UFC 283 is scheduled to take place on January 21 next year and will be held at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event is of course a pay-per-view, but so far only one fight has been confirmed.
Undefeated Brazilian fighter Gabriel Bonfim will face Mounir Lazzez in the welterweight division. Bonfim is currently 13-0 and defeated Trey Waters in Dana White’s Contender Series via first-round submission, earning the 25-year-old a UFC contract.
Gabriel Bonfim’s future opponent, Mounir Lazzez, has far more UFC experience than the Brazilian. Lazzez fought three times in the organization, defeating Ange Loosa and Abdul Razak Alhassan.
“The Sniper” suffered his first promotional loss when he faced Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny.
What other fights are announced for UFC 283?
Deiveson Figueiredo is rumored to face Brandon Moreno for the fourth time at UFC 283. The flyweight duo hold a win over each other, with their first meeting ending in a majority draw.
Figueiredo’s last three fights have been against Moreno, who is coming off a TKO victory over Kai Kara-France. Moreno holds the interim title and will seek undisputed gold when he finally faces his Brazilian counterpart.
Combat sports journalist Rodrigo Del Campo González recently claimed that negotiations are underway for their quadrilogy bout to take place at UFC 283.
“Can confirm final arrangements are underway for Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo IV to unify the UFC 125-pound title on January 21, 2023 at #UFC283. First show in Brazil since March 2020, 1st in Rio since May 2019 and the 4th fight comes in just over 2 years.”
With former champions Charles Oliveira and Glover Teixeira set to fight over the next few months, they are unlikely to show up at UFC 283 in January next year. Brazilian legend Jose Aldo would have probably fought in Rio de Janeiro as well, but opted to hang up the gloves instead.
Amanda Nunes is another champion who could headline or co-headline a pay-per-view in Brazil. “The Lioness” is a two-division champion and could defend either title in her next outing.
Gilbert Burns vs. Jorge Masvidal and Khamzat Chimaev vs. Paulo Costa are two clashes that have been widely rumored. Costa even called out Chimaev for a middleweight scrap at UFC 283 during his recent appearance on MMA hour.