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Fights on Tap: Costa vs Cannonier, Santos vs Walker among 16 UFC fights finalized

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

Paulo Costa whilst fighting Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in September 2020
Paulo Costa whilst fighting Israel Adesanya at UFC 253 in September 2020
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Fights on Tap is a weekly roundup of all the fights booked in the UFC, Bellator and other promotions.

The UFC finalized 16 fights this week, with most of those building up their scheduled Fight Night events in the summer. Among the announced fights included an important middleweight matchup on August 21st between top middleweight contenders Paulo Costa and Jared Cannonier.

UFC Fight Night - May 22
Ben Rothwell vs Chris Barnett - heavyweight
Sarah Alper vs Lupitz Godinez - women’s bantamweight

UFC 263 - June 12
Pannie Kianzad vs Alexis Davis - women’s bantamweight

UFC Fight Night - June 19
Alexey Oleynik vs Sergey Spivak - heavyweight
Khaos Williams vs Matthew Semelsberger - welterweight

UFC Fight Night - July 17
Islam Makachev vs Thiago Moises - lightweight
Mateusz Gamrot vs Jeremy Stephens - featherweight

UFC Fight Night - July 24
Julio Arce vs Andre Ewell - bantamweight

UFC Fight Night - July 31
Colin Anglin vs Melsik Baghdasaryan - featherweight
Jinh Yu Frey vs Istela Nunes - women’s strawweight

UFC Fight Night - August 21
Paulo Costa vs Jared Cannonier - middleweight
Luis Saldana vs Austin Lingo - featherweight
Alexandre Pantoja vs Brandon Royval - flyweight

UFC Fight Night - August 28
Pat Sabatini vs Jamall Emmers - featherweight
Mario Bautista vs Guido Cannetti - bantamweight

UFC Fight Night - September 25
Thiago Santos vs Johnny Walker - light heavyweight

Announced Bellator fights:

Bellator 259 - May 21
Brett Johns vs Daniel Sabatello - bantamweight

Bellator 260 - June 11
Paul Daley vs Jason Jackson - welterweight