UFC Fight Night Returns to Orlando


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Cerrone (right) will be fighting in Orlando for the second time in the UFC.

The UFC returns to Orlando on Saturday, as Rafael dos Anjos puts his lightweight title on the line against Donald Cerrone. Also, a heavyweight clash between a pair of former champs is set for the co-feature, as UFC FOX 17 live from the Amway Center is a fight card that’s sure to be action-packed.

dos Anjos (24-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC) will put his belt up for the first time when he meets Cerrone (28-6 MMA, 15-3 UFC) in a rematch from a 2013 fight dos Anjos won by unanimous decision. “Cowboy” will be looking to avenge that loss – and become yet another challenger to unseat a champion in just the past month after Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman and Jose Aldo all lost their belts.

In the co-main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (17-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) takes on former Strikeforce titleholder Alistair Overeem (39-14 MMA, 4-3 UFC). Another intriguing matchup should be Nate Diaz (17-10 MMA, 12-8 UFC), who returns after a year away, against Michael Johnson (16-9 MMA, 8-5 UFC), with both lightweights looking for a return to the win column.

UFC Fight Night

Where: Amway Center

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

TV schedule: 3:30 p.m. (UFC.com/fightpass), 5 p.m. (Fox Sports 1), 8 p.m. (WOFL-35)

Tickets: Prices start at $50 and are available at Ticketmaster.com

The Valencia Voice will be live from the Amway Center Saturday night for all your updates.