A series of bouts were reported on Wednesday for UFC’s July 15th card. Being one of the four events at “Fight Island” on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, it’s one of the shows that has not seen many matchups announced yet.
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Vinicius Moreira
Former Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Champion Modestas Bukauskas got the call to join the UFC, taking a fight against Vinicius Moreira on this card. The matchup was first reported by Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
Moreira will look for his first UFC win, losing three-straight since being given a contract through TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Bukauskas, who has a 10-2 MMA record, captured the Cage Warriors Light Heavyweight Championship in 2019, stopping Marthin Hamlet Nielsen in the fourth round. He defended the belt once last November, defeating Riccardo Nosiglia in the first round with strikes.
Molly McCann vs. Taila Santos
Per Jim Edwards, Molly McCann will get a bout against Taila Santos on the show. Something the fighters have in common is that both of their most recent bookings prior were cancelled due to COVID-19 moving around UFC’s schedule.
“Meatball” McCann is on a three-fight winning streak in the UFC, all via decision in 2019. Santos made her UFC debut in February of 2019, losing her 15-fight undefeated streak to Mara Romero Borella. She looks to bounce back on this show.
Mounir Lazzez vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan
Making his UFC debut, Mounir Lazzez will fight Abdul Razak Alhassan on the show as well. Reported by Farah Hannoun and John Morgan of MMA Junkie, Alhassan will be making his return, having last fought in 2018. A win would move his winning streak to four in a row.
From Tunisia, Lazzez has earned nine wins and one loss in MMA. With wins coming in many regional promotions, his most notable appearances come from UAE Warriors and Brave CF.
Tagir Ulanbekov vs. Aleksander Doskalchuk
The card will feature former M-1 Flyweight Champion Aleksander Doskalchuk fighting Tagir Ulanbekov. Reported by Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie first, the matchup will be a double UFC debut.
Doskalchuk, who defended his M-1 belt twice, will come into his major-league debut after a year-and-a-half layoff from a professional bout. However, when he returns, he will be putting his seven-fight winning streak on the line.
Ulanbekov has fought more recently, defeating Denilson Matos with a guillotine choke in December to defend his GFC Flyweight Championship.
The Full Card
The newly-announced fights join the card which had one previously booked bout, a battle between “The Cookie Monster” Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez. Here’s the entire card so far.
Bout 5: Carla Esparza (16-6) vs. Marina Rodriguez (12-0-2) (Strawweight)
Bout 4: Molly McCann (10-2) vs. Taila Santos (15-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Mounir Lazzez (9-1) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Modestas Bukauskas (10-2) vs. Vinicius Moreira (9-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Tagir Ulanbekov (11-1) vs. Aleksander Doskalchuk (10-2) (Flyweight)