The UFC has one other vital bantamweight battle on faucet.
Prime contender Cory Sandhagen and rising prospect Tune Yadong will headline a UFC Struggle Night time card on Sept. 17 at a location to be decided, sources confirmed to ESPN. Bout agreements have been despatched to either side, sources stated.
The battle was first reported by Eurosport.
ESPN has Sandhagen ranked No. 5 on the planet at 135 kilos. Tune is unranked at bantamweight, however ESPN ranked him final yr as the very best under-25 fighter in all of blended martial arts.
Sandhagen (14-4) has dropped two in a row, each to former bantamweight champions — Petr Yan and TJ Dillashaw. The Colorado-born fighter is among the finest strikers within the division and fought shut with Yan and Dillashaw. Sandhagen, 30, is 7-3 within the UFC. His solely different loss got here to present champion Aljamain Sterling.
Tune (19-5-1, 1 NC) has received three straight and is unbeaten in 12 of his previous 13 fights. He’s from China and is coming off a first-round knockout of Marlon Moraes in March. Tune, 24, has completed two bouts in a row and has an 8-1-1 UFC document.
Prior to now week, the UFC has put collectively three main bantamweight fights for the following three months. Sterling will defend his title towards Dillashaw at UFC 279 in September, and former longtime featherweight champion Jose Aldo will meet Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 in August.