Cory Sandhagen and Rob Font meet in a catchweight bout to headline UFC on ESPN 50 in Nashville, Tennessee this weekend.
After the high of UFC 291 in Salt Lake City when Justin Gaethje beat Dustin Poirier to win the BMF title, there's plenty more action to get stuck into at the Bridgestone Arena.
|What||UFC on ESPN 50|
|Where||Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee|
|When||Saturday 5th August|
|How to watch||TNT Sports|
Umar Nurmagomedov was due to be facing Sandhagen in the bantamweight contest but the Russian withdrew due to a shoulder injury in mid-July.
Font, priced at 12/5 to win, was quick to accept the call to step in, but only on the basis that the bout would take place at a catchweight.
The 36-year-old fought as recently as April when he claimed a TKO win over Adrian Yanez and he is ranked seventh in the bantamweight division.
Former interim bantamweight challenger Sandhagen, ranked number four, is 1/3 to have his arm raised.
The 31-year-old has won two on the bounce, beating Song Yadong and Marlon Vera, to climb the rankings and move into contention for a title shot.
There's also an intriguing contest in the co-main when Jessica Andrade and Tatiana Suarez meet at strawweight.
After successive losses at flyweight, Andrade, 3/1 to win, returns to the strawweight division in an attempt to get back on track.
Suarez, who can be backed at 1/4, is on the rise with an undefeated record after nine fights, with six of those coming in the UFC.
The card is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th August 2023.
The preliminary card gets under way at 23:00 and the main card is due to begin at 02:00, with Sandhagen and Font expected to make their walk to the octagon at around 04:30.
UFC on ESPN 50 will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
The venue, which opened in 1996, is the home of NHL franchise Nashville Predators and has a capacity ranging from 17,159 to 19,365, depending on how the space is being utilised for certain events.
It hosted the NHL Entry Draft in 2003 and the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Kanye West have held concerts there.
The UFC last visited in 2019 when Anthony Pettis beat Stephen Thompson by knockout in the headline bout in front of a crowd of 10,863.
Yes. Both the preliminary card and the main card will be available to watch on TNT Sports.
No. There aren't any belts on the line, but Sandhagen and Font both hope to be in contention for a title shot in the near future.
Aljamain Sterling holds the bantamweight title and he makes the fourth defence of his belt against Sean O'Malley at UFC 292 on 19th August.
Sandhagen is ranked number four in the bantamweight division and fought for the interim title in 2021 when he lost by decision to Petr Yan.
Font is yet to get a look-in for a title shot, but the number seven-ranked fighter, who has won five of his last seven trips to the octagon, won't be far off if he gets the win.
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