Fights happen quickly these days, and if you blink, you can easily miss them. In Fight Roundup, we bring you the latest reported matches to keep you up to date with what’s on the horizon.
All featured fights have been officially announced or confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck and Damon Martin via sources with knowledge of the matchups.
Andrei Arlovski will soon be one step closer to 40th in the UFC.
The former heavyweight champion fights Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-8-1) at the UFC’s next event on Oct. 29, a bout that marks Arlovski’s 39th outing for the promotion he’s competed for since. 2000. A location has yet to be officially announced for the card.
Combat was the first to report the game.
At 43, Arlovski (34-20, 2 NC) finds himself on his longest winning streak since 2016, with four consecutive nods over Jake Collier, Jared Vanderaa, Carlos Felipe and Chase Sherman. His most recent win over Collier — a controversial split call — gave him six wins in his last seven fights and improved his UFC record to 23-14 (1 NC).
De Lima is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Blagoy Ivanov at UFC 274 last May. “Pezao” is 4-3 since returning to the heavyweight division in 2018.
Also added to the Oct. 29 card, Chase Hooper meets Steve Garcia in a featherweight bout.
Hooper (11-2-1), one of the youngest fighters in the UFC’s 145-pound division, has alternated wins and losses in five appearances for the promotion. The 22-year-old defeated Felipe Colares by third-round TKO at UFC Vegas 55 last May and his UFC record now stands at 3-2.
Garcia (12-5) has also alternated wins and losses in his UFC career thus far. He sandwiched a knockout win over Charlie Ontiveros with losses to Maheshate and Luis Pena. Garcia previously fought for Bellator, where he compiled a 5-2 record.
sherdog was the first to report the game.
A fight featuring promising middleweights Caio Borralho and Makhmud Muradov has been added to the busy pay-per-view of UFC 280 on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi.
Borralho (12-1, 1 NC) has impressed since signing the 2021 Contender Series season, with decisive wins over Armen Petrosyan and Gadzhi Omargadzhiev. Both fights were co-main events on the UFC Fight Night cards.
Muradov (25-7) is looking to make his first appearance in 2022 after pulling a booking last February. His last outing at UFC Vegas 35 in August 2021, he lost via second-round submission to Gerald Meerschaert. The loss ended a 14-game winning streak for Muradov. His UFC record is 3-1.
The match was first announced via Muradov’s social media.
Invicta FC star Chelsea Chandler has a new opponent for her UFC debut.
With originally scheduled opponent Leah Letson stepping down for undisclosed reasons, Chandler (4-1) now fights former Invicta champion Julija Stoliarenko (10-6-2) in a bantamweight bout at an event on October 1 with location yet to be determined.
Chandler broke the news while commenting on an A1 fight event from Urijah Faber last Sunday. After losing his pro debut in October 2018, Chandler has won four straight competitively at 145 and 135 pounds. She recently defeated Courtney King by unanimous decision in a featherweight bout at Invicta FC 47.
Stoliarenko picked up his first UFC win on his fifth try at UFC 276 last July, submitting Jessica-Rose Clark by armbar in just 42 seconds. The Ultimate Fighter 28 The actor defeated Lisa Verzosa by split decision in a 2020 Fight of the Year contender to win a vacant Invicta Bantamweight Championship before returning to the UFC the same year.
Contender Series: Week 4
The official lineup for Week 4 of Contender Series 2022 is set.
In the lightweight main event, England’s Thomas Paull (11-3) takes on undefeated Argentinian Esteban Ribovics (10-0). Neither fighter has seen the scorecards of their pro careers, with all of Paull’s wins coming by way of KO/TKO and Ribovics having an even split of knockouts and submissions in his 10 wins.
Also on the card, undefeated Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Jack Cartwright (10-0) battles 2020 Contender Series prospect Jose Johnson (14-7), and LFA and New York bantamweight prospect. Invicta FC Hailey Cowan (6-2) battles Brazilian Claudia Leite (7-2).
Contender Series: Week 4 takes place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on August 16.
See the full range below:
- Thomas Paull vs. Esteban Ribovics – lightweight
- Ivan Valanzeula vs. Claudio Ribeiro – middleweight
- Jack Cartwright vs. Jose Johnson – bantamweight
- Hailey Cowan vs. Claudia Leite – bantamweight
- Nazim Sadykhov vs. Ahmad Hassanzada – lightweight