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“El Matador” returns to the UFC in December

The latest UFC 2022 card looks to be beefed up with the likely addition of a featherweight bout between Dan Ige and Ilia Topuria. For him undefeat


The latest UFC 2022 card looks to be beefed up with the likely addition of a featherweight bout between Dan Ige and Ilia Topuria.

For him undefeated Topuria (12-0), currently ranked 14th at featherweightthe bout will mark his first contest in the division since July 2021. After climbing the ladder with wins over Youssef Zalal, Damon Jackson and Ryan Hall, a weight-cutting issue ahead of UFC 270 saw him test the weight waters. lightweight in his most recent outing.

And after an initial scare at UFC London last March, “El Matador” brutally knocked out Jai Herbert in the English capital. Although the Georgian Spaniard has expressed a desire to compete in both weight classes, a victory on December 17 will allow you to get closer to contention at featherweight.

Standing in his way, however, appears to be 11th-ranked Ige (15-6). After rise to the top of the division with six consecutive wins, including that of veteran Edson Barboza, “50K” saw his title hopes curbed by Calvin Kattar. And since an early rebound knockout against Gavin Tucker, the Hawaiian has lost three straight times to Chan Sung Jung, Josh Emmett and Movsar Evloev.

If Ige can recover from being the first to taint Topuria’s record, will firmly rekindle his presence as a fighter in the rankings of 145 lbs.

The current bouts expected to take place at UFC Vegas 66 on December 17 are as follows

Jared Cannonier vs. Sean Strickland (Middleweight Main Event)
Arman Tsarukyan vs. Damir Ismagulov (lightweight)
Dan Ige vs. Ilia Topuria (featherweight)
Said Nurmagomedov vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov (bantamweight)
Julian Marquez vs. Deron Winn (Middleweight)
Michael Morales vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov (welterweight)
Albert Duraev vs. Michał Oleksiejczuk (Middleweight)
Cheyanne Vlismas vs. Cory McKenna (women’s strawweight)
Sergey Morosov vs. Journey Newson (bantamweight)
Hayisaer Maheshate vs. Rafa Garcia (lightweight)
Jamal Pogues vs. Tafon Nchukwi (Light Heavyweight)