Ranked heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik and Jailton Almeida headline UFC on ABC in Charlotte, North Carolina on 13th May.
A light heavyweight contest between Anthony Smith and Johnny Walker was originally expected to headline the event.
However, the UFC decided to promote an already scheduled three-round heavyweight clash between Rozenstruik and Almeida to the five-round main event slot.
Rozenstruik is ranked #9 in the heavyweight division, but he has lost three of his last five trips to the octagon.
After successive losses to Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov, ranked fourth and seventh respectively, Rozenstruik bounced back to beat Chris Daukaus via knockout at UFC 282 in December.
Almeida, ranked #12, is looking to continue his climb up the rankings after earning five victories in a row since signing for the UFC, while his overall win streak is at 13.
The Brazilian has ended each of his five fights under the UFC banner inside the distance - three by submission and two via TKO.
Ireland’s Ian Garry also features in North Caroline, making his first appearance on a main card in the UFC.
Former Cage Warriors welterweight champion Garry boasts an 11-0 record, with four of those wins coming since signing for the UFC.
He is looking to earn a ranking in the welterweight division when he takes on #15 Daniel Rodriguez.
|What||Jairzinho Rozenstruik v Jailton Almeida - UFC on ABC 4|
|Where||Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina|
|When||20:00, Saturday 13th May 2023|
|How to watch||UFC Fight Pass & BT Sport|
The card is scheduled to take place on Saturday 13th May 2023.
The preliminary cards gets underway at 16:30 and the main card is due to begin at 20:00, with Rozenstruik and Almeida expected to walk to the octagon at around 22:00.
The Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina plays host to the card.
The indoor arena, located in uptown Charlotte, is primarily occupied by NBA franchise the Charlotte Hornets and has a maximum capacity of 20,200.
It's the fifth time that the UFC has held an event in North Carolina, but just the second time they have opted to put on a card at Spectrum Center.
Ronaldo Souza beat Derek Brunson via knockout in the first round when the UFC last visited in January 2018.
Yes. The preliminary card will be available on UFC Fight Pass and BT Sport, with the main card only available via the BT Sport broadcast.
No. There aren't any belts on the line at UFC on ABC 4.
A victory for either fighter would certainly boost their hopes of earning a title shot in the future, but it's unlikely that will fall into their path this year.
17 fights, 13 wins (12 KOs), 4 defeats.
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