Here’s a look at some of the best fights you won’t want to miss this month.
Anthony Smith vs. Ryan Spann – UFC Fight Night: Sept 18
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) June 6, 2021
Smith (35-15) looks to push his winning streak to three in a row for the first time since Oct. 2018. The 33-year-old has picked up back-to-back stoppage victories over Devin Clark and most recently Jimmy Crute (albeit an injury) back at UFC 261. Spann (19-6) meanwhile, competes in his first main event and has won nine of his last 10 fights. With neither of these fighters afraid to stand and trade, this has ‘Fight of the Night’ written all over it.
Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast – UFC 266: Sept 25
Report: Dan Hooker vs. Nasrat Haqparast On Tap For UFC 266 https://t.co/el1wUqA5Sb
— MMA News (@mmanews_com) August 16, 2021
Hooker (20-10) looks to avoid three straight losses for the first time in his career as he welcomes lightweight prospect Haqparast. The 31-year-old has fought some of the toughest fighters on the roster, including Gilbert Burns, Dustin Poirier, and Michael Chandler. Haqparast (13-3) looks to push his winning streak to three in a row after defeating Alex Munoz and Rafa Garcia in his last two fights. The 26-year-old is 5-2 in the Octagon, with four of those victories going the distance.
Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo – UFC 266: Sept 25
Jessica Andrade vs. Cynthia Calvillo Set For UFC 266 | Fight Announcement Roundup https://t.co/2ERuFCWuJj
— Fightful MMA (@FightfulMMA) June 16, 2021
Andrade (21-9) looks to rebound from her stoppage loss against Valentina Shevchenko, as she takes on Calvillo. The 29-year-old has lost three of her last four fights, but that list includes Shevchenko, Rose Namajunas and Weili Zhang. It’s an important fight for the Brazilian, who is competing in her third-weight class with the UFC. Calvillo (9-2-1) is also looking to rebound following a decision setback against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 255 in November. The 34-year-old is 1-2 in the flyweight division after amassing an impressive 5-1-1 record in the strawweight division.
Nick Diaz vs. Robbie Lawler 2 – UFC 266: Sept 25
Nick Diaz vs Robbie Lawler! 🤯
— UFC (@ufc) April 26, 2020
Diaz (26-9) returns to the Octagon for the first time since January 2015 as he battles former foe Lawler on the main card. The 38-year-old defeated Lawler at UFC 47 in April 2004, stopping the former welterweight champion by knockout in the second round. Diaz will be looking for his first win since defeating BJ Penn at UFC 137 in Oct. 2011. Lawler (28-15) meanwhile is in the midst of the worst losing streak of his career, dropping four straight fights. The 39-year-old hasn’t fought since a unanimous decision loss to Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night in Aug. 2020 and will be looking for his first win since July 2017.
Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega – UFC 266: Sept 25
Two title fights set for UFC 266, per Dana White (@danawhite). Alexander Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) vs. Brian Ortega (@BrianTcity) and Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) vs. Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA). Plus, of course, Diaz/Lawler 2. https://t.co/4Ac6a9YMtw
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 14, 2021
Volkanovski (22-1) was slated to defend his featherweight title against Ortega in March before a positive COVID-19 test forced this fight to be rescheduled. The 32-year-old hasn’t competed since a controversial split decision victory over Max Holloway UFC 251, which marked his second straight win over the former 145-pound champion. Ortega (15-1) is coming off an upset victory over Chan Sung Jung at UFC Fight Night on October, which was his first fight in nearly two years. The 30-year-old has finished the likes of Jung, Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson during his UFC tenure.