UFC 264 has now added Greg Hardy vs Tai Tuivasa, A Bellator rising star makes her return, Andrei Arlovski takes a short notice fight, and much more in Thursday's fight announcement round-up.
Greg Hardy Vs. Tai Tuivasa
Hardy returns to the Octagon after suffering his first TKO loss in December of 2020. Hardy (7-3) takes on perennial contender Tai "Bam Bam" Tuivasa (12-3), per MMA Junkie. Tuivasa's last appearance was in March when he won via TKO in the opening minute against Harry Hunsucker.
Bellator Light Heavyweights Grant Neal And Tyree Fortune Will Fight At Bellator 259
Neal (#6) takes on Forture (#8) at Bellator 259, headlined by Cris Cyborg's rematch against Leslie Smith. Neal made his professional debut in 2019 and since then has amassed a 5-0 record, with four of those wins coming from within the Bellator cage. Fortune has an identical 5-0 record heading into their bout, which will see both men battle to remain undefeated.
#BREAKING Light Heavyweight Top 10 battle at #Bellator259— Joe McDonagh (@Joe_mcdonagh6) April 8, 2021
Sources confirm to me, #6 Grant Neal (@GrantNeal) Vs. #8 Tyree Fortune (@Baba205Yaga) is a go for 259.
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Andre Arlovski Takes Short Notice Fight Against Chase Sherman
Parker Porter is out, and Arlovski is in. BJPenn.com reports the change in opponents for Sherman. Sherman, who was set to fight Porter on the April 17th UFC card now welcomes Arlovski in as a replacement. Arlovski has been a heavyweight contender for nearly two decades. "The Pit Bull" originally won UFC gold all the way back in 2005 and has gone on to fight many heavyweight legends since then. Sherman, who is 31 compared to Arlovski's 42, made his debut in 2014 and currently rides a four-fight win streak. Notably, those four wins are all via TKO.
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Valerie Loureda Welcomes Hannah Guy To Bellator
Loureda (3-0), one of the more notable fighters in the women division at Bellator, has found her next opponent in newcomer Hannah Guy (2-1). MMAFighting is reporting the matchup as official for Bellator 258, which is headlined by a bantamweight title fight between Sergio Pettis and Juan Archuleta. In what is now classic Loureda fashion, she signed (and posted) her bout agreement by the pool. Loureda made waves last year with an impressive knockout of Tara Graff.
Mike Trizano Vs Ľudovít Klein Is Set For May 8th
Trizano (8-1), the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 27, has not seen the inside of the Octagon since suffering his first defeat in May of 2019. Klein (17-2) joined the UFC last year and debuted against Shane Young, who he knocked out via head kick in the first round. Klein has only one win via decision, with the rest of his sixteen wins coming equally via submission and knockout.