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The UFC was quiet this week and either announced or finalized seven fights for upcoming fight night events.
A highlight of the group is a light heavyweight clash between No. 5 and No. 6 in the division. Thiago Santos returns to the Octagon and meets Magomed Ankalaev in a fight that is being targeted to headline an event in March. Santos recently snapped a career-worst three-fight losing streak and returned to the win column with a unanimous decision over Johnny Walker at UFC Vegas 38 this past October. Ankalaev continued to impress and performed quite well against an ex-title challenger in Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 267. The Russian fighter outstruck Oezdemir and earned a decision win, the biggest of his career thus far.
The location and venue of the event Santos vs. Ankalaev headlines have not been determined yet.
UFC Fight Night — December 4
Mallory Martin vs. Cheyanne Vlismas — women’s strawweight
Philipe Lins vs. Azamat Murzakanov — light heavyweight
Brendan Allen vs. Roman Dolidze — middleweight
Alonzo Menifield vs. William Knight — light heavyweight
UFC Fight Night — February 5
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Carlston Harris — welterweight
UFC Fight Night — March 12
Thiago Santos vs. Magomed Ankalaev — light heavyweight
UFC Fight Night — March 19
Jack Shore vs. Umar Nurmagomedov — bantamweight
Announced Cage Warriors fights:
Cage Warriors 131 — December 10
George Hardwick vs. Mehdi Ben Lakhdhar — lightweight
Liam Gittins vs. Kinglsey Crawford — bantamweight
PK Zadeh vs. Ben Rees — featherweight
Cage Warriors 132 — December 11
Tobias Harila vs. Jair Júnior — featherweight
Aidan Stephen vs. Edward Walls — catchweight (140 lbs.)
Paull McBain vs. Konmon Deh — featherweight
Aidan James vs. Tanio Pagliariccio — bantamweight