Fights On Demand: Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso Among 26 UFC Fights Announced

Fights On Demand: Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso Among 26 UFC Fights Announced

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all fights booked across UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

On their return to Brazil, the UFC gave us a great pay-per-view on Saturday with UFC 283. Jamahal Hill became the first Contender Series alum to win a UFC championship after defeating Glover Teixeira. Brandon Moreno ended his rivalry with Deiveson Figueiredo by TKO in the third round thanks to an eye-closing left hand. The Bonfim brothers – Gabriel and Ismael – announced their arrival at the UFC with stunning finishes from Mounir Lazzez and Terrance McKinney. And we saw the end of two legendary careers after Teixeira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua retired. Now we have a short break ahead of us so let’s see what we have on the schedule.

The UFC has either announced or completed 26 fights this week, and a reigning champion returns for her next challenger.

Valentina Shevchenko faces her eighth defense as the UFC Flyweight Champion shares the Octagon with Alexa Grasso at UFC 285, the upcoming pay-per-view scheduled for March 4 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is.

The ‘Bullet’ faced some adversity in their recent defense, earning a split decision against Taila Santos at UFC 275 last June. For the first time in her reign, Shevchenko was truly put to the test, but in the final laps she turned the tide and held on to her championship. As for Grasso, she clinched four straight wins over Ji Yeon Kim, Maycee Barber, Joanne Wood and Viviane Araújo en route to her first UFC Championship shot.

UFC284 — February 11
Junior Tafa vs. Waldo Cortes-Acosta – Heavyweight

UFC 285 – March 4th
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Alexa Grasso – Women’s Flyweight
First repetition. from ESPN Deportes’ Carlos Contreras Legaspi

UFC Fight Night – March 11th
Petr Yan vs. Merab Dvalishvili – Bantamweight
First repetition. from Adam Hill of Las Vegas Review Journal
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Jonathan Martinez – Bantamweight
First repetition. from ESPN Deportes’ Carlos Contreras Legaspi

UFC286 – March 18
Muhammad Mokaev vs. Jafel Filho – Flyweight
First repetition. from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto
Jack Shore vs. Makwan Amirkhani – Featherweight
First repetition. from Alex Behunin from MMA Mania
Christian Leroy Duncan vs. Duško Todorović – Middleweight
First repetition. from Gradske Info
Sam Patterson vs. Yanal Ashmoz – Lightweight
First repetition. from Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Netherlands

UFC 287 – April 8th
Michelle Waterson-Gomez vs. Luana Pinheiro – Women’s Strawweight
First repetition. from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Nikolas Motta – Lightweight
First repetition. from ESPN Deportes’ Carlos Contreras Legaspi
Raul Rosas Jr. vs. Christian Rodriguez – bantamweight
First repetition. from Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Netherlands
Steve Garcia Jr. vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke – Featherweight
First repetition. from Mike Heck of MMA Fighting

UFC Fight Night – April 15
Bruna Brasil vs. Denise Gomes – Women’s Strawweight
First repetition. from Dama de Ferro MMA
Martin Buday vs Jake Collier – Heavyweight
First repetition. from Nolan King from MMA Junkie
TJ Brown vs. Bill Algeo – Featherweight
First repetition. from Mike Heck of MMA Fighting
Dustin Jacoby vs. Azamat Murzakanov – Light Heavyweight
First repetition. from Matthew Wells and Nolan King from MMA Junkie
Edson Barboza vs. Billy Quarantillo – Featherweight
First repetition. from Quarantillo on OnlyFans
Pedro Munhoz vs. Chris Gutierrez – Bantamweight
First repetition. from ESPN Deportes’ Carlos Contreras Legaspi
Piera Rodríguez vs. Gillian Robertson – Women’s Strawweight
First repetition. from David Van Auken from Fight Bananas
Lando Vannata vs. Daniel Zellhuber – Lightweight
First repetition. from Club De Las MMA
Batgerel Danaa vs. Brady Hiestand – Bantamweight
First repetition. from Iridium sports agency

UFC Fight Night – April 22nd
Karol Rosa vs. Norma Dumont – Women’s Featherweight
First repetition. from Diego Ribas from Ag Fight
Iasmin Lucindo vs. Melissa Martinez – Women’s Strawweight
First repetition. from MMA Melotto
Francis Marshall vs. William Gomis – Featherweight
First repetition. from La Sueur
Bobby Green vs Jared Gordon – Lightweight
First repetition. from Nolan King and Farah Hannoun from MMA Junkie
Song Yadong vs. Ricky Simón – Bantamweight
First repetition. from Marcel Dorff of Eurosport Netherlands


Announced Bellator fights:

Bellator 290 — February 4th
Neiman Gracie vs. Dante Schiro – Welterweight
First repetition. from John Morgan from The Underground

Bellator 292 – March 10
Keri Taylor-Melendez vs. Bruna Ellen – Women’s Flyweight
First repetition. from Nolan King from MMA Junkie
Valentin Moldavsky vs. Linton Vassell – Light Heavyweight
Leandro Higo vs James Gallagher – Bantamweight
Laird Anderson vs. Rogelio Luna – Featherweight
Dupree Stewart vs. Demetri Georgiades – welterweight

Bellator Paris – 12th of May
Douglas Lima vs. Costello van Steenis – Middleweight
Jose Augusto vs. Simon Biyong – Light Heavyweight


Announced Professional Fighters League (PFL) fights:

PFL Challenger Series Week 5 – February 24th
Chelsea Hackett vs. Desiree Yanez – Women’s Flyweight
Kaytlin Neil vs. Griet Eeckhout – Women’s Flyweight
Shanna Young vs. Sandra Lavado – Women’s Flyweight
Helen Peralta vs. Lisa Mauldin – Women’s Flyweight

PFL Challenger Series Week 6 – March 3rd
Brahyan Zurcher vs. David Evans – Featherweight
Nate Kelly vs. Zachary Hicks – Featherweight
Ago Huskić vs. Gabriel Braga – Featherweight
Vikas Singh Ruhil vs. Igeu Kabusa – Featherweight


Announced Cage Warriors fights:

Cage Warriors 150 – March 17th
Harry Hardwick vs. Shoaib Yousaf – Featherweight
Omran Chaaban vs. Mush Aslani – Welterweight
Nik Bagley vs. Wesley Machado – Featherweight

Cage Warriors 152 – April 15
Chris Bungard vs. Gavin Hughes – Lightweight

Cage Warriors 153 – April 29th
Rhys McKee vs. Jimmy Wallhead – welterweight
Ryan Shelley vs. Tobias Harila – Featherweight
James Sheehan vs. Oban Elliott – welterweight


Announced KSW fights:

KSW 79 – February 25th
Arek Wrzosek vs. Tomáš Možný – Heavyweight
Daniel Omielańczuk vs. Viktor Pešta – Heavyweight


About the author: Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has been covering martial arts since 2016. (full bio)

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