UFC Matchmaking Bulletin (10/30-11/5): 20-Fight Veteran Joins UFC 296 Card, Two Cancellations

UFC Matchmaking Bulletin (10/30-11/5): 20-Fight Veteran Joins UFC 296 Card, Two Cancellations

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MMA News has you covered with this week’s UFC matchmaking bulletin, featuring the return of featherweight mainstay Andre Fili.

With UFC cards being held most weekends, Mick Maynard and Sean Shelby have their matchmaking work cut out if they’re to fill them, meaning new bouts are confirmed each and every week.

In recent days, a few big-name fights were reported, confirmed, or made official by the UFC and reputable sources. For more information on those matchups, check out the links below:

  • Beneil Dariush vs. Arman Tsarukyan – UFC Austin (December 2)
  • Dan Hooker vs. Bobby Green – UFC Austin (December 2)
  • Raquel Pennington vs. Mayra Bueno Silva – UFC 297 (January 20)

It was a busy week overall for fight announcements, with a number of lower-profile matchups coming together. For those, check out this week’s quick hits:

  • Cody Brundage vs. Zach Reese – UFC Austin (December 2)
  • Ihor Potieria vs. Rodolfo Bellato – UFC Austin (December 2)
  • Tatsuro Taira vs. Carlos Hernandez – UFC Shanghai (December 9)
  • Rongzhu vs. Shin Haraguchi – UFC Shanghai (December 9)
  • Li Kai Wen vs. Yi Zha – UFC Shanghai (December 9)
  • Xiao Long vs. Chang Ho Lee – UFC Shanghai (December 9)
  • Rei Tsuruya vs. Jiniushiyue – UFC Shanghai (December 9)
  • Felipe Bunes vs. Denys Bondar – UFC Vegas 83 (January 13)
  • Yohan Lainesse vs. Sam Patterson – UFC 297 (January 20)

But it wasn’t all positive, with a couple of fights falling through or being adjusted in recent days. For those failed pairings and any confirmed replacements, see the list below:

  • Nurullo Aliev (OUT) vs. Mateusz Rębecki – UFC 295 (November 11)
  • Jesse Butler (OUT, Lucas Alexander IN) vs. Jake Saragih – UFC Vegas 82 (November 18)

And for more detailed information on one notable fight that may have flown under your radar between October 30 and November 5, scroll down and check out this week’s UFC Matchmaking Bulletin spotlighted fight.

Andre Fili vs. Lucas Almeida – UFC 296 (December 16)

An already intriguing-looking UFC 296 card next month could be set for even more excitement following the addition of a featherweight bout.

Andre Fili (22-10, 1 NC) has made the walk 20 times on MMA’s biggest stage, accumulating wins over the likes of Artem Lobov, Dennis Bermudez, Sheymon Moraes, and Charles Jourdain. “Touchy” lost his sole outing of this year to date, falling short on the scorecards in a memorable scrap against Nathaniel Wood at UFC London this past July.

If Fili is to have his hand raised for the first time since September 2022, he must get past Lucas Almeida (14-2) on December 16. The Jungle Fight veteran has gone 1-1 since signing with the UFC, knocking Michael Trizano out on debut before being submitted by Pat Sabatini last time out at UFC Vegas 75.

This featherweight fight was announced by Almeida on Instagram.

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