South Florida-based fighters among combatants heading to Orlando for UFC card

 
 
MMA fighter Fabricio Werdum arrives at the "Hatchet II" Los Angeles premiere held at the Egyptian Theatre on September 28, 2010 in Los Angeles.
MMA fighter Fabricio Werdum arrives at the "Hatchet II" Los Angeles premiere held at the Egyptian Theatre on September 28, 2010 in Los Angeles.
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South Florida mixed martial artists won’t have to travel far to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s octagon.

The UFC will visit Orlando’s Amway Center with UFC on Fox starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The card will feature heavyweights Travis Browne against Fabricio Werdum in the main event for a No. 1 contender spot and former UFC’s women’s bantamweight title contenders Liz Carmouche and Miesha Tate. The preliminary card airs at 5 p.m.

The main event fight between Browne and Werdum will be significant, as the winner will fight the heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at a later date in Mexico.

Brazilian Edson Barboza (13-1), who resides in South Florida, will face off against Donald Cerrone (22-6) on the main card in a lightweight battle.

Brazilian Thiago Alves, Mirsad Bektic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cuban Yoel Romero and Cuban-American Jorge Masvidal, who all train at South Florida-based American Top Team, will compete on the card.

Romero (7-1), who is undefeated in the UFC and fights on the main card, faces a tough battle against Brad Tavares (12-1), who has a five-fight win streak.

Masvidal (25-8), who fought in the backyards of Miami, has made a name for himself in professional MMA and will meet Pat Healy (29-18). The Miami fighter hasn’t fought since November, when he lost by decision against Rustam Khabllov.

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Men’s basketball

University of Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga said that James Kelly has been granted a release and plans to transfer.

Kelly, a 6-7 forward from Ann Arbor, Mich., averaged 6.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27 games played for the Hurricanes.

Track and field

Isaiah Simmons defended his Atlantic Coast Conference title in the men’s shot put, leading the University of Miami track and field program on Day 2 of the 2014 ACC Outdoor Championships in Chapel Hill, N.C.

The Hurricanes had a productive day, winning one individual title, earning another medal and having eight competitors qualify for the finals in their respective running events.

Although several Canes stood out, Simmons was the clear star, setting a school record with his winning throw of 18.91 meters. The sophomore has now claimed four ACC championships in shot put, two indoor and two outdoor.

Joining Simmons in picking up point for Miami’s men was Gian Piero Ragonesi.

The freshman placed seventh in men’s shot put with a mark of 16.51m. Simmons and Ragonesi combined to score 12 points for the UM men.

Alysha Newman also set a new school record with her mark of 4.28m in the women’s pole vault. The sophomore placed second, scoring eight points for the women’s team.

Amber Monroe’s personal-best throw of 16.14m placed her second in the women’s shot put. The big mark scored eight points for Miami’s women and moved her into third place in school history.

Shakima Wimbley won her heat in the women’s 400m preliminaries, earning the fourth seed in Saturday’s final with a time of 53.80 seconds. The freshman will be busy on the final day of the ACC Championships, competing in the 200 and 400m finals, as well as on Miami’s 400 and 1,600 relays.

Baseball

•  FIU 6, FAU 0: For the second game in a row, junior Mike Franco pitched a complete game as the host Panthers (27-10, 11-8 Conference USA) earned a victory over the Owls.

In his nine innings of work, Franco tallied a career-high 12 strikeouts and allowed just six hits. He lowered his season ERA to 0.90. The complete game was his third of the season and his second shutout.

The 12th shutout by FIU pitching extends the Panthers’ C-USA season record.

Juniors Josh Anderson and Brian Portelli each had four hits in the victory.

Women’s golf

Sophomore Kailey Walsh shot a 2-over-par 73 and is tied for 11th overall through 36 holes at the ACC Women’s Golf Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

The 26th-ranked UM golf team is fourth overall at 31-over 599. No. 3 Duke leads by 14 strokes at 8-over 576. Virginia is second at 22-over 590.

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