Four fights have been announced for the UFC’s debut in South Dakota, most notably an intriguing middleweight matchup.
A bout between Josh Samman and Tim Boetsch was one of four announced for UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls on July 13. MMAFighting confirmed the initial report by The Argus Leader.
Both Samman and Boetsch are looking to shake off losses. Samman (12-3), a former TUF 17 competitor, had a three-fight win streak halted by Tamdan McCrory in December. The veteran Boetsch (18-10), meanwhile, has lost three straight fights.
The rest of the bouts announced include a lightweight bout between Scott Holtzman and Cody Pfister; a flyweight matchup between Louis Smolka and Ben Nguyen; and a welterweight matchup between Kyle Noke and Keita Nakamura.
Holtzman (8-1) seeks a rebound from a December decision loss to Drew Dober; while Pfister (12-5-1) lost to Sage Northcutt in December.
The flyweight matchup features a local angle, as Sioux Falls’ own Nguyen takes center stage. Nguyen (14-5) is 2-0 in the UFC, with finishes over Alptekin Ozkilic and Ryan Benoit. Smolka (10-1), is 4-1 in the UFC and has eight career finishes.
In the welterweight matchup the Noke (22-8), the Jackson’s MMA fighter from Australia, makes his 11th Octagon appearance. Tokyo’s Nakamura (31-7) seeks a return to the win column following his February loss to Tom Breese.
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