Gear up for an exhilarating UFC Fights event this Saturday as it makes a highly-anticipated return to the Apex facility following a thrilling pay-per-view. Get ready for another unforgettable showdown!
In this week’s highly anticipated UFC Fight Night, former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm is set to battle Mayra Bueno Silva in a thrilling main event. Additionally, fans can anticipate the exciting return of heavyweight contender Walt Harris as he squares off against Josh Parisian. Don’t miss the action-packed fights!
Following her triumphant victory against Yana Santos at UFC on ESPN 43, Holm returns to the octagon for her comeback fight. Set in an intriguing time for the division, with no clear champion or challengers, her bout against Bueno Silva promises excitement and uncertainty.
Following her victory against Irene Aldana at UFC 289 on June 10, Amanda Nunes decided to vacate the title and retire. With Nunes stepping aside, the third-ranked contender, Holly Holm, has a chance to rise to the top with a noteworthy win over Bueno Silva, potentially earning her a shot at the championship. Although Holm is favored by the betting odds, her opponent should not be underestimated. The stage is set for an exciting showdown between these talented fighters.
Bueno Silva enters her fight against Holm on a remarkable three-fight win streak. Her recent triumph against Lina Länsberg by second-round submission via a kneebar at UFC Fight Night 219 on Feb. 18 showcased her skill. A victory over the former champion would be the biggest milestone of her career and potentially propel her towards a title shot. Exciting times lie ahead for Bueno Silva in the pursuit of greatness.
What Other UFC Fights Should Fans Look Forward To This Saturday?
This Saturday, the co-main event of the UFC Fights will showcase an exciting battle in the middleweight division, featuring Albert Duraev and Junyong Park. These skilled fighters enter the bout with recent victories under their belts, but it is Park who holds the advantage of a three-fight winning streak, generating considerable momentum. A victory for either competitor could catch the attention of the UFC matchmakers, potentially leading to a future matchup against a ranked middleweight contender.
The co-main event promises to be a captivating matchup, but it is the long-awaited comeback of Harris that truly captures attention on this card. It has been a challenging period for the heavyweight fighter, both in terms of his career in the ring and his personal life, as he has been absent from the fighting scene for the past two years.
Fans may remember the heartbreaking loss experienced by Harris when her stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, was tragically abducted and killed in 2019. According to a report by WSFA 12 News, the individual identified as Ibraheem Yazeed has been formally charged with capital murder and entered a plea of not guilty on March 6. Although the specific date for his trial is still unknown, if proven guilty, Yazeed could potentially face the most severe punishment, the death penalty.
Although Harris and his family have faced this predicament for the past three years, the UFC heavyweight has made persistent efforts to return to competition, only to endure three consecutive defeats.
“Big Ticket” is set to make his much-anticipated comeback on the upcoming UFC main card, determined to regain his winning momentum against his opponent from Paris. Supporters of Harris are optimistic that his time away from the sport has been fruitful, providing him with valuable opportunities to recharge and strategize for a triumphant return this Saturday.
UFC Fight Night 224 Full Card
(Card and bout order is subject to change)
- In the highly anticipated Women’s Bantamweight Main Event, the formidable #3 ranked Holly Holm (15-6) will face off against the talented #9 ranked Mayra Bueno Silva (10-2-1). Expect an intense battle between these two skilled fighters.
- The Middleweight Co-Main Event features an exciting matchup between Albert Duraev (16-4) and Junyong Park (16-5). Both fighters possess impressive records and will undoubtedly bring their best to the Octagon.
- In the Heavyweight division, the explosive Walt Harris (13-10) will take on the formidable Josh Parisian (15-6). This clash of heavy hitters is sure to deliver a thrilling spectacle for the fans.
- The Women’s Featherweight bout will showcase the skills of #13 ranked Norma Dumont (9-2) and #15 ranked Chelsea Chandler (5-1). These two talented athletes will look to make their mark in the division with a memorable performance.
- Lightweight action awaits as Ottman Azaitar (13-1) squares off against Francisco Prado (11-1). With their impressive records, both fighters will aim to secure victory and climb the lightweight rankings.
- Rounding out the Main Card, Terrence McKinney (13-5) will meet Nazim Sadykhov (8-1) in another exciting Lightweight showdown. Expect a display of skill, speed, and determination from these two competitors.
- The Featherweight bout features the experienced Tucker Lutz (12-3) taking on the promising Melsik Baghdasaryan (7-2). This clash of styles is sure to provide fans with an exhilarating matchup.
- In the Women’s Strawweight division, Viktoriia Dudakova (6-0) will face off against Istela Nunes (6-4). With their undefeated and experienced records respectively, both fighters will seek to establish their dominance in the division.
- Featherweight action continues as Austin Lingo (9-2) squares off against Melquizael Costa (19-6). These fighters will bring their best techniques and strategies to secure the win.
- In a Lightweight matchup, Evan Elder (7-2) will go head-to-head with Genaro Valdez (10-2). Both fighters will showcase their skills and determination in their quest for victory.
- The Flyweight division will witness an intriguing battle between Tyson Nam (21-13-1) and the undefeated Azat Maksum (16-0). This clash of experience and an unbeaten record will undoubtedly create an intense atmosphere.
- Alex Munoz (6-2) and Carl Deaton (17-6) will face off in a thrilling Lightweight encounter. Both fighters possess the skills to provide an action-packed fight for the fans.
- To kick off the Preliminary Card, the Women’s Bantamweight bout features Ashlee Evans-Smith (6-5) against Ailin Perez (7-2). Expect an exciting start to the event as these two determined fighters go toe-to-toe.
(Note: The fight card and bout order are subject to change. Please refer to the official UFC website for the most up-to-date information.)
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