UFC returns to Oklahoma City for the third time with a thrilling middleweight bout between the number 6 ranked contender Jack Hermansson and former middleweight champion Chris Weidman. In a pivotal strawweight bout, number 6 ranked contender Claudia Gadelha squares off with undefeated number 9 Marina Rodriguez.
The event will take place on Saturday 2nd May 2 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena with the main card beginning at 9pm ET (1am GMT) and the prelims kicking off proceedings at 6pm ET (10pm GMT).
Known for his devastating ground-and-pound attack, Hermansson (20-5) has emerged as a worthy middleweight contender following a four-fight win streak that saw him earn spectacular victories over “Jacare” Souza, David Branch, Gerald Meerschaert and former title challenger Thales Leites. Hermansson now aims to add a former UFC champion to his resume and further stake his claim as title threat in the stacked middleweight division.
Weidman (14-5) etched his name in the history books by dethroning long-reigning UFC champion Anderson Silva in 2013. A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, he has also netted impressive wins against Kelvin Gastelum and Demian Maia, as well as former UFC champions Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida. Weidman now returns to middleweight and aims to re-assert himself as one of the best fighters at 185 pounds.
A former women’s strawweight title challenger, Claudia Gadelha (17-4) has fought the who’s who in the 115-pound division. Throughout her UFC run, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt has earned exciting wins over Carla Esparza, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Aguilar. Gadelha now hopes to be the first fighter to beat Marina Rodriguez and take another step towards title contention.
A contract winner on Dana White’s Contender Series, Rodriguez (12-0-2) has impressed since joining the UFC roster. During this time, she has netted emphatic victories against Tecia Torres and Jessica Aguilar. Rodriguez is now poised to continue her ascent up the strawweight rankings as she sets her sight on one of the toughest contenders in the division.
Additional bouts on the card include:
No. 13 ranked featherweight contender Ryan Hall (8-1) goes for another show-stealing finish when he meets former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (19-8)
Bryce Mitchell (12-1) takes on Charles Rosa (12-3) in a thrilling featherweight bout.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (28-19 2NC) faces UFC debutant Philipe Lins (14-3)
Dana White’s Contender Series contract winner Alonzo Menifield (10-0) aims to remain undefeated when he rakes on Devin Clark (11-4)
TUF season three veteran Ed Herman (26-14 1NC) squares off with surging Da-un Jung (13-2)
Dana White’s Contender Series signee Sarah Alpar (9-4) debuts against Vanessa Melo (10-7)
More fights will be announced in due course.