Dana White shares two ‘sleeper fights’ to watch at UFC Uruguay
The UFC heads to Uruguay for the first time on Saturday, August 10, with a title fight set as the main event of the evening. All of the fights will air on ESPN+ in the United States, with the prelims commencing at 5:00pm ET.
Valentina Shevchenko will defend the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship against Liz Carmouche in the UFC Championship bout to air on a UFC Fight Night card in 2019. Although not a common occurrence, Shevchenko vs. Carmouche is the first of two non-PPV title fights coming in August.
With Shevchenko heavily favored to win the rematch with Carmouche and just a couple of other fights capturing the attention of mixed martial arts fans before the event, UFC president Dana White took to Twitter to help generate interest in two preliminary fights, in particular.
During the video, White begins by describing Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche II, Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry, and Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi as the three “no-brainer” fights to watch this weekend.
Afterward, White expressed his excitement for Tecia Torres vs. Marina Rodriguez and Ciryl Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa, two fights that he considers to be ‘sleepers’ at UFC Uruguay.
“Everyone knows Tecia Torres came off The Ultimate Fighter, she’s ranked in the top #10, a little beast,” White said.
“She’s taking on Marina Rodriguez, who came off the Contender Series; this woman is nasty. This should be a really good fight. On paper, ridiculous fight.”
“For those of you who don’t know this guy, [Ciryl] Gane, he comes out of Francis Ngannou’s camp, he is a beast. Undefeated 3-0, taking on [Raphael] Pessoa, who is 9-0 with six knockouts. These are big dudes, this should be a fun fight, and another one of those sleeper fights that most of you don’t know about.”
If you don’t know, now you know. #ufcuruguay🇺🇾 Saturday on @espn+ at 8pm pic.twitter.com/ernDIOj7W9
— danawhite (@danawhite) August 10, 2019
UFC Uruguay Fight Card
Main Card – 8:00pm ET / 5:00pm PT
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche
- Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry
- Luiz Garagorri vs. Humberto Bandenay
- Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi
- Rodolfo Vieira vs. Oskar Piechota
- Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett
Preliminary Card – 5:00pm ET / 2:00pm PT
- Gilbert Burns vs. Aleksei Kunchenko
- Cyril Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa
- Tecia Torres vs. Marina Rodriguez
- Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian Paiva
- Geraldo de Freitas vs. Chris Gutierrez
- Kazula Vargas vs. Alex da Silva
- Veronica Macedo vs. Polyana Viana