Darren Till was set to return to the Octagon in a match against Marvin Vettori that would have put the winner in the conversation for a future middleweight championship fight. However, Till suffered a broken collarbone late last month and had to retire.
On April 1, the Italian’s replacement opponent was confirmed as Kevin Holland. Holland last fought on March 20 in a disappointing loss to Derek Brunson. Holland will seek to quickly erase the bitter memories of this performance and bounce back against Vettori.
UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland
Start time: The main card starts at 6 p.m. EST | Preliminary: 3 p.m. EST
TV channel / program: ABC – In the US, this will be the second “ UFC on ABC ” event, which means the main TV network will show the main card while ESPN + will also provide coverage including foreplay
what ESPN + – ESPN + does not replace a normal ESPN subscription through your cable provider. Instead, it’s an ancillary service that provides original content and live sports. It also allows customers to access exclusive content on ESPN.com and access to pay-per-view MMA events.
UFC Fight Night Card: Complete Fights List
- Marvin Vettori vs. Kevin Holland, middleweight
- Arnold Allen vs. Sodiq Yusuff, featherweight
- Kyle Daukaus vs. Aliaskhab Khizriev, middleweight
- Sam Alvey vs. Julian Marquez, middleweight
- Nina Ansaroff vs. Mackenzie Dern, female strawweight
- Mike Perry vs. Daniel Rodriguez, welterweight
- Jim Miller vs. Joe Solecki, lightweight
- Scott Holtzman vs. Mateusz Gamrot, lightweight
- Erin Blanchfield vs. Norma Dumont Viana, female bantamweight
- John Makdessi vs Ignacio Bahamondes, lightweight
- Yorgan De Castro vs. Jarjis Danho, heavyweight
- Hunter Azure vs. Jack Shore, bantamweight
- Luis Saldana vs. Jordan Griffin, featherweight
- Da Un Jung vs. William Knight, light heavyweight
- Impa Kasanganay vs. Sasha Palatnikov, welterweight
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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez have never gone this long without a real fight in their long career in mixed martial arts.
Of course, they both missed the competition when they couldn’t get it in 2020. But these former UFC champions both believe they are coming out of the coronavirus pandemic as better fathers and fighters. smarter.
“I got to see who I am outside of fighting,” said Alvarez, the 37-year-old former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion. “I was able to spend time with my family and be really there with my family, because I didn’t have to worry about a promoter calling me or anything like that. It was a well deserved moment and I enjoyed it.
“But there is a time for peace and there is a time for war, and the time for peace is past.”
That time comes Thursday morning when Johnson and Alvarez lead the final One Championship show from Singapore. Johnson faces Adriano Moraes for the One flyweight title, while Alvarez meets Iuri Lapicus.
The Asia-centric promotion One is running cards for US shows on TNT for the next four consecutive Wednesday nights, which means the fights are breakfast shows at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
Although the UFC and Bellator dominate the North American MMA market, One hopes to continue to carve out a slice of these TNT shows, which are expected to follow a popular pro wrestling series each week.
“Fans don’t really know what they’re going to see on TNT, but this promotion is going to deliver,” Alvarez said. “I think almost immediately American fans will understand that there is a new promotion in town.”
Johnson and Alvarez moved up to the One Championship at the end of 2018, in part for the opportunity to test their skills against the rest of the world after their long and successful homecoming. One person’s determination to establish themselves as a television presence – and possibly a live sports entity – in North America is just a bonus for two fighters with dedicated American followers.
“My fans can watch me fight live, it’s great,” said Johnson. “It also allows me to stay in my same time zone where I don’t have to acclimatize to the time zone of Japan or Singapore. One Championship is a cool organization, but it’s great for me personally. “
Indeed, the timing of the shows allowed Johnson and Alvarez to keep their body clocks on North American time. It’s a possible advantage when Johnson faces Moraes (18-3) for the belt in the main event.
Johnson is almost certainly the greatest underweight fighter in MMA history. The flyweight limit is 125 pounds in the UFC and in most promotions, but the One Championship standard allows fighters to compete between 125 and 135 pounds in an effort to avoid extreme weight reduction.
Johnson is embracing his ability to fight closer to his walking weight with One, and he’s adjusting his workouts accordingly. He wears more muscle and trains smarter than harder.
“Less is more, and it’s a tough fight for me, because I’m a person who wants to go hard all the time,” Johnson said.
All of this is perhaps the best form of his career. But the downside to essentially fighting at 135 pounds is getting tangled up with taller men – such as the 5-foot-8 Moraes.
The 5-foot-3 champion known to all as Mighty Mouse is hardly intimidated.
“You have to go out and face everyone being bigger, but that’s the only downside,” Johnson said. “I’ve always fought guys who wanted to make a name for themselves, but even then it sometimes works, and other times it doesn’t. I haven’t built my name on a single athlete. I built my name over a long period of time, a period of domination that made me who I am today. This is the state of mind you must have. “
Alvarez and Johnson both fought in Japan and the Philippines for One ahead of the coronavirus pandemic while keeping their families and training camps in the United States during their quest for another title overseas.
That trip would end for Johnson with a win on Thursday, while Alvarez is expected to be in line for his own title if he beats Lapicus.
In another challenge of fighting away from home, Alvarez struggled to find video footage of Lapicus to study.
“But I’ve been there before,” Alvarez said. “When I started wrestling at 14, you go to tournaments and sometimes you fight five times a day, and you don’t know who you’re wrestling until you get on the mat. I did, and the journey has more to do with me and my state of mind than with my opponents. This is what is so magical about my time in this sport. “