Top 15 lightweight contenders to headline UFC Vegas 57 on June 25
One of the best lightweights in the sport today, Tsarukyan (18-2, fighter from Krasnodar, Russia, via Yerevan, Armenia) is looking to extend his five-fight winning streak at his first opportunity to UFC main event.
In his last two trips to the Octagon, he scored impressive knockout victories over Joel Alvarez and Christos Giagos. Tsarukyan is now aiming to become the first person to finish Gamrot with a standout performance.
Exciting grappler Gamrot (20-1, fighting in Poznan, Poland) plans to continue his rise up the 155-pound rankings with a stellar performance.
A black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he scored dominating victories over Scott Holtzman, Jeremy Stephens and Diego Ferreira. Gamrot now hopes to dispatch Tsarukyan and break into the Top 10 for the first time in his career.
The co-main event will see No. 10 ranked welterweight Neil Magny attempt to halt the momentum of undefeated No. 15 Shakvat Rakhmonov.
Magny (26-9, fighter out of Denver, Colorado) returns to action looking to claim the record for most UFC welterweight wins.
A longtime member of the Top 10, he holds notable wins against ranked opponents Geoff Neal and Li Jingliang. Magny is now aiming to dispatch another rising welterweight contender.
Rakhmonov (15-0, fighter from Kokshetau, Uzbekistan) hopes to bolster his undefeated record by knocking out his top ranked opponent.
In his first three UFC outings, the rising star picked up victories over Carlton Harris, Michel Prazeres and Alex Oliveira. Rakhmonov is now looking for another win to maintain his 100% finish rate and continue his meteoric rise in the rankings.
Additional fights on the map include:
• A heavyweight fight sees Josh Parisian (14-5, fighting in Howell, Michigan) take on Alan Baudot (8-4, fighting in Paris, France).
• Bantamweight prospects lock their horns as Nate Maness (14-1, fighting out of Henderson, Kent.) looks to hand Umar Nurmagomedov (14-0, fighting out of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia) his first loss.
• Chris Curtis (28-8, fighter from Las Vegas, Nevada via Cincinnati, Ohio) takes on Rodolfo Vieira (8-1, fighter from Orlando, Florida via Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at middleweight.
• Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (37-10, fighter from Beijing, China) meets TJ Brown (16-8, fighter from Little Rock, Ark.) in an intriguing featherweight bout.
• The graduating light heavyweights clash as Carlos Ulberg (6-1, fighting in Auckland, New Zealand) comes back against Tafon Nchukwi (6-2, fighting in Temple Hill, Maryland).
• Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil signee Thiago Moises (15-6, fighting in Indaiatuba, Brazil) takes on Christos Giagos (19-9, fighting in Hawthorne, Calif.) at lightweight.
• Raulian Paiva (21-4, fighting in Amapa, Brazil) takes on Sergey Morozov (34-14, fighting in Aktobe, Mangystau, Kazakhstan) in a bantamweight clash.
• Bantamweights Brian Kelleher (24-13, fighting in Selden, NY) and Mario Bautista (9-2, fighting in Phoenix, Arizona) aim to steal the show.
• JP Buys (9-4, fighter from Sacramento, CA via Johannesburg, South Africa) and Cody Durden (12-4-1, fighter from Loganville, GA) meet in a flyweight bout.
• Vanessa Demopoulos (7-4, fight in Brook Park, Ohio) and Jinh Yu Frey (11-6, fight in Arlington, Texas) face off at strawweight.
Broadcast times and details
UFC Vegas 57, also known as UFC Fight Night: Tsarukyan vs Gamrot, takes place Saturday, June 25 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The main card will be available on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, as well as simulcast in English and Spanish on ESPN+, starting at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Preliminaries will begin on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.
Source: press release
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