The UFC returns on Saturday, Aug. 25, with an action-packed night from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje headings his third UFC card in 4 fights against spotting top-10 challenger James Vick at UFC Fight Night 135. Gaethje went into the UFC on a 17-fight unbeaten streak, but he has given that dropped 2 of his past 3 and 2 straight battles, albeit against top-level competitors in the form of previous UFC champion Eddie Alvarez and leading contender Dustin Poirier.
Vick, on the other hand, has actually won four straight bouts and nine of his previous 10 inside the Octagon. He has actually scored interruption triumphes over Joe Duffy, Jake Matthews and Polo Reyes.
The narrative surrounding this centerpiece screams home entertainment worth. However, a win for Vick likely catapults him into contendership, while a loss for Gaethje would be ravaging. Needs to Gaethje turn his fortune around, he’ll keep his name relevant in the leading 10.
The night’s co-headliner likewise features one fighter searching for redemption and another looking to take the next step in his career. Previous top-10 lightweight Michael Johnson has actually struggled in his previous six battles, losing all but one of those contests. It’s not like Johnson was given a simple roadway, nevertheless. He was faced with the similarity present UFC light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, the previously mentioned headliner Gaethje, individuals’s champ Nate Diaz and Darren Elkins. Now, Johnson is looking to move past his problems. His opponent, Andre Fili, is riding back-to-back wins versus Dennis Bermudez and Artem Lobov. The 28-year-old could be on the verge of contendership with an impressive performance versus Johnson.
At night’s other main-card action, ranked women’s strawweights Angela Hill and Cortney Casey fight for divisional positioning, former top-10 welterweight Jake Ellenberger satisfies grizzled veteran Bryan Barberena, previous UFC title challenger John Moraga battles top-15 flyweight Deiveson Figueiredo, and former Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Eryk Anders aims to come back from his very first career loss against Lyoto Machida when he takes on Tim Williams.
On the preliminary card, The Ultimate Fighter 23 winner Andrew Sanchez looks to end his two-fight skid versus previous Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight titleholder Markus Perez, previous top-15 bantamweight Iuri Alcantara meets prospect Cory Sandhagen, Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight signee Mickey Gall battles East Coast grinder George Sullivan, and TUF Brazil 3 winner Warlley Alves takes on fellow TUF veteran James Krause. In the UFC Fight Pass prelim headliner, No. 15-ranked ladies’s strawweight Joanne Calderwood handles previous Titan FC women’s bantamweight champ Kalindra Faria.
The early prelims air live at 6:30 p.m. on UFC Fight Pass. The initial card continues reside on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET. The six-fight primary card begins at 10 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1.
The fighters hit the scales on Friday. The results will appear below.
Justin Gaethje (156) vs. James Vick (156)
Andre Fili (146) vs. Michael Johnson (146)
Cortney Casey (115.5) vs. Angela Hill (115.5)
Bryan Barberena (170) vs. Jake Ellenberger (170)
Deiveson Figueiredo (125) vs. John Moraga (125.5)
Eryk Anders (185.5) vs. Tim Williams (185)