Ranked welterweights Vicente Luque and Belal Muhammad will meet for the second time when they headline a UFC “Fight Night” card on Saturday night.
Their bout is scheduled to headline a 14-fight card from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the card.
Preliminary Card (5:30PM EDT / 2:30PM PDT) (ESPN2 / TSN 2)
Main Card (8:30PM EDT / 5:30PM PDT) (ESPN / TSN 2)
Bout 14: Vicente Luque (21-7-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (20-3) (Welterweight)
Muhammad Takes Decision Nod Against Luque For First Main Event Win
Belal Muhammad avenged a loss to fellow ranked welterweight Vicente Luque on Saturday night, defeating him via unanimous decision after five rounds (49-46, 49-46 & 48-47).
Muhammad had a wrestling-heavy game plan throughout the 25 minutes of action. While Luque often came forward with strikes on the feet, Muhammad would counter by taking him down.
Muhammad remained active in ground positions, often taking the back of Luque and throwing punches to the head.
The fight kept Muhammad’s momentum going at welterweight and also took back one of the three losses he has taken as a pro.
Muhammad has now won seven of his last eight, with the other fight being a no-contest result. He earned three victories last year alone, including a win against Stephen Thompson in December 2021.
Luque and Muhammad first met in 2016 at UFC 205. In that fight, Luque picked up a quick second-minute finish win due to punches.
The fight on Saturday was the first time that Luque appeared in a five-round fight as a pro.
Bout 13: Caio Borralho (10-1) vs. Gadzhi Omargadzhiev (13-0) (Middleweight)
Borralho Takes Technical Decision Win In UFC Debut
Caio Borralho won his UFC debut in Saturday’s co-main event, handing Gadzhi Omargadzhiev his first pro loss in a technical decision outcome (29-27, 29-27 & 29-27).
The fight was halted in the third round due to an illegal knee to the head of Omargadzhiev that was thrown by Borralho. Since this strike was ruled unintentional, the bout ended with a technical decision.
Borralho was successful prior to the stoppage, having the more successful moments on the feet against Omargadzhiev.
Both Borralho and Omargadzhiev were fighting in the UFC for the first time after winning on the most recent season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Omargadzhiev won his “Contender Series” bout by submitting Jansey Silva via kneebar.
Bout 12: Andre Fialho (14-4) vs. Miguel Baeza (10-2) (Welterweight)
Fialho Stops Baeza For First UFC Win
Andre Fialho scored his first UFC victory in emphatic fashion on Saturday night, finishing Miguel Baeza in the first round with strikes.
Fialho hurt Baeza with a series of uppercut punches to the head in a clinch position. An off-balance Baeza was then dropped by a left hook, causing the referee to end the fight.
Fialho lost his UFC debut in January, stepping in on short notice against Michel Pereira. He had a highly successful 2021, scoring four stoppage wins on the regional scene.
Baeza is now on a three-fight losing streak. His previous defeats came last year against Khaos Williams and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Bout 11: Mayra Bueno Silva (7-2-1) vs. Wu Yanan (12-4) (Bantamweight)
Bueno Silva Defeats Wu In Decision
Mayra Bueno Silva landed the better shots in a close battle against Wu Yanan, earning her a decision victory on Saturday’s main card (29-28, 29-28 & 30-27).
Bueno Silva controlled the fight on the feet through three rounds, although the amount of success she had varied. Wu especially had some moments in the second and third rounds, connecting with shots that did damage.
Bueno Silva scored her sole knockdown of the fight in the opening round, landing a slick combo of hook punches that dropped Wu briefly.
Bueno Silva is now back into the win column after taking a draw and loss last year.
Wu is now on a three-fight losing streak since 2019. Her previous appearance was a decision loss against Joselyne Edwards early last year.
Bout 10: Pat Sabatini (16-3) vs. TJ Laramie (12-4) (Featherweight)
Sabatini Earns Fourth UFC Win, Defeating Laramie
Pat Sabatini kept his win streak alive on Saturday night, defeating TJ Laramie via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26 & 30-26).
Sabatini’s dominant ground work against Larmamie allowed him to take all three rounds on scorecards, including a 10-8 round. Sabatini had a grinding second and third rounds, taking Laramie to the ground and using these positions to land punches.
Sabatini hurt Laramie late in the first round with a body kick. Laramie used his wrestling to recover from this, scoring a takedown to close out the round.
Sabatini has now picked up four wins since joining the UFC roster just last year.
Laramie has now lost both of his UFC bouts. His debut was in 2020 when he suffered a quick submission loss to Darrick Minner.
Bout 9: Mounir Lazzez (10-2) vs. Ange Loosa (8-2) (Welterweight)
Lazzez Beats Short-Notice Opponent Loosa
Mounir Lazzez picked up a win on Saturday night, out-landing short-notice opponent Ange Loosa for a unanimous decision victory (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
Lazzez landed the best shots in a stand-up battle against Loosa, keeping a high output throughout all three rounds.
Lazzez was returning for the first time since he was stopped by Warlley Alves in early 2021.
Loosa took the bout on short notice, stepping in to replace Elizeu Zaleski. He fought just earlier this month, defeating veteran John Howard on an XMMA card.
Bout 8: Devin Clark (12-6) vs. William Knight (11-3) (Heavyweight)
Clark Stops Knight Late In Heavyweight Fight
Devin Clark won in a rare appearance up at heavyweight, stopping William Knight in the third round with punches.
Clark hurt Knight with an elbow while exiting clinch, then stunning him with a left hook. Following up on this, Clark knocked Knight down with a right hook to end the fight.
The fight was a close battle in earlier rounds.
Both Knight and Clark are better recognized for their work at light heavyweight.
Knight lost his previous fight, coming in on short notice and losing a decision to Maxim Grishin.
Clark’s previous fight was a loss to Ion Cutelaba.
Bout 7: Lina Lansberg (10-5) vs. Pannie Kianzad (15-6) (Bantamweight)
Kianzad Takes Decision Nod Over Lansberg
Pannie Kianzad prevailed in a fast-paced bout against Lina Lansberg, prevailing in a fast-paced striking bout in a unanimous decision result (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Lansberg had a good start to the fight, but it was the volume of shots from Kianzad that allowed her to make a comeback and win the fight in the end.
The fight put Kianzad back into the win column after losing to Raquel Pennington last year.
Lansberg was also coming off a loss, dropping scorecards to Sara McMann in early 2020.
Saturday’s fight was a rematch between the bantamweights. Kianzad and Lansberg first met in 2012 on a regional card. Kianzad won in that fight, per database Tapology.
Bout 6: Drakkar Klose (11-2-1) vs. Brandon Jenkins (15-8) (Lightweight)
Klose Scores Stoppage Win In Return
Drakkar Klose scored a win in his first appearance since 2020, stopping Brandon Jenkins with strikes.
Klose hurt Jenkins early in the second round with a series of punches in a clinch position. Separating from this position, Klose continued to connect against a wobbled Jenkins until he fell to the ground, ending the bout.
Klose scored a knockdown in the first round of the fight as well, dropping Jenkins with a right hook.
Klose had remained out of the cage for the past two years. He suffered an injury last year, as a shove from Jeremy Stephens during ceremonial face-offs injured him.
The win on Saturday put Klose back into the win column, as his previous fight was a loss to Beneil Dariush at UFC 248.
Klose called out undefeated lightweight Mark Madsen in his post-fight interview.
Jenkins has now lost two fights in the UFC. His debut for the promotion was in 2021 when Rongzhu earned a stoppage win against him.
Bout 5: Rafa Garcia (13-2) vs. Jesse Ronson (21-10) (Lightweight)
Garcia Submits Returning Ronson
Rafa Garcia picked up his second consecutive win on Saturday night, submitting returning Jesse Ronson with a rear naked choke.
Garcia caught Ronson with the choke late in the second round to get the choke. This came just minutes after he suffered a setback, getting deducted a point due to landing a knee to Ronson while he was a grounded fighter.
Garcia’s previous appearance was his UFC debut, which was a unanimous decision win over Natan Levy in November 2021.
Ronson was returning to action after serving a 20-month suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in 2020.
Bout 4: Chris Barnett (22-7) vs. Martin Buday (9-1) (Heavyweight)
Buday Earns Technical Decision Against Veteran Barnett
Martin Buday won his UFC debut on Saturday night, picking up a technical decision win over Martin Buday veteran Christ Barnett (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).
The fight was stopped in the third round due to an elbow from Buday landing on the back of Barnett’s head during an exchange in the third.
In the technical decision outcome, the fight is scored based on the first two rounds along with what happened in the final round before the finish. The decision to do a technical decision was made since Buday’s strike was ruled an unintentional foul.
Buday succeeded earlier in the fight with clinch positions, putting Barnett against the cage and landing strikes.
Barnett was coming off his first UFC win, which was a finish against Gian Villante last year.
Buday earned a UFC contract on the most recent season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” defeating Lorenzo Hood on the show.
Bout 3: Trey Ogden (15-4) vs. Jordan Leavitt (9-1) (Lightweight)
Leavitt Beats Debuting Ogden
Jordan Leavitt spoiled the UFC debut of Trey Ogden, defeating him via split decision on Saturday night (29-28 Leavitt, 29-28 Ogden & 29-28 Leavitt).
Leavitt notched control time throughout the fight, taking Ogden down and also capitalizing on a slip early. Leavitt remained active in stand-up exchanges with frequent leg kicks.
Ogden’s best moment on the ground came in the opening round, as he was able to attempt a guillotine choke and even take top control with this hold.
Ogden got the UFC call-up after becoming the Fury FC Lightweight Champion last year, defeating JJ Okanovich.
Leavitt has now won three of his four UFC bouts. His previous appearance was a submission win against Matt Sayles in December 2021.
Bout 2: Sam Hughes (5-4) vs. Istela Nunes (6-2) (Strawweight)
Hughes Ends Losing Streak, Earns First UFC Win Against Nunes
Sam Hughes earned her first UFC victory on Saturday night, working toward a majority decision win against Istela Nunes (29-27, 29-27 & 28-28).
Nunes started the fight strong, out-landing Hughes on the feet throughout the first round and early in the second.
Hughes started to turn things around late in the second round, taking Nunes down and using ground positions to score with strikes.
Hughes was able to get Nunes down again in the final round, and she also became much more confident on the feet.
A turning point in the fight came late, as Nunes was deducted a point due to an accidental eye poke occurring for the second time.
Hughes had a three-fight losing streak in the UFC prior to Saturday.
Nunes lost her UFC debut last year, losing via submission against Ariane Carnelossi.
Bout 1: Alatengheili (14-8-2) vs. Kevin Croom (21-14) (Bantamweight)
Alatengheili Stops Croom Within A Minute
Explosive punches from Alatengheili caused a quick finish to open the card, defeating Kevin Croom in the first minute.
Croom was stunned by an overhand right to start. Backing up, Croom then took a series of hooks to the head. The fight was stopped after Croom fell forwards onto the canvas.
Alatengheili is now back into the win column for the first time since 2019. His previous appearance was in September 2021, when Gustavo Lopez fought to a draw against him.
Croom is now winless through four UFC appearances. Three of those fights are losses, and the other was a no contest.