Fights on Tap: Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate re-booked among 5 UFC fights announced

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all booked fights in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

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The UFC has announced or finalized 5 fights this week, and a major flyweight contest has been postponed.

Lauren Murphy and Miesha Tate were scheduled to share the Octagon at UFC 276, but ‘Lucky’ was forced to pull out after testing positive for COVID-19 in the weeks leading up to the event. Although Murphy vs. Tate was canceled, it was rescheduled for UFC Long Island on July 16 at UBS Arena in Elmont.

Murphy returns for the first time since suffering a fourth-round technical knockout loss to Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight championship at UFC 266 last September. The No. 3-ranked flyweight was previously on a five-fight winning streak, leading to his first championship opportunity in the UFC.

Tate makes his debut in the flyweight division after competing at bantamweight for his entire professional career. Since returning to the cage, the former UFC bantamweight champion has gone 1-1 in two appearances. ‘Cupcake’ finished Marion Reneau via third-round TKO at UFC Vegas 31 but fell to Ketlen Vieira via decision at UFC Vegas 43.

UFC Long Island – July 16

Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha Tate – Women’s Flyweight*
* Murphy vs. Tate was already finalized, but moved from UFC 276 to UFC Long Island

UFC Fight Night – August 6

Ariane Lipski vs. Priscila Cachoeira – women’s flyweight
First representative. by Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting

UFC 278 – 20 August

Miranda Maverick vs. Shanna Young – Women’s Flyweight
First representative. by Nolan King of MMA Junkie

UFC Fight Night – September 10

Elise Reed vs. Melissa Martinez – Women’s Strawweight
First representative. by Cageside Press’ Alex Behunin

UFC Fight Night – October 15

Angela Hill vs. Lupita ‘Loopy’ Godínez – Women’s Strawweight
First representative. by Nolan King of MMA Junkie

Bellator fights announced:

Bellator 283 – 22nd of July

Viktor Nemkov vs. Jose Augusto – light heavyweight

Veta Arteaga vs. Vanessa Porto – Women’s Flyweight

Roman Faraldo vs. Luis Iniguez – welterweight

Vladimir Tokov vs. Justin Montalvo – lightweight

Ethan Hughes vs. Kevin Hand – welterweight

Kai Kamaka III vs. Akhmed Magomedov – featherweight

Bellator 284 — August 12

Mitchell McKee vs. Tony Ortega – bantamweight

Bailey Schoenfelder vs. Mark Currier – heavyweight

Sarvadzhon Khamidov vs. Jared Scoggins – bantamweight
First representative. by Jay Anderson of Cageside Press

KSW fights announced:

KSW 72 — July 23

Oumar Sy vs. Hasan Mezhiev – light heavyweight

Sara Luzar Smajić vs. Emilia Czerwińska – women’s flyweight

Hubert Szymajda vs. Yann Liasse — lightweight

Patryk Surdyn vs. Gustavo Oliveira – bantamweight

KSW 73 — August 20

Daniel Rutkowski vs. Lom-Ali Eskijew – featherweight

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