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The UFC stays in Vegas after last week’s enthralling UFC 276 card. This Fight Night event features the epic lightweight matchup between Rafael Dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev. “Ataman” is on a five-fight win streak, after making light work of some of the best in the division – if he wins against Dos Anjos, he will break into one of the top-ranking spots.

Get up-to-date odds and pre-fight info for all main card bouts at the next UFC Fight Night.

UFC Fight Night – Dos Anjos Vs. Fiziev

  • Date: Saturday, July 9
  • Location: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, United States
  • Prelims: 7:30 PM ET
  • Main Card: 10:00 PM ET
  • How to Stream UFC Fight Night online: View on ESPN+ or with the UFC Fight Pass

Rafael Dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev

This matchup will decide who is the best Rafael in the lightweight division. The long-anticipated bout was originally booked to go ahead at UFC 272. However, Fiziev tested positive for COVID in the build-up to that date, so the fight was pushed to July.

The former champion, Dos Anjos, might be almost 40, but he’s never looked better. His last fight saw him dominate Renato Moicano, before that, he defeated Paul Felder.

The lightweight took a run at the welterweight class for a while. Yet, he thought it better to step down after losing a title shot to Covington and getting crushed by Usman.

The Brazilian has a 49% finishing rate, with five knockouts, ten submissions, and 16 decision wins. He is an underdog to defend his spot in the division, gatekeeping the top five, but you cannot rule him out.

Rafael Fiziev impressed everyone with his last win. He got a victory against Brad Riddel with a third-round wheel kick knockout.

This elite striker has only lost once in the UFC and is riding a five-fight win streak. With this momentum behind him, he is the sportsbooks‘ pick to win, with odds of -200.

The Kyrgyzstani has a 73% finish rate, with seven knockouts, one submission win, and three decision victories.  He has proven he is tough, but will he have what it takes to overcome the experience of Dos Anjos?

Rafael Dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev
37 Age 29
44 Fights 12
31 Wins 11
13 Losses 1
5 KO’s 7
10 Subs 1
5′ 8 Height (feet) 5′ 8
70 Reach (inches) 71.5
155.00 Weight (lbs) 155.00
Win Last Fight Win

Caio Borralho vs. Armen Petrosyan

This co-main event features two new rising stars in the middleweight class going at it. Both made their way to the UFC through the Contender series, and now we will see who is better.

Caio Barralho earned his spot in the UFC ranks with a first-round knockout against Jesse Murray. He then took on Gadzhi Omargadzhiev, where he was cruising towards a win before his opponent landed an illegal knee. This meant that Barralho was declared the winner via technical decision.

The 29-year-old has a 64% finish rate, with four knockouts, three submission wins, and three decisions. The Brazilian is a little shorter but has a four-inch reach advantage. He is the sportsbooks’ pick to win, with odds of -180.

Armen Petrosyan did not have an easy first matchup in the UFC. He faced off with Gregory Rodrigues in an all-out war. He eventually won the close fight by a split decision.

The Armenian might be fairly new to MMA, but he has plenty of experience as a kickboxer – with a total of 92 fights. This makes him a dangerous striker within the Octagon.

“Superman” enters with an 86% finish rate, with six knockouts and one decision victory. While he is on a three-fight win streak, he is the underdog to get the job done against Barralho, with odds of +160.

Caio Borralho vs Armen Petrosyan
29 Age 31
13 Fights 8
11 Wins 7
1 Losses 1
4 KO’s 6
3 Subs 0
5′ 10 Height (feet) 6′ 2
75 Reach (inches) 71
183.00 Weight (lbs) 183.00
Win Last Fight Win

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs. Said Nurmagomedov

This high-intensity bantamweight matchup will decide who finds themselves in the top 15 rankings. With both fighters on two-fight win streaks, a couple more victories could see a run at the title for either of them.

Douglas Silva de Andrade came back from multiple knockdowns in his last fight to get the win. The Brazilian put Sergey Morozov to sleep in the second round, after almost being finished himself plenty of times in the bout.

The 37-year-old has now won three of his last four fights. He is the underdog in this matchup but has proven to be a very dangerous opponent that finishes fights when you least expect it.

Silva de Andrade has a 79% finish rate, with 20 knockouts, two submission wins, and six decision victories.

