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061714-UFC-Ronaldo-Souza-and-Gegard-Mousasi-PI-620x400MASHANTUCKET, Conn. – No. 4 middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza (20-3, 1 NC) takes on No. 7 contender Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2) and No. 7 heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem (37-13, 1 NC) battles Ben Rothwell (33-9) in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. UFC fight fans can view the four main card fights on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 9:00 PM on Friday.

In the middleweight portion of the co-main event, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza looks to win his seventh consecutive fight and remain unbeaten against UFC competition in the process. The Brazilian joined the UFC and responded with back-to-back first round victories, the first by submission, the second by stoppage, before getting his first Top 15 win in a unanimous decision over No. 15 contender “Limitless” Francis Carmont at UFC Fight Night Machida-Mousasi in February.

Mousasi is 2-1 since joining UFC winning his last fight in a first round submission of No. 14 contender Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz (13-5) at UFC Fight Night Munoz-Mousasi in May. Fighting out of The Netherlands, Mousasi lost his prior fight to No. 2 contender Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida by a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night Machida-Mousasi in February in spite of landing 10 more strikes and trading takedowns.

The heavyweight part of the co-main event will feature two fighters looking to put together their first two-fight winning streak since joining UFC. Alistair “The Reem” Overeem won his last fight by unanimous decision over No. 10 contender Frank Mir (16-9) at UFC 169 in a complete domination landing 134 more strikes in spite of being taken down without returning the favor. Overeem lept on to the UFC scene with a first round stoppage against former champion Brock Lesnar (5-3) at UFC 141 then followed with back-to-back losses by stoppage, first to No. 4 contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (18-5, 1 NC) at UFC 156 and to No. 3 contender Travis “Hapa” Browne (16-2-1) at UFC Fight Night Shogun-Sonnen last year.

His opponent, Rothwell, is 3-3 since joining UFC but won his last fight in August of last year at UFC 164 over Brandon “The Truth” Vera (12-7, 1 NC). Rothwell tested for high levels of testosterone after the fight and is returning after a nine month suspension by the UFC.

Another heavyweight bout is on the card with Matt Mitrione (7-3) facing Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis (11-2, 1 NC) as both fighters look to build on recent success in the octagon. Mitrione won his last fight at UFC Fight Night Kim-Hathaway over Shawn “The Savage” Jordan (16-6) with a first round stoppage. Lewis has won both of his UFC fights coming in with his last being a win over Guto Inocente (6-3) with a first round stoppage at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in July.

The first bout on the main card is a lightweight contest with Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (23-10) taking on the “Maverick” Michael Chiesa (11-1) in a fight that contrasts Lauzon’s ability to get submissions against Chiesa’s unorthodox style.

Lauzon defeated Mac Danzig (22-12-1) by a unanimous decision at UFC on Fox 9 in December while Chiesa won his last fight at UFC 173 by a unanimous decision over Francisco Trinaldo.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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