Three fights have recently been reported for UFC’s January 15th event. The new matchups include a promotional debut, a big matchup at flyweight, and the appearance of a former CFFC Champion.
The new fights join a UFC card that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Ranked Flyweights Royval and Bontorin Paired Up
Top-10 ranked flyweight fighters Brandon Royval and Rogerio Bontorin will face off in January, per a report from Guilherme Cruz and Mike Heck of MMA Fighting.
Royval will be looking to get back into the win column after two losses at a high level in the division.
Royval was finished for the first time in his career in late 2020, losing a title eliminator bout to now-UFC Flyweight Champion Brandon Moreno. Royval was most recently submitted by Alexandre Pantoja in August.
Bontorin snapped a two-fight losing streak in May, defeating Matt Schnell on scorecards at UFC 262. The win moved his promotional record to a positive three wins and one loss.
Kakhramonov Returns Against Kelleher
Former CFFC Bantamweight Champion Saidyokub Kakhramonov will look to notch his second UFC victory when fighting Brian Kelleher. The matchup was first reported by Jamal Boussenaf of MMA DNA.
Kakhramonov had a strong UFC debut in August, scoring a third-round submission victory over a rising name in Trevin Jones. He had claimed CFFC’s 135-pound belt just a few months before then, defeating Tycen Lynn at CFFC 92.
Kelleher, a 12-fight UFC vet, is riding the momentum of a unanimous decision win he earned against Domingo Pilarte in August.
Jasudavicius To Make UFC Debut Against Hansen
Jasmine Jasudavicius will get her first UFC fight in early 2022, facing Kay Hansen at flyweight. News of the matchup was first reported by MMA Island earlier in the week.
Jasudavicius secured a UFC contract on a September episode of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” defeating Julia Polastri via decision.
Hansen will be making the move up by a weight class, as her two previous UFC appearances took place at strawweight. He took her first loss in the promotion in late 2020, losing on scorecards to Cory McKenna.
Five fights have now been reported for UFC’s January 15th show. While a main event hasn’t been reported thus far, here is what is expected to happen:
Bout 5: Kleydson Rodrigues (7-1) vs. Zarrukh Adashev (4-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 4: Joanderson Brito (12-2-1) vs. Bill Algeo (14-6) (Featherweight)
Bout 3: Brandon Royval (12-6) vs. Rogerio Bontorin (17-3) (Flyweight)
Bout 2: Jasmine Jasudavicius (6-1) vs. Kay Hansen (7-4) (Flyweight)
Bout 1: Brian Kelleher (23-12) vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov (9-2) (Bantamweight)