After five fights in the UFC, Said Nurmagomedov has finished three of them in the first round. He knocked out Ricardo Ramos and Mark Striegl early and most recently submitted Cody Stamann in just 47 seconds.

The Russian is expected by many to be one to watch in the division. He has a high striking output and constantly manages to take less damage than his opponents.

Nurmagomedov has a 54% finish rate, with four knockouts, four submissions, and seven decisions. He is the heavy favorite to win against Silva de Andrade, and many feel this fight will be over quickly.

Douglas Silva de Andrade vs Said Nurmagomedov
36 Age 30
33 Fights 17
28 Wins 15
4 Losses 2
20 KO’s 4
2 Subs 4
5′ 6 Height (feet) 5′ 8
68.5 Reach (inches) 70
135.00 Weight (lbs) 135.00
Win Last Fight Win

Jared Vanderaa vs. Chase Sherman

This heavyweight bout features two fighters in desperate need of a win. Another loss for either opponent could spell the end of their UFC career, so it’s all on the line.

Jared Vanderaa has only won one of his five fights in the UFC. In his last bout, he was submitted by Aleksei Oleinik in the first round.

The 30-year-old is on a three-fight losing skid and enters with 12 wins and 8 losses on his record. Despite this, he is the favorite to win against Sherman, with odds at -200.

The American has an 84% finish rate, with seven knockouts, three submissions, and two decision victories. He’s had some tough fights in the UFC but impressed everyone with a first-round knockout in the Contender Series, so we know he is dangerous.

Chase Sherman has been a UFC journeyman for some time now. While he has impressed against certain opponents, he has been cannon fodder many times. From 12 fights in the UFC, he has lost nine times.

“The Vanilla Gorilla” is on a four-fight losing streak. He most recently suffered back-to-back first-round submissions at the hands of Jake Collier and Alexandr Romanov.

The 32-year-old has a 94% finish rate, with 14 knockouts and one decision win. So as you can see from his stats, if he’s winning a fight, he’s knocking out his opponent. So this promises to be a fun watch.

Jared Vanderaa vs Chase Sherman
30 Age 32
20 Fights 25
12 Wins 15
8 Losses 10
7 KO’s 14
3 Subs 0
6′ 4 Height (feet) 6′ 4
80 Reach (inches) 78
266.00 Weight (lbs) 247.00
Loss Last Fight Loss

Michael Johnson vs. Jamie Mullarkey

This is a compelling lightweight matchup between two dangerous fighters with immense striking outputs.

Michael Johnson snapped a four-fight losing streak with a fantastic knockout against Alan Patrick in his last bout.

“The Menace” has been around in the UFC since 2010 and will be eager to return to his winning ways after some poor form over the last four years.

Johnson enters with a 40% finish rate, with nine knockouts, three submissions, and 12 decision wins.

Jamie Mullarkey is much newer to the UFC – joining in 2019. He has won two of his five matchups in the franchise, both with breathtaking knockouts.

The Australian last faced Jalin Turner at UFC 272 but was knocked out in the second round. Before this setback, he found some form, so he will want to get back to climbing the rankings.

The 27-year-old is nine years younger than his opponent; he has a very slight reach advantage, as well as being two inches taller. The Aussie has a 93% finish rate, with ten knockout wins, four submissions, and one decision his way.

Mullarkey has a black belt in jiu-jitsu but loves to keep things standing. This promises to be one of the best fights of the night, so make sure you tune in on time.

Michael Johnson vs Jamie Mullarkey
36 Age 27
41 Fights 20
20 Wins 14
17 Losses 5
9 KO’s 10
3 Subs 4
5′ 10 Height (feet) 6′ 0
73.5 Reach (inches) 74
155.00 Weight (lbs) 155.50
Win Last Fight Loss

UFC Fight Night Prelims

  • Cynthia Calvillo vs. Nina Nunes (women’s flyweight bout)
  • Aiemann Zahabi vs. Ricky Turcios (bantamweight bout)
  • Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey (women’s flyweight bout)
  • Cody Brundage vs. Tresean Gore (middleweight bout)
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu vs. Karl Roberson (light-heavyweight bout)
  • Ronnie Lawrence vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov (bantamweight bout)

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William James

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