Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos will begin his road back to the crown on Saturday, November 5, when he faces the No. 3-ranked Tony Ferguson in a five-round main event bout at Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.
The lightweight showdown headlines the UFC’s fourth event in Mexico, and also features the finals of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 3 (also known as UFC Fight Night 98). Winner of Martin Bravo vs. Claudio Puelles will be crowned. FOX Sports 1 will televise the card.
Currently ranked second at 155 pounds, Brazil’s Dos Anjos won five straight over the likes of Nate Diaz, Donald Cerrone, Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson before a stunning first round upset loss to Eddie Alvarez in July cost him his title. Hungry to get his belt back, Dos Anjos can make a statement with a win over former Ultimate Fighter winner Ferguson. Showing the best form of his career, California’s “El Cucuy” is on an eight-fight winning streak that includes wins over Edson Barboza, Josh Thomson and Abel Trujillo, as well as six post-fight bonuses.
Three fighters on the cancelled UFC Manila card were rebooked in this event. Ricardo Lamas will face Charles Oliveira and the Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson match-up will also take place at this event.
Marco Beltran’s new opponent to be announced or he may no longer be fighting. He was supposed to fight Guido Cannetti but was flagged by USADA, pulled from rematch.
Another pair scrapped from this card was the Jorge Masvidal vs. Kelvin Gastelum. The TUF 17 winner was pulled to fight Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York City.
Here’s the official fight card:
Lightweight Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson
Lightweight Martin Bravo vs. Claudio Puelles
Lightweight Diego Sanchez vs. Marcin Held
Featherweight Ricardo Lamas vs. Charles Oliveira
Lightweight Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov
Women’s Strawweight Alexa Grasso vs. Heather Jo Clark
Bantamweight Erik Perez vs. Felipe Arante
Bantamweight Marco Beltran vs. TBA
Welterweight Erick Montaño vs. Max Griffin
Bantamweight Henry Briones vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Middleweight Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson
Lightweight Marco Polo Reyes vs. Jason Novelli
Featherweight Enrique Barzola vs. Chris Avila