Fight card set for UFC Fight Night next Saturday

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The UFC has announced its full lineup for a UFC Fight Night event on May 30, which is expected to take place at the company’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White confirmed a welterweight bout between former champion Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) and Gilbert Burns (18-3) will headline the card, which is scheduled to air on ESPN and ESPN+.

The location is subject to change until May 27, when the Nevada State Athletic Commission is scheduled to formally vote on re-opening the state to combat sports. NSAC officials indefinitely suspended all combat sports in mid-March.

Other notable matchups on the card include a welterweight bout between Kevin Holland (17-5) and Daniel Rodriguez (11-1). Holland, 27, just defeated Anthony Hernandez via first-round TKO in Jacksonville, Florida on May 16. The 14-day turnaround will be tied for the second-shortest break between fights in UFC history.

Women’s strawweight prospect Mackenzie Dern (7-1) will make her second appearance since giving birth to her daughter last year, as she’s scheduled to face Hannah Cifers (10-4).

The full lineup:

  • Featherweight: Chris Gutierrez vs. Vince Morales

  • Bantamweight: Louis Smolka vs. Casey Kenny

  • Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs. Brandon Royval

  • Llght Heavyweight: Jamahal Hill vs. Klidson Abreu

  • Catchweight (150 pounds): Billy Quarantilo vs. Spike Carlyle

  • Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Antonina Shevchenko

  • Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Hannah Cifers

  • Lightweight: Brok Weaver vs. Roosevelt Roberts

  • Welterweight: Kevin Holland vs. Daniel Rodriguez

  • Heavyweight: Blagoy Ivanov vs. Augusto Sakai

  • Welterweight: Tyron Woodley vs. Gilbert Burns

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California cancels all combat sports through May

The California State Athletic Commission canceled all combat sports events in the state through May on Thursday, per an announcement from the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.

The measure was taken due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Commission didn’t take this decision lightly and understands the potential economic loss to promoters and the industry of combative sports,” the CSAC statement said. “We had to weigh the best interest of our fighters and the community around us.”

Per the release, the decision was based on guidance from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health “to protect Californians against the possible spread of COVID-19.”

The move will affect the UFC Fight Night card featuring exciting lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker, which was scheduled for May 16 in San Diego.

The UFC has vowed to forge on with shows after postponing three in March and early April, starting up again with UFC 249 on April 18. No location has yet been determined for UFC 249 or the displaced San Diego card.

The UFC has three other events in April and May — scheduled for Lincoln, Nebraska; Oklahoma City; and Sao Paulo, Brazil — that have not yet been officially changed.

Bellator announced Monday that its May slate of three events, including two in California, would be postponed.

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