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A place among the top 15 at bantamweight may be the prize for this exciting November matchup.
Adrian Yanez (14-3) has the first fight of his new contract scheduled already, and he is to face Davey Grant (13-5), according to ESPN Deportes on Friday. The 135-pounders will square off at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card on Nov. 20 inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Yanez is surging into this bout with the Brit, as the winner of his last seven appearances including four in a row by knockout. A veteran of Legacy Fighting Alliance and Fury Fighting Championship, the Texan made his way towards a spot on the 2020 season of Dana White's Contender Series with several solid knockouts on his way up. A 39-second drubbing of Brady Huang served as the springboard to his UFC debut, which came against Victor Rodriguez in October 2020. Yanez flattened Rodriguez with a head kick, and he went on to put Gustavo Lopez and Randy Costa away with strikes in 2021.
Grant lost some of his momentum in his last time out, where he dropped a hard-fought yet thrilling decision to Marlon Vera in June. He and the Ecuadorian did take home “Fight of the Night” honors, giving Grant his third post-fight bonus in a row. After getting put to sleep by Manny Bermudez in 2018, “Dangerous Davey” came back with a split decision win over Grigory Popov. Two knockouts of Martin Day and Jonathan Martinez led to his fight with the aforementioned Vera.
The UFC Fight Night event on Nov. 20 currently does not have a headliner, although it is expected to be held at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. High up on the card is a welterweight scrap pitting Michael Chiesa against the unbeaten Sean Brady. An additional main card tilt comes in the flyweight division, when Joanne Calderwood squares off against Alexa Grasso.
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