Report: Jessin Ayari Set to Face Luigi Vendramini at UFC on ESPN 16

By Tudor Leonte Sep 16, 2020
Two fighters are making their Octagon return after nearly a two-year hiatus.

According to Brazil's Combate, Jessin Ayari and Luigi Vendramini will clash in the lightweight division on the upcoming Oct. 3 UFC on ESPN 16 card.

Ayari (16-5) is looking to rebound after back-to-back defeats. His latest Octagon appearance dates back to October 2018, when he dropped a decision in front of Steven Ray at UFC Fight Night 138. Prior, he also lost via decision to former welterweight championship contender Darren Till. So far, the only victory of “Abacus” under the UFC banner came when he edged Jim Wallhead in their UFC Fight Night 93 encounter back in 2016.

Vendramini (8-1) has yet to score his first UFC victory. “The Italian Stallion” made his promotional debut when he stepped up to face Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos after Belal Muhammad dropped out of their scheduled bout at UFC Fight Night 137. That night, Vendramini suffered a second-round TKO.

UFC on ESPN 16 will go down at the Flash Forum in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 3. Former bantamweight champion Holly Holm is headlining the event against Irene Aldana. The card should have also featured a light heavyweight clash between Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira, but the match was scratched after “Marreta” allegedly tested positive for COVID-19.

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