UFC’s April 9th pay-per-view event is quickly gaining fights. The show recently got three more matchups added to the lineup, per reports. The fights join a card that doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Rozenstruick vs. Tybura Moved To PPV
UFC is currently targeting a heavyweight fight between Jairzinho Rozenstruick and Marcin Tybura to join the card, per Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.
The fight was initially planned for a February UFC show but is now being moved to early April. Both fighters will be attempting to bounce back from a loss.
Tybura had a five-fight winning streak snapped in October when Alexander Volkov beat him on scorecards.
Rozenstruick lost to fellow title contender Curtis Blaydes in September via unanimous decision.
Torres To Meet Dern At Strawweight
Ranked strawweights will meet on the card, as Tecia Torres will return against Mackenzie Dern. Torres revealed the matchup via social media on Wednesday.
Torres has been on a roll since 2020, attaining three consecutive wins. Her last victory came against another veteran in Angela Hill, who she beat via unanimous decision.
Dern had her momentum in the division stopped in October, as Marina Rodriguez beat her in a five-round main event bout. Before then, Dern had strung together a four-fight winning streak that included three first-round submission wins.
Gastelum Looks To Break Skid Against Imavov
Middleweight gatekeeper Kelvin Gastelum will return on the card when facing the rising name Nassourdine Imavov. Brett Okamoto of ESPN broke the matchup Wednesday night.
Gastelum lost two main event fights in 2021, going five rounds with former champ Robert Whittaker and Jared Cannonier. He took the fight on short notice in both instances, replacing Paulo Costa twice.
Gastelum’s last victory was a decision over Ian Heinisch in February 2021.
Imavov is being given Gastelum after earning two finish wins last year. His last victory saw him stop Edmen Shahbazyan in the second round of their bout.
It was reported earlier this week that Alexander Volkanovski will meet The Korean Zombie in the main event of UFC 273. Here is how the card looks now:
Bout 8: Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) vs. The Korean Zombie (17-6) (UFC Featherweight Championship)
Bout 7: Aljamain Sterling (20-3) vs. Petr Yan (16-2) (UFC Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 6: Irene Aldana (13-6) vs. Aspen Ladd (9-2) (Bantamweight)
Bout 5: Pat Sabatini (16-3) vs. Gavin Tucker (13-2) (Featherweight)
Bout 4: Mickey Gall (7-4) vs. Mike Malott (7-1-1) (Welterweight)
Bout 3: Jairzinho Rozenstruick (12-3) vs. Marcin Tybura (22-7) (Heavyweight)
Bout 2: Mackenzie Dern (11-2) vs. Tecia Torres (13-5) (Strawweight)
Bout 1: Kelvin Gastelum (17-8) vs. Nassourdine Imavov (11-3) (Middleweight)