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Everything You Need To Know About UFC Fight Night 202

Russian phenom Islam Makhachev is in action at the UFC Apex on Saturday
08:00, 24 Feb 2022

The Octagon action is coming thick and fast, as the UFC return to the Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada for Fight Night 202. The show will be headliend by a 160lb catchweight scrap between fourth-ranked lightweight Islam Makhachev and late sub Bobby Green. Beneil Dariush was originally supposed to meet the Russian, but had to withdraw due to an ankle injury. Due to having just ten days notice, the bout will go ahead at a catchweight to accommodate Green.

The co-main event is a middleweight battle between two fighters struggling for consistency. Wellington Turman snapped a two-fight losing streak in his last outing, while Misha Cirkunov lost both of his outings last year. Two of Molly ‘Meatball’ McCann’s former victims meet on the undercard, in a women’s flyweight bout between Priscila Cachoeira and Ji Yeon Kim.

Here’s everything you need to know about a superb Saturday of MMA.

Where: UFC Apex, Enterprise, Nevada

When: Saturday 26th February, 10pm UK time

How to watch: BT Sport 1

Tale of the Tape:

Makhachev

Place Of Birth: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia

Age: 30

Record: 21-1 (13 finishes)

Height: 5’10’’ 

Reach: 70½’’ 

Last Fight: Makhachev made quick work of Dan Hooker last time out, making ‘The Hangman’ tap to a kimura in 2:25 of the first round. This was the ninth win in a row for the Russian star, and a title shot looks to be in his near future.

Green

Place Of Birth: San Bernardino, California, United States

Age: 30

Alias: King

Record: 29-12-1 (18 finishes)

Height: 5’10’’ 

Reach: 71’’ 

Last Fight: It’s a quick return to the Octagon for Green, who will be fighting just two weeks after his last bout. ‘King’ beat Nasrat Haqparast by decision earlier this month, before taking this fight after a number of top lightweights reportedly turned it down.

What They Say:

Makhachev

“I really believe (I’m next) because I deserve. This is gonna be a 10-fight win streak. And I think 10 fight, this is like the key for the title.” [ESPN]

Green

“He’s about to get into a fight. And yeah he’s gonna try and shoot and yeah he’s gonna try to do those things, but I’m ready for that. It’s gonna be a fight. I’m gonna walk in that cage with my shoulders held high.” [The MMA Hour]

Full Card:

Islam Makhachev vs. Bobby Green

Misha Cirkunov vs. Wellington Turman

Priscila Cachoeira vs. Ji Yeon Kim

Joel Alvarez vs. Arman Tsarukyan

Armen Petrosyan vs. Gregory Rodrigues

Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Rong Zhu

Josiane Nunes vs. Ramona Pascual

Terrance McKinney vs. Fares Ziam

Jinh Yu Frey vs. Hannah Goldy

Jonathan Martinez vs. Alejandro Perez

Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Micheal Gillmore

Victor Altamirano vs. Carlos Hernandez

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