Gillian (The Savage) Robertson celebrates her win over Sarah Frota during UFC 240, in Edmonton on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Canadian Gillian (The Savage) Robertson, ranked 12th among UFC flyweights, returns to action next month against No. 10 Andrea (KGB) Lee at UFC 256. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Gillian (The Savage) Robertson celebrates her win over Sarah Frota during UFC 240, in Edmonton on Saturday, July 27, 2019. Canadian Gillian (The Savage) Robertson, ranked 12th among UFC flyweights, returns to action next month against No. 10 Andrea (KGB) Lee at UFC 256. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Gillian (The Savage) Robertson leads list of Canadians in UFC action in December

Canadian fighter Gillian (The Savage) Robertson, ranked 12th among UFC flyweights, returns to action next month against No. 10 Andrea (KGB) Lee at UFC 256.

The 25-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., who fights out of Coconut Creek, Fla., is coming off a dominant win over Brazil’s Poliano Botelho on Oct 17. It was her second straight victory and fourth in her last five fights.

Robertson (9-4-0) is 6-2-0 in the UFC.

Lee (11-5-0) has lost her last three fights, although two were by split decision. The 31-year-old American, a former Legacy FC champion, won her first three UFC outings.

UFC 256 is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the UFC’s Apex production facility in Las Vegas. While the main event has yet to be confirmed, the UFC has said it is working on a bantamweight title fight between 135-pound champion Petr Yan and No. 1 contender Aljamain Sterling.

Also on the card, Canadian featherweight Gavin Tucker faces Billy Quarantillo in a bout originally scheduled for April but delayed by the pandemic.

Tucker (12-1-0) won a US$50,000 performance last time in choking out Justin (The Guitar Hero) Jaynes in August. The 34-year-old from Ship Cove, N.L., who fights out of Halifax, has won two straight and three of four UFC fights.

Quarantillo (15-2-0) has won eight straight including three in the UFC. He knocked out Canadian Kyle (The Monster) Nelson last time out in September.

On Dec. 19, 10th-ranked light-heavyweight Misha Cirkunov of Toronto meets No. 12 Ryan (Superman) Spann, and bantamweight Aiemann Zahabi of Laval, Que., tackles Drako (The Great Drakolini) Rodriguez on a televised UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas.

Cirkunov (15-5-0) has not fought since September 2019 when he defeated Jimmy (The Brute) Crute via the rarely used Peruvian Necktie submission. The 33-year-old Cirkunov, who had lost three of his previous four bouts, is 6-3-0 in the UFC.

Spann (18-6-0) had his four-fight UFC win streak snapped last time out when he was knocked out by Jimmy Walker, who also holds a 2019 KO win over Cirkunov.

Zahabi, a 33-year-old from Laval, Que., is the younger brother of storied trainer Firaz Zahabi and has lost his last two fights after winning his UFC debut against Reginaldo Vieira in February 2017.

Rodriguez (7-1-0) is making his UFC debut after winning a contract on Dana White’s Contender Series via a first-round submission of Leomana Martinez.

The Dec. 19 main event at the Apex pits welterweight sensation Khamzat (Borz) Chimaev, ranked 15th among 170-pound contenders, against No. 3 Leon (Rocky) Edwards.

Chimaev, a Russian-born Swede, needed a total of just nine minutes, 38 seconds to win all three of his fights since making his UFC debut in July. He moved up to middleweight last time out, knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds.

The 26-year-old Chimaev has won all nine of his pro fights.

England’s Edwards (18-3-0) has won his last eight UFC outings, most recently dispatching former lightweight and interim welterweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson and Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone.

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