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Fights on Tap: Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen, Rob Font vs. José Aldo among 27 UFC fights announced

Check out all the fights announced over the past week in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

Fights on Tap: Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen, Rob Font vs. José Aldo among 27 UFC fights announced 
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Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

There are three months left in 2021, so the UFC is going all out with its recent additions to the final pay-per-view and fight night events of the year. The promotion either announced or finalized 27 fights this week, and an interim bantamweight championship between No. 1 and No. 3 in the division has been set.

Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling were going to meet at UFC 267 in October for an immediate rematch stemming from their controversial outing at UFC 259 earlier this year. However, Sterling revealed that he is still dealing with some nerve issues from a recent neck surgery and could not obtain medical clearance to compete. Yan wanted to remain on the card and got his wish as Cory Sandhagen has been tapped as the replacement for Sterling. Yan and Sandhagen now fight for the interim bantamweight championship and the winner will go on the unify the titles against Sterling once he is allowed to return to the Octagon.

Some other interesting bantamweight fights have been added to the schedule, with Rob Font vs. José Aldo and Dominick Cruz vs. Pedro Munhoz among the highlights.

UFC Vegas 40 — October 16

Sijara Eubanks vs. Luana Carolina — women’s flyweight

UFC 267 — October 30

Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen — bantamweight

Islam Makhachev vs. Dan Hooker — lightweight

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Lerone Murphy — featherweight

Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos vs. Benoît St. Denis — welterweight

UFC Vegas 42 — November 13

Thiago Moisés vs. Joel Alvarez — lightweight

UFC Vegas 43 — November 20

Miesha Tate vs. Ketlen Vieira — women’s bantamweight

Tai Tuivasa vs. Augusto Sakai — heavyweight

Jessica Penne vs. Luana Pinheiro — women’s strawweight

Denys Bondar vs. Malcolm Gordon — flyweight

UFC Vegas 44 — December 4

Rob Font vs. José Aldo — bantamweight

Zhalgas Zhumagulov vs. Manel Kape — flyweight

Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tanner Boser — heavyweight

UFC 269 — December 11

Dominick Cruz vs. Pedro Munhoz — bantamweight

Sean O’Malley vs. Raulian Paiva — bantamweight

UFC Vegas 45 — December 18

Chris Daukaus vs. Derrick Lewis — heavyweight

Darren Elkins vs. Cub Swanson — featherweight

Raquel Pennington vs. Julia Avila — women’s bantamweight

UFC Vegas 46 — January 15

Brandon Royval vs. Rogerio Bontorin — flyweight

Jasmine Jasudavicius vs. Kay Hansen — women’s flyweight

Brian Kelleher vs. Saidyokub Kakhramonov — bantamweight

UFC 270 — January 22

Jared Cannonier vs. Derek Brunson — middleweight

Alexey Oleynik vs. Greg Hardy Jr. — heavyweight

Jacob Malkoun vs. AJ Dobson — middleweight

Rodolfo Vieira vs. Wellington Turman — middleweight

Ji Yeon Kim vs. Poliana Botelho — women’s flyweight

UFC Fight Night — February 5

Marc-André Barriault vs. Chidi Njokuani — middleweight

Announced Professional Fighters League (PFL) fights:

PFL 2021 Championship Event — October 27

Julia Budd vs. Kaitlin Young — women’s lightweight

Announced Cage Warriors fights:

Cage Warriors 130 — October 17

Tyler Escoto vs. Cesar Gonzalez — lightweight