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 Post subject: [Event] UFC Fight Night 179 - Moraes vs. Sandhagen - Oct 10
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UFC Fight Night 179: Moraes vs. Sandhagen (also known as UFC Fight Island 5) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on October 10, 2020 at the Flash Forum on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Fight card

Main card (ESPN+)

Bantamweight Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen
Featherweight Edson Barboza vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Heavyweight Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura
Middleweight Markus Perez vs. Dricus du Plessis
Heavyweight Chase Sherman vs. Todd Duffee
Featherweight Youssef Zalal vs. llia Topuria

Preliminary Card (ESPN+)

Middleweight Tom Breese vs. K.B. Bhullar
Heavyweight Chris Daukaus vs. Rodrigo Nascimento
Middleweight Impa Kasanganay vs. Joaquin Buckley
Bantamweight Ali AlQaisi vs. Tony Kelley
Featherweight Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales
Women's Bantamweight Tracy Cortez vs. Stephanie Egger
Flyweight Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov


Without fans in attendance, the promotion does not have to worry about the local timing of the event, so the plan is to proceed with normal timing for prime time hours on the east coast of North America. The main card is scheduled to begin at 4:00 am (October 11) local time in Abu Dhabi, with a full preliminary card beginning at approximately 1:00 am Gulf Standard Time.

A bantamweight bout between former WSOF Bantamweight Champion and UFC Bantamweight Championship challenger Marlon Moraes and Cory Sandhagen is expected to serve as the event headliner.

A featherweight bout between Edson Barboza and Jeremy Stephens was briefly linked to the event. However, Stephens declined the fight after indicating he did not feel the date allowed him adequate time to prepare and safely make the required weight. Barboza was scheduled to face Sodiq Yusuff instead. In turn, Yusuff pulled out of the fight on September 21 due to undisclosed reasons. He was replaced by Makwan Amirkhani.

A flyweight bout between promotional newcomer Tagir Ulanbekov and Bruno Gustavo da Silva was expected to take place four weeks earlier at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill. However, due to travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pairing was rescheduled and expected to take place at this event.

Rodolfo Vieira was expected to face Markus Perez in a middleweight bout at the event. However on September 21, Vieira pulled out due to an injury sustained during training. Perez is now expected to face former KSW Welterweight Champion Dricus du Plessis.

A middleweight bout between Abu Azaitar and Joaquin Buckley was expected to take place at this event. However on September 26, Azaitar pulled out due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by Impa Kasanganay.

A middleweight bout between Tom Breese and K.B. Bhullar was briefly scheduled to take place at UFC on ESPN: Holm vs. Aldana a week earlier, before being moved to this event.

A featherweight bout between Seung Woo Choi and Youssef Zalal was scheduled for the event. However on October 2, it was announced that Choi withdrew from the fight and was replaced by fellow newcomer llia Topuria.

A heavyweight bout between Sergey Spivak and Tom Aspinall was expected to take place at the event. However, Spivak withrew from the bout in early October due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alan Baudot.

A women's bantamweight bout between Bea Malecki and Tracy Cortez was also scheduled for the event. Due to undislosed reasons, it was announced on October 2 that Balecki was replaced by promotional newcomer Stephanie Egger.

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America bantamweight winner Alejandro Pérez was expected to face Thomas Almeida in a bantamweight bout at the event. However, it was announced on October 2 that Pérez was forced out due to testing positive for COVID-19. A replacement search is currently underway.




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