The fight card is taking shape for the UFC’s debut in Lincoln and just its third overall event in Nebraska.
UFC officials on Wednesday made official a slew of bouts, including a previously reported fight between lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Al Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC).
It serves as the main event of UFC Fight Night 135, which takes place Aug. 25 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order are still a long way from being finalized (via Twitter):
Gaethje is No. 7 USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, and Iaquinta is No. 13.
Gaethje looks to snap a two-fight skid. After debuting with the UFC in 2017 and moving to 18-0 overall with a TKO victory over Michael Johnson, the 29-year-old former WSOF champion has suffered back-to-back knockout losses to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. However, both losses earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses.
He takes on Iaquinta, who returned from a yearlong layoff this year and suffered a unanimous-decision title loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov. It came in a short-notice affair as a replacement Paul Felder (and Iaquinta wasn’t eligible for the belt because of a weigh-in quirk due to the late notice). The defeat snapped the 31-year-old “TUF 15” runner-up’s five-fight winning streak.
Other confirmed bouts include middleweights Antonio Braga Neto (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Andrew Sanchez (9-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC), 185-pounders Eryk Anders (10-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Tim Williams (15-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), bantamweights Luke Sanders (12-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (25-9 MMA, 10-3 UFC), and 135-pounders Drew Dober (19-8 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Jon Tuck (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC).
The latest UFC Fight Night 135 lineup includes:
- Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta
- Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez
- Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams
- Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya
- Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck