On-tap fights: José Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili among 16 UFC fights announced


Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all booked fights in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

For the second week in a row, we were treated to an electrifying UFC event. UFC Austin solidified itself as one of the top Fight Night events of the year after most contests ended in a finish. And the contests that went the distance were entertaining as hell. Now that it’s over, we can take a look at what awaits us on the upcoming schedule.

The UFC has announced or finalized 16 fights this week, and a pair of bantamweight contenders have agreed to meet this summer.

José Aldo and Merab Dvalishvili are set to share the Octagon at UFC 278, the pay-per-view event scheduled for Aug. 20 at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City. Both men come into the fight on impressive winning streaks. The former UFC featherweight champion ended a three-fight losing streak with wins over Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font in recent appearances. He sits at No. 3 in the official rankings. Dvalishvili has been on a tear lately, winning seven straight after going 0-2 early in his UFC tenure. The Georgian earned his first berth under the UFC banner in his last outing, a second-round technical knockout of Marlon Moraes at UFC 266 last September.

UFC Long Island – July 16

Phil Rowe vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov – welterweight

UFC London – July 23

Jai Herbert vs. Kyle Nelson – lightweight

Nathaniel Wood vs. Charles Rosa – featherweight
First representative. by Al Zullino

UFC Fight Night – August 6

Takashi Sato vs. Bryan Battle – welterweight
First representative. by MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck

Jason Witt vs. Josh Quinlan – welterweight
First representative. by Tudor Leonte de Sherdog

Shamil Gamzatov vs. Misha Cirkunov – light heavyweight
First representative. by MMA fight universe

UFC 278 – August 20

Tyson Pedro vs. Harry Hunsucker – light heavyweight
First representative. by MMA Junkie’s Nolan King and Farah Hannoun

Victor Altamirano vs. Daniel da Silva – Flyweight
First representative. by Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes

José Aldo vs. Merab Dvalishvili – bantamweight
First representative. by Ariel Helwani

UFC Paris — September 3

Jéssica Andrade vs. Manon Fiorot – women’s flyweight
First representative. by Nolan King of MMA Junkie

Nasrat Haqparast vs. John Makdessi – lightweight
First representative. by Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland

UFC Fight Night – September 17

Andre Fili vs. Lando Vannata – featherweight
First representative. by Nolan King of MMA Junkie

Sijara Eubanks vs. Maryna Moroz – Women’s Flyweight*
*Eubanks vs. Moroz was already finalized, but moved from UFC Vegas 58 to UFC on ESPN+ 69, per Cageside Press’ Alex Behunin

Damon Jackson vs. Pat Sabatini – featherweight
First representative. by Iridium Sports Agency

Cory Sandhagen vs. Song Yadong – bantamweight
First representative. by Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Nederland

UFC Fight Night – October 1

Randy Costa vs. Guido Cannetti – bantamweight
First representative. by Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes

Bellator fights announced:

Bellator 283 — July 22

Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Sidney Outlaw – Lightweight

Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson – welterweight*
* Lima vs. Jackson was already finalized, but moved from Bellator London to Bellator 283

Usman Nurmagomedov vs. Chris Gonzalez – lightweight

Adam Piccolotti vs. Tofiq Musayev — lightweight

Romero Cotton vs. Dalton Rosta – middleweight

Gadzhi Rabadanov vs. Bobby King – lightweight

Bellator 284 — August 12

Neiman Gracie vs. Goiti Yamauchi – welterweight

Valentin Moldavsky vs. Steve Mowry – heavyweight

Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Bruna Ellen – Women’s Flyweight

Ilias Bulaid vs. Weber Almeida – featherweight

Jaylon Bates vs. Mark Coates – bantamweight

Said Sowma — Gokhan Saricam — heavyweight

DeAnna Bennett vs. Justine Kish – Women’s Flyweight

Cage Warriors fights announced:

Cage Warriors 140 – June 25

Michele Martignoni vs. Scott Malone – catchweight (132 lbs)

Cage Warriors 141 – July 22

Jeremy Petley vs. Steve Aimable – featherweight

Ander Sanchez vs. Lone’er Kavanagh – Flyweight

Reece McEwan vs. Kingsley Crawford – bantamweight

Agy Sardari vs. Michal Figlak – lightweight

Sam Creasey vs. Dylan Hazan – flyweight

Invicta FC Announced Fights:

Invicta FC 48 — July 20

Melissa Parker vs. Isis Verbeek – Women’s Strawweight

KSW fights announced:

KSW 73 — August 20

Arkadiusz Wrzosek vs. Tomasz Sarara – heavyweight

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