17 UFC, Bellator Fight Announcements You May Have Missed Last Week

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 14, 2022

    Below, catch 17 fight announcements even the most avid of fans may have missed last week, including the reshuffling of a former lightweight champion’s return – the Bellator return of a fan favorite UFC alum, and the reworking of a March UFC Fight Night Columbus headlining bout.

    Yohan Lainesse vs. Gabe Green

    Undefeated Canadain, Yohan Lainesse is set for his Octagon bow on April 30 at UFC Vegas 53 taking on the 10-3 Gabe Green. Earning his contract courtesy of a knockout win over Justin Burlinson on the Contender Series, Lainesse meets Green who most recently took home a decision win over Philip Rowe at UFC 258.

    Jessica Penne vs. Luana Pinheiro

    Former undisputed strawweight title challenger, Jessica Penne is booked for an April 30. outing with Brazil’s Luana Pinheiro. Undefeated in his last two, Penne stopped fellow former title challenger, Karolina Kowalkiewicz with an armbar at UFC 265. The 10-1 Pinheiro most recently landed a unanimous decision win over Sam Hughes in November.

    Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chance Rencountre

    Longtime Bellator welterweight contender, Andrey Koreshkov is slated to meet with UFC veteran, Chance Rencountre at Bellator 274 on February 19. In August last, Koreshkov earned his second straight win with a decision victory against Sabah Homasi. For Rencountre, he landed a decision win over Jake Lindsey back in December under the FAC banner.

    Poliana Botelho vs. Karine Silva

    Hoping to snap a two-fight skid, Botelho most recently suffered a split decision loss to Luana Carolina in May – and now meets Karine Silva on June 4. In Silva’s most recent outing, she earned her UFC contract with a second round guillotine win over Qihui Yan in October 2020.

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    Douglas Lima vs. Jason Jackson

    Set to co-headline Bellator London on May 13 – former three-time welterweight champion, Douglas Lima returns against wrestling sensation, Jason Jackson. Riding a three-fight losing run, Lima most recently lost a split decision against Michael Page, while Jackson most recently landed a judging win over Paul Daley.

    Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Mounir Lazzez

    Set to return on April 16. – Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is pitted with fellow striker, Mounir Lazzez. dos Santos’ most recent win came in a hugely one-sided decision win over Benoit St. Denis at UFC 267 last October, while Lazzez dropped a knockout loss to Warlley Alves in January of last year.

    Jared Gordon vs. Rafael Alves

    Added to UFC Vegas 53 on April 30. – the streaking Jared Gordon puts his winning streak on the line when tackling Brazilian finisher, Rafael Alves. Gordon has emerged victorious in his last three consecutively, most recently besting Joe Solecki, while Alves scored a guillotine win over Marc Diakiese in his last walk.

    Kyle Daukaus vs. Jamie Pickett

    Remaining on next weekend’s UFC Vegas 48 card, Kyle Daukaus now meets Jamie Pickett in a catchweight bout following the withdrawal of Julian Martinez. Daukaus will return for the first time since his official ‘No Contest’ against Kevin Holland, while Pickett lands in the Octagon following a Janaury decision win over Joseph Holmes.

    Dan Ige vs. Movsar Evloev

    A real eye-catching bout between featherweight contenders, Dan Ige and Movsar Evloev is set for a UFC event on June 4. Ige enters the bout off the back of a decision loss to Josh Emmett, while Evloev most recently defeated Hakeem Dawodu back in June.

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    Polyana Viana vs. Tabatha Ricci

    Riding a two-figth winning run, Polyana Viana now draws Tabatha Ricci at a UFC event on May 21. Viana most recently submitted promotional alum, Mallory Martin, while Ricci landed her first UFC win back in October with a decision win over Maria Oliveira.

    Adam Borics vs. Mads Burnell

    Set to headline Bellator 276 on March 11. in a pivotal featherweight title-eliminator, Adam Borics meets his fellow surging contender, Mads Burnell. Borics enters the bout off the back of a decision win over Jeremy Kennedy back in April of last year, while former Cage Warriors champion, Burnell handed Emmanuel Sanchez a decision loss back in July.

    Yoel Romero vs. Melvin Manhoef

    Former UFC middleweight title challenger, Yoel Romero is set to co-headline Bellator Paris on May 6. in a light heavyweight clash against Suriname knockout kingpin, Melvin Manhoef. Romero debuted with a 205lbs decision loss to former champion, Phil Davis last year, while Manhoef suffered a November knockout loss to Corey Anderson.

    Virna Janiroba vs. Angela Hill

    A strawweight pairing of former Invicta FC champions, Virna Jandiroba and Angela Hill is on deck for a UFC event on May 14. Jandiroba enters the bout off the back of a decision loss to Amanda Ribas, while Hill lost a close split decision to Amanda Lemos in her most recent outing.

    Brian Kelleher vs. Umar Nurmagomedov

    A bantamweight clash of Brian Kelleher and the returning, Umar Nurmagomedov has been added to UFC 272 on March 5. Kelleher enters the pairing after a recent featherweight decision win over Kevin Croom. Nurmagomedov improved to 13-0 back in submission win over UFC 271 feature, Sergey Mozorov back in January of last year.

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    Curtis Blaydes vs. Chris Daukaus

    Following the cancellation of Jan Blachowicz vs. Aleksandar Rakic, Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukuas now headline UFC Columbus on March 26. Blaydes most recently handed Jairzinho Rozenstruik a decision loss at UFC 266, while Daukaus dropped a first round knockout loss to Derrick Lewis in December.

    Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev

    Removed from this Saturday’s UFC Vegas 48 due to VISA issues with Fiziev, former lightweight champion, dos Anjos is now set to meet the streaking challenger in the co-main event of UFC 272 on March 5. – in a five round clash. dos Anjos returned to 155lbs back in November 2020 with a decision win over Paul Felder, while Fiziev scored his fifth straight win with a spectacular wheel kick win over Brad Riddell.

    Johnny Walker vs. Jamahal Hill

    As a result of dos Anjos’ rescheduling against Fiziev, Johnny Walker x Jamahal Hill has been promoted to the main event of UFC Vegas 48. Walker enters the bout off the back of a decision loss to compatriot, Thiago Santos, while Hill rebounded with a stunning first round knockout over Jimmy Crute.