Fresh from a thrilling show at the O2 Arena in London last weekend, the UFC returns to the States for Fight Night 205. The main event sees top 10 heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Chris Daukaus collide, as both men eye future title opportunities. The chief support features top flyweight Joanne Wood trying to snap a two-fight losing streak against the in-form Alexa Grasso.
The undercard features welterweight knockout artist Matt Brown, unbeaten flyweight sensation Askar Askarov and heavyweight veteran Ilir Latifi. Here’s everything you need to know about superb Saturday night in the cage.
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio, United States
When: Saturday 26th March, 8pm prelims, 11pm main card (UK time)
How to watch: BT Sport 2
Tale of the Tape:
Place Of Birth: Lakewood, Colorado, United States
Last Fight: Blaydes outpointed Jairzinho Rozenstruik in his last bout at UFC 266. That three-round decision got ‘Razor’ back on track after a knockout loss to Derrick Lewis the previous February.
Place Of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Last Fight: Like his foe on Saturday, Daukaus has also tasted a recent KO defeat to Derrick Lewis. The Philly heavyweight was stopped by ‘The Black Beast’ in his last outing back in December.
What They Say:
"I enter every fight with the same exact mindset: All my focus is on my effort and output. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it don't, and that's the only way I can do this job because everything else, you can't worry about. Like, it's out of your hands." [The Underground]
"I mean, you think you're just going to run through everybody, just ride off into the sunset with the belt, you know? It'd be great, but yeah, Derrick Lewis had other plans. It didn't work out, but you know what? It is what it is. I'm here now, and just picking myself up and just ready to go." [The Underground]
Curtis Blaydes vs Chris Daukaus (heavyweight)
Joanne Wood vs Alexa Grasso (women’s flyweight)
Askar Askarov vs Kai Kara-France (flyweight)
Matt Brown vs Bryan Barberena (welterweight)
Ilir Latifi vs Aleksei Oleinik (heavyweight)
Nate Landwehr vs David Onama (featherweight)
Jennifer Maia vs Manon Fiorot (women’s flyweight)
Neil Magny vs Max Griffin (welterweight)
Marc Diakiese vs Viacheslav Borschchev (lightweight)
Tucker Lutz vs SeungWoo Choi (featherweight)
Sara McCann vs Karol Rosa (women’s bantamweight)
Chris Gutierrez vs Danaa Batgerel (bantamweight)
Matheus Nicolau vs David Dvorak (flyweight)
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