Israel Adesanya has been scheduled to take on Brad Tavares in his first major fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Las Vegas on July 6.
According to MMA Junkie, UFC announced on Tuesday that Nigeria-born New Zealand Adesanya (13-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 2-0 UFC) would face veteran middleweight fighter Tavares (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale at Pearl Theatre in Las Vegas.
Adesanya was in action earlier this month at UFC on FOX 29 in Arizona where he kept his professional MMA record unblemished with a split-decision win over Marvin Vettori. Tavares also picked up his fourth consecutive win by scoring a third-round TKO of Krzysztof Jotko on the same night.
Tavares, who is currently ranked 14th in the middleweight rankings, is a Hawaiian-born fighter who has spent the past eight years in Las Vegas. His current winning streak includes victories over Jotko, Thales Leites, Elias Theodorou and Caio Magalhaes.
But Adesanya, who is nicknamed ‘The Last Stylebender’, insists he’s focused solely on his UFC run and will now step into the octagon for the third time in just five months.
“When you’re in there, it doesn’t matter if it’s your first fight or the main event, you’re in there to fight. The only thing I don’t like is just waiting and waiting until the fight. Apart from that, I just get in there – it’s just time to work,” Adesanya told Newshub.
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