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UFC 277 Update: Diego Ferreira to Face Drakkar Klose at Lightweight


Excitement will be on the menu for this upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight tilt.

The city of Dallas is expected to play host to UFC 277, a pay-per-view card that will go on at the end of July. Joining the loaded lineup is a fight at 155 pounds, as first reported by Ariel Helwani on Thursday, between Diego Ferreira (17-5) and Drakkar Klose (12-2-1). The pairing has since been confirmed by Klose on his Instagram account.

At 37 years of age, Ferreira has fallen on hard times of late, losing three straight fights during a disappointing 2021 run. A split decision defeat to Beneil Dariush, in a rematch of their 2014 meeting, started the skid that included stoppage setbacks to Gregor Gillespie and Mateusz Gamrot. In the latter, Ferreira became the first and only competitor inside the Octagon to tap to strikes that year.

Klose bounced back from the first stoppage loss in his career by taking over two years away from the sport. This layoff did include significant injury sustained by a weigh-in shove from Jeremy Stephens that damaged the Michigan native’s neck. After his lengthy recovery process, Klose came back in April to knock Brandon Jenkins out early into the second round, and thereby earned his first finish as a UFC fighter.

UFC 277 goes down on July 30 in Dallas, but there is currently no specific venue on the books. The headliner is not certain either, although the rematch between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes at 135 pounds is being discussed as an option for the fight card. One title fight is already booked on the lineup, as Brandon Moreno will vie for the interim flyweight strap against Kai Kara-France. Other bouts including Paulo Costa vs. Luke Rockhold at middleweight, Magomed Ankalaev and Anthony Smith tangling at light heavyweight and a heavyweight content between Derrick Lewis and Sergei Pavlovich populate a growingly solid event.
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