It is fight week MMA fans! The UFC is heading to northern California for a host of top level fights. UFC on ESPN+ 13 will take place on July 13, 2019 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.
In the main event the former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3, #1 WBW) will face promising up-and-comer Aspen Ladd (8-0, #4 WBW) in a bantamweight match-up. De Randamie is on a four-fight win streak with notable wins over Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington. However, Germaine has not been very active in MMA over the last few years, only fighting 5 times in about 6 years. Ladd is currently 3-0 in the UFC which includes 2 fight night bonuses. Aspen’s last fight was a unanimous decision win over Sijara Eubanks back in May. This is an important fight in the women’s bantamweight division with potential title shot implications.
The co-main event will feature the return of Urijah Faber (34-10) taking on the young top prospect Ricky Simon (15-1, #15 BW). Faber is coming out of retirement and has not been in the octagon since the UFC’s last trip to Sacramento back in December of 2016. Urijah won that fight by unanimous decision against Brad Pickett. Simon is looking to spoil Faber’s homecoming and continue his 8 fight win streak. Ricky is the former LFA bantamweight champion and has won all 3 of his fights since joining the UFC. This should be an interesting match-up between the old versus new school.
There will be 3 more fights that will round out the remainder of the main card fights including Team Alpha member Josh Emmett (14-2, #10 FW) fighting Mirsad Bektić (13-1, #12 FW). Another fight of note will be two returning women’s bantamweights in Julianna Peña (8-3) and Nicco Montaño (4-2). Peña is the The Ultimate Fighter season 18 tournament winner and is coming off of a 18 month layoff. Montaño is coming back from a 6 month suspension and was the inaugural UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. This fight will go down on the ESPN+ prelims.
Here is the remainder of the card:
Main card (ESPN+, 8/5 p.m. ET/PT)
Women’s Bantamweight: Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber vs. Ricky Simon
Featherweight: Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektić
Middleweight: Karl Roberson vs. Wellington Turman
Middleweight: Marvin Vettori vs. Cezar Ferreira
Preliminary card (ESPN+, 5/2 p.m. ET/PT)
Light Heavyweight: Mike Rodriguez vs. John Allan
Featherweight: Andre Fili vs. Sheymon Moraes
Women’s Bantamweight: Julianna Peña vs. Nicco Montaño
Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Ryan Hall
Women’s Strawweight: Lívia Renata Souza vs. Brianna Van Buren
Bantamweight: Pingyuan Liu vs. Jonathan Martinez
Bantamweight: Benito Lopez vs. Vince Morales
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