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MMA roundup: Condit fight moved, Page named to Ultimate Fighter cast

Carlos Condit’s return to the octagon will have to wait a week.

The Albuquerque fighter will end an eight-month hiatus from UFC competition when he fights Demian Maia as the main event of a nationally-broadcast UFC Fight Night event in Vancouver, British, Columbia, Canada, on Aug. 27.

The fight was originally scheduled to be the co-main event for the UFC 202 pay-per-view on Aug. 20, which is headlined by Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. Tuesday, the UFC announced the change without explaining the specific reason for the change other than the Vancouver event needed a main event fight. The fights will air on Fox.

Condit (30-8) trains at Albuquerque’s Jackson-Wink MMA and contemplated retirement after a debatable Jan. 2 split decision loss to middleweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 195. Condit’s last fight in Vancouver’s Rogers Arena was a dramatic third round TKO of Rory MacDonald at UFC 115 in 2010.

Among the other fighters on the UFC Fight Night Vancouver card will be Anthony Pettis, who now trains part time at Jackson-Wink, and women’s strawweight Page VanZant.

TURN THE PAGE: A day after posting on social media he planned to retire, 33-year-old mixed martial arts veteran Damacio Page on Tuesday was named one of the 16 cast members on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Page, the Albuquerque native who trains at Jackson-Wink, posted on Twitter on before he UFC’s cast announcement, “Regarding last post on retirement, got some projects I need to work on for now. Will keep you posted. Soon.”

Page is 19-10 and hasn’t fought professionally since May 2015.

The teams will be coached by flyweight’s Henry Cejudo and Las Cruces High graduate Joseph Benevidez. The two will then fight each other at the conclusion of the season of the popular reality show, which has had 24 seasons.

Both have already fought, and lost, to UFC flyweight champion Demetrius Johnson (Benavidez twice). So, as a twist from past Ultimate Fighter shows, the UFC announced “the two finalists will meet in the last fight in the house to determine who will receive a shot at the UFC flyweight world title at the finale in December.”

TUF debuts Aug. 31 on FS1 and have 12 episodes.

WATERSON’S RETURN: In case there wasn’t enough Jackson-Wink/UFC news on Tuesday, it was announced that the gym’s most high profile women’s strawweight — Michelle “the Karate Hottie” Waterson (13-4) — will return to fight Sept. 3 against Aisling Daly (16-6) on the UFC Fight Night 93 card in Hamburg, Germany.

Waterson has been out of action with injury since July 2015 when she beat Angela MMA:

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