Three Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night in Rio de Janeiro on March 21

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 10, 2015
Katsunori Kikuno is one of the new additions to the UFC's March 21 card. | Photo: Dave Mandel/

The new matchups have been added to UFC Fight Night “Maia vs. LaFlare,” the promotion announced on Tuesday.

Katsunori Kikuno faces Edimilson Souza at featherweight, Jorge Antonio Cezario de Oliveira takes on Christos Giagos at lightweight, and Bentley Syler meets Freddy Serrano at flyweight on March 21 at Maracanazinho Gymnasium in Rio de Janeiro. The UFC Fight Night card is headlined by a welterweight clash between Demian Maia and Ryan LaFlare.

A longtime Deep veteran, Kikuno is 2-1 in the Octagon, including a second-round submission of Sam Sicilia in his most recent outing at UFC Fight Night “Hunt vs. Nelson.” Souza, meanwhile, has posted wins over Felipe Arantes and Mark Eddiva in his first two promotional appearances.

The 35-year-old Oliveira debuted in the Octagon this past November, dropping a three-round verdict to Dhiego Lima at UFC Fight Night “Shogun vs. St. Preux.” Giagos came up short in his first UFC outing, tapping to a Gilbert Burns armbar in the first round at UFC 179.

A native of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Syler is unbeaten in five pro fights, with four of those victories coming inside the distance. Serrano represented his native Colombia in wrestling at the 2008 Olympics, taking 14th place at 121 pounds. He is 1-0 in his professional MMA career, defeating Andres Ayala in his lone appearance in February 2013.


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