Lightweight prospect David Onama has joined the UFC roster and already has his first bout in place.
The undefeated eight-fight pro is expected to face Mason Jones at this weekend’s UFC “Fight Night” card, as first reported by Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA.
The new matchup joins a card that will take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on October 23rd.
Onama has developed into a super-prospect while fighting in the Missouri regional scene. After putting together a flawless 10-fight amateur run from 2014 to 2018, he turned pro in 2019.
Onama has scored eight pro wins since then, including seven via finish. His last victory was just 11 days ago, stopping Brad Robison within a round on a FAC card.
Onama will also be making UFC history, being the first fighter in the promotion to represent Uganda.
The new matchup keeps Jones on Saturday’s card. The former two-division Cage Warriors Champion was originally scheduled to rematch Alan Patrick, but that fight was thrown out due to COVID-19 protocol, per Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
Jones will be in the hunt for his first UFC win. He has struggled since joining the promotion, losing to Mike Davis and having an unsatisfying no contest finish in his first bout against Patrick.
This weekend’s UFC card is currently scheduled to have middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori in the main event. Here is the new lineup:
Bout 13: Paulo Costa (13-1) vs. Marvin Vettori (17-4-1) (Middleweight)
Bout 12: Grant Dawson (17-1) vs. Ricky Glenn (22-6-1) (Lightweight)
Bout 11: Jessica-Rose Clark (10-6) vs. Joselyne Edwards (10-3) (Bantamweight)
Bout 10: Nick Negumereanu (10-1) vs. Ike Villanueva (18-12) (Light Heavyweight)
Bout 9: Alex Caceres (18-12) vs. Choi Seung-woo (10-3) (Featherweight)
Bout 8: Dwight Grant (11-3) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (26-8) (Welterweight)
Bout 7: Livinha Souza (14-3) vs. Randa Markos (10-11-1) (Strawweight)
Bout 6: Jeff Molina (9-2) vs. Daniel Lacerda (11-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 5: Park Jun-yong (13-4) vs. Gregory Rodrigues (10-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 4: Tabatha Ricci (5-1) vs. Maria Oliveira (12-4) (Strawweight)
Bout 3: Khama Worthy (16-8) vs. Jai Herbert (10-3) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Laureano Staropoli (9-4) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-6) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Mason Jones (10-1) vs. David Onama (8-0) (Lightweight)