Two new matchups have joined UFC’s May 7th pay-per-view card, per reports. The fights are expected to happen at UFC 274, which doesn’t have a confirmed location at the moment.
Ranked Flyweights Royval, Schnell Paired
High-ranked flyweight fighters Brandon Royval and Matt Schnell are expected to collide in May, per a report from Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie.
Royval snapped a two-fight skid in his last appearance, edging out a split decision victory against Rogerio Bontorin in January. The win placed Royval fourth in the division’s rankings, per UFC.com.
The booking is scheduled to be Schnell’s first appearance in nearly a year. This is due to numerous fights falling through in late 2021 and early 2022 for varying reasons.
Schnell also lost to Bontorin in his last fight, getting beat via unanimous decision at UFC 262.
‘Contender Series’ Standout Garcia To Meet Newson
Fernie Garcia will make his UFC debut at UFC 274, facing bantamweight Journey Newson. The fight was first confirmed by Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes.
Garcia had an impressive performance on the UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series” in October, scoring a first-round finish win over Joshua Weems.
Prior to that appearance, Garcia had a four-fight winning streak in regional promotion LFA.
Newson is still searching for his first UFC win. His three appearances in the promotion so far have resulted in two wins and one no contest.
UFC Lightweight Champion Charles Oliveira is scheduled to face Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 274. Here is how the show looks:
Bout 7: Charles Oliveira (32-8) vs. Justin Gaethje (23-3) (UFC Lightweight Championship)
Bout 6: Macy Chiasson (7-2) vs. Norma Dumont (7-1) (Featherweight)
Bout 5: Blagoy Ivanov (18-4) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (19-7-1) (Heavyweight)
Bout 4: Kleydson Rodrigues (7-1) vs. CJ Vergara (9-3-1) (Flyweight)
Bout 3: Donald Cerrone (36-16) vs. Joe Lauzon (28-15) (Lightweight)
Bout 2: Journey Newson (9-3) vs. Fernie Garcia (10-1) (Bantamweight)
Bout 1: Brandon Royval (13-6) vs. Matt Schnell (15-6) (Flyweight)