UFC’s July 15th “Fight Night” scheduled for Yas Island in Abu Dhabi had two more fights added to it on Thursday after a livestream from ESPN MMA on Youtube.
Tim Elliott vs. Ryan Benoit
A flyweight battle between Tim Elliott and Ryan Benoit has been added to the card’s prelims. Elliott is one of the few who has already competed in MMA since the pandemic has halted things.
Extending his losing streak to three-straight, Elliott lost to Brandon Royval in May. The fight saw Royval take over in the second round, putting in an arm triangle choke to win.
Benoit’s last fight was his return after an absence from the sport. Losing to Alatenheili via split decision, Benoit looks to bounce back with his fight in July.
John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic
John Phillips and Dusko Todorovic will get their long-awaited matchup in July, with the duo first being booked for a UFC show in March.
Todorovic, an undefeated Serbian fighter, will be making his UFC debut in his 10th appearance. His most recent fight was a decision victory on TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Phillips’ last fight was a win, stopping Alen Amedovski with punches in the first 14 seconds of a fight. The win ended his previous three-fight losing streak that dated back to his promotional debut.
Set to headline the event is ranked featherweights Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. Here’s how the entire card looks currently.
Bout 11: Calvin Kattar (21-4) vs. Dan Ige (14-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 10: Pedro Munhoz (18-4) vs. Frankie Edgar (23-8-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 9: Carla Esparza (16-6) vs. Marina Rodriguez (12-0-2) (Strawweight)
Bout 8: Mounir Lazzez (9-1) vs. Abdul Razak Alhassan (10-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 7: Jared Gordon (15-4) vs. Chris Fishgold (18-3-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 6: Modestas Bukauskas (10-2) vs. Vinicius Moreira (9-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 5: Molly McCann (10-2) vs. Taila Santos (15-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Ricardo Ramos (14-2) vs. Lerone Murphy (8-0-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: John Phillips (22-9) vs. Dusko Todorovic (9-0) (Middleweight)
Bout 2: Tim Elliott (15-11-1) vs. Ryan Benoit (10-6) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Liana Jojua (7-3) vs. Diana Belbita (13-5) (Flyweight)