After a very successful stint on Fight Island, the UFC is back in Vegas for its latest offering out of their APEX facility: UFC VEGAS 18. Headlining Saturday’s show is a clash of top ten heavyweights as Alistair Overeem takes on Alexander Volkov.
Also on the card bantamweights Frankie Edgar and Cory Sandhagen meet in a fight that will have major title implications at 135 lbs. Champion Petr Yan will take on Aljimain Sterling for his first defence, but an impressive showing from Sandhagen will likely mean ‘The Sandman’ is up next.
Also on the main card is a meeting of veteran lightweights Michael Johnson and Clay Guida and the long awaited debut of flyweight RIZIN stand-out Manel Kape, who takes on Alexandre Pantoja.
Before any of this happens the fighters have to make weight, which is never a given in the COVID-19 era of fighting. That being said, there isn’t much chance the headliners miss weight; Overeem will probably step on the scales wearing jeans. But the rest of the card might require shuffling if COVID-19 tests and weight cuts go awry.
You can watch video of the weigh-ins right here. The stream begins at 12 PM ET. Video is provided by AG Fight.
Main Card (8 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem (264) vs. Alexander Volkov (264)
Bantamweight: Cory Sandhagen (135.5) vs. Frankie Edgar (135.5)
Lightweight: Michael Johnson (154.5) vs. Clay Guida (155)
Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja (125.5) vs. Manel Kape (125.5)
Featherweight: Cody Stamann (144.5) vs. Askar Askar (145)
Lightweight: Diego Ferreira (155) vs. Beneil Dariush (156)
Preliminary Card (5 p.m. ET, ESPN+)
Light heavyweight: Mike Rodriguez (205) vs. Danilo Marques (205)
Catchweight (160 lbs): Devonte Smith (159.5) vs. Justin Jaynes (159)
Bantamweight: Karol Rosa (135) vs. Joselyne Edwards (135)
Flyweight: Molly McCann (126) vs. Lara Fritzen Procopio (125.5)
Featherweight: Seung Woo Choi (145.5) vs. Youssef Zalal (146)
Featherweight: Martin Day (146) vs. Timur Valiev (145.5)
Featherweight: Ode Osbourne (143,5) vs. Jerome Rivera (145)
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