Three new matchups for UFC’s May 22nd event have recently surfaced. Here are the new fights booked for the event, which does not have a confirmed location at the moment.
Yan Xiaonan vs. Carla Esparza
The win streaks of Yan Xiaonan and Carla Esparza will be tested when matched at UFC’s May 22nd event. MMA DNA was the first to report the strawweight fight.
Yan has yet to face defeat since joining the UFC in 2017. Her sixth victory came in November, where she fought to a unanimous decision win against Claudia Gadelha.
Esparza extended her win streak to four consecutive victories in July, defeating Marina Rodriguez in a split decision.
Alan Baudot vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
Heavyweights Alan Baudot and Rodrigo Nascimento will return on the May 22nd card. Raphael Marinho of Combate confirmed the matchup last week.
Nascimento took his first pro loss in October, as a fight against Chris Daukaus was stopped in less than a minute due to strikes. His previous fight, which was his first UFC bout, saw him submit Don’Tale Mayes with a rear naked choke.
Baudot lost his UFC debut last year, getting finished by Tom Aspinall with ground and pound within a round.
Denys Bondar vs. Victor Rodriguez
Denys Bondar will get his UFC debut in May, as he will fight Victor Rodriguez. The booking was first announced by RAW Sports Entertainment, the management team for Bondar.
Bondar was scheduled to make his UFC debut in January against Ode Osbourne, although that fight was eventually scrapped.
Bondar will enter the bout on a nine-fight win streak.
Rodriguez will look to return after losing his promotional debut to Adrian Yanez in October.
UFC’s May 22nd card does not have a main event scheduled for it yet. Here is what we know about the show so far.
Bout 5: David Dvorak (19-3) vs. Raulian Paiva (20-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Felicia Spencer (8-2) vs. Danyelle Wolf (1-0) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: Yan Xiaonan (13-1) vs. Carla Esparza (17-6) (Strawweight)
Bout 2: Rodrigo Nascimento (8-1) vs. Alan Baudot (8-2) (Heavyweight)
Bout 1: Denys Bondar (15-2) vs. Victor Rodriguez (7-3) (Bantamweight)