Former UFC champion returns from horrific injury | Fights on Tap

Check out all the MMA fights, including Chris Weidman vs. Brad Tavares, announced over the past week in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

By: Kristen King | 4 months ago
Former UFC champion returns from horrific injury | Fights on Tap
Chris Weidman at UFC 230 | IMAGO/ZUMA Wire

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions. The UFC either announced or finalized 14 fights this week, and one of them features the return of a former champion.

Two years after his leg-shattering loss to Uriah Hall, former champion Chris Weidman is set to return to the Octagon. Newsday Sports’ Mark La Monica reports that the ‘All-American’ faces Brad Tavares at UFC 292, the upcoming pay-per-view event scheduled for Aug. 19 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Chris Weidman discusses his forthcoming comeback fight.

Prior to his most recent loss, Weidman returned to the win column with a unanimous decision win against Omari Akhmedov at UFC Vegas 6 in 2020. That snapped a two-fight streak for the Serra-Longo Fight Team fighter, who suffered consecutive KO losses to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and Dominick Reyes at UFC 230 and UFC Boston, respectively. 

Tavares is 2-4 in his past six appearances. The Hawaiian rebounded from losses to Israel Adesanya and Edmen Shahbazyan with decisions against Antônio Carlos Júnior and the aforementioned Akhmedov. His win streak was short-lived, as Tavares dropped his next two fights against Dricus Du Plessis and Bruno Silva

Announced UFC fights: 

UFC London — July 22

UFC Nashville — August 5

UFC Vegas 78 — August 12

UFC 292 — August 19 

UFC 293 — September 10 

UFC Fight Night — September 16

Announced Bellator fights:

Bellator X RIZIN 2 — July 30 

  • Danny Sabatello vs. Magomed Magomedov — bantamweight
  • Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin — welterweight 

Announced PFL fights:

PFL 6 (2023 Regular Season) — June 23

  • Zach Juusola vs. Jarrah Al-Silawi — welterweight 

PFL Playoffs 1 — August 4

  • Bubba Jenkins vs. Jesus Pinedo — featherweight 
  • Gabriel Braga vs. Movlid Khaybulaev — featherweight 
  • Josh Silveira vs. Ty Flores — light heavyweight 
  • Marthin Hamlet vs. Impa Kasanganay — light heavyweight 

Announced Cage Warriors fights: 

Cage Warriors 156 — July 1

  • Ieuan Davies vs. El Hadji Ndiaye — lightweight 
  • Andrew Clamp vs. Ghassan Abdenabi — light heavyweight 
  • Jimmy Quinn vs. Dan Kneil — bantamweight 

Cage Warriors 157 — July 21

  • Daniel Skibiński vs. Madars Fleminas — welterweight 
  • Omiel Brown vs. Jesse Urholin — welterweight 
  • Weslley Maia vs. Shirzad Qadrian — bantamweight 
  • Nik Bagley vs. Grant Ogborne — featherweight 
  • Thomas Paull vs. Alberth Dias — featherweight 

Announced KSW fights: 

KSW 84 — July 15 

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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