Muslim Salikhov, Rafael Fiziev among new additions to UFC Singapore


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With UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Askren just a few weeks out, the promotion has today added another five bouts to the line up.

Among those added to the 26 October event is a high-octane welterweight bout between Muslim Salikhov and Laureano Staropoli.

Salikhov (15-2) returns to the Octagon looking to extend a two-fight streak, after his knockout of Nordine Taleb at UFC 242.

Staropoli (9-1) earned a Fight of the Night bonus in his Octagon debut in Argentina and followed the victory with another win over highly experienced Thiago Alves.

The main event of UFC Singapore will see two talented grapplers square off as no. 10-ranked welterweight contender Demian Maia takes on no. 11-ranked former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren.

Rising featherweight are also set to collide when Enrique “El Fuerte” Barzola (16-4-1) meets undefeated Russia Mosvar Evloev (11-0).

Female bantamweights Julia Avila (7-1) and Karol Rosa (12-3) will both make their sophomore bouts in Singapore. Avila is on a three-fight win streak which includes her UFC debut decision over Pannie Kianzad in July.

Rosa returns in quick fashion after a split decision over Laura Procopio at UFC Shenzhen in August, her third victory in a row.

More heavyweight action goes down in Singapore as Raphael Pessoa (9-1) takes on Jeff “Lights Out” Hughes (10-2).

Lightweight prospect meets veteran when Rafael “Ataman” Fiziev (6-1) faces Alex “The Spartan” White (13-5).

Fiziev entered the UFC as a highly-regarded first round finisher and will now look to recoup his prospect status after his debut TKO loss to Magomed Mustafaev in April.

The event will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, prelims starting at 5pm Singapore time and main card scheduled at 8pm.

UFC Singapore includes:

Demian Maia vs Ben Askren
Michael Johnson vs Stevie Ray
Muslim Salikhov vs Laureano Staropoli
Ciryl Gané vs Don’Tale Mayes
Sergei Pavlovich vs Maurice Greene
Beneil Dariush vs Frank Camacho
Randa Markos vs Ashley Yoder
Loma Lookboonmee vs Alexandra Albu
Enrique Barzola vs. Mosvar Evloev
Julia Avila vs Karol Rosa
Rafael Fiziev vs Alex White
Raphael Pessoa vs Jeff Hughes


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