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|Where||Ginásio Nilson Nelson – Brasília, Brazil|
|When||Saturday, March 14, 6 PM EST|
|How to Watch||Watch on ESPN+ here!|
Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Reach: 77 in.
Kevin Lee is riding high these days.
At just 27-years-old, the Motown Phenom already has 16 UFC fights under his belt and is coming off of the most impressive victory of his career.
After dropping two fights in a row (one to Al Iaquinta and one to Rafael dos Anjos in a short-lived welterweight stint), Lee was put up against undefeated rising star Gregor Gillepsie, who was 10-0 heading into the fight.
Taking place in November 2019 at UFC 244, Lee electrified the crowd when he knocked out Gillespie with a head kick in the first round. It’s a KO that will remain on his highlight reel for years to come.
Born in Michigan, Lee currently trains out of Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Tristar gym – the gym made popular by the likes of Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald.
Lee works with head coach Firas Zahabi to round out his martial arts skills to further compliment the NCAA Division II wrestling credentials the fighter already boasts.
Active in MMA since 2012, Lee is currently ranked as the UFC’s eighth-best lightweight.
Kevin Lee comes into this bout with a three-inch reach advantage.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Reach: 74 in.
Charles Oliveira is riding a huge wave of success that has seen him win his last six fights in a row, finishing them all by TKO or submission, and earning five performance of the night bonuses in the process.
During that stretch, Oliveira also set the UFC record for the most wins by submission – earning his 13th in 2018 in Brazil.
His last fight was back in November 2019 against Jared Gordon. Oliveira won the fight by first-round knockout. This will be his fourth fight out of his last seven to take place in his home country of Brazil.
Born in Brazil, Oliveira also spends his time training in his home country with Chute Boxe Diego Lima gym.
Spending his career across three different weight classes, his time at lightweight is where he’s seen his most success.
Fighting professionally since 2008, Oliveira has earned a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ericson Cardoso and Jorge “Macaco” Patino. Along with having the most submission wins, he also has the second-most finishes inside the octagon with 15, and he has the most performance of the night bonuses. He currently ranks 13th in the lightweight rankings.
He will have a one-inch height advantage over Kevin Lee.
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— UFC (@ufc) March 10, 2020
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.
Reach: 72 in.
Another hometown hero this Saturday night, Demian Maia is one of the most (if not the most) prolific practitioners of Brazilian jiu-jitsu to ever fight for the UFC promotion.
A two-time title contender (once at middleweight and once at welterweight), Maia has wins over some of the UFC’s best, including Jorge Masvidal, Carlos Condit, and, most recently, Ben Askren.
His most recent fight (Askren) took place last October, headlining their own Fight Night card. In this grappler vs. grappler matchup, Maia proved his superior skills, defeating the wrestling-heavy Askren by technical submission (Askren passed out to a rear-naked choke). The two were awarded “fight of the night”.
The 42-year-old Maia was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil and trains out of his hometown and his own gym, Demian Maia Jiu-Jitsu.
Maia boasts an incredible fourth-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Fabio Gurgel.
He has been active in MMA since 2005 and has been fighting for the UFC promotion since 2007. At the time of this writing, Maia is ranked at number five in the UFC welterweight division.
Maia will have a three-inch height advantage in this matchup.
Height: 5 ft. 10 in.
Reach: 71 in.
After spending much of his UFC career in the lightweight division, Gilbert Burns returned to the welterweight division after many years last August.
He fought Alexey Kunchenko in his first UFC welterweight bout and won via unanimous decision.
He followed that performance up more recently by facing off against Gunnar Nelson last September. Burns won that fight, as well, via unanimous decision. The win over Nelson was his fourth in a row.
Also born in Brazil, Gilbert Burns spends his time training in Florida with the Hard Knocks 365 gym. Although his jiu-jitsu skills aren’t at the same level as Maia’s, they are still far superior to most of the other fighters on the UFC roster.
Burns has a second-degree black belt under Rafael “Fofitio” Barros. He has been fighting professionally since 2012 and is the 12th-ranked UFC welterweight.
Burns will have a one-inch reach disadvantage against Maia but is nine-years younger than his opponent.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Reach: 72 in.
The UFC knows how to make a town happy as Moicano marks the third big-name Brazilian on this card.
Moicano has suffered through a bit of a rough patch recently, losing his last two fights in a row. But, given the competition he’s faced, there’s little to be ashamed about.
After winning two in a row, Moicano was pitted against former UFC champion Jose Aldo last February and was defeated by a second-round TKO.
His most recent fight came against top-contender Chan Sung Jung: The Korean Zombie. Moicano was once again defeated by TKO, this time in the first round.
”Mohawk” has been active in MMA since 2010 and, although born in Brazil, spends his time training in Florida with the American Top Team gym.
