Initial bouts announced for UFC Busan on 21 December

Alexandre Pantoja defeats Wilson Reis at UFC 236. Photo: Getty Images.

UFC will make its debut in Busan on 21 December and the first two bouts have been confirmed.

No. 4 ranked Brazilian Alexandre “The Cannibal” Pantoja (21-3) will face no. 10 ranked Matt “Danger” Schnell in a flyweight bout.

Before a loss to Deiveson Figueiredo earlier this year, Patonja riding a three fight win streak, including an impressive win over Wilson Reis at UFC 236.

His next opponent Schnell is a tough submission specialist who has mounted a four-fight win streak capped off by a Performance of the Night Award at August’s UFC on ESPN 5.

In the light heavyweight division, no. 7 ranked Volkan Oezdemir (16-4) takes on no. 10 ranked Aleksander Rakic (12-1).

Former contender Oezdemir is a knockout artist looking to build himself back into contention after a Performance of the Night win over Ilir Latifi at UFC Uruguay in August.

Young prospect Rakic is on a four-fight win streak that includes a lightning head kick KO of Jimi Manuwa for a Performance of the Night bonus at UFC on ESPN+ 11 in July.

Kevin Chang, UFC’s senior vice president of Asia Pacific, said fans can expect “big things” for its Busan event.

UFC Fight Night Busan is making its second appearance in South Korea after UFC Fight Night Seoul in 2015. The event will take place on 21 December at the Sajik Arena in Busan.


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