The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is pooling together its talented roster of fighters to shore up fight cards for the year. Now the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion has managed to lock down a series of exciting match ups.
As first reported by newsday.com, “Smiling” Sam Alvey is now set to take on Gian Villante, after calling out for a fight against the MMA warrior. The two will face off at UFC Fight Night 131, which takes place June 1 in Adirondack Bank Center in Utica.
UFC Fight Night 129 has also managed to wrangle together two new match ups. Dominick Reyes and Jared Cannonier are now set to face off in a light heavyweight war for division dominance. There will also be a bantamweight contest between Henry Briones and Frankie Saenz. UFC Fight Night 129 goes down May 19 in Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile.
Another fight card to lock down two new bouts is the highly anticipated event of UFC 224. Bantamweights John Lineker and Brian Kelleher are now set to throw down at the event, as reported by Combate. The news source also reports that middleweights Thales Leites and Jack Hermansson will be squaring off for the UFC 224 crowd.
UFC 224 goes down May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view.
UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero recently appeared on longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan’s podcast “JRE MMA Show” to state that he is now set to fight UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker for the title at UFC 225.
The event is set to go down June 9 inside the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view.
UFC officials have revealed that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be moving back up to the weight class from the middleweight division to face Anthony Smith on the UFC 225 fight card as well.
Lastly, Olivier Aubin-Mercier is stepping in on late notice to fight Evan Dunham at UFC 223. Both fighters revealed the news over social media.
UFC 223 takes place April 7 inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event will be featured live on pay-per-view.