The fighter has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Alex Leleco and a black belt in muay thai as well. This fight against Damir Hadzovic will be his lightweight debut under the UFC banner after spending much of his career as a featherweight. He leaves the featherweight division while ranked number-seven.
He will have a one-inch reach advantage.
Height: 5 ft. 11 in.
Reach: 70 in.
Unlike Moicano, Hadzovic has spent the entirety of his time in the UFC fighting in the lightweight division.
Signing with the promotion in 206, Hadzovic has gone 3-3. His most recent bout occurred last summer.
After winning two fights in a row, Hadzovic fought Christos Giagos but came up short, losing via unanimous decision.
The Bosnian fighter trains out of Copenhagen, Denmark with Arte Suave Copenhagen under his teacher, Koubti. Active in MMA since 2009, Hadzovic has a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is currently unranked in the UFC.
Hadzovic heads into this fight three-years older than his opponent.
Height: 6 ft. 5 in.
Reach: 82 in.
Since being discovered on Dana White’s Contender Series, Johnny Walker has been a non-stop highlight reel for the promotion.
Walker won his first three UFC fights in a row, all by TKO and with none of them getting out of the first round.
Unfortunately, his first UFC loss didn’t leave the first round either. Walker hype train was derailed in his last fight when he took on top-contender Corey Anderson at UFC 244 last November.
Anderson handed Walker a TKO loss just two minutes into their fight. Walker looks to get his championship title dreams back on track Saturday night.
The Brazilian fighter has been fighting since 2013 and trains out of Montreal at the Tristar gym with head coach Firas Zahabi (and main event fighter Kevin Lee). Known for his length and impressive muay thai striking, Walker also has a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is currently ranked at number-11 in the light heavyweight division.
Walker will have a 4.5-inch reach advantage over his opponent.
Height: 6 ft. 3 in.
Reach: 77.5 in.
Like his opponent, Nikita Krylov is also coming off of a loss.
Krylov’s last appearance in the octagon was back in September of 2019 when he took on former title challenger Glover Texeira. In what was a hard-fought contest, it was Texeira that was ultimately awarded the split-decision victory. Krylov has gone 11-5 in the UFC and has much more fighting experience under his belt than Walker heading into their Saturday night clash.
The Russian-born fighter trains out of Ukraine at the Vale Tudo MMA Academy.
Fighting professionally since 2012 and boasts master of sports in submission fighting, hand-to-hand combat, and karate, as well as a black belt in kyokushin karate.
At the time of writing, Krylov was ranked just below Johnny Walker as the number-13 UFC light heavyweight.
Krylov stands two-inches shorter than Johnny Walker and is one-year older than his opponent.
Fracisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo (24-7)
Height: 5 ft. 9 in.
Reach: 70 in.
The second-oldest fighter on this card after Demian Maia, the 41-year-old Trinaldo has been fighting for the UFC since 2012. Undefeated from 2014 to 2016, Trinaldo is now just 3-3 over his last six fights. Trinaldo most recently fought last November in Brazil against Bobby Green. After three rounds, the judges declared Trinaldo the winner by unanimous decision.
The Brazilian fighter trains in his home country with Evolucao Thai gym with striking coach Andre Dida and jiu-jitsu coach Sergio Moraes. He has a brown belt in jiu-jitsu as well as a black belt in kickboxing. Fighting since 2006, Trinaldo is a former contestant of the ultimate Fighter: Brazil.
Trinaldo comes into this fight with a one-inch height and two-inch reach advantage.
John “The Bull” Makdessi (17-6)
Height: 5 ft. 8 in.
Reach: 68 in.
John Makdessi has been riding a wave of success, having won his last three fights in a row – all by unanimous decision. Most recently Makdessi took on Jesus Pinedo last March. His fight before that against Ross Pearson saw Makdessi earn a fight of the night bonus.
Another fighter who trains with the Tristar gym in Montreal, Makdessi also spends time with the Roufusport gym in the U.S. The Canadian-born fighter has been fighting professionally since 2008 and has black belts in both shotokan karate and taekwondo. He has been fighting for the UFC since 2010.
Israel Adesanya def. Yoel Romero via unanimous decision
Zhang Weili def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk via unanimous decision
Beneil Dariush def. Drakkar Klose via KO (Round 2)
Neil Magny def. Li Jingliang via unanimous decision
Alex Oliveira def. Max Griffin via split-decision
Yes, UFC 170 is still on but the event will happen without the crowd participation. Governor of Brasilia, Ibaneis Rocha, announced that events with large crowds will be suspended until March 16.
Saturday, March 14, 2020, 6 PM EST.
UFC Fight Night 170 is in Ginásio Nilson Nelson – Brasília, Brazil.
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