Below, catch 12 fight announcements even the most avid UFC fan may have missed last week, including the return of a streaking, dominant champion, the confirmation of a pivotal welterweight showdown, a reworked strawweight showdown, and a short-notice reshuffling at the lightweight limit for this Saturday.
Amanda Ribas vs. Michelle Waterson
Rebooked for UFC 274 on May 7. – Brazilian grappling talent, Amanda Ribas is set to be rescheduled to meet with former Invicta FC atomweight titleholder, Michelle Waterson. Ribas enters the summer bout off the back of an October win against Virna Jandiroba, while Waterson last suffered a May main event loss to UFC 272 victor, Marina Rodriguez.
We’ve got a relatively late addition to UFC Columbus on March 26. as one-time flyweight title challenger, Jennifer Maia replaces an injured Jessica Eye and meets French finisher, Manon Fiorot. Maia last dropped a defeat against Katlyn Chookagian, while Brest native, Fiorot landed her third Octagon win with a decision triumph over Mayra Bueno Silva in October.
Jake Collier vs. Justin Tafa
Heavyweights meet at UFC Vegas 53 on April 30. as Jake Collier attempts to continue his run following a recent submission win against Chase Sherman – tackling Justin Tafa. Tafa became the first heavyweight in promotional history to miss weight last time out, before stopping Harry Hunsucker with a first round high-kick in December.
A big addition to UFC 275 on June 11. as streaking undisputed flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko looks to defend her throne against the surging, Taila Santos. Shevchenko last stopped Lauren Murphy with September strikes, while Santos submitted Joanne Wood to earn her first title shot since her UFC move.
A mouth-watering welterweight showdown is on deck for UFC 273 in just over a month’s time as well. One-time title challenger, Gilbert Burns returns against the streaking, undefeated crusher, Khamzat Chimaev on April 9. Burns last outpointed Stephen Thompson, while Chimaev landed a dominant October submission win over Li Jingliang.
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Another middleweight matchup landing on the April 30. UFC Vegas 53 card. Gerlad Meerschaert last showed his grappling expertise with a submission victory over Dustin Stolzfus, while Krzysztof Jotko landed a recent October decision win against Misha Cirkunov.
Replacing an injured Ricky Glenn on just eight days’ notice, recent victor, Terrance McKinney meets with lightweight staple, Drew Dober at UFC Vegas 50 on Saturday. Dober last lost a back-and-forth against Brad Riddell in June, while McKinney improved to 2-0 in the Octagon at UFC Vegas 49 with a first round rear-naked choke win over Fares Ziam.
David Onama vs. Nate Landwehr
Looking to improve on his knockout win over Gabriel Benitez at UFC Vegas 49, David Onama replaces Lerone Murphy and tackles the tricky, Nate Landwehr on March 26. at UFC Columbus. For Landwehr, the former M-1 Global featherweight champion, stopped UFC 272 winner, L’udovit Klein with a third round anaconda back in October.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Vince Morales
A late reshuffle for UFC London on March 19. as Cage Warriors bantamweight alum, Nathaniel Wood now draws Vince Morales at The O2 Arena. Wood most recently dropped a UFC 254 loss to Casey Kenney in October 2020, while Morales is riding a two-fight winning run, most recently stopping Louis Smolka with strikes.
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Danny Roberts
Another Brazilian on deck for UFC 273, as former lightweight staple, Francisco Trinaldo draws Croydon native, Danny Roberts on May 7. Trinaldo got off the mark in his welterweight return with an October judging win over Dwight Grant, while Roberts landed his second straight win in the same month with a similar split judging win against Ramazan Emeev.
Randy Brown vs. Khaos Williams
Another welterweight matchup lands on May 7. as UFC 274 starts to take shape. The tricky Randy Browns squares off with Khaos Williams, having most recently managed a unanimous decision win against Jared Gordon. For Williams, stopped Miguel Baeza with third round strikes back in November – landing his seventh career knockout triumph.
Cynthia Calvillo is set for a strawweight division return on June 4. as the #10 ranked flyweight makes a UFC on ESPN+ 69 outing against the returning #14 rated strawweight, Brianna Fortino (née Van Buren). Calvillo looks to snap a three-fight losing skid, while Fortino also attempts to bounce back from a loss to Tecia Torres as she returns for the first time in just a month shy of two years.