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

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 21, 2022

    Below, catch seven fight announcements even the most avid UFC and Bellator fight fans may have missed last week – including the booking of an undisputed strawweight title fight for May 7. – the landing of a former UFC mainstay at a Bellator event in Hawaii on April 23. – and the return of a streaking South African finisher.

    Dricus Du Plessis vs. Anthony Hernandez – UFC 273 – April 9.

    Former EFC and KSW standout, Dricus Du Plessis now draws Anthony Hernandez following the cancellation of his anticipated pairing with Chris Curtis – drawing the replacement at UFC 273 on April 9. The highly-touted, Du Plessis most recently stopped Trevin Giles with strikes back in July, while Hernandez has yet to feature since his stunning rallying submission win over Rodolfo Vieira back in February of last year.

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    Brendan Allen vs. Jacob Malkoun – UFC 275 – June 11.

    Off the back of a successful light heavyweight bow against Sam Alvey, Brendan Allen now draws Jacob Malkoun at UFC 275 on June 11. For Malkoun, the Australian scored his sixth professional victory at UFC 271 back in February – landing a unanimous decision victory against A.J. Dobson.

    Rose Namajunas vs. Carla Esparza II – UFC 274 – May 7.

    An undisputed strawweight title rematch between reigning champion, Rose Namajuans and the inaugural division titleholder, Carla Esparza has been booked to co-headline UFC 274 on May 7. In their first matchup, Esparza submitted Namajunas with a rear-naked choke in December 2014 to land the inaugural 115lbs crown.

    Yancy Medeiros vs. Emmanuel Sanchez – Bellator 279 – April 23.

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    Former UFC welterweight contender, Yancy Mederios has his Bellator MMA debut – joining the upcoming Hawaii return on April 23. – taking on former featherweight title challenger, Emmanuel Sanchez. Mederios most recently lost a June decision to Damir Hadzovic, which came as his fourth straight. Sanchez, on the other hand, is in the midst of his own three-fight losing run.

    Chidi Njokuani vs. Dusko Todorovic – UFC Vegas 55 – May 21.

    Recent promotional newcomer and former Bellator contender, Chidi Njokuani will look to land his second Octagon win following an impressive 16-second KO win over Marc-Andre Barriault as he returns at UFC Vegas 55 against Serbia’s, Dusko Todorovic. The 27-year-old most recently stopped Maki Pitolo with strikes.

    Pat Sabatini vs. T.J. Laramie – UFC Vegas 51 – April 16.

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    Undefeated in his last five, Pat Sabatini returns on April 16. at UFC Vegas 51 – tackling Canadian prospect, T.J. Laramie. Sabatini most recently handed Tucker Lutz a unanimous judging loss while Laramie has yet to return since an Octagon debut defeat against Darrick Minner in September 2020.

    Aliaskhab Khizriev vs. Denis Tiuliulin – UFC Columbus – March 26.

    Undefeated Fight Nights Global and DWCS alum, Aliaskhab Khizriev makes his Octagon debut at UFC Columbus this weekend as he meets UAE Warriors veteran and knockout artist, Denis Tiuliulin. Khizriev landed in the UFC off the back of a first round submission win over Henrique Shiguemoto, while Tiuliulin stopped Juscelino Ferreira with first round strikes back in March of last year.