With UFC 252 just over two months away, fight announcements are starting to come out for the show. Three more were unveiled on Friday, including the return of Felice Herrig.
The card is set to take place on August 15th.
Felice Herrig vs. Virna Jandiroba
Making her return after more than a year-and-a-half of absence from professional MMA, Felice Herrig will return at UFC 252 to fight Virna Jandiroba. First reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, the fight will be an attempt for Herrig to end a two-fight losing streak she had before her absence.
Jandiroba is 1-1 in the UFC, earning her first victory back in December over Mallory Martin. The Brazilian fighter had racked up a series of wins prior to her UFC signing, including many in the top regional women’s MMA promotion Invicta FC.
Junior dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruick
First reported by Raphael Marinho and Marcelo Barone of Combate, a heavyweight clash between Junior dos Santos and Jaizrinho Rozenstruick has also been added to the show. Rozenstruick, also known as “Bigi Boy,” got his first loss as a pro in May, being stopped with punches in 20 seconds by Francis Ngannou. He looks to bounce back against a veteran in dos Santos.
Dos Santos last competed in January, losing to Curtis Blaydes in the second round. Before then, a loss by the hands of Francis Ngannou ended a three-fight winning series he had going before.
Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba 2
After their first rematch had a controversial ending, Magomed Ankalaev and Ion Cutelaba will run their fight back at UFC 252. Reported by Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of MMA Fighting first, the light heavyweight fight will be a chance for Cutelaba to win back a loss he considered to be stopped too early.
In February, their first fight ended in under a minute, with the referee stepping in and giving Ankalaev the win due to strikes. Cutelaba was quick to argue that it shouldn’t have been stopped.
The card is set to be headlined by a heavyweight trilogy fight between UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. Here’s the full card thus far.
Bout 5: Stipe Miocic (19-3) vs. Daniel Cormier (22-2) (UFC Heavyweight Championship)
Bout 4: Livia Renata Souza (13-2) vs. Ashley Yoder (7-5) (Strawweight)
Bout 3: Junior dos Santos (21-7) vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruick (10-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Felice Herrig (14-8) vs. Virna Jandiroba (15-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 1: Magomed Ankalaev (13-1) vs. Ion Cutelaba (15-5) (Light Heavyweight)