UFC Matchmaking Bulletin: Award Returns, Two Cancellations
MMA News has you covered with this week’s UFC matchmaking newsletter, featuring bouts to entertain welterweight Niko Price and women’s flyweight prospect Natália Silva.
With UFC cards being held most weekends, Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby have their work cut out if they want to fill them, which means new fights are confirmed every week.
In a week that saw UFC light heavyweight champion Jiří Procházka’s rematch with Glover Teixeira confirmed for UFC 282, a few big name fights were reported, confirmed or made official by the UFC. and reputable sources. For more information on these matches, check out the links below:
But it hasn’t all been positive, with a few fights falling apart in recent days. For these failed pairings, see the list below:
- Drakkar Klose (OUT) vs. Mark Madsen – UFC Vegas 63 (October 30)
- Movsar Evloev (OUT) vs. Bryce Mitchell – UFC Vegas 64 (November 5)
For more in-depth information on some notable fights that may have passed under your radar between October 10-15, scroll down and check out this week’s UFC matchmaking bulletin.
Natália Silva vs. Tereza Bledá – UFC Vegas 65 (November 19)
After a stellar debut in the Octagon, flyweight prospect Natália Silva will make her second outing at UFC Vegas 65 on Nov. 19.
After two victories under the Jungle Fight banner in Brazil, Silva arrived on MMA’s biggest stage at UFC Austin last June, where she put on an impressive display to outclass Canadian Jasmine Jasudavicius. Now on a seven-fight winning streak, the 25-year-old will seek back-to-back UFC qualification by adding the first stain on a newcomer’s professional record.
After impressing with five straight wins under the Oktagon MMA banner in Europe, Tereza Bledá (6-0) earned an opportunity at this year’s edition of Dana White’s Contender Series, where she earned a contract by edging out the previously undefeated Nayara Maia. She will now turn around to make her promotional debut before the end of 2022.
This women’s flyweight bout was first reported by Eurosport’s Marcel Dorff.
William Knight vs. Marcin Prachnio – UFC Vegas 65 (November 19)
Light heavyweights William Knight and Marcin Prachnio will also be in action at UFC Vegas 65 on Nov. 19.
Knight (11-4) needs a win after losing back-to-back outings to Maxim Grishin and Devin Clark. Prior to that, ‘Knightmare’ had made a 3-1 start inside the Octagon, with victories over Aleksa Camur, Fabio Cherant and Alonzo Menifield.
In his attempt to avoid a worrying three-fight skid, Knight will share the Octagon with Prachnio (15-6). After an 0-3 start in the UFC, the former ONE Championship title challenger entered the win column with successes against Khalil Rountree Jr. and Ike Villanueva in 2021. But after opening his 2022 account with a loss to Philipe Lins at UFC Vegas 52, the 34-year-old Pole will look to bounce back at Knight’s expense.
This light heavyweight bout was announced on Knight’s social media.
Niko Price vs. Phil Rowe – UFC Orlando (December 3)
Joining a host of notable names on the UFC Orlando card, entertaining welterweight Niko Price will return to action on December 3.
Price (15-5) rarely lacks a thrill when he steps into the cage, and he’ll look to do so again later in the year. He will also be looking for his first winning streak since 2018. After trading wins and losses for some time, “The Hybrid” went winless in three fights against Vicente Luque, Donald Cerrone and Michel Pereira. He bounced back last October by edging out Alex Oliveira at UFC Vegas 38.
On Price’s path to triumph in his first appearance of 2022 will be Phil Rowe (9-3). ‘The Fresh Prince’ has gone 2-1 since securing a contract on DWCS in 2019, with back-to-back knockout wins over Orion Cosce and Jason Witt after a first loss at the hands of Gabe Green.
This welterweight contest was first reported by UFE Media.
Da Un Jung vs. Devin Clark – UFC Seoul (February 4)
The UFC plans to return to South Korea on February 4. Along with it, the promotion will bring light and heavy scrap between Da Un Jung and Devin Clark from the Asian nation.
Jung (15-3-1) saw his 15-fight unbeaten streak come to an end and his UFC record tainted for the first time at July’s UFC Long Island event, where he was knocked out in one round by Dustin Jacoby . Prior to that, he had gone 4-0-1 in the Octagon – a form streak that included wins over Kennedy Nzechukwu and William Knight in 2021.
‘Sseda’ will now look to bounce back in front of a home crowd by adding a fourth loss in five fights to former UFC headliner Clark (13-7). While he bounced back from back-to-back losses to Anthony Smith and Ion Cuțelaba with a stoppage win over Knight at UFC Vegas 51, “Brown Bear” failed to make it back-to-back. In August, Clark was finished by Azamat Murzakanov at UFC San Diego.
This light heavyweight match was first reported by Cole Shelton and confirmed by Elevation Fight Team.
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