Demian Maia vs. Belal Muhammad, Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev and more news — this is your Sunday fight announcement roundup.
Belal Muhammad gets top 10 opponent in Demian Maia
Belal Muhammad won't get the Leon Edwards rematch, but he will receive a top 10 opponent in Demian Maia at UFC 263.
Maia (no. 8) vs. Muhammad (no. 13) will likely serve on the main card of UFC 263. The fight was first reported by ESPN's Brett Okamoto and subsequently confirmed by Muhammad's manager Ali Abdelaziz.
Translation: Yes! My client is fighting!— Ali Abdelaziz Translator (@AliATranslator) April 4, 2021
UFC 263 is currently scheduled for June 12. No location or venue has been confirmed for the event. The pay-per-view card is headlined by a UFC flyweight championship rematch between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.
Raoni Barcelos vs. Timur Valiev on June 26
Impressive up-and-comers Raoni Barcelos (16-1) and Timur Valiev (17-2) will wage war at a June 26 UFC Fight Night event.
ESPN's Brett Okamoto first reported the bout. Barcelos' last three fights have all fallen through.
Interesting one at bantamweight ... Raoni Barcelos (16-1) (whose last three fights have fallen through) will face Timur Valiev (17-2) at UFC Fight Night on June 26, per sources. Location TBD.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 4, 2021
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Joaquim SIlva vs. Rick Glenn
Rick Glenn will make his long-awaited Octagon return vs. Joaquim Silva on June 19.
Glenn vs. Silva will take place on a UFC Fight Night card, according to MMA Fighting. No location or venue has been confirmed for the event. Glenn has not competed in the UFC since November 2018, suffering from various injuries including a major hip surgery.