A pivotal flyweight conflict is about for the UFC’s July 18 occasion.
Alexandre Pantoja (22-Four MMA, 6-2 UFC) will tackle Askar Askarov (11-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi – also referred to as “Combat Island.” MMA Junkie confirmed the matchup following an preliminary social media put up by Askarov.
Winner of 4 of his final 5, Pantoja is coming off a “Efficiency of the Evening” knockout of Matt Schnell final December. Pantoja may also function the backup for the flyweight title struggle between Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez that may also function on the July 18 card.
Former ACB flyweight champion Askarov prolonged his unbeaten report with a unanimous choice win over Tim Elliott at UFC 246 in January. The win represented his first victory below the UFC banner following a break up draw with Brandon Moreno on his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN+ 17 in September 2019.
With the addition of Askarov vs. Pantoja, the present July 18 lineup contains:
- Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez – for vacant UFC flyweight title
- Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jack Hermansson
- Marc Diakiese vs. Alan Patrick
- Askar Askarov vs. Alexandre Pantoja