Featherweight contenders (#12) Edson Barboza and Lerone Murphy fight at UFC Apex

Featherweight contenders (#12) Edson Barboza and Lerone Murphy fight at UFC Apex

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BARBOZA against MURPHY will take place on Saturday, May 18 in Las Vegas and will be available on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card will begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT, and the prelims will begin at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.

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Barbosa (24-11, fighting out of Nova Friburgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) has proven himself to be one of the most devastating strikers in MMA history. Throughout his impressive career, he has scored spectacular knockout victories over Beneil Dariush, Billy Quarantillo and Terry Etim. Barboza now aims to earn his third straight victory by handing Murphy his first defeat.

Murphy (13-0-1, in Manchester, England) intends to achieve the biggest victory of his career. A talented striker with seven knockouts to his name, he has notable wins over Makwan Amirkhani, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Ricardo Ramos. Murphy now hopes to make the most of his first UFC main event by stopping Barboza in emphatic fashion.

Elliott (21-13-1, fighting out of Kansas City, Missouri) looks to use his unorthodox style and veteran flair to fend off another rising contender. A former challenger for the UFC flyweight title, he holds memorable victories over Sumudaerji, Tagir Ulanbekov and Louis Smolka. Elliott now plans to defend his place in the rankings and stop Taira’s momentum.

Taira (15-0, fighting out of Okinawa, Japan) has wasted no time moving up the flyweight ranks since joining the team in 2022. Among the UFC’s youngest competitors at 24, he achieved impressive finishes against Carlos Hernandez, Jesús Santos. Aguilar and CJ Vergara. Taira now plans to add a decorated veteran to her resume and continue her unbeaten streak.

Additional fights on the map include:

  • Adrien Yanez (16-5, fighting out of Houston, Texas) meets Vinicius Salvador (14-6, fighting in Varginha, Minas Gerais, Brazil) in an entertaining bantamweight match
  • Unbeaten Oumar Sy (9-0, fight in Paris, France) debuts Rodolfo Bellato (12-2, fight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) at light heavyweight
  • Victor Martinez (12-5, fighting out of Pharr, Texas) faces Tom Nolan (8-1, fight in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) in a lightweight fight
  • Themba Gorimbo (12-4, fighting in Johannesburg, South Africa) earns his third straight victory against Ramiz Brahimaj (10-4, fighter from Dallas, Texas by way of Bronx, NY) at welterweight
  • Abu Magomedov (25-6-1, fighting in Düsseldorf, Germany) faces Warley Alves (15-7, fight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a middleweight event
  • Khaos Williams (14-3, fight in Detroit, Michigan) meeting Carlston Harris (19-5, fights in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil via Skeldon, Guyana) in an intriguing welterweight match
  • No. 9 among strawweight women Luana Pinheiro (11-2, fight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) faces #12 Angèle Colline (16-13, fights from San Diego, California via Clinton, Maryland)
  • Vanessa Demopoulos (10-5, fights in Las Vegas, Nevada) Emilie Ducote (13-8, fights in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) at strawweight
  • Hailey Cowan (7-3, fight in Robinson, Texas) meeting Tamires Vidal (7-2, fight in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) in a bantamweight fight
  • Piera Rodriguez (9-1, fight in Maracaibo, Venezuela) faces Ariane Carnelossi (14-3, fight against Presidente Prudente, Sao Paulo, Brazil) at strawweight

For the latest information on additional fights for this event, please visit www.ufc.com. All fights are live and subject to change. Please click here to apply for the event.


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