[Event] UFC on ESPN 24 - Rodriguez vs. Waterson - May 8
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Author:  Dent [ Tue May 04, 2021 7:44 am ]
Post subject:  [Event] UFC on ESPN 24 - Rodriguez vs. Waterson - May 8

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UFC on ESPN 24: Rodriguez vs. Waterson (also known as UFC Vegas 26) is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on May 8, 2021 at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.

Fight card

Main card (ESPN2 / ESPN+)

Women's Flyweight Michelle Waterson vs. Marina Rodriguez
Welterweight Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Morono
Welterweight Neil Magny vs. Geoff Neal
Heavyweight Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Maurice Greene
Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Gregor Gillespie
Women’s Strawweight Amanda Ribas vs. Angela Hill

Preliminary Card (ESPN2 / ESPN+)

Heavyweight Ben Rothwell vs. Philipe Lins
Middleweight Phil Hawes vs. Kyle Daukaus
Featherweight Ľudovít Klein vs. Michael Trizano
Flyweight Ryan Benoit vs. Zarrukh Adashev
Middleweight Jun Yong Park vs. Tafon Nchukwi
Welterweight Christian Aguilera vs. Carlston Harris


A bantamweight bout between former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen was expected to serve as the main event. It would be Dillashaw's first fight since his two-year suspension due to testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), which resulted in his title vacancy. However, Dillashaw announced on April 27 that he had to pull out of the fight due to a cut he received from a headbutt in training. Sandhagen is expected to be removed from the card as well, with the pairing remaining intact and rescheduled at a future event. A women's strawweight bout between former Invicta FC Atomweight Champion Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez is now expected to serve as the new main event.

A women's bantamweight bout between former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm and The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate bantamweight winner Julianna Peña was scheduled for the event. However, Holm was forced to withdraw from the bout citing hydronephrosis. In turn, Peña was also removed from the card in favor of a title bout against current champion Amanda Nunes (also the UFC Women's Featherweight Champion) at UFC 265.

A heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Philipe Lins was expected to take place at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad, but it was canceled due to an injury to Rothwell. They are now expected to meet at this event.

A welterweight bout between Neil Magny and Geoff Neal was originally scheduled to take place at UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakić, but Neal withdrew from the event due to a severe case of pneumonia that evolved to sepsis. The pairing is now exected to take place at this event.

Former UFC Women's Flyweight Championship challenger Roxanne Modafferi was expected to face Taila Santos in a women's flyweight bout. However, Modafferi was forced to pull out due to a meniscus tear a month before the event. It is unknown at the moment if a replacement will be sought by the promotion..

Jimmy Flick was expected to face Francisco Figueiredo in a flyweight bout at this event. However on April 10, Flick announced his retirement from mixed martial arts. Figueiredo was then expected to face JP Buys. Buys eventually got injured and also had to pull out. He was replaced by Malcolm Gordon and the new pairing is expected to take place at UFC Fight Night 192 instead.

Nikolas Motta and Damir Hadžović were expected to meet in a lightweight bout. However, Motta pulled out in mid-April due to an injury In turn, Hadžović was rescheduled and is expected to face Yancy Medeiros two weeks later at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt.

Former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger and The Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner Diego Sanchez was expected to face fellow lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout. However, Sanchez was removed from the fight on April 28 after being cut by the UFC. He is expected to be replaced by Alex Morono.

May 4 - Updated event name with confirmed main event bout


Author:  Dent [ Tue May 04, 2021 6:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: [Event] UFC on ESPN 24 - Rodriguez vs. Waterson - May 8

May 4 - Updated event name with confirmed main event bout

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