One of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s newest stars will make a swift return to the octagon when he competes in Arizona come April.
Announced via the UFC’s social media, Nigerian striking sensation Israel “Stylebender” Adesanya will face off against fellow Middleweight prospect Marvin Vettori.
Adensanya (12-0, 50-5 in kickboxing) made a phenomenal debut back at UFC 221 in Perth at the beginning of February, knocking out Rob Wilkinson in stellar fashion at the end of the second round. The win earned Israel a Performance of the Night bonus. While sporting a perfect record in mixed martial arts, Adesanya has also competed in kickboxing where he garnered an impressive 50-5 record with 24 knockouts.
Vettori (12-3-1, 2-1-1 in UFC), an Italian born fighter, most recently came away with a majority draw against Omari Akhmedov in his last bout. Prior to that he went 2-1, garnering victories over Ultimate Fighter Brazil veteran Vitor Miranda and Alberto Uda. Of Vettori’s 12 career wins, eight have come by way of submission and all of them occurred before the end of the first round.
UFC on Fox 29 will take place at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona on April 14 and will stream live on Fox network. The card will be headlined by a Lightweight scrap between ranked contenders Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier and Justin Gaethje. The card thus far reads:
Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje
Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown
Wilson Reis vs. John Moraga
Arjan Bhullar vs. Adam Wieczorek
Dhiego Lima vs. Yushin Okami
Israel Adesanya vs. Marvin Vettori
Michelle Waterson vs. Cortney Casey
Tim Boetsch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Shana Dobson vs. Lauren Mueller
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Tavares
Luke Sanders vs. Patrick Williams
Matthew Lopez vs. Alejandro Perez
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Muslim Salikhov
Gilbert Burns vs. Lando Vannata