Mario Bautista makes UFC debut against Cory Sandhagen
UFC Fight Night 143 takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on January 20 (AEDT). MMA event is the first show produced on ESPN featuring the defending flyweight champion Henry Cejudo face off the current bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw in the Champion vs. Champion battle serving as a headliner.
The reports emerged earlier this week that two fighters featured on the undercard were forced to withdraw from their respective bouts due to injuries. Light Heavyweight Ion Cutelaba was scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira, while John Lineker was expected to face Cory Sandhagen at bantamweight.
On Sunday the promotion announced Karl Roberson (7-1) as a new competitor taking on Teixeira (via Twitter). “Baby K” is coming of a unanimous decision win against Jack Marshman at UFC 230 held last November. Before that he was submitted by Cezar Ferreira in the first round, which snapped his six-fight win streak. Earlier in his fighting career Roberson also challenged for World Kickboxing Network Super Heavyweight title going up against Jerome Le Banner at Fight Night Saint Tropez 2015. The Roberson vs. Teixeira bout kicks off the main card at UFC Brooklyn.
According to reports bantamweight Mario Bautista (6-0) is scheduled to make his UFC debut taking on Cory Sandhagen, being a replacement for John Lineker. His resume includes the wins against Juan Pablo Gonzalez, A.J. Robb, Raphael Montini de Lima, among others. The Bautista vs. Sandhagen bout is featured on the preliminary card.
The updated UFC Brooklyn fight card can be found below.
Flyweight Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Heavyweight Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder
Lightweight Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros
Flyweight Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Women’s Flyweight Paige VanZant vs. Rachael Ostovich
Light Heavyweight Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson
Lightweight Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Women’s Flyweight Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
Light Heavyweight Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
Bantamweight Mario Bautista vs. Cory Sandhagen
Lightweight Dennis Bermudez vs. Te’Jovan Edwards
Welterweight Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
Welterweight Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre
In addition, the promotion added a bantamweight matchup between ranked No.1 Cody Garbrandt and ranked No.9 Pedro Munhoz to UFC 235 (via Twitter). MMA event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on March 3 (AEDT) featuring Jon Jones up against Anthony Smith in defense of light heavyweight title, and defending welterweight champion Tyron Woodley up against Kamaru Usman.