Kai Kara France of New Zealand and Amir Albazi of Iraq are to headline UFC on ESPN 46 at UFC Apex, Nevada.
France final fought Brandon Moreno at UFC 277 on July 30, 2022, for the Interim Flyweight Championship at Dallas Texas in a battle of the evening efficiency he misplaced by technical knockout through physique kick and punches.
France was on a three-fight win streak with wins over Rogerio Bantorin, Cody Garbrant and Askar Askarov previous to the loss.
Amir Albazi is on a four-fight win streak within the Final Combating Championship with three of these wins coming by end. He final fought Alessandro Costa on December 17, 2022 in a battle he received by knockout.
Previous to that he checked out Francisco Figueredo at UFC 278, decisioned Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC 257 and triangle chocked Malcolm Gordon on the undercard of Battle Night time: Benavides vs Figuerido II in a Bantamweight purchased.
Within the co-main occasion, Alex Caceres takes on Daniel Pineda. The fifteenth ranked featherweight in his final purchased completed Julian Erosa on December 12, 2022 in a battle he received the efficiency of the evening bonus. Earlier than dropping a unanimous determination to Sodiq Yussuf on March 12, 2022, “Bruce Leeroy” was on a five-fight win streak.
Daniel Pineda is coming of a contemporary guillotine choke submission victory over Tucker Lutz on the undercard of Vera vs Sandhagen.
Previous to that, an unintended eye poke triggered a no-contest in his bout towards Andre Fili. He bagan his UFC debut by knockout towards Herbert Burns and misplaced the subsequent battle by knockout towards Cub Swanson.
Within the featured bout in the primary card, veteran Jim Miller shall be extending his record-breaking look towards Jared “Flash” Gordon. Miller dropped a unanimous determination to Alexander Hernandez in his final battle.
Previous to that he was on a three-fight win streak. Miller shall be competing in his forty second skilled battle within the Final Combating Championship. Miller holds loads of data within the UFC which incorporates essentially the most fights in UFC, most fights in Light-weight division.
Jared “Flash” Gordon had his final bout turned to a no-contest because of an unintended conflict of heads with Bobby “King” Inexperienced.
Previous to that he misplaced a controversial unanimous determination to Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett in a battle the place majority of the folks thought that Gordon received comfortably. Earlier than that battle, he had received a unanimous determination towards Leonardo Santos after shedding a rear bare choke to Grant Dawson.
In the one ladies’s battle in the primary card, Karine Silva takes on Ketlen Souza in a Ladies’s Flyweight bout. Karine Silva is coming of a D’arce choke submission victory over Poliana Botelho in her debut. It’s Ketlen Souza’s UFC debut.
Nurmagomedov vs dos Santos
In the primary card opener, Abubaker Nurmagomedov takes on Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. After shedding a cut up determination to Muslim Salikhov at UFC 251 on July 12, 2020, dos Santos rebounded with a unanimous determination victory over Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 267 on October 30, 2021. dos Santos is coming after a 581-day layoff.
Nurmagomedov is coming of a two-fight win streak by beating Jared Gooden at UFC 260 and Gadzhi Omargadzhiev at UFC 280.
In one other principal card battle, Tim Elliot faces Victor Altamirano. Elliot final fought at UFC 272 towards Tagir Ulanbekov. Altamirano is on a two-fight win streak.
Within the Preliminary card, Jamie Mulllarkey faces Muhammadjon Naimov in a Light-weight bout, John Castadena takes on Mateus Mendonca in a Bantamweight bout, Andrei Arlovski faces Don’Story Mayes in a Heavyweight bout, Elise Reed faces Jinh Yu Frey in Ladies’s Strawweight bout and Philip Lens faces Maxim Grishin in a Gentle Heavyweight bout.