UFC is back in Vegas with multiple stacked cards every Saturday night in August. It kicks off with a clash of top middleweight contenders as No. 8 Derek Brunson looks to hand No. 9 Edmen Shahbazyan his first loss as a pro.
The remaining cards are set to be announced at a later date. All of these events will be closed to the public. Only essential personnel will be there and will follow through with a plan approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN: BRUNSON vs. SHAHBAZYAN goes Saturday, August 1st at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. All bouts broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card goes down at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, with the prelims kicking off at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT.
A middleweight top 10 stalwart, Brunson (20-7, fights out of Wilmington, N.C.) looks to halt the progress of this prospect. He has an All-American wrestling background but Brunson has developed into one of the most explosive strikers in the division. Brunson has knockout wins over Lyoto Machida, Uriah Hall and Sam Alvey.
One of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster, Shahbazyan, 22 (11-0, fights out of Glendale, California) has quickly developed at 185 lbs. Working out of the same gym as former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Shahbazyan has finished all but one of his victories in the first round, including victories over Brad Tavares, Jack Marshman, and Charles Byrd.
Other bouts on the card include: · No. 3 ranked flyweight contender Joanne Calderwood (14-4) steps up on short notice to take on the No. 6 ranked Jennifer Maia (17-6-1)
No. 12 welterweight ranked contender Vicente Luque (19-7-1) locks horns with rising prospect Randy Brown (12-3)
Lando Vannata (11-4-2) and Bobby Green (25-10-1) look to duplicate their first Fight of the Night performance in this rematch
Veteran Ed Herman (26-14 1 NC) meets Gerald Meerschaert (30-13) in a short notice light heavyweight bout.
Kevin Holland (18-5) and Trevin Giles (12-2) look to build momentum at middleweight
Tenured bantamweight Frankie Saenz (13-6) looks to halt Jonathan Martinez (11-3)
Perennial top contender Ray Borg (13-5) looks to ruin the debut outing for UFC newcomer Nate Maness (11-1)
Middleweights Eric Spicely (12-6) and Markus Perez (11-3) test their respective skillsets
Jamall Emmers (13-5) welcomes the debuting Timur Valiev (16-2) with both looking to notch their first-ever UFC victory