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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MAIA VS ASKREN

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Main Card showing live from 10pm VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS, QLD | 9:30am SA, NT | 8pm WA

(undercard will show earlier).

Two of the best ground fighters are set to square off this October in Singapore, where the best MMA grappler will be crowned.

Ben Askren is looking to bounce back against the first loss of his professional career, after a stunning five-second knockout courtesy of Jorge Masvidal in July this year.

The highlight touted Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist has earned two wins in a row from his most recent performances, which includes a victory against Anthony Rocco Martin in the last fight. Maia had this to say of the upcoming fight.

“It’s a challenge that I’ve never faced. In all the fights, my opponents want to strike, avoid the takedowns, avoid grappling. So this will be interesting, and very curious about how we’ll train for it in camp. I carry the flag for Brazilian jiu jitsu, and he carries the flag for American wrestling”.

Askren needs a win in order to remain in the division top ten. “It’s a great challenge, I also appreciate his grappling skills.” Askren said. “That’s the test I want, one I’m absolutely looking for. At no point in my career, Have I said ‘oh my gosh, this guy’s good at jiu jitsu’. I could recklessly go for takedowns because I wasn’t worried about submissions. It’s going to be a lot of fun figuring out this puzzle, putting the pieces together.”

Also announced for UFC Singapore is the heavyweight co-main event between Greg Hardy and Jarjis Danho, while Michael Johnson returns to lightweight against Stevie Ray. In addition, Segei Pavlovich and Maurice Green will take the Octagon in the heavyweight category.

MAIN CARD

Welterweight Bout
Demian Maia vs Ben Askren

UNDERCARD

Lightweight Bout
Zabit Michael Johnson vs Stevie Ray

Heavyweight Bout
Sergei Pavlovich vs Maurice Greene

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