Fights happen quickly these days, and if you blink, you can easily miss them. In Fight Roundup, we bring you the latest reported matches to keep you up to date with what’s on the horizon.
All featured fights have been officially announced or confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Mike Heck and Damon Martin via sources with knowledge of the matchups.
Norma Dumont (7-2) is set to welcome recent Contender Series contract winner Danyelle Wolf (1-0) to the UFC in a featherweight bout at a Sept. 10 event.
Wolf comes from extensive amateur boxing experience with gold medals at the United States National Boxing Championships as well as Olympic Trials appearances, although Wolf was unable to actually compete in the London 2012 or 2016 events. in Rio due to her weight class not being added to the Olympics until 2020. She earned a spot in the UFC with a victory over Taneisha Tennant in the Contender Series in September 2020.
The boxer was due to make her UFC debut against Felicia Spencer in May last year but pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Dumont stepped in as a substitute and beat Spencer via split decision.
Now Dumont can fight Wolf herself. The Brazilian fighter won three straight decisions over Ashlee Evans-Smith, Spencer and Aspen Ladd before dropping a split call to Macy Chiasson in her last outing at UFC 274.
Ag. Fight was the first to report the fight.
Marc Diakiese has a home date for his next fight.
The English fighter meets Damir Hadzovic (14-6) in a lightweight bout at UFC London on July 23, the promotion recently announcement.
Diakiese (15-5) recently snapped a two-fight skid with a unanimous decision victory over Viacheslav Borshchev at UFC Columbus in March. In 11 UFC appearances, Diakiese is 6-5 with recent victories over Lando Vannata and Joe Duffy.
Hadzovic also got back to winning ways with a unanimous decision victory over Yancy Medieros in June last year. “The Bosnian Bomber” was scheduled to fight Steve Garcia in April, but had to pull out due to visa issues.
Also added to UFC London is a featherweight bout between Makwan Amirkhani (17-7) and Jonathan Pearce (12-4).
Amirkhani is looking to get on a winning streak after submitting Mike Grundy with an anaconda choke in just 57 seconds last March during the UFC’s first visit to London in 2022. “Mr. Finland” had lost three straight fights prior to this victory and his UFC record stands at 7-5.
Pearce has won three of his first four UFC fights since being signed on the Contender Series in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back wins over Christian Rodriguez, Omar Morales and Kai Kamaka III.
The fight was first announced by Pearce management.
Damon Jackson (20-4-1, 1 NC) welcomes undefeated featherweight Daniel Argueta (8-0) to the octagon at UFC Vegas 56.
This is Jackson’s fifth appearance during his second stint with the promotion. He has won three of four fights since returning to the promotion, most recently earning back-to-back wins over Kamuela Kirk and Charles Rosa. The 10-year veteran has won 15 of 20 pro fights by submission.
Argueta recently participated in season 29 of The ultimate fighter where he lost in the quarterfinals to eventual bantamweight tournament winner Ricky Turcios (TUFF bouts are considered exhibitions and do not affect a fighter’s professional record). ‘The Determined’ then returned to the LFA where he won three straight fights, claiming a 135-pound title earlier this month with a split decision win over Diego Silva.
The fight was first reported by Eurosport.
The Aug. 28 UFC 278 card is taking shape with the addition of a bantamweight bout between Aoriqileng (23-11) and Jay Perrin (10-5).
Aoriqileng is seeking his second UFC win after earning his first with a first-round knockout of Cameron Else at UFC Vegas 52 in April. “The Mongolian Murderer” broke a two-fight losing skid with the finish.
Perrin makes his second walk to the octagon. The former CES bantamweight champion made his UFC debut on less than a week’s notice against Mario Bautista replacing Khalid Taha at UFC Vegas 48 last February and is now getting a full camp for his second outing. Bautista defeated Perrin via unanimous decision. Prior to the loss, Perrin had won seven of eight fights.
The fight was first announced by Perrin’s Management.
A battle of featherweight contenders has been added to Bellator’s upcoming return to Dublin.
The promotion recently announced via press release that Mads Burnell (16-4) will fight Pedro Carvalho (12-6) in Bellator Dublin’s featherweight main card opener on September 23rd.
In his last outing in March, Burnell lost a unanimous decision to Adam Borics in a five-round thriller that served as the main event at Bellator 276. Burnell saw a seven-fight winning streak come to an end that stretched back to may. 2018.
Carvalho previously competed for the Bellator featherweight championship against Patricio Pitbull in a fight that served as the opener of a 145-pound grand prix tournament. The Portuguese fighter needs a win after losing to Pitbull by first-round knockout and then dropping two of his next three fights.
Longtime UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera is set to make his bare-knuckle boxing debut.
The BKFC recently announced that Rivera (23-5 in MMA) will fight Howard Davis at BKFC 26 on June 24. It will be Rivera’s first fight since splitting from the UFC late last year.
Rivera was a top 10 contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division, winning his first five fights for the promotion (including decision victories over Urijah Faber, Thomas Almeida and Iuri Alcantara) before being arrested. by Marlon Moraes. ‘El Terror’ has ended its run in the UFC with losses in four of its last six fights. He participates for the first time in boxing with his bare hands.
Davis is 2-0 with BKFC, most recently earning a third-round knockout of Josh Wright last April.