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UFC Rio Rancho: Fight card, start times & info

The UFC returns to New Mexico for UFC Rio Rancho; a card that may very well provide the next title contender at light heavyweight

UFC Rio Rancho takes place tonight, just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The main event features a light heavyweight rematch between Corey Anderson and Jan Blachowicz. The two are ranked at 5th and 6th place respectively in the division, and both are inching towards a title fight with Jon Jones. Anderson and Blachowicz first med at UFC 191 in 2015. The Polish striker won the first round, but Anderson took over, won the two following rounds, and thereby the fight. Now they meet in a five round main event.

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The co-main event pits longtime UFC veteran and TUF 1 winner Diego Sanchez against explosive Brazilian welterweight Michel Perreira. Both are coming off of losses and will be eager to return to the win column.

Montana De La Rosa also faces Italian Mara Romero Borella in a flyweight bout. An interesting fact is that De La Rosa’s husband, Mark De La Rosa, is fighting in the first bout of the night.

UFC Rio Rancho: Fight card and start times

Main Card: 8 pm ET – ESPN+

  • Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz
  • Diego Sanchez vs. Michel Pereira
  • Montana De La Rosa vs. Mara Romero Borella
  • Brok Weaver vs. Kazula Vargas
  • Rogerio Bontorin vs. Ray Borg
  • Lando Vannata vs. Yancy Medeiros

Preliminary Card: 5 pm ET – ESPN+

  • Tim Means vs. Daniel Rodriguez
  • John Dodson vs. Nathaniel Wood
  • Jim Miller vs. Scott Holtzman
  • Devin Clark vs. Dequan Townsend
  • Casey Kenney vs. Merab Dvalishvili
  • Macy Chiasson vs. Shanna Young
  • Mark De La Rosa vs. Raulian Paiva

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com
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