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Two Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweights eyeing a spot in the top-10 will come to blows in October.
The promotion will be booking Diego Ferreira (17-4) against Grant Dawson (17-1) on its UFC Fight Night event on Oct. 2, as first reported by MMA Junkie on Thursday. The news of this booking was hinted at and then confirmed shortly after its announcement by Dawson on his Instagram. The two will be meeting at a card that will likely take place in the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Ferreira finds himself on a rare losing streak, having dropped a close decision in a rematch with Beneil Dariush in February and then suffering a knockout loss to Gregor Gillespie in May. The Brazilian out of Texas came into his high-stakes pairing with Dariush on a six-fight win streak that saw him beat the likes of Anthony Pettis, Rustam Khabilov and Olivier Aubin-Mercier along the way.
Dawson came into the promotion as a featherweight, winning a spot on the roster from the first season of Dana White's Contender Series by tapping Adrian Diaz. A pair of fights around 150 pounds – one against Darrick Minner due to Dawson missing weight badly and another a predetermined catchweight with Nad Narimani – led to Dawson’s return to 155 pounds, where he began his career. Since a knockout setback to Hugh Pulley in 2016, the Glory MMA & Fitness product has not lost, and a literal last-second knockout of Leonardo Santos in March elevated him to this matchup.
On Oct. 2, the UFC will hold a Fight Night card likely inside of the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, and this event three months away already has a headliner. Atop the billing, former title challenger Thiago Santos will look to snap the longest losing streak of his career against the mercurial Johnny Walker at light heavyweight. Another noteworthy match that night is the supposed retirement fight for Bethe Correia, who takes on fellow countrywoman Karol Rosa at bantamweight.
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