MMA fight announcements are hard to follow. With so many outlets and channels available, it’s nearly impossible to organize.
But here at MMA Junkie, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll compile all the new fight bookings right here – in one spot. Worried you missed a UFC or Bellator matchup, a playoff pairing for the PFL, or a title fight scheduled for ONE or LFA?
Our fight booking wire will keep tabs on it all and will update any time we’ve got new matchups — so you’ll want to come back throughout the week to see the latest.
Here are fight announcements that have been broken or confirmed by MMA Junkie for this week, March 22-28:
Mayra Bueno Silva steps in to face Poliana Botelho on May 1
With Ji Yeon Kim forced out of UFC Fight Night on May 1 due to undisclosed reasons, Poliana Botelho will now face fellow Brazilian Mayra Bueno Silva.
Botelho (8-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has lost two of her past three and will look to rebound from her unanimous decision loss to Gillian Robertson in October. Silva (7-1-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) on the other hand, is coming off a majority draw against Montana De La Rosa at UFC Fight Night 186 last month.
– Confirmed by Farah Hannoun at 9:05 a.m. ET on March 22 (first reported by Ag Fight)
Bellator 256: Law vs. Ghareeb, Nogueira vs. Borga set for April 9
The lineup for Bellator’s return next month continues to build with a pair off new matchups.
Former Division-II champion wrestler Cody Law (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will put his unbeaten record on the line against promotional newcomer Nathan Ghareeb (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a featherweight bout on the Bellator 256 prelims April 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Law had a pair of stoppage wins in 2020 in his first two Bellator fights.
In addition, former women’s featherweight title challenger Talita Nogueira (7-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) will take on Jessica Borga (3-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
– Confirmed by Nolan King at 11:50 a.m. ET on March 22 (first reported by MMA Fighting)
Bellator 256: Cat Zingano vs. Olivia Parker
A former UFC title challenger has her next fight booked – and a win could set her up for a Bellator title shot. Cat Zingano (11-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on promotional newcomer Olivia Parker (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a women’s featherweight bout at Bellator 256 on April 9 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Zingano was a high-profile free agent signing for Bellator in October 2019, but it was nearly a year before her promotional debut at Bellator 245 this past September, a decision win over Gabby Holloway. Because of the lack of depth of Bellator’s women’s featherweight division, a win over Parker could set Zingano up for a shot at champion Cris Cyborg.
The 39-year-old Parker is based in Tennessee and a teammate of UFC standout Ovince Saint-Preux. She started her pro career 4-0, including three stoppage wins under the Valor Fighting Challenge banner. In July 2020, she moved up a level, but was submitted in the first round by Chelsea Chandler at Invicta FC 40.
– Confirmed by Nolan King at 1:45 p.m. ET on March 22 (first reported by ESPN.com)
Bellator 258 adds three fights to lineup
Henry Corrales and Keith Lee are set to square off at bantamweight at Bellator 258, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Johnny Eblen (7-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) vs. Daniel Madrid (18-6 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at middleweight, and Weber Almeida (4-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) vs. Johnny Soto (3-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at featherweight, also have been added to the preliminary card.
– Confirmed by Nolan King, March 23 at 6:10 p.m. ET (first reported by Sherdog)
Bellator 255 gets three new prelims
With Jared Scoggins out, Magomed Magomedov (17-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will face promotional newcomer Cee Jay Hamilton (15-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the preliminary card at bantamweight.
Also added to the prelims, were a welterweight fight, Mukhamad Berkhamov (14-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Herman Terrado (15-5 MMA, 0-1-1 BMMA), and a middleweight fight, Fabio Aguiar (17-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Khalid Murtazaliev (14-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
– Confirmed by Nolan King, March 23 at 6:50 p.m. ET (first reported by Cageside Press)
Khabib’s protege lands next assignment
Flyweights will go head to head at UFC Fight Night on June 19 when Hawaii’s Tyson Nam and Russia’s Tagir Ulanbekov face off at a UFC Fight Night event that doesn’t currently have a confirmed location or venue.
Ulanbekov (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is a teammate and protege of former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and will return to action looking to claim back-to-back wins in his first two UFC appearances, while Nam (20-12-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will look to bounce back from his recent split-decision loss to Matt Schnell.
– First reported by Nolan King and John Morgan, March 24 at 8:00 a.m. ET
Elliott vs. Mudaerji set for June 26
Former flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott is set to return to action on June 26 when he takes on Su Mudaerji on a UFC Fight Night that currently does not have a confirmed location or venue.
Both men are heading into the bout in form, with Elliott (17-11-1 MMA, 6-9 UFC) riding a two-fight winning streak, and Mudaerji (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) currently on a three-fight tear.
– First reported by Farah Hannoun and Nolan King, March 24 at 8:50 a.m. ET
Adam Borics’ return among four fights official for Bellator 256
Bellator 256 has four more fights that are official for April 9:
- Adam Borcis (16-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (16-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA)
- Cass Bell (5-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) vs. Jornel Lugo (5-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA)
- Dalton Rosta (4-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) vs. Tony Johnson (9-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA)
- Jaylon Bates (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) vs. Jeffrey Glossner (2-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA)
Since losing by first-round submission to former bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in January 2020, the previously undefeated Borics has rebounded with back-to-back decision wins over Mike Hamel and Erick Sanchez. Kennedy, a former UFC and PFL competitor, is riding a three-fight winning streak, which includes a decision over Matt Bessette in his Bellator debut last November.
– Posted on Bellator’s official website, updated March 24 at 12:08 p.m. ET
Lance Gibson Jr. vs. Marcus Surin added to Bellator 257
Lance Gibson Jr. will look to stay unbeaten when he meets Marcus Surin on April 16 at Bellator 257. Gibson is off to a 3-0 start to his MMA career, including his Bellator debut in October 2019, a first-round TKO over Dominic Jones. Surin (6-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) is coming off a submission loss to Devin Powell in his last fight, also in October 2019.
– Posted on Bellator’s official website, updated March 24 at 12:15 p.m. ET
Maki Pitolo vs. Dusko Todorovic booked for UFC Fight Night on June 5
Dusko Todorovic (10-1) and Maki Pitolo (13-8) will fight each other at UFC Fight Night on June 5, with both men looking to get back in the win column. Todorovic (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) lost for the first time in his most recent bout when he suffered a first-round TKO to Punahele Soriano at UFC on ABC 1. Pitolo (13-8 MMA, 1-4 UFC) badly is in need of a victory as he enters on a three-fight losing streak.
– Confirmed by Nolan King, March 24 at 12:22 p.m. ET (first reported by MMA Fighting)
Jamey Simmons targeted to fight Johnny Munoz at UFC 261
The UFC 261 lineup has been tweaked, with the promotion targeting a bantamweight fight between Jamey Simmons (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who replaces Mark Striegl, and Johnny Munoz (10-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). The fight is expected to take place on the April 24 pay-per-view card, which will be the first the UFC has held in front of a full capacity crowd since March 2020. Both Simmons and Munoz will be looking for their first UFC wins against each other in their second promotional appearances.
– First reported by Nolan King, March 24 at 12:31 p.m. ET
Ryan Hall set to return July 10 vs. Ilia Topuria
Ryan Hall (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is scheduled to take on rising prospect Ilia Topuria (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on July 10 at an event that does not yet have an announced location or venue, which is expected to be UFC 264. It’ll be Hall’s first fight in nearly two years.
– Confirmed by Danny Segura, March 24 at 2:14 p.m. ET (first reported by Adjara Sport)
UFC 260 sees two changes during fight week
UFC 260 has a different look to it in the middle of fight week. The event lost Hannah Goldy vs. Jessica Penne after Goldy announced she tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, William Knight is out of his fight with Alonzo Menifield, who now will meet LFA light heavyweight champion Fabio Cherant. UFC 260, which takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, is down to 10 fights on the card.
– Announced by UFC, March 24 at 2:56 p.m. ET
William Knight shifts to UFC on ABC 2
After withdrawing from UFC 260, William Knight (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been rebooked for the UFC on ABC 2 card on April 10. He’ll fight Da Un Jung (13-2-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) in place of Shamil Gamzatov, who has withdrawn from the event due to visa issues.
– Announced by UFC, March 24 at 2:56 p.m. ET
Francisco Trinaldo moves to welterweight
After more than eight years competing in the UFC’s lightweight division, Brazilian veteran Francisco Trinaldo is making the move to 170 pounds. “Massaranduba” will take on the “King of Kung Fu,” Muslim Salikhov at a June 5 UFC event at a location yet to announced.
Trinaldo (26-7 MMA, 16-6 UFC) leaves the division on a three-fight winning streak but did miss weight in his most recent outing, registering at 160 pounds for a June matchup with Jai Herbert at UFC on ESPN 14. Meanwhile, Salikhov (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) brings a four-fight winning streak into the contest after registering victories over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, Laureano Staropoli, Nordine Taleb and Ricky Rainey.
– Confirmed by John Morgan, March 24 at 8:52 p.m. ET (first reported by MMA Fighting)
Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Jerome Rivera joins UFC’s July 10 lineup
Flyweights Zhalgas Zhumagulov (13-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Jerome Rivera (10-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) will be in search of their first octagon win when they square off on July 10 at an event that does not yet have an announced location or venue, which is expected to be UFC 264.
– Confirmed by Farah Hannoun, March 25 at 10:58 a.m. ET (first reported by MMA DNA)
Rafael Alves moves up to lightweight to face Damir Ismagulov on May 15
After missing the featherweight mark by a record 11.5 pounds, Rafael Alves (19-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will move up to 155 pounds to meet Damir Ismagulov at UFC 262 on May 15. The Dana White’s Contender Series standout was slated to make his promotional debut against Pat Sabatini in February, but the fight was scrapped after he missed weight badly – and later blamed it on salmon he ate.
Unbeaten in the octagon, Ismagulov (19-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) hasn’t competed since beating Thiago Moises by unanimous decision in August 2019. The former M-1 Global lightweight champion has won his past 14 in a row.
– Both fighters confirmed the matchup on their social media (first reported by Ag Fight)
Anthony Birchak steps in to face Tony Gravely on April 17
With Nate Maness out, Anthony Birchak (15-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will step in to face Tony Gravely (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC on ESPN 22 on April 17.
Birchak fell short in his return to the octagon when he was submitted by Gustavo Lopez in the first round in November. He was slated to face Johnny Eduardo at UFC on ESPN 21, but the fight was scrapped after Eduardo withdrew. Meanwhile, Gravely will look to make it two in a row in the UFC after edging out Geraldo de Freitas in his promotional debut in November.
– Birchak confirmed the matchup on his social media (first reported by C.C. Legaspi)