The ‘Last Stylebender’ looks to be getting a serious push up the middleweight division by the UFC, with a headlining spot for the TUF 27 Finale.
The UFC appears to be fully on board the Israel Adesanya hype train. The flashy world class kickboxer made his debut in the UFC just under three months ago, but after going 2-0 to start his UFC career, he’s nabbed a top-ranked opponent and a headlining spot on an upcoming fight card.
Adesanya is set to face #10 ranked middleweight Brad Tavares as the main event for the Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale on July 6th. The UFC announced the booking via Twitter.
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— UFC (@ufc) April 30, 2018
The ‘Last Stylebender’ is coming off a split decision win over Marvin Vettori at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje vack in April. Before that, he debut with a one-sided TKO drubbing of Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.
For Tavares, this will mark his 17th bout in the UFC, having debuted against Seth Baczynski way back in 2010, following his stint on the Ultimate Fighter Season 11. He’s currently riding a four-fight win streak, having picked up his first stoppage since 2011, with a 3rd round KO of Krzysztof Jotko at the same UFC on FOX card where Adesanya beat Vettori. Overall, that latest win brings Tavares’ UFC record to 12-4 and 17-4 overall.
A win for Adesanya here would be an incredibly impressive accomplishment, given the caliber of his MMA opponents so far.