UFC 216 Bolstered with Several Bouts

By Mike Sloan Aug 2, 2017

The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that seven bouts have been tacked onto the UFC 216 lineup. The most notable addition to the card is a lightweight showdown between Evan Dunham and Beneil Dariush.

Dunham, who has won his last four bouts, is on the verge of cracking into title contention with a win. The Xtreme Couture product has toppled Rick Glenn and Joe Lauzon in his last two outings, to cap off the grappling savant's best winning streak in nearly a decade. Dariush, meanwhile, is aiming to rebound from a knockout loss to Edson Barboza at UFC Fight Night 106.

Brad Tavares will lock horns with former title challenger Thales Leites in a middleweight showdown as well.

The promotion also revealed that heavyweights Walt Harris and Mark Godbeer will collide; Lando Vannata will take on fellow light heavyweight Abel Trujillo; John Moraga will oppose Magomed Bibulatov at flyweight; and Matt Schnell against Marco Beltran, also at flyweight. These bouts will sync with the previously-announced lightweight battle between Will Brooks and Nik Lentz.

UFC 216 will take place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will be broadcast live on pay-per-view following the preliminary cards on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.


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