Christian Aguilera Welcomes Guyana’s Carlston Harris to the UFC on May 8

By Jay Pettry Feb 26, 2021

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The very first Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter from Guyana will make his way to the Octagon in May.

On Thursday, Christian Aguilera (14-7) announced that he would be facing newcomer Carlston Lindsay Harris (15-4) at welterweight on May 8. The UFC Fight Night card on that date is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, although its destination is not official at this point. Should this matchup stay together, Harris will become the first to ever represent his home country of Guyana in the UFC cage.

Aguilera suffered his first-ever submission loss when Sean Brady put him to sleep in August 2020. The loss put an end to a three-fight win streak that saw him springboard into the UFC on the heels of a win over Glaucio Eliziario at LFA 81 earlier that year. His promotional debut came some 14 days later, where he knocked out Anthony Ivy in the first round. As a pro, “The Beast” maintains a 79 percent career knockout rate.

Making his walk to the famed UFC Octagon for the first time will be Harris, who earned a shot thanks to a victory while the spotlight was on at an episode of “Dana White’s Looking for a Fight” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Brave Combat Federation vet impressed the UFC head with a second round brabo choke of Saygid Izagakhmaev, where he handed his Dagestani foe his first stoppage loss.

There is currently no headliner for the UFC Fight Night event on May 8, which will likely be held in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Two significant bouts contained within the card include a potential women’s bantamweight title eliminator between Holly Holm and Julianna Pena, along with Diego Sanchez’ retirement match against former training partner Donald Cerrone.

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