UFC on Fox 20 Update: 4 Bouts Confirmed for July 23 Card in Chicago

By Sherdog.com Staff Apr 4, 2016

Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced the first set of bouts for the company’s next UFC on Fox event.

Three welterweight matchups and one heavyweight fight are now set for the show, which takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. UFC has not yet announced a main event for the nationally televised main card.

Experienced Russian competitor Alexander Yakovlev will attempt to maintain his momentum in the 170-pound division when he faces once-beaten New Yorker Ryan LaFlare. Yakovlev has won back-to-back bouts and is already 1-0 on the year after his January knockout of George Sullivan. LaFlare rebounded from the first defeat of his career with a unanimous decision over Mike Pierce in December.

Also at welterweight, Brazilian “Cowboy” Alex Oliveira will go against all-action up-and-comer James Moontasri. Oliveira, who previously competed at 155 pounds, comes off a short-notice submission loss to Donald Cerrone in February. Moontasri has alternated wins and losses in his four Octagon appearances but most recently knocked out Anton Zafir with a spinning backfist last November.

In the last of the welterweight additions, former CFFC titleholder George Sullivan will meet Chicago’s Hector Urbina. At heavyweight, Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira goes for his first UFC win against company newcomer Dmitry Smolyakov.


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