Boxing legend Evander Holyfield has announced his comeback fight with Kevin McBride under the Triller Fight Club banner, and much, much more — Fightful has all the latest fight announcements in one article.
Evander Holyfield announces comeback fight against Kevin McBride on June 5
Former undisputed heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Evander Holyfield will make his return to the squared circle at 58-years old when takes on Former Olympian Kevin McBride on June 5, first reported by ESPN's Mark Kriegel. The exhibition bout will be held under the Triller Fight Club banner and be a part of the undercard of undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez's first title defense against George Kambosos. Holyfield is 44-10-2 overall as a professional, last competing in May 2011 where he TKO'd Brian Nielsen in the tenth round. McBride on the other hand is 35-10-2 as a pro himself, last competing in July 2011 and being best known for defeating and retiring Mike Tyson back in June 2005. Holyfield was initially in negotiations to compete in a trilogy showdown with Tyson, but the latter's camp apparently turned down a $25 million offer for the fight according to Holyfield.
Warlley Alves meets Ramazan Emeev at UFC event in June
Welterweights Warlley Alves and Ramazan Emeev are expected to meet at a yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night card on June 26, first reported by MMAFighting's Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz. Alves is 4-2 in his last six outings, the Brazillian recently defeated Mounir Lazzez via a first-round TKO at UFC Fight Island 8. Emeev has been dominant so far in his UFC run going 5-1 in his six Octagon appearances and beating David Zawada via a split-decision at UFC Fight Island 7 in his last bout.
Renato Moicano vs. Jai Herbert targeted for UFC event in June
A lightweight matchup between Renato Moicano and Jai Herbert is being targeted for a yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night event on June 26, first reported by MMAJunkie's Farah Hannoun and Nolan King. Moicano a former contender at 145-pounds is 1-1 since moving up to 155-pounds and will try to rebound from a brutal first-round knockout loss to Rafael Fiziev at UFC 256, while Herbert will also try to bounce back from a loss in his Octagon debut where he was TKO'd in the third-round by Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Island 3.
Natan Levy out, Dakota Bush in against Austin Hubbard at UFC Vegas 22
Lightweight Natan Levy has been forced to withdraw from his bout with Austin Hubbard ahead of this weekend's UFC Vegas 22 even due to an undisclosed injury. Dakota Bush will fill in for Levy now, Hubbard confirmed the switch via his Instagram account. Hubbard is 2-2 in his last four fights and most recently lost via a first-round submission due to a rear-naked-choke against Joe Solecki at UFC Vegas 7. Bush meanwhile will make his Octagon debut and is 8-2 overall as a professional in his career so far, beating Austin Clem via a first-round TKO at LFA 98 in his last fight.
Sage Northcutt out of fight with Shinya Aoki due to COVID-19
Sage Northcutt was set to make his return to the cage after a two-year layoff at ONE on TNT 4 against Shinya Aoki but has been forced out of the matchup due to lingering COVID-19 issues the promotion announced via their social media accounts. Former ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang will step in for Northcutt and take on Aoki completing the trilogy between the two.
-- LEGEND VS. LEGEND TRILOGY --— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2021
Shinya Aoki will now face Eduard Folayang in the final chapter of their historic rivalry on 28 April! -- @a_ok_i @efolayang #WeAreONE #ONEChampionship #ONEonTNT4 pic.twitter.com/v8HClJw49m
Francisco Figueiredo faces JP Buys at UFC event in May
Since UFC flyweight Jimmy Flick announced his retirement recently, Francisco Figueiredo will now face JP Buys who will replace Flick at a UFC Fight Night event on May 8 first reported by AgFight's Carlos Antunes. Figueiredo who is the younger brother of UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo is coming off a unanimous decision victory in his UFC debut over Jerome Rivera at UFC Fight Island 8. Buys on the other hand is 1-1 in his two Octagon outings and will try to rebound from a second-round TKO loss to Bruno Silva back at UFC Vegas 21.
"It's not the way I wanted but it was a victory and you guys are going to see me next time."— UFC News (@UFCNews) January 20, 2021
-Francisco Figueiredo picks up a win in his UFC debut and is ready to get right back to work--#InAbuDhabi @VisitAbuDhabi
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Joshua Culibao vs. Yilan Sha booked for UFC event in May
Featherweight Joshua Culibao and Yilan Sha will face off at a yet-to-be-announced UFC Fight Night event on May 22, first reported by MMAFighting's Guilherme Cruz and Mike Heck. Culibao is seeking his first Octagon victory still after going to a split-draw with Charles Jourdain at UFC Fight Island 4, whereas Sha will make his UFC debut after going 19-6 overall as a professional and is 7-1 in his last eight fights.