its upcoming cards around some. As several Brazilian fighters are attempting—and apparently failing—to get the proper documentation to appear in The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 4’s Finale, which would be happening in Hollywood, Florida—a city just north of Miami—the organization decided to make some moves and reschedule those bouts for UFC 190.

UFC 190 takes place on August 1st, in Rio de Janeiro, and features Ronda Rousey’s next title defense, against the highly anticipated challenge from Brazilian bantamweight Bethe Correia. UFC 190’s co-main event features the return of Minotouro and Shogun, as these two will rematch a fight that’s become part of mixed martial arts lore. Minotauro, Minotouro’s brother, will face Stefan Struve. Big Foot Silva faces Soa Palelei, and Demian Maia faces Neil Magny.

The UFC also recently plugged the card with a fight between strawweights Claudia Gadelha and former WSOF strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar. UFC 190 now features the final for TUF Brasil 4’s lightweight and bantamweight finals.

The June 27th Hollywood card remains intact, featuring a main event between legend Lyoto Machida and the fearsome Cuban middleweight Yoel Romero. Two fights have been added to the program, however: Alex Cowboy will face Joe Merritt and Leandro Buscapé will face Lewis Gonzalez. The co-main event of the evening, originally scheduled between Erick Silva and Rick Story was replaced by a fight between Antonio “Cara de Sapato” Carlos Jr. and Eddie Gordon.

Other fights to look for on the Hollywood card: Thiago Marreta vs. Steve Bosse, Hacran Dias vs. Levan Makashvili, Lorenz Larkin vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio. 


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