Bantamweights Casey Kenney and Alatengheili have joined the still developing UFC 253 card set for mid-September. First reported by Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie, the matchup becomes the fifth matchup reported for the show.
Kenney competed recently, catching Louis Smolka with a guillotine choke on a May “Fight Night” show. The win saw Kenney bounce back from his sole UFC loss which came against Merab Dvalishvili in February.
Entering his third fight in the UFC, Alatengheili has so far remained undefeated. Alatengheili won his first two fights in 2019, going to scorecards against Danaa Batgerel and Ryan Benoit. His streak of wins is four in total when including his two fights in South Korea back in 2018.
The recently announced matchup for UFC 253 sees UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya put his belt up against undefeated fighter Paulo Costa. Here’s the fights set for the card thus far.
Bout 5: Israel Adesanya (19-0) vs. Paulo Costa (13-0) (UFC Middleweight Championship)
Bout 4: Mackenzie Dern (8-1) vs. Randa Markos (10-8-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 3: Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) vs. Zubaira Tukhugov (19-4-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 2: Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5) vs. Ciryl Gane (6-0) (Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Casey Kenney (14-2-1) vs. Alatengheili (14-7-1) (Bantamweight)