On Monday, May 16, a host of UFC fights were announced for this summer, and MMA News is here to give you a rundown of all the matchups!
With fights announced across multiple divisions, including among the stacked bantamweight, lightweight and welterweight rosters, as well as bookings from a number of fan-favorite fighters, these remnants are sure to provide some entertaining action. .
Check them out below and see what excites you the most.
UFC Lightweight: Brad Riddell vs. Jalin Turner – July 2
How about that for an intriguing match? UFC 276 just got more exciting with the addition of entertaining lightweights Brad Riddell (10-2) and Jalin Turner (12-5). The pair will meet on the July 2 pay-per-view card, scheduled for International Wrestling Week.
Riddell, who is currently ranked No. 14 at 155 pounds, rose through the ranks with a perfect 4-0 UFC start that included decisive wins over Magomed Mustafaev and Drew Dober. But in his last outing, the New Zealander lost to a man he had previously trained with at Phuket’s Tiger Muay Thai, Rafael Fiziev.
After being the victim of a vicious kick last December, Riddell will be looking to bounce back against the unranked Turner, who is riding a four-game winning streak. After an impressive TKO win over Jamie Mullarkey earlier this year, “The Tarantula” has earned a chance to add a number next to his name.
This fight has been confirmed by Iridium Sports Agency, the team that manages Turner.
UFC Bantamweight: Ricky Simón vs. Jack Shore – July 16
Perhaps the most important matchup set up in terms of divisional rankings sees undefeated bantamweight prospect Jack Shore (16-0) take on experienced campaigner Ricky Simón (19-3).
Since arriving in the Octagon in 2019, Shore has maintained his perfect professional record with five Octagon triumphs, including submissions from Nohelin Hernandez and Aaron Phillips. Most recently, the Welshman delighted the British crowd at UFC London with a unanimous decision win over Timur Valiev, a win that ultimately helped his rise up the rankings, where he currently sits at No. 14.
Simón, who sits two spots above “Tank” on the bantamweight scale, is in equally impressive form. The nine-fight promotional veteran has earned four straight wins, including a December 2021 knockout win over ranked Raphael Assunção.
The rising 135-pound pair will meet at the UFC Fight Night event scheduled for July 16, according to Alex Behunin of Cageside Press.
UFC Featherweight: Billy Quarantillo vs. Bill Algeo – July 16
In the featherweight division, the always entertaining Billy Quarantillo (16-4) is set for his first appearance in 2022. At UFC Fight Night on July 16, he will face former CFFC champion Bill Algeo (15-6 ).
Since he got a contract thanks to Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019, Quarantillo went 4-2 inside the Octagon. In his last four outings, ‘Billy Q’ has traded wins and losses, having raised hands against Kyle Nelson and Gabriel Benitez, while dropping to losses against Gavin Tucker and, in a wild fight in the UFC 268 last November, ranked Shane Burgos.
As Quarantillo looks to rebound on July 16, Algeo will battle to pick up back-to-back wins for the first time in his UFC career. In his 2-2 promotional list, “Señor Perfecto” edged out Spike Carlyle and Joanderson Brito, but lost on the scorecards to a pair of Ricardos in Lamas and Ramos.
This match was first reported by Sherdog’s Tudor Leonte.
UFC welterweight: Li Jingliang vs. Muslim Salikhov – July 16
If your plate hasn’t been full of July 16 news, here’s a third bout announced for this particular UFC Fight Night card, this time in the welterweight division.
According to MMA Fight Universe, No. 13 ranked contender Li Jingliang (18-7) will be making his first appearance since being decimated by Khamzat Chimaev this summer. In his way of a successful rebound will be elite striker Muslim Salikhov (18-2).
While ‘The Leech’ will be looking to keep his spot in the leaderboard and regain the kind of form that saw him brutally knock out Santiago Ponzinibbio last January, the ‘King of Kung Fu’ will be aiming for a sixth addition to his winning streak. , which saw him pick up victories over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Francisco Trinaldo.
UFC Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves – July 30
In another potential banger, this time at 155 pounds, lightweight veteran Drew Dober (24-11-1) will throw with DWCS alum Rafael Alves (20-10) at UFC 277 on July 30, per MMA Fight Universe.
The former ranked Dober has been a mainstay in the Octagon since 2013, a period in which he faced Beneil Dariush and Islam Makhachev. After bouncing back from a two-fight losing skid last time out with a memorable TKO of the highly touted Terrance McKinney, the entertaining Nebraskan will be looking to edge closer in the standings against Alves.
The Brazilian has gone 1-1 in the Octagon since getting his contract. After a decision loss to Damir Ismagulov last May, “The Turn” entered the UFC win column for the first time with a first-round submission win over Marc Diakiese six months later.
UFC middleweight: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bruno Silva – August 13
Finally, in another intriguing bout, this time in the middleweight division, veteran submission specialist Gerald Meerschaert (34-15) will share the Octagon with Brazilian brawler Bruno Silva (22-7).
After back-to-back defeats, including a 17-second KO backhand to Khamzat Chimaev, Meerschaert returned to form with three straight wins, all of which came via submission. Having failed to maintain his streak last time out against Krzysztof Jotko, ‘GM3’ will be hoping to avoid a losing slip when he takes on Silva.
“Blindado” will also be aiming for a rebound performance after his long winning streak comes to an end. After seven straight wins, including three UFC knockouts, Silva came up short in a memorable three-round bout against world-class kickboxer Alex Pereira earlier this year.
By Brazilian outlet Ag.Fightthe pair will collide at the UFC event scheduled for August 13, where it will be 19 knockouts to 26 submissions.
Which of these UFC fights are you most looking forward to?