Las Vegas – UFC continues its run of shows at UFC APEX with an intriguing lightweight contenders’ bout that will see former champion and No. 6 ranked Rafael Dos Anjos battle rising No. 11 Rafael Fiziev. Also, No. 10 ranked Johnny Walker faces No. 12 Jamahal Hill in a thrilling matchup of light heavyweight strikers
UFC Fight Night 201: Dos Anjos vs. Fiziev will take place Saturday, Feb. 19 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. All bouts will be available exclusively on ESPN+ (English and Spanish), with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. The prelims will kick off at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
Former champion Dos Anjos (30-13) fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil returned to the 155-pound division with a Fight of the Night win over Paul Felder in late 2020. Throughout his UFC run, he has also delivered memorable victories over Nate Diaz, Robbie Lawler, and Donald Cerrone (twice). Dos Anjos now aims to stop Fiziev’s momentum and continue his climb back to a lightweight title shot.
Rising contender Fiziev (11-1) fighting out of Phuket, Thailand by way of Miami, Fla. has wasted no time dazzling fans with his diverse striking arsenal. Currently riding a five-fight win streak, he holds spectacular wins against Brad Riddell, Bobby Green, and Renato Moicano. Fiziev now has his sights set on finishing his first former UFC champion to crack the lightweight top 10.
KO artist Walker (18-6) fighting out of Dublin, Ireland by way of Rio das Ostras, Brazil immediately turned heads upon joining the UFC roster in 2018. A powerful striker, he has secured impressive finishes against Ryan Spann, Misha Cirkunov and Khalil Rountree Jr. Walker is now gunning to get back to his winning ways with another show-stealing performance.
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Hill (9-1 1NC) fighting out of Grand Rapids, Mich. entered the UFC following a TKO victory over Alexander Poppeck on Dana White’s Contender Series. He has since climbed the ranks quickly with notable wins against Jimmy Crute, Ovince Saint Preux, and Darko Stosic. Hill now intends to continue his ascent up the 205-pound ladder with another highlight-reel KO.
Kyle Daukaus (10-2 1NC) fighting out of Philadelphia, Penn. battles Jamie Pickett (13-6, fighting out of Wilmington, N.C. in a 195-pound catchweight bout. Parker Porter (12-6) fighting out of West Hartford, Conn. faces Alan Baudot (8-3) fighting out of Paris, France in a heavyweight bout.
Lightweight legend Jim Miller (33-16 1NC) fighting out of Sparta, N.J. squares off with Dana White’s Contender Series signee Nikolas Motta (13-3) fighting out of Governador Valadares, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Joaquin Buckley (13-4) fighting out of St. Louis, Mo. takes on Abdul Razak Alhassan (11-4) fighting out of Denver, Colo. by way of Accra, Ghana in a clash of middleweight finishers.
Gabriel Benitez (22-10) fighting out of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico meets David Onama (8-1) fighting out of Kansas City, Mo. by way of Kyangwali, Uganda at featherweight. Jessica-Rose Clark (11-6 1NC) fighting out of Innisfail, Australia squares off with Stephanie Egger (6-2) fighting out of St. Gallen, Switzerland in a bantamweight bout.
Chas Skelly (16-3 1NC) fighting out of Arlington, Texas returns to action against Mark Striegl (18-3 1NC) fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. by way of Baguio City, Philippines at featherweight. Diana Belbita (14-6) fighting out of Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada looks to build off the momentum of her first UFC win when she takes on Gloria de Paula (5-4) fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil at strawweight. Dana White’s Contender Series contract winner Chad Anheliger (11-5) fighting out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada debuts against Jesse Strader (5-2) fighting out of Antelope Valley, Calif. in a bantamweight bout.
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