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UFC 277 on Saturday was solid! Amanda Nunes dominated Julianna Peña to become a two-division champion again. Brandon Moreno earned the interim flyweight championship with a third-round TKO of Kai Kara-France and set up the first-ever tetralogy in UFC history against Deiveson Figueiredo. Sergei Pavlovich scored the biggest win of his professional career by dispatching Derrick Lewis inside of a minute. And Alexandre Pantoja and Magomed Ankalaev sent messages to their divisions with stoppages of Alex Perez and Anthony Smith. There were also some excellent finishes on the prelims, courtesy of Drew Dober, Michael Morales and Nicolae Negumereanu. With the event now over, we can look at what we have ahead of us on the upcoming schedule.
The UFC either announced or finalized nine fights this week, and a featherweight clash with ‘Fight of the Night’ potential is set for the fall.
Edson Barboza is not the ‘turn down a fight’ type, so it should come as no surprise to see the Brazilian accept one against yet another up-and-coming talent in the featherweight division. Laura Fernández Bynilla of Eurosport Spain reported that Barboza and Ilia Topuria are sharing the Octagon at an upcoming UFC Fight Night scheduled for Oct. 22 at the UFC APEX. No other fights are attached to the event at this time.
Barboza returns after suffering a unanimous decision loss to Bryce Mitchell at UFC 272 this past March. Since dropping from 155 pounds to 145 pounds, the 36-year-old is 2-3 in his past five appearances. On the other hand, Topuria is on a four-fight win streak under the UFC banner, with stoppages in all but one of his fights. Most recently, ‘El Matador’ moved up to lightweight and knocked out Jai Herbert at UFC London in March.
UFC San Diego — August 13
Ode’ Osbourne vs. Tyson Nam — flyweight
First rep. by Mike Heck of MMA Fighting
Cristian Quiñonez vs. Youssef Zalal — bantamweight
First rep. by Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes
WATCH LIVE! UFC SAN DIEGO: Marlon Vera vs. Dominick Cruz & Devin Clark vs Azamat Murzahanov . PLUS – Aspen Ladd vs Sara McMann! | AUG 13th., 2022 – Follow BloodyElbow.com for more details! Live from the Pechanga Arena, San Diego, CA!
UFC 279 — September 10
Jake Collier vs. Chris Barnett — heavyweight
First rep. by ESPN
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Julian Erosa — featherweight
First rep. by Nolan King and Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie
WATCH LIVE! UFC 279: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VS NATE DIAZ, PLUS: Abdurakhimov vs Almeida & Johnny Walker vs Ion Cutelaba! | T-Mobile Arena — SAT SEP 10, 2022 – Follow BloodyElbow.com for more details!
UFC Fight Night — September 17
Alen Amedovski vs. Joseph Pyfer — middleweight
UFC Fight Night — October 1
Julija Stoliarenko vs. Chelsea Chandler — women’s bantamweight
UFC Fight Night — October 15
Cub Swanson vs. Jonathan Martinez — bantamweight
First rep. by Meni Mayer of MMA Ideas
UFC 280 — October 22
Makhmud Muradov vs. Caio Borralho — middleweight
WATCH LIVE! UFC 280: OLIVEIRA VS MAKHACHEV, PLUS: STERLING VS DILLASHAW— OCT 22, 2022! Also, Belal Muhammed vs Sean Brady, Petr Yan vs Sean O’Malley, Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot & Amanda Lemos vs Marina Rodriguez. Stay tuned to BloodyElbow.com for more details! #UFCABUDHABI
UFC Fight Night — October 29
Edson Barboza vs. Ilia Topuria — featherweight
First rep. by Laura Fernández Bynilla of Eurosport Spain
Announced Bellator fights:
Bellator 284 — August 12
Jordan Newman vs. Lance Wright — middleweight
Sullivan Cauley vs. Tyson Jeffries — light heavyweight
First rep. by Carter Eckl of Nevada Appeal
Josh Hill vs. Marcos Breno — bantamweight
First rep. by Guilherme Cruz and Mike Heck of MMA Fighting
LIVE! WATCH BELLATOR 284: GRACIE VS YAMAUCHI — Welterweight Main Event, Co-Main: Moldavsky vs Mowry, & MORE! | Main Card via Showtime, Prelims via YouTube #BELLATOR284
Bellator Dublin — September 23
Asaël Adjoudj vs. Jordan Barton — featherweight
Bellator Milan — October 29
Alfie Davis vs. Thibault Gouti — lightweight
First rep. by Olivier Angelini of BoxeMag
Announced Professional Fighters League (PFL) fights:
PFL 8 (2022 Playoffs) — August 13
Denis Golstov vs. Matheus Scheffel — heavyweight
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Announced Cage Warriors fights:
Cage Warriors 142 — August 13
Sam Creasey vs. Stipe Brčić — flyweight
Owain Williams vs. Sean McCormac — middleweight
Cage Warriors 145 — November 4
Jordan Vucenic vs. Paul Hughes — featherweight
Announced KSW fights:
KSW 73 — August 20
Borys Borkowski vs. Raimondas Krilavičius — welterweight
Karolina Owczarz vs. Natalia Baczyńska — women’s flyweight
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