In an exciting announcement, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has confirmed the addition of a highly anticipated matchup for their upcoming event in Las Vegas on September 16, 2023. The event, which coincides with the celebration of Mexican Independence Day, promises to deliver an exhilarating night of fights at the T-Mobile Arena.
Shavkat Rakhmonov vs. Kelvin Gastelum Added to UFC Card on Sept. 16
UFC President Dana White revealed that the co-main event will feature an intense clash between Shavkat Rakhmonov and Kelvin Gastelum in the welterweight division. Both fighters expressed their desire for this showdown, and the UFC was quick to grant their wish.
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Rakhmonov, with an impressive undefeated record of 17-0, has been making waves in the UFC. Known for his exceptional finishing ability, he has earned a 100 percent finishing rate, a testament to his skill and determination. Notably, Rakhmonov showcased his prowess in his previous victories over Geoff Neal and Neil Magny, submitting both opponents in back-to-back performances.
Gastelum, a former interim middleweight title challenger, is no stranger to the spotlight. Although he faced challenges with weight cuts during his time at welterweight, he found success in the middleweight division with notable wins against Michael Bisping, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and a thrilling Fight of the Night battle with Chris Curtis. Now, Gastelum is returning to welterweight to face Rakhmonov, stepping into the deep waters of a highly competitive division.
The Rakhmonov-Gastelum matchup joins the previously announced headline fight between Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko, who will vie for the women’s flyweight title in a highly anticipated rematch.
Fans can look forward to an action-packed night of fights, which will be broadcasted live on ESPN+ and will not require pay-per-view access.
As the event draws closer, additional fights will be added to the card, promising a memorable evening of martial arts excitement. Stay tuned for more updates on the September 16 event, and mark your calendars for a thrilling night of UFC action.