The UFC decided to give all the fans exactly what they wanted today in the form of a ten-minute fight announcement extravaganza revealing all of the UFC cards for the fight night events on fight island. The final card to be showcased was the event shceduled for Saturday, July 15th. Michael and Chisanga discuss it on today’s #WHOACAST.
The main event will be one of the most anticipated fights of the year when former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will take on Liverpool’s Darren Till. Originally scheduled for UFC Dublin, this fight’s anticipation has only grown following the social media interactions between the two fan favourites.
In the co-main event, Brazilian legends Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will meet for the the third time in what could be one of both men’s last octagon appearances. Rua won both previous encounters via decision with the first occasion being in Pride 15 years ago.
Making up the rest of the main card, Peter Sobotta returns to the cage for the first time since March, 2018 when he takes on UFC veteran Alex ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira. ‘The Mauler’ Alexander Gustafsson has cut his retirement short to return to the UFC at heavyweight where he will meet former champion Fabricio Werdum. Opening up the main card is a fan-favourite fight of the night contender originally scheduled for the co-main of UFC London when lightweight bonus hunters Danny ‘Hot Chocolate’ Roberts and Nicolas Dalby clash.
Two of Darren Till’s Team Kaobon teammates also make the card. Heavyweight Tom Aspinall will be making his UFC debut against Jake Collier who is 3-3 in the UFC. Mike Grundy will also feature on the prelim card after having his UFC London fight cancelled. He will take on 12-0 Movsar Evloev in a fight that was scheulded for last year until Grundy was forced to pull out with an injury.
England’s Nathaniel Wood will also make his way to fight island where he will take on the unbeaten in 12 fights, Umar Nurmagomedov; cousin to lightweight champion Khabib. Wood will be looking to regain the momentum he had before losing for the first time in the UFC to John Dodson in February.
Elsewhere on the prelims, always exciting Aussie heavyweight Justin Tafa will make his third octagon appearance when he takes on 10-1 Raphael Pessoa. Both men have one win and one loss in their UFC careers. Ranked women’s bantamweight contender and former title challenger Bethe Correia will also feature against Pannie Kianzad who rebounded from losing her UFC debut by getting a decision win over Jessica-Rose Clark in November.