UFC’s July 25th event at the Yas Island in Abu Dhabi has seen three new fight matchups added lately.
Justin Tafa vs. Raphael Pessoa
A heavyweight matchup between Justin Tafa and Raphael Pessoa will also be a part of the card, per a report from Mike Heck of MMA Fighting.
Tafa, a 4-1 fighter got his first UFC win in February, stopping Juan Adams with punches in the second round. The fight was a bounce back from his promotional debut, being stopped by Yorgan De Castro. Adams is a finisher, having never been in a fight that has went past five minutes and 30 seconds.
Pessoa will look to build on his first UFC win, which came in October over Jeff Hughes. Prior, Pessoa was caught in an arm triangle choke from Ciryl Gane.
Mike Grundy vs. Movsar Evloev
In a story first broken by Nolan King of MMA Junkie, Mike Grundy and Movsar Evloev will be a part of the show. Evloev has retained his undefeated professional record through two fights in the UFC, looking to move his MMA career to 13-0 on the show.
Grundy looks to follow up on his UFC debut, which came 15 months ago against Nad Narimani. Including fights outside the promotion, Grundy is on a nine-fight winning streak.
Nathaniel Wood vs. Umar Nurmagomedov
Bantamweights Nathaniel Wood and Umar Nurmagomedov also join the show, as revealed on podcast “Mo Hasani 360.”
Nurmagomedov has been undefeated in his MMA career, most recently winning in November. His more notable wins came from non-tournament bookings in MMA promotion PFL.
Wood, a former Cage Warriors Bantamweight Champion, came into the UFC in 2018. He had a strong three-fight string of wins going that was broken by John Dodson in February. He chases another appearance in the win column in July.
The full fight card looks like this now.
Bout 4: Robert Whittaker (20-5) vs. Darren Till (18-2-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Mauricio Rua (23-9-1) vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-9) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Bethe Correia (11-4-1) vs. Pannie Kianzad (12-5) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Fabricio Werdum (23-9-1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (18-6) (Heavyweight)
Bout 3: Movsar Evloev (12-0) vs. Mike Grundy (12-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Raphael Pessoa (10-1) vs. Justin Tafa (4-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Umar Nurmagomedov (12-0) vs. Nathaniel Wood (16-4) (Bantamweight)