Top five middleweight contenders collide in UFC Vegas 41 headliner
Artist KO Costa (13-1, fighter in Contagem, Minas Gerais, Brazil) returns to the Octagon for the first time since contesting the middleweight title in 2020.
A fierce finisher who got saves in 12 of his 13 wins, Costa rose to the top of the division with wins over Yoel Romero, Uriah Hall and Johny Hendricks. He’s now looking to make a statement and defend his place in the leaderboards by becoming the first person to stop Vettori.
Vettori (17-5-1, fighter in Mezzocorona, Italy) intends to bounce back from his UFC championship opportunity earlier this year with a vintage performance.
During his title race, Vettori proved to be one of the toughest clashes in the division with wins over Jack Hermansson, Kevin Holland and Karl Roberson. He’s now aiming for the biggest victory of his career by dominating Costa for another shot at UFC gold.
In the main lightweight co-event, Grant Dawson appears to go undefeated in the UFC as he takes on Ricky Glenn.
Dana White’s Contender series signer Grant (17-1, fighter in Lee’s Summit, Mo.) is looking to extend his UFC winning streak to six with another dominant performance.
A powerful grappler, he has completed an impressive 15 of his 17 wins, including saves on Michael Trizano, Darrick Minner and Leonardo Santos. Dawson now aims to break through the rankings by becoming the first person to finish Glenn in the UFC.
Glenn (22-6-1, fighter in Sacramento, Calif.) Is looking to make the most of his first UFC main co-event opportunity. Recently back in the Octagon after a three-year layoff, he made waves with his spectacular 37-second knockout of Joaquim Silva in June.
Glenn now intends to make two in a row by knocking out Dawson and starting his climb up the lightweight ladder.
Additional fights on the map include:
• An exciting women’s bantamweight fight sees Jessica Rose-Clark (10-6, 1 NC fight in Innisfail, Australia) take on Joselyne Edwards (10-3, fight in Panama City, Panama via El Paso, TX) .
• Fan favorite Alex Caceres (18-12, 1 NC, fighter from Miani, Fla.) Returns to action against SeungWoo Choi (10-3, fighter from Seoul, South Korea) at the featherweight.
• Veteran welterweight meet as Francisco Trinaldo (26-8, fighter from Parana, Brazil) takes on Dwight Grant (11-3, fighter from San Diego, Calif.).
• The light heavyweights fight as Nicolae Negumereanu (10-1, fighter from Brasov, Romania) and Ike Villanueva (18-12, fighter from Katy, Texas) vie for a post-fight bonus.
• Middleweights Junyong Park (13-4, fighter in Seoul, South Korea) and Gregory Rodrigues (10-3, fighter in Los Angeles, Calif.) Go head to head.
• The women’s strawweights clash as Tabatha Ricci (5-1, fighter from Ventura, Calif.) Meets Maria Oliveira (12-4, fighter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
• Jamie Pickett (11-6, fighter from Wilmington, North Carolina) of Dana White, won his first UFC victory against Laureano Staropoli (9-4, fighter from La Plata, Argentina) in the middleweight.
• Light finishers meet when Khama Worthy (16-8, fighter from Pittsburgh, Penn.) Faces Jai Herbert (10-3, fighter from Wolverhampton, England).
• Jeff Molina (9-2, fighter from Olathe, Kan.) Intends to continue his impressive UFC debut when he faces Daniel Lacerda (11-1, fighter from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
• Livinha Souza (14-3, fighter from Sao Paulo, Brazil) faces Randa Markos (10-12-1, fighter from Windsor, Ontario, Canada) in a women’s strawweight fight.
• Aaron Phillips (8-3, fighter from Lafayette, Louisiana) and Jonathan Martinez (13-4, fighter from Plainview, Texas) face off in a bantamweight fight sure to deliver action.
UFC Fight Night: Costa vs. Vettori takes place on Saturday, October 23 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. All fights will air on ESPN +, with the prelims starting at a special start time of 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET and the main card at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET.
A limited number of tickets will be available on Monday, October 18 at www.axs.com.
Source: Press release
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