The Octagon stays in Abu Dhabi for UFC Combat Island 3, a fifteen-bout battle card headlined by middleweight standouts Robert Whittaker and Darren Until.

The previous UFC middleweight champion, Whittaker (20-5 MMA), might be returning to motion this night for the primary time since surrendering his title to Israel Adesanya at UFC 243.

Previous to his setback to ‘Stylebender’, ‘The Reaper’ was using a nine-fight win streak, which included victories over Yoel Romero, Jacare Souza and Uriah Corridor.

In the meantime, Darren Until (18-2-1 MMA) made his middleweight debut this previous November at UFC 244, the place he earned a break up choice victory over Kelvin Gastelum. That win snapped a two-fight shedding skid for the Liverpool native, as Until had beforehand suffered stoppage losses to Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal respectively.

Robert Whittaker, Darren Till

‘The Gorilla’ is assured {that a} win over Robert Whittaker this night will earn him a middleweight title shot towards the winner of Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa.

The co-main occasion of UFC Combat Island Three encompasses a trilogy bout between gentle heavyweight legends Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

The previous UFC gentle heavyweight champion, Rua (26-11-1 MMA), defeated Nogueira in each of the pairs earlier matchups by choice, with their second contest at UFC 190 incomes ‘battle of the night time‘ honors.

Shogun Rua will enter tonight’s UFC Combat Island 3: ‘Whittaker vs. Until’ occasion on a two-fight unbeaten streak. After scoring a TKO victory over Tyson Pedro in December of 2018, Shogun fought Paul Craig to a break up draw this previous November in Sao Paulo.

In the meantime, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (23-9 MMA) will enter tonight’s co-headliner trying to rebound, this after struggling a primary spherical knockout loss to Ryan Spann in his most up-to-date effort at UFC 237.

Additionally featured on tonight’s UFC Combat Island 3: ‘Whittaker vs. Until’ essential card is an intriguing heavyweight bout pitting Alexander Gustafsson towards Fabricio Werdum.

The previous multiple-time gentle heavyweight title challenger, Gustafsson (18-6 MMA), might be making his heavyweight debut when he collides with Werdum this night. The Swede had retired from MMA following his submission loss to Anthony Smith in June of 2019, however lately discovered the hearth to get again within the Octagon.

UFC Combat Island Three Important Card (8pm EST on ESPN+)

Middleweight: Robert Whittaker Vs. Darren Until – Whittaker def. Until by unanimous choice (48-47 x3)

Mild Heavyweight: Mauricio Rua Vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira – Rua def. Nogueira by break up choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum Vs. Alexander Gustafsson – Werdum def. Gustafsson through submission (armbar) at 2:26 of Spherical 1

Ladies’s Strawweight: Carla Esparza Vs. Marina Rodriguez – Esparza def. Rodriguez by break up choice (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Mild Heavyweight: Paul Craig Vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov – Craig def. Antigulov through submission (triangle choke) at 2:06 of Spherical 1

Welterweight: Alex Oliveira Vs. Peter Sobotta – Oliveira def. Sobotta by unanimous choice (30-27 x3)

Welterweight: Khamzat Chimaev Vs. Rhys Mckee – Chimaev def. Mckee through TKO at 3:09 of Spherical 1

UFC Combat Island Three Prelims (5pm EST on ESPN+)

Light-weight: Francisco Trinaldo Vs. Jai Herbert – Trinaldo def. Herbet through KO at 1:30 of Spherical 3

Welterweight: Nicolas Dalby Vs. Jesse Ronson – Ronson def. Dalby through submission (RNC) at 2:48 of Spherical 1

Heavyweight: Tom Aspinall Vs. Jake Collier – Aspinall def. Collier through TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Spherical 1

Featherweight: Movsar Evloev Vs. Mike Grundy – Evloev def. Grundy by unanimous choice (30-27, 29-28 x2)

Heavyweight: Tanner Boser Vs. Raphael Pessoa – Boser def. Pessoa through TKO at 2:36 of Spherical 2

Ladies’s Bantamweight: Bethe Correia Vs. Pannie Kianzad – Kianzad def. Correia by unanimous choice (30-27 x2, 29-28)

Welterweight: Ramazan Emeev Vs. Niklas Stolze – Emeev def. Stolze by unanimous choice (30-27 x2, 29-28)

Bantamweight: Nathaniel Wooden Vs. John Castaneda – Wooden def. Castaneda by unanimous choice (30-27 x3)

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This text first appeared on BJPENN.com on July 25, 